Luxury Guided Tour of Ireland's Hidden Gems with Irish expert Susan Byron - New Tour Dates announced for 2018 - 2017 Tour Dates Sold Out

Luxury Guided Tour of Ireland 2018


Planning a trip to Ireland, then why not  join me on a luxury guided Tour of Ireland in 2018? Following on from the success of this years tours, I have put together an extra special series of  small group tours for 2018 which I will be guiding again myself next year for people who don't like driving themselves or travelling in big groups . There will be just two tours, one each in May and June, see dates below, which will be limited to just 22 spaces per tour and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Each tour will last 15 days with two free days for independent sight seeing in Dublin at the beginning of the trip and another free day in Galway to let you catch your breath! Not that it will be in the least bit manic, there will definitely be no flag following involved, just a nicely paced, luxury guided Tour of Ireland, taking in many of the major sites and tourist attractions as well as those Hidden Gems, that I am so passionate about, that you would never get to see on a regular tour, not to mention the best of Ireland's magnificent scenery.....

Inishmurray Island, County SligoInishmurray Island, County Sligo

About Susan's Guided Tour of Ireland

As many of you probably already know, I have spent the last several years travelling the highways and byways of Ireland, seeking out new Places to Visit and interesting Things to See and Do for this website. Many of which I have shared with you on my Facebook page and / or in my best selling Treasure Ireland series of Irish Travel Guides on Amazon. Well, now is your chance to come and see them with me, on a personally guided Tour of Ireland. And we’ll have fun, trust me, I am Irish, so it kind of goes with the territory! My tour will start and finish in Dublin and take in all of Ireland, which is why it will take 15 days as you can’t possibly 'do Ireland' in a week ! 

Off the beaten track in Ireland....

After a couple of independent sight seeing days in the capital city of Dublin, we will travel North first, visiting Newgrange, Trim Castle, Monasterboice, Belfast, the Titanic Quarter, the Giant’s Causeway and Londonderry. Then go across to Donegal (which most tours skip) which I can never understand, as honestly, the scenery up there would make you cry, it's so beautiful. Where we will be visiting Grianan an Ailleach, Glenveagh Castle, Sliabh Liag and Glencolmcille before making are our way down the Wild Atlantic Way to Westport, Connemara and Galway where we will pause for a 2 night break. Tickets to Trad on the Prom (only the best Irish music and dance show in Ireland) will be included while you are resting up having covered the first leg of my luxury guided Tour of Ireland....

Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, where we will be staying here for 2 nights.Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, where we will be staying here for 2 nights.

Accommodation & Food

We will be staying in the best hotels, manor houses and even gorgeous Solis Lough Eske Castle (pictured above) throughout our journey, where your comfort and deep contentment will be guaranteed. Dinner will be included most nights apart from a couple of rest days where you might like to savour some of our gastronomic pub grub or sample some of Dublin or Galway’s many fine restaurants or perhaps just go easy on the scales! You will be staying in luxurious rooms with king size beds and private bathrooms. Breakfast is included of course, which being Ireland will be generous enough to keep you going all day long. Although we will be stopping regularly for rest stops, cakes and coffee and/or a light lunch most days or whenever the mood or humour takes us....

Sightseeing and Entertainment

There will be no rushing from A-B on my luxury guided Tour of Ireland, I assure you and I am more than happy for folk to stop up and take photographs, as I do it myself all the time! We will be travelling in style in an air conditioned coach with my own personal selection of easy listening Irish music for when I am not regaling you with Irish history, tall tales and old yarns. And we won’t ever be driving ridiculously long distances either (1 - 2 hours maximum) as I have loads of Hidden Gems to show you en route, that I know will surprise and delight you.....

Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, County KerryGap of Dunloe, Killarney, County Kerry

From Galway, we will continue South on our guided Tour of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way, down through the Karst limestone region of the Burren, to Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher with an optional cliff top or wild flower walk. From there we will head further South to Dingle via the stunning Connor Pass and spectacular Slea Head Drive before continuing our journey to Killarney where we will be staying for 2 nights in the luxurious Muckross Park Hotel. From our 5 star base in Killarney you will have the option of a vintage tour of the the famous lakes by boat or jaunting car....

The land that time forgot, the Beara Peninsula....

We will also tour West Cork and the Beara Peninsula, pictured above, again another beautiful area of Ireland that seldom features on regular tours of Ireland and stay overnight in the colourful little town of Kinsale which is chock full of delightful craft shops, galleries, bookshops, cafés and restaurants and perfect for souvenir shopping! Before making our way slowly back to Dublin via Kilkenny, we will take a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery in Middleton and visit the iconic Rock of Cashel before overnighting at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny. On our last day we will visit Kilkenny Castle before hitting the road for Dublin with a final stop at the Irish National Stud in Kildare....

