When Irish Eyes are Smiling | Aug 8 – 16

A journey through the Emerald Isle - Featuring Waterford Crystal, the Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and more... The Republic of Ireland is the land of breathtaking landscapes, friendly people, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences and we'll tour the best of Ireland with you! Our exclusive land program will certainly exceed your expectations of the Emerald Isle, whether you’re raising a pint with new Irish friends at a lively pub, following in the footsteps of your ancestors among the rolling hills and picturesque castles, or enjoying the best of Irish culture through authentic experiences. Thrill at the amazing Cliffs of Moher and the gorgeous Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula on this perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle, including the mountainous beauty of Connemara.

August 8 – 16, 2023 |  9 Days / 8 Nights  


August 8 | US | Ireland 

Today transfer to the airport and board your overnight flight bound for Dublin, Ireland.

August 9 | Dublin | Kildare | Waterford 

This morning you arrive in Dublin, where you are met by your private driver/guide. Your journey begins as you board your private motorcoach and travel to Kildare. Relax as we travel through the stunning Irish countryside, and later enjoy an included lunch on our way to Waterford and visit the world-famous Waterford Crystal factory. On your guided tour watch craftsman transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes with skills that have made two hundred years of perfection clearly visible in every piece. Tonight’s dinner will be served in the hotel’s dining room.

Overnight:  Waterford – (B,L,D)

August 10 | Cobh Heritage Center | Blarney Castle 

After breakfast enjoy a walking tour with a local guide in the country’s oldest city. Waterford was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D., and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Board your motor coach and travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. An included tour at the Cobh Heritage  Centre will reveal many of the places that still remain over a century after travelers embarked on that fateful voyage. Next, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woolen Mills. After free time for lunch on your own, journey to Killarney and check into your hotel for the next two nights. This evening, dinner is served in the hotel’s dining room.

Overnight: Killarney – (B,D)                                     

August 11 | Ring of Kerry | Traditional Sheep Farm 

Today after breakfast, discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the rugged coastline. This afternoon watch border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm before you return to the hotel. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own.

Overnight: Killarney – (B)                                                    

August 12 | Dingle Peninsula 

After a leisurely breakfast and checking out of your hotel, depart for the famous Dingle Peninsula loop. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter”, “Far & Away”, and “The Last Jedi”, which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. The Peninsula is 10 miles wide and runs 40 miles from Tralee to Slea Head. While only tiny villages lie west of Dingle town, the Peninsula is home to 500,000 sheep. After some free time for lunch and shopping in Dingle, travel northeast and stop in one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, Adare for a photo opp. With its picture postcard main street of thatched cottages and medieval buildings, Adare village is rich in ancient and archaeological remains with a history dating back to 1200 A.D. Tonight experience a truly unique dining experience.

Overnight: Limerick area – (B,D)                                  

August 13 | Cliffs of Moher | Galway 

After a full Irish breakfast, head to the famous Cliffs of Moher, stunning rock formations that soar 700 feet above the churning Atlantic Ocean and extend for 9 miles. The Cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, travel through the austere beauty of the Burren, a distinctive limestone landscape formed by glaciers. It’s like no other place in Ireland with its karst landscape of bedrocks incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone. From here you enter Galway and after a brief city tour and free time for shopping in town, check into your hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Galway – (B,D)

August 14 | Connemara, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens 

After breakfast you are off to a treat as you visit the famous Connemara Marble Factory. Connemara Marble is a serpentine-rich rock, popular since ancient times as a decorative facing stone. With its forty shades of green and its wild patterns, it represents perfectly the landscapes of the Emerald Isle. Welcome to Connemara, a place of contrasts, colors, wilderness, and warm welcomes on the west coast of Ireland. From the bogs and lakes of the Gaelic speaking South Connemara, to the mountain vistas of North and West Connemara, the diversity of the landscape and the people who populate it offers much to the visitor. Next, head to Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Nestled in the heart of Connemara, on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kylemore Abbey is a haven of history, beauty and serenity. Home to a Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years, Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors from all over the world each year to embrace the magic of the magnificent 1,000-acre estate. On your guided tour, you will see the Abbey’s beautifully restored period rooms, fascinating Visitor Experience and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. Explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower, vegetable and herb gardens.

Overnight: Galway – (B,D)

August 15 | Clonmacnoise, Dublin & Castle Hotel 

Today you your journey continues as you travel eastbound for Dublin. Visit one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise, located along the River Shannon. A walk amongst the peaceful stone ruins of this famous place will conjure images of the saints and scholars of Ireland’s renowned golden age of learning during the 9th century. Next, stop at the oldest pub in Europe, Sean’s Bar, which has been quenching thirsts since 900 AD. This afternoon enjoy a panoramic city tour of the Capital cities highlights and window view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the General Post Office, Phoenix Park, Victorian St. Stephen’s Green and more. Check in late this afternoon at your Castle Hotel. This evening features a fun filled farewell dinner.

Overnight: Dublin area, Castle Hotel – (B,D)

August 16 | Flight back Home 

After breakfast this morning you depart for the airport and your flight home to the United States with fond memories of the Emerald Island. – (B)


  • Round trip airfare to Dublin
  • Luxury motor coach transportation while in Ireland
  • Seven night’s accommodations in Waterford
  • Killarney (two nights), Limerick, Galway (two nights) and a Castle Hotel near Dublin
  • 15 meals including Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • All sightseeing, attractions, and admissions as per detailed itinerary
  • Local step on guide in Waterford
  • Professional Irish Driver/Guide while in Ireland
  • Hotel taxes; meal taxes and gratuities
  • Porterage of one bag per person (excludes airline baggage fees)
  • All resort, service, and government fees
  • Service of a professional Tour Director
  • All gratuities for drivers, guides, step-on guides

$800.00 secures your space on the trip. Cash or Check Payment

Final payment is due December 2, 2022

50% non-refundable April 5, 2023

100% non-refundable June 5, 2023

Cash or Check Payment

 An optional Travel Protection plan is available with coverage  for trip cancellation/interruption, see enclosed product flyer for more information.

A valid passport is required on this itinerary and must be valid for at least 6 month after returning back to the USA.


Contact Your Group Leader OR Armonde Maurras at Universal Travel