• $4,795
  • $600
  • AHI
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

Experience the best of Ireland’s heritage and natural history on this 10-night adventure featuring stays in Dublin, Mallow, Killarney and Ennis. From dancing to storytelling to a special farm-to-fork meal, you’ll relish Irish culture, cuisine and traditions. See the famed Book of Kells at Dublin’s Trinity College and the atmospheric Rock of Cashel. Explore Killarney National Park by horse-drawn carriage. Watch border collies corral sheep in the open countryside of the Ring of Kerry and meet the shepherd to learn more about the dogs and flock. On the Loop Head and Dingle Peninsulas, take in the awe-inspiring coastline. Walk along the fossil-laden limestone terrain of the Burren and marvel at a Neolithic portal tomb and the dramatic Cliffs of Moher—a UNESCO Global Geopark. Cap off your journey by cruising to the serene Aran Island of Inishmore. This small-group journey includes deluxe and first-class accommodations and a generous meal plan with wine at dinner.


Included Features

Accommodations

(with baggage handling.)

  • 2 nights in Dublin, Ireland, at The Westbury, a deluxe hotel.
  • 1 nights in Mallow at the first-class Longueville House.
  • 3 nights in Killarney at the first-class Great Southern Killarney.
  • 4 nights in Ennis at the first-class Old Ground Hotel.
Extensive Meal Program
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Opportunities to sample authentic cuisine and local flavors.
Your One-of-a-Kind Journey
  • Discovery excursions highlight the local culture, heritage and history.
  • Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region.
  • AHI Sustainability Promise: We strive to make a positive, purposeful impact in the communities we visit.
  • AHI Connects: Local immersion.
  • Free time to pursue your own interests.
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • A personal VOX headset to hear your English-speaking guide clearly.
  • Tipping of guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel mementos.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Dublin, Ireland. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: DUB.

Day 2

Dublin, Ireland

Arrive at Dublin Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to The Westbury Hotel. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

After you’ve settled in, join your Travel Director for an informal walk in the vibrant neighborhood around your hotel.

Tonight, meet and get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner in the hotel.

Accommodations – The Westbury Hotel
Meals – Dinner

A Note About Activity Levels

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
1–Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
2–Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
3–Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

Day 1

En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

After an evening arrival in Quito, transfer to your award-winning hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Overnight: Casa Gangotena – Quito 

Day 3

Dublin

Discovery: Dublin.
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy a panoramic tour this morning to get acquainted with this captivating city. While your guide shares insights, revel in Dublin’s colorful streets, brimming with grand Georgian architecture and lovely green spaces. Visit Trinity College and view the hand-illuminated, ninth-century Book of Kells.

Free Time: Spend the afternoon exploring Dublin on your own! Rich with world-class museums, inventive cuisine, distinctive shops and terrific live music, Dublin offers something for everyone. Sip a pint of Guinness at a local pub and enjoy the craic, Irish for “a good time,” or savor a hearty bowl of Irish stew.

Enrichment: Irish Literature.
Ireland has produced four Nobel Prize winners in Literature, and Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature. Learn about the key figures who shaped Dublin’s rich literary heritage this evening.

Accommodations – The Westbury Hotel
Meals – Breakfast

Day 4

Cashel | Mallow

Discovery: Rock of Cashel.
Activity level: Moderate

Once the ancient seat of kings such as Brian Boru, this atmospheric site became a medieval religious center, and the remains of the churches are a standout. Walk with your guide through the grounds and discover its intriguing past.

After lunch in Cashel, continue to Mallow in County Cork. Upon arrival, check in to Longueville House, a family-owned hotel on a 450-acre country estate.

Discovery: Field to Fork Dining.
Activity level: Moderate

Meet the owners of this family-run property, who will share how they revitalized the farm, gardens and orchard to achieve their farm to table vision.

Free Time: Stroll through the gardens or relax on the patio as you pursue your own interests on the estate.

Tonight, savor a very special dinner prepared by the chef-owner of Longueville that showcases homegrown ingredients from the estate’s gardens and farm.

Accommodations – Longueville House
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5

Killarney

After breakfast, depart for Killarney.

Discovery: Killarney National Park.
Activity level: Moderate

Situated on the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park is a tranquil, natural oasis of oak woodlands and shimmering lakes at the foot of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range. It’s Ireland’s first national park, encompassing more than 25,000 acres and a part of the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This morning, ramble through the park on an entertaining, leisurely ride in a traditional, horse-drawn carriage called a jaunting car. Your jarvey, or driver, will share local lore and history as you make your way to see Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress. Then, board a cruiser to glide across the serene waters of the Killarney Lakes, the park’s three connected lakes. Learn about the park’s unique wildlife and historical sites from the captain.

Check in to the Great Southern Killarney.

Free Time: The afternoon is free for independent pursuits in Killarney, such as dining, shopping and exploring.

Enrichment: Whiskey Tasting.
Delight in a whiskey tasting this evening, complemented by hors d’oeuvres. Irish whiskey production rules date back to the 1880s, and all Irish whiskey must be aged in barrels for a minimum of three years. Taste the local whiskey’s smooth, caramel flavor. Afterward, enjoy a musical performance by a local singer.

