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Dublin and the Emerald Isle - Overview
July 11 - 20, 2024 

July 11 - 20, 2024
10 Days / 9 Nights

This tour starts and ends in Dublin

$4,660 per person/ double occupancy
$1,760 optional single supplement
$400 additional night (single or double), includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

This tour may be combined with
the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 1 tour to Scotland (June 29 - July 9, 2024)

the Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 2 tour to Scotland (July 22 - August 1, 2024)


  • 3 nights at The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin, 3 nights at The Dunloe Castle Hotel & Resort in Killarney, and 3 nights at The Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway 
  • Porterage service at all hotels
  • 9 hotel breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners, including drinks - traditional or vegetarian menu
  • All transportation in Ireland, in a private coach and a driver/guide
  • Private, Blue Badge certified Irish guides at sites throughout the tour
  • An experienced Tour Director
  • All sightseeing fees and admissions to sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Irish dance performance and an evening of Irish storytelling and music
  • Visits to all castles, sites and monuments mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and a group airport transfer on departure
  • All guides', drivers' and restaurants' gratuities

Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, optional travel insurance, optional additional accommodations, optional early hotel check-in, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not included in the itinerary, optional Tour Director's gratuities, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses. 

The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.

  • The lively atmosphere of Dublin
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • Prehistoric Newgrange and Knowth
  • An Irish dancing show and Irish storytelling
  • Powerscourt House and Gardens
  • Glendalough monastic site
  • The historic Rock of Cashel
  • Boat trip across the Killarney Lakes
  • The scenery of the Dingle Peninsula
  • The spectacular Gap of Dunloe
  • The Cliffs of Moher and the stone-clad Burren
  • The fairytale Kylemore Abbey
  • The beauty of Connemara
  • The Aran Islands
  • The magic of Irish weather
  • Castles, prehistoric monuments and manor houses
  • The history of Irish people

The Ireland tour included the highlights of the country plus some that were new to me but fascinating (Newgrange).  I especially enjoyed the Riverdance performance in Dublin and the trip to the Aran Islands.  But Killarney was so beautiful as well.  The individual guides that we had were great, especially Donal in Dublin, so informative and entertaining.  The ladies that did our tours at Newgrange were outstanding.  Our bus driver, Sean, was very dedicated to taking care of us! Thank you for organizing a great tour that was relaxing and fun with a great group of ladies. - Barbara from Alberta, Canada

My trip to Ireland was very special. Beautiful hotels, delicious food, incredible sights and of course a great group of women! The Aran Islands were gorgeous, and the Dingle Pennisula was wild. I just can’t say enough good things about this tour! Looking forward to my next tour! – Fran from New York

It was a wonderful tour. The hotels were really nice. I especially love the manor house in Killarney – everyone should have their own castle! I liked the variety of activities. The food was excellent. It was a great group of women. A really fine tour! – Amy from Massachusetts

Loved the tour. Activities, accommodations, and restaurants were excellent! - Joyce from Minnesota

So many things were outstanding. Ireland overall exceeded my expectations. Such a well-rounded tour. - Katherine from California

The tour was fabulous. Ireland is magnificent, we explored beautiful castles , witnessed amazing landscapes, ate first class food, and gained so much fascinating knowledge of the Gaelic culture and traditions – together in a group that felt like family! Teresa definitely enhanced the tour with her conscientious attitude in aiming to please everyone and listening to everyone’s concerns – she has a wonderful demeanor. The hotels were extraordinary – especially Gregan’s Castle and Hotel Europe. I feel very fortunate to have discovered Sights and Soul. As my husband no longer wants to travel abroad, I have found a way to see the world, in the company of likeminded women and a fabulous tour leader with a superior tour company. - Amy from New York

Sights and Soul was a perfect tour group for me. Enjoyed my tour from beginning to end – would give them 5 stars on all levels. A small group with lovely ladies, highlights the high interest sites, food is high quality choices, hotels were wonderful and had a different experience in each of them. - Fran from California

I felt there were lots of great experiences, nice hotels and great restaurants. - Patricia from Tennessee 

This was a wonderful way to see a lot of Ireland all in one trip. Excellent tour! - Kim from Maryland

The all woman, small, intimate group was just what I was looking for. And Kerry was wonderful, full of excitement, always kind and willing to assist anyone who needed extra help. - Barbara from Massachusetts

I have wnated to go to Ireland my whole life. The tour helped me experience Ireland the way I expected. Nicely done. - Shannon from Washington

I enjoyed Ireland. I thought it was a wonderful itinerary. I was impressed with the hotel and restauant selections. - Wendy from Maryland

Sights + Soul has been my travel “to go” group for 5 years. I am always happy and secure on every trip. Never has there been a problem. I am proud to travel with S + S! The Ireland tour was fantastic and fun, and Kerry was delightful. She is smart, energetic and fun to travel with. She is very caring. I hope to travel with her again soon! All the activities around Killarney were truly memorable. Fantastic hotel & food! My idea of Ireland! - Kim from Texas

