Ireland - A Journey of Irish Legends

From the Cliffs of Moher to Dublin's Doors

 

 

September 12 to 23, 2025

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Summary

You can cross Ireland off your bucket list after this unforgettable small group tour. From stunning cliffs to ancient castles, you'll experience the classic sights of the Emerald Isle while immersing yourself in Ireland's rich culture, history, and natural beauty.
Giant's Causeway

Itinerary

DAY 1 – September 12, 2025

Join your tour manager today at Toronto Pearson Airport for our Air Transat flight to Dublin. Relax and rest on our overnight flight, as we begin our Irish adventure.

DAY 2 – September 13, 2025

This morning our group will meet our driver/guide and head north towards Belfast. Enroute, we stop at the Man O War Traditional Irish Pub for a welcome brunch and introduction from your guide. Arriving in Belfast, we undertake a panoramic tour of the Catholic Falls and Protestant Shankill Roads before arriving at our hotel. Tonight, you’re free to explore Belfast, and check out a few local establishments. The Cathedral Quarter has great options for dining and pubs.

Overnight – Ten Square Hotel or similar, Belfast (4*) (BR)

Belfast City Hall

DAY 3 – September 14, 2025

After breakfast, we make our way to the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a self-guided tour of the centre. After, you may wish to check out a few of the other local attractions such as Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast City Hall and Queen’s University. Tonight, you will enjoy a delicious Ulster supper in the 16th century Old Inn in Crawfordsburn.

Dinner/Overnight – Ten Square Hotel or similar, Belfast (4*) (B,D)

Titanic Centre

DAY 4 – September 15, 2025

Today, we head north along the Antrim Coast for a visit to the famous Giant’s Causeway. Enroute, we make a stop in the Glenariff Forest Park where you can enjoy a tea or coffee with some freshly baked scones. We continue along the Antrim Coast until we reach the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre. According to local legend, Irish giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill built the causeway to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. Our journey takes us north to the city of Derry, where we are met by a local guide who will lead us on a fascinating walking tour of the ‘Walls of Derry’. After the tour, you check in to your city centre hotel that is ideally located in the town centre with many good restaurants and pubs just steps from your front door.

Overnight — Maldron Hotel or similar, Derry (B)

Derry

DAY 5 – September 16, 2025

We will visit Irish House in Donegal, where we are treated to an Irish coffee and a loom demonstration. We journey to the lovely town of Sligo where you will have time for lunch and take a stroll around town before arriving at Kilronan Castle, one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels and our home for the night. Tonight, we dine at the castle.

Dinner/Overnight—Kilronan Castle or similar, Roscommon (B,D)

Kilronan Castle

DAY 6 - September 17, 2025

Leaving Kilronan, we travel south to Galway, where we are met by a resident guide who will entertain us with tales of local legends and characters on a walking tour of The City of Tribes while pointing out some of the best places to eat and drink in the town centre. Tonight, you can put all this knowledge to use as you venture out to enjoy a night on the town.

Overnight—Hardiman Hotel or similar, Galway (B)

DAY 7 - September 18, 2025

This morning we leave Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way and make our way to the seaside town of Doolin. Here we will board a ferry to Inis Oírr the most easterly of the Aran Islands. Our cruise back to the mainland takes us along the mighty Cliffs of Moher where you will gain a unique view of the cliffs from the Atlantic. In Doolin we are met by Ollie who will take us on a mouth-watering food tour of West Clare, where you will meet producers of local produce, ending with a fish supper on the pier.

Dinner/Overnight – Lahinch Coast Hotel or similar, Lahinch (B,D)

Inis Oirr

DAY 8 - September 19, 2025

Heading south, we take a panoramic tour of Limerick, home of King John’s Castle and the real-life setting of Frank McCourt’s book Angela’s Ashes. We stop in the picturesque village of Adare, so you may take a few photos of the thatched roof cottages that line the main street. After checking into your Killarney hotel your evening is at leisure, so make sure you explore the town and catch some of the live acts in the local pubs.

Overnight – Killarney Plaza Hotel or similar, Killarney (B)

King John's Castle

DAY 9 - September 20, 2025

After breakfast we are met by a group of local jarveys to take a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. Next, we embark on one of the most scenic drives in Ireland, if not the world, the Ring of Kerry. As we make our way around the twists and turns of the Ring you will have plenty of opportunities for photos as well as tea or coffee in one of the many villages along the route. Our lunch stop will be the colourful town of Kenmare, where several boutiques and cafes line the streets. From here we head to Kissane Sheep Farm where we are treated to a delightful display of sheepdogs hard at work herding their flock. This evening we have dinner in our hotel followed by the Gaelic Roots Show, a traditional Irish show in Killarney.

Dinner/ Overnight – Killarney Plaza Hotel or similar, Killarney (B,D)

Killarney

DAY 10 - September 21, 2025

Leaving Killarney today we head east towards Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence (optional). After, we will make our way to the town of Cashel where there will be some free time to grab a spot of lunch before visiting the Rock of Cashel.

