This is an epic trip that will truly take you beyond the guidebooks. This tour ensures you delve into every Irish myth. You will see all the beautiful coastlines, experience local pubs boisterous from noon until midnight to the wildest parts of Ireland. So, join this full Giant Irish tour, while going further off the beaten track. You’ll be able to make your own mark on Ireland, discovering hidden trails, lakes and peaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TOUR INCLUSIONS:

All transport: You’ll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around Ireland.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation:

OPTION 1 – B&B/HOTEL:  12 nights in twin-share accommodation in a variety of classic B&Bs and hotels.

Please note when booking your tour : 

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

 

OPTION 2 – HOSTEL/LODGE: 12 nights’ Multi-share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels & wilderness lodges.  Upgrades to private twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

Meals: 12 breakfasts – Continental breakfast in Hostel/Lodge – Mix of cooked & continental in B&B’s/Hotel

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Spectacular Sheepdog demonstration
  • Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara/Westport Region
  • A ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Scenic bike ride around Aran Islands
  • Experience the Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Edge Track
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Discover the ancient fort of  Griannan of Aileach
  • Gentle hikes along the causeway coast
  • Giants Causeway
  • Historical walking tour of Derry City
  • Game of Thrones Locations
  • Trek to the Old Monastic City of Glendalough
  • Medieval walking tour of Kilkenny City

Optional Extra Activites:

  • Learn to play the ancient Gaelic game of hurling (optional extra)
  • Sea kayaking in Clew Bay or Killarney Lakes  or Dingle Harbour (optional extra)
  • Biking excursion along the Great Western Greenway, Killarney National Park (optional extra)
  • A whiskey tasting tour of Dingle Distillery (optional extra)
  • Black taxi tour of Belfast suburbs & peace walls (optional extra)
  • Titanic Museum Belfast (optional extra)

What’s not included?

Any optional extra activities above and not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!


WHAT TO BRING

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • All rates are in EURO, per person, and are subject to change.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

 

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Additional information

PriceHostel – Mixed Dorm €1,490 – 13 Days, B&B – Twin/Double €1,920 – 13 Days, B&B – Single Private €2,280 – 13 Days
Departure Point8.30am Jurys Inn, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Store Street, Dublin, Ireland
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Day 1: Dublin to Belfast

Failte Romhat; (Welcome), Your tour starts when we leave the capital city of Dublin and make our way to the Boyne Valley, for The Kings boat tour along the Boyne river in a ‘currach’, ancient small-sized boats that has featured many times in Game of Thrones.
Onwards as we make our way to majestic Northern Ireland. The first visit is the world-famous attraction, the Titanic Museum. This museum extends over nine galleries, telling you the Titanic story in an interactive, fresh and insightful way.
Afterwards, you will have free time to choose from many excellent optional activities such as; Black Taxi Tour, 3-hour historical walking tour or Belfast bike tour. In the evening be sure to visit the quirky bars of the Cathedral Quarter and the beautiful murals on the walls of the alleyways.
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Day 2: Causeway Coast to Derry

This morning we take the coast road has been compared to the Great Ocean Road in Australia and California and you will see why. En Route we will take in Game of Thrones locations and the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below.
After a ‘wee’ photo stop at ‘The Dark Hedges’, this morning we walk along with the North’s top tourist attractions The Giants Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. In the evening we travel along the coast to the historic Derry city.
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Day 3: Derry to Donegal

Today we head back to the Republic of Ireland, to Donegal. However, firstly we will take you on an award-winning guided tour of Derry City. The tour has been described by many as possibly the Best Walking Tour on the Island of Ireland. Afterwards, we cross the border to Donegal and travel up the foothill of a mountain, known as An Grianan Aileach, an ancient stone fort with breathtaking views from the top.
Onwards then to explore Glenveagh National park by bike or by foot. The park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of County Donegal.
This followed by late afternoon visit to Slieve League. Walk along Europe’s highest sea cliffs, Slieve League. These cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. From the highest point on the cliffs, it’s a staggering 609m (1,998 feet) drop into the swirling Atlantic Ocean below.
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Day 4: Donegal to Westport/Connemara

