Best of Ireland South C trip 6 Day-Travel from Dublin to Shannon on our best 5 day Ireland trip, a short guided tour of Ireland which covers everything you need to see on your first trip to the Emerald Isle. Looking for Cheap holidays directly from Ireland?

including Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, King John's Castle and Cliffs of Moher


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Day 1: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Arrive in Dublin. Your tour starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as the General Post Office in O’Connell Street where the 1916 Uprising started; Georgian doorways. Walk through Trinity College to see the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. Just outside Dublin, in a relaxing farmhouse setting, Taylor’s Three Rock features traditional ballads, music and dance, authentic Irish entertainment including a hand-picked Irish dancing troupe.  A strong heart is needed, as both the dancers and musicians involve the entire audience in this electric performance. (D)

King Johns CastleDay 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. The town name Cashel is derived from the Irish "caiseal" meaning stone fort.  Visit a nearby sheep farm for freshly-baked scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork. Your next stop will be the famed 15th century Blarney Castle.  You will have the opportunity (if you dare) to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence!  Get your cameras ready as fellow group members lie on their backs grasping a guard rail, leaning their heads back to touch the stone with their lips. Visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Cork IrelandDay 3: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around (Apr 2 - Oct 29 departures) and enjoy a casual lunch in Dingle town. Return to Killarney where the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. Killarney has a lot of great pubs where impromptu and planned music sessions take place so you might like to check out some of them. (B, L)

Day 4: Jaunting Car Ride & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Enjoy local stories by your jarvey (driver) and take in the great views of the mountains. Drive north and stop in the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick visit the mighty King John’s Castle, which has guarded the River Shannon and access to the interior of the country for over 800 years. The stunning exhibition brings dramatic local history to life. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing. In the evening travel to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style feast with lots of food, wine and song to carry you off to the Middle Ages in spirit.(B, D)
Blarney Castle
Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, provided that the weather is clear. Drive through the hills of the Burren and around Galway Bay to Galway. Join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city and spend time on your own. Return to your hotel in Newmarket-on-Fergus for dinner in your hotel and, afterwards enjoy the tales of a local storyteller. (B, D)

Day 6: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your CIE Tours Ireland program ends after breakfast today. (B)

Tour Includes:
Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional driver/guide
5 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
4 dinners (D) including
-Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
-Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
-2 table d’hote dinners
1 Lunch (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
Cruise around Dingle Bay (Apr 2 - Oct 29 departures)
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College and Galway
Storytelling session in Newmarket-on-Fergus
Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Headsets for walking tours
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
Dublin (1 night)
Scotts Hotel
Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland
Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)


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