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9 Day Best of Ireland

Experienced Driver Guide | Hotel Gems | 9 Days | 8 Meals | Ireland's best-loved attractions

This package is a perfect introduction to the very Best of Ireland. A 9-day tour of Emerald Isle, staying in some of the best accommodation, visiting its best-loved attractions, sampling its best gourmet food and hearing its best-kept secrets, legends and tales.

 

On the Best of Ireland Tour, we ensure to offer our guests the chance to explore Irish Culture and heritage, the quintessential destinations and scenery of the Irish landscape and to travel in style with our luxurious vehicles and experienced chauffeur drivers.

 

This 9 Day Best of Ireland Tour is the perfect bucket list of the BEST that Ireland has to offer!

 

Low Season 2021 Mid season 2021 High Season 2021
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec Mar, Oct Apr-Sept
From $1,890 per person From $2,145 per person From $2,445 per person

 

* Based on minimum of 20 people travelling.

Discover the Best that Ireland has to offer on this unforgettable vacation........


What's Included

Luxury Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Driver

Dedicated, private chauffeur, serving as your local expert for 8 days of your trip; 1 Private group departure transfer from Dublin City Hotel to Dublin Airport.

Deluxe Irish Hotels

1 Night B&B Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel; 1 Night B&B Acton's Hotel Kinsale; 2 Nights B&B The Great Southern Hotel Killarney; 2 Nights B&B The Hardiman Hotel Galway City; 2 Nights B&B The Camden Court Hotel Dublin City.

Sightseeing

Entrance to Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Clonmacnoise, Christchurch Cathedral & the Guinness Storehouse is included in the pricing

* Terms and Conditions

Land Only - Price is per person sharing in Twin/Double Room throughout and is based on a minimum of 20 people travelling. Rates are subject to availability and varies by travel dates. Specialized Travel Services strongly recommends Travel Insurance to cover trip cancellation & interruption, medical & health insurance, loss of baggage or trip delay.

Day 1: Dublin to Kilkenny City.

Céad Míle Fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes!) Arrive into Dublin Airport, where you will be met by your private driver guide, who will be your local expert for the next 8 days. Begin your tour by travelling southwards through Ireland’s Ancient East. The first leg of your adventure starts in the wonderfully medieval Kilkenny Castle, standing dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominating the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Dinner this evening at your hotel in Kilkenny City.

 

Hotel Stay: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny City (Or similar). (Dinner, B&B Basis).

Day 2: Cashel & Kinsale.

Depart Kilkenny this morning, heading south through County Tipperary to County Cork. Visit the Rock of Cashel along the way, a historic monastic site dramatically situated on a tall outcrop of limestone overlooking County Tipperary. Continue towards the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”, Kinsale, for the rest of the evening at leisure. Tonight, you will have dinner in Acton’s Hotel.

 

Hotel Stay: Acton’s Hotel, Co. Cork (Or similar). (Dinner, B&B Basis).

Day 3: Blarney & Killarney.

It’s off to Blarney Village this morning to Blarney Castle and Gardens and to climb the castle’s 127 stone steps, to reach the revered Blarney Stone at the summit. Next to Killarney, renowned for its beauty and famed for the splendor of it’s scenery. Killarney is a gem in the County Kerry Crown. This evening, you will have dinner at the hotel.

 

Hotel Stay: The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry (Or similar). (Dinner, B&B Basis).

Day 4: The Ring Of Kerry.

Drive Ireland’s most famous peninsula today – The Ring of Kerry, which takes you through spectacular coastal scenery, and villages and towns depicting typical rural life in Ireland. As you descend into Killarney, fabulous views of the three Lakes of Killarney are afforded from ‘Ladies View’, named after Queen Victoria’s visit at the beginning century. At Killarney’s National Park, you will visit the wonderful Muckross House and Gardens.

 

Hotel Stay: The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry (or similar). (B&B Basis).

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & the Burren.

