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6 Days
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US$ 1,745

Explore the colourful southern end of the Emerald Isle on this Ireland tour that takes you to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, historic Kilkenny and much more.


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This 6-day round-trip from Dublin includes the best sights of the country’s south, including Kilkenny, Killarney, and the Cliffs of Moher.

Leave Dublin in the early morning (we highly recommend at least one pre-night to experience the capital) and set out for County Kerry. Visit Birr Castle and its gardens, overnighting at Ennis in County Clare. Take a morning tour of the town, learning about its triumphs and tragedies dating back to medieval times. Then it’s on to Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, enjoying a one hour cruise to get the best view. Native bird sightings are a given as you explore the coast, with the distinct possibility of spotting a puffin.

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous drives and with good reason, combining history and scenic landscapes. Visit the Skellig Experience, and Portmagee, a colourful fishing village that continues to thrive today. Let a visit to the Staigue Fort take you back to 400AD, and explore the streets of Sneem before going on to Kenmare. Fancy a cheeky drop? You’re about 200 years too late to sample Molly Gallivan’s famous bootleg whiskey, but you will visit her cottage and enjoy a glimpse of Irish life during this period.

Enjoy a seaside break at Kinsale, with a walking tour of the historic streets, then continue on to Cork, home to Cobh, the departure port of the Titanic’s fateful voyage. Still up for that tipple? Stop in at the Jameson Midleton Distillery for a tasting and short course in whiskey production. Finally, stop in at Killarney, home to one of the most famous castles in Ireland.

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Dublin via the Wicklow Mountains and Avoca (Ballykissangel fans, this stop’s for you). Your drop-off is in the late afternoon to early evening, so consider staying an extra night.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,745

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Day 1

Dublin to Kildare and Ennis

This tour commences from The Brooks Hotel (62 Drury Street, Dublin) at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

After meeting your tour leader and fellow travellers you will leave Dublin and travel to County Kerry. The first stop is the Irish National Stud in County Kildare, home to Ireland's finest thoroughbred horses and renowned Japanese Gardens. You will continue to Birr Castle, which is the home of the seventh Earl of Rosse. Known for the beauty of its gardens, which include the worlds tallest box hedges, wisteria and old roses, this is a fascinating site to explore. Your final destination today is Ennis in County Clare, where we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Old Ground Hotel

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    The Old Ground Hotel



    A former manor house dating back to the 18th century, the Old Ground Hotel retains its magnificent ivy clad exterior of historic yesterday yet is filled with the modern elegance of a grand hotel. Encircled by plush gardens, a warm welcome awaits guest in the ...

    A former manor house dating back to the 18th century, the Old Ground Hotel retains its magnificent ivy clad exterior of historic yesterday yet is filled with the modern elegance of a grand hotel. Encircled by plush gardens, a warm welcome awaits guest in the lobby where an open fire provides an ambience of comfort and relaxation not found at other Ennis, Ireland hotels. The award winning O'Brien Room restaurant is renowned for its cuisine and is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The Poets Corner bar serves food all day with traditional, live Irish music on select days and guests should be certain to experience the recently opened Town Hall Cafe.

    Facilities

    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Concierge
    • Doctor on Call
    • Gift Shop
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Ennis to the Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

On a guided walking tour of Ennis we wind our way through the medieval streets listening to tales of famine and poverty, rebellions and riots and learn about the mythology and legends of the town. We make our way to the UNESCO Geopark of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Here, we admire the diverse landscape of the Burren and enjoy a one-hour Cliffs of Moher cruise. Gaze in awe at the sheer scale and uniqueness of this natural phenomenon, which towers over 700ft above the sea. Don't forget your camera as the area is home to large colonies of birds. You may even be lucky enough to spot a puffin or two! This afternoon we drive to the town of Killarney in County Kerry, known as the gateway to the Ring of Kerry.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Killarney Royal Hotel

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    Killarney Royal Hotel



    Kerry The Kingdom is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been their privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to their doorstep. Offering a warm and ...

