11 Day Best of Ireland

Tour duration:

11 days

Tour starts:

Dublin Airport / Dublin

Tour ends:

Dublin / Dublin Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Private Arrival and Departure Transfers 
  • 9-day Rail/Coach guided tour of Ireland 
  • 10 nights in centrally located Hotels 
  • Full Breakfast daily (except day 1) 
  • Dublin Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket 
  • Private Departure Airport Transfer
  • Local Taxes 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in Ireland 
  • JTI Travel App 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Blarney Castle 
  • Cobh Heritage Centre 
  • Ring of Kerry Day tour 
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park 
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre 
  • Kylemore Abbey 
  • Aran Island Tour 
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College 
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge 
  • Giant’s Causeway 
  • Titanic Centre Belfast 

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Tour Highlights

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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 center hotel.

Today you are free to explore Dublin City, the capital of Ireland at your leisure.

 

Dublin City

Dublin City is a truly remarkable place to discover. Immerse yourself in its history, both ancient and recent. Wander down the old cobbled streets of Dublin and take in the local culture and fascinating history of this charming city. So many places to see and visit such as Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the Great South Wall, The Spire, Ha’penny Bridge, the River Liffey, Samuel Beckett Bridge, Temple Bar, Merrion Square and so much more.

 

Dublin City shopping

You might like to take some time to do some shopping in this vibrant city. The main city center shopping areas are Grafton St and Henry St. Both are located roughly the same distance from O’Connell Bridge. Beginning at College Green, you can wander down its many side streets and find the little hidden gems that only an old city can have. Located at the top of Grafton Street is St. Stephens Green, Ireland’s best known Victorian public park. The beautiful 22-acre park offers over 3.5km of paths and walkways. You will see the waterfall and Pulham rock work, the ornamental lake which provides a home for waterfowl and a number of sculptures which are located throughout the green. Dublin city is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, where you’re sure to experience the true local atmosphere and culture of this much-loved city.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 night

Full Irish Breakfast

Make your way to Dublin’s Heuston train station to start your rail tour. Your train departs at 7am from Heuston Station. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to train departure time.

 

Blarney

You will travel from Dublin to Cork this morning via train as part of your tour. You will then transfer to the tour coach and travel through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens. You will have time to kiss the famous Blarney stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.

 

Cobh

Depart Blarney Castle for Cobh, via the city centre and a short city tour. On arrival at Cobh you will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. You will then proceed down along the sea front passing the former White Star Line offices en-route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cobh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story (which includes the story of the Titanic). The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration.

 

Killarney

Depart Cobh by train for Killarney. The rest of your evening is free and there is a large selection of cafés, restaurants and bars in Killarney town, as well as many opportunities for live traditional Irish music entertainment.

 

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

Full Irish Breakfast

 

Ring of Kerry

You will be collected from your accommodation for your Ring of Kerry tour. Ireland’s highest mountains are located in Kerry and Carrauntoohil, which can be seen en-route, it is the highest, standing at 1041 metres. You will make a stop at the Kerry Bog Village Museum, which gives people an insight into how people lived and worked in rural Ireland in the 18th century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe. Later, on the approach to Waterville there are views (weather permitting) of the Skellig Rocks (islands), where Star Wars ‘The Force Awakens’ was recently filmed. An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks and runs through its many passes and valleys along the shores of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.

The Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

At the end of the tour you will be returned back to Killarney for your second night.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel or B&B

Full Irish Breakfast

Depart Killarney by road to Limerick, to join the Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour.

 

Limerick City

Arrive into Limerick where you will join your tour coach. Limerick has a population of about 90,000 and its city charter was granted in 1197AD, making it older than London! As you cross the River Shannon which is Ireland’s longest river you will see views of King John’s Castle to the right.

 

Bunratty Castle

After a brief city tour, you will travel onto Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle was completed in 1425 and, after many years of neglect, has been restored to its former glory. There is also a folk park here which you will have time to explore. This shows what Ireland was like 100 years ago.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Next, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second most popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time. From here you take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along The Burren.

At the end of the day, the coach will set you down at Eyre Square, in the centre of Galway City. You will be directed to your hotel by your host and your evening is free in Galway City.

 

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

Full Irish Breakfast

Aran Island – Inis Mór

This morning you will depart Galway City for transfer to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Irish is the spoken language on the Aran Islands, although the locals will be more than happy to speak to you in English. For many, the highlight of the tour is the formidable pre-Christian fort of Dún Aonghasa, with spectacular sea-cliffs on the western side and unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean. Transfer times may vary seasonally. Your tour of Inis Mór includes stops at ‘Seven Churches’ (15 minutes), Dún Aonghusa (75 minutes) and Kilronan, break for lunch (45 minutes).

