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8 Day Best of Ireland Tour

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Join us for our favorite tour of Ireland! Our 8-day Best of Ireland Tour* takes you west for a trip south-to-north along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. We’ll travel through the most famous counties in the country: County Kilkenny, County Cork, County Kerry, County Clare, County Galway and County Mayo so you can see and experience some of Ireland’s most amazing people, sights, food, shopping, and nightlife. 

All Accommodations are included and are rated 4 star and above! This tour includes a castle stay at Trim Castle.

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* This tour has limited availability to provide personal attention to our guests.

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Hotels

  • 4 Stars and Above Accommodations

Ground Transportation

  • Luxury Coach
  • Professional Driver and Guide
  • Wifi Onboard

Meals Included

  • 7 DaysBreakfast Included
  • 1 DayDinner Included

Your Irish Group Travel Itinerary

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Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 1

Ashling Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Pick up by your Driver / Guide in Dublin at the Ashling Hotel at a designated time.

Our driver/guides are our greatest assets, their expert knowledge and extensive experience touring Ireland combine to give you, our client, the best Irish experience available.

Depending on the size of your group, we have a variety of luxury vehicles to suit your needs. These all come with on-board Wi-Fi and usb connections for your phone chargers.

Today's Agenda

  • The Guinness Storehouse
    a pint of Guinness with the city of Dublin in the background
    Year in, year out, The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin’s most visited attraction, and with many good reasons.  You can learn about the history of ‘the black stuff’ and discover how it’s made, pull your own pint, enjoy The Gravity Bar’s stunning panoramic views and more.
  • Trinity College, The Book of Kells
    a sculpted bust inside the Book of Kells
    Glimpse at the detail in the renowned Book of Kells in Trinity College. This lavishly illustrated manuscript of the Gospels dates back to the 9th century, and it is simply a marvel of Early Christian art carried out by the monks’ steady hands. The 65-metre Long Room in the Old Library is an incredible sight, and it is filled with old books, marble busts and a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
  • Dublin – City Tour
    bridge over river in Dublin
    Dublin’s streets are a busy mix of past and present. This city has always inspired writers, visitors and political firebrands alike. Travel these streets and you’ll be taking a journey through history, from the city’s Viking roots by the banks of the river Liffey, to its atmospheric medieval churches with their mummified remains and holy relics, along gracious Georgian streets and past grand buildings, as well as museums, theatres and several parks where to take a rest from the city life.

    You will see Trinity College, Government Buildings, The Phoenix Park & The President’s residence, Christchurch Cathedral & St. Patrick’s Cathedral plus much more.

  • Overnight in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

     

 

Day 2

Kilkenny, County 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 vibrant festivals. It’s the magical combination of culture and entertainment that attracts so many people to this captivating heritage city, just 90 minutes south of Dublin.

At the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, Kilkenny is famed for its electric atmosphere played out in its maze of narrow Norman alleyways. Twisting and turning around abbeys, cathedrals and crumbling city walls, there’s even an early 13th century castle dropped in the middle of it all. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that attract artistic locals, giddy kids and chilled-out tourists on sunny days. And with a bustling crafts scene, arts and comedy festivals, GAA hurling specialists (shout “Go the Cats!: and the locals will love you), and wonderful old pubs, it’s pretty much got the whole city break thing covered

Today's Agenda

  • Kilkenny Castle
    View of Kilkenny Castle from the Kilkenny Castle gardens
    Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle, remodeled in Victorian times and set in riverside parklands. This castle was once the principal seat of the Butler family, the Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens, and the Woollen Mill
    exterior of Blarney Castle as viewed from above
    Visiting Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone is a highlight of most visits to Ireland. Everyone needs to do it once in a lifetime. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The stone is located at the top of the castle.
  • Overnight in Killarney, County Kerry

Day 3

Killarney, County Kerry

Killarney is one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland’s beautiful South-West. Nestling between high hills, large lakes and the national park, Killarney is located in the southern part of County Kerry. The landscape is nothing short of spectacular and comes with a stunning and scenic drive to the town. There is so much to do in and around Killarney. In addition to having gorgeous outdoor spaces, Killarney is a sweet town full of cozy pubs, great music and food and stores selling local handcrafts. It is a colourful vibrant town that always shows a great Irish Welcome.

