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Irish Explorer

  • 2019 Irish Explorer – 9 Days/8 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Gain unique insight into the history and heritage of the stunningly beautiful west of Ireland at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, and enjoy a farmhouse lunch.
  • Enjoy a pint and see the handcrafted Game of Thrones door carved from trees seen in the series at Blakes of the Hollow Pub.

Dining Experiences

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners including Clontarf Castle Hotel welcome dinner, Nancy’s Bar in Ardara, and Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show.

Trip Highlights


  • Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick, Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night)


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Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin

Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin Description:

Steeped in Irish history, the Clontarf Castle Hotel offers guests all the charm and splendor of a royal experience. The magnificent entrance hall, tapestry-adorned walls, mysterious doorways and roaring fires create a luxurious, old-world feeling, while guest rooms all boast modern amenities for a comfortable visit. Located in the pleasant and peaceful suburb of Clontarf, this hotel is just a 10-minute ride from the city center and a 15-minute drive from Dublin Airport. Guests can treat themselves to international cuisine at Templar’s Bistro or enjoy a drink at the cozy bar.

Mill Park Hotel, Donegal

Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Description:

A warm welcome awaits you at this hotel which is built around its unique-styled Granary, along with a choice of 2 restaurants, bar and lounge. The restaurants specialize in local fresh produce, especially seafood from the nearby fishing port of Killybegs. 100 luxurious bedrooms ensure a great stay and use the fully equipped leisure and wellness center. Set in a quiet rural setting two miles from Donegal town. The hotel is a perfect base for touring County Donegal, including the awesome Slieve League Sea Cliffs.

Hotel Meyrick, Galway

Hotel Meyrick, Galway Description:

Opened in 1852, this property has undergone extensive renovations since then. Today, the hotel combines old-world charm with a modern approach to guest comfort. Guest rooms are decorated in contemporary themes. Enjoy the Oyster Grill Restaurant, one of Galway’s foremost restaurants, the tranquil Oyster Bar and the casual menu and fun of O’Flaherty’s Bar. Experience the rooftop leisure club with views of Galway Bay. Located on Eyre Square, in the very heart of Galway city, with many attractions and shops nearby.

Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Avenue Hotel,  Killarney Description:

This luxury hotel in Killarney is located just 10 minutes from the town centre and Killarney National Park. The common areas are elegant and bright, while rooms are classic and offer understated sophistication. Try dining on locally sourced food in the wood paneled Druids restaurant, or enjoy a drink, and live music on the weekends, in the hotel bar.

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern, bright property offers guests style and comfort with modern amenities. The bright, contemporary guest rooms feature king or twin beds, air conditioning and high-speed internet. The Pavilion Restaurant serves a superior quality breakfast buffet, with traditional full Irish breakfast as well as other choices. Located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Herbert Park is a 30-minute walk to the city center and is adjacent to the peaceful Herbert Park, U.S. Embassy and RDS Showgrounds.


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Irish Explorer 9 Days / 8 Nights / 16 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Clontarf Castle lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport, a few miles to the north of Dublin city center. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, a who’s who of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel. (D)

Day 2Florence Court House & Blakes Pub

Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Next, a CIE Tours exclusive: visit Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a Victorian bar that retains many features original to its founding in 1887. Famed author John McGahern, a regular visitor, described it as “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland”. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds. (B, D)

Day 3Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh

Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Afterwards, sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea. Travel along the coast then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys to Donegal Town, a busy shopping town which was once a Viking port, Watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving at a local woolen shop. Enjoy an early dinner with a drink and music at the popular Nancy’s in Ardara. (B, D)

Day 4Belleek Pottery & Galway

Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and embark on a cruise of Lough Corrib for unsurpassed views of castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest (April 1 – October 21 departures). (B, D)

Day 5Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Homestead

Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy free time before dinner. (B, L)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Drive through Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Country Clare, which is dotted with ruined castles. Discover St. Brigid’s Well, a mystical site whose waters are said to have healing powers. Enjoy lunch on your own in a coastal village. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney and partake of the Whiskey Experience with dinner that includes a chocolate tasting. (B, D)

Day 7Ring of Kerry Tour

Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. View Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the film “Star Wars VII”. Take a group photograph among the breathtaking scenery. Immerse yourself in farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks. Enjoy a casual lunch and continue on the scenic drive. Pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. In Killarney there is free time to discover some of the excellent restaurants and lively pubs. (B, D)

Day 8Blarney Castle & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling north. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9Your Tour Ends in Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B

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19 Reviews

This tour was the first my husband and I every went on. It was fantastic. Enjoyed the driver,hotel,food, tours and planning. I recommended this tour to two of my friends. I would definitely use your tour company again.

Excellent! Very knowledgeable technicians.


My wife and I took the Irish Explorer tour. It was absolutely great. Hotels were first class; meals were great and the bus was very comfortable.

Very organized and professional. Entire tour went without a hitch and we always felt taken care of

We had a great tour guide, Dominic. He was extremely knowledgeable and funny. He was a great driver and we did spend a lot of time traceling in the bus.

Booking service was very efficient and helpful with any questions/concerns

It was very easy to book myself.

They listened to my individual requirements and made it happen.

Our tour guide and bus driver Dominick Nixon was the greatest. All accommodations were fantastic.

The booking service was user friendly, efficient, and accommodating. And, they did some good problem solving. Robert Wallace was considerate and helpful. On the downside different agents had varied responses to booking questions.

I would recommend CIE tours to anyone considering visiting Ireland, Scotland or England. Booking was easy and they provided all they promised and more.

Top notch tour. Easy to book after choosing our tour from their catalog.

The entire tour was well done, with the places we stayed and the meals we ate.I really enjoyed our guided, Dominick. Not only a great driver, but he knowledge of every area we went lint was outstanding.our amazing vacatu

Booking was easy and convenient.

Tour driver, Dominic, was fantastic. Knowledgeable and funny. Only complaint is the food. Breakfasts were always good. Dinners/lunch were the same everyday- blah. Hotels were very nice and in great locations. Unfortunately, we were there during unseasonably warm temperatures and most hotels don’t have air conditioning. Most in city centers, during World Cup, so opening windows was very loud. Just bad timing.

CIE Tours booking service was very easy to understand and use online. Talking to the operator was just as easy as the lady I talked to was well versed in her craft.

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