Legend has it the devil himself formed it when taking a bite out of a nearby mountain, breaking his teeth and then spitting the rock out which landed at the site in Cashel. However, the medieval buildings, built in the 12th, 13th, and 15th century, that sit on the rock are the true sight to behold. From here we make the final portion of our trip and return to Dublin where your driver/guide will bid you a fond farewell.

Overnight – Camden Court Hotel or similar (4*) (B)

DAY 11 - September 22, 2025

Today is yours to discover Dublin using your Hop On/Hop Off sightseeing ticket. Recommended visits to EPIC, where the emigration story is brought to life, the library at Trinity College to view The Book of Kells, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, and Glasnevin Cemetery may fill your day!
Overnight – Camden Court Hotel or Similar (4*) (B)

Dublin

DAY 12- September 23, 2025

A final breakfast before a group transfer will take you to Dublin Airport for your flight home. Thank youf or travelling with BST Vacations and we look forward to seeing you again soon. (B)

Inclusions

COST INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airfare Toronto to Dublin
  • Fully Escorted from Toronto by Nicole Blowes
  • Transportation Day 2 - 10, as per itinerary by modern touring coach with an experienced local Irish driver/touring guide
  • 10 nights accommodation in first class hotels
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Welcome Brunch at Man O War
  • 2 evening meals (Kilronan Castle and Killarney Plaza Hotel
  • Belfast Supper at the Old Inn in Crawfordsburn
  • Walking tour of the "Walls of Derry"
  • Visit Irish House in Donegal
  • Walking Tour of Galway
  • Cruise to Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher
  • Burren Food tour ending with a fish supper
  • Panoramic Tour of Limerick
  • Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive
  • Sheepdog Experience in Kerry
  • Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney
  • Hop On/Hop Off Sightseeing ticket in Dublin
  • Visits and admissions to : Titanic Centre, Giants Causeway, Gaelic Root Show, Blarney Stone, Rock of Cashel
  • BST professional fee
  • All taxes and fees

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Items of a personal nature such as food and drinks on land portion of tour unless specified, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.
  • Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and/or Out-of-Province Medical Insurance
  • New Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases beyond our control
  • Fees for Passports or Visas that may be required
  • Any item not specified as being included

Pricing

COST PER PERSON in Canadian Dollars

Twin - $6,499.00 including taxes and fees
of $983.44 + 11.05 HST

Single- $7,9499.00 including taxes and fees
of $1,025.99+ 11.05 HST

Trip Notes

To Confirm Space on the Tour, a non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 per person is required at time of booking.

Balance of payment is due July 2, 2025. At the time of booking, we will also require a photocopy of the information page of your passport indicating that it is valid for six months following the date of your return to Canada.

Weather in September will range from 10 degrees to 17 degrees celius, so be sure to dress in layers. Showers tend to be light and temporary.

Canadian nationals are currently exempt from an entry visa requirement.

This trip will be escorted from Toronto by Nicole Blowes and will be limited to 30 passengers maxium.

Terms & Conditions

BST Escorted Group Terms & Conditions

(These Terms & Conditions do not apply to Charters. Separate T & C apply.)

Please carefully review the Terms & Conditions outlined below. Any reservation made with BST constitutes a binding agreement signifying your acceptance of, and your agreement to follow, these Terms & Conditions, and to be bound by them.

To process your reservation, we will need your personal information including your name, address, telephone number, email address, passport number, date of birth, citizenship, and information you have disclosed regarding health, medical, dietary, mobility and other special requirements. BST will require a copy of your valid passport at time of deposit.

Deposit and Final Payment

Deposit is due at time of booking to secure your reservation. The deposit amount due is $1000.00 CAD per person.

The final payment deadline is due in our office on or before the date included on your invoice.

All payments once received are non-refundable. Please refer to insurance sections below.

Please make cheques payable to Blowes and Stewart Travel. We also accept in-office cash / debit payments, or Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.

Completion of the electronic credit card authorization form or the PDF credit card authorization form commits you to your reservation and the charges on your credit card.

The Company reserves the right to cancel a reservation if payment has not been received by the specified due date.

Final Travel details will be issued 2 weeks prior to departure.

Not Included in the Trip Cost

All quoted trip costs do not include items of a personal nature such as but not limited to; medical insurance, cancellation/interruption insurance, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, phone calls, airline baggage fees where applicable and meals that are not included or listed in the itinerary.

Escorted Group Cancellation Policy

All escorted groups require a minimum number of passengers to travel. Should minimum numbers not been reached, the Company has the right to cancel the tour with a full refund to the passengers booked. Refund will be processed in manner received. Tours unable to operate due to Travel Advisory, acts of God, Terrorism or any other event and no fault of BST, will be subject to cancellation charges as listed above.

BST highly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance for all trips. BST will not be held responsible for loss of monies due to cancellation/changes.

Medical insurance is mandatory for all trips outside of the Province of Ontario. If client has out of province medical insurance with a separate insurance provider, BST must be advised of insurance company name, policy number & company contact information prior to trip commencement.

