Small Group Tour to Ireland 2018

The Traveling Professor Presents

Ireland

See photos of our April, 2017 Tour.  Click HERE

We are taking deposits for our April 2018 Tour Now - ONLY 8 PLACES REMAIN

This adventure is a spectacular introduction to the Emerald Isle of your dreams.  Travel with our small group of up to 14 active, adult travelers.  Journey from Dublin to the green peninsulas of the southwest to the Atlantic coast all the way up to Connemara and back to Dublin.   The tour is comprehensive and active, but not rushed.  We get right off the beaten track and spend more time out of the vehicles exploring the exotic beauty of Ireland.   

After meeting in Dublin we head southwest towards Cork and Kerry through some of the most spectacular landscape you will ever see. Our roving itinerary gives more time to partake in activities, get to know the area and the locals, to explore the shops, pubs, galleries and restaurants that abound there - or simply to chill out and catch your breath.  Then we will travel north and ferry across the River Shannon into County Clare with the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.  Heading into Galway city and north into the Connemara region (or choose to cross Galway Bay by ferry via the Aran Islands to Connemara).   This tour is adaptable and unique in that we tailor it to the desires of our small group of up to 14 travelers, and of course, the weather.  It’s a mixture of outdoor activity, great scenery, relaxing pubs and loads of laughs.   We never rush anyone, but it may seem as if you have been traveling for weeks because we see and do so much.  Revel at some of Europe’s very best scenery, including these highlights:  

County Cork and County Kerry Ring of Kerry County Clare

Cliffs of Moher Macgillycuddy Reeks Green Fields of Dingle

Wild and Rugged Atlantic Coastline River Shannon by Ferry Burren Limestone Plateau

Caha Mountains and Beara Peninsula Golden Value in Tipperary Rock of Cashel

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone Killarney Connemara National Parks

Skelligs Rock - Star Wars film site Much, Much, more...

The Professor welcomes solo travelers as well as accompanied travelers.  Not only do we see all the great sites on our tours, they consist of fun, friendly travelers like you.


What’s Included:

2 Nights Hotel in Dublin at 4-Star Brooks Hotel

7 Nights 3-4 Star Charming Hotels and Inns Along Route

Small Group of 11-14 Travelers

Shannon Ferry Tickets

Fully Guided and Escorted

All Transportation in Ireland

All Admissions

Full Daily Breakfast

Guide Services

What’s NOT Included:

Fees for Activities Not on Itinerary

Lunches and Dinners

Airfare to/from Dublin

How much is it? 

  • $3,199 per person based upon double occupancy.  Add $612 and have your own room.  This includes all taxes.
  • Optional 2-night add on at beginning of tour to include hotel, guided city tour, cruise, and Guiness Storehouse.

Important Notes

  • Travelers are strongly encouraged to have health and emergency evacuation insurance while overseas.
  • All hotels are rated as 3, 4 or 5 star.  Please note European hotels can be smaller than what is found in the U.S
  • Travelers are expected to be able to walk 3-5 miles each day and handle their own luggage
  • To hold your space send a $400 deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, PO BOX 747, GREAT BARRINGTON MA 01230.  Deposits are fully refundable up to 21 days after receipt.  Payment in full is required 60 days from tour date.  All deposits and payments are refunded if trip does not run
  • The Professor is happy to assist in getting you the best air itinerary.  Do not purchase airfare until the trip is designated as a “go”.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

SINCE WE ONLY TRAVEL WITH 11-14 TRAVELERS AND THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR, ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE

ITINERARY MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER OR CONDITIONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL

The April 28 Itinerary Follows the Schedule Listed Below

The May 26 Itinerary Follows the Same Excursion Itinerary, but in Reverse

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin.  After a long overnight flight from the U.S., let’s meet in the lobby at 5 p.m. for a traditional Irish get-together and short walking tour of Dublin.   We’ll get to know each other, talk about what you can expect during our week, and perhaps raise a pint or two.  Hotel:  4-star Brooks Hotel Dublin.

Day 2

Depart 8.30 am from The Brooks Hotel, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Pass through the Curragh Racecourse – the Braveheart film set.  On the itinerary is the Magnificent Rock of Cashel.  A vIsit to Cork, Ireland's second city.  Kiss the World Famous Blarney Stone.  Follow the Lee Valley to the source of the River Lee Walk in the forest park or along the Beara Way in Gougane Barra.  Overnight in the stunning Gougane Barra Hotel or the Castle Hotel, Macroom.  Average driving time today: 3-3.5 hours.