After your tour of Inis Mór you will be transferred back to Galway City for the evening.

(Depending on your day of departure, tours on Day 4 and Day 5 may be reversed)

Full Irish Breakfast

Depart Galway on a conducted tour of the spectacular Connemara

 

Connemara

Now the gateway to Connemara opens, and the breath-taking colors of this unspoilt countryside are revealed in all their natural splendour. At Maam Cross, the Connemara “crossroads”, there is a replica of the cottage used in the 1950’s John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara film “The Quiet Man”, which was filmed here.

 

Kylemore Abbey

There is time for lunch at Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, an 18th century castle now owned by the Benedictine nuns who run an excellent pottery, gift shop and restaurant here. It is an excellent touring centre beloved by the walker, the biker, the hiker or the fisherman. It was here too, at Derrygimlagh Bog, near Clifden that aviation history was made when Alcock and Brown crash landed after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919. Back at Maam Cross again and the road turns southwards now through the Screeb, Costello and Rossaveal. Rossaveal is the departure point for ferryboats to the Aran Islands and is also a major fishing port. We are now in the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking area of Connemara where Gaelic or Irish is still the everyday spoken language of a bi-lingual people.

After your day’s touring you will overnight in Clifden, Galway

 

Accommodation: Elegant Clifden Hotel or B&B – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

Depart Clifden for a morning tour of the Sky Road and Coral Beach, which has spectacular coastal scenery. We visit Derrygimlagh Bog, the site of the Marconi transmitting station where Jack Phillips worked as a wireless operator. He left in 1911 and joined the Titanic, and went down with the ship as he sent the final distress messages.

This is also the site where Alcock and Brown landed in 1919 after the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. You return to Kylemore for our lunch stop (not included). Continue touring through Connemara enjoying spectacular mountain and lake scenery on our way back to Galway.

This evening board your train back to Dublin.

Depart Galway for Heuston Station, Dublin at 19:20hrs.

Arriving at Heuston Station, Dublin at 21:45hrs.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you are free to discover Dublin with your Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ticket.

 

Hop On Hop Off Dublin Sightseeing City Tour Bus

Today you will explore Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. 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 the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Tour Bus. Relax on a 90-minute city tour and then use the bus to transfer you between attractions around the city.

 

Book of Kells – Trinity College

You will visit to 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!

 

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.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you will travel north and explore Northern Ireland

Your train departs at 7:35am from Connolly Train Station. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

 

Belfast

Arrive into Belfast Central Station for 9:45am where you will be met by your tour coach to continue on your journey along the Causeway Coastal Route, along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. Upon arrival, guests can see one of Belfast’s most well-known landmark, the two Harland & Wolfe Cranes which are nicknamed Samson and Goliath. Leaving Belfast, you proceed to the town of Carrickfergus for a short photo-stop and take the coast road north from here. Further north, you arrive at the fishing village of Carnlough, where we stop for about 15 minutes. Continue on passing the coastal villages of Glenariff, Cushendall and Cushendun. There are stunning views of the sea to the right and the mountains or the Glens of Antrim to the left. You can even glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day.

 

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Your next stop is the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Traditionally fishermen erected the bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island over a 23m-deep and 20m-wide chasm to check their salmon nets. Today visitors are drawn here simply to take the rope bridge challenge!

 

Giant’s Causeway

You then travel to Dunluce Castle for a photo stop before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends as the basalt resembles giant steps. The legend has it that Finn McCool, the mythical giant, built this bridge to Scotland to reach his beloved. The hexagonal shaped stone pilings and pillar are a geological marvel.

You will stop here for about 2 hours before leaving the Giant’s Causeway and taking the journey back to Belfast for your overnight stay.

 

Accommodation: Belfast City Hotel – 1 night

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning you will join the Belfast Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Bus, which not only explores the city centre but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the doomed liner was built).

 

Titanic Centre

You will visit the Titanic Visitor Centre and you can see the last surviving White Star Line Ship the Nomadic. Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. It tells the stories of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. You will make your way through the 9 interactive galleries of the Titanic Experience, explore the symbolism of this iconic building with The Discovery Tour, dine in Bistro 401 or browse for an exclusive gift in the Titanic Store. Walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel - SS Nomadic or immerse yourself in the historic Slipways as you uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

You will also see the murals of the Falls and Shankill Roads with plenty of free time for shopping and exploring.

Return to Dublin on any scheduled train departure and make your own way to your Dublin hotel.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 night

Full Irish Breakfast

This morning, you will be transferred to Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight home.

Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Slan go Fhoill (Goodbye For Now!)

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