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I would definitely do another Odysseys tour – great company, great value.

Nancy Huntley
Springfield, IL

We continue to be amazed at the value and quality of these trips.

Peg & Ray Dutcher
Wellesley, MA

Love your company and feel like we get excellent value.

Eugene & Carol Simpson
Raleigh, NC

The small group (20) was perfect.

Jacqueline Meyer
Foster City, CA

Love small group tours.  Odysseys does it right!

Kathy Root
Grafton, OH

I loved the small group...I felt safe and well cared for.

Deborah Miles
Denver, CO

Odysseys is our #1 choice for group travel.

Karin Knutsen
Chagrin Falls, OH

It was a truly first-rate experience in every way.

Enid & Jerry Liess
Annandale, VA

Each of our four tours with you has been outstanding!

Howard Sosne
Raleigh, NC

Our first experience made us loyal customers.

Doug Bates
The Villages, FL

First-rate tour. Odysseys Unlimited came highly recommended.

Carol & Michael Ferraris
Massapequa Park, NY

The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.

Bill Jones
Vancouver, WA

All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.

Susan & Paul Krupp
Georgetown, TX

Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.

Barbara Schoetzau
New York, NY

We like the model – small groups, excellent tour directors, solid hotels, good mix of group/independent activities.

Roger Soder
Seattle, WA

We love the small group experience.

Dave & Alice Wilson
Williamstown, MA

Odysseys tours are just right for us: great value, nice group size, complete trips, sufficient free time.

Laurin & Phyllis LeTart
Shepherdstown, WV

It was the best value in travel we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful experience.

Trish Merrill & Mac White
Austin, TX

This was my 7th trip with Odysseys and they keep getting better and better.

Merle Frank
Miami, FL

Love the small group format and the ease of traveling with arrangements made for us.

Ken & Carolyn Helm
Newburgh, IN

Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!

Ronni Goldberg
New York, NY

Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.

Harvey Wine
Dallas, TX

Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!

Sharon Irwin & John Akamatsu
Kent, OH

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Dublin touring, including Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Magnificent natural scenery of counties Galway and Kerry: Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Connemara
  • Irish sheepdog demonstration
  • Beautiful Kylemore Abbey
  • Dramatic Aran Islands
  • Ring of Kerry scenic drive
  • Historic Muckross House
  • Visit to Blarney Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Outstanding small group accommodations that enhance the Irish experience
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Dublin, Ireland

Day 2: Arrive Dublin We arrive in the intimate, and beautiful, Irish capital today and check in at our hotel located right on St. Stephen’s Green. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D

Day 3: Dublin This morning’s city tour includes a visit to Trinity College, home of the stunning 8th-century Book of Kells illuminated manuscript; and to St. Patrick’s, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This afternoon we embark on an informal walking tour (led by our tour director), passing some of the haunts and hiding places of Ireland’s beloved literary sons. Dinner tonight is on our own in this enchanting city. B

Day 4: Dublin/Galway We leave Dublin this morning for Galway in the West, the region some consider to be the “most Irish part of Ireland.” En route we stop for tea and coffee at Tyrrellspass Castle then continue on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s most important early monastic site. Located on the East Side of the River Shannon, the monastery occupied a central position in Ireland. For that reason, it was the chosen burial place of the Kings of Connaught as well as those of Tara, including Rory O’Connor, the last High King of Ireland. At one time, it was also the most illustrious school in Europe, predating many universities. After lunch on our own we resume our journey, reaching Galway City this afternoon. We dine at our hotel located in the village of Bearna just outside the city. B,D

Day 5: Galway/Connemara A day of scenic highlights is in store as we travel through western County Galway in the legendary region known as Connemara, a rugged, silent landscape of mountains, glacial lakes, endless roads, and uninhabited bog lands. Our first stop is at beautiful Kylemore Abbey, built as a private home in 1861 and one of Ireland’s most photographed castles. We then continue our tour of this rugged region that offers spectacular views of the Twelve Ben Mountains on one side and the pounding sea on the other, returning to our Galway hotel late this afternoon. Tonight, we enjoy dinner together, with traditional Irish entertainment. B,D