    Kerry The Kingdom is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been their privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to their doorstep. Offering a warm and cozy respite, this boutique hotel is centrally located in the heart of Killarney Town, with all the majestic beauty of Killarney and Kerry outside our door.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service

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Day 3

The Ring of Kerry

Today you will spend the day exploring the lovely Ring of Kerry with its spectacular scenery and ancient heritage. There is a short visit to the 'Skellig Experience', which tells of the Skellig monks and their lives in early Christian times. Your next port of call is Portmagee, a small picturesque fishing village full of brightly painted houses. Later you will see Staigue Fort, an intriguing ring fort built between 300 and 400 AD. At the head of the River Sneem estuary we find the romantic village of Sneem, which is referred to as 'the Knot in the Ring'. Brimming with traditional buildings, restaurants and craft shops, we will have time to explore Sneem before we return to Killarney. You will enjoy a dinner together tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Killarney to Kenmare and Kinsale

Our first visit of the day is to the heritage town of Kenmare, which is nestled at the mouth of Kenmare Bay and was founded by Sir William Petty in 1670. Our next stop is the 200-year-old cottage of Molly Gallivan, a widow who brewed illicit whiskey and sold it in her illegal pub! Here we gain an insight into Ireland's simple, rural country lifestyle before the days of electricity and modern conveniences. Our final destination today is the medieval town of Kinsale, one of the most picturesque and popular seaside resorts in the south west, full of traditional bars, lovely buildings, narrow streets, and fascinating shops.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Acton's Hotel Kinsale

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    Acton's Hotel Kinsale


    Acton's is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts. Situated in the heart of Kinsale overlooking Kinsale Harbour and Marina only 20 minutes ...

    Acton's is the oldest hotel in Kinsale originally established in 1946. This hotel overlooks Kinsale Harbour and Yacht Club allowing you to wake up to the twinkling sound of yacht masts. Situated in the heart of Kinsale overlooking Kinsale Harbour and Marina only 20 minutes from Cork City the hotel is close to Desmond Castle, Charles Fort, James Fort and the world famous Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course. It has two restaurants, a pool and a number of amenities. Several types of rooms and suites available to suit all needs.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Childrens Pool
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Elevator
    • Fitness Centre
    • Health Club
    • Indoor Pool
    • Ironing Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Outdoor Patio Area
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Special Diet Meals
    • Steam Room

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Day 5

Kinsale to Midleton and Kilkenny

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Kinsale accompanied by a local guide. Learn about its history and maritime traditions and admire the 800-year-old Church of Saint Multose and the unique star-shaped Charles Fort. We make our way to Cork, for a panoramic tour of the city before heading to the coastal town of Cobh, which was the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic. Later, at the Jameson Midleton Distillery we learn about the production of whiskey and taste what is considered by many to be the finest whiskey in Ireland! We travel to Kilkenny, rich in medieval heritage and perhaps most famous for its imposing castle. After checking in to the River Court Hotel, we enjoy a final dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

River Court Hotel

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    River Court Hotel



    This Kilkenny city hotel rests serenely on the bank of the River Nore, nestled in a private courtyard, secluded from the bustling and winding city streets. The Hotel is overlooked by Kilkenny's majestic 12th century castle; it is a place of warmth, friendliness and sheer ...

    This Kilkenny city hotel rests serenely on the bank of the River Nore, nestled in a private courtyard, secluded from the bustling and winding city streets. The Hotel is overlooked by Kilkenny's majestic 12th century castle; it is a place of warmth, friendliness and sheer contentment. Kilkenny City continues to be one of the most sought after locations for hotel breaks in Ireland. This hotel's superb location on the bank of the River Nore offers ease of access from all areas of Ireland. Kilkenny River Court Hotel is an ideal location for any event.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Kilkenny to Dublin

After visiting the 12th century castle, set in extensive parklands, our route back to the capital takes us through the beautiful and dramatic Wicklow Mountains, travelling through heather-clad hills, lush vegetation, rocky foothills and delightful glens. On our way we stop at the village of Avoca, perhaps most famous for the ever popular TV series Ballykissangel. Here we call in at Fitzgerald's Pub, which featured in the programme. You will have time for a spot of shopping at the Avoca Woollen Mills before we travel back to Dublin where the tour ends.

Drop-off 5:30pm at The Brooks Hotel (62 Drury Street, Dublin). Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only - traffic can be unpredictable!

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 25, 29; Jun 5, 12, 19, 26; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 21, 28, 31; Sep 7, 11, 14, 18, 25; Oct 2;

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights accommodation as per the itinerary (or similar)
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • Kinsale Heritage walk
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Entrance fees (Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, Doolin to Aran Cliffs of Moher Cruise, The Skellig Experience, Midleton Distillery and Kilkenny Castle)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity
  • Social drinks
  • Meals not indicated in the Itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels
  • All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Transfers are not included in the tour price

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability.

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