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Story Land & Sea®

Story's Hand-Crafted Small Group tour through Ireland & Northern Ireland.

The Best of Ireland Tour

The Emerald Isle in a Small Group Tour


Discover Ireland, Differently.

Story Land & Sea®'s Best of Ireland Tour is not your typical big group tour experience. Find out why more and more travelers are opting to 'Leave the Herd Behind' while discovering authentic experiences at Castles and Pubs, Whiskey Tastings, and of course the diverse beauty of the Emerald Island on a Story Land & Sea® Tour. From Ireland's Shades of Green comes the Best of Ireland Tour.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional <strong>Story Land &amp; Sea<sup>&reg;</sup> </strong>Tour Captain and local 'native' staff that will entertain and delight. Are you QueensLander or Story Alumni? inquire to see if one of your favorites is leading this journey!


The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Tour Captain and complemented by our local, expert tour guides. Story's Best of Ireland Tour is the perfectly balanced adventure through this beautiful country.

  • Scotland & Ireland Tour
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Ireland Duty Free
  • Ireland Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher
Transatlantic Flight

Day 1: Bound for Northern Ireland

Today is your flight date from North America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - Your flight is not included, however we do have an air department that could provide you a quotation. You will cross the Atlantic Ocean tonight enroute to Europe.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Belfast, Ireland.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.


 

Arrive Belfast
Day 2: Belfast

food icon   Story® Way Included Dining: Join us tonight for our Welcome Dinner experience

We arrive Belfast and check in to our hotel in the heart of the city. Welcome to Northern Ireland and the beginning of the very Best of Ireland Tour.

Freshen up and enjoy our included orientation walking tour with the Tour Captain.

Welcome Orientation Walk: The Tour Captain will help you discover the area around our Heart-of-City hotel in Belfast.

Accommodation in Belfast, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
The Merchant Hotel

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Antrim Coast

Day 3: Belfast

Enjoy a driving overview of Belfast as we head north along the coast. First stop is Carrickfergus, and then on to Bushmills, where there is time for an optional lunch.

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a World Heritage Site and is the most famous natural wonder in all of Northern Ireland. The geological phenomenon features 40,000 interlocking columns - a truly unique site - full of myths and legends and our Tour Captain Guide provides excellent context.

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Lough Eske Castle

Day 4: County Donegal

This morning after a hearty full Irish breakfast we are heading to the Londonderry, one of Europe’s best preserved walled settlements. We will take a driving tour of the city's highlights and have lunch in one of the city center pubs before heading south to our wonderful accommodation for the night, the Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. Upon arrival you will have time to enjoy the grounds different activities provided by the hotel. Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa sits within 43 acres of forest woodland, surrounded by the shores of Lough Eske on one side and the Blue Stack Mountains on the other.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special dinner tonight with the Tour Captain

Accommodation, 1 Night
Deluxe: Lough Eske Castle Hotel

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To Galway

Day 5: Galway

With a relaxing morning at the castle, we depart around 10:30 and begin our journey south.

We will drive along the coast through picturesque Donegal as we travel through the majestic scenery of Ireland. We are heading for Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast.

Galway sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops, and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.

Arriving to the Hotel at around 2:30 pm. We will join our guests from The Spirit of Ireland & Scotland Tour here.

Our hotel is in the city center, so the guests who arrive early have lunch options and things to do. We get everyone checked in and plan for a 5:00 walkabout and/or reception for all to come together.

Welcome dinner tonight.

Accommodation in Galway, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Salt Hill Hotel, or similar.

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Galway

Day 6: Connemara Drive

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby as we set out to explore the Connemara area of Ireland.

Now we are entering the wild beauty of Connemara, mountains start to rise and there are vast, open, breath-taking spaces in the Maam Valley, a spectacular region that divides up the Maamturk mountains of Connemara.

Dropping down into the village of Leenane where the film “The Field” directed by John B. Keane was filmed, Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) unfolds. Here you can see the salmon and mussel pots floating on the surface of the water where the fish are farmed here. Arriving now at the highlight of the tour, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, one can absorb the tranquil atmosphere while walking in one of Ireland’s most peaceful scenic areas. Returning to Galway in the late afternoon, the balance of the day is your.

