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Wonders of Ireland

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Striking attractions and enchanting hidden gems

 

Venture out to the lush Irish countryside to discover unparalleled natural beauty, time-forgotten castles, lively villages and the most delicious Irish food there is! Enjoy the most flexibility traveling by car between Dublin and Cork exploring the sights at your own pace. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival with Afternoon Tea

Arrive at Dublin airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Make your way to the Westin Hotel in central Dublin for a traditional Afternoon Tea. Spend the rest of your day at leisure in the city.

Overnight at a historic 4-star hotel in Dublin.

Day 2: Highlights of Dublin

Spend some time in Dublin to take in the sights of the city. For a Dublin brand experience, head to the Guinness Storehouse for their Visitor Experience tour where you can explore the ingredients, history, and culture that tell the Guinness story. In the afternoon head to Dublin’s Quay to visit the new EPIC Museum which tells the story of Irish immigration to America and how the Irish have integrated and contributed to society. If you have Irish roots, a truly personal experience might be to add your ancestors’ names to the The Power of a Name exhibition.

Overnight at a historic 4-star hotel in Dublin.

Day 3: Medieval castles and ancient sites

Pick up your rental car in Dublin and travel west into County Meath for a visit to Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland. Modern walkways allow you to look down over the interior of the keep and appreciate the sheer size and thickness of the mighty castle walls. Other sites for a visit while in County Meath include: Tullynally Castle and Gardens, the Hill of Tara and Newgrange. Continue west towards Galway.

Overnight at a luxurious 5-star retreat in Galway.

Day 4: Connemara, nature’s beauty

A day spent visiting the beautiful area of Connemara in the north of County Galway.  Drive to Kylemore Abbey with its 1000-acre estate including a fantastic 6-acre Victorian walled garden. Kylemore was originally built as a castle in 1868 and is now the home of a Benedictine community of nuns. Spend the rest of your day immersed in quintessential Irish landscapes at Connemara National Park which covers some 2000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands.

Overnight at a luxurious 5-star retreat in Galway.

Day 5: Awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher

In the morning explore Galway’s vibrant food culture by embarking on a food tour in the city where you will take in some of the city’s best known and secret food haunts. After your tour you will leave Galway behind and head south on the coast to reach the world-famous Cliffs of Moher for a visit. Make a stop along the way to visit Allwee Cave and the Birds of Prey Centre, which is home to eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls from all over the world.

Overnight at an elegant 4-star guest house in County Clare.

Day 6: Historic Limerick

Depart Galway and head south again to reach Cork, the second-largest city in Ireland. On the way, make a stop in the medieval city of Limerick, which is situated along the River Shannon. Limerick offers a wealth of medieval sites, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. John’s Square and King John’s Castle. If you are visiting on a weekend, don’t miss a visit to Limerick’s Milk Market on Mungret Street for a vibrant foodie experience.

Overnight at a historic 4-star hotel in Cork.

Day 7: Best of Cork

In the morning jet off on another food tour, this time in Cork. The tour will take you along the Cork’s Food Trail and will engage your taste buds for approximately 3 hours. In the afternoon, cover the short distance (approx. 16 min drive) to Blarney Castle for a visit. Blarney Castle, built almost 600 years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, is the home of the famous Blarney Stone. The gardens at Blarney are also well worth a visit: 60 acres of sprawling parklands which include gardens, avenues, arboretums and waterways.

Overnight at a historic 4-star hotel in Cork.

Day 8: Dramatic Rock of Cashel

Start your journey back to Dublin, the final destination of your tour. You could take a variety of routes, however if you’d like to stop and visit the famous Rock of Cashel, head northeast towards County Tipperary. Set on a dramatic outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, the Rock of Cashel, iconic in its historic significance, possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Among the monuments to be found there are a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Continue on towards Dublin for your evening Canal Boat Dinner experience. Cruise for 2 hours on a beautiful stretch of the Grand Canal while savoring some drinks up on deck before making your way down to the dining saloon for a delicious three-course meal.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Dublin.

Day 10: Return home

Drop off the rental car at Dublin airport. Depart for home.

Book this itinerary for $2,450.00/person.

Pricing is based on double room occupancy. Other options (i.e. single supplement, family rates) are available on request. Rates valid for travel in 2021.

Package includes:

  • 4-star and 5-star accommodations with breakfast
  • Private transfer in Dublin on arrival
  • Afternoon Tea in Dublin
  • Entrance fees to the Guinness Storehouse
  • Entrance fees to the EPIC Museum
  • Entrance fees to Trim Castle
  • Entrance fees to Tullynally Castle and Gardens
  • Entrance fees to Kylemore Abbey
  • Entrance fees to Blarney Castle
  • Entrance fees to Cliffs of Moher
  • Entrance fees to Allwee Cave & Birds of Prey
  • Canal Boat Dinner Cruise in Dublin
  • Small group food tours in Galway and Cork
  • Rental car with insurance and tax
  • Driving directions
  • Emergency customer support

Package does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance fees to other attractions
  • International driver’s permit
  • Optional car rental extras (additional insurance, GPS)
  • Parking fees, tolls, fuel
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Payments

  • Deposit 35% of total – paid at booking
  • Trip balance – 60 days before travel date

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellable and refundable up to 60 days before trip start date. Refunds are subject to 10% administrative fee.