8 Days Dublin to Dublin. Group rates on request
Highlights: Dublin, Wicklow, Waterford, Cork, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Foynes, Ennis
Often referred to as ‘The Emerald Isle’, surely the most striking characteristic of Ireland is its vibrant green countryside. Rugged and untouched, Ireland’s charm cannot fail to capture you. Begin your journey in the welcoming city of Dublin, lively and full of atmosphere. We’ll continue to guide you on a picturesque tour, introducing you to some of the country’s spectacular sights, attractive towns and hidden gems. Let us guide you straight to the heart of this warm and affable culture with some genuine local experiences.
These are simply ideas to inspire you. This is just a suggested itinerary and you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your group or organization’s interests. You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you.
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Irish Adventure Itinerary
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND: Arrive Dublin where you are met by your driver/guide. Meet your fellow travelers this evening for a welcome dinner in Dublin’s oldest pub whilst a storyteller regales you with tales of Irish folklore. Overnight in Davenport Hotel which holds UNESCO Literature Plaque. Hotel Name: O’Callaghan’s Davenport Hotel. (D)
DAY 2 DUBLIN: Take in some of Dublin’s highlights with your guide this morning including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, the exquisitely illustrated Book of Kells and the sights and sounds of bustling Grafton Street, concluding with a visit to the Guinness Brewery & Storehouse. Learn about the production of the ‘dark stuff ’ and try a pint against a backdrop of wonderful 360-degree views from the top-floor Gravity Bar. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure; perhaps embark on a literary ramble which could include the Dublin Writers Museum, the James Joyce Center and drinks at Neary’s pub, formerly a favorite with Brendan Behan. Alternatively, you may wish to join your tour director to visit the Chester Beatty Library, a fantastic collection of beautiful Asian artifacts. Hotel Name: O’Callaghan’s Davenport Hotel. (B)
DAY 3 DUBLIN / WATERFORD / CORK: Head south into County Wicklow and visit the historic Avoca woollen mill which dates back to 1723. Later, continue to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest town which was founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. At the House of Waterford Crystal, a factory tour introduces you to all aspects of traditional crystal production. Continue south to Cork and enjoy dinner together this evening. Hotel Name: River Lee Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 4 CORK / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY: After breakfast marvel at the impressive array of fresh produce for sale at the English Market before departing to Blarney Castle, a ruined 15th-century keep, where kissing the famous Blarney Stone gives you the ‘gift of the gab’ (you do need to climb 127 steep steps to the battlements first!). Later, enjoy a relaxing tour by jaunting cart (horse and carriage), the perfect way to admire the spectacular vibrant scenery in the Killarney National Park. Also stop at Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. Hotel Name: Killarney Plaza Hotel. (B)
DAY 5 RING OF KERRY: Today, join your guide and enjoy the terrific, untouched mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Pass through Waterville (a favorite with Charlie Chaplin) and visit Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O’Connell, ‘The Liberator’. Later, stop in the pretty village of Sneem with its many different colored houses and enjoy refreshments at a family farm whilst gaining an insight into local agricultural life with an impressive sheepdog demonstration. The final stop on the tour is at Ladies View, a famous panoramic viewpoint overlooking three glistening lakes reflecting the rugged mountains beyond.Hotel Name: Killarney Plaza Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 6 KILLARNEY / FOYNES / ADARE / ENNIS: Drive north this morning to Foynes and the Foynes Flying Boat Museum where you can learn about the history of the town. Foynes was once the center for Irish aviation and the place where, in 1943, Irish Coffee was invented – be sure to have a taste before leaving. Continue to the picturesque village of Adare, a charming place for a leisurely stroll and lunch independently. Continue to Ennis this afternoon.Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. Hotel Name: Old Ground Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 7 CLIFFS OF MOHER & THE BURREN: Depart to admire one of Ireland’s most renowned natural sites, the majestic Cliffs of Moher which rise over 700ft above the Atlantic. After taking a look around the new visitors’ center, head to Doolin for lunch followed by a tour of its impressive cave containing the longest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere at 23ft! The day concludes with a visit to the Burren, an expanse covering over 100 square miles of irregular slabs of limestone which are a haven for all manner of plants and
flowers including orchids. This evening enjoy a memorable farewell dinner. Hotel Name: Old Ground Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 8 DEPART SHANNON: After breakfast, transfer to Shannon airport, where your Irish Adventure concludes. (B)[printfriendly]
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- Private airport transfers in Dublin on Days 1 and 8
- Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
- 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners, including an evening of Irish folklore and storytelling in The Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest Pub
- Travel by private luxury coach with Professional Irish driver/guide for duration
- Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
- Portfolio of travel documents
Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that International airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.