TASTE OF IRELAND

7 night Tour – ‘Ideal for the first-time visitor, this tour covers all of Ireland’s highlights’

Dublin

The city of Dublin in its entirety is very vibrant, green and lush. The people are more than friendly, warm and kind. I remember my father telling me his experience and trust me, his words were enough to make me eager to visit Dublin. It’s a joyride from good gastronomy, interesting bars like the Temple Bar to our beloved Guinness beer (taste has to be developed). A must visit if you’re headed to Ireland.

Galway

My personal suggestion is taking the Self-Drive option to really enjoy the countryside and take my word for it that it’s a pleasurable drive! Galway is roughly abt 210 km from Dublin, which on those roads should be around 2 hrs.

The city in general is very vibrant with spectacular architecture, traditional Irish music and of course, Beer & Whiskey! It’s a pleasure to walk in the cobble-stoned streets that gives a very medieval kind of feel.  

Galway also has reasonable nightlife and shopping too! One heads up from my end, do visit the famous Galway Farmers Market in Church Lane for the traditional Irish delicacies and the ambience.

Kerry

Kerry is the perfect place to escape the winter blues. Its surrounded by a beautiful coastline surrounded by the ocean giving spectacular views of both, sunrise and sunset. Kerry is the proud owner of Ireland’s 10 highest peaks and a vast national park containing the country’s oldest oak forests. Kerry is basically a treat for hikers, climbers and the likes. There's so much to do for the whole family including the kids, making it the perfect winter break.

The scenery is breathtaking and the experience, Wow! The distance is roughly 200 km from Galway to Kerry, a travel time of roughly 2 to 2.5 hrs. Should be Fun!

Limerick

From Kerry, it’s a short drive of around a 100 kms to Limerick. Limerick, a county, has so much to offer, from the beauty of the Shannon region to the picturesque charm of Adare, a very pretty Irish Village! Limerick's Garden Trail is worth a watch after which you can easily cool off in a good restaurant or pub. It’s a destination that has something for everyone so even if you’re travelling with the kids, it’s worth the experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1    Dublin Arrival

    Arrive at Dublin Airport today, pick up your hire car & transfer to your hotel.

    According to the time of arrival, enjoy a tour of the highlights of Dublin, which could include a visit to Trinity College to view the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells and the National Museum of Ireland (entry free of charge).

    Overnight: Dublin area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
  • Day 2    Dublin to Galway

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin today. You could visit St-Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, where Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver’s Travels" was once Dean. Stop off at the Old Jameson Distillery (option), situated in the old markets area of the city, Smithfield.

    An audio-visual tour explains the process by which whisky is made and this is followed by a whisky tasting by all in the "Ball o' Malt Bar". A special tasting is organised to compare the most popular Irish whiskies with bourbon and scotch whisky. This afternoon depart Dublin for your next stop, County Galway.

    Overnight: Galway area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
  • Day 3    Connemara

    Spend today exploring the country of the "Quiet Man" and "The Purple Taxi"-Connemara, an area full of contrast, Granite Mountains populated only by sheep with hundreds of lakes forming a fisherman’s

    paradise. Its stone walls, small farms, thatched cottages in isolated splendour with its heather covered hills create an unforgettable scene for all its visitors.

    The route takes us from Galway to the lake dotted centre of Connemara at Maam Cross. The road continues through the colourful town of Clifden and on through the Irish speaking low-lying part of Southern Connemara with its countless beautiful lakes.

    Overnight: Galway area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
  • Day 4    Galway to Kerry

    Depart for Kerry this morning, and travel through the heart of County Clare - the Burren Region.

    The Burren is a geological paradise boasting over 2,000 plants and many rare flowers. Continue along the coast of Clare to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher (option) which form a 200m wall that plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, from which you can see from Galway Bay to continue through the farming countryside of Limerick to Kerry.

    Overnight: Killarney area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
     
  • Day 5    Ring of Kerry

    A superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula (170 kms), taking in spectacular scenery - mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travel along the coast road. Leaving Killarney you travel through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay.

    Continue to Cahersiveen, the birth place of National hero, Daniel O’Connell, drive through the peat bogs to the sea town of Waterville.

    Continue to Sneem Village, famous because of its brightly coloured houses. The road continues with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.

    Overnight: Killarney area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
  • Day 6    Dingle Peninsula & Limerick

    Depart for a tour of the Dingle Peninsula, where films such as "Ryan’s Daughter" and "Far and Away" have been made. The Peninsula has an extraordinary number of ring forts, high crosses and other ancient monuments.

    The area west of Dingle has the greatest concentration of ancient sites in Kerry. This area is also a genuine Irish-speaking area. The landscape here is dramatic and there are striking views of the Blasket Islands from Slea Head.

    Overnight: Limerick area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
  • Day 7    Limerick to Dublin

    Return to Dublin and afternoon free to explore the city or to do your last minute shopping.

    Overnight: Dublin area (B&B, Hotel or Manor House)

     
     
  • Day 8    MARBELLA–ORIGIN

    Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight home.

     
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