Best of Ireland

2025 Dublin > Dublin | Price from $3699

13 DAYS • 16 MEALS From the bustling capital of Dublin to quaint seaside villages to historic Northern Ireland, you’ll see it all on this Mayflower holiday featuring Irish history, music, dance, cuisine, scenery and architecture. This ‘best of’ tour lets you experience 6,000 years of history spread across the dales, valleys, cliffs and castles of Dublin, Killarney, Co Mayo, and Northern Ireland.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland

Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to become acquainted with the area.

Day 3: Dublin

A guided panoramic orientation tour of this capital city awaits. See the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green and travel along O’Connell Street with its monument to Daniel O’Connell and other notable figures from Ireland’s turbulent past. Pass the General Post Office, site of rebel headquarters in the 1916 Easter Rising. Stop at Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, the famous hand-illuminated gospel manuscript. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining buildings from medieval times, and see its impressive altar and stained-glass windows. After free time for lunch, enjoy a special treat with an included tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The bird’s-eye views of Dublin from the 7th-floor Gravity Bar, as you sample a pint, is a perfect end to the day of touring! Meal: B

Day 4: Dublin

Depart the hotel and enjoy a leisurely drive to the coastal town of Malahide. Upon arriving at the castle grounds, enjoy a visit to the castle and gardens. One of the oldest castles in Ireland, this historic 12th-century castle has been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. Discover the story of their ghostly residents before the guided tour of the reception rooms of this magnificent landmark. Free time will be available to stroll through the walled garden. Return to Dublin for a bit of free time.This evening, join in the merriment as you dine in an 18th-century pub and enjoy a traditional show featuring Irish dance, music and song. Meals: B, D

Day 5: Dublin – Killarney

It’s time to depart Dublin via coach for the quaint town of Killarney. Travel through the scenic countryside and stop in the village of Blarney where you become caught up in the aura of magic and mystique during an included visit to Blarney Castle. Climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. See if the “gift of gab” is bestowed upon you! Continue to Killarney, “the Jewel of Ireland”, with a background of sparkling lakes, deep forests and jagged misty mountains. A brief panoramic orientation tour introduces you to this lively little town. Dinner is included at the hotel. Meals: B, D

Day 6: Killarney / Ring of Kerry

Fall in love with the charm of Killarney during a morning Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park. Your Jarvey (driver) will keep you entertained with tales about the history, folklore and beauty of the area. This afternoon is spent on an exciting and breathtakingly beautiful excursion along a portion of the Ring of Kerry – the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. With its diverse scenery of mountains, lakes and awe-inspiring views you’ll see why words just can’t describe its beauty. After a full day of scenery and adventure, the evening is at leisure. Meal: B

Day 7: Killarney – Galway

Leaving Killarney, depart for Galway with adventures along the way. Stopping in the picturesque village of Adare, be transported back in time as you stroll through the quaint streets with thatched-roofed cottages and cozy shops. During the visit to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, see what life was like in the 19th century. The recreated village showcases houses, shops and businesses in a typical rural setting. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher – a breathtaking sight where nature’s wildness and spectacular beauty meet. Admire the grandeur of the Cliffs, soaring from the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 700 feet. Arriving in Galway early evening, check-in to the hotel and enjoy an included dinner. Meals: B, D

Day 8: Connemara

Begin the day with a cruise of Killary Fjord where scenic views abound. Hills rise steeply from the silvery sea, shifting light and shadows create colorful effects on the peaks and valleys, and deep green fields contrast with heather bogs. Return to dry land for a visit to Kylemore Abbey, the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. Discover the rich history of the Abbey, set amongst postcard-perfect scenery in the majestic Connemara. Meal: B

Day 9: Galway – Derry, Northern Ireland

Departing Galway, the journey into Northern Ireland begins with the scenic landscapes of County Sligo and touring along the way. A visit to a local sheep farm to learn about the Atlantic Sheepdogs is in store today. Meet with the sheepdog handler and learn how he works with the dogs to build their relationship. Witness a demonstration of the dogs in action as they round up the sheep according to the whistle commands given by the trainer. Travel through County Donegal before crossing into Northern Ireland. Arrive in the city of Derry for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

Day 10: Derry

Discovery of Northern Ireland begins with a guided walking tour of Derry before visiting the Inishowen Peninsula, the northernmost point on the island of Ireland. With its remote, rugged landscape of castle ruins, towers and ancient churches, along with Celtic crosses and pagan monuments, the sights along the peninsula weave a colorful tapestry of an earlier age in this timeless place. Return to Derry for an evening at leisure and overnight. Meal: B

Day 11: Derry – Belfast

Today’s highlight is the journey to Belfast along the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous site. Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, this astonishing complex of basalt columns is home to many fairies and folklore tales! Hear the myths of the giant Finn McCool and the legends surrounding this mystical place. The journey ends with arrival into Belfast where you are free to explore on your own. Meal: B

Day 12: Belfast – Dublin, Ireland

A guided panoramic visit of the city showcases the Grand Opera House, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, an authentic working-class community and the Falls Road area. See the murals on almost every gabled wall which tell stories of the city’s violent past and its belief for the future. Visit Titanic Belfast where the story of the ill-fated ship is told from her conception, to the construction and launch to her catastrophic demise. Interpretive and interactive galleries bring the history of the Titanic to life. Depart Belfast and return to Dublin, enjoying the final evening and farewell dinner at the Johnstown Estate. Meals: B, D

Day 13: Dublin / USA

Filled with wonderful memories of the history, scenery and people of the Emerald Isle and Northern Ireland, transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Tour Highlights

  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Included panoramic city tour of Dublin
  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Tour the Guinness Storehouse and sample its famous product
  • A traditional Irish evening with dinner, dance, music and song
  • Kiss the famous stone at Blarney Castle
  • Entertaining Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park
  • Journey along the famous “Ring of Kerry”
  • See the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
  • Cruise through the scenic Killary Fjord
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park for a glimpse of rural life in the 19th century
  • Discover the scenic beauty of the Connemara and historic Kylemore Abbey
  • Learn about the Atlantic Sheepdogs during a farm visit
  • Experience the coastal beauty along the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  • Visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast

Hotel Accommodations

Days 2 through 4 – Camden Court, Dublin, Ireland*
Days 5 and 6 – Killarney Oaks Hotel, Killarney, Ireland
Days 7 and 8 – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, Ireland**
Days 9 and 10 – Maldron Hotel, Derry, Northern Ireland
Day 11 – Ten Square Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 12 – Johnstown Estate, Dublin, Ireland
*June 4 and October 1 departures are at the Riu Gresham, Dublin
**June 4 departure is at the Clayton Hotel, Galway

DATES & AVAILABILITY

June 5, 2024 | $4,299

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$4,299

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+$1,539

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October 2, 2024 | $4,299

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$4,299

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October 9, 2024 | $4,299

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$4,299

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March 12, 2025 | $3,699

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$3,699

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+$1,899

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April 2, 2025 | $3,799

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$3,799

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+$1,999

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June 4, 2025 | $3,999

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$3,999

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+$2,169

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October 1, 2025 | $3,799

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$3,799

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+$1,999

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October 8, 2025 | $3,799

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$3,799

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+$1,999

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