As a pastor taking his first group to the Holy Land, I was so thankful to have the Travel with Friends team helping me every step of the way. They were amazing from the day that we picked the date to the day we returned. We loved the support staff, the guides, the accommodations and the travel arrangements. Highly recommended!
Experience some of the beautiful landscapes, castles and culture of Ireland in this 10-day tour!
- 2 Special Event Dinners
- 5 Dinners at Hotel
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- Entrance Fees to all Sites
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- Itinerary as per Description
- Premium Accommodations
- Professional Tour Guides
- Transportation by Deluxe Motor Coach
Day 1 Depart USA
Relax and rest on your flight from the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in Ireland
Your group will be met by your local driver and guide and depart for the center of Dublin. Panoramic tour of DUBLIN CITY taking in O’ Connell Street, the river Liffey with its numerous bridges, the Georgian Squares and the historic quarter with Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Free time for lunch followed by one or two interior visits – depending on arrival time. Dinner and overnight in Dublin.
Day 3 Guinness Storehouse / Pearse Lyons Distillery
Continue your exploration of Dublin today with a leisurely departure time to visit ST PATRICK’S. Onwards then to visit the iconic GUINNESS STOREHOUSE where you will enjoy 7 stories of exhibitions and displays. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the nearby PEARSE LYONS DISTILLERY. Return to your hotel to refresh before you head out for an evening of Food, Folklore & Fairies. This is an award-winning experience combining a three-course dinner with an enchanting evening of storytelling and good fun. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4 Kilkenny
Following full Irish breakfast, we depart Dublin and travel southwards to the city of KILKENNY. Here your guide will bring you on a Walking Tour of the Medieval Mile which links the 13th Century ST CANICE’S CATHEDRAL AND TOWER with the Anglo-Norman KILKENNY CASTLE. Free time for lunch. In the late afternoon continue to County Cork and check in to your hotel in/near Blarney. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Blarney/ Killarney
After Irish breakfast, spend the morning exploring BLARNEY CASTLE. Do not miss your chance to kiss the Blarney stone! After some free time for lunch, you will depart for KILLARNEY, a bustling, beautiful town embodying true Irish hospitality and leisure. Free for dinner this evening. Overnight.
Day 6 Ring of Kerry
After breakfast this morning, we depart for a full day tour of the RING OF KERRY. Stop to visit the KERRY BOG VILLAGE to get an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 19th Century. Onwards then to visit the SKELLIG EXPERIENCE VISITOR CENTRE. The visitor centre unveils the history of the early Christian monastery on the island of Skellig Michael. Free time for lunch. Continue via Waterville to the pretty village of Sneem. Have a wonderful photo stop overlooking the National Park & Lakes of Killarney. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 7 Limerick/ Bunratty/ Medieval Banquet
Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel. Drive northwards to the pretty village of ADARE. Onwards to LIMERICK for a panoramic tour of the city. Highlights include King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral. Onwards then to the village of BUNRATTY where you will have free time for lunch and a visit to BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLKPARK. For dinner this evening we attend a MEDIEVAL BANQUET at Bunratty Castle. This will be a truly unforgettable experience! Overnight at your hotel in the area.
Day 8 Cliffs of Moher/ Galway
After breakfast you will drive from Bunratty out to the west coast of Clare to visit the CLIFFS OF MOHER. There is an excellent visitor centre to begin with and then you will walk on the cliffs which rise a dramatic 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. We continue onwards along the coast to the Blackhead Peninsula and pass Dunguaire Castle to arrive in Galway. You will enjoy some free time. You will visit GLENGOWLA WORKING FARM & MINE. Overnight in Clifden.
Day 9 Connemarra/ Kylemore Abbey
After breakfast you will enjoy a full day tour of CONNEMARA with its mountain ranges, lakes, and boglands. You will then stop for a visit to KYLEMORE ABBEY. Travel to Dublin for overnight before return trip home.
Day 10 Return to USA
Host: Cathi Johnson
Phone Number: 901-481-9840
I had a most wonderful trip, accompanied by 15 new friends from South Dakota led by Pastor Rooney, 4-13 Feb 20. Because I was a VERY late add-on to their trip, I dealt with 4 people from Friends and each was OUTSTANDING. However, the STAR who deserves special note is Kelsie Vail, the Air Specialist: she was able to save me over $1,700.00 on my upgraded seating [disabled Vet with BAD back]. She was incredibly personable, professional, and simply "down-home" friendly, genuine, and nice!! The trip was a true "bucket-list" adventure, walking where Jesus walked, preached, and performed miracles [I was overwhelmed many times and want to visit Israel again!]. The sights were amazing; the bus was quite comfortable; and our Tour Leader ("Charlie") and bus drivers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and Safety-conscious. Truly the VERY BEST overseas tour I have ever taken! Thank you, Friends, and especially VP Mitch Jensen and Kelsie Vail for all the pre-trip information, help overcoming flight delay/change, and post-trip timely assistance. They will NOT let you down! Shalom!
The faces of Friends www.TravelWithFriends.com, BTR (Bill), Claudia and Charlie Dajani. An amazing experience that could only be possible with this team! From the first of booking our trip through to seeing us off at the ticket counter for our return trip back to the states. I absolutely recommend going to Israel and doing it with Friends travel. Charlie, you are amazing. Charlie’s extensive knowledge, humor, care of the group and individuals, mapping and juggling of sites to make it seamless and timely was a true treasure. Outstanding job!!!!! You all helped make this an experience to remember, share and HIGHLY recommend! ❤️