Day 1: Arrival in Dublin

WELCOME TO DUBLIN – Your driver welcomes you at the airport. Introduction to your modern coach with full touring specification.

DUBLIN CITY TOUR – includes views of O’Connell St., GPO, spire, O’Connell Bridge, customs house, halfpenny bridge, Merrion square, leister house, St. Stephens green, college green, trinity college Christchurch cathedral, four courts. Lunch in Dublin – not included

THE LITTLE MUSEUM OF DUBLIN – The Little Museum tells the remarkable story of the Irish capital. The museum was launched in 2011. Today there are over 5,000 artefacts in the collection.

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE – Includes late afternoon pint of Guinness in gravity bar with 360 degree views of the city.

The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that’s our kind of higher education.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION AT HOTEL

OVERNIGHT AT MALDRON HOTEL, SMITHFIELD, DUBLIN

Day 2: Explore Dublin

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – DUBLIN BAY CRUISE to fishing village of Howth including river Liffey out of Dublin with views of the city, Poolbeg lighthouse, Dalkey Island, Bull Island, Baily & Kish lighthouses, Howth head, Ireland’s eye, Lambay Island. This idyllic cruise on the capital’s beautiful Dublin Bay has become a “must” on every one’s to do list. Lunch in Howth – not included

BRAM STOKERS CASTLE DRACULA – Enjoy a Heart-thumping Experience while meeting the Characters from Dracula & learn about Irish writer Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula & was born beside Castle Dracula in Dublin. Brave visitors journey through castle tunnels, over spinning bridges to the Vampire Courtyard, up to Dracula’s Lair and down to the Worlds only Graveyard Theatre for a Show where they promise not to bite. (Strictly 14yrs+)

OVERNIGHT AT MALDRON HOTEL, SMITHFIELD, DUBLIN

Day 3: Galway & athlone

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – HILL OF UISNEACH TOUR – The Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath has played a part in just about every significant Irish event, be it political, cultural, religious, mythological and geographical. One of the most sacred and historic sanctuaries in the world. Lunch in Athlone – not included

ARRIVE IN GALWAY – Evening is yours to enjoy – let your travel advisor know if you want us to add an evening meal

OVERNIGHT AT CONNACHT HOTEL, GALWAY

Day 4: Galway & Athlone

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – CONNEMARA DRIVING TOUR
Connemara National Park covers 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School.

KYLEMORE ABBEY AND VICTORIAN WALLED GARDEN – Home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone. Lunch at Kylemore Abbey – not included

JOYCE COUNTRY SHEEPDOGS & SHEEP FARM – Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a family run farm located in Connemara on the West of Ireland. Joyce Country Sheepdogs offers you the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep.

OVERNIGHT AT CONNACHT HOTEL, GALWAY

Day 5: Dromoland

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – TRANSFER TO DROMOLAND CASTLE

BUNRATTY CASTLE BANQUET – Enjoy beautiful medieval music as you sip your glass of mead. 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.

OVERNIGHT AT DROMOLAND CASTLE

Day 6: Aran Islands & Clare

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – THE BURREN NATIONAL PARK is located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.

FERRY TO INIS OIR (pronounced ear) & CLIFFS OF MOHER 3 hours on island – Lunch – not included

RETURN TO DOOLIN PORT – OVERNIGHT AT BREHON HOTEL 

Day 7: Kerry

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – CONORS PASS – A Twisty One-Lane Asphalted Road Leads To the Pass. The drive is considered one of the most beautiful of Ireland.

THE DINGLE PENINSULA, on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. Inland are rolling hills and mountains, including 952m Mount Brandon. Dunmore Head, mainland Ireland’s easternmost point, has views of the Blasket Islands, famous for Irish-language memoirs documenting rural life in the 1800s and 1900s.

DINGLE TOWN – small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches. A statue of long-time harbour resident Fungie the dolphin is by the waterfront. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has penguins, otters and sharks. To the northwest, Gallarus Oratory is an ancient dry-stone church with sloping sides. Lunch in Dingle Town – not included

THE SLEA HEAD DRIVE (Slí Cheann Sléibhe) is a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length.

INCH BEACH – Famous for being the place where an inch is actually three miles long, the fantastic beach at Inch has been chosen several times as a film location. Hollywood movies that are familiar household names include “Ryan’s Daughter”

OVERNIGHT AT BREHON HOTEL

Day 8: Kerry / Kinnity

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – 7 MILE JAUNTING CAR TOUR THROUGH THE GAP OF DUNLOE
Voyage across all three of Killarney’s lakes along with a Pony & Trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe is what completes this journey through history. The serene, beautiful atmosphere is sure to take your breath away.

KILLARNEY LAKES CRUISE Lunch at Lord Brandon’s Cottage

OVERNIGHT AT MIDLANDS PARK HOTEL, PORTLAOISE

Day 9: Kerry / Kinnity

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL – ROCK OF DUNAMASE is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification. Lunch in Portlaoise – not included

EIGHT COURSE TASTING MENU AT BALLYFIN DEMESNE – The gardens yield a wide abundance of fruit, herbs, salads and vegetables throughout the year, which enable the kitchen team to provide the freshest local seasonal produce for the dining room ensuring the finest culinary experiences. Fish is landed from the day boats on the south coast and delivered by the Duncannon Fish Company. Glenilen Farm in

Co. Cork supply our butter and Adrian Meuller makes the seeded sour dough in the local town of Mountmellick.

With these raw materials – the fruit of the Irish soil – something very special is sure to ensue, but the extra magic is applied in the kitchen by our team of chefs.

OVERNIGHT AT MIDLANDS PARK HOTEL, PORTLAOISE

Day 10: Departure

BREAKFAST AT HOTEL

DEPART HOTEL – departure time for earliest flight (transfer time is 1.5 hours but please allow a little more for traffic at peak time in Dublin)

Drop off at Dublin airport

Included with Trip

• Hotels as listed in itinerary above
• Breakfast each morning (unless otherwise mentioned)
• All listed attractions
• Professional driver (8 hours per day)
• Luxury touring vehicle
• Support from our office from 9am to 9pm mon-fri and 10am to 6pm at weekends and bank holidays

Not Included with Trip

• Gratuities
• Alcohol
• Shopping expenses
• International air
• All what is not mentioned above

* Please note: All hotel stays subject to availability.