Accommodations – Great Southern Killarney
Meals – Breakfast

Day 6

Ring of Kerry

Discovery: Ring of Kerry.
Activity level: Moderate

Located on the Iveragh Peninsula, the circular drive of the Ring of Kerry is among the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. View a pastoral region of Ireland seemingly untouched by time. Meet a local shepherd who will demonstrate, with the help of loyal border collies, how to move sheep around a pasture. Afterward, there is time to ask questions about the flock, which includes rare breeds of sheep from around the world, and the dogs, as well as farm life. Stop for lunch in Waterville, and relish the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Drive through the villages of Caherdaniel and Sneem to Windy Gap and Ladies View, a great place to take in the vistas of the pristine Killarney Lakes.

Accommodations – Great Southern Killarney
Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7

Dingle Peninsula

Discovery: Dingle Peninsula.
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy sweeping mountain vistas and coastal scenery on the Slea Head Drive, a highlight on the untamed Wild Atlantic Way, one of Europe’s most captivating coastal roads. Along your drive, visit the Blasket Island Heritage Center. The center honors the people who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until the mid-1900s and the extraordinary literary legacy they left behind. After lunch on your route, spend free time in the charming town of Dingle, exploring its pubs, craft galleries, bookstores and other unique shops.

Accommodations – Great Southern Killarney
Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8

Loop Head Peninsula | Ennis

Discovery: Loop Head Peninsula.
Activity level: Moderate

Take a short ferry ride from Killimer to Tarbert over the Shannon estuary. If you are lucky, you may see dolphins. Then, gaze in awe at the spectacular, rugged cliffside scenery on either side of you as you head to the tip of this headland that juts out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shannon estuary. Relax over lunch before touring the Loop Head Lighthouse and the keeper’s cottage. Hear the powerful crash of the waves, feel the ocean breezes and take in expansive panoramic views from this excellent vantage point.

Continue to Ennis and check in to the Old Ground Hotel.

Discovery & Enrichment: Ennis Tour.
Activity level: Moderate

Learn about Ennis’ history as you enjoy a walking tour through town. From tales of banshees to the famous local witch, hear how this area is steeped in legend and folklore. You’ll also learn how some of Ireland’s most influential political figures were connected to Ennis. Founded in the 11th century, this lively market town has a historic yet cosmopolitan character. Discover its special charms as you wander along winding lanes and cross over the River Fergus that flows through the middle of town.

Accommodations – Old Ground Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9

The Burren | Cliffs of Moher

Discovery: The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
Activity level: Moderate

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark, sit on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Marvel at this stunning coastline of dramatic cliffs, sea caves and inlets, and revel in the sweeping views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
Spend the day admiring Ireland’s marvelous countryside and coastline as you are immersed in one of the world’s most unique landscapes. The Burren’s rocky plateau features diverse flora and karstic limestone formations. Enjoy an audio/visual presentation at the Burren Center and see the famous high crosses at Kilfenora Cathedral. Then, take an exclusive guided walk through the Burren with local expert Tony Kirby, and enjoy an experience rich with geological, archaeological and botanical insights. Film producer, critically acclaimed author and blogger on Burren life, Kirby has been leading walks in the Burren since 2002 and looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge with you.
Enjoy lunch in a family-run pub in the heart of the Burren. Continue to Poulnabrone, a vision resting on the stark limestone pavements, and Ireland’s most photographed portal tomb, from 2500–2000 B.C. Afterward, drive along to Ballyvaughan, by Galway Bay and Black Head, to marvel at the jaw-dropping sight of the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy some free time at the Cliffs of Moher and explore the visitor center.

Accommodations – Old Ground Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10

Aran Islands

Discovery: Aran Island of Inishmore (Inis Mór).
Activity level: Moderate

From Ennis, enjoy a scenic drive to Rossaveal, where you’ll board a ferry to sail across Galway Bay to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
As you explore the island on a minibus, listen to entertaining stories about life on the island from your local guide. Like The Burren, the Aran Islands’ striking karst landscape is created by limestone. Along your route, visit a family-run business that hand-harvests edible seaweeds for a talk and tasting. People have lived here since approximately 3000 B.C., and Stone Age monuments can still be seen. The area is also famous for stone forts, which date from the Bronze Age. The most famous is Dún Aonghasa. If you’d like to take the more active walk up to the fort, enjoy a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean from its clifftop location. Once you reach the cliff, gaze over the water. You may see traditional Curach boats, which some anglers still use. Turn around and admire the starkly beautiful scenery of the island. While in the area, stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant.

Travel by ferry back to Rossveal and return to Ennis.

Accommodations – Old Ground Hotel
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11

Ennis

Enrichment: Irish Seanchaí.
Seanchaí, Ireland’s venerable storytellers, were the bearers of old Celtic lore and the caretakers of this oral tradition. Listen as Eddie Lenihan, Ireland’s premier folklorist/seanchaí, relates stories and tales in the time-honored style. An author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster, Lenihan has been described as a “national treasure” and is well known for his tales of folk heroes, mythology and the supernatural.

Free Time: Take advantage of your final day in Ireland to do some last-minute shopping at Ennis’ many shops and boutiques or make plans for additional sightseeing in the area. Please consult your Travel Director for ideas or assistance with reservations.

Tonight, at a Farewell Reception and Dinner in the hotel, raise your glass and toast Sláinte to your fellow travelers as you celebrate your Riches of the Emerald Isle adventure.

Enrichment: Irish Music and Dance.
After dinner, tap your feet to the stirring beat as a traditional céilí band and local dancers entertain you with an exclusive performance of traditional songs and famous melodic airs.

Accommodations – Old Ground Hotel
Meals – Dinner

Day 12

Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Shannon Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service


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