Keegan Bus Tours: Ireland, Autumn 2023


13th - 20th October 2023
in association with Discover Ireland Tours

LAND COSTS PER PERSON:
Total Payment Due
Minimum 35 full paying Coming Soon
Minimum 30 full paying
Minimum 25 full paying
Minimum 20 full paying
Single room supplement
If arriving early:
Pre-Tour Single Room Coming Soon
Pre-Tour Double Room: Per Person Sharing


Cost Information

  • Payment will be collected in Euro. Prices listed above in USD ($) are quoted as per the exchange rate on 14th May 2022 and are subject to fluctuation. Email ColmKeeganTours@gmail.com for more information.
  • Travellers are entitled to choose any travel insurance of their choosing
  • Does not include airfare or a $100 booking fee
  • Payment method: One-off payment or monthly payment plan (personalised payment methods also available)


Costs Include

  • All visits are outlined in the itinerary are included in the cost unless otherwise stated
  • Entry to any concert during the tour
  • Hotel Porterage for one bag per person, service charge and government taxes
  • Transport by luxury motor coach with driver/guide
  • All visits are outlined on the above itinerary and included in the cost unless otherwise stated

Tour Schedule (may experience minor changes)

Friday, 13th October: OPTIONAL EARLY ARRIVAL

We have found on previous Keegan Bus Tours that passengers want to arrive earlier than Day 1 to avoid arriving after a long haul flight into the first day of the tour, so we have arranged a pre-tour early arrival rate.

For those wanting to arrive early, we can arrange for an early check-in to a hotel on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in the heart of the City Centre, across the road from the landmark General Post Office building.

Day at leisure around Dublin. Rates offered to our party for early arrival can be found in the cost chart above.

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL RIU PLAZA AT THE GRESHAM, DUBLIN

Saturday, 14th October: DUBLIN & CONCERT

The group will meet in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin’s City Centre. We will then take a bus tour around some of the most scenic points in Ireland’s capital city before offering time at leisure after lunch.

The group will then be picked up from the hotel and brought to see Colm & Laura Keegan Live in Dublin.

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL RIU PLAZA AT THE GRESHAM, DUBLIN

Sunday, 15th October: KILKENNY
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Meet your Coach & Driver Guide
  • Tour to Kilkenny
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle
    Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since Strongbow constructed the first
    building of a wooden tower in the 12th century. William the Earl Marshall built the first
    stone castle on the site in 1260
  • Short Evening guided walking tour of Kilkenny finishing at your hotel

DINNER & OVERNIGHT: KILKENNY RIVER COURT HOTEL

Monday, 16th October: KILKENNY – WATERFORD
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Tour to Waterford
  • Visit House of Waterford Crystal
    The home for Waterford Crystal occupies a 1.5-acre site on the Mall in the heart of Waterford city a prime location set back just a hundred yards or so from the River Suir and the city’s main quay, and bordering the city’s Viking Triangle area. The new manufacturing facility includes highly skilled local craftsmen and will produce 40,000 crystal pieces per year using traditional methods. The House of Waterford range that will be produced will include trophies for prestigious sporting events, bowls and vases from our museum, heritage and designer collections, and also the special order stemware collection.

    • Visit Hook Lighthouse
    • Purpose-built 800 years ago by Knight William Marshal, take a step back in time and enjoy a tour hearing tales of medieval times and life as a lightkeeper.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT: FAITHLEGG HOTEL, WEXFORD

Tuesday, 17th October: WATERFORD
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Coach and driver-guide around Lismore
  • Explore The Town of Lismore
    Lismore is justifiably proud of its long and distinguished history. Tracing its origins to the arrival of St Carthage in 636AD, Lismore was once a university city attended by scholars from all over Europe. The riches of Lismore drew plundering Vikings up the River Blackwater and the marauding Norsemen sacked the town and burned it to the ground. Normans followed Vikings, and the arrival of Prince John, son of Henry II of England, to build Lismore Castle in 1185 was another landmark in our past. Lismore has attracted many people through the ages; everyone from Elizabethan adventurers to Hollywood stars. Visitors to the town today can see many buildings that recall our long past and built heritage; look out for them as you explore our town.
  • Visit Lismore Castle Gardens
    The first owner was the soon-to-be King of England, Prince John, when he built Lismore back in 1185. On becoming monarch, he passed it to the Church to be used as a Bishop’s Palace — you can still see the old round tower, which dates back to the 13th Century.
  • Visit Curraghmore House

OVERNIGHT: FAITHLEGG HOTEL, WATERFORD

Wednesday, 18th October: WATERFORD – WEXFORD
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Tour to Wexford
  • Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigrant Experience
    The original Dunbrody was a three-masted barque built in Quebec, Canada, for the Graves family of New Ross in 1845. She carried many emigrants to the new world from 1845-1870. The present ship is a full scale, sea-going replica. Through an interactive exhibition, visitors can experience life on board an emigrant ship.
  • Visit Kennedy Homestead
    The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.
  • Check into your hotel
  • Overnight at Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort

OVERNIGHT: SEAFIELD HOTEL & SPA RESORT, WEXFORD

Thursday, October 19th: WEXFORD – WICKLOW – DUBLIN
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Glendalough Visitor Centre
    Famed for its beautiful scenery and historic monuments, Glendalough has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors from the time of the founding of its monastery by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. The present remains tell only a small part of the monastic story. The buildings which survived, probably date from between the 8th and 12th Centuries, the most notable being a superb Round-Tower, Cathedral, Stone churches and decorated crosses.
  • Visit Powerscourt House & Gardens
    Situated in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, it is a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, sanctuary and ornamental lakes with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs. The newly renovated 18th-century house. Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland! The gardens at Powerscourt were laid out over two main periods. Many of the people involved in their creation and development never saw the gardens completed in their lifetime. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodelled. The design reflected the desire to create a garden that was part of the wider landscape. And what a view it is! To the north, formal tree plantations framed the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wound through the wooded grounds and a fine tree-lined avenue was created. When you arrive at the tree-lined avenue today, hundreds of beech trees will guide your visit.
  • Dinner & Show at The Merry Ploughboy
    Widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin. A highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish Music, Song and Irish Dancing. The very best fresh Irish food is served from our restaurant which offers a choice menu.
  • Overnight at hotel

OVERNIGHT: CLAYTON HOTEL LEOPARDSOTOWN, DUBLIN

Friday, October 20th: RETURN TO YOUR HOMETOWN

For passengers staying to participate in our UK Bus Tour 2022, you will have a day of leisure. Speak with Colm for a range of ideas on accommodation, things to do and see in preparation for our UK Bus Tour.

For those travelling home, you will transfer to Dublin Airport in good time to check-in for your flight. You may do some last-minute shopping at the duty-free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.


Highlights

  • Colm & Laura Keegan in concert
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle
  • Short evening guided walking tour of Kilkenny finishing at your hotel
  • Visit House of Waterford Crystal
  • Visit Hook Lighthouse
  • Explore Town of Lismore
  • Visit the gardens at Lismore Castle Gardens
  • Visit House, Shell House & Gardens at Curraghmore House
  • Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigrant Experience
  • Visit The Kennedy Homestead
  • Visit Glendalough Visitor Centre
  • Visit Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Have Dinner and Show at The Merry Ploughboy
  • 6 x Breakfast at hotel
  • 2 x Dinner at hotel

Hotels

Hotel Riu Plaza at The Gresham, Dublin 1 night
Kilkenny River Court Hotel, Kilkenny 1 night
Faithlegg Hotel, Waterford 2 nights
Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort, Wexford 1 night
Clayton Hotel, Dublin 1 night

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