Overview

IRELAND

THE EMERALD ISLE “MANOR ROYAL”

June 7 – 18, 2024                                                      

12 – Day Tour                                                                                                                                                                                           

In Conjunction with Royal Irish Tours

From magnificent castles, unparalleled landscapes, unique traditional music heritage, to a delightful food culture and ancient monastic sites, this embodies Ireland and more. Whether visiting one of their seven major cities or a rural sheep farm, it is the warm & friendly people of Ireland that have such a sense of enjoyment out of life, who invite you to visit and discover the depth of their Irish lineage. This fascinating journey will start with arrival in Dublin. Giant’s Causeway, Waterford, The Cliffs of Moher, and the Ring of Kerry are just a few tour highlights, with special focus on the unique experiences of Irelands many Manors and Castles.

Exceptional accommodations include:

  • 2 nights’ stay at 5-star Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast – the most prestigious luxury five star hotel in Northern Ireland
    • 2 nights’ stay at deluxe Kilronan Castle in Roscommon, surrounded by over forty acres of breathtaking Irish scenery, lush green pastures, ancient forests and historical points of interest
    • 2 night stay at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens
    • 2 nights’ stay at 5-star K Club Hotel in Kildare, Ireland’s first ever AA 5 Red Star Hotel!

This Exclusive Small Group Tour allows us into some truly signature experiences & unique locations, including 5 Star hotels.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Fri. June 7th, 2024

Depart Canada, overnight flights, Montreal to Dublin.

Day 2 – Sat. June 8th, 2024 ¨ Dublin to Belfast

A “Cead Mile Failte” to the Emerald Isle is extended on arrival at Dublin airport.  Our Ireland adventure sets out today heading North to Northern Ireland, and the City of Belfast.  A must stop at the Man O‘War traditional Irish pub for brunch where you will enjoy the traditional building, food and local experience. From here it is a scenic drive to our hotel in Northern Ireland to relax and unwind before an early dinner.

Brunch /Dinner/Overnight—Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

Day 3 – Sun. June 9th, 2024, ¨ Belfast & Giant’s Causeway

This morning we take the marine drive north past the “Green Glens of Antrim” to Ballycastle on the North Antrim Coast to visit The Giant’s Causeway. On our return to Belfast, enjoy a panoramic tour providing some free time to explore the core of the city.

Breakfast / Overnight—Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

 Day 4 – Mon. June 10th, 2024, ¨ Titanic Belfast

Opened in 2012, Titanic Belfast is a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. Our morning will be devoted to this visit. We will visit the lovely town of Enniskillen this afternoon before arriving at your luxurious castle accommodations for the next two nights.

Breakfast / Dinner/Overnight — Kilronan Castle, Roscommon

Day 5 – Tues. June 11th, 2024, ¨ Sligo & Yeats Country

Today we visit the Mass Rock and Holy Well at Tobernalt before travelling on to Mullaghmore for views of Donegal Bay. In the afternoon we visit Parke’s Castle on the shores of Lough Gill.

Breakfast / Dinner /Overnight — Kilronan Castle, Roscommon

Day 6 – Wed. June 12th, 2024, ¨ Galway & Cong

Galway—Europe’s City of Culture for 2020—where we have a guided walking tour by a local expert.  Our local guide will have you engaged and wanting to explore Galway for days!  This city is particularly enchanting, and you will have a fabulous afternoon and evening here with our overnight hotel in the heart of the city.  The Claddagh is a well-known Irish symbol, but how many people have heard of the Claddagh community in Co. Galway?  You will learn all about this connection and history today. This afternoon we are off to the Spanish Point, County Clare, along the “Great Atlantic Way”.  Our overnight stay is at the stunning Armada Hotel, which sites on the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque sand dunes.

Breakfast /Dinner / Overnight —Armada Hotel, Spanish Point

Day 7 – Thurs. June 13th, 2024, ¨ Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

The landscape radically changes as we drive along the southern shores of Galway Bay via Ballyvaughan to traverse the Burren region of Clare. A view of the mighty Cliffs of Moher that stretch over eight kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean will take your breath away.

