14 Day Epic Experience Ireland

Tour duration:

14 days

Tour starts:

Dublin Airport / Dublin

Tour ends:

Dublin / Dublin Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Airport Transfers on Arrival and Departure 
  • Transport by Private Luxury Coach for 10 Days (8 hours per day) 
  • Services of Professional Driver Guide on those days 
  • Associated Expenses of Driver Guide & Vehicle 
  • Elegant Hotel Accommodation – 12 nights 
  • 4* Castle Hotel Stay – 1 night 
  • Local Taxes 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 
  • JTI booking assistance  
  • JTI emergency contact available while in Ireland 
  • JTI Travel App 

Meals / Shows: 

  • Full Breakfast Daily (Exception Day 1) 
  • Welcome Dinner 
  • Irish Food Trail, Dublin 
  • Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle 
  • Traditional Irish Music and Irish Dancing Show 

Tours and Ferries: 

  • Dublin – Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus Tour Ticket 
  • Ferry to Aran Island Inis Mor 
  • Tour of the Aran Islands 
  • Guided city tour of: Dublin, Belfast, Galway 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Book of Kells 
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Titanic Centre 
  • Bushmill’s Distillery with Tour 
  • Giants Causeway Visitor Center 
  • Shean’s Farm Activity Day 
  • Kylemore Abbey 
  • Cliffs of Moher 
  • Bunratty Folk Park 
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Gallarus oratory 
  • Blasket Islands Centre 
  • Blarney Castle 

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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 centre hotel, drop off your bags and explore Ireland’s capital city.

 

Dublin City Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus – 2 Day Ticket

Explore the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the GREEN Dublin City Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus. Relax on a 90-minute city tour and then use the bus to 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.

 

Book of Kells

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.’ The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world.

 

Welcome Meal

This evening you will enjoy a Welcome Meal with your family or group.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 2 Nights

Full Irish Breakfast

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.

 

Guinness Storehouse

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

 

**Optional Extra** Dublin Castle

Why not visit 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.

 

Irish Food Trail

At 6pm join the Irish Food Trail. You will hear some folklore stories and most importantly meet and dine with the local Irish people who are so proud of our heritage. Sample some typical Irish cuisine at each traditional Irish restaurant or pub that is visited along the trail. This will be influenced by the Tapas sharing nature and to top it off you will enjoy a glass of wine or beer at each stop.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00 am this morning you will meet your private driver at your hotel and travel to Belfast City, the capital of Northern Ireland.

 

Belfast City

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and is the largest city of Northern Ireland and the second largest on the island of Ireland. Culture, history and friendly people are what Belfast is all about. This city can trace its history back to the Bronze Age! From its mighty ship building past to the dynamic arts scene that swirls around the Cathedral Quarter, have lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurants and fish and chips dinners in down town chippies. Enjoy upscale cocktails in snazzy jazz bars and local craft beers in traditional pubs. Soak up the story of the Titanic, see the famous political wall murals or hurtle headlong into history at the Ulster Museum.

 

Titanic Center

The Titanic Center 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 and explore the symbolism of this iconic building with The Discovery Tour. 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.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Belfast City Hotel – 2 Nights

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel reception. Today you will travel north and explore the amazing Giant’s Causeway. Afterwards you will take a whiskey tour at the famous Bushmills Distillery.

 

Giant’s Causeway

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.

 

**Optional Extra** Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge

Why not take the rope bridge challenge! Carrick-a-Rede boasts an exhilarating rope bridge experience. 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 and to marvel at the sensational views!

 

Bushmills Distillery

Visit Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland. It received its charter in 1608 and you will have the opportunity to see how the famous whiskey is made. If time permits, you might like to fit in a photo stop at Dunluce Castle.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Belfast City Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. This morning you will leave Belfast and head to Shean’s Horse Farm, afterwards, you will head to the historical Derry City.

 

Shean’s Horse Farm

Today you will travel to Shean’s Farm where you will spend an enjoyable few hours. Discover and understand the history and the People of the Causeway Coast with a unique experience which will bring alive and enhance your trip along the Causeway Coastal Route, while discovering the locations of castles, glens and rugged coastline along this route. You will enjoy the History and Heritage visit and hear the McDonnell story while enjoying tea and scones! This experience will cover peat cutting out on the hillside which enjoys stunning views; you will meet some horses and sheep and have fun with Game of Thrones costumes for those of you who watch the series! This is truly a unique experience and one that most people remember long after their trip is over.

 

Derry City

Spend some time exploring this historic city of Northern Ireland at your leisure. Derry City is a 6th century, walled city founded by St. Columcille. It has a rich and varied cultural heritage and the City Walls are home to a number of museums, galleries and theatres, as well as thriving musical and literary scenes. On your visit to Derry you will step back in time and discover a wealth of history.
The Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside encapsulates the city’s living history of the Troubles and the Story of Bloody Sunday. Derry’s mighty City Walls may never have been breached, but throughout the years many of the city’s ancient buildings were destroyed by the many sieges on them. Derry City Walls are listed as one of the ‘World’s 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die (UNESCO)’!

 

Accommodation: Elegant Derry Hotel – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. This morning you will depart Derry and travel to the mystical Connemara Region of Galway and visit Kylemore Abbey.

 

Connemara

Leave historical Derry behind and journey on 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. Nearby is Connemara National Park which covers some 7000 acres of mountains, bogs, heaths and grasslands, with wildlife and scenic walking trails. Afterwards you will have the option to continue touring to the picturesque town on Leenane at the top of the Killary fjord where you will enjoy wonderful views of the beautiful landscape.

