Our small group tours are limited to 16 passengers per luxury van and offer 4 star accommodations
This semi- private small group tour from Dublin gives you the best of both worlds. Enjoy an early morning pick- up from your hotel, share a luxury vehicle with no more than 16 passengers and stay at 4 star hotels, country inns and guesthouses. See full itinerary on the next tab.
Hotel collections from central Dublin begin @ 09:30 this morning. Once everyone is on board, we'll make our way to the West of Ireland and a tour of Connemara. En- route through the midlands of Ireland, we usually stop for refreshments before we reach the captivating village of Cong. Made famous by Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in the movie Quiet Man, the village has different attractions like Ashford Castle, a wedding venue that hosts international stars and a regular haunt of the rich and famous. Perhaps visit Cong Abbey before the journey continues through Connemara. You'll see some of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, inimitable landscapes, mountain and valley scenery. Gaelic speaking, the area still sustains many of Ireland's traditional ways but unfortunately it was largely abandoned during the Great Famine of the 1840s & 1850s. By afternoon we should arrive in Galway, with sufficient time to explore this beautiful cultural city. Your guide will ensure that there is time to explore at leisure. Discover colorful shop street which has many traditional Irish bars with musicians, seafood restaurants and street artists, and perhaps take a waterside stroll at Spanish Arch. An enjoyable night of real Irish entertainment will always be a highpoint of Ireland's traditional music capital.
On the second day of our tour we will have a spectacular view of the wild Atlantic Ocean as we drive down the West Coast. We'll have the chance to admire the beautiful beaches, maybe if lucky see dolphins and whales and the golden sands. Walk across the landscape of the Burren which is the only place on earth where Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine flowers grow together. Your guide will also tell you inspiring tales about our ancestors and how they overcame the devastation of the Great Famine, sending more than 1 million of our ancestors to different parts of the globe like Australia, North America and to Britain. Our next stop will be in Doolin village for refreshments, lunch or even a pint before heading to the Cliffs of Moher, perhaps the most spectacular cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are over 700 ft tall and are home to birds like gannets and puffins. This afternoon, we'll cross the River Shannon and spend the night on the Dingle peninsula.
Today we explore the famous Dingle peninsula. We will visit the longest beach in Ireland and then we head to Dingle which is a fascinating Gaelic speaking village. Dingle was made famous by several movies like Ryan's Daughter and Far and Away. It's also well known for having the most pubs for a town of its size! Dingle has 52 pubs serving 2,000 people. This afternoon enjoy a pleasant drive around Slea Head with spectacular views of the Blasket Islands, Sleeping Giant Island and Beehive huts which date back to 2000 B.C. Shea Head is regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, with some of the most amazing beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. This is a Gaelic speaking area, so listen out for the locals speaking this ancient language. We'll spend the night in Killarney, Co. Kerry's premier town. Perhaps take the opportunity to mix with the locals for a unique rural experience.
On the last day of the tour you can either start your day with a horseback ride through the park for those who are adventurous and energetic, or enjoy a horse and cart ride thorough the Killarney National Park, both being optional. Then, we'll regroup to cross the Cork and Kerry mountains, heading towards the famous Blarney Castle. Plenty of time (2 hours) to visit the castle where you can kiss the Blarney stone if you wish (to receive the gift of eloquent speech). Stroll though the beautiful gardens and relax or visit the Blarney Woolen Mills which is the largest Irish gift shop in the world. After lunch we will take a relaxing drive through the Golden Vale region which is the best agricultural land in Ireland and home to some of the best livestock in the world. Before getting back to Dublin, we will stop at The Rock of Dunamase, a ruined castle situated on a hill overlooking the province of Leinster, perfect location for landscape and cultural photography. We are expected to arrive back in Dublin by late afternoon which is perfect timing for evening entertainment and dinner reservations.