10 Days
Duration
Wild Atlantic Way
Location

Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Croagh Patrick, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Kilkenny, Inis Oirr, Glendalough

The Crean Tour is named after the famous Irish explorer Tom Crean who was a squadron on Scott’s ship Discovery on its way to Antarctica. By 1914 he was back in Antarctica on an ill-fated Endurance expedition with Ernest Shackleton that ended with one of the most remarkable stories of survival against all the odds.  Just like Crean, you ’ll become an explorer, getting off the beaten track and charting your own territories! You’ll travel in a small group with an experienced local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and Ireland’s beautiful environment.


CREAN 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: 9 nights’ quad share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.  Upgrades to twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

Meals: 9 breakfasts

Top rated activities:

  • Evening Hike around Diamond Hill
  • Sea kayaking in Killary Fjord (optional extra)
  • Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara Region
  • Moutain biking through Connemara Valleys (optional extra)
  • Exhilarating climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick
  • Learn to play the ancient Gaelic game of hurling
  • Whiskey tasting tour of Dingle Distillery
  • Ferry ride across the river Shannon
  • Trek to the Old Monastic City of Glendalough
  • Scenic bike ride around Aran Islands
  • Experience the Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Edge Track
  • Medieval walking tour of Kilkenny City
  • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park

What’s not included?

Any additional activities 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.

Additional information

Departure Point8.30am Dublin -166 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
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Day 1: Dublin to Connemara

Failte Romhat; (Welcome), Your tour starts when we leave the capital city of Dublin and make our way to the wild west of Ireland.

Along the way, we will visit the historical Trim Castle, home of ‘BraveHeart’ an impressive Norman Castle, situated on the banks of the river Boyne. Onwards through the stunning Boyne Valley area, we’ll head for the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. Here we will settle into our accommodation in the heart of the Connemara region. After a tasty evening meal, eating some of the best local produce, we will then head for a nighttime walk around the amazing Diamond Hill. Upon return, we will visit a remote local Irish bar to enjoy a creamy pint of the black stuff!!!

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Day 2: Connemara & ‘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, you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick,  or at your own expense, go kayaking through Killary Fjord or mountain biking through the Lost Valleys of Connemara. Return to our wilderness accommodation via ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region and it’s lakes and valleys.
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Day 3: Inis Oirr & Cliffs of Moher

Today we head down the west coast, through the almost lunar-like landscape of the Burren region to catch an early morning boat to the Aran islands. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis  Oirr, the smallest and less inhabited of the Aran Islands. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch, we head back by boat via the base of The Cliffs of Moher leaving us time for a hike along the Atlantic edge to the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) above sea level.

From there we will take a ferry crossing over Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon, before arriving at your accommodation in Killarney located near to the National park.

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Day 4: 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, rock climbing 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 5: Killarney to Valentia Island

This morning we drive “the Ring of Kerry “, a journey through County Kerry with amazing views at high altitude with stops regularly for spectacular photos.

From there we will stop and you can either opt for a three-hour walk to Valentia Island and Bray Head  (included), take  a 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 will check into our accommodation in the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee. This is also one of the best places in Ireland to join an evening stargazing.

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Day 6: Valentia Island to Dingle Peninsula

Today we travel to the Dingle bay where not only nature but also Dingle itself is incredibly beautiful. We stop at Inch Beach, where you will have plenty of time to wander along the peninsula of sand and get lost in your thoughts. Here at your own expense, you can go surfing in the wild Atlantic ocean.

In the afternoon we visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery (included), a small local distillery which include generous samples of whiskey, vodka and gin.

We spend the night on the edge of Dingle town, which is an excellent place with lots of restaurants and lively pubs.

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Day 7: Full day Dingle Peninsula

Isolated from the rest of Ireland by the impressive landscape, the Dingle Peninsula will take you where the locals go. We will follow a coastal trail on windswept cliffs, perched above beautiful coastlines. After the Slea Head hike, we will make our way back around the peninsula to Dingle town, where you will be able to take part in a few optional activities such as sea kayaking, paddle boarding or horse riding. Overnight in Dingle.

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Day 8: Dingle to Cork

This morning we leave Dingle and travel in the direction of County Cork.  Cork is a small city with a relaxed pace of life. 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,  enjoy a great guided tour of the Franciscan Well Brewery, a half day trip to Blarney Castle & Stone or a visit to the ancient site of St Finbarr’s Cathedral. Overnight in Cork.

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Day 9: Cork to Kilkenny

From Cork, 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, you will be greeted by a local tour guide who will bring you on a walking tour around the medieval mile. Meet the witch Dame Alice Kyteler, rhymes, taverns, crime, punishments and much more.

In the evening 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. Overnight in Kilkenny.

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Day 10: Kilkenny to Dublin

This morning you will 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).

In the afternoon we bid farewell to the medieval city of Kilkenny and 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.

In the evening we 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?

  • Bus transport around Southern Ireland
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation, quad share – (upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour’s itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What’s not included?

Any additional 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 Galway, Kilkenny  & Cork 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 backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-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).

Budget – Hostel ­

€780 per person quad sharing (*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

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

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

Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­

€1,032 per person double/twin room (*single room supplement €30 per person per night)

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

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.