 

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. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education. Visit the beautiful Gothic Church which is a short stroll from the Abbey.

Afterwards, you will arrive at your castle hotel for the balance of the day.

 

Accommodation: 4* Connemara Castle Hotel – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. This morning you will depart Connemara and travel to Galway City.

 

Galway City

The most Irish of 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, Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral, built on an island in the River Corrib on the site of an old prison. In Eyre Square which is the beating heart of Galway City, see the flags of the fourteen Tribes of Galway which fly overhead.
The Brownes were one such merchant family where the original doorway of their early 17th-century mansion on the northern edge can still be seen today. The iconic Galway Hooker statue is situated here also, honouring the seafaring traditions of the city. Surrounded by pubs and cafés, the Green is a classic meeting spot where you’re sure to experience the true local atmosphere and culture of this much loved city.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel – 2 Nights

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. Today you will visit the beautiful Aran Island of Inishmore (Inis Mor).

 

Aran Islands

This morning, take the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and enjoy a guided tour of the island. 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 then 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 and enjoy the local atmosphere through the abundance of authentic pubs and restaurants.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Galway Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. This morning you will travel to Clare. Your first stop will be the famous Cliffs of Moher and afterwards, you will visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. This evening you will attend a banquet at Knappogue Castle.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Travel down the west coast to 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.

 

Bunratty Folk Park

Next visit Bunratty Folk Park, a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Roam through the park and see the rural farmhouses, village shops and streets which have been recreated and furnished to a time that once was. Visit Bunratty Woollen Shop for a chance to pick up some gifts.

 

Knappogue Castle Banquet

This evening you will attend a glorious medieval banquet at the majestic Knappogue Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food and fine wine.  

 

Accommodation: Elegant Clare Hotel – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel. Today you will travel to the Dingle Peninsula.

 

Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head

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. Stop and visit the Gallarus Oratory and other Early Christian sites. The Gallarus Oratory is a 7th century stone chapel used by pilgrims going to Mount Brandon. Dingle has more than 50 pubs. Foxy John’s on Main St is one authentic example and stocks hardware and outdoor clothing as well as beer and whiskey.
Continue onto Killarney for your overnight stay. Perhaps you could visit The Danny Man, Killarney’s “famous singing pub” and enjoy some traditional Irish music.

 

Gallarus Oratory

The iconic Gallarus oratory is located in the heart of the Kerry Gaeltacht, on the very western tip of the Dingle peninsula. With its distinctive appearance, often referred to as resembling an upturned boat, the church is constructed entirely out of locally sourced stone in a building technique similar to that seen at Newgrange.

It is extremely well preserved and several archaeological artefacts are to be found on the grounds of the Oratory.

 

Blasket Islands Centre

With stunning views of the wild Atlantic coast and islands at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive, the Blasket Centre is a fascinating heritage & cultural museum honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953. If you listen out for it, you might hear the Irish language being spoken on the Dingle Peninsula.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel – 3 Nights

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast

Today you will not have a driver so you are free to explore Killarney Town at your leisure.

 

Killarney Town

Today explore what the beautiful town of Killarney has to offer. Perhaps take a leisurely jaunting car ride and head to Killarney National Park where your driver (Jarvey) will tell you all about the surroundings as you take in the stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. 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.

Alternatively you could take an enchanting lake cruise across the Lakes of Killarney and see Ross Castle. Afterwards perhaps visit the historic Muckross House and Gardens. This 19th century mansion depicts what life was like in Ireland during this period. Or you might just prefer to relax and enjoy the abundance of shop, restaurants, pubs and friendly atmosphere that Killarney has to offer.

 

**Optional Extra** Killarney Brewing Company

Killarney Brewing Company Tour offers beer enthusiasts the insiders view to one of Ireland’s premier craft breweries. The Brewery is filled with a character as rich and individual as the beers they make. Friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides take you on an informative and exciting journey through the beer brewing operation. During the hour long tour you will navigate the entire beer making process, smell the different varieties of malts, rub your hands in some of the aromatic hops, overlook the packaging facility and get a bird’s eye view of how all these ingredients are carefully combined in the state of the art brewing facility. The tour wraps up at the tasting counter where you are treated to a complimentary taste of some of the fantastic beers and given the story behind each of the brand names.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel reception. Today you will take on the Ring of Kerry. Tonight, you will attend a brilliant display of Irish traditional music and Irish dancing.

 

Ring of Kerry

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 breathtaking 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.

 

Sheep Farm and Sheep Dog display

Whilst travelling around the Ring of Kerry you will stop off and visit a sheep farm and watch a local sheep-farmer herd sheep in the traditional manner with his team of well-trained sheepdogs.

 

Celtic Night Show

This evening you will 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. All of these performances are live on stage.

 

Accommodation: Elegant Killarney Hotel

Full Irish Breakfast

At 9.00am meet your driver at your hotel reception. This morning you will depart Kerry and travel up through Cork to Blarney Castle for your chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. Afterwards, you will continue on to Dublin, for your last night in Ireland.

 

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is 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!’

 

Dublin City Shopping

Take some time to do some shopping in this vibrant city. The main city centre 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 offer. 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.

 

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

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 tour begins at 7.30pm and finishes around 9.30pm.

 

Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 1 Night

Full Irish Breakfast

Today you will be transferred 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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