Ireland Women-only Tour

Tour Details

Ireland Women-only Tour

Dates: April 20 - May 2, 2018
Number of Days: 13


Sold Out*We’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the wait list (if/when someone cancels) or would like to join us on a future Ireland tour.


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HIGHLIGHTS of the Ireland Women-only Tour include:

* Tours of the Wild Atlantic Way, including the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula
* A trip to the magical Aran Islands
* The chance to kiss the Blarney Stone
* Tastings at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery
* An Irish soda bread-making demonstration
* A 5% discount on land costs for returning WanderTours participants

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Ireland Women-only Tour Itinerary

The tour begins on April 20, 2018, with a full day of touring. We encourage you to arrive the previous day (or earlier) so you can take advantage of this first full day. If you arrive on Day 1, you may join the tour in-progress. We can help you book your first night in Dublin and your transportation from the airport—neither are included in the tour cost.

NOTE: This tour starts in Dublin and ends in Shannon. You can either schedule your roundtrip tickets as such or you can fly roundtrip Dublin and then make your way to Dublin (for example via flight, train or bus) at the end of trip. Please check the Ireland FAQs for additional information.

ireland dubline temple barDay 1
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, this first day on the Emerald Isle will be spent touring the country’s sophisticated capital of Dublin! We’ll travel through the city and enjoy a tour that includes visits to Kilmainham Gaol (jail), the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells exhibition. We’ll also stop by the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and sample! Along the way, we’ll have lunch (not included in tour cost).

In the afternoon, we’ll visit Phoenix Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In the late afternoon, we’ll have some free time to relax, shake off jet-lag or shop prior to our welcome dinner.

Overnight in Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! Today we’ll get an excellent overview of Dublin and experience the highlights of this very sophisticated, yet historical city.

Day 2
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the country estate of Powerscourt House and Gardens, home to what is considered one of the top gardens in Europe. We’ll have lunch at the Happy Pear, a specialty restaurant owned by twins (get it? pear/pair?). We’ll then continue to the village of Avoca to see the famous handweavers at work at the Avoca Mill. On our way back to Dublin, we’ll visit Glendalough, a 6th century monastic site that’s nestled in a valley in the Wicklow Mountains.

Upon returning to Dublin, the remainder of the day will be free for sightseeing on your own, shopping and dinner.

Overnight in Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! Today is all about Ireland’s countryside with its many charms, fun locals and beautiful landscape.

Day 3
Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Dublin – Galway
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning after breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and make our way west toward the dynamic city of Galway. Along the way, we’ll stop at Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century. Located on the eastern bank of the River Shannon, we’ll find the ruins of a cathedral, churches from the 10th – 13th centuries and the largest collection of early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. We’ll have lunch (not included) at a nearby restaurant.

Upon arrival in Galway, we’ll check into our hotel and then take a walking tour of the city with a local guide who will help bring the city (and Ireland) alive with stories! Tonight we’ll have dinner together at the hotel.

Overnight in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar.

Day 4
Monday, April 23, 2018 – Galway
Meals: Breakfast

Today we’ll have a free day to ireland galway buskersexplore this magic City of the Tribes! Once a city of merchants (tribes), Galway is now an artistic and contemporary destination also known as one of Ireland’s most Irish of cities.

There’s so much to enjoy here, including the Spanish Arch and Lynch’s Castle. You might also simply wander the narrow cobblestone streets to shop or to listen to some of the best buskers in the world perform.

Overnight in Galway at the Park House Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! What’s not to love about Galway?! This very manageable city has lots of things to do but somehow maintains a small town feel.

Day 5
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Galway – Inis Oirr
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ireland wild atlantic wayAfter breakfast, we’ll take the ferry to Inis Oirr, the smallest (and many say best!) of the Aran Islands. This island is a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage. The island is rugged and natural with thatch-roofed stone cottages dotting the landscape. In the afternoon, we’ll take an Aran knit workshop, attend an Irish bread-making workshop and then have dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight on Inis Oirr at various B&Bs.

NOTE – On this day, we’ll only be carrying a small overnight bag for our two nights on Inis Oirr. We’ll leave the majority of our things secured with our driver who will meet us in two days.

starHIGHLIGHT! Today we’ll get to experience the Wild Atlantic Way on the water when we take the ferry to Inis Oirr. We’ll instantly be transported back in time once we set foot on the Aran Islands.

Day 6
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Inis Oirr
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’ll take the local island ferry and venture to the largest Aran Island, Inis Mor. Here, we’ll take a tour that will include a visit to the island’s main attraction, the stone fort, Dun Aengus. During our time on Inis Mor, there will be time for shopping and wandering around on our own.

Upon returning to Inis Oirr, we’ll enjoy dinner in a charming restaurant before returning to our B&Bs for the night.

Overnight on Inis Oirr at various B&Bs.

Day 7
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Inis Oirr – Doolin – Adare
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll take the ferry to Doolin where we’ll meet back up with our bus and driver. From here, we’ll travel through the Burren, a region known for its beautiful but hardscrabble trails and ancient sites.

ireland cliffs of moherAfter lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit one of Ireland’s natural wonders and most popular destinations in the country: the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 700 feet and provide magnificent 360 degree views. We’ll have time to walk around and photograph the area before heading to the charming village of Adare.

Overnight in Adare at the Woodlands Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! You’ve seen them in countless photos, but the Cliffs of Moher are far more beautiful and dramatic in person. This will definitely be one of many highlights of the tour.

Day 8
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Adare – Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast, we’ll enjoy some sightseeing around Adare. This quaint village is known for its thatched roofed cottages, beautiful park and monastic ruins. After some touring, we’ll head to the Dingle Peninsula. Perhaps not as well-known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, the Dingle Peninsula is less touristy but every bit as beautiful.

