Ireland: The Grand Tour

August 9, 2025 thru August 23, 2025

Journey through Ireland, where legends echo through ancient castles and misty cliffs whisper tales of giants. Wander through the vibrant streets of Dublin, kiss the Blarney Stone, and feel the pulse of history in Belfast. As you explore lush landscapes and cozy pubs, let each day weave a tale of enchantment and adventure.


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Duration

15 days, 14 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

21 meals (13 breakfasts, 8 dinners) included

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Dublin City Tour
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Book of Kells Immersive Experience – Trinity College Dublin
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cobh Heritage Centre – The Queenstown Story
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Sheepdog Demonstration at Kissane Sheep Farm
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre
  • Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Town
  • Kilimer Ferry on the Shannon River
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Connemara Touring
  • Roundstone Musical Instruments & Crafts
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
  • Drumlife Church & W.B. Yeats’ Grave
  • Belleek Pottery Experience
  • 2 Local Guides in Derry/Londonderry for Walk on the Walls
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Belfast City Tour
  • Titanic Belfast
  • The Merry Ploughboy Dinner & Traditional Show

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Ireland
  • Transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
  • 13 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • 21 meals (13 breakfasts, 8 dinners) included
  • Baggage handling
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Your Professional European Tour Guide
  • Your Professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
  • Taxes & gratuities for included items


Day 1 - Flight

Fly overnight to Ireland from Tucson.

Day 2 - Arrive in Dublin

Arrive in Dublin and spend the day exploring the city’s key landmarks and hidden spots. End the day with dinner, then enjoy your evening at leisure in your welcoming hotel.

Meals Included: (D)

Day 3 - Dublin Experience

Meet your experienced tour manager, who will be at your service for the duration of the tour. Embark on a half-day coach tour of Dublin, taking in the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral with its Gothic spires and the historic Dublin Castle.

Continue your exploration with a self-guided visit to the iconic Guinness Storehouse, where you will learn about the brewing process and enjoy a complimentary pint at the Gravity Bar, offering panoramic views of the city. In the afternoon, visit Trinity College Dublin for an immersive experience with the world-renowned Book of Kells, housed in the magnificent Long Room Library.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 4 - Enchanting Castles

Board a comfortable touring coach for a day filled with historical exploration and breathtaking scenery. Our first stop is a photo opportunity at the stunning Kilkenny Castle, an impressive Norman fortress with lush gardens and a rich history dating back to the 12th century. Next, visit the iconic Rock of Cashel, where you’ll enjoy an in-depth tour of this ancient royal site, famous for its medieval architecture and panoramic views of the Tipperary countryside.

Continue to Cahir Castle, one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles, where you’ll explore its formidable defenses and learn about its role in Irish history. After a day of captivating sights, head to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 5 - Kiss the Blarney Stone

Set off for the Cobh Heritage Centre. Here, you’ll delve into “The Queenstown Story,” an immersive exhibition that tells the poignant tales of Irish emigration, the Titanic, and the Lusitania, all set against the backdrop of Cobh’s rich maritime history.

Next, visit the legendary Blarney Castle & Gardens. Wander through the enchanting gardens and climb to the top of the castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence. After a day filled with history and adventure, head to the charming town of Killarney. Enjoy a delightful dinner and an overnight stay.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 6 - Ring of Kerry

Head to the scenic Kissane Sheep Farm for an authentic sheepdog demonstration. Witness the incredible skill and teamwork between the shepherd and dogs as they guide the sheep across the rugged landscape.

Next, embark on a morning tour of the Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s most iconic routes. Marvel at the breathtaking coastal views, lush green hills, and charming villages that dot this stunning landscape. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Killarney at your leisure. Discover the town’s vibrant shops, cozy cafes, and historical sites, or simply relax and soak in the picturesque surroundings.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 7 - Dingle Peninsula

Today, explore the Dingle Peninsula, renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Your first stop is the Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about this remarkable early Christian site, famous for its unique stone architecture and historical significance. Continue your journey around the Dingle Peninsula, taking in the dramatic coastal scenery, including rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque villages.

