-9 day tour throughout Ireland
-Explore Dublin and visit Malahide Castle, Newgrange, the Boyne Valley and more
-Enjoy an Irish Food Experience as you join the Fab Food Trail – the bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers and delicatessens will amaze you
-Free day to explore Dublin on your own
-Walking tour of Galway
-Visit Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
-See the Cliffs of Moher and Kinsale
-Full day tour in Kinsale
-Visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
-Visit Cork City
Dublin, Cork, and more…
You’ll explore the best of Ireland on this 9-day tour
See The Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and so much more
On you arrival in Dublin airport, you will meet your driver to be transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city and within walking distance of all the main attractions. After some time to relax at the hotel you will set off on a private walking tour with a local guide which is a great way to get to know the city.
Dublin has all the attractions of a modern city, combined with the beauty and heritage of the past. Elegant shops, hotels, galleries, art-house cinemas, coffee houses and a stunning variety of restaurants have sprung up on almost every street in the capital. Roughly half of the Irish Republic’s population of 3.6 million people live in Dublin and its suburbs. As capital city of Ireland, Dublin is steeped in history and culture and has plenty of sights to see from museums to Georgian squares, Viking artifacts and cobbled streets.
Accommodations at Brooks Hotel
Today, you will be free to discover the city at your own pace thanks to your Hop on/off bus ticket. You might like to take some day trips out of the city and the following are our recommendations: Newgrange and the Boyne Valley, Wild Wicklow Tour, Powerscourt House & Gardens, Malahide Castle.
Accommodations at Brooks Hotel
This morning you will join the Fab Food Trail which is a walking stroll around the city visiting food outlets and enjoying tastings as you go (2 hours, maximum 15 persons). You will visit a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and other specialty shops. You will meet artisans whose families have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the Irish table. And you will taste Irish produce served in both traditional and contemporary styles. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of each neighborhood. Those familiar with the city will be amazed to discover food outlets and tasty surprised they never knew existed and visitors will leave with an insider and up to date knowledge of the best of what is happening food-wise in Ireland.
Accommodations at Brooks Hotel
Today is a free day for you to wander around the city and enjoy a relaxing day.
Accommodations at Brooks Hotel
After your breakfast, your private guide will take you to Heuston Station to connect with the train to Galway. Arrive in Galway, your hotel is located just a short distance away from the train station. In the afternoon you will be met by a local guide who will be take you on walking tour of the city which is the best way to experience this vibrant place for about one hour. Galway City – a city and an experience to be savored and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely its own. There is a certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric medieval city of culture. From this pulsating heart the rest of the county flows.
Accommodations at Park House Hotel
Today you will be picked up by your driver/guide who will take you to one of the truly unspoiled regions of Ireland that is Connemara. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Round stone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. We would recommend a stop in the quaint village of Cong, most famous for being the film location of ‘The Quiet Man’ which was shot in this region in 1952. You will visit the Kylemore Abbey. Kylemore Abbey’s greatest attraction is its location. Nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain [1736ft] on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara mountains, it is regarded as one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings. In 1920, it was purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns. Visiting the three reception rooms in the Abbey, you will be touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. You are also welcome to visit the recently-restored neo-Gothic Church (circa 1871), Mausoleum, Restaurant and Craft Shop.
Accommodations at Park House Hotel
This morning you will be picked up by your driver/guide who will take you to Kinsale in County Cork. Travel along the shores of Galway Bay to Kinvara, a lovely fishing village which is home to Ireland’s most photographed castle, Dunguire. Continue along the coast route to Ballyvaughan in County Clare where you will begin to see the lunar like landscape of The Burren region covering an area of 160 square km – it is like no other place in Ireland. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called ‘clints’ with vertical fissures in the called ‘grikes’. Most of the drainage is underground in caves. You may explore The Burren underworld in comfort within the developed cave at Aillwee, near Ballyvaughan. Bleak though the place may appear, man has settled here since the Stone Age. Evidence of his habitations and tombs are all around you; massive dolmens, wedge tombs and stone forts called cahers, (the homesteads of farmers of long ago), survive in various stages of preservation. Churches and castles indicate later periods of settlement. The Burren is also famous for its plant life. Limestone-loving plants such as foxgloves and rock roses grow here and rock’s microclimates also nurture plants found in the Aortic, Alpine and Mediterranean regions. Botanists have attempted to find out why, but no one has come up with a complete answer.
You continue to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most stunning natural beauty spots, which defiantly stand as giant natural ramparts against the aggressive might of the Atlantic Ocean. They rise in places to over 700 feet and stretch for almost 5 miles. O’Brien’s Tower, which was constructed in the early 19th century as a viewing point for Victorian tourists, is located on Moher’s highest cliff. From its exceptional vantage position, you can view the Clare coastline, the Aran Islands and mountains as far apart as Kerry and Connemara.