Day 3

An action packed day as we journey down the Atlantic Coastline to the “undiscovered” Beara Peninsula.  It’s rugged, wild and scenic.  A 15-minute walk along the shoreline for seal-spotting at Glengarriff.  Hike past the castles of Dunboy at Bullig Bay.  We head over the mountain pass to Iveragh Peninsula.  We finish up at the ancient Uragh Stone circle.  Spend the night in Kenmare.  Average driving time today: 2.5- 3 hours.

Day 4

It’s a free morning in Kenmare, one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland.  Walk the “Old Kenmare Road” in the ancient oak forest of Killarney National Park.  In the afternoon, we join the Ring of Kerry on our way to the Iveragh Peninsula.  Visit a sheep farm to see amazing sheep dog handling and sheep shearing.   Walk with our guide to waterfalls and the ruins of Muckross Abbey.  Overnight in the lovely fishing village of Portmagee at The Moorings Guesthouse.  An average of 2.5 hours driving today.

Day 5

It’s Dingle Bay Day on the northern half of the Ring of Kerry.  Explore Valentia Island with our guide.  We do an off-road adventure to a mountain-top view of Dingle Bay.  Drive along the Inch Strand – one of the best beaches in Ireland.  Walk through the waterfalls of Lough Annascaul.  Overnight 2 nights in Dingle – a town of 2,000 people and 54 pubs at either The Dingle Bay Hotel or Dingle Skellig Hotel.  Average drive time today of 2.5 hours.

Day 6

A great day exploring Dingle and the Peninsula.  The options are many:  chill out in Dingle, join a tour of the peninsula, or choose from some great optional activities.  Kayaking in Dingle Bay (45 euros per person), Horse Riding on Ventry Strand (30 euros), Surfing on the Inch Strand (35 euros), go for a walk along the Dingle Way (free), Golf at Dingle Golf Links (greens fees apply).   There are PLENTY of shops, galleries, pubs, and restaurants in Dingle.  Less than 2 hours driving today. 

Day 7

We leave Dingle and go north.  Pass through North County Kerry before crossing the River Shannon into County Clare.  Known for its music, magic and folklore and the unique Burren Landscape, the 700 foot Cliffs of Moher await your discovery. Overnight in Ballyvaughan.  Driving time of about 3.5 hours today. 

Day 8

Travelers have the option of striking out across Galway Bay by ferry (subject to weather and tides) to the Aran Islands.  Travelers can spend the day on the islands before taking another ferry to the north side of Galway Bay to meet the rest of the group.   Meanwhile, travelers who opt to not take the ferries drive around Galway Bay to meet those on the other side.  Those not on the island tour visit the village of Kinvara with its colorful sailboats and Dunguaire Castle.  After lunch in Galway City, walk in the footsteps of St. Patrick in the Mamturk Mountains.  Overnight in Connemara.  We are on the road for 1.5 hours (ferry option), otherwise about 3.5 hours.

Day 9

Plenty to see and do on our last day on the road.  We work our way through Connemara and towards Galway, spending time there before heading towards Dublin.  We have time to walk the Famine Trail on the shore of Killary Harbor.  Pass through counties Roscommon, Longford, West Meath, Meath and Kildare with stops along the way.  We arrive back in Dublin at about 6 p.m.  Average drive time of about 4.5 hours today.  Hotel in Dublin:  4-star Brooks Hotel Dublin.


2018 Tour Dates and Pricing
  • Dates:  April 28 to May 6 and May 26 to June 3.  Now taking deposits.
  • Price: $3,199 per person, double occupancy
  • Dublin Pre-Tour Option:  2 additional nights in Dublin, Guiness Storehouse tour, 2 3-hour walking tours of historic Dublin. Local transportation included.  $549 double occupancy, add $99 for your own room.
Tour Notes
  • We will only take 11-14 travelers on this small group tour to Ireland.
  • Every tour is different, but we usually have about 80% women travelers on our tours and about half of them are solo travelers
  • Airfare is not included, but The Professor will help in getting you the best airfare to/from Dublin
  • Top Hotels with Breakfast Included