Day 6: Galway/Aran Islands Today we embark on an excursion to Inishmore, the largest of the fabled Aran Islands, whose unique culture and history have been an inspiration to artists, writers, and filmmakers. Sitting across Galway Bay in the midst of the Atlantic, the islands feature primitive stone forests, early Christian churches, and medieval castles – as well as shops, galleries, and restaurants. An islander guides our tour here, imparting local lore along the way. We stop at Dun Aenghus Fortress, the three prehistoric stone walls crowning the tallest cliffs of Inishmore; have lunch in a local pub; and enjoy some free time before returning to the mainland and our hotel late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in the village of Bearna. B,L,D

Day 7: Galway/County Clare/Killarney Another day of breathtaking scenery as we leave Galway for Killarney, traveling south along the fabled coastline of County Clare. We pass through the Burren, the 116-square-mile “rocky place” of craggy gray karst (limestone) formations that stretch endlessly in all directions. Then we visit the Cliffs of Moher, the majestic flat-topped “mountains” that rise vertically from the sea for five miles from north to south. After lunch on our own here, we cross by ferry into County Kerry, reaching Killarney in beautiful Killarney National Park late this afternoon. This evening we enjoy dinners with local families. B,D

Day 8: Killarney Our exploration of this attractive town, founded as a resort in the 18th century, begins with a jaunting cart ride from the center of town to 15th-century Ross Castle, the last strong­hold to fall to Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1652. Then we travel by boat to Muckross House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor, which showcases the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. We tour the elegantly furnished rooms, as well as the informal garden, with it’s lush rhododendrons, and the rock garden, with its collection of rolling dwarf conifers. Lunch is on our own here before we return to Killarney mid-afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this charming town. B

Day 9: ­Killarney/Ring of Kerry Today we expe­rience one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile route connecting Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara peninsulas. This is the Ireland of postcards and pictures, with tiny villages dotting the breathtaking landscape; we stop in one of them for an Irish sheepdog demonstration and in another for lunch. We also drive through the village of Waterville, home to the famed golf links, before heading back to Killarney. We dine together tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 10: Blarney/Cashel/Kilkenny On our way to Kilkenny this morning we stop in the small town of Blarney to visit the ruins of the 15th-century castle, with its celebrated Blarney Stone believed to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. We also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, housing an excellent selection of Irish crafts as well as knits and woolens of all kinds. After lunch on our own in Blarney, we continue on to the Rock of Cashel, the celebrated – and beloved – archaeological complex (c. 432 CE) of medieval ruins atop a limestone outcropping that presides over the surrounding plain. Late this afternoon we return to Kilkenny and our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,D

Day 11: Kilkenny Today is devoted to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval city known as Ireland’s cultural capital – and the country’s smallest city. We tour 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, considered one of the country’s most beautiful, then embark on an informal walking tour of Kilkenny itself, noting the many buildings of “black” or Kilkenny marble, quarried locally. After lunch together at a local pub, the remainder of the day is at leisure. The city offers the Kilkenny Crafts Trail to guide visitors to the best of the jewelers, potters, glassblowers, ceramicists, and wood and ironworkers who live and work here – in the center of Ireland’s artisan and handcraft industries. Kilkenny also boasts other important historic and architectural sites, including ancient monuments, monastic settlements, old country homes, and burial sites. B,L

Day 12: Kilkenny/Dublin (Barberstown)  We leave Kilkenny this morning for a final visit to Dublin, where we tour fascinating EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum depicting 1,500 years of Irish history in an interactive environment. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel outside Dublin; tonight we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 13: Depart for U.S. We leave this morning for the Dublin airport and our return flights to the United States. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
2023 Tour Dates & Prices

2023 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 1
Oct 5
Oct 8
Sep 3
Sep 10
Sep 17*
Sep 21
Sep 24
May 21
Jun 4
Jun 18
Jul 2, 9
Jul 16
Jul 23
Aug 6
Aug 20
Boston, New York$5,292$5,592$5,792
Baltimore, Chicago,
Miami, Orl, Phil,
Tampa, Wash, DC
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Minn
Dallas, Denver,
Houston, Los Ang,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $497, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,595. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2023 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations: Days 2-3: Westin Hotel (Dublin)

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,595 per person from Newark, Wash, DC

