Small group tours are perfect for those seeking a semi- private experience on shore.
This small group shore excursion follows exactly the same route as our popular group coach shore excursion from Dublin.
Operated by our 5 star sister company Elegant Irish Tours, the small group vans seat no more than 16 passengers and allow for a particularly intimate day on shore.
You will be collected in style by a small group tour van from the Cruise Ship Terminal in Dublin. Your guide will begin the day with a panoramic tour of Dublin City, pointing out highlights such as Trinity College, O'Connell Street, the GPO, Molly Malone, River Liffey, Ha'Penny Bridge, Christchurch Cathedral, and St Patrick's Cathedral. You shall then continue south of Dublin to the nearby Wicklow Mountains. Here you shall visit Glendalough - which means the valley of two lakes. The scenery in the Wicklow Mountains has been made famous by movies such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. At Glendalough you will be spellbound by the scenery of this enchanting place, and will also have the chance to visit the monastery, and marvel at its round tower and of course its famous cross founded by St Kevin. This is truly one of the most historic sites in Ireland and the most popular place to see for people visiting Dublin. Our guides are considered Ireland's finest to inspire you on your journey.
We will collect you in style in a small group tour van. Your guide shall be waiting with a sign (Elegant Irish Tours) ready to take you off on your marvelous journey. We shall greet and meet and then inform you of the highlights of the day, the various options for lunch and some of the great shops where you can purchase Irish arts and crafts as we drive off on this trip that shall provide memories to last a lifetime.
We begin our tour by taking the lovely little drive through county Wicklow knows also as the garden of Ireland. With its rolling hills, babbling brooks and romantic glens one can easily understand how this landscape was a highlight and feature of both Hollywood blockbusters P.S. I love you and Braveheart. Then it's onward to Glendalough known as the valley of two lakes, famed by St. Kevin's monastery dating back to the 6th century. The monastic site has Ireland's finest round tower and you can even try and touch your hands around St. Kevin's cross, as legend has it you shall then be married within a year. A truly wonderful place to visit!
As we return from Glendalough to the city we will pass by some of Wicklow's finest mountains. With magnificent lakes and rolling turf hills, commonly used as a source of energy in historic Ireland. This area is every photographer's dream and symbolizes the picture postcard images that make Ireland unique.
After lunch, or a refreshment stop if our departure has been later, we shall inspire you with the sites of Dublin's fair City. Highlights shall include O'Connell Street, the HA'Penny bridge, the Temple Bar, Molly Malone statue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and of course time to enjoy some shopping on Grafton Street - home to all our finest traditional luxury stores.
We structure each tour to make sure you are back on board in ample time for departure. The service ends back at the dockside after approximately 8 hours on tour. If the boat is leaving earlier we will amend the itinerary as necessary.