Persons leaving the tour during operation will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client. For additional information on packages/plans offered, please visit https://www.igoinsured.com/Direct/ManulifeGlobal.aspx? ag=STEWPET&lang=E

Global Pandemic

Customer acknowledges the risks related to the spread of infectious or contagious diseases. It remains the customer's responsibility to take the necessary precautions applicable to any health hazards, including but not limited to a Global Pandemic. To ensure the safety of all guests and employees, suppliers may have mandatory safety protocols in place, and the availability of their services and facilities may be impacted.

Customer agrees to follow all current and future regulations/protocols set forth for safety in compliance with government policies at your own expense.

BST is not responsible for any fees for, or associated with, mandatory government testing in destination or for returning to Canada, quarantine or expenses relating to any Global Pandemic or similar. If additional insurance protection is declined, it remains the customer's responsibility to verify if their travel insurance policy covers a Global Pandemic.

BST will not be held liable should customers be denied boarding due to insufficient proof of a negative Global Pandemic test prior to departure, or displaying symptoms of a Global Pandemic upon check in. No monies will be refunded to customers who have been denied boarding or refunded at port of entry.

Additional Notes

All prices listed are per person in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted. Pricing is based on supplier cost, currency exchange rates and conditions in effect at the time of brochure printing. Final payment may fluctuate based on changes to the currency exchange at that time. Should there be a pricing increase, a maximum of 7% of base cost, may be applied, or to the taxes and/or government-imposed fees, fuel surcharges or additional airline fees before final payment, these increased charges will be levied to the customer and applied to the final invoice. No additional surcharges may be applied after the trip is paid in full. All trips may be subject to change in situations beyond our control.

When travelling outside of Canada all Canadian passengers require a valid passport. If travelling with a foreign passport (not Canadian) BST must be advised at time of booking so we can advise accordingly. Most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date.

Some countries may also have visa requirements for entry. Any fees to obtain visas or additional travel documentation that may be required are the responsibility of the traveler. Entry into another country cannot be guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the local authorities. BST takes no responsibility for a customer being denied entry into another country. Cancellation charges and any additional fees will be at the customer’s expense.

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain information, and to have in their possession, all the required documentation to travel (such as passports, visa where applicable, etc.) required by the relevant governmental authorities, for themselves and passengers in their care. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

BST is not responsible for any missing or inappropriate documents. Failure to have proper travel documents will result in denied boarding and automatic cancellation of your reservation without refund.

BST accepts any passengers that have a disability, intellectual or physical condition providing they are able to care for themselves during the trip which includes boarding the plane/bus on their own; participating in any included tours/sightseeing without assistance; the ability to understand meeting points/times and the ability to care for their own documents. BST will accept any passenger who’s intellectual or physical condition is such as to render him/her incapable of caring for him/herself without assistance, provided that he/she is accompanied by an attendant (at an additional cost) who is responsible for the passenger enroute and with the care of such attendant, he/she will not require attention or assistance beyond that which is usually provided by BST tour escort. Some destinations may not be suitable for physical mobility issues.

Baggage restrictions vary by airline and destination. Specific details will be provided with your final travel documents.

Please ensure that you have secured baggage tags to your luggage prior to arriving at the airport, train station or boarding the coach.

Please note that you are responsible for carrying your own luggage and are responsible for the safety and security of your luggage at all times. BST will not assume liability for loss, theft, or damage due to breakage, fire, water, or theft, during transport on the plane, coach, train or at hotel. Ask your agent for details of Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance coverage.

Airline seating requests are taken into consideration and sent to each airline if applicable. Additional charges apply for premium seating on aircraft. Specific seating on coaches or trains cannot be guaranteed. BST will try to accommodate all requests.

BST reserves the right to decline any person as a member of the trip at any time before or during the trip should such person’s presence be considered detrimental to the interest, comfort, and enjoyment of the other members. Persons leaving the trip after commencement will not receive a refund of unused services and all costs of returning to the point of embarkation will be borne by the client.

When travelling outside of Ontario, please note local customs may differ and conditions of travel may not be the same as home. Clients not travelling on full itinerary as outlined assume full responsibility for any cancellation penalties or fees incurred due to cancellation or alteration to itinerary in any way.

Our Role

In offering travel arrangements for sale, BST acts solely as the organizer of the tours and responsible for making all reservations as outlined. BST cannot be held responsible for supplier errors or omissions. We do not maintain any control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any supplier and we assume no responsibility for, and shall not be expected or required to pay for any financial loss, personal injury, other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which you may experience either by reason of (1) non-performance by any supplier for whatever reason (2) wrongful causes, negligent or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any supplier or its employees or on the part of any other party not under the control of BST (3) any defect, breakdown or other failure of any aircraft, train, bus, automobile, accommodation, ship or other equipment or instrumentality operated and owned or otherwise used by a supplier or (4) BST is not liable for any loss, damage, injury or death resulting from circumstances beyond its direct control such as unexpected weather conditions, civil unrest, acts of God, force Majeure or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Book early to secure your spot.  Small group travel, maximum 30.   Reach out to your BST Vacations Travel Advisor for details.