2024 Tour Dates & Prices

2024 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Apr 25
Apr 28
Oct 3
Oct 10
May 9
May 16
Sep 1
Sep 5
Sep 12
Sep 19
May 23*
May 30
Jun 13
Jun 27
Jul 14
Jul 28
Aug 8
Aug 15
Boston, New York$5,592$5,792$5,992
Baltimore, Chicago,
Miami, Orl, Phil,
Tampa, Wash, DC
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Minn
Dallas, Denver,
Houston, Los Ang,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $497, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,595. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Accommodations: Days 10-11: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel (Kilkenny)

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $3,595 per person from Newark, Wash, DC

    The Shelbourne Dublin, Dublin / Days 2-3 / Deluxe

    Well-located right on St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city center, The Shelbourne Dublin offers easy access to shopping on Grafton Street and to Dublin’s many cultural attractions, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. The hotel, built in 1824, offers restaurant, bar, and lounge; fitness center; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    The Twelve Hotel, Galway / Days 4-6 / Superior First Class

    Opened in 2007, The Twelve Hotel sits on the west coast of Ireland just a short drive from Galway City and its many shops, restaurants, and pubs. This 48-room boutique-style hotel combines classic Irish culture with many up-to-date amenities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and wellness center. Each air-conditioned guest room comes with private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, wet-bar, TV, and phone.

    Killarney Royal Hotel, Killarney / Days 7-9 / Superior First Class

    Owned and managed by the Scally family for three generations, the Killarney Royal Hotel stands in the heart of Killarney and just minutes from the Outlet Centre. This boutique-style hotel offers a restaurant, bar, bistro, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and safe deposit boxes. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone.

    Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny / Days 10-11 / Superior First Class

    Located at the top of High Street, Kilkenny’s primary shopping district, the Pembroke Hotel offers beautiful views of the city and of neighboring Kilkenny Castle. With its marble façade and tinted glass windows, the newly built hotel resembles a traditional Irish hotel enhanced with contemporary facilities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, and indoor pool with spa. The 74 air-conditioned rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Barberstown Castle Hotel, County Kildare / Day 12 / Superior First Class

    A member of the Historic Hotels Worldwide group, the Barberstown Castle Hotel traces its history back to 1288 CE, when the original castle keep was erected. The hotel was improved and enlarged over the centuries, blending Victorian and Elizabethan architecture to create the elegant country manor that exists today. The Barberstown opened as a guest house in 1971, and was the home of renowned rock star Eric Clapton from 1979-1987, during which time scores of luminaries came to stay and play music with one of history’s finest guitarists. Built on 20 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, the hotel offers a restaurant, garden bar, courtyard coach house turned Irish pub, library, laundry and dry-cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each guest room is uniquely decorated and includes antique furniture, private bath with hair dryer, TV, and phone.

    Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, Belfast / Extension / Deluxe

    Well-located in the heart of Belfast on Great Victoria Street, the 131-room Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast offers easy access to many cultural attractions including the Grand Opera House, the Ulster Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. This classic-style hotel, opened in 2009, boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as a bar, fitness center, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and elevators. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, Dublin / Extension / Superior First Class

    Adjacent to the Dublin airport with complimentary 24-hour shuttle service, the contemporary Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport offers a variety of amenities including a rooftop restaurant, bistro, bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and fitness center. The 100 air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Northern Ireland

4 days/3 nights for $1,395 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Savor the dramatic beauty of the Antrim Coast, one of the most scenic in all of Ireland and the British Isles, and encounter the lively capital city of Belfast.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip private motorcoach or van transportation Dublin/Belfast
  • 3 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Belfast at Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast (Deluxe); 1 night in Dublin at Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport (Superior First Class)
  • 7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing including Belfast, Antrim Coast (Giant’s Causeway UNESCO site, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-rede Bridge), new Titanic Museum in Belfast
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors
Jeremiah Daly

“Very personable, excellent knowledge of all aspects of the tour. Jeremiah showed that he really cared about the tour group and our enjoyment of the tour.”
Rod & Patty Vance
Farmville, VA

Jay Galvin

“Jay went out of his way to meet everyone’s needs and make it a worry-free trip. His knowledge of Ireland as well as the United States was impressive . . . His good humor was greatly appreciated.”
Bryant & Sandra Riley
Mount Sterling, OH

