Day 1: Wicklow & Glendalough
Take delivery of your Hertz car at Dublin Airport and travel south through the Wicklow Mountains and the region known as “The Garden of Ireland”. You can take a tour of the 6th century monastic settlement, with its round tower and Celtic cross at Glendalough. Continue south to Waterford City which was founded by Viking traders in 914 and has an exciting medieval flavour and riverside bustle. Overnight in Waterford City.
Day 2: Waterford & Cashel
A visit to the House of Waterford Crystal includes an opportunity to choose from the world’s largest selection of Waterford Crystal. Depart from Waterford and tour to Cashel where the impressive Rock of Cashel looms up in front of you as you approach the town. This cathedral-fortress dates to the time of St. Patrick when he used the shamrock as the symbol of the Holy Trinity as he converted the King of Munster to Christianity. Continue South to Mallow where you will overnight.
Day 3: Blarney And Killarney
Travel to Blarney where Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. Enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you will obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone. You will have time to visit the Blarney Woolen Mills for traditional Irish handcrafts, fashions and crystal. Enjoy a spot of lunch in Kinsale before continuing west to explore the scenic West Cork countryside as you tour along the new Wild Atlantic Way route through coastal towns such as Bantry, Glengarriff and through the Caha Pass into Kenmare and onto Killarney Town. At Moll’s Gap you can enjoy the ‘Short Ring of Kerry,’ and stop at Ladies View for a panoramic view over the Lakes of Killarney and Killarney town. “Heaven’s Reflex” as it is called for its beauty.
Day 4: Dingle Peninsula
Tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, one of Ireland’s most picturesque spots. Visit the town of Dingle, then drive around Slea Head and admire its rugged beauty. Visit the Gallarus Oratory, a 7th century stone chapel used by pilgrims going to Mount Brandon. Return to Killarney via Tralee and hear about the sad romantic story of the Rose of Tralee. Try out a ‘singing’ pub tonight.
Day 5: Limerick & Bunratty
Option to take an Irish Jaunting Cart Ride this morning through the National Park and take in the breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes and beautiful. Depart Killarney and drive north, to the city of Limerick via the picturesque village of Adare, where the main street is lined with thatched cottages. You stop for the night at Bunratty and this evening have the option to dine like the Lords and Ladies of the 15th Century at the Bunratty Castle Banquet. Overnight in Shannon.
Optional Add On:
Jaunting Car Ride: $30.00 per person. Take a Jaunting Car Ride through the National Park and take in the breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes and beautiful. Step back in time and enjoy Irish tradition at its best, come on board a horse and carriage and take a unique tour and visit some of Killarney’s many beauty spots.
Optional Add On:
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle: $80.00 per person.
Enjoy a feast and entertainment at the Bunratty Medieval Banquet in Bunratty Banquet
Day 6: Cliffs Of Moher & Burren
Depart Bunratty and tour through County Clare, along the Clare Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher which rise 700 feet above the sea and extend five miles along the coast. Drive on through the Burren – an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. Continue on into Galway City. Explore the city this evening.
Day 7: Aran Islands & Connemara
Travel through the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors. Tour to Rossaveal Harbour this morning and board the ferry to Kilronan, Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. You will have the opportunity to climb up to Dun Aengus, a 2000 year old stone fort on the cliff face overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You will have time to explore the village of Kilronan, have lunch or do some shopping for hand-knit Aran wool sweaters before returning back to the mainland. Return to Galway City where you can continue your exploration of the town.
Day 8: Sligo And Environs
Tour north from Galway and visit the village of Cong made famous by the movie ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne. Visit the Quiet Man Museum before heading north through Castlebar to Sligo, a county of gentle mountains, lakes and coastline. This area is associated with the great Irish writer, William Butler Yeats. Explore Drumcliff and the Yeats Center, north of Sligo town, where Yeats is buried in Drumcliff Churchyard. Overnight near Sligo Town.
Day 9: Donegal Tour
It’s off to tour Donegal, famous for its tweeds and woolen goods. You will have a chance to shop at Magee’s of Donegal, before you tour out along the coast to Killybegs. On to explore Donegal Town; stroll about this interesting old town with 16th century castle ruins, a 17th century church and a ship’s anchor shorn from one of Napoleon’s frigates when his fleet unsuccessfully tried to thwart the British in an Irish uprising in 1798. The center of town is diamond shaped, with streets spoking off in all directions with wool and tweed shops lining the street fronts. Overnight in Donegal Town.
Day 10: Boyne Valley
Cross into the North, for a visit to Belleek China Factory, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. After your visit tour south and as you return to the Republic of Ireland travel to Bru Na Boinne Visitor Center at Newgrange. It presents one of Europe’s great archaeological mysteries, along the Boyne Valley, and Newgrange or Knowth Neolithic burial tomb, which predates the pyramids. Continue south as you return to Dublin for your final night in Ireland. Overnight near Dublin Airport.
Day 11: Depart For Home
Travel to Dublin Airport where you will return your car rental and check in for your departure flight.