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Best of Ireland Tour Sample Itinerary

Best of Ireland - Dublin, Galway and Cork – 10 Nights
 
Tour Overview
 
11 days/10 nights in Dublin, Galway and Cork - city centre accommodations plus 10 full Irish breakfasts. Airport transfers and 9 day tours including Dublin City tour, Galway City tour and Cork City tour.
 
Full day tours from Dublin include Newgrange and Tara tour plus Glendalough tour. Full day tours from Galway include Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour plus Connemara and Cong tour. Full day tours from Cork include Blarney and Kinsale tour plus West Cork and Killarney tour.
 
Tour Highlights
 
  • Dublin Medieval Quarter
  • Newgrange and Tara
  • Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Galway City Highlights
  • Cliffs of Moher and Burren
  • Connemara and Cong
  • Cork City Highlights
  • Blarney, Kinsale and Cobh
  • West Cork and Killarney
 
Tour Itinerary
 
Day 1 - Arrive at Dublin Airport to be greeted by your guide with scheduled transfer to city centre accommodation. Afternoon sightseeing trip of main attractions and shopping areas of Dublin / or orientation and free time to explore.
 
Day 2 - Day Tour of Dublin City centre with a visit to the old Medieval Quarter and ancient landmarks such as Christchurch, Dublin Castle and St Patricks Cathedral. Other tour highlights include the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, the Irish Parliament, St Stephens Green and the National Museum and Gallery.
 
Day 3 - Full Day Tour to Newgrange Passage Tomb, the Royal Hill of Tara and medieval Trim Castle. First stop is the World Heritage Site of Newgrange which is the oldest (3200 B.C.) solar observatory in the world. Next we visit the Celtic ritual complex of Tara, the ancient capital of Ireland where 142 Irish kings were crowned. Final stop is at 12th century Trim Castle, largest Anglo-Norman keep in Ireland.
 
Day 4 - Full Day Tour to Glendalough monastic site, medieval Kilkenny City and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Travelling through the mountains, lakes and bogs of Wicklow, our first stop is 6th century Glendalough with its enchanting round tower, stone churches and Celtic crosses. Next we visit Kilkenny, medieval capital of Ireland, where we take in the great Anglo- Norman castle, St Canices Cathedral and Kytelers Inn.
 
Day 5 - Depart Dublin and travel west to Galway City, after checking into hotel we walk through the old medieval quarter to discover historic sites such as St Nicholas Church, Lynches Castle and Memorial Window. We also take in city landmarks such as the old University Quadrangle, Catholic Cathedral and the Claddagh Village.
 
Day 6 - Full Day Tour to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geo Park to experience the unique geology and lunar landscape of this special limestone karst ecosystem. We visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to view 5 miles of cliffs with a vertical drop of over 600 feet. We also explore historic sites such as Neolithic Poulnabrone Dolmen, 12th century Corcomroe Abbey, Dunguaire Castle and the Celtic crosses of Kilfenora.
 
Day 7 - Full Day Tour to Connemara and Cong to experience a wild and unique ecosystem of boglands, beautiful lakes and scenic mountain ranges. We visit the ancient village of Cong with its medieval abbey and Ashford Castle, former home of the Guinness family. We also discover the fairytale castle of Kylemore and natural wonders such as Killary Harbour, Lough Nafooey and Connemara National Park.
 
Day 8 - Depart Galway and travel south to Cork City, after checking into hotel we tour city centre taking in all the local attractions such as St Anne’s Church, University College Cork, the Custom House, City Hall and St Finbars Cathedral. Other tour highlights include the English Market, Fitzgerald Park, Old City Jail, Cork Opera House and Blackrock Castle Observatory.
 
Day 9 - Full Day Tour to Blarney and Kinsale, two of the most famous towns around Cork City. First we journey to legendary Blarney Castle where we climb the battlements to kiss the Blarney Stone. Next we visit the charming seaside town of Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland. At the harbour we explore 17th century Charles Fort, witness to momentous events in Irish history.
 
Day 10 - Full Day Tour to West Cork and Killarney taking the scenic route by the River Lee and Shehy Mountains to Bantry Bay. We pass by Glengarriff nature reserve to the heritage town of Kenmare with its quaint shops and ancient druids circle. Our main stop is at Killarney National Park to explore its ancient oak woodlands, Lake District and historic sites such as medieval Ross Castle and Victorian Muckross House.
 
Day 11 - Depart hotel with last minute gift shopping and transfer back to Dublin Airport in time for scheduled flight home.