Today’s adventure takes you to County Clare to visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and to take some “Insta-worthy” images of the scenic views at this most visited natural attraction. Standing 702 feet at their highest point, they stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast. Deep in the mysterious Burren region you can find the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient and fascinating example of a portal tomb. Onto Galway, where you can take a stroll around Galway city visiting such areas as Eyre Square, the Spanish and beautiful Salthill Promenade – before dinner at the hotel.

 

Hotel Stay: The Hardiman Hotel, Galway City (Or similar). (Dinner, B&B Basis).

Day 6: Connemara

Today, you can explore the wild and rugged region of Connemara, made famous by a number of well-known movies, such as “The Quiet Man” and “The Field”. Connemara is a beautiful region of mountains, lakes, tumbling streams undulating bog, unspoilt beaches and panoramic views. Visit Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, the only home of the Benedictine nuns in Ireland. Have a photo stop at Killary Fjord, located in Leenane – It is Ireland’s only fjord and forms a partial border between counties Galway & Mayo. Return to Galway for overnight.

 

Hotel Stay: The Hardiman Hotel, Galway City (Or similar). (B&B Basis).

Day 7: Midlands of Ireland & Dublin City.

Today, you will travel from Galway to Dublin. On route, stop off in Clonmacnoise, where Saint Ciaran founded the remains of an early monastery around the year 545. Here there still survives six churches, two high crosses, two round towers and the finest Collection of Old Irish gravestones in the country. Explore the capital city and get to know the famous landmarks including the Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Enjoy dinner and an evening of Irish Storytelling at Food, Folklore & Fairies.

 

Hotel Stay: The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin City (Or similar). (B&B Basis).

Day 8 : Dublin City

Discover more of the capital city today with a private guided city tour. The tour includes a visit to Christchurch Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse. The seven-storey visitor experience tells the story of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. Return to the Camden Court hotel for your final overnight and dinner at the hotel. Your driver guide will leave you here.

 

Hotel Stay: The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin City (Or similar). (Dinner, B&B Basis).

Day 9: Depart from Dublin Airport

This morning, a private driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to Dublin Airport for your departure flight.

 

Slán go Fóill! (Bye for now!)

 

 

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Vacation Highlights

Some of the BEST Hotels

Deluxe Hotel Accommodation in Kilkenny City; Kinsale; Killarney; Galway City and Dublin City, inclusive of a Full Irish Breakfast.

Some of the BEST Attractions

Kilkenny Castle;

Rock of Cashel;

Blarney Castle;

Muckross House & Gardens;

Cliffs of Moher & Atlantic Edge Exhibition;

Kylemore Abbey & Gardens;

Clonmacnoise;

Christchurch Cathedral;

The Guinness Storehouse.

Some of the BEST Scenic Drives

Ireland’s Ancient East

The Ring of Kerry

The Wild Atlantic Way

Connemara

Midlands of Ireland

What's Included

Luxury Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Driver

Dedicated, private chauffeur, serving as your local expert for 8 days of your trip; 1 Private group departure transfer from Dublin City Hotel to Dublin Airport.

Deluxe Irish Hotels

1 Night B&B Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel; 1 Night B&B Acton's Hotel Kinsale; 2 Nights B&B The Great Southern Hotel Killarney; 2 Nights B&B The Hardiman Hotel Galway City; 2 Nights B&B The Camden Court Hotel Dublin City.

Sightseeing

Entrance to Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Clonmacnoise, Christchurch Cathedral & the Guinness Storehouse is included in the pricing

* Terms and Conditions

Land Only - Price is per person sharing in Twin/Double Room throughout and is based on a minimum of 20 people travelling. Rates are subject to availability and varies by travel dates. Specialized Travel Services strongly recommends Travel Insurance to cover trip cancellation & interruption, medical & health insurance, loss of baggage or trip delay.

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Guinness Storehouse Dublin © 2015 by Enda Cavanagh Photography
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Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry
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Kylemore Abbey, Co .Galway

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