After driving the spectacular road around the peninsula, we’ll have lunch in the small fishing port town of Dingle. Here we’ll also have a chance to try our hand at making pottery at Louis Mulcahy’s studio before traveling on to Killarney.

Overnight in Killarney at The Lake Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! It’s difficult to say which you’ll love more: the drive around the Dingle Peninsula or the truly charming town itself. Either way, this will be another incredible day on Ireland’s west coast.

Day 9
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’ll visit Jameson’s ireland ring of kerryOld Midleton Distillery and learn how their whiskey is made and how it differs from whiskeys made elsewhere.

We’ll then leave for Cork city, Ireland’s second largest city which is dubbed the “culinary capital.”

Here, we’ll take some time to explore the city center and have lunch (on our own) at one of the many gourmet eateries before meeting back up.

We’ll end the day with a visit to Blarney Castle where the famous Blarney Stone can be found. Don’t forget, it must be kissed to receive the luck!

Dinner and overnight in Killarney at The Lake Hotel or similar.

Day 10
Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we’re going to experience more of Ireland’s legendary scenery as we drive the Ring of Kerry. The road winds around Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, and the Atlantic coast. This is called the Wild Atlantic Way for a reason and you’ll soon see why.

At the most dramatic scenery, we’ll stop for photos and to take in the breathtaking views. We’ll also visit The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre where we’ll learn about the ireland killarney muckross castlemonks who lived on the Skellig Islands. (By the way, Skellig Michael was recently used as a location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Watch it before the trip!)

We’ll continue through the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville—one of Charlie Chaplin’s favorite places—and pass through the colorful village of Sneem. We’ll also stop at Moll’s Gap to see the Three Lakes of Killarney. We’ll even have a chance to stop and stroll around the Muckross Gardens located on the shores of Muckross Lake.

We’ll return to the hotel for an early dinner and then enjoy a dance workshop where we’ll learn some simple Irish dance steps.

Dinner and overnight in Killarney at The Lake Hotel or similar.

starHIGHLIGHT! Today will be a full day with lots of sightseeing. You’ll see perhaps some familiar sights around the Ring of Kerry and then you’ll have a chance to break out your dancing shoes.

Killarney ireland churchDay 11
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

Today we’ll have a day free to explore the charming town of Killarney. You might choose to: wander the town on your own (take a two-hour guided tour, rent a bike and peddle through Killarney National Park), shop in the downtown area, or visit a pub (or two!) and take in some of the local “trad” music.

Dinner and overnight in Killarney at The Lake Hotel or similar.

Day 12
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Killarney – Bunratty – Shannon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, on our last full day in Ireland, we’ll leave Killarney and visit Bunratty Castle. Dating back to the 1400s, this is one of the most well-restored and authentic castles in Ireland. We’ll tour this beautiful and ancient fortress and then have lunch at Durty Nelly’s, the quintessential Irish pub. We’ll then visit the Folk Park, which recreates life in rural Ireland during the 19th century.ireland dromoland

Afterward, we’ll check in to the spectacular Dromoland Castle and then head out for our final dinner, a medieval banquet(!) back at Bunratty Castle.

Overnight in Shannon at Dromoland Castle.

starHIGHLIGHT! This will be a wonderful final day in Ireland as we experience not only sleeping in a castle but also enjoying a traditional banquet dinner.

Day 13
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Shannon – Departure Home
Meals: Breakfast

Today we’ll depart via nearby Shannon Airport for home (or onward to your next destination).

** Itinerary subject to change without notice.


Sold Out* We’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the wait list (if/when someone cancels) or would like to join us on a future Ireland tour. 


Land costs: 
Single supplement:

Interested in sharing the cost with another traveler? We do our best to pair up travelers so as to avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing, please send in your deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)

Booking and Payment Details

Tour price includes: 12 nights accommodation in lovely 3- to-4- star hotels, sightseeing entrance fees, activities as outlined in itinerary, 26 meals, an English speaking driver/guide and tips for driver/guide(s).

Tour price does not include: International flights to Dublin and from Shannon, Irish visa (if required), travel insurance, some meals, souvenirs, personal purchases (such as books and snacks) and beverages. Bottled water is not included at our request – we encourage you to bring your own reusable bottle for the tour.

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

This trip is limited to 18 women and requires an $800 deposit to secure your spot.

Minimum bookings required: 8 people (minimum reached)

Final payment due no later than February 1, 2018.

It’s easy to register…

We love checks as it helps keep our costs down by avoiding pesky credit card fees. If you’re able to pay the deposit or full amount by check or wire transfer, we’ll not only love you more but we’ll send you a free copy of one of Beth’s books (your choice which one). ** U.S. residents receive a print copy, international residents receive a PDF.

Here’s our mailing address:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116

Note: cancellation fees apply. Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions before registering.

The fine print

Ireland Women-Only Tour 2018 Registration Form (tour closed)

Ireland Women-only Tour – Itinerary (PDF)

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

For questions, contact Beth at:
beth (at) wandertours (dot) com

beth Whitman bali Trip Escort: Beth Whitman
After hearing personally from dozens of people absolutely captured by their time in Ireland (and dozens more who wanted to see it for themselves), Beth decided it was time to travel there and discover the charms of this island nation for herself. Suffice it to say, she was as swept away by the Emerald Isle as everyone else—and she knows you will be, too!

Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo and For Women Traveling to India. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours and hosts the Be Bold podcast which can be found through your favorite podcast provider.

She is also the founder of the WanderWorld Foundation.