12 Day Ireland Explorer – 11 Days / 12 Nights

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin Arrival

Upon your arrival to Dublin Airport, meet your driver in the arrival’s hall for your transfer to your hotel in central Dublin. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 2 - Dublin

This morning after breakfast, meet your guide in your hotel lobby and set out to explore the city of Dublin on foot. Start by walking to the famous Molly Malone statue, then the walk will meander past the former 18th century Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, before wheeling around buildings, streets and lane ways with their own engaging stories on the way to Dublin Castle. Then, along by the extraordinary Chester Beatty Library, to the grounds of medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral and then to the even older Christ Church Cathedral. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 3 - Dublin

This morning after breakfast meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your day tour. Admission to The Book of Kells at Trinity College. Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth the 1st on grounds confiscated from an Augustinian priory and is the oldest university in Ireland. The Campanile, erected in 1852, was built on what is believed to be the center of the monastery. Most of the main buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced older buildings. Within its walls, visitors will be able to admire Parliament Square. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 4 - Dublin

This morning after breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Today you will visit St Patrick’s Cathedral built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where it is believed that Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The massive west towers houses a large peal of bells whose ringing tones are a major part of the character of Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.

Day 5 - Dublin to Cork

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver-guide in the hotel lobby. Your driver-guide and vehicle will be at your disposal for the next 8 days.

Drive from Dublin to Cork. The drive will take approximately 3.5 hours. En route, visit the Royal Oak Distillery in County Carlow, as well as the medieval town of Kilkenny.

In the afternoon, enjoy time at your leisure to explore the medieval city of Kilkenny. Kilkenny is famous for many things: its majestic creeper clad castle; a bustling crafts industry; cobbled lanes and secret passages; 1,000 years of history and cracking festivals. It is this magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts visitors to this captivating heritage city, right in the centre of Ireland’s Ancient East and just 90 minutes south of Dublin.

Upon your arrival to Cork, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Cork.

Day 6 - Cork

This morning after breakfast, meet your driver-guide at your hotel and set out on a full-day tour of the city of Cork, the Franciscan Well Microbrewery, and Kinsale. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cork by car with your driver-guide. Sitting proudly on an island in the middle of the River Lee, Cork is a bustling collection of cool coffee shops, vibrant art galleries, unusual museums and seriously good pubs. This afternoon, visit the colorful fishing village of Kinsale. The picturesque yachting harbour of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile) is one of many colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbor filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to visit. At the end of the day, your driver-guide will escort you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cork.

Day 7 - Cork to Killarney

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver-guide at your hotel. Drive from Cork to Killarney. The drive will take approximately 1.5 hours. En route, explore the world famous Ring of Kerry and enjoy a traditional Killarney Jaunting Car & Brewery Experience. Enjoy the scenic highlights of The Ring of Kerry and take in the very best of this magical peninsula in a unique and unforgettable drive through the heart of the National Park. Enjoy Irish tradition at its best. Come on board a Jaunting car and take a unique tour and visit some of Killarney’s many beautiful sights! Your Jaunt will continue on wards, where your guests will arrive to the Killarney Brewery to sit back and enjoy some of our tasty brews. Upon your arrival back to Killarney, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Killarney.

Day 8 - Killarney

This morning after breakfast, meet your driver-guide at your hotel and set out on a full-day tour of the Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula is perhaps the most naturally beautiful tour in Ireland. This is due to a staggering combination of wild ocean scenery, ancient relics and a profusion of every sort of colour blossoming in the hedgerows. Dingle Sheepdog Demonstration Now located in the Sl ea Head Famine Cottages are working sheepdog performances. Visitors can view a local sheep-farmer skillfully working his sheepdogs in gathering and controlling sheep movement. Visitors are also given valuable insights into the sheep-farmers way of working. Learn how local farmers could forecast the weather long go, tell the time when many of the poor could not afford a watch, or even how they managed to communicate with relatives living ten miles away. At the end of the day, your driver-guide will escort you back to your hotel in Killarney. Overnight in Kilarney.

Day 9 - Killarney to Cong

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver-guide at your hotel. Drive from Killarney to Cong. The drive will take approximately 3.5 hours. En route, stop in the charming seaside city of Galway for a private food walking tour. Meet your local guide and set out on a 2 hour private culinary walking tour of the city of Galway. During the tour you will get to experience a taste from artisan producers, cheese makers, creative beer projects, artisan chocolatiers, traditional family run businesses to young entrepreneurs with devotion and commitment to showcase the best of Irish produce. All with an experienced local guide giving you the insights to the locals favorite places and treasured ingredients. Upon your arrival in Cong, Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Cong.

Day 10 - Cong

This morning after breakfast, meet your driver-guide for a tour of Connemara. Connemara is one of Ireland most wild and beautiful regions. There are lots of wonderful villages from Clifden to Leenane on the banks of Killary Fjord as well as Roundstone with its beautiful beaches on the Western coast. The jewel of this rugged mountainous region is Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens as well as a serene chapel on the banks of the lake adorned with local Connemara marble and stained glass. At the end of the day, your driver-guide will escort you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cong.

Day 11 - Cong to Newmarket-on-Fergus

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver-guide at your hotel. Drive from Cong to Newmarket-on-Fergus. En route, visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and enjoy a shared cruise from Doolin to take in these majestic cliffs from the water. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights, standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Then sail from Doolin on a voyage and observe the mighty Cliffs of Moher from below. Upon your arrival in Newmarket-on-Fergus, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Day 12- Newmarket-on-Fergus to Shannon Airport

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver-guide for your transfer to the Shannon Airport. This concludes your trip to Ireland!

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