17 Day All Ireland Tour

Tour duration:

17 days

Tour starts:

Dublin Airport / Glendalough

Tour ends:

Dublin City / Dublin Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Elegant Accommodation for 16 Nights 
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (Except Day 1) 
  • Dublin City Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket 
  • Private driver guide and expenses for 15 days 
  • Private departure transfer from Dublin Hotel to Dublin Airport 
  • Local Taxes 
  • Journey Through Ireland booking assistance emergency contact available while in Ireland 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Glendalough 
  • Waterford Crystal 
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Bunratty Folk Park 
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitors Center 
  • Aran Islands Ferry & Tour 
  • Donegal Castle 
  • Ulster American Folk Park 
  • Derry City Museum 
  • Giants Causeway 
  • Bushmills Distillery 
  • Titanic Experience 
  • Bru Na Boinne Visitors Center 
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Book of Kells

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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 first attraction, Glendalough Co. Wicklow.

 

Glendalough

You will travel along the scenic East coast towards Glendalough. You will pass by the Wicklow Mountains and National Park as you travel. Glendalough is the ‘honeypot’ of the National Park, with more visitors than any other part. The combination of the stunning scenery and the fascinating monastic history make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The name Glendalough means ‘valley of two lakes’ and it is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Its spectacular scenery of mountains, lakes and valleys has made it a location for movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You.

Depart Glendalough and continue to Waterford City for your overnight stay.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Waterford City

This morning you will be given a tour of Waterford City by your private driver.

 

Private tour of Waterford City

Waterford City was founded by Viking traders in 914 and has an exciting medieval flavour and riverside bustle. It’s Ireland’s oldest city, and despite boasting a history of over 1,000 years, Waterford just keeps coming out with more surprises. Ancient Viking creations, Norman constructs and glittering expanses of immaculately crafted crystal – step in to this glittering gem in Ireland’s Ancient East, and discover the not-so-secret treasures that make it truly special.

 

Waterford Crystal

Visit to The House of Waterford Crystal where you can enjoy a guided factory tour and enjoy the opulent retail store featuring the largest collection of the world’s most coveted name in crystal. It houses the largest collection of crystal in the world.

Spend the afternoon exploring Waterford City at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Waterford City

This morning you will depart Waterford City and travel to Cork before arriving into Killarney town for your overnight stay.

 

Blarney Castle

Tour past Cork and visit to Blarney where 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. Alternatively, 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.

 

Killarney

Continue onto Killarney town to enjoy your evening. Perhaps you could visit The Danny Man, Killarney’s “famous singing pub” and enjoy some traditional Irish Music this evening.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Killarney

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.

 

**Optional extra** Celtic Steps 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.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Killarney

This morning depart Killarney and travel to Adare.

 

Adare Village

Stop at Adare Village known as ‘The Prettiest Village in Ireland’, where traditional thatched cottages and ancient stone walls preserve the spirit of an unspoiled Ireland the very definition of postcard perfection, Adare is a picturesque oasis.

 

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 your last chance to pick up some gifts. Afterwards you might like to visit Durty Nelly’s traditional Irish pub for refreshments.

 

**Optional extra** Bunratty Banquet

Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at this majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wine and honey mead.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Clare

This morning depart Co. Clare with your private driver as you travel towards Galway City but first you will make a stop at the famous Cliffs of Moher.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Continue touring by heading along the west 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.

 

The Burren

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.

 

**Optional Extra** 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 Mor. 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.

Continue towards Galway City for your overnight accommodation.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Galway City

Aran Islands

Tour to Rossaveal Harbour this morning and board the ferry to Inishmore (Inis Mór), the largest of the Aran Islands. You will need to leave aside at least 1 hour to get to the ferry port. You will be met by your tour leader upon arrival and taken on a two-hour 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. Make sure 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 throughout the abundance of pubs and restaurants.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Galway City

Cong

Today take the short journey to Cong in County Mayo to see the town where The Quiet Man was filmed. Consider taking a walking tour. The tour features many of the locations in the movie including Innisfree, Castletown, the Pat Cohan Bar, the Reverend Playfair’s house, the dying man’s house, the fight scenes, the courting scenes, the commemorative statue and includes entry to The Quiet Man Museum. Don’t forget to stop off at the gift shop before you leave.

