Dive into the cultural history of Ireland with our summertime Celtic Heartland Tour. Miss nothing as we circumnavigate the island to view epic scenery, sample local brews, and revel in all things Irish. You get an inside view of the country with Trouvaille’s James Mueller, himself an Irishman. This Celtic Heartland Ireland experience immerses you in the spectacular mix of history and modernity of the Emerald Isle.
We launch and complete our tour in the lively capital city, Dublin. Old meets new in this thriving International municipality, where cobblestone streets conjoin contemporary paved roads and tech-savvy companies operate from centuries-old buildings. Whether you join Trouvaille as a woman traveling alone or with a group of friends, the reputation of the Irish is warm and welcoming.
Vibrant Modern Life Set in Medieval Architecture
Shortly after arrival, your host whisks you away to historic Kilkenny, a frequent site for festivals. Bucolic countryside, river walks, local crafts, and medieval castles create the setting for our walking tour.
Kilkenny is part of Ireland’s Viking Triangle. After centuries of relative peace, the Irish Celts were a creative and spiritual people, rich in silver, jewels, and goods. All this changed suddenly at the end of the 8th-century as fierce Vikings descended from their ships and took over. Fortunately, the Vikings brought more than destruction with them. Over time, they built up and fortified the area including founding the nation’s first city of Waterford. There, we explore Viking settlements that trace back to the 10th century.
Included in our expertly hosted experience are accommodations and transportation, a welcome package, travel insurance, all breakfasts and dinners, all tour gratuities and admissions fees, and 24/7 customer service before and during your travel.
Music and the Magic of Ireland
They call Ireland the Emerald Isle for more than its rolling green hills and verdant valleys. Home to more sacred sites than anywhere in the world, Ireland’s rich history reveals ancient gems of knowledge. Peaceful beauty, people with a passion for life, and a storied history make Ireland an unforgettable destination.
At Brú na Bóinne, we walk through large passage tombs that predate Egypt’s ancient pyramids, and which host the largest assemblage of megalithic art in Western Europe. Day five of our tour, after taking in views of the rugged Atlantic from a cliff 700 feet above the ocean, we dine at the Corn Barn for a dinner show of Irish music, song, and dance. The group experience makes Trouvaille’s tours excellent both for men and women traveling alone and for a trip with friends and family.
These are a few of the events on our seven-day small group tour. You can review each day with our detailed itinerary. Book now to guarantee your place.
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Join Trouvaille for a 7-day cultural exploration of Ireland! This July, roam across the entire island, as we dive deep into the Irish culture, visit iconic landmarks, enjoy the epic scenery, sample local brews, and become all things Irish. This adventure is led by Trouvaille’s James Mueller, himself an Irishman through and through, and he will show you what it’s like to live in Ireland.
This travel experience includes: All accommodations and transportation while in Ireland, all breakfasts and dinners, all tour and admissions costs, all tour gratuities, and travel insurance. Trouvaille also provides pre-trip planning support, a welcome package, and 24/7 customer service. Not included are airfare and personal expenses.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrive at the Dublin Airport after your flight, where you will meet your Trouvaille host, who will take you away to our accommodations for the night, the Clontarf Castle Hotel. Be taken back to medieval (yet comfortable) times at the hotel and gather at the Fahrenheit Restaurant, where you will meet your fellow travelers, receive your Trouvaille welcome gifts, and enjoy a fine dinner featuring a contemporary menu featuring fresh, local produce, seafood, and meats.
Travelers will also receive a briefing that describes the week ahead, the itinerary, and there will be time for everyone to unwind, relax, and enjoy the evening.
Day 2: Glendalough
After breakfast, we will drive to the Glendalough Monastic City, a bit more than an hour’s drive southwest of Dublin. We will spend a full day in the area and explore the monastic city beginning with the Glendalough Visitor Center. That will be followed by visits to historic sites such as St. Kevin’s Kitchen, the Round Tower, Trinity Church, the Monastic City Gateway, and more!
We will enjoy lunch at the Tinahely Farms Restaurant, which serves the best in local area produce and food, which we will need for our after-lunch walk along the Glendalough Miner’s Road. This is an easy, yet scenic hike will take us along the shore of Glendalough Lake with breathtaking views of both the valley and the mountains. The walk will last about two hours.
We will then return to the monastic settlement and explore other relics of Ireland’s past before checking into our hotel for the evening, which will be at Lynhams of Laragh. We’ll mosey over to the Bridge Restaurant for dinner and talk the night away about our day’s adventures!
Day 3: Kilkenny
After breakfast and a drive, we will spend this day explore Kilkenny and Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile! Along with castle tours, we plan to go on a foodie and culture tour, which will give the group even deeper insights into the history of Ireland and the local area. It’ll be another day of walking, looking, learning, and realizing what life in Ireland was like hundreds of years ago!
Our lunch stop will be at Mocha’s Vintage Tea Room, followed by more explorations of the area, and dinner at Anocht Restaurant Kilkenny. We’ll then spend the night at the Kilford Arms Hotel and get a good night’s sleep!
Day 4: The Viking Triangle
The Viking Triangle is the cultural and historic center of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where they first settled in 914 AD. Today, it’s a tranquil area with narrow streets with a unique cultural heritage and beautiful architecture. Visit sites such as Reginald’s Tower, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Medieval Museum. Prepare to walk and explore all day! All of this exploring will make you hungry, so we are planning on lunch at the Parlour Team Room and dinner at The Lady Helen Restaurant.
Day 5: The Golden Vale
After breakfast, we’ll drive west to the area known as the Golden Vale of Tipperary, which is a tranquil rural area of Ireland known for its extensive dairy farming. Visit the Rock of Cashel, wander over to Lough Gur, and stop at the heritage center at Adare Village. This day includes evidence of structures dating back to Neolithic times that includes Ireland’s largest stone circle.
Day 6: Bunratty Castle and more!
After breakfast, head to Quin Abbey, Craggaunowen, the famous Bunratty Castle, and Folk Park. Enjoy an evening dinner show at the Corn Barn with Irish music, song, and dance! Marvel at the karst topography at Burren. Begin at the Burren Perfumery, featuring scents from the local flora, then head off to visit the famous Ailwee Cave, the iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnel Ringford, and end up at the majestic Cliffs of Moher to stand 700 feet above the turbulent Atlantic Ocean!
Day 7: Birr Castle and more!
After breakfast, we will drive to Birr Castle and Gardens, which is home to the Great Telescope used to discover the planet Uranus. This is followed by the Clonmacnoise Monastery and St. Kieran’s monastic settlement on the banks of the Shannon River — renowned for its high crosses.
Visit the GPO, site of the 1916 Easter rising, the National Archaeology Museum of Ireland (including bog bodies!), Dublin Castle, and the Chester Beatty Library. Alternatively, you can enjoy a free day in Dublin and stroll to O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Trinity College, and enjoy the bustle of The Temple Bar.
We will depart in the afternoon to return to Dublin in the evening to prepare for our departure the next day.
Day 8: Departure
Today we prepare for the trip home. Your Trouvaille host will provide transportation to the airport and will be available to help with all travel arrangements and problems.