Ireland Vacation to See the Celtic Heartland

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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrive in Dublin where you meet James, get settled into your residence for the evening, and head over to Wicklow — “The Garden of Ireland” — where you visit the monastic settlement at Glendalough. The group then drives to medieval Kilkenny, enjoys a group dinner, and then sleeps off the jet lag from the flight!

Day 2: Kilkenny

Explore Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the narrow streets, historical buildings, and landmarks such as Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. It’s a day of walking and exploration in Kilkenny.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: The Golden Vale

Travel to the Golden Vale of Tipperary, visit the Rock of Cashel, wander over to Lough Gur, and stop at Adare Village. This day includes evidence dating back to Neolithic times. Bear witness to Ireland’s largest stone circle.

Day 5: The Shannon and The Burren

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 6: The Midlands/Ancient Meath

Great sights today. Enjoy a visit to the Birr Castle & 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.

Time permitting, the group may also visit the Corlea Trackway an Iron Age bog road built in 148 BCE near the river. Finish this exciting day with a group dinner and spend the night at Malahide.

Day 7: Ancient Meath/Dublin

After breakfast, explore Meath in Ireland’s ancient heartland. Visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne  the decisive battle of the Glorious Revolution, head to Bru’ na Boinne and the megalithic “passage” tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth that predate the pyramids of Giza. Finally, visit the Hill of Tara, Ireland’s ancient capital. DART into the city to explore all things Dublin, beginning with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

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. For this final night, enjoy the ‘craic’ (fun times) at the Celtic Nights dinner show.

Day 8: Departure

Today we prepare for the trip home. James will provide transportation to the airport and will be available to help with all travel arrangements and problems.

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