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Ireland in a Nutshell Journey by Car

Private tour
2
10 days
5 cities
2nights

Dublin, Ireland

The mysterious land of castles and leprechauns, wonderful Ireland is, indeed, the enigma you would like to discover! And you will definitely find no better place to start your journey than Dublin. The magnificent Irish capital ideally reflects the national character, embodied in the wonderful historic legacy and, above all, the genuine locals who radiate the undisguised pride of their country. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, Dublin primarily attracts visitors by its outstanding architectural ensemble imbued with the medieval spirit. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the inspiring winding streets, witness the grandeur of the Dublin Castle and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, relax at the enormous Phoenix Park, and organize a museum-day as Dublin has a lot of venues for a deeper history immersion. One more distinctive Dublin feature, alongside the great legacy, is, of course, the traditional bustling Irish pubs, perfect for social interaction coupled with the famous Irish whiskey or beer degustations. Sounds like a great experience?...
  • Day By Day

    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.

  • Included in your trip
    The Grafton Hotel
    4-star hotel
    IE, 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dublin, D02 N676
    The Grafton Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Located in the heart of Dublin, nearby well-known St. Stephen's Green Park, the newly renovated hotel boasts 127 brand new rooms with an exceptional interior decorated in 1920's style.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Guided Evening Bar Crawl
    • Walking Tour with Entrance to the Book of Kells
    • Guinness Storehouse Tour
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Airport Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Dublin - Cork
Journey by car. The distance from Dublin to Cork hotel is 260 km or 162 miles (approximately 3 hours pure driving).
Dublin
3 h
Cork
2nights

Cork, Ireland

Ireland's second largest city, Cork, is set on the River Lee and has a connection to the sea by Cork Harbour. Being a business-like university city during a working day, with the onset of twilight, it suddenly changes, becoming the center of active nightlife with a bunch of colorful clubs and pubs. The city is dominated by The Church of St. Anne located on a picturesque hill overlooking the river, while the historic part of Cork is famous for medieval Saint Fin Barre Cathedral, Blackrock Castle and the Crawford Art Gallery....
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    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.

  • Included in your trip
    The Imperial Hotel
    4-star hotel
    IE, 76 South Mall, Cork
    The Imperial Hotel
    Classic Double Room Breakfast Included
    Originally designed in 1813, the 4-star Imperial Hotel in Cork offers comfortable rooms. Vibrant colors make rooms unique and cozy, inviting guests to relax in. Guests can also enjoy a fantastic time at the Escape Spa and treat themselves with therapy.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Guide Services for Cobh, Cork and Blarney Castle Tour
    • Public City Parking for 2 Days
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    Included Transfers
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Connection | Cork - Killarney
Journey by car. The distance from Cork to Killarney via Kinsale, Skibbereen and Bantry Bay is 250 km or 155 miles (approximately 4.5 hours driving).
Cork
4.5 h
Killarney
2nights

Killarney, Ireland

Set on the territory on the similarly-named National Park, marvelous Killarney is a real catch for nature enthusiasts. The postcard-like scenery of Killarney's surroundings gives way for a nice variety of recreational activities, making the city one of the most mesmerizing Irish destinations. Killarney itself is known for its quaint streets, traditional farms, and picture-perfect gardens, creating a lovely scene for long pleasant strolls. In addition, Killarney serves as an excellent starting point for a number of outdoor trips. Inspired by the romance of the medieval castles? Set off on a trip to the imposing Ross Castle or the notable Muckross Abbey. Feel delighted by the marvels of nature? The picturesque Gap of Dunloe and a breathtaking trip to the Ring of Kerry just can't be missed on your Ireland itinerary. All in all, there are so many reasons to travel to this region, so you'll definitely find your cup of tea!...
  • Day By Day

    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. 

  • Included in your trip
    Killarney Randles Hotel
    4-star hotel
    IE, Muckross Rd, Dromhale, Killarney, V93 N264
    Killarney Randles Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Located just a few minutes walk from the city center, the Killarney Randles Hotel offers elegant guestrooms. All rooms come with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a marble bathroom with a hairdryer. Also, guests are welcome to enjoy the food at the restaurant and relax at the spa.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
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Connection | Killarney - Limerick
Journey by car. The distance from Killarney to Limerick via Dingle Peninsula is 245 km or 152 miles (approximately 4.5 hours driving).
Killarney
4.5 h
Limerick
1night

Limerick, Ireland

The beautiful Irish city of Limerick boasts revamped quays and riverside walks, as well as many sights, medieval castles, and churches. Among the must-sees are the historic King John Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral, and the Hunt Museum....
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    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.

  • Included in your trip
    Limerick Strand Hotel
    4-star hotel
    IE, Ennis Rd, Limerick, V94 03F2
    Limerick Strand Hotel
    Superior King Room Breakfast Included
    The award-winning Limerick Strand Hotel is situated in the heart of the city next to the River Shannon walking distance of Limerick's central shops, bars, and restaurants. The bright and airy bedrooms feature large king-size beds, flat-screen LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi. Homemade Irish cuisine, made with local produce, is served in The River Restaurant or The Terrace Bar and Cafe overlooking the River Shannon.... show more
    1 room / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • Public City Parking for 1 Day
    • Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park Entrance
    • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center Entrance
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    Included Transfers
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Connection | Limerick - Galway
Journey by car. The distance from Limerick to Galway hotel via Cliffs of Moher is 160 km or 100 miles (approximately 3 hours pure driving).
Limerick
3 h
Galway
2nights

Galway, Ireland

It’s hard to argue with the fact that breathtaking Ireland enriched the world’s culture by introducing such brilliant phenomena as St. Patrick’s Day, Oscar Wilde, Irish coffee, leprechauns, Guinness, Irish dancing, and countless other things! And there is no better place to explore the Irish heritage than glorious Galway, often referred to as the “Cultural Heart of Ireland”. Galway is famous for its vibrant lifestyle and sanguine atmosphere, you are never far away from a celebration while there, have you heard of the world-famous Galway Arts Festival? But the town’s cultural side is not the only thing worth your attention as the city also boasts numerous significant historical and natural sights. For example, you can spend an afternoon exploring the 14th-century Lynch’s Castle or admiring the striking Galway Cathedral. Or, if you are in the mood for an exciting day trip, you can set off to visit the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher....
  • Day By Day

    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!

  • Included in your trip
    The Hardiman Hotel
    4-star hotel
    IE, Eyre Square, Galway, H91 NFD2
    The Hardiman Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Set in the best-known Eyre Square since 1852, the luxurious Hardiman Hotel boasts charming Victorian-era style rooms. Also, guests can enjoy hydrotherapy baths as well as a Canadian hot tub.... show more
    1 room / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Public City Parking for 2 Days
    • Guide Services for Connemara, Kylemore Abbey and Galway Tour
    • Kylemore Abbey Entrance
    • Aughnanure Castle Entrance
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    Included Transfers
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable centrally located hotels in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and a heritage country house hotel in Killarney;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Public city parking in Cork, Limerick, Galway;
  • Airport arrival transfer in Dublin;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours and entrances according to the itinerary;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

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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