Optional Dinner tonight.

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Galway To Killarney

Day 7: The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

We depart Galway for Killarney and do the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic, on the way.

The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds.

After check in we offer the jaunting carts to Ross lake where we will do a Story exclusive at Ross Castle Ruins.
Note: The jaunting carts may be on the following day depending on weather.

Dinner included tonight!

Accommodation in Killarney, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Killarney Plaza Hotel or Similar.

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Killarney & Ring of Kerry

Day 8: Enjoying the Kingdom of Kerry

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for dinner.

Jaunting Kart

This morning we’re off to explore some of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry from the town of Kenmare. We'll take in a sheep dog demonstration which is quite fascinating.

This afternoon enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

For Golfers maybe 18 holes on the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club or perhaps horse-riding a trek through The Killarney National Park. Bikes are available to rent and enjoy a self-guided route along part of the Ring of Kerry.

Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner in this town known for its traditional Irish music and pubs.

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Blarney Castle and on to Dublin

Day 9: Exploring Blarney Castle & Gardens

   Included Dinner Tonight: Tonight's dinner is included in Dublin.

Today we head to Dublin with a stop at Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence (some call the gift of Gab) and time to pillage the adjacent woolen mills.

Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.

In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens. Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants.There will be time for lunch and shopping at the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill's, the largest in Ireland. Our destination this afternoon is Dublin. Upon arrival we will check in, freshen up and join the Tour Captain for a guided orientation walkabout of your Dublin surroundings.

Welcome to Dublin.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an included dinner this evening.

Accommodation in Dublin, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin

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Dublin Immersion Sightseeing

Day 10: Trinity College, The Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral

   Optional Dinner Tonight: Pub Crawl with Tour Captain through Dublin. Visit Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest Pub.

After your full Irish breakfast this morning meet the Tour Captain and our expert local guide in the lobby to commence our walking tour exploring the city center. Enjoy an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital.

The walking tour will end at Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells.

In the afternoon you may choose to visit Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries.

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Day 11: Departure Day

Opt for our Belfast Airport Departure at $69 per person or Dublin Airport departure at $79 per person, two guest minimum.

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The Spirit of Ireland & Scotland guests depart for Edinburgh, Scotland.

Other extensions also available. Please enquire with Reservations.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711
Story Land & Sea®

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Belfast - 2 Nights



Lough Eske - 1 Night



Galway - 2 Nights



Killarney Hotel - 2 Nights



Dublin Hotels - 2 Nights




11 Days Best of Ireland True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Belfast
    $69 per person (2 guest minimum)
    Departure Transfers in Dublin: $69 per person or Belfast
    $94 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included on Deluxe Tour
    5 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and Northern Ireland and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, AND 5 DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. 5 dinners included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story vacation.

 

The Best of Ireland Tour

2017 Guaranteed Departures.

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour
Size
Price
Departures in May-July 2017
May 18 Max 16 Guests $4,779
May 27 Max 16 Guests $4,779
June 15
Max 16 Guests $4,779
June 29
Max 16 Guests $4,779
July 6
Max 16 Guests $4,779
July 20
Max 16 Guests $4,779
July 29
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Departures in Aug-Oct 2017
Aug 10
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Aug 21
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 2
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 14
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 28
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Oct 14
Max 16 Guests $4,779
2018 Guaranteed Departures.

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour
Size
Price
Departures in May-July 2018
May 16 Max 16 Guests $4,779
May 28 Max 16 Guests $4,779
June 12
Max 16 Guests $4,779
June 23
Max 16 Guests $4,779
June 30
Max 16 Guests $4,779
July 7
Max 16 Guests $4,779
July 14
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Departures in Aug-Oct 2018
Aug 1
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Aug 10
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 2
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 15
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Sep 24
Max 16 Guests $4,779
Oct 7
Max 16 Guests $4,779

 

 


 

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