Day 1: Arrival & Evening Bar Crawl
Welcome to the fabulous capital of Ireland - Dublin!
Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for the check-in.
In the evening you meet your private guide for an evening bar crawl that is that is an amazing way to be introduced to the life of this beautiful city. Together you enjoy a walk along the evening streets of the old town followed by a visit to some local bars. Sharing tables with the locals as it was in the old times and tasting the most traditional drinks and snacks surely enriches your experience in Dublin!
Day 2: Dublin City Tour & Guinness Storehouse Experience
After full Irish breakfast this morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and carry on to a walking city tour of Dublin.
During the sightseeing tour you see many of Dublin’s icons while being guided to some hidden and wonderful spots that visitors most often miss. You see Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the famous Ha’penny Bridge, the Georgian doors of Dublin and Trinity College Library where you see the famous Book of Kells.
You then pay a visit to the most popular Ireland's attraction - the remarkable Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery. Your tour of the Storehouse begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and as you make your way to the 7th floor you learn about the history and the making of Guinness through various interactive experiences.
After the tour you return to your hotel and have evening at leisure.
Note: to highlight your tour, you may add a Guinness Storehouse connoisseur experience on top.
Day 3: Journey to Cork
It is time to say goodbye to the glorious Irish capital. After breakfast you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and head down towards the south of the country.
There is a number of exciting sights that you can explore on your way. You can choose to travel through the county of Carlow into the Wicklow Mountains, known as the garden of Ireland and providing simply stunning views dotted with lakes. You can visit a glacial valley Glendalough and explore the ancient monastic site, established by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. You can also stop in the town of Kilkenny and visit the 12th-century Kilkenny Medieval Castle.
Recommendation: the must-see on your way to Cork is the Rock of Cashel, the site that was the Seat of the High Kings of Munster and where St Patrick converted King Aengus to Christianity. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale. Here you can join a group guided tour running every hour and lasting 45 minutes.
Day 3: Arrival
Your final destination for today is the university city of Cork. Upon arrival, you park your car at the public city parking and check in to the centrally-located hotel.
The evening is free for you to enjoy pubs and restaurants in the city center.
Day 4: Touring Cobh, Cork and Blarney Castle
Today you pick up your rental car, meet your private guide and start exploring Cork and its surroundings.
At first you head for Cobh, a tourist seaport town on the south coast of County Cork. Located 22 km (14 mi) from Cork, Cobh was known as Queenstown from 1849 until 1920. Your tour route covers the main attractions in the town center, including the cathedral church of St Colman that is one of the tallest buildings in Ireland.
Your trip continues with a stop at the stunning Blarney Castle where you have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence.
You then return to Cork and enjoy a walking tour around the compact and charming 800 year old city. During the tour you stroll the streets of the 18th century Huguenot Quarter and admire the Burges’s magnificent French Neo-Gothic cathedral. Your local guide shares with you the unique history and culture of the city, as well as Corkonian wit and traditions. You also experience the sounds and scents and of the English Market regarded for its mid-19th century architecture. Here you have a chance to taste local specialities to explore the local culture from a new angle.
Afterwards you return to your hotel and have evening at leisure.
Journey by car. The tour distance with stops is 66 km or 41 miles (approximately 1.5 hour pure driving).
Day 5: Wild Atlantic Way to Killarney
Today you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and travel along the wild and rugged south and west coast, which is a part of Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way route. Today is all about the very best Irish scenery and truly breathtaking panoramas that present a new vista with every mile. During the day you have a chance to enjoy a number of magnificent photo stops.
Recommendation: make a stop to view the beautiful scenery at the Old Head of Kinsale, travel along the coastline to Skibbereen and around Bantry Bay - one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Spend lunchtime in the picturesque village of Kenmare before you finally arrive to the popular town of Killarney.
Day 5: Arrival
Upon arrival, you park at the hotel (free parking is available) and check in. The evening is at leisure.