This morning we travel through the wilds of Northwest Mayo and stand at the edge of the world at Downpatrick Head. From there we make our way to Achill Island. Irelands largest offshore island is Achill with its golden beaches, unspoiled beauty and great island skies full of ever-changing cloudscapes, continually caressing its peaks and valleys.
Achill is dotted with small villages and magnificent sandy blue flag beaches. The western end of the island is dominated by the majestic.
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Day 5: Westport & ‘The Holy Mountain

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the savage beauty of the Connemara Region. There are many excellent outdoor activities available in the region, with your guide you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick, or if climbing a mountain is not your thing , at your own expense, go kayaking along Clew Bay, or bike along The Great Western Greenway or just spend some time around the historic Westport town and visit it’s attractions. Return to our wilderness accommodation, via ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region and its lakes and valleys.

If you don’t fancy doing any of the activities, you can spend the afternoon in Westport, take a guided walking tour, visit Westport house or catch a trad session in a local pub.

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Day 6: Inis Mor & Doolin

Today we catch a boat from Rosseveal to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike.

This morning we will catch the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the 3 Aran Islands. After the 40 mins boat trip, you can choose to explore the island by foot, bike, bus or horse and cart. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch and visits to the islands main attractions, such as Dun Aongas and the wormhole, home of the Red Bull diving experience.Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands (7,635 acres) and includes several ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. Most impressive of the stone forts is Dun Aengus. It is semicircular, resting on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean.

In the evening we will catch the ferry back to Doolin

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Day 7: Cliffs of Moher & Dingle Peninsula

This morning we will have time for a pleasant stroll along the Atlantic edge to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level. You will see the gradual rise of the cliffs in the distance, depending on the weather, the waves of the Atlantic crashing below at the base of the cliffs.

You will walk along until you reach the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level, where views of the Dingle Peninsula and Loop Head in the South, the Aran Islands to the West with the Twelve Pins and mountains of Connemara to the North can be seen on a clear day. O’Brien’s Tower is near the highest point and serves as an excellent viewing platform, as has been the case for hundreds of years.

From there we will take a ferry crossing over Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, we’ll follow the road over the Conor Pass , Ireland’s highest mountain road, before arriving at your accommodation in Dingle.

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Day 8: Full Day Dingle Peninsula

This morning/afternoon you will be able to opt at your own expense to take part in a few optional activities such as boat trip with Fungie the dolphin, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, horse riding or visit a local whiskey distillery. Or just wander around the town and visit the colourful shops.

After lunch, you will meet up with your guide and take the famous Slea Head drive. Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, this tour of the  Dingle Peninsula will take you where the locals go. We will follow a coastal trail on windswept cliffs, perched above beautiful coastlines. Once described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth, we drive along the edge of the peninsula with the wild Atlantic ocean to our left and the patchwork green fields to our right.

A gentle loop walk gives wonderful views over Clogher Beach, Ceann Sibeal, the headlands of Ceann Sratha, An Dun Mor, Mount Brandon, Eagle Mountain and the Blasket Islands.

After the walk we will return to Dingle town where you will have time to relax and unwind in a nice cosy pub. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day while sipping on some locally brewed beer or whiskey. Top it all off with some local Murphys Ice Cream, made from the fresh milk of the Kerry cow. You will also have some time to walk the towns colourful streets and go souvenir shopping.

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Day 9: Ring of Kerry to Killarney

Early this morning we travel to Valentia Island around the Ring of Kerry,  a journey through County Kerry with amazing views at high altitude with stops regularly for spectacular photos. See Dingle bay where not only nature but also Dingle itself is incredibly beautiful. Here you can opt to view a sheep dog demonstration.

From there we will arrive on Valentia Island. You can either opt to explore the trail to Valentia Island and Bray Head with your guide (included), take a Eco boat trip around the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Skellig Islands ( €50 extra – very weather dependent ) or opt to hire a bike and discover the island at your own pace (€15 extra).

After a full day of discovery, we spend the night on the edge of Killarney National Park, which is an excellent place with lots of restaurants and lively pubs.

