Grand Tour of Ireland
Days : 8 | Nights : 7Dublin , Ireland
Ireland, the Emerald Isle is a fabulous tourist spot with breathtaking landscapes and Celtic culture. Despite its small size, this country offers spectacular vistas, sprawling suburbs and bustling cities. Travelers will just love the laid-back atmosphere of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. In fact, this city feels like a small town than a metropolis because of its unique ambience. People who visit this country prefer to enjoy scenic drive and the Ring of Kerry is an ideal choice to enjoy that. You can also plan a rail tour through the west and south-west region of Ireland in order to see some of the popular places the country such as the Blarney Castle & Kerry.
Ireland is a dream holiday destination for many as it casts a spell of charm on each visitor. Travelers to this country prefer to include the Burren & Cliffs of Moher in their travel itinerary because of is alluring and unique landscape. This region also fascinates people with its thriving communities, majestic villages and rich geological heritage. It shall be amazing for the visitors to immerse in the rich history of the Dublin’s Fair city. If you would like to enjoy the real beauty of Ireland, visit the Connemara. Facing the Atlantic, the coastlines of the captivating destination has stunning bays, charming fishing villages and tiny coves.
Day 01: Arrival Ireland
Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel under own arrangements. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre. Overnight at Dublin.
Day 02: Blarney Castle & Kerry
Breakfast at the hotel. Today meet with your coach & English speaking driver/ guide & depart Ireland’s Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you’ll never again be lost for words. Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. It was bought in 1976 by a former worker and has been transformed into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Rings of Kerry
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery - mountains, peat bogs, lakes & magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Next arrive in the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses. Next today enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves such as the Ailwee Caves.
Bunratty Castle, built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond, stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. The Earl was known for his generosity and his lavish banquets. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers & is acompliment to the lively mead reception, a four-course meal & of course good wine.
Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening & take a true step back in time to Medieval Ireland. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Galway city and cruise
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning travel to Galway City & get oriented with this beautiful place which has attracted many musicians & artists. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largest & most impressive buildings in Galway built between 1958 & 1965. Next, enjoy a cruise along Lough Corrib including scones & an Irish coffee. This journey on the Corrib Princess takes passengers along the majestic Lough Corrib and onto the lake. Visitors will see unsurpassed views of the historic monuments & natural amenities that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Connemara
Breakfast at the hotel. Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs & mountains. Enjoy some time at leisure in Connemara National Park. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Dublin’s Fair City
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Galway for Dublin today. En route visit Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon. Explore the visitors centre and take a tour to see the high towers, the 11th century cathedral & the wonderful high crosses. Continue on to Dublin to discover Dublin’s Fair City. The north side of the city offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street & the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The cities south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares & is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle & two Anglican Cathedrals. Visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university & home to the Book of Kells.
Visit this lively pub in Rathfarnham for an excellent night of music and dance. A ballad group will regale visitors with ballads both happy and sad and will (after a few pints) have visitors singing along with them. The music is interrupted for a short while to enjoy the best of Irish Dancing guaranteed to get feet tapping. Visitors will later be sent into the night with fond memories of a memorable night in a Dublin Pub. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Departure
After a final Irish breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home under own arrangements.
Days : 8 | Nights : 7