Spend the afternoon with free time in Dingle Town, a charming fishing village known for its vibrant arts scene, friendly locals, and delightful shops and cafes. Stroll through the colorful streets, visit local artisans, or enjoy fresh seafood at one of the town’s renowned restaurants. After a full day of sightseeing and cultural immersion, return to the comfort of your hotel in Killarney.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 8 - Majestic Cliffs

Embark on a journey to the Shannon River, where you’ll take the Kilimer Ferry across, offering stunning views of the river and surrounding landscapes. Your next destination is the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy adult admission to the Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about the geology, history, and wildlife of these magnificent cliffs that rise dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, providing some of the most spectacular coastal views in Ireland.

After exploring the Cliffs of Moher, continue your journey to Galway, a city known for its vibrant culture and charming medieval streets. Check into your hotel, where you’ll enjoy a delightful dinner. This evening, take some time to relax or explore Galway’s lively atmosphere, ensuring you’re ready for more adventures ahead.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 9 - Discover Connemara

Enjoy a full day of exploring the rugged beauty of Connemara. Experience the wild landscapes, characterized by rolling hills, serene lakes, and picturesque boglands.

Your first stop is Roundstone Musical Instruments & Crafts, where you will enjoy an immersive experience learning about traditional Irish musical instruments and the craftsmanship that goes into making them.

Continue your journey to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, a stunning neo-Gothic castle nestled in the heart of Connemara. Explore the beautifully restored abbey, stroll through the tranquil Victorian Walled Garden, and learn about the rich history and cultural significance of this remarkable site.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 10 - Literary Discovery

Journey to Drumcliffe Church, where you’ll make a group donation and visit the grave of the renowned poet W.B. Yeats. Nestled beneath the striking Benbulben mountain, Yeats’ final resting place is marked by a simple headstone bearing his famous epitaph. Take some time to reflect on his profound literary contributions and the serene beauty of the surroundings. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Meals Included: (B, D)

 

Day 11 - Belleek Pottery & Historic Derry

Head to Belleek Pottery Ltd for a guided tour of the renowned Belleek Experience. Discover the intricate craftsmanship behind the famous Belleek pottery, known for its delicate designs.

Next, travel to Derry/Londonderry, where you will be joined by two local guides for an informative walk along the historic city walls. Learn about the city’s turbulent past, its significant landmarks, and the resilience of its people as you stroll along these well-preserved fortifications.

Conclude your day with dinner and an overnight stay.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 12 - Myths & Lengeds

Discover the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the unique hexagonal basalt columns formed by ancient volcanic activity and immerse yourself in the myths and legends of this geological wonder.

In the afternoon, travel to Belfast, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. Take the evening to relax or explore the vibrant city, known for its rich history and cultural attractions.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 13 - Belfast & the Titanic

Explore Belfast’s rich history, vibrant culture, and notable landmarks, including the historic Belfast City Hall on a guided city tour.

After the city tour, enjoy the Titanic Belfast, an immersive museum dedicated to the story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Explore interactive exhibits that bring the ship’s history to life, from its construction in Belfast to its tragic sinking.

In the afternoon, the Belfast coach will cover the rest of the day’s tour, allowing you more time to explore or relax.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 14 - A Farewell to Dublin

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Dublin at your own pace. In the evening, experience an unforgettable traditional night at The Merry Ploughboy. Savor a delicious multi-choice dinner with a drink, while enjoying lively Irish music and dance in an authentic setting.

Return to the hotel. Reflect on the wonderful experiences and memories you’ve made throughout your journey, bringing your Irish adventure to a delightful close.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 15 - Return Home

We transfer to the airport and journey back home.

Meals Included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Ireland, England, or Scotland.


Package Pricing

$7,695 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking

$8,895 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250 at Booking

Final Payment:

April 8, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Ireland
• Transfers & motorcoach transportation
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 13 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• 21 meals (13 breakfasts, 8 dinners) included
• Baggage handling
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your Professional European Tour Guide
• Your Professional Pleasurebent Tours Tour Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
• Taxes & gratuities for included items


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: April 8, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None – Through April 8, 2025
  • $250 – April 9 – May 6, 2025
  • $4,600 – May 7 – June 3, 2025
  • 100% after June 3, 2025

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, you will be assessed a fee for checked baggage, upon arrival by the airlines.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING

Level 4: Active

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

There is no smoking in the lodges and tents. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In August, Ireland enjoys mild temperatures with averages between 11°C (52°F) and 18°C (64°F). Expect occasional rain, as the country sees around 80-110 mm of rainfall this month. Days are long, with sunrise around 5:30 AM and sunset close to 9:30 PM, making it ideal for exploring. Be sure to pack layers, a waterproof jacket, and comfortable walking shoes​.

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