Best of Ireland
Grand Tour of Ireland
Days : 6 | Nights : 5Dublin , 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. 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.
People who visit Ireland love to include a road tour in their travel itinerary. The mountainous interior of the peninsula gives mind-blowing views to travelers. Located on the banks of the lovely Corrib River, the Galway town is an ideal resting spot for the dreary travelers. The all-around greenery and the majestic setting of clear streams give a refreshing experience to visitors to this country. A trip to Ireland gives you the rare opportunity to marvel at the liveliness, beauty and variety of this country.
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: St. Patrick’s Day
Breakfast at the hotel. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. For two hours you will enjoy an awesome display of creative talent as the national St. Patrick’s Festival Parade snakes its way through the city centre. International and Irish marching bands join performers, dancers and street theatre companies to present a wonderfully entertaining parade. The parade is a piece of moving theatre, complete with its own Creative Director. Colourful costumes flamboyant performances and outstanding musical talent will be on show. Grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade are available at a supplement. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to savour the atmosphere of St. Patrick’s Day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Dublin
Breakfast at the hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure today. This evening meet with the rest of your group for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Ireland’s Midlands, 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. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris & his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Kerry – Galway
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 such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes and 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. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at 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 the hotel.
Day 06: Galway – Dublin
After a final Irish breakfast transfer to Shannon for your flight home – transfer under own arrangements. OR Travel to Dublin via Galway City, with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crowd of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. Enjoy some free time in the city for some personal sightseeing or shopping. Continue to Dublin, arriving at approx. 16.00 – transfer to Dublin Airport for departure flight home. Alternatively we can book hotel accommodation for you in Dublin.
Days : 6 | Nights : 5