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The Irish Pub Tour

  • 2019 The Irish Pub Tour – 9 Days/8 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole.
  • Discover the rich history of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile as you explore with a local guide.
  • Happen upon live music on a Pub Crawl through Westport, a beautiful planned town from the 18th century.

Dining Experiences

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch at McGann’s Pub in Doolin and 7 dinners including The Church Café Bar and Restaurant, Celtic Whiskey Bar (including a Tasting and Chocolate Pairing), and the 12th century Brazen Head Pub folk dinner.

Trip Highlights

Hotels

  • Hilton Garden Inn or Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny (1 night)
  • International Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Armada Hotel, Spanish Point (1 night)
  • Wyatt Hotel, Westport (1 night)
  • Ashling Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Hotels

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Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House, Dublin

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House, Dublin Description:

Jurys Inn Custom House offers guests excellent 3-star comfort in the heart of the city center. Centrally located along the River Liffey, in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and just a 2-minute walk from Busaras and Connolly station, this budget Dublin hotel is a short distance from the city’s main shopping areas of O’Connell Street and Grafton Street.

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern hotel offers 232 spacious and comfortable guestrooms, all offering a tranquil environment in which you can unwind and relax. Dine at the Sideline Bistro and Bar, where guests can enjoy stylish surroundings and a tempting choice of unique cuisine. The hotel also offers a fully equipped gymnasium. Located right beside Croke Park Stadium and close to city bus service to central Dublin, the Croke Park Hotel also provides easy access to local shops and pubs.

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny Description:

This hotel is centrally located beside Kilkenny Castle and within walking distance of the historic city center. Luxurious and spacious guest rooms offer every comfort. Two award-winning restaurants, cozy bar and a great leisure center enhance your stay.

International Hotel, Killarney

International Hotel, Killarney Description:

The International Hotel is a historic building built in the mid-1800s, and is located close to Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. Luxurious rooms with plush features strike the balance between cozy and contemporary comfort. Enjoy great Irish food in a casual setting at Hannigans, or more contemporary cuisine at the elegant Brewery Restaurant.

Armada Hotel, Spanish Point

Armada Hotel, Spanish Point Description:

Located on Ireland’s West Coast, this hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is just a few minutes’ walk from Spanish Point Beach. Stylish guest rooms feature dark wood furnishings and subdued decor. The high-end Pearl Restaurant serves dinner as well as a full buffet breakfast. Enjoy the traditional Irish pub, which often features live music, and an oceanside bar with terrace seating.

Wyatt Hotel, Wesport

Wyatt Hotel, Wesport Description:

This charming boutique hotel offers a great base for a stay in Westport. All 52 guest rooms are restful and provide great amenities. Enjoy tea or coffee at JW’s Brasserie, a relaxing drink in the traditional Cobblers Bar & Courtyard, or fantastic food and service in the welcoming dining room. Located on the Octagon, in the heart of Westport town. Great location for people-watching or browsing around the town.

Ashling Hotel, Dublin

Ashling Hotel, Dublin Description:

This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. Located on the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring Dublin. City center and Temple Bar are just a 20-minute walk away, and both sites, as well as many other attractions, are accessible via the Luas tram, which stops near the hotel.

Itinerary

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The Irish Pub Tour 9 Days / 9 Nights / 16 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1Dublin Tour & Guinness Storehouse

Tour starts 2:00 pm at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. Cross the River Liffey to drive along the wide O’Connell Street and view the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s most famous brew and after pulling your own pint enjoy views of Dublin from the rooftop bar. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your group at The Church Café Bar and Restaurant. (D)

Day 2Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Smithwick’s Experience

Explore Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. Head to Kilkenny for a walking tour through Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to view merchants’ houses and a stop at one of its historic pubs. Visit Smithwick’s Experience brewery for a tour and enjoy a sample. Spend some free time browsing the charming city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3Dungarvan Brewing Company & Blarney

Visit the Dungarvan Brewing Company and learn about their bottle-conditioned beers. Travel on to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Pass through County Cork to Killarney where you’ll have free time to explore some lively pubs. (B, D)

Day 4Dingle Peninsula & The Irish Whiskey Experience

Head to the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery. Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. Enjoy some time and lunch on your own in the town of Dingle. In the evening, head to the Irish Whiskey Experience for a tasting, chocolate pairing and dinner. (B, D)

Day 5Cliffs of Moher & Spanish Point

Embark on a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the top of the cliffs for views across Galway Bay to Connemara and the Aran Islands. A short drive will bring you into Doolin for lunch at McGann’s Pub. Travel to Spanish Point, named after the ships of the 1588 Spanish Armada that were wrecked there. Enjoy a drink at Johnny Burke’s and dinner at your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6Galway & Westport Walk

Drive around the shores of Galway Bay and stop in Galway for some leisure time to explore independently. Continue through Connemara with its hills, lakes, and open country where sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, where the movie “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport and enjoy a pub walking tour of this attractive estate town built in 1780, with buildings steeped in history and traditional pubs, many with live music. (B, D)

Day 7Teelings Distillery & 12th Century Brazen Head Pub

Enjoy the scenery of central Ireland as you head to Dublin on the east coast. Visit Teelings Distillery in the heart of the city, and sample the aged whiskey. Head to the Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dating back to 1198 for an evening of “Food, Folk and Fairies” where storytelling will reveal the myths and beliefs of times past. (B, D)

Day 8Independent Bus Tour in Dublin

Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- EPIC Ireland, the GPO Museum or the Book of Kells. (B)

Day 9Tour ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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3 Reviews


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I thought the booking process was pretty easy and straightforward. Plus I was able to get a receipt via email after any changes made. That made it pretty nice.

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It was first rate. I booked only 14 days in advance of our trip and everything worked out perfectly. We booked the flight also with CIE. The fellow (Brian) I believe, assisted us in getting the best flight at the last minute. Wonderful.

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We booked our tour online and had no problems at all. The booking system was very easy to use. We did an 8 day Irish Pub tour which covered southern Ireland and had some fantastic experiences. The transportation was comfortable and the location of the accommodation was central to attractions. We had a fabulous time, which was made more fun by the others on the tour. I would love to travel with CIE again, and already have a growing wish list.

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