5-Day Escape to the West of Ireland Tour
Product Code: 3265-12591
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Award winning small group tours
  • • Kilbeggan Distillery
  • • Cliffs of Moher
  • • Dingle Peninsula
  • • Inch Beach
  • • Ring of Kerry
  • • Torc Waterfall
  • • The Burren
  • • Clonmacnoise
  • • Blarney Castle
  • • Galway
Tour Code
3265-12591
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Dublin
End City
Dublin
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Galway

Dublin - Kilbeggan - Galway

Hotel: B&B/hotel or similar

Discover the scenic, historic and cultural highlights of South West Ireland. From dramatic sea cliffs to ancient monasteries and castles, this is a tour that will bring the country to life. Meet the locals in a traditional pub, sample local seafood, walk on stunning Atlantic beaches or explore prehistoric ruins - Ireland has a lot to offer.

We'll depart Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of counties Kildare and Offally. Our first stop is the Kilbeggan Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey and discover the true spirit of Ireland!

We'll go further west to reach the mighty Shannon River and the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise, home to a collection of churches, stone crosses and round towers.

After an afternoon stop in a traditional pub in the village of Shannonbridge, we'll head to Galway City for your first night. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants for dinner!

Day 02
Wild Atlantic Way

Galway - The Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

Hotel: B&B/hotel or similar

On the tour's second day, we'll drive to The Burren, one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. This is a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora, early Christian settlements, and ancient stone monuments. We'll spend most of the morning exploring this unique area.

We'll then stop in Kilfenora, the Town of the Crosses, for a visit to the old cathedral and lunch in the village.

After lunch, we'll visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, which drop almost 700 feet straight into the Atlantic. Here, you can walk the cliff top trails, watch the numerous seabirds or visit the award winning environmental exhibition.

From here, we'll travel south through County Clare passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary into County Kerry to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney, your base for the next three nights. The pubs here make great food and most have live music in the evenings - your only problem is which one to choose!

Day 03
Killarney

Killarney - Inch Beach - Slea Head - Dingle - Killarney

Hotel: B&B/hotel or similar

The tour today will explore the wonderful Dingle Peninsula - one of the most scenic parts of Ireland and a heartland of Gaelic culture and tradition. The first stop of the day is the beach at Inch.

From here, increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings going back thousands of years and you will visit some of the best examples along the way. Weather permitting you will be able to walk on the beaches or along the cliff tops to fully appreciate the fabulous scenery. This area is very important in Gaelic literature and you will learn more during the day.

The circuit of Slea Head leads back to Dingle town with its brightly colored buildings and busy harbor. You will spend the rest of the afternoon here before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good, you could take an evening walk in the Killarney National Park - just on the edge of town.

Day 04
Portmagee

Killarney - Portmagee - Killarney

Hotel: B&B/hotel or similar

Today, you will tour one of the world’s classic routes - the Ring of Kerry!

After departing Killarney, on a clear day there will be views to Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil after which we join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen.

There will be plenty opportunities for photo stops along the way with great views across to the Dingle Peninsula. Possible stops include the Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and Cahersiveen ring fort before reaching the little fishing village of Portmagee. Here, you can relax and sample local seafood for lunch or alternatively cross to the island of Valentia for a visit to the Skellig Experience, where you can learn about the nearby rocky islands and the small community of monks who once lived there.

During the afternoon, we'll make photo stops in Waterville - a favorite holiday place for Charlie Chaplin and then at the top of Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in the country.

From here, the road drops down to sea level for a visit to Derrynane House - family home of Daniel O’Connell. There are walks in the gardens and down to the beach as well as the house itself. The tour continues on around the Ring of Kerry with stops at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. There will just be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before arriving back into Killarney.

Day 05
Kilkenny

Killarney - Blarney - Cashel - Kilkenny - Dublin

On the tour's last day, we will head back east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom then along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Here, you will have time to visit the castle, explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close as well as visiting the village of Blarney itself - a good place for a bite of lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, although in peak season it can be very busy.

During the afternoon, the tour continues on to the heritage town of Cahir with its impressive castle
on an island in the River Suir and finally Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle and park, riverside walks, the National Craft Centre and plenty of pubs for one last Guinness before hitting the road again for the last leg of a wonderful journey arriving back into Dublin about 7:30pm.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

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9:00AM Dublin Opposite the Kilkenny Shop 15 Nassau Street, Dublin, Ireland
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in B&B, guest house, or 3-star hotel, with private facilities and breakfast
  • Transportation in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • All road tolls and the Killimer-Tarbet ferry

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional tips
Special Notes
  • Unless otherwise notified, passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag and one carry-on bag per person. Luggage is carried free of charge, but at the passenger's own risk.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 23 days prior to departure date: 100% of tour cost
    - 24-29 days prior to departure date: 25% of tour cost
    - 30 or more days prior to departure date: 10% of tour cost
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 16 and older
* Child: 5-15 years of age
* No children under 5 please.
* The price of a B&B and 3-star hotel is different. Please select your preference in the Easy Book section.
* Tour prices are based on EUR and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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We are interested in private guide and transportation for 4 or 6 people or a small group van 12 people or so.
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04/10/2016 17:02:17
Tours4Fun 04/11/2016 00:28:01

Dear Stan,

We appreciate your interest in our tours.

Please note that we do not offer any private or customized tours however this tour will be conducted in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach as it is one of our smaller group tours.

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