10 Day Bucket List Ireland Tour

Tour duration:

10 days

Tour starts:

Dublin Airport / Dublin

Tour ends:

Dublin / Dublin Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Private Arrival Airport Transfer 
  • Car rental with automatic transmission 8 days 
  • Car rental is based on inclusive rate (includes CDW & Theft) 
  • 9 nights in centrally located Hotels 
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (Except Day 1) 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket
  • Local Taxes 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in Ireland 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Book of Kells 
  • Rock of Cashel 
  • Charles Fort 
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Sheepdog Trails 
  • Gallarus Oratory 
  • Blasket Island Centre 
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre 
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens 

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Itinerary

On arrival into Dublin Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver in the Arrivals Terminal and transferred to your city centre hotel where you can drop off your bags and start exploring Ireland’s capital city.  

 

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour 

Originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago, you will discover the city’s charms, see the elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors, the River Liffey, O’Connell Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse and much more. Explore these sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Hop on Hop off Bus service. Relax on a 90 minute city tour and then use the bus to transfer you between attractions. 

 

Guinness Storehouse 

Today you will visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn how the famous ‘blackstuff’ is made. Afterwards enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which enjoys panoramic views of the City. Sláinte! 

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 Night 

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

Collect your car rental from Hertz downtown location which is located in Dublin City at 151 South Circular Road, Dublin 8 and depart Dublin. 

 

Rock of Cashel 

On your way to County Cork, you will stop off in the town of Cashel in County Tipperary. Visit the impressive Rock of Cashel which 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.  

 

Blarney Castle 

You will travel to the town of Blarney. Visit Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle. You will 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, otherwise known as ‘The Gift of the Gab!’ A visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills is also highly recommended, with its fantastic variety of Irish crafts available for sale and its wonderful restaurant.  

 

Cork 

Cork City is a city that is more than 800 years old and situated on the River Lee. It is the second largest city of the Irish Republic, lively and prosperous with a keen sense of its own cultural identity. Explore this city at your leisure. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Cork Hotel or B&B – 2 nights 

 

 

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

Today you will explore Cork City and visit the famous English Market. Afterwards, visit Charles Fort in Kinsale, considered to be the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. 

 

The English Market 

The English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. A mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from afar, combined with long standing family-run stalls contribute to the unique appeal and atmosphere of this market.  

 

Charles Fort, Kinsale  

Today you will visit Charles Fort which is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23.   

 

Accommodation: Elegant Cork Hotel or B&B  

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

This morning you will travel to Killarney and enjoy all that it has to offer. 

 

Killarney 

Once you get to Killarney, you are free to explore it at your own pace. Perhaps make your way to Killarney National Park and take in the stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. You might enjoy a visit to the stunning Torc Waterfall which is well worth a visit. If you enjoy walking, there are walking trails mapped out beside the Waterfall, which are most enjoyable.  
Also, you have other options such as a lake cruise, taking a jaunting car ride (horse drawn carriage) through the National Park or visiting Ross Castle.  

Or maybe you would just like to enjoy an easy afternoon, have a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants or do some gift shopping and soak up the atmosphere of this unique and cultural town. 

 

**Optional Extra**Celtic Steps the Show 

This evening you might like to enjoy Ireland’s top traditional Irish Music, Song & Irish Dance Show which features seventeen World Irish Dancing Championship titles between the current cast of dancers and All-Ireland Champion singers and musicians. The show aims to provide a magical evening, taking its guests on a journey through the nation’s colourful past and history to present day Ireland, through the language of music, song and of course, dance. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B – 3 Nights 

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

Today you will take on the stunning Ring of Kerry drive. It is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, you will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breath-taking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest. 

 

Sheepdog Demonstration 

Stop off and watch a sheepdog rounding up the sheep. Situated between Kenmare and Killarney National Park is Kissane Sheep Farm. The famous panorama of Moll’s Gap is in the middle of the land, overlooking the farm and its sheep and lambs. See border collies in action rounding up the sheep, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration. Afterward, you can visit a traditional sheep working farm. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B 

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

Today 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 Blasket Island Center which honours the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953. Stop and visit the Gallarus Oratory which some say resembles and upturned boat and other Early Christian sites. The Gallarus Oratory is a 7th century stone chapel used by pilgrims going to Mount Brandon.  

 

Return to Killarney to enjoy the rest of your evening. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

Today you will depart Kerry and travel along the west coast towards the Clare and the Cliffs of Moher. Later you will continue on to Galway for the balance of the day. 

 

Cliffs of Moher 

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 695 ft high at the highest point and range for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.  

Tour on through the Burren – an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. There are information points along the way, explaining the formation of the distinctive “Karst Landscape” which you are free to stop at. Continue on to Galway City for the balance of the day.  

 

Galway City 

Like most Irish cities, Galway wraps its arms around you like a Claddagh friendship ring. Enjoy exploring the pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city and view Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral. Surrounded by pubs and cafés, you are sure to experience the true local atmosphere and culture of this much loved city.  

 

**Optional Extra** Irish Food Trail Galway 

Why not take the Irish Food Trail. This tour is steeped in our rich Irish history and of course our present, where Galway is today! You will hear some folklore stories and most importantly meet and dine with the local Irish people who are so proud of our heritage.  

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel or B&B – 2 Nights 

Full Irish Breakfast 

  

Today you will travel to the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colours. You will see the Connemara Marble Factory just outside Moycullen and then “The Quiet Man” bridge outside Oughterard. Enjoy the breath-taking views as you travel through the Maam Valley in the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains. Continue to Clifden where you will explore the Sky Road Loop, then tour through Letterfrack before arriving at the picturesque Kylemore Abbey.  

 

Kylemore Abbey 
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden was originally built as a Castle in 1867 as a romantic gift by Mitchell Henry, who was inspired by his love for his wife. Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits.  

Afterwards, you will return to Galway City where you can continue your exploration and enjoy the local atmosphere through the abundance of pubs and restaurants. 

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

This morning enjoy Galway City and its pedestrianized streets before returning to Dublin for your last night in Ireland.  

 

**Option** EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum  

Go beyond the stereotypes at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.  

Shortlisted for the Children in Museums Award 2017, EPIC is a modern museum situated in Dublin’s Docklands. It tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland – and how they influenced and shaped the world. Experience this story in 20 breath-taking interactive galleries, complete with touchscreens, motion-sensor games and audio and video to bring these one-of-a-kind tales to life. 

 

**Optional Extra** Dublin’s Traditional Musical Pub Crawl 

This evening, you might like to experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on a musical pub crawl through Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural quarter! Accompany some musicians on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district, where you will visit classic pubs and bars, enjoy the local culture and encounter Irish storytelling and music at its best.   

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 night 

Full Irish Breakfast 

 

This morning make your way to Dublin Airport in plenty of time to check in for your flight home.  

 

Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime.  

 

Slán Go Fóill (Goodbye for now!) 

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