7 Days
Duration
Aran Islands, Doolin, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, Ring Of Kerry, South West, Wild Atlantic Way
Location

Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny & Dublin

 

By far our most popular Ireland vacation, the Best of Ireland tour allows you to appreciate Ireland’s best attractions and most scenic locations in the shortest amount of time. In your six-day tour, you will have the chance to navigate the ancient tombs of Newgrange or Knowth, to climb the steps of the ancient cathedral at Clonmacnoise or even take an unforgettable boat trip to one of the unspoilt Aran Islands!

Your vacation will take you from the bustling city of Dublin to Galway which is commonly referred to as the festival capital of Ireland and City of Tribes! From Galway, your journey will take you to charming Kerry with its rugged coastline and soul captivating coastal views. Before you leave you will experience the ‘Marble City’ of Kilkenny, so-called because of the local black marble-like limestone that colours many of the buildings in the city.

Your final night will be spent in Dublin where you can continue your sightseeing, taking in such historic places as Trinity College where the Book of Kells exhibition can be found, the fascinating Christchurch Cathedral or Kilmainham Gaol to name but a few. Of course, you may find time to have a pint in the Guinness Storehouse or watch the comings and goings of the city over a coffee in Dublin’s Temple Bar area.

 


TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Car Hire: You’ll travel around Ireland in your very own vehicle of choice.

Included with your car is all compulsory insurances – Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24-hour peace of mind break down cover.

Prices for Car Rental Package rate includes an Economy class car eg., Opel Corsa or Fiat Punto.

Accommodation:

Stay in a choice of our preferred accommodation ranging from B&B’s 3* Star or 4*Star OR you can do a combination of all 3 types.

  • Please note prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included.
  • The Combination package includes 2 Nights in 3*** Hotels, 2 nights in Luxury Manor House Hotels & 2 Nights in our hand-picked B&B’s.
  • Children Sharing with 2 adults (aged 2-11) pay 40% of the Adult option.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free when sharing with 2 Adults.

Meals: Mix of cooked full Irish or continental every morning

Overnights for this tour:

  • Galway 2 Nights
  • Killarney 2 Nights
  • Kilkenny 1 Night
  • Dublin 1 Night

What’s not included?

Any additional (optional extra) activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your tour specialist, 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.

7 Days/6 Nights Best of Ireland  – Self Drive Tour

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Dublin to Galway

On arrival in Ireland, you will have a number of touring options. You may decide to go directly to Galway via Clonmacnoise or take a slight detour via the ancient Tombs of Newgrange before beginning your journey. Clonmacnoise is an early ecclesiastical site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century near the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, two round towers, a number of interesting high crosses and a collection of Early-Christian grave slabs.
Newgrange is the most notable among the passage-tombs of Europe and is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun on the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year.
When you arrive in Galway, why not explore the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of this colourful city at your leisure.  Galway is well known for its bustling entertainment scene. From traditional pubs that haven’t changed for years to the abundance of modern pubs and clubs scattered throughout the city.  In Galway, everyone will find somewhere to unwind that suits them.
Overnight in Galway
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Day 2: Galway and the Connemara region

Boasting some of Ireland’s best scenery, the compellingly beautiful Connemara area awaits you today. Situated on the most westerly coastline of Europe, the distinguishing features of Connemara include its dramatic mountains and rugged coastline, plentiful lakes and rivers, prehistoric woodlands and of course the renowned Connemara National Park.
You might decide to take a visit to Kylemore Abbey referred to by many as Ireland’s most romantic Castle. You might stop by the picturesque Lough Inagh Valley as well as drive the spectacular Sky Road near the town of Clifden. You can also visit the fishing village of Roundstone and see how a ‘Bodhran’ (traditional Irish Drum) is made.
Alternatively, you may prefer to take an unforgettable boat trip to the Aran Islands. On the island of Inis Mór, take a guided tour or a pony and trap from the pier up the island to the stone fort of Dún Aenghus. Dún Aenghus is located on top of a high sea cliff and is one of the best prehistoric monuments in Ireland and indeed Western Europe.
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Day 3: Galway to Killarney

A long but dramatic day touring will bring you from Galway along the west coast of Ireland to Killarney. Travel through the karst moon-like landscape of the Burren through the village of Doolin which is world-famous for its traditional Irish music to one of Ireland’s best-known tourist attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s top Visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park.

