New York : 1-800-66-IRISH (+718-745-9146)    Cork : +353- (0)21-439-1996    Dublin : +353- (0)1-2782-677

Irish Explorer

8 Day Irish Explorer 4* Chauffeur & Rail tour from $1349.00 USD – includes 7 nights exploring Dublin, Galway, Clare, and Killarney with tours, transfers, rail tickets, breakfast daily & all taxes!

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 nights at the Ashling Hotel Dublin, 4*
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Meyrick Galway City, 4*
  • 2 nights at the Malton Hotel Killarney, 4*
  • 1 night at the Ashling Hotel Dublin 4*
  • Day Tour to Aran Islands or Connemara
  • Day Tour to Gap of Dunloe or Ring of Kerry
  • Service of a Private Driver/Guide for 1 Full Day Touring in a luxury vehicle {Mercedes Viano or similar} from Galway City to Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Private arrival & departure transfers to/from Dublin Airport
  • Irish Rail Ticket from Dublin Heuston Train Station to Galway City Train Station
  • Irish Rail Ticket from Killarney Train Station to Dublin Heuston Train Station
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily {7 breakfasts – not included on morning of arrival}
  • Entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher
  • Heritage Ireland Attraction Guide Book - Save up to €500 Euro with Discount Pass & access to 82 of Ireland’s Premier Attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Titanic Belfast, Blarney Castle & much more!
  • Offices in both Ireland and the USA, offering 24 hour coverage while traveling.
  • All Taxes & service charges

interestedinthistour2

 

car-driver-at-bunratty32

Southwest Coastline

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

Tour Itinerary: 

DAY 1: ARRIVE DUBLIN

Cead Mile Failte – Welcome to Ireland! Arrive into Dublin Airport where a private driver will transfer you to your city center hotel. Enjoy the afternoon independently at leisure in Dublin.

Dublin is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Over a thousand years old, the turbulent history and rich traditions of the city have inspired writers, artists and musicians down the ages. Today, artists are still attracted by Dublin’s youthful enthusiasms and easy-going lifestyle and the city has become a thriving center of culture and enjoyment. The new wave of cafes and restaurants are meeting places for all ages while traditional Dublin pubs are rightly world-famous for their informal atmosphere and lively conversation. The city oozes atmosphere, not least in the heady scents that cling to it – the rich aroma of the hops being roasted in the Guinness brewery and the salty tang of the sea. Nighttime entertainment is a rich mix of world-class theater, concerts from classical to rock, jazz clubs, traditional music sessions and old-style cabaret. Dublin gets much of its energy from its young people and enjoys one of the best clubbing scenes in Europe. Above all, Dublin is a small city, where visitors can feel at home after even the shortest stay.

Overnight in Dublin City at the Ashling Hotel.

This afternoon you could visit Guinness Storehouse {just a 15 minute walk from your hotel} – The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, which has been home to the ‘black stuff’ since 1759. The seven storey building, a former Guinness fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer, from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of Guinness barrel making in the cooperage and on to the creation of the world famous brand. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar, where they collect their end of tour pint of Guinness and can relax and enjoy the 360 degree views across Dublin City.

DAY 2: DUBLIN CITY TOUR

This morning after a hearty Irish breakfast you can explore Dublin City in earnest – you may like to join a Dublin Bus Tour…. Most of the city’s main attractions are within easy walking distance of the city centre. You could start with Dublin’s oldest building, Christchurch Cathedral which dates back to 1030. Nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral has a choir school that pre-dates Columbus discovering America. For Georgian Architecture at its best, take a stroll around Merrion Square with its gracious buildings and beautifully carved wooden doors. And don’t miss Trinity College with its gorgeous Elizabethan quadrangles and its magnificent Library, home to the famous Book of Kells.

After you may like to visit Kilmainham Goal – If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol is remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. As such, it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796, when it opened, and 1924 when it closed. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. The names of Robert Emmet, Thomas Francis Meagher, Charles Stewart Parnell, the leaders of the 1916 Rising, DeValera and a host of other famous names are associated with the Gaol. Touching in so many ways on the people and forces that shaped modern Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. A visit to the Gaol includes a guided tour, an audio–visual presentation and an exhibition.

Overnight again at the Ashling Hotel.

 

DAY 3: DUBLIN – GALWAY

After breakfast this morning take the train from nearby Heuston Station to Galway City {approximately 2.5 hours journey}

Co. Galway, the largest county in Connaught, is celebrated in song and story throughout the world and takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. A spectacularly beautiful county, it is a medley of contrasts – the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities. Drawn as if by a magnet, visitors come again and again, captivated by this most special of Irish counties.

Explore Galway City this afternoon, which nestles at the neck of Galway Bay and is reputed to have been Columbus’ final point of departure on his epoch-making voyage of discovery. The city was founded on the east bank of the river late in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman family de Burgo. It attracted many Welsh and Norman merchants who enclosed the city within a defensive wall. Under the control of the fourteen leading families, known as the ‘tribes’ an extensive trade developed, not only with the continent, importing French and Spanish wine, but also with the West Indies. Highlights of Galway city include such areas as Eyre Square, Lynch’s Castle, St. Nicholas’ Church, O’Brien’s Bridge, Spanish Arch, the Famous Claddagh, beautiful Galway Bay, Salthill Promenade, University College, Salmon Weir Bridge, Court House and the Municipal Theatre.

