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IRELAND 
Dublin and the Emerald Isle - Overview
DATES & COST 

July 5 - 14, 2020
10 Days / 9 Nights 

Tour starts in Dublin and ends in Shannon

$3,990 per person/ double occupancy
$1,680 optional single supplement
$520 additional night (single or double), includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
TOUR MAP 

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This tour may be combined with
the London and the English Countryside tour to England (UK) (July 15 - 23, 2020) 
and Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 2 tour Scotland (UK) (July 2020)


ONE SHARED ROOM LEFT

Steeped in the mist 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, wind-swept 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. We'll meet the Irish people and experience the culture of Ireland first hand, as we 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 a luxury hotel in Dublin, an upscale spa resort in Killarney and an elegant Victorian-style 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 House
     
  • 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
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
NOT INCLUDED 

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

The cost does not include airfare.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Enjoying 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
  • Boat trip across the Killarney Lakes
  • Taking in the scenery of the Dingle Peninsula
  • The spectacular scenery at the Gap of Dunloe
  • The Cliffs of Moher and the stone-clad Burren
  • The fairytale Kylemore Abbey
  • Experiencing the beauty of Connemara
  • Walking in the Aran Islands
  • Experiencing the magic of Irish weather
  • Touring castles, prehistoric monuments and manor houses
  • Learning about the history of Irish people
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • 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, professional tour director
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Irish experiences
  • Exclusive, off the beaten track experiences, not available to larger groups
Testimonials 

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

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Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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