From the Cliffs, the Aran Islands can be seen as well as the Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains.  After soaking up the views travel onward to Bunratty Castle, built-in 1425, this grandiose castle was renovated in 1954 to its prior medieval splendour. Within the grounds of the Castle Bunratty, Folk Park will be found where 19th-century Irish life is recreated.

As you journey to Killarney, we recommend that you stop in the quaint town of Adare. Adare is regarded by many a seasoned traveller as Ireland’s prettiest village with its charming thatched cottages, manicured public park and ancient church. From Adare, the town of Killarney is approximately one more hour by car. You will arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the great pubs and enjoy the traditional Irish music on offer.

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Day 4: Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry or the Iveragh Peninsula as it is also known is one of Ireland’s most travelled tour routes. Splendid Mountain and coastal settings combined with vibrant towns and villages will make this journey one of the highlights of your vacation.

For those who wish to take a break from driving, we can arrange a bus tour through this route. One of the most popular stops on this route is Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion completed in 1843. The location of the House is remarkable, close to the eastern shores of Muckross Lake and set below the inspiring backdrop of the Torc and Mangerton Mountains. As a substitute to the Ring of Kerry tour, you may prefer to take a wonderful tour by pony and trap that takes you through the Black Valley in the Gap of Dunloe.

After a snack at Lord Brandon’s Cottage, you will return to Killarney by boat via the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.

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Day 5: Killarney to Kilkenny

Though the journey from Killarney to Kilkenny is a relatively long one, there are plenty of attractions to visit en-route to make the journey seem shorter.  First of these would be Cahir Castle, one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles it was once an important stronghold of the powerful Butler family. Very close to Cahir Castle you will find the Rock of Cashel which was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of this southern province.

For those who wish to explore a somewhat longer route to Kilkenny, Blarney Castle awaits. Here you will find the famous Blarney Stone which when kissed is said to grant the skill of eloquence. Often referred to as Ireland’s Medieval Capital; Kilkenny’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. This small city is full of captivating, historical buildings and Kilkenny Castle is a 12th-century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. Built on the site of an earlier church, most of the work that produced this beautiful Gothic building was carried out in the 13th Century. Also in Kilkenny is Saint Canice’s Cathedral, the second-longest of Ireland’s medieval cathedrals.

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Day 6: Kilkenny to Dublin

From Kilkenny travel the short distance to Dublin City. The city centre is a condensed area, with many notable points of interest easily accessible on foot. Consequently, you will find a great number of walking tours available including the “Literary Pub Crawl” and the “Historical Walking Tour”.
You may, of course, wish to visit many of the attractions by yourself either on foot or with the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service that stops at all of the major attractions including the National Museums, The Guinness Storehouse, Trinity Castle & the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle to name just a few.
This evening we recommend that you spend some time in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar area which boasts an amazing choice of bars and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.  Its narrow cobblestoned streets are ideally suited to a leisurely stroll through the quarter. Galleries.
You will also have the opportunity to experience an evening’s entertainment at The Abbey Tavern or the more intimate Irish House Party where good food combined with exceptional traditional music and dance is the order of the day.
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Day 7: End of Tour

This morning, check out of your hotel for the journey home.

ACCOMMODATION WITH CAR PRICING

B&B3 Star4 StarCombination
Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec€486€635€873€661
April & October€486€708€991€694
May-June€547€779€1193€815
July-September€615€847€1258€882

Notes

  • Please note prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included.
  • The Combination package includes 2 Nights in 3*** Hotels, 2 nights in Luxury Manor House Hotels & 2 Nights in our hand-picked B&B’s.
  • Children Sharing with 2 adults (aged 2-11) pay 40% of the Adult option.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free when sharing with 2 Adults.
  • Your Accommodation & Car Rental Package rate includes an Economy class car eg., Opel Corsa or Fiat Punto.

Included with your car is all compulsory insurances – Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind break down cover.

Not sure what you want to do? Your Irish Experience Tours Travel Specialist will help you decide what is best for you!