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Elegant Ireland Self Drive: Dublin to Galway

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,272

Explore the Emerald Isle in style and at your own pace. This self-drive Ireland tour takes you from Dublin to Waterford, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher and many more picturesque parts of the country.


This great idea features 4 and 5 star accommodations. Car rental is not inculded but we can advise and arrange.

Your 9-day Ireland self-drive from Dublin to Galway lets you explore one of Europe’s most photogenic countries at a comfortable pace without missing the best sights.

More than just an entry point into Ireland, Dublin is still the country’s beating cultural heart. Take in a wine and cheese tasting at Trinity College, staying on for a tour of this historic campus. Most of your time is at leisure, including the evenings, during which you can roam real Irish pubs or explore the city’s thriving music scene. After one last morning in the capital, drive on to Waterford, home to the lovely namesake crystal. Along the way, you might want to call in at Glendalough, Valley of the Two Lakes, Wicklow’s Monastic Site, and Dunbrody Famine Ship.

Continue on to Cork, where Titanic enthusiasts can explore the history of the ill-fated voyage in detail, following the guided Titanic Trail walking tour. You can also visit the Desmond Wine Museum in Desmond Castle. Then embark on a tour of the Gap of Dunloe, admiring the lakes of Killarney and the Kerry Mountains. Onward to Adare, the birthplace of Irish Coffee, where you’ll visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Famously friendly Adare dates back to the 13th century, and keeps its history alive and well today. Beautifully maintained cottages mix in with medieval monasteries and old ruins to create one of the most unique towns in Ireland.

Turn toward the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most striking sights, towering 230 metres above the water. Take a walking tour of the Burren and admire the limestone dotted landscape. Your evening is spent in famously hospitable Galway. The following day, see more of the surrounding countryside on a guided tour of Connemara. Gaelic is the dominant language here, so it’s a superb spot to experience ‘the real’ Ireland as you uncover the stories of Kylemore Abbey and gardens, and Killary Harbour. Return to Galway for a farewell dinner.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,272

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Day 1

Arrive in Ireland

Upon landing, pick up your rental car and make your way to the hotel. After checking in, spend the day exploring Dublin. Famous for its easy going charm and cultural heritage, Dublin is also the capital of The Craic (pronounce 'crack'), the art of life. As a city, Dublin's character is firmly shaped by its people. Dubliners are a friendly and mildly inquisitive lot. Rarely will you venture into a pub without somebody standing near you striking up a conversation. If you ever find yourself lost, ask somebody and more than likely you'll be greeted with a little friendly chat. Overnight in Dublin at the Brooks Hotel (or similar).

Duration2 Nights
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Brooks Hotel

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    Brooks Hotel



    Situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of Dublin city, Brooks Hotel is the perfect place to stay, whether for business or pleasure. Most of the city's key attractions are within walking distance to the hotel and include: the best shopping streets ...

    Situated only minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of Dublin city, Brooks Hotel is the perfect place to stay, whether for business or pleasure. Most of the city's key attractions are within walking distance to the hotel and include: the best shopping streets in the capital, St. Stephen's Green, the Guinness storehouse the Irish parliament building, Dail Eireann, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Trinity College and many popular art galleries, theatres, museums and entertainment venues. The Luas servicing Dundrum shopping centre is just a few minutes' walk away and the Dart station is only 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Dublin

Today you have the day free to visit some of the important sites in Dublin. You may want to book a walking tour to talk you through the most important landmarks. You won't want to miss a wine and cheese tasting at Trinity College, a tour of the college grounds including Book of Kells, the Guiness Storehouse, and a theatre or Riverdance Show. Part of Dublin's charm is that all ages and all walks of life mix together. Particularly at night time, this mix makes for a lively and welcoming atmosphere in Dublin's myriad pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and concert venues. Overnight in Dublin at the Brooks Hotel (or similar).

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Day 3

Dublin to Waterford

Spend the morning in Dublin enjoying the sights or doing some shopping. In the afternoon head to Glendalough, Valley of The Two Lakes, and then on to Wicklow's Monastic Site. On your way to Waterford City you will want to stop at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a reproduction of an emigrant vessel. Waterford is Ireland's oldest city, founded by Viking raiders in AD 914. Today, Waterford is a household name internationally through the fame of its hand-cut crystal. It is a lively underestimated city which always manages to surprise the visitor. Overnight in Waterford at the Waterford Castle (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort

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    Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort



    Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort offers Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City. Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our Car Ferry (2 minutes) to ...

    Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort offers Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City. Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our Car Ferry (2 minutes) to the 310 acre Island Resort. With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night's sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant

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Day 4

Waterford to Kenmare

Depart Waterford and head to Cork, and enjoy the last port visit by the Titanic in Cobh, it is recommended you try the Titanic Trail walking tour. This is a fascinating guided tour that explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. This Irish heritage walking tour takes visitors through the historic town of Cobh where the buildings, streets and piers have not changed since the Titanic's sinking over 100 years ago. Visit the Desmond Wine Museum in Kinsale, located in beautiful Desmond Castle. Overnight at the Ballyseede Castle (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Ballyseede Castle

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    Ballyseede Castle



    Ballyseede Castle is a true Irish Castle Hotel experience, close to Tralee in the famous Ring of Kerry. From the moment you enter, experience the warm welcome as you are greeted by Arthur the Irish Wolfhound and his little friend Einstein. Set on 30 acres ...

    Ballyseede Castle is a true Irish Castle Hotel experience, close to Tralee in the famous Ring of Kerry. From the moment you enter, experience the warm welcome as you are greeted by Arthur the Irish Wolfhound and his little friend Einstein. Set on 30 acres of pasture and gardens, Ballyseede Castle is located off the main Tralee-Killarney (N21) road, just a few minutes drive from Tralee town, home to the internationally renowned "Rose of Tralee" festival, held every August. All guest rooms are elegant and spacious and styled with taste and imagination. Many cosy touches including gorgeous Cotton Robes ensure a restful relaxed castle hotel break.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Laundry Service
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Gap of Dunloe

Be sure to pack lunch for a day long tour of the Gap of Dunloe. You can ride a pony and trap through the Kerry Mountains, then perhaps a boat will take you across the 3 Lakes of Killarney to the Ross Castle. Your boatman will amaze you with his knowledge. Your hotel here has a wonderful wine tasting that is highly recommended. Overnight at the Ballyseede Castle (or similar).

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Day 6

Kenmare and Limerick

Explore any last attractions in Kerry then head to Adare, birthplace of Irish Coffee. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum located at the old Terminal building here in the city that was the aviation capital of the world during world war two. Adare, a designated Heritage Town, is one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in Ireland. It was founded in the 13th Century on the river Maigue. Today, Adare village is an architectural wealth of scenic beauty. The mix of centuries is blended into everyday life as some of the thatched cottages are home to arts and crafts shops. The main street of Adare is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins and the picturesque village park. Overnight in Adare at the Gregans Castle Hotel (or similar).

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Duration1 Night
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Gregans Castle Hotel

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    Gregans Castle Hotel



    Welcome to Gregans Castle Hotel. Please take a look around at the luxury and gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren. The house has been welcoming guests since the 1940s. The stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established ...

    Welcome to Gregans Castle Hotel. Please take a look around at the luxury and gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren. The house has been welcoming guests since the 1940s. The stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens on the Wild Atlantic Way, and has spectacular views that stretch across the Burren hills to Galway Bay.

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Cliffs of Moher and The Burren

Head toward Galway after breakfast. Stop at the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic Ocean 230m above the water. Next, a walking tour of the Burren Region and National Park is recommended. The Burren, in North County Clare and parts of South County Galway covering an area of 160 square km, is unique - it is like no other place in Ireland. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called 'clints' with vertical fissures in the called 'grikes'. You are headed into Galway for dinner, but you may want to stop at Moran's Oyster Cottage to taste some seafood and have a glass of Guinness. Overnight in Galway at the Glenlo Abbey (or similar).

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Duration2 Nights
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Glenlo Abbey Hotel

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    Glenlo Abbey Hotel



    Luxury is a necessity at Glenlo Abbey - if you are looking for luxury hotel breaks in Ireland, then you have found the perfect Galway hotel! The Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers superb dining and entertainment options for both formal and informal occasions. These include the ...

    Luxury is a necessity at Glenlo Abbey - if you are looking for luxury hotel breaks in Ireland, then you have found the perfect Galway hotel! The Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers superb dining and entertainment options for both formal and informal occasions. These include the River Room Restaurant overlooking the estate, the Pullman Restaurant on The Orient Express, the Oak Cellar Bar, and three elegant Receptions Rooms in the Main House which exude Old World Charm, where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink, afternoon tea, or take time out to relax and read the newspapers.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Centre
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Golf
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • Tennis

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Day 8

Explore Galway and Connemara

Today you should take a guided tour of Connemara's lakes, rivers, bogs and mountains is suggested. In this area, Gaelic is still the spoken language and history is still visible. Its is suggested you visit Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, and Ireland's only fjord at Killary Harbour. The story of Kylemore - both Castle and Abbey - is a truly remarkable one. The twists of fate which its occupants experienced, from moments of romance and happiness, to sadness and courage have all combined to create a fascinating history spanning over 150 years. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the city of Galway. Overnight in Galway at the Glenlo Abbey (or similar).

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Day 9

Depart from Galway

After breakfast it will be time to check out of your hotel, return your car to Shannon airport, and say goodbye to Ireland!

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • Service charges and taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Car rental
  • All other meals and beverages
  • Guided day tours
  • Excursions
  • Entry fees to attractions
  • Dinner and theatre performance (day 2)
  • Gratuities

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Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include taxes. Subject to availability at the time of booking.

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