Enjoy a one week Dublin to Dublin group tour of Ireland. Our tours and travel program gives you the best chance to view the must-sees in Ireland in a shorter tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Dublin! Experience the sophistication of Dublin and the peaceful ambience of small villages. Have a pint with friendly locals at a lively pub. All that is best about Ireland is yours to enjoy on this memorable journey. Today you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum – these features are valid for 48 hours. Your group tour begins tomorrow.
Day 2: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further sightseeing with the included vouchers. At 2:00 pm meet at your hotel to 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; Leinster House, the seat of government; and rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view 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. In the evening head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D)
Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. 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, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also 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)
Day 4: 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 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour. (B, D)
Day 6 Cliffs of Moher & Galway Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. Later, travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 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. In the evening, head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs. (B, D)
Day 7 Irish National Stud & Dublin Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see immaculately-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin. (B)
Day 8 Tour ends in Dublin (B)
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner
When we book your flights together with a coach tour, we include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary-a $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings.
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan Dublin (2 nights) Scotts Hotel Killarney (2 nights) Inn at Dromoland nr.Shannon (2 nights) Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin or Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport (1 night)
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