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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
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

We begin the tour in Dublin and journey to the stunning countryside of County Kildare where we stop at the Irish National Stud. Here, we're treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey's-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum. Our journey transports us to Ennis, where we tuck into our first dinner together - a hearty meal.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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 Tralee

Ennis' character-filled avenues are built for meandering, but a walking tour really brings to life the enthralling tales of rebellions and riots, myths and mysteries that swirl around these medieval lanes. When we move on to the Cliffs of Moher, your imagination will really run wild. The keen-eyed among us -- or perhaps just those who packed binoculars -- may even spot a resident puffin. Back on dry land we head to Tralee -- gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Meadowlands Hotel

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    Meadowlands Hotel



    Situated on beautifully manicured gardens, the Meadowlands Hotel is a relaxing and enchanting oasis, located on the Wild Atlantic Way and at the gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry. Just 1km from Tralee Town Centre, the Meadowlands creates an ideal base for any visitors' tour ...

    Situated on beautifully manicured gardens, the Meadowlands Hotel is a relaxing and enchanting oasis, located on the Wild Atlantic Way and at the gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry. Just 1km from Tralee Town Centre, the Meadowlands creates an ideal base for any visitors' tour of the county. The four-star family run hotel offers a friendly ambiance reflected in the helpful staff and elegantly furnished surroundings.

    The O Mathuna's insisted on maintaining the traditional aspect of the hotel and whilst this is apparent in all quarters, nowhere more does traditional local life come alive than in the infamous Johnny Frank's Bar, with its feature open fire, cascading staircase leading to the Library and the many traditional music sessions that ensure Caint, Ceol agus Craic! The family only use the best quality, locally produced ingredients and even source the fish from their own fish company in the village of Dingle on a daily basis, ensuring it's at its freshest when delivered to your table.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Reception
    • Room Service
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 3

The Ring of Kerry

Welcome to the beguiling Ring of Kerry -- a town that boasts edge-of-the-world seascapes, rippling green lands, ancient forts and welcoming villages that rub shoulders with mysterious ruins. At the Skellig Experience we glimpse the lives of early Christian monks that broke bread here.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Tralee to Kenmare to Kinsale

We're at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, in the town founded by Sir William Petty in 1670. Our first stop of the day is Molly Gallivan's cottage. At first glance it seems to be a rustic farmhouse in a rural spot, frozen in time. But there's more to it. More than 200 years ago, this enterprising widow supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey -- and her home was in fact a clandestine pub. Our next stop takes us to the medieval town of Kinsale. Sea-and-sand views, cosy pubs and brightly-hued houses make this a picturesque port of call -- and our final stop today.

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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

The cobbled streets that curve around this pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we spend the morning on a walking tour of Kinsale. Our whirlwind tour takes in its must-see sights, before we depart for the coast. It was the departure point for the last 123 passengers to board the Titanic and you'll notice poignant markers of this around the town. It's also home to the Old Midleton Distillery, where we see how this iconic whiskey is crafted -- and sample its smooth character for ourselves. We get a final cultural fix as we absorb the medieval charm of Kilkenny before indulging in a final feast -- fit for a king.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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

Before heading back to Dublin, we make time to stroll around charismatic Kilkenny. Keep your camera poised as our coach climbs heather-clad hills and crosses fairytale glens that carpet the Wicklow Mountains. At the heart of that dramatic scenery is Avoca village, where we pay homage to an Irish institution -- Ballykissangel. Pull up a stool in Fitzgerald's Pub, made famous in the BBC TV series. Then pick up one final memento of your travels at the Woollen Mills.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Mar 19, 26; Apr 16, 23, 30;  May 7, 10, 14, 21, 24, 28; Jun 4, 11, 14, 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 30; Aug 6, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30; Sep 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24; Oct 1.

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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