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Supreme Ireland Tour Sample Itinerary

Supreme Ireland - Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Cork - 14 Nights

Tour Overview

15 Days/14 Nights in Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Cork - city centre accommodations plus 14 full Irish breakfasts. Airport transfers and 13 day tours including Dublin City tour, Galway City tour, Killarney Town tour and Cork City tour.
 
Full day tours from Dublin include Newgrange and Tara tour plus Glendalough and Kilkenny tour. Full day tours from Galway include Cliffs of Moher and Burren tour plus Connemara and Cong tour. Full day tours from Killarney include Ring of Kerry tour plus Dingle and Slea Head tour. Full day tours from Cork include Blarney and Kinsale tour plus Cobh, Middleton and Youghal tour.
 
 
Tour Highlights
  • Dublin City Highlights 
  • Newgrange and Tara
  • Glendalough and Kilkenny
  • Galway City Highlights
  • Cliffs of Moher and Burren
  • Connemara and Cong
  • Killarney Highlights
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle and Slea Head
  • Cork City Highlights
  • Blarney Castle and Kinsale
  • Cobh and Jameson Distillery

 

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 Killarney, after checking into hotel we walk through the old town centre to discover historic sites such as St Mary’s gothic Cathedral and the enchanting old-world Deenagh Cottage. We also take in landmarks such as Market Cross and St Marys Church of Ireland.  
 
Day 9 - Full Day Tour of Killarney Valley taking in all local attractions such as 15th century Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, ancient oak woodlands and Victorian Muckross House, Gardens and traditional farms. Other tour highlights include Kate Kearney’s Cottage at the Gap of Dunloe and 11th century Aghadoe Church and round tower with panoramic views of the Killarney Lake District.
 
Day 10 - Full Day Tour on the scenic Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula and the highest mountain range in Ireland. Tour begins with the hilltop town of Killorglin and returns to Killarney through the oak wooded National Park. En route we pass the beautiful coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and tour highlights include pre-historic Staigue Fort and monastic Skellig Island, world heritage site.
 
Day 11 - Full Day Tour along the rugged Atlantic coastline of the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head, the most westerly point in Europe. En route we pass beautiful Inch Beach and the South Pole Inn of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, before arriving in the picturesque harbour of Dingle. Other tour highlights include Gallarus Oratory, Dunquin Harbour and the historic Blasket Islands.
 
Day 12 - Depart Killarney and travel 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 13 - 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 explore17th century Charles Fort, witness to momentous events in Irish history.
 
Day 14 - Full Day Tour to Cobh, Middleton and Youghal, all steeped in history with their own unique charm. First we visit the picturesque town of Cobh with its majestic Cathedral and Titanic trial. Next we tour the Old Jameson Distillery in Middleton where we trace the history of Irish whiskey. Finally we journey to Youghal, one of the last walled medieval towns in Ireland.
 
Day 15 - Depart hotel with last minute gift shopping and transfer back to Dublin Airport in time for scheduled flight home.