Philip Mahony

“Philip was a delight! Everyone in the group praised his knowledge, warmth, humor, and dramatic blarney and unanimously found him to be one of the best, if not best, tour guide they ever had encountered!”
James McGreevey
Iowa City, IA

Kieran Mangan

“Kieran was wonderful! Patient, knowledgeable, always with a smile. He accommodated individual requests when he could and handled any hiccups with grace.”
Grant & Paige Rader
Littleton, CO

Gerry O’Brien

“We cannot praise Gerry enough. Efficient, knowledgeable, helpful, great sense of humor; he left nothing out and we always were given all the information for every situation. He went above and beyond, and we felt very well taken care of.”
Michael & Patricia Arsenault
Beverly, MA

Destination Insight
Suggested Reading for Your Vacation

Susan Cahill (Editor)
For the Love of Ireland
Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett.

Bernard Meehan
The Book of Kells
Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Ireland
This superb guide is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to the country, featuring photographs, maps and short background essays on history and culture.

Ireland Map
A colorful map of Ireland at a scale of 1:400,000, featuring insets of the road approaches to major cities, as well as an index to cities, towns and villages.

Leo Eaton, Carmel McCaffrey
In Search of Ancient Ireland
This spirited illustrated history, the companion to a PBS documentary series, traces the foundation, archaeology and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to 1167 A.D. with style and substance.

Jay Adlersberg
Ireland, In Word and Image
Jay Adlersberg’s visual celebration of Ireland is accompanied by literary excerpts and poetry from Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and many others. With 75 gorgeous color photographs.

Senia Paseta
Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction
A remarkably concise, provocative history in the well- regarded series, touching on the major aspects of Irish history, politics, and society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

David Dickson
Dublin, The Making of a Capital City
Dickson’s expansive, magisterial work covers 1,400 years of Dublin history, reminding us of the unique importance of Ireland’s capital.

Tim Pat Coogan
1916: One Hundred Years of Irish Independence
Bestselling historian Tim Pat Coogan offers this narrative history of the Easter Rising and the 100 years that followed (1916-2016), profiling both the flaws and the nation-building achievements of the Irish Republic.

Peter Neville
A Traveller’s History of Ireland
From the Celts to the Norman invasions to modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries.

Thomas Cahill
How the Irish Saved Civilization
This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland’s preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages. Cahill reveals how saints, scholars, monks and scribes reproduced important texts and spread them throughout Europe.

Terry Eagleton
The Truth about the Irish
An irreverent A-to-Z guide to all things Irish by a native son and shrewd comic commentator. Eagleton casts aside many myths, starting with the first entry: A for alcohol, the Irish have the lowest per capita consumption of alcohol in the E.U., after Greece and Italy.

Hilary Bradt
Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback
Hilary Bradt (publisher of Bradt Guides) recalls her journey across rural Ireland among the people of Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry in the 1980s in this sweet — and sublimely affecting — memoir.

Pete McCarthy
McCarthy’s Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
A droll account of McCarthy’s encounters on a bar-hopping jaunt from Cork along the west coast to Donegal. His motto, assiduously followed, was never to pass up a bar with his name on it!

J.M. Synge, Tim Robinson (Introduction)
The Aran Islands
A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.

James Joyce
James Joyce’s unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class — a milestone in the history of prose fiction.

James Mc Elroy
Ireland, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Organized geographically, this anthology of short stories and tales by contemporary Irish authors captures the spirit, history and allure of Ireland.

W.B. Yeats
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales
Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies.

Miranda Aldhouse-Green
The Celtic Myths, A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends
A vivid introduction to Irish and Welsh folklore. Aldhouse- Green outlines recurring motifs and characters alongside quotes, full-text stories, notes on the region’s archaeological finds and plenty of two-color illustrations.

Edna O’Brien
Wild Decembers
A haunting novel of clan enmities and forbidden love in rural Ireland. Few writers have as sure a sense of place as Edna O’Brien, whose lyrical prose builds inevitably toward final tragedy.

Jim Wilson
The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide
A complete guide to more than 240 species of birds found in Ireland, featuring over 1,400 photographs, identification features and concise descriptions.

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