Spend 2 nights at the Hotel Meyrick {just 2 minutes walk from Galway train station}.

 

Day 4: GALWAY

Today choose to enjoy either a day tour to the Connemara region of Co. Galway; or take the ferry out to the Aran Islands.

Return to the Hotel Meyrick for overnight.

 

DAY 5: GALWAY – KERRY

This morning you will be met by a private driver for a full day private chauffeur tour of Co. Clare; depart Galway and travel southwards via the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren to Co. Kerry.

The Burren is a vast, bare, eerie limestone plateau which covers much of Co Clare and is gradually being established as a national park. Here the limestone is deeply fissured and most of the rivers have gone underground creating an extensive cave system. 4000 years of farming has largely denuded the country of trees and vegetation but the Burren is noted for the “opposite” contrasts of its flower population with Mediterranean and Alpine species flourishing side by side. There are seaside resorts at Liscannor, Lahinch and Milltown Malbay. The coast road south of Black Head provides a fine view of the huge boulders, deposited at the end of the Ice Age which rest on the bare limestone pavement, in fine weather the Aran Islands are visible offshore. Some of the many megalithic tombs in the Burren lie on the east side of the road between Aillwee and Leamaneh. Over the ages running water burrowing through the soft limestone of the Burren has created miles of dark caves and underground passages.

Continue onto Doolin, a charming small seaside village on the northwest coast of County Clare. Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of the Burren, Doolin is a place of breathtaking beauty. Traditionally a fishing village, Doolin is now renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Home to thousands of international visitors each year, Doolin is many things to many people. For some it is a place to experience rousing music sessions nightly in the pub and for others it is a place of solitude and tranquility where one can refresh their spirits away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

You will stop at the Cliffs of Moher. These are great dark sandstone cliffs (600ft) that rise sheer from the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 5 miles. Screaming sea birds throng the ledges or wheel and swoop about the waves. The best view is from O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1853 by Cornelius O’Brien.

Time permitting this evening you can visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Bunratty Castle & Folk park is one of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions and richly deserves to feature on the itinerary of every visitor to the Shannon region. Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries, and works of art from the period. The castle is famous for the night time medieval banquets which operate there throughout the year (reservations necessary).Bunratty Folk Park, set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops.

Your final destination today is Killarney. Renowned for its beauty, famed for the splendor of its scenery, Killarney is one of the world’s best-loved tourist spots. Situated in the south western corner of Ireland, with its three famous lakes reflecting the ever changing skies above the great mountain range, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters for many centuries. The three main lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south between the mountains that surround them are all within the Killarney National Park.

Overnight at the Malton Hotel. Your driver will leave you here this evening.

 

DAY 6: KILLARNEY

Today choose to enjoy a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry; or the Gap of Dunloe.

Overnight at the Malton Hotel.

 

DAY 7: KILLARNEY – DUBLIN

Today take the train back to Dublin today – the Malton Hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Killarney Train Station.

{Killarney to Dublin is approx. 3.5 hours}

Spend your last night in Ireland at the Ashling Hotel.

 

DAY 8: DEPART DUBLIN

After breakfast, a private driver will collect you & transfer you to Dublin Airport for your flight back to the United States.

Slan Abhaile! (Safe Home!)

interestedinthistour2

 

2014 PRICING:

 Low Season 2014:

January 1st to March 31st and November 1st to December 22nd

$1349.00 USD per person sharing based on 2 people travelling

Mid season: April 1st-30th and October 1st-31st

$1439.00 USD per person sharing based on 2 people travelling

 

2015 PRICING:

Low Season 2015:

$1349.00 USD / $1499.00 CAD$ per person sharing based on 2 people travelling

January 1st to March 31st and November 1st to December 22nd 2015

Mid season 2015:

$1469.00 USD / $1599.00 CAD$ per person sharing based on 2 people travelling

April 1st-30th and October 1st-31st 2015

High season 2015:

$1499.00 USD / $1699.00 CAD$ per person sharing based on 2 people travelling

May 1st-31st to September 1st-30th 2015

*All prices are per person based on double occupancy.

Tags:

 
Offer of the Month
Offer of the Month
 
Top 10 Packages
Our Top Packages
 
My Favourite Ireland
My Favorite Ireland
 
Testimonials
 
Explore the Region
Explore the Regions
NEW YORK
447 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY11209,USA
Tel: 718-745-9146
Fax: 718-745-3634
Toll Free: 800-664-7474
newyork@special-ireland.com
CORK
Shannon Buildings, Mallow Road, Cork City, IRELAND
Tel: 021-439-1996
Fax: 021-439-1993
cork@special-ireland.com

DUBLIN HEAD OFFICE
80 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, IRELAND
Tel: 01-278-2677
Fax: 01-283-5990
dublin@special-ireland.com