Today's Agenda

  • Jaunting Car through Killarney National Park
    jaunting car through Killarney National Park

    Enjoy the sights of Killarney National Park from the traditional Jaunting Car. Operating all year-round, the Killarney Jaunting car trip is a “must” for every one visiting Killarney.

    Learn about the history, folklore and the beauty of Killarney National Park from the comfort of the traditional mode of transport: the Irish jaunting car from years gone by.

    Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Killarney by taking a horse drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park to the majestic 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane.

    This trip lasts approximately one hour. With the traditional Irish Jaunting Car, it can be organised with a majestic lake tour on the Lakes of Killarney on the M.V. Pride of the Lakes.

  • Torc Waterfall
    Torc Falls in Killarney National Park

    Where the Owengarriff River cascades through the wooded Friar’s Glen into Muckross Lake, you will find Torc Waterfall. A pretty path winds to the top of this 18m high waterfall revealing views of Torc Mountain.

  • The Town of Killarney
    view of the cobbled street and shops in Killarney
    Enjoy some time exploring the town of Killarney. Shopping centres, department stores, cafés, restaurants, and pubs abound.

    Main St – High St, Killarney
    https://www.killarney.ie/listing-category/shopping

  • Celtic Steps Show
    Celtic Steps show poster
    Celtic Steps The Show, brings together the raw talent of popular Irish dance with the authenticity of traditional Irish music. The show aims to provide a magical evening for its guests, taking them on a journey through the nation’s colourful past and history to present day Ireland through the language of music, song and of course, dance.

  • Overnight in Killarney, County Kerry

Day 4

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

Centered on the charming town of Dingle, the Dingle Peninsula is one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) culminates in the Irish mainland’s westernmost point. In the shadow of sacred Mt Brandon, a maze of fuchsia-fringed boreens (country lanes) weaves together an ancient landscape of prehistoric ring forts and beehive huts, early Christian chapels, crosses and holy wells, picturesque hamlets and abandoned villages. 

Taking in the incredible Slea Head Drive & Conor’s Pass, you will see some of the most stunning scenery Ireland has to offer.

 

Today's Agenda

  • Dingle & Slea Head Drive
    Slea Head Drive along the Wild Atlantic Way

    Slea Head Drive is a scenic route that circumnavigates the western end of the Dingle peninsula. It begins and ends in the town of Dingle, going through or near villages, fields, mountains, monuments, film locations, and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The Town of Killarney
    view of the cobbled street and shops in Killarney
    Enjoy more shopping, cafés, restaurants, and pubs in Killarney!

    Main St – High St, Killarney
    https://www.killarney.ie/listing-category/shopping

  • Last night in Killarney, County Kerry

 

Day 5

Doolin, County Clare

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and with a colourful and welcoming village ready to host you during your stay, Doolin has something for everyone.

Located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare, and within easy reach of the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten.

 

Today's Agenda

  • The Burren
    a view of The Burren landscape

    The Burren is famous for having one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in Ireland. While the rest of the Emerald Isle is known for its shades of green, the Burren National Park is known for its various shades of grey. Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or touring by bus, you will feel like you have been transported to the moon. 

  • The Cliffs of Moher
    a view of the Atlantic Ocean meeting the Cliffs of Moher

    The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks. These spectacular creations of nature stretch for 14km and reach 214 meters at their highest point. The views from the pathways and the viewing platforms along the cliffs or from the 19th century O’Brien’s Tower are all magnificent. 

  • The Town of Doolin, County Clare
    beautiful view of colorful cottages in Doolin, Ireland

    Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective. Adventure is waiting for you in Doolin!

    Doolin is a vibrant place full of characters, stories and experiences and is home to some of the region’s best accommodation, eateries and beautiful local shops. The people of Doolin are passionate about their community and look forward to welcoming you with open arms.

