10 Day Irish Pub & Food Tour
- Transport by Private Luxury Vehicle for 8 Days (8 hours per day)
- Services of Professional Driver Guide on those days
- Associated Expenses of Driver Guide & Vehicle
- 9 nights in centrally located Elegant Hotels
- Full Breakfast daily (exception Day 1)
- Hop on Hop off ticket for Dublin – 48 Hour Ticket
- Crossing on the Tarbert Ferry from Co. Clare to Co. Kerry
- Tours of Galway City, Killarney, Ring of Kerry & Kilkenny City
- Map of Ireland
- All local taxes
- Journey Through Ireland booking assistance
- Emergency contact available while in Ireland should it be required
- Guinness Storehouse
- Book of Kells
- Jameson Whiskey experience
- Dublin Castle
- Musical pub Crawl
- Kilbeggan Whiskey experience
- Galway Irish Food Trail
- Whiskey Trail of Galway
- Cliffs of Moher
- Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher
- Muckross House
- Killarney Brewery Company
- Blarney Castle
- Rock of Cashel
- Kilkenny Castle
On arrival into Dublin Airport, you will be met by your driver in the Arrivals Terminal where you will be taken to your Dublin City Hotel.
Hop on Hop off bus
Explore the 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.
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!
Book of Kells
Today you will visit Trinity College, a distinguished college attended by legendary writers such as Jonathan Swift, William Congreve and Oscar Wilde to name but a few. Here you will see the famous ‘Book of Kells.’ It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together. It was completed in 800 AD and is said to be the oldest (and most beautiful) book in the world!
This evening why not Visit Temple Bar area is a ‘must see’ for everyone who visits the Irish capital. Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine.
Accommodation: 4* Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights
Hop on Hop off bus
After a good nights’ rest continue touring the rest of Dublin City on board the Hop on Hop off Bus. The bus will be your mode of transport around the city and will transfer you between attractions. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all within a short walking distance of each other. The Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol are just on the fringe of Dublin City.
The Bow St. Experience brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life in an immersive, 40-minute tasting tour of the home of Ireland’s best-selling Irish whiskey. Discover how John Jameson’s focus on the highest quality ingredients, triple distillation process, and constant innovation resulted in an exceptionally smooth whiskey that is celebrated and enjoyed all around the globe.
Dublin Castle: Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled on by the Vikings, it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.
Dublin’s Traditional Musical Pub Crawl
Why not experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on a musical pub crawl this evening through Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural quarter! Accompany some musicians on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district, where you’ll visit classic pubs and bars, witness local drinking culture and encounter Irish storytelling and music at its best.
This morning you will depart Dublin City with your private driver guide to start your tour of Ireland.
From the creaking timber water wheel, to the giant steam engine, you will be transported back two centuries. But then, you will hear, see, smell and taste Ireland’s oldest distillery, still producing their world famous Kilbeggan whiskey. This is no “visitor center”; it’s an experience you’ll never forget!
You will make a stop at Ireland’s oldest bar, for some lunch. This pub was established in 900AD and is one of the oldest pubs in Europe! Many things in Sean’s Bar have changed very little over the years, such as the sawdust covered floors or the open turf fireplace.
Upon arrival in Galway you will have a private guided tour of the city. Enjoy exploring Galway city and view Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral which is built on an island in the River Corrib, on the site of an old prison. Explore the pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city.
Tig Coili Pub
This cosy pub is well known for its nightly Traditional Irish music sessions. As a traditional Irish pub experience Tig Cóilí has it all, great atmosphere, music and craic. The music sessions are year round with local and traveling musicians joining in. This family run pub even have some great musicians of their own who often will be playing themselves when they are not needed behind the bar.
Accommodation: 4* Galway City Hotel – 2 nights
Galway Food Trail
Discover traditional & modern Irish food in the company of your local guides. Join this food tour to explore Galway’s most popular and hidden Irish restaurants. Become immersed in Irish culture on this fun, social and exciting walking tour of Galway City. This is a great way to spend quality time with family and make some new friends along the way!