Ireland is a wonderful country to visit. The people are very friendly and will go out of their way to help you. This was a fun filled and adventurous tour. Sights & Soul does not disappoint. They make sure to exceed your expectations. Sights & Soul, to me, is a step above the other travel groups I have toured with. - Elona from Florida

Ireland was wonderful. The friendly Irish people, the ancient landmarks and great experiences (Riverdance, story-telling and music, Newgrange, Dingle Peninsula) made this a 5-star tour! I especially enjoyed Tadgh, our driver/guide. He was so interesting, informative and funny, too. Joan was just a top-notch tour leader, always upbeat and pleasant! She kept us on schedule and informed. Hope to travel with her again! - Rose Ann from Texas

The trip was wonderful! I enjoyed every Irish adventure, everyday. Our bus driver was a fantastic storyteller, and I learned so much about Irish culture. The women on the tour were a great group. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! - Gene from Virginia

I have wanted to visit Ireland for 20 years and the wait was worth it! The 3 hotels were very different and each was special in its own way. Becky + the local guides were great, and the ladies in the group were an interesting + fun group! Thanks to everyone who made this trip such a great experience. - Sarah from Wisconsin

Absolutely wonderful. Ireland is beautiful. Yolanta and Becky created our unforgettable tour. I cried when I left and I wasn't the only one. - Sheila from Montana

I just want to let you know what a wonderful tour our Ireland adventure was! Becky was not only a great delight, but a tremendously professional tour leader. With her overseeing the arrangements, everything went smooth as silk. Thank you for making such a great tour available to women ... I'm looking forward to another adventure with Sights and Soul! - Kate from North Carolina

Everything was wonderful! Ireland is a glorious place to visit. The tour itinerary was perfect! Becky and our local guides were knowledgeable, flexible and fun! The hotels were interesting and first rate! the food was gourmet and delicious! Four stars! And the women who made up our group were charming, wonderful, independent, and terrific traveling companions! I loved every minute! Will absolutely do another trip with SST!! - Monica from Ohio

I wanted to take a moment to send you a quick email and let you know how much of an awesome time we both had in Ireland, Joan was a wonderful leader and a true pleasure to travel with. I had a fabulous time, and cannot wait until the next trip! - Joanne from Maryland

Everything was wonderful! Ireland is a glorious place to visit. The tour itinerary was perfect! Becky and our local guides were knowledgeable, flexible and fun! The hotels were interesting and first rate! the food was gourmet and delicious! Four stars! And the women who made up our group were charming, wonderful, independent, and terrific traveling companions! I loved every minute! Will absolutely do another trip with SST!! - Monica from Ohio

Tour Director: Marta Rzeznik

Steeped in the midst of history and woven into a rich tapestry of arts, music and literature, Ireland offers both magnificent landscapes and a fascinating cultural heritage. During the Dublin and the Emerald Isle journey, we'll travel through pastoral Irish scenery, lit by shimmering shafts of sunlight and frequent rainbows. We'll visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the rock-encrusted Burren. We'll tour the windswept Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, marvel at the hauntingly beautiful Connemara with its castles, prehistoric monuments and lovingly restored manor houses. We'll wonder at the translucent lakes of Killarney, the ever-changing light on spectacular seascapes around the Dingle Peninsula, and the mysterious remains of ancient forts and monasteries. We'll experience the mellow charms of medieval towns and villages lost in time, the wild, rugged scenery of the Wicklow Mountains, the improbable colors of Irish gardens and the prehistoric mysteries of Newgrange and Knowth. Yet this intimate exploration of the Emerald Isle will let us go beyond the landscapes, as we meet the Irish people and experience the culture of Ireland first hand, and follow in the footsteps of Irish writers, stroll on the lively streets of Dublin, enjoy a chat over a glass of Guinness and join in an evening singsong in a local pub. We'll enjoy fine dining, opulent castles, luxury boutique hotels and Celtic culture as we connect with new, like-minded friends and create lifelong memories.

  • We'll stay in an upscale modern hotel in the center of Dublin, a luxury spa resort in Killarney and an elegant elegant waterfront hotel in Galway
  • We'll discover Dublin's highlights with a historian guide, including the Trinity College with its Book of Kells, and the lively Temple Bar area
  • We'll take in a performance of breath-taking Irish dance and an evening of Irish tales and music
  • We'll tour the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and the atmospheric Connemara
  • We'll admire the prehistoric Celtic monuments in the Burren
  • We'll stroll among the fifty shades of green in the Dingle Peninsula, stopping in Gaelic speaking market towns and villages frozen in time
  • We'll experience Newgrange and Knowth, one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Europe
  • We'll discover the "Garden of Ireland" at the Powerscourt Manor
  • We'll tour Glendalough, a monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century
  • We'll see the Rock of Cashel, Ireland's most historic and evocative sight
  • We'll dine at fine restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of Irish cuisine, and we'll take in the friendly atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub

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  • Accommodation at upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Dining at some of Ireland's finest restaurants
  • Small group of the maximum of 16 women
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private, Blue Badge certified guides
  • Experienced Tour Director
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Irish experiences
  • Exclusive, off the beaten track experiences, not available to larger groups