After that, time permitting, why not stop off at Ashford Castle in Cong for some lunch or afternoon tea before you travel up to Donegal.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Donegal

Recently named on National Geographic’s ‘Cool List’, Donegal truly has it all. Take yourself away and delight at the best hidden gems along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. Revel in authentic Irish culture at its best, take time to visit some of the county’s top attractions including the historic Donegal Castle or Glenveagh Castle and National Park.

 

Donegal Castle

Visit Donegal Castle, more correctly called O’Donnell’s Castle. It is to be found in the town of Donegal and is probably the town’s most popular attraction. 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Donegal

This morning you will depart Donegal for Co. Derry.

 

Ulster American Folk Park

Visit the Ulster American Folk Park which is both an indoor and outdoor museum. The folk park brings to life the human drama behind 3 centuries of Irish emigration, telling the remarkable story of the vast human tide that crossed the Atlantic for the New World of America.

Continue to Derry where you will be free to explore the city.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Derry City

Spend the morning exploring this historic city of Northern Ireland.

 

Private tour of Derry City

Derry City is a 6th century walled city founded by St. Columcille. Enjoy a city tour, see the massive City Walls and Gates and the Guild Hall where the City Council sits.

 

Museum of Free Derry

Visit the museum of Free Derry. The Museum of Free Derry opened in 2007 in order to tell the story of what happened in the city during the period 1968 – 1972, popularly known as ‘Free Derry’, and including the civil rights era, Battle of the Bogside, Internment, Bloody Sunday and Operation Motorman. The story is told from the point of view of those who were most involved in and affected by these events – the Free Derry community, and the Museum is situated in the heart of where these events took place, in a once-derelict housing block in Glenfada Park, in the middle of what was the Bloody Sunday killing zone.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Derry City

This morning depart Derry City and travel to see the famous Giant’s Causeway. First you will make a photo stop at Dunluce Castle.

 

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a McDonnell Castle which sits precariously on a cliff edge. The iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.

 

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.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Bushmills

Bushmills Distillery

This morning visit the oldest distillery in Ireland or Britain, Bushmills Distillery. It received its charter in 1608 and you will have the opportunity to see how the famous whiskey is made. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise.

 

The Dark Hedges

It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad.

 

Continue to Belfast City for your overnight accommodation.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Belfast City

Private tour of Belfast City

This city has had a turbulent past, but today is a cosmopolitan city with a vast and varied history. The tour will give you an insight into the history and troubles of Belfast and view the historical sights of Belfast. You will visit areas such as the Cathedral Quarter, The Peace Walls, Stormont & Parliament Buildings, Belfast City Hall, Shankill Road and Falls Road to view the political murals.

 

Titanic Centre

You will visit the ‘must see’ Titanic Center. The newly built center is located on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built. 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.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Belfast City

Return to the Republic of Ireland and travel to Bru Na Boinne Visitor Center at Newgrange before arriving into Dublin City.

 

Newgrange

Tour to Bru na Boinne Visitor Center which presents one of Europe’s great archaeological mysteries, along the Boyne Valley, and Newgrange or Knowth neolithic burial tomb, which predates the pyramids. Newgrange is a Neolithic Ritual Centre and Passage Tomb with architectural links to the prehistoric maritime peoples of Portugal, Northern Spain, Brittany, Denmark and the Western Isles.

Continue to Dublin City where you will check into your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Dublin City

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.

 

Hop on Hop off Tour 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.

 

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.

 

Book of Kells

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!

 

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel, Dublin City

Today you will be transferred to the airport where you will leave Ireland’s beautiful scenery and quaint villages behind. Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime.

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