The Emerald Isle 2023

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13 Days / 12 Nights
Availability : March to October
Start: Dublin, Ireland
End: Dublin, Ireland

The Emerald Isle: 1 nt Dublin, 1 nt Belfast, 2 nts North Irish Coast, 1 nt Roscommon, 2 nts Galway, 2 nts Dingle Peninsula, 2 nts Cork, 1 nt Kilkenny

From north to south, this is one Irish journey that delves into the Emerald Isle’s fascinating history, rich traditions and cultural heritage like no other. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway, our road will lead us to Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, quaint villages and ancient landmarks – all while drawing on local knowledge to transport you to the heart of this captivating country.

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or to book. 


Small Group Tour Ireland Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Discover Northern Ireland’s history on a Black Cab Tour of Belfast’s street art and political murals
– Set foot on the basalt columns of the legendary Giant’s Causeway
– Be blessed with the ‘gift of the gab’ while visiting the iconic Blarney Castle
– Uncover the magnificent Cliffs of Moher – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty



Pick Up Location & TIme

Iveagh Garden Hotel (Dublin)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Dublin)
Late Afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 12 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Irish breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary


  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

The Emerald Isle

Day 1Dublin

Historic and full of character, Dublin is where we’ll meet the group and begin our adventure. This evening is an opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Accommadtion: Iveagh Garden Hotel (or similar)

Day 2Dublin – Belfast

After breakfast, we’ll make tracks to the fascinating Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Then, a visit to the Titanic Museum to discover the personal stories surrounding the infamous ship’s fateful journey. After a history-filled day (a taste of what’s to come), the evening will be yours to explore Belfast at your leisure. (B)

Accommadtion: Malone Lodge (or similar)

Day 3Belfast – North Irish Coast (Republic of Ireland)

You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see its influences on contemporary culture – and this morning’s Black Cab tour of Belfast’s street art and political murals will serve as proof. After an included lunch, it’s time to explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder – the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving on the North Irish Coast. (B,L)

Accommodation: Redcastle Hotel (or similar)

Day 4North Irish Coast – Derry - North Irish Coast

After a morning spent exploring Londonderry’s old city walls with a local guide, we’ll board the mini-coach and head to the North Irish Coast for the day. At the Isle of Doagh, we’ll pay a visit to the Famine Village and Visitor Centre to gain an insight into Irish life during the time of the Great Famine. We’ll round off the day with some free time to relax back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Redcastle Hotel (or similar)

Day 5North Irish Coast – Roscommon

More fascinating history is on the cards today! Kick things off with a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, where we’ll learn why two million Irish people sailed away to start a life in the New World. A visit to the Belleek Pottery Centre (the home of Ireland’s oldest working fine china pottery) is on this afternoon’s agenda, before moving on to County Roscommon, where we’ll regroup for an included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Kilronan Castle (or similar)

Day 6Roscommon – Galway

After breakfast, we’ll pay a visit to the homestead of Dan O’Hara (he of the famous ballad), where we’ll gain a unique insight into prefamine life and culture. Then, it’s time to turn our attention to the harbour city of Galway where we’ll enjoy an evening of leisure.(B)

Accommodation: The Hardiman (or similar)

Day 7Galway

Today we’ll see the likes of the Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square on an orientation tour of the city. Then: the afternoon will be yours to spend exploring brightly coloured pubs, tasting local seafood and listening to the ever-present assembly of tuneful street performers. Buzzing, bohemian and utterly charismatic, you’re sure to fall for Galway’s many charms! (B)

Accommodation: The Hardiman (or similar)

Day 8Galway – Cliffs Of Moher – Dingle Peninsula

Out of Galway and onwards to the karst landscapes of the Burren. Before we reach our accommodation in the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is bound to take your breath away. Tonight, share stories with your travel companions over an included dinner.( B,D)

Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

Day 9Dingle Peninsula

Today will begin at one of the Dingle Peninsula’s most famous landmarks: the Gallarus Oratory, a unique stone chapel that resembles an upturned boat. After that, there’s one more stop in store – the fascinating Blasket Centre, which celebrates the history of the beautiful Great Blasket Island. Upon our return to Dingle, we’ll have plenty of free time to explore the quaint fishing port and dine at one of the many local restaurants at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

Day 10Dingle Peninsula – Kenmare – Cork

Peaks and lakes are on the menu today! First, we’ll take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney as we travel to pretty Kenmare, the ‘head of the sea’. Then, we have an appointment to keep with a true Irish icon: Blarney Castle. Legend has it that you’ll be blessed with the ‘gift of the gab’ if you kiss the famous Blarney Stone – a block of limestone built into the castle’s battlements. Tonight, we’ll make the most of our new-found eloquence over dinner in Cork. (B,D)

Accommodation: Vienna Woods (or similar)

Day 11Cork – Kinsale – Cork

After boarding the mini-coach in Cork, the port town of Kinsale will be our first stop of the day where we’ll have some time to soak up fishing town’s laid-back atmosphere. Then, it’s time to turn our attention toward the world-renowned Jameson Distillery. After an afternoon tour and whiskey tasting, we’ll return to Cork to enjoy the evening at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Vienna Woods (or similar)

Day 12Cork – Kilkenny

As we approach the final few chapters of the tour, we’ll stop in to admire the delicate detailing of a traditional cottage orné. After that, it’s time to spend the afternoon acquainting ourselves with Kilkenny – Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. Our Tour Leader will take us for a leisurely walk around town before we come together for our last hurrah: a delicious farewell dinner. What an adventure it’s been! (B,D)

Accommodation: The Hibernian (or similar)

Day 13Kilkenny – Dublin

After breakfast, we’ll return to cosmopolitan Dublin – where our tour will come to a close. (B)

Dates and Prices:

2023: May 7 , 14, 17, 21, 28, 31Sold OutSold Out

Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2023: March 12 $5,239 $6,559
2023: April 2, 23, 30 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: June 4, 7 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: June 11 $5,389 $6739
2023: June  14, 18 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: June 21 $5,389 $6,739
2023: June 25 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: July 2, 5 $5,389 $6,739
2023: July  12 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: July 16, 30 $5,389 $6,739
2023: August 2, 6 $5,389 $6,739
2023: August 13, 20, 27 Sold Out Sold Out
2023: August 30 $5,389 $6,739
2023: September 3, 6, 10  Sold Out Sold Out
2023: September  13 $5,389 $6,739
2023: September 17, 24 $5,239 $6,559
2023: October 1 $5,239 $6,559
2023: October  8 Sold Out Sold Out

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 


Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.


Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack



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