Breakfast / Dinner / Overnight— The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney

Day 8 – Fri. June 14th, 2024, ¨ Ring of Kerry

A leisurely drive is planned to take us around the Iveragh Peninsula, reputed to be the most scenic one-hundred-mile drive in Europe. Travel via Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville on Ballinskelligs Bay and the quaint village of Sneem. Your evening is free to explore Killarney, always buzzing with events and festivals year-round.  Have you ever wondered how sheep dogs are trained?  Today you will see this firsthand.

Breakfast / Overnight— The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney

Day 9 – Sat. June 15th, 2024, ¨ Blarney & Cork

Leaving Killarney for Waterford, we travel over the Kerry Mountains to the village of Blarney. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City including a stop in the English Market before a live music session at the Marine Bar this afternoon.

Breakfast / Dinner/Overnight—Granville Hotel, Waterford

Day 10 – Sun. June 16th, 2024, ¨ Wexford & Kildare

This morning we head towards the south-east county of Wexford. In New Ross you will follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board a replica of the sailing vessel Dunbrody at the quayside. This afternoon, a visit to Russborough House—voted one of the Top Ten Houses and Mansions Worldwide. Free time this afternoon to relax, unwind, and explore this incredible property.

Breakfast / Overnight—The K Club, Kildare

Day 11 – Mon. June 17th, 2024, ¨ Dublin’s ‘Fair City’

A guided panoramic tour of Dublin’s famous streets, squares, magnificent buildings, and beautiful public parks with a visit to the brand-new Liberties Distillery for a tasting and tour precedes an afternoon free for shopping or exploring Dublin on your own. Tonight, dinner and Irish music at the famous Johnnie Fox’s.
Breakfast / Dinner / Overnight—The K Club, Kildare

Day 12 – Tues. June 18th, 2024, Dublin – Canada

Your Ireland adventure comes to a finale after a final hearty Irish breakfast in your hotel & a transfer back to Dublin Airport for our flights home to Canada.

Inclusions and Costs

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • 12 Day Tour Program
  • Transportation throughout by modern motor coach
  • Services of an experienced driver & local touring guide
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in superior first-class hotels (All rooms have an en suite)
  • 10 full Irish breakfasts in hotel
  • 6 table d’hôte evening meals
  • Farewell dinner & entertainment in Dublin
  • Signature dinner at famous traditional Belfast pub
  • Light brunch in a traditional pub
  • Admissions to Parke’s Castle, Foxford Woollen Mills, Cliffs of Moher & Atlantic Edge Exhibition, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Russborough House, Giant’s Causeway, Sheepdog display
  • Tickets for Shannon Estuary ferry
  • Music session at Marine Bar
  • Walking tour of Galway with a local guide
  • Tour and tasting Dublin Distillery
  • Baggage Handling (1 per guest)
  • All Transfers
  • All Sight-Seeing and Attractions per Long Form Itinerary above
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

COST PER PERSON (OCCUPANCY)

DOUBLE  $ 6,699

TRIPLE     $ 6,539

SINGLE     $ 8,299

(Taxes Incl. $699.30 Per Person)

  • Deposit $ 1,000 pp upon registration

Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance as well as Medical Out of Country Insurance not included in the tour price. These insurances are strongly recommended. See a Jolly Tours Travel Advisor for details and quote. 

Here is what some previous guests with Jolly Tours had to say about this journey!

“ From the beautiful scenery day after day to the gorgeous estates, castles and hotels we stayed in, I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Jolly Tours and Travel/Royal Irish Tours. Our tour guide and bus driver almost seemed like family by the time our 12-day tour of Ireland was finished. They were very informative but also quite entertaining day to day.

Everything seemed so seamless as we made our way around the beautiful country. This Ireland trip was a trip of a lifetime for my father, Aunt and I “

~ Sue Stewart

“Our trip to Ireland was everything I had hoped for. We had first class accommodations, excellent food and saw so much of the Emerald Isle in only 12 days. The trip was well paced, and the tour guide went above and beyond to ensure it was a memorable holiday”

~ Debra Wood