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Corners of Southern Ireland: Dublin to Dublin

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,772

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.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

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
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,772

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Day 1

Dublin - Kildare - Ennis

After meeting in Dublin, we'll hit the road to our first stop: County Kildare, where we've an appointment with the Irish National Stud. After being treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey's-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum, we'll move on to Portumna Castle: a semi-fortified house in County Galway. This evening will see us checking into our hotel in Ennis, where we'll tuck in to our first hearty 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 - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

First today: a walking tour through Ennis' character-filled avenues, where we'll hear enthralling myths, mysteries and tales of rebellions and riots. Then: prepare to be amazed at the Cliffs of Moher. The keen-eyed among us - or perhaps just those who packed binoculars - may even spot a resident puffin or two.

After an invigorating afternoon, we'll travel onwards to Killarney: the gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cahernane House

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    Cahernane House



    Cahernane Country House Hotel is beautifully situated on its own private estate, at the edge of the renowned Killarney National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty with an untamed landscape of mountains, lakes and woodland walks. Situated on the outskirts of Killarney, off the ...

    Cahernane Country House Hotel is beautifully situated on its own private estate, at the edge of the renowned Killarney National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty with an untamed landscape of mountains, lakes and woodland walks. Situated on the outskirts of Killarney, off the N71 near Muckross Park, Cahernane House Hotel is conveniently located a mere 10min walk from Killarney Town Centre where you can enjoy all the charms of this bustling town. The castle offers two restaurants and several types of luxury rooms with large beds, private marble bathrooms and turn down service.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

After this morning's breakfast, we'll set a course for our first stop of the day: the Skellig Experience, where we'll gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the early Christian monks that once broke bread at the Skellig Michael monastery. This afternoon, we'll discover the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park from the carriage of a traditional jaunting car - before rounding off the day's itinerary with a tour of a local brewery (with included tasting, of course).

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Day 4

Killarney - Kenmare - Kinsale

After finding out about the myriad nutritional benefits of seaweed on a morning walk at Derrynane Harbour, we'll move on to Molly Gallivan's Cottage - which, at first glance, appears to be an unassuming rustic farmhouse. But there's more to it than first meets the eye! More than 200 years ago, Mrs Gallivan supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey - and her home was, in fact, a clandestine pub. We'll learn stories of the enterprising Mrs Gallivan's antics before travelling onwards to the medieval town of Kinsale, where coastal views, cosy pubs and brightly coloured houses await us

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Duration2 Nights
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Trident Hotel

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    Trident Hotel



    The Trident Hotel is in a spectacular location on the waterfront in Kinsale County Cork, within 5 minutes walk of many shops, bars and restaurants. Pier One Restaurant overlooks the harbour and serves award-winning cuisine, specializing in locally caught seafood. It is a member of ...

    The Trident Hotel is in a spectacular location on the waterfront in Kinsale County Cork, within 5 minutes walk of many shops, bars and restaurants. Pier One Restaurant overlooks the harbour and serves award-winning cuisine, specializing in locally caught seafood. It is a member of the Kinsale Good Food Circle, a winner of an AA Rosette & proud recipient of 2 RAC Dining Awards. Pier one also boasts its own wine cellar, from which you can select your own wine. The Schooner Lounge is on the 1st floor and enjoys full view over the water. It is comfortably furnished and opens on to a lovely terrace.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge(s)

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Day 5

Kinsale

The cobbled streets that curve around Kinsale's pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we'll spend the morning on a walking tour. This afternoon, you'll be free to explore the town your own way. Interestingly, Kinsale was the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic - and you'll notice poignant markers of this as you make your way around.

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Day 6

Kinsale - Waterford

This morning we'll pass by Tipperary - where we'll find out more about traditional Irish craftsmanship at a local crystal factory - before we move on to Waterford. Dating back to Viking times, Waterford is Ireland's oldest city - with over 1,000 years' worth of history to explore. Whatever you choose to do with your time here, make sure you're back in time for tonight's farewell meal!

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Duration1 Night
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Faithlegg House Hotel

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    Faithlegg House Hotel



    Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Resort in Waterford is an 18th century mansion which has been beautifully restored to form the centre piece of a superb four star hotel and golf course. The history of Faithlegg dates back to 1177 with the house being built ...

    Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Resort in Waterford is an 18th century mansion which has been beautifully restored to form the centre piece of a superb four star hotel and golf course. The history of Faithlegg dates back to 1177 with the house being built in 1783. Many of the rooms are named after previous owners of the house, each with their own unique story.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Golf
    • Lounge Bar
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Waterford - Avoca - Dublin

On the way back to Dublin, we'll stop off at the small town of Avoca, where we'll pay homage to an Irish institution - Ballykissangel. You can even pull up a stool in Fitzgerald's Pub!

Then: you'll have the chance to pick up a final souvenir at the Woollen Mills before we say goodbye.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Jul 16, 30; Aug 6, 13, 16, 19, 27, 30; Sep 5, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24; Oct 1
2020: Mar 15, 29; Apr 2, 14, 16, 19, 23; May 1, 5, 10, 17, 21, 26; Jun 2, 7, 14, 17, 21, 28;
Jul 2, 5, 12, 16, 19, 26, 28; Aug 2, 9, 11, 16, 20, 23; Sep 1, 6, 13, 16, 20 ,27; Oct 1, 4

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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