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Day 10: Full day Killarney National Park

You have a full free day to fully explore everything on offer. Killarney is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include kayaking on the lakes of Killarney, boat trip on the lakes with a bike ride or hiking through glaciated valleys, biking through the National park, climb Torc Mountain for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing.

Optional activities are at your own expense. Accommodation located close to the town and park.

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Day 11: Killarney to Kilkenny

This morning we leave Killarney and travel in the direction of County Kilkenny.

En route, we will take Cork city. Cork is a small city with a relaxed pace of life. Today is very much a relaxed cultural day and you’ll have plenty of free time to wander the streets of Cork, with some fantastic sights and attractions to see and do. For example, the bustling and colourful English market, , a visit to the ancient site of St Finbarr’s Cathedral or you can choose to spend your time at the world-renowned Blarney Castle and Gardens.

From there, we will take in the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. For more than 1,000 years the Rock was a symbol of royal and religious power; until rivalries saw Brian Boru, future High King of Ireland, take over in the 10th century.

Arriving in the medieval city of Kilkenny in the evening.

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Day 12: Free Day Kilkenny

This morning you will enjoy a locally guided walking tour of Kilkenny with Pat Hynan.  Hear stories, from wealthy tradesmen to bishops and witches, Kilkenny has seen it all.  A Witch who murdered her four husbands? A Mayor who fathered 25 children! A pass time involving Kilkenny Cats!  A Spinning Cage outside the Tholsel for troublemakers! Public burning of Petronella the maid in 1324! Roaming Pigs in Graveyards and the town centre! Black Death, Whippings, Burnings, Crime, Jails, Theft and Prostitutes? Stories not to be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the afternoon you can choose to enjoy a unique Cultural & Heritage Experience where you will experience first hand the ancient Celtic game of Hurling, the world’s oldest and fastest field game. Learn the skills of the worlds oldest and Fastest field game (3000 years old).

You will have plenty of free time to discover the city’s many attractions, such as the castle, the Canice cathedral, take a guided tour of the Smithwicks brewery or just simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds from a nearby coffee shop.

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Day 13: Kilkenny to Dublin

This morning we will make our way to the monastic city of Glendalough. Wander the valley and lakes, touching haunting medieval remains that stand long after Viking raids and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Choose from many of the hiking paths and nature trails that cater to all levels of fitness. You can enjoy time alone to reflect as you take the gentle tree-lined walk to the Upper Lake.

At the Sally Gap, you will see wild Wicklow. This is where lakes, mountains and boglands breathe their beauty. Location for many famous movies incl. “P.S. I Love You” and “Braveheart.” Stunning views of Lough Tay, the “Guinness Lake”. arrive back in the city of Dublin.
This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your Irish journey!

Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Ireland!

What’s included?

Activities

  • Cliffs of Moher hiking excursion
  • Canoe trip along the ancient river Boyne
  • Dunmore & Bray head walks
  • Killarney National Park visit
  • Ferry cruise to Aran Islands
  • Half-day Glendalough trek
  • Kilkenny Medieval Walking Tour
  • Inis Mor cycling excursion
  • Hike the Holy MT region
  • Free time in Dingle, Killarney and Kilkenny
  • Entrance fee to Titanic museum
  • Giants Causeway
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Historical Derry City Walking Tour

Accommodation

  • Hostels/Guesthouses (upgrades available)
  • 12  breakfasts

Transport

  • Private vehicle, canoe, ferry boat, bicycle, walking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Bus transport around Northern & Southern Ireland

Group Leader

  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • Special deals on optional activities

What’s not included?

Any additional optional extra activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!

 Freetime

  • Plenty of free time in Belfast, Westport, Killarney & Connemara National Park & Kilkenny City, Doolin & Dingle villages.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded travelling companions.

We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of hostels, bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.

Quality – Hostel ­& Lodge:

Rest up for the next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel & lodge accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing

Multi-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

(*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

(*double/twin room supplement €15 per person per night)

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Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& House Hotel

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

Please note: 

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together