9 Day Research Your Ancestry Tour

Tour duration:

9 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 for 6 days 
  • Car rental is based on inclusive rate (includes CDW & Theft) 
  • Elegant Hotel Accommodation for 8 Nights 
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (except day 1) 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 1 Day Ticket
  • Local Taxes 
  • Journey Through Ireland booking assistance emergency contact available while in Ireland 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Dublin Castle 
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College 
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Glendalough 
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Muckross House 
  • Cliffs of Moher visitors centre 
  • National Stud and Japanese Gardens 

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Tour Highlights

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Welcome to Ireland! 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 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, and much more.  

Enjoy your first day in Dublin at your leisure, exploring Irelands Capital city Dublin. 


Accommodation: Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights 

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast


Dublin City Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Explore the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Sightseeing 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

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!


Guinness Storehouse

Next 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!


**Optional Extra**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.

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast

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



Today you will travel to beautiful Wicklow “The Garden of Ireland”, 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, the fascinating monastic history and the nature walking trails, 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 location to movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You.

Afterwards, continue on to cork City for the balance of the day.


Accommodation: Cork City Hotel – 2 nights

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast

Today you will explore your ancestry (For this sample itinerary we are using Cork but once we know where you would like to explore your roots, we will adjust the itinerary to suit)


Explore Your Ancestry

We can design your own ancestry tour days for you. If you could give us some insight into you family history and let us know what you have found out so far, we can customise a tour to suit your needs. We could also arrange a genealogist for you who will completely research your family history, diving deep in to your roots, if you wish.

There are 3 ways to explore your ancestry:

Genealogist – If you are looking to reconnect with your roots on a genealogy tour, your genealogist will do all the research with you before your visit and meet you on the day/days you want to explore your family’s birthplace.

A local guide – You could use a local guide, they have a great knowledge of the area you are researching, we will give them the info you provide and they will drive you around all the important place you want to see.

Do it yourself – You can choose to go it alone; we will give you all the guidance we can through your itinerary and an outline of the areas you wish to explore.

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast


Blarney Castle

This morning you will depart Cork and journey on to Blarney and visit 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.

Afterwards, continue on through Cork to Killarney.


Muckross House and Gardens.

Next visit the historic Muckross House and Gardens. This 19th Century Victorian Mansion depicts what life was like in Ireland during this period. Muckross House is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park, close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.

The balance of the day is at your leisure in Killarney.


Accommodation: Killarney Hotel – 2 Nights

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast


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.


Traditional Irish Music, Song & Irish Dance 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. 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.

Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast

This morning you will depart Killarney and travel north up to Galway, first stopping at Clare to visit the famous Cliffs of Moher.


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.


Accommodation: Galway City Hotel – 1 Night

Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast

Today you will depart Galway and travel towards Dublin with a stop off at the National Stud and Japanese Gardens.


National Stud and Japanese Gardens

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe.

Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

Afterwards, take the leisurely drive back to Dublin, drop off your hire car at the airport and make your way to your Dublin Airport Hotel for the evening.


Accommodation: Dublin Airport Hotel – 1 Night

Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast

Today you will make your way to Dublin Airport via your hotel shuttle bus, in good time to check in for your return flight home.

We look forward to having you visit us again soon!

Slan go Fhoill (Goodbye For Now!)

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