Land Journey

The Best of Ireland, Small Groups

All Departures Small Groups Averaging 24 Tauck Guests

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£5,790
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Apr - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Belfast, Dublin, Kilkenny, Ashford Castle, Connemara, Giant's Causeway
Best of Irelad Escorted Tour
Ashford Castle Ireland

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests! A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at some of Ireland's top hotels

 

TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the spectacular coastal scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road

 

Accommodations include lavishly restored castles, grand hotels, and manor houses: The Westin Dublin; The Merchant Hotel in Belfast; Lough Eske Castle, Donegal; Old Ground Hotel in Ennis; Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney; Ashford Castle in Cong; Lyrath Estate Hotel & Spa, Kilkenny.

 

Visit Belfast’s award-winning Titanic Belfast interactive museum & enjoy a sumptuous 9-course Titanic tasting dinner

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Tour Ireland and experience the benefits of traveling in a small group – including two nights at Ashford Castle!

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Splendid scenery, rich cultural traditions, centuries of intriguing history, warm hospitable people – all combine to create the eternal charm of Ireland, north and south.

Tauck's Yellow Roads take you from the Giant's Causeway in the north to the Ring of Kerry in the south – and along the way you'll stay at luxury accommodations including grand hotels and elegant manor houses. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory. Experience past and present in Dublin and Belfast and the warmth of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Explore the magnificent Titanic exhibit and enjoy a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Irish Whiskey at The Jameson Experience. And explore what castle life is all about when you're a guest at Ashford Castle... All this and more on our new Small Group Ireland journey. Read Less

Belfast's Titanic exhibit and a Titanic dinner

Belfast's award-winning Titanic museum... followed by a 9-course Titanic tasting dinner

Learn insider stories behind Titanic, designed to be one of the finest ships ever to grace the seas, on your visit to Titanic Belfast, built on the site of the former Queen’s Island shipyards that produced the ill-fated liner. J. Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, asked Lord Pirrie of shipbuilders Harland & Wolff to construct “a stable ship that will not disturb the sediment in the fine wines” they were drinking together at a planning meeting. And while Titanic was, according to her builders, “as nearly as perfect as human brains can make her,” she proved no match for nature. Discover more in modern-day galleries that bring the legendary ship back to life... and enjoy a 9-course Titanic tasting dinner in the Great Room of The Merchant Hotel.

Ulster American Folk Park

Day 5

Hear compelling stories of Irish emigrants to North America at the Ulster American Folk Park

Immerse yourself in the story of the brave Irish emigrants who made the arduous journey across the Atlantic to start a new life in America hundreds of years ago on your visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, an acclaimed open-air museum in Omagh, in Northern Ireland’s County Tyrone. Wander through thatched cottages and log cabins, and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts, tell you a few stories and maybe even share a bit of their good food. Board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. With 30 buildings and exhibits to explore, the Ulster American Folk Park is a wonderfully unique experience.

Visit and lunch at a family dairy farm

Day 10

Visit a working dairy farm in Kilmallock for a lunch of Irish specialties

Discover the importance of farming in the west of Ireland – and learn firsthand about the country’s modern agribusiness pursuits – on a visit to a working dairy farm in Kilmallock that’s been in the same family for generations. You’re invited for a light, farm-fresh Irish lunch and some excellent stories!

Ashford Castle

Nights 7 and 8

A taste of the royal life of the past on a two-night stay at Ashford Castle

Turrets and ramparts, armor and oak paneling, Waterford chandeliers and gilt mirrors reflect the royal architectural décor you’ll find at Ashford Castle. Its first stones were laid in 1228, and since that time eight privileged Irish families have called this 83-bedroom castle – now one of Ireland’s most magnificent castle-hotels – home. And for two memorable nights during this journey, you can, too.

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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

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Get what you pay for and then some – about 100 cost components are included on every trip. From fine hotels in prime locations to all luggage handling, most taxes, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, unique travel experiences and more. Because we believe that when you travel, just about everything should be included.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.
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