Recommendation: you can take the hotel shuttle to the town center to enjoy Ireland’s most famous tourist town and all of its great pubs and restaurants.
Day 6: Exploring Ring of Kerry
After breakfast you set off on an exciting exploration of one of the most popular drives in Ireland, the picturesque Ring of Kerry. On this trip you explore the wonder and wilderness of the peninsula with its green rolling hills, fantastic coastline, rugged cliffs and colourful Irish towns and villages.
Recommendations: enjoy epic lookout points of Ladies View and Molls Gap that offer exciting panoramic views. Spend time in the charming Sneem Village that is home to several local artists and craftspeople. Visit the Derrynane Beach that is a long, sandy beach sheltered by mountains. Do not forget to stop at a nearby 6th century Derrynane Abbey. What else, include Coomanaspig Mountain scenic viewing spot, the colourful Portmagee Village and the marvellous Valentia Island, a famous location for Bray Head walk, into your route.
Note: starting from Killarney, cars should drive clockwise around the Ring of Kerry, once tour buses must travel anti-clockwise due to narrow roads.
Journey by car. The tour distance with stops is approximate 200 km or 124 miles (approximately 3.5 hour pure driving).
Day 7: The Dingle Peninsula on the Way to Limerick
Following breakfast you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and continue your Ireland exploration.
This day is dedicated to a memorable day tour to the Dingle Peninsula - a journey that takes in the wild and rugged beauty of the Slea Head Drive - once cited as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic. The peninsula is littered with archaeological remains and secluded sandy beaches. Dingle Town is one of Ireland’s quickly disappearing Gaeltacht regions where Irish is the first language.
Recommendations: follow the coastal road to the scenic Inch Beach and then to the town of Dingle. Since Dingle is a major fishing port, do not miss a chance to stop at one of a local fish restaurants for lunch. Continue with the Slea Head Drive that is one of the most stunning routes in Ireland. Then take a drive on Conor Pass, one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road.
Day 7: Arrival
Upon arrival, you park your car at the public city parking and check in to the centrally-located hotel.
Recommendations: you can stay for overnight in Aldare Manor hotel and dine at the Oak Room Restaurant awarded with Michelin Star. Contact your travel specialist for details.
Day 8: Trip for Galway via Cliffs of Moher
In the morning you check out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and embark on one more unforgettable adventure.
Your first stop is the famous Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park where you enjoy its sights as you stroll from house to house of the charming village street. Afterwards, you make your way to The Cliffs of Moher - a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. Today you pay s visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to see the exhibition dedicated to this natural wonder and the region.
After the stop, you continue your journey and have time to see the Burren Region followed by a scenic drive to the city of Galway.
Day 8: Arrival
Upon arrival, you park your car at the public city parking and check in to the centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Galway city and enjoy some of the great music and food in the bars and restaurants.
Day 9: Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and Galway Tour
Following breakfast you meet your private guide and start exploring the unspoiled beauty of Connemara distinct region.
During the tour, you learn more about the origin of the Irish language and the reason why it is still the native language of the region. You see the rivers and lakes that flow from the Twelve Pins Mountain Range and find out why this unique corner of Ireland was a filming location for the famous Marley & Me and the Field.
You also visit the 19th century magnificent Kylemore Abbey, situated on a lake in the middle of the mountains, and Aughnanure Castle, dating back to the 16th century, before you return to Galway.
Upon return to Galway, you park the car and continue with a walking city part. You explore the Eyre Square, where you learn the Occupy Wall Street movement and other important points of Galway history. Then you see Brown's Doorway, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaque, quincentennial Fountain and the beautiful Spanish Arch.
After the tour you return to your hotel and have evening at leisure.
Journey by car. The tour distance with stops is approximate 185 km or 115 miles (approximately 3.5 hours pure driving).
Day 10: Departure
This is the last day of your amazing Irish adventure! After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and drive to Dublin airport.
Journey by car: the distance from Galway to Dublin Airport is 217 km or 135 miles (approximately 2.5 hours pure driving).
We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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