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Guided Tour of Ireland Hidden Gems 

Introduction

Planning a Trip to Ireland? Then why not  join me on a Guided Tour of Ireland's Hidden Gems next year. 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 personally guiding again myself, 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 24 spaces per tour and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Each tour will last 15 days with two free days in Dublin at the start of the tour with hotel accommodation and sightseeing passes included for independent sight seeing. Plus another free day in Galway at the end of the second week, 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, luxurious 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 Do and See for my website Irelands Hidden Gems. 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, Susan Byron on an intimate, 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 two weeks as you can’t possibly 'do Ireland' in any less time....

Off the beaten track in Ireland....

After a couple of independent sight seeing days in the capital city of Dublin, we will visit the Royal County of Meath first, taking in Newgrange, Trim Castle, Monasterboice and then travel North to Belfast. Where we will visit the Titanic Quarter, the Giant’s Causeway and Londonderry. Then we will cross into Donegal (which most tours skip) I can never understand why, as the scenery up there is so beautiful, it would make you cry. 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, Kylemore Abbey 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 exclusive Guided Tour of Ireland.....

Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, where we stay for 2 nights.Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal, where we stay 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, when 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.....

Organic mussels fresh from the sea with a pint of Murphys!Organic mussels fresh from the sea with a pint of Murphys!

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 all the time myself! We will be travelling in style in a new Mercedes coach with air conditioning, water and umbrellas supplied and 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 lots 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 or weather permitting a sight-seeing cruise. 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 another luxurious 5 star resort with an outdoor hot tub and adult only spa. From our base in Killarney you will have the option of doing the Ring of Kerry (Susan style) or a vintage tour of the the famous Lakes of Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe by boat or jaunting car ride through the grounds of beautiful Muckross House and gardens and Killarney National Park, all of the above excursions are included in the package price below....

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

We will then step back 5000 years in time at Uragh Stone Circle on the beautiful Beara Peninsula pictured above in West Cork and stay overnight in the colourful little seaside 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, taking in a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery in Middleton and a visit to the iconic Rock of Cashel en route before overnighting at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, another magnificent 5 star country house hotel. Before meandering through the county of  Kilkenny on the movie trail and visiting Kilkenny castle and craft centre before hitting the road for Dublin, with a final stop at the Irish National Stud in Kildare, before dropping you off at one of Dublin's finest airport hotels that evening prior to your flight home the following day...

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

And those my friends, are only a few of the Highlights of my Guided Tours of Ireland for 2018. 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 mentioned above as well as special excursion tickets will be included as well as complimentary Dublin Cityscape Sightseeing bus tickets in Dublin, Trad on the Prom in Galway and a whiskey tasting session at the Jameson's Distillery in Midleton en route...

tour Dates & Prices

Tour Dates and Prices 2018

May 12th - 26th inclusive €4750 inclusive of all government taxes, charges & gratuities, but excluding flights 6 spaces left

June 9th - 23rd inclusive €4950 inclusive of all government taxes, charges & gratuities, but excluding flights 8 spaces left

Prices quoted are per person sharing, single supplement €1000 with a maximum of 24 people per tour solo spaces sold out

If you wish to register your interest and receive a detailed itinerary, please fill out the form below or you might like to read some of the reviews posted by this years tour participants at the following Tour Reviews 2017

May 2017 Tour Group Photo at Newgrange, County Meath
June 2017 Tour Group at Solis Lough Eske Castle in DonegalJune 2017 Tour Group at Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal

Or you might like a little preview of what the tour is actually like, the places we went, the people we met and the memories we made, happy days indeed......

Ireland's Hidden Gems by Slidely Mobile

Tour of Ireland enquiry form 2018

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
May 12th-26th 2018
June 9th-23rd 2018
Large Double Room
Large Twin Room
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Vegetarian
Vegan
 

Contact Susan

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

I will leave the last words to Jane who has fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with Ireland.....

Jane & Rod Mullins at Uragh Stone Circle in West CorkJane & Rod Mullins at Uragh Stone Circle in West Cork

After our second trip to Ireland in October of 2016, my husband remarked to me that he wasn’t done with Ireland yet.  And shortly after that, Susan Byron’s Facebook postings caught my eye.  It was her way with genuinely expressing in her posts her love for her country.  In the past, we had traveled with guides who lived outside of Ireland.  After pursuing her E-books, I knew she was the one who would make Ireland grow into our bones.  And we weren’t disappointed with our 18 day tour around the whole isle. From the very beginning in Dublin, she displayed a true love for the history, culture and mainstay of her homeland.  She did not disappoint us in her stories, either.  We learned more about the country than previous trips exposure.  The trip allowed us to meld with the true Irishmen.  I remarked to her one day, that I finally understood the culture through the love of telling a good story, to knowing a good song or dance, and being immersed in a community; something solely missed in the United States at this time. The places we visited were an extension of the best sites to feel this immersion.  And her ever smiling face and warm welcomes to establishments that she personally knew their reputation and supportiveness of true entrepreneurship of the locals.  It is a trip that we will always cherish..Susan, thank you for sharing the true Irish spirit (s) with us…much gratitude for a front row seat!

Jane & Rod Mullins, Ohio, USA

Irelands Hidden Gems