Continue south via Limerick City and on to Kinsale which has many popular attractions that include heritage, gourmet restaurants, sailing, deep sea angling and golf. Early settlers in Ireland came to live in the area which we now know as Kinsale. Indeed the Old Head of Kinsale has been attributed as the site for some of the earliest settlers in Ireland. Later a number of Christian settlements were established in the surrounding countryside. Even the casual visitor to Kinsale will be captivated by its beautiful setting, with the long waterfront, narrow winding streets, and Compass Hill rising sharply behind the town. The River Bandon rises in West Cork and flows east through Bandon to Innishannon, and turns south to enter the sea at Kinsale. The old fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance to Kinsale from the sea.
Accommodations at Actons Hotel
Today your local driver/guide will pick you up for a full day tour in the area. You will travel to Blarney to visit the 15th century Blarney Castle, famous for its stone, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow eloquence on all those who kiss it. The stone itself is set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. The stone was reputed to have been that mentioned in the Bible as “Jacob’s Pillow” and was supposed to have been brought to Ireland by Jeremiah the Prophet. It was more likely to have been brought back during the Crusades which legend applies also to the Stone of Scone now at Westminster Abbey. The term “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Elizabeth 1 of England and is defined as “pleasant talk, intending to deceive without offending”. Enjoy some free time in the Blarney Woollen Mills store that sells Irish gifts including Waterford Crystal, Belleek China, Lladro, Aran Sweaters, Irish Crystal, Irish Linen, Irish Jewellery and Celtic Gifts.
Travel to Cork City which is Ireland’s 3nd largest city (after Dublin and Belfast) and was listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in world to visit in 2010. Cork City has always been an important seaport. It began on an island in the swampy estuary of the River Lee (the name Corcaigh means a marsh), and gradually climbed up the steep banks on either side. As the hilly streets go up and down, so do the voices of the citizens. They have a characteristic sing-song cadence, beloved of national comedians, and Corkonians are regarded as the most talkative of all the Irish.
St. Finbarr is the founder and patron saint. He founded a monastery in the 7th century where St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral now stands, and it grew into an extensive and wealthy establishment. It attracted the attention of the Viking sea-pirates who raided and burned the infant city, but returned in later years to settle and trade. The Anglo-Norman invasion in 1172 resulted in both the Danish lords and local McCarthy chiefs having to submit to Henry II, but Cork has always had a reputation for independence and stubborn resistance: it came to be known as “Rebel Cork”.
You might also like to visit the port town of Cobh, last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic and where many Irish left for a new life in the US & Canada in the 19th century – the Queenstown Museum which is located in the old railway station tells the story of Irish immigration very well.
Accommodations at Actions Hotel
Transfer from Kinsale to either Cork or Shannon Airports to connect with flight home.
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Dublin – Brooks Hotel or similar
Brooks Hotel is a 4-star designer boutique hotel in central Dublin, a 5-minute walk from Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. The beautiful rooms feature private bathrooms. Francesca’s Restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of innovative Irish and international cuisine. Jasmine Bar is Ireland’s first ‘Great Whiskey Bar of the World’.
Brooks Hotel’s informal café lounge features a piano and the drawing room is a great place to enjoy a coffee or cocktail, with its French oak-paneled walls and enviable library.
The fitness suite features high-tech equipment and also includes a sauna.
With an emphasis on personal service and attention to detail, the staff at Brooks Hotel can provide recommend ations for local restaurants, shops and attraction s.
Brooks Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It has been voted one of the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland in the Bridgestone Guide for the past 3 years.
Galway- Park House Hotel or similar
In central Galway, the Park House Hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with 4-star luxury. It offers an award-winning restaurant and air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Rooms are decorated in warm colors, natural wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. They feature TVs with sports and movie channels, laptop safes and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The Park Restaurant offers delicious home-cooked food. It uses fine local produce and the menu is accompanied by an extensive wine list.
Guests can also relax in the award-winning Boss Doyle’s Bar, which has hand-carved oak-paneled ceilings, stained glass windows and mood lighting.
Galway Train Station and Eyre Square are just 650 feet away.
Kinsale, County Cork – Actons Hotel or similar
Actons of Kinsale is situated in the heart of the colorful historic harbor town of Kinsale also referred to as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.
Actons is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946 by two sisters, Sidney and Shelia Acton and since then has become an integral part of Kinsale town. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts.
Over the years Actons of Kinsale has established a reputation for its exceptional location, highly personal and genuine guest care, and renowned cuisine. Actons has become a ‘home away from home’ for both the people of Kinsale and the business and holiday travelers who know, feel and appreciate, the Actons of Kinsale difference.
This contemporary boutique style hotel features 74 en suite bedrooms including a bridal and family suites, Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie offer all day dining, Fisher St Restaurant, Health & Leisure Club with fully equipped gym, 15 meter swimming pool, sauna & steam room and 3 treatment rooms.
Note: Limited Availability, some hotels may not be available. Prices are per person.
Tours can be customized for any number of travelers, on any date.