One of Ireland's Hidden Gems, Uragh Stone Circle...

And those my friends, our only the highlights, there will be plenty more Hidden Gems included that I will keep under wraps for now, although if you register your interest by filling out the form below, I will gladly send you a much more detailed itinerary. Admission charges to all of various visitor attractions will be included as well as complimentary Dublin Bus Sightseeing Tickets in Dublin, Trad on the Prom in Galway and a whiskey tasting session / distillery tour en route...

tour Dates & Prices

Tour Dates 2017 - Sold Out

Tour Dates and Prices 2018

May 12th - 26th inclusive €4900 excluding flights.

June 9th - 23rd inclusive €5400 excluding flights.

Prices quoted are per person sharing, single supplement €1000 with a maximum of 22 people per tour.

If you wish to register your interest or to receive a detailed itinerary please fill out the form below or you might like to read some of the testimonials from the 2017 May Tour.

May 2017 Tour Group Photo at Newgrange, County Meath
Lay Eng Yeo with Rosie the lamb

Susan, herself is a most special gem. It was a most unforgettable trip as she introduced us to the hidden wonders of Ireland that probably most travellers would miss out-from unique flora and fauna that flourished on the wild Atlantic coast, getting up close and personal with the local craftsmen and women, savouring the freshest food harvested from the sea and land, cooked to perfection in restaurants and pubs where the locals eat and a a selection of fine accommodations - Susan planned an itinerary so engaging that it mirrored all the richness and diversity of the Emerald Isle. 

Tech & Lay Eng Yeo, Singapore 

Sara McKee Sliabh Liag, DonegalSara McKee Sliabh Liag, Donegal

Dear Susan, When I was planning my trip to Ireland, it was theoretical in my head—a “some day” kind of thing.  I really had no idea even where to start.  When I saw your tour description, I knew it was just the right thing for me.  The trip itself was more than I could have imagined (and trust me, I spent many, many years imagining what it would be like to visit Ireland)!  You took care of all the details; I didn’t have to worry about a thing.     The accommodations were first rate, the sights were amazing, our driver was the BEST, and well, I think we were lucky with the weather, and that was fabulous too!  But the personal touch you provided with your narrative along the way was the icing on the cake.  Your enthusiasm and love for your country was infectious!  I really enjoyed getting to know everyone in the tour group, and the time I got to spend with my Irish cousin was very special to me.  William Butler Yeats sums it up well, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met.”  Thank you for everything! Until we meet again, Sara

Sara McKee, North Carolina, USA

Peggy Remke at Sliabh Liag in Donegal

Hi Susan, I so appreciated all of the energy and joy you showed on this tour. Hurray for the 1st gem !!! 

Peggy Remke, Kentucky, USA

Paul Duffy with one of many pints of Guinness!

Thanks Susan, found the Church where my Great, Great, Great Grandfather was baptised on the 21st of May 1809. It was a strange feeling really sitting on the steps of this church, I don't know how to explain it but a feeling of pride and happiness came over me....strange really! I felt a connection, him being Baptised in May and my birthday being in May and the Church called St, Paul's. No, it must have been that pint or two I had for lunch, lol?

Paul Duffy, Sydney, Australia

Mary Anne Worth at Clogher on Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry

Susan, thanks so much for giving me such a wonderful experience of Ireland. You made it very memorable! Good wishes to you.

Mary Anne Worth, Florida, USA

Marcia playing Bean an Tí....

Susan, thank you of all these "grand" memories. I can honestly say this was the highlight of my adult like (except for kids and dogs) of course....

Marcia Van Dalsem, Long Beach, California.

Dear Susan, so happy to have found my spiritual home of Ireland at the end of the rainbow, Alannah...

Alannah Godwin, Santa Barbara, California

Mary Carlin completely at home in Kells Bay

Dear Susan, so happy you gave me a little push to come to Ireland. Thank you so much for sharing you enthusiasm and love of the beautiful gems. I had a "grand" time and some "craic" reconnecting with my Irish roots".

Mary Carlin, Brooklyn, NYC.

Tour of Ireland enquiry form 2018

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
May 14th-26th 2018
June 9th-23rd 2018
Large Double Room
Large Twin Room
Solo Traveller
Gluten Free
Dairy Free

Contact Susan

Or if you would prefer to email me directly re any aspect of my Guided Tour of Ireland I would be delighted to hear from you and happily answer any queries you might have, Susan Byron

Susan Byron Tour Leader and Tony O'Reilly, driver Ireland's Hidden Gems Tours.Susan Byron Tour Leader and Tony O'Reilly, driver Ireland's Hidden Gems Tours.
Irelands Hidden Gems