Whiskey Trail of Galway
On the Whiskey Trail in Galway, you will have the chance to taste a real flavour of Ireland. Taste handpicked, uniquely Irish whiskeys in the company of our local experts ensuring only the best tasting experience for you.
Experience Galway Whiskey Examples:
• Jameson Caskmates – Blended Whiskey
• Teeling Single Grain – Single Grain Whiskey
• Connemara Peated Malt – Single Peated Malt
• Green Spot – Pot Still Whiskey
• Red Breast 12 year
• Wild Geese Single Malt
Cliffs of Moher
Continue touring by heading along the coast towards the 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.
Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher
Sail from Doolin on a voyage of discovery below the mighty Cliffs of Moher. Your ship will depart from Doolin sailing south for approximately 20 minutes to the highest point, close to the large seastack, An Bhreannan Mòr. The ship will cruise around this section for another 20 minutes, where the crew will show you the various points of interest – where the Puffins nest, O’Brien’s tower at the highest point, and the famous sea cave that featured in the Harry Potter movie the Half Blood Prince. Then sit back and relax while your captain sails back to Doolin.
Next you will take the Tarbert Car Ferry which will reduce your driving time and take you from County Clare into County Kerry. Continue to Killarney town to enjoy the rest of your evening.
Accommodation: 4* Killarney Hotel – 3 nights
Muckross House, once visited by Queen Victoria, is situated on the shores of Muckross Lake within the stunning surroundings of Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement you can experience the working conditions of the servants, employed in the House back in the day.
Killarney Brewery Tour
Check out the Brewhouse up close and personal, all the tour guides are true Killarney characters, who feel obliged to pepper you with local folklore and flavour. Their in depth knowledge of the beer brewing process and passion for Killarney history makes it informative and fun. Then meet the brewer and finally a complimentary beer tasting and storytelling.
The Laurels Pub
The Laurels Pub is your typical Irish pub. It’s a very traditional pub, having been owned by the O’Leary family for almost a century. Entering The Laurels, you’re greeted with the happy buzz of good conversation between friends. They host regular live Irish music/dance nights, so if you’re looking for some entertainment here, you won’t be disappointed.
Ring of Kerry
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.
Sheep Farm Experience
Stop at a local Sheep Farm on the ring of Kerry and be prepared to be amazed as you watch a local sheep-farmer herd sheep in the traditional manner with his team of well-trained sheep dogs. Quite a unique experience to see.
Walking into Murphys, you’re met with a real sense of warmth and community. On first entering, you can’t help but smile. It’s a busy little pub full of character. It’s a narrow, cosy space but there is also a restaurant upstairs and your eyes will be kept busy studying all the memorable hurling lining the walls.
Tour past Killarney and visit to Blarney and the Rock of Cashel.
Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. 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.
Muskerry Arms Bar
Afterwards head across Blarney square and stop at the Muskerry Arms Bar, where you’re guaranteed to get a traditional Irish meal and a chat with the locals.
Rock of Cashel
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.
Its history dates back to 1263 and it is best known for the witch hunt on its first owner and founder, Alice de Kyteler, who was accused of practising witchcraft and sentenced to being burned, but thankfully escaped that horrible fate by leaving Ireland. The inn is well worth a visit for a pint or a hearty Irish meal.
Accommodation: 4* Kilkenny Hotel – 1 night
Right in the thick of the action is Kilkenny city’s Norman castle. Surrounded by a network of maze-like alleyways and lanes, it’s an exciting adventure to see where, and in which century, you’ll end up. You might find yourself in St Canice’s Cathedral, with its massive stained glass window, travelling through time at the restored 17th century Rothe House, or knocking about a sliotar while practising hurling at Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.
Accommodation: 4* Dublin Airport Hotel – 1 night
This morning, make your way to the departure terminal of Dublin Airport by using the complimentary shuttle bus at your Airport Hotel.
Slán Go Fóill (Goodbye For Now!)