  • Overnight in Galway, County Galway

Day 6

Galway, County Galway

Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.

Throughout the year, Galway features a vibrant atmosphere and people start pouring into traditional pubs quite early. Whether you want Traditional Irish Music or you want to follow the Galway Whiskey Trail, there’s something for everyone. Come and join us for an unforgettable time, and toast with your friends while mingling with locals.

 

Today's Agenda

  • Shopping in Galway
    A look down a cobbled street with buskers outside of shops in Galway
    No matter what your budget, you will always find an array of stores, shops, mill stores, bakeries, eateries and restaurants that apply both your expectations and your taste. Try out Ireland’s specialities for getting a feel for a local’s life, enjoy our street musicians (“buskers”) and artists as well as many wonderful pubs. 

  • The Latin Quarter
    the Latin Quarter in Galway

    Galway’s Latin Quarter can be experienced with an exciting tour through the winding medieval streets, and you will visit some of the city’s most historic landmarks. Featured by local actors and visiting, this Tribes Alive Theatrical Walking Tour last 70 minutes, and it promises great adventures.

  • The Galway Whiskey Trail
    the plaque signifying the Galway Whiskey Trail

    Welcome to The Galway Whiskey Trail where we invite you to discover Galway’s Rich Whiskey Heritage through it’s finest whiskey bars and outlets, each of which is waiting to share their story with you. You can see the remains of the old Persse Distillery on Nun’s Island from a vantage point on O’Brien’s bridge.

    On Eyre Square you’ll find historic O’Connell’s and Garvey’s, you can visit An Púcán, located on the city’s old medieval jousting ground, tuck up beside the fire at The Dáil Bar, raise a toast to Galway hero Sonny Molloy, find out about The King’s Head and how he lost it, hear the story of 15th Century Mayor of Galway at Blake’s Bar, discover the rarest Irish Whiskeys at Garavan’s in a building dating to 1650, settle in at Tigh Neachtain and take your favourite bottle home with you after a visit to McCambridge’s or Freeney’s. Stroll over O’Brien’s bridge and take in all that Taylor’s bar has to offer.

  • Overnight in Galway, County Galway

Day 7

County Offaly & County Meath

The last full day of our Best of Ireland Tour includes a leisurely drive back to the east coast of Ireland with stops at the ruins of a monastery founded in the mid-6th century, the oldest known bar in the world, and an overnight stay in a castle!

The evening will conclude with our Farewell Dinner as our thank you for sharing yourself with us.

 

Today's Agenda

  • Clonmacnoise Monastery
    an ancient Irish Cross at Clonmacnoise Monastery
    Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site near Shannonbridge, County Offaly. A walk amongst the peaceful stone ruins of this famous place will conjure images of the saints and scholars of Ireland’s renowned golden age of learning. Founded by Saint Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became a great centre of religion and learning, visited by scholars from all over the world. Many historical manuscripts, including the 11th-century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th-century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.
  • Séan’s Bar
    the entry to Séan's Bar in Ireland

    Renowned to be Ireland’s oldest bar, this low-ceilinged, 1000-year-old watering hole with riverside garden and historical objects is a great stop off. Walking into the pub, you’ll know right away you’ve arrived some place unique. From the sawdust on the floor to the old-style open turf fireplace, some things about Sean’s Bar have changed very little over the centuries.

  • Trim Castle
    Trim Castle in the moonlight

    Trim Castle is a Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath. With an area of 30,000 m², it is the largest Norman castle in Ireland.

  • Farewell Dinner & Overnight at the Trim Castle Hotel
    the dining patio overlooking Trim Castle

    Trim Castle
    Castle St, Trim, Co Meath, IE
    http://www.trimcastlehotel.com/

Day 8

Farewell Ireland

Even though it is our pleasure to see you safely transferred back to Dublin’s International Airport, we will be happiest when we greet you again upon your next visit to Ireland.

Fáilte! (Irish for “welcome!”)

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