10 Day Around Ireland Guided Tour

10 Day Around Ireland Guided Tour

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Overview

This 10 Day Southern Ireland Guided tour, it is ten days of pure relaxation and breath taking scenery all waiting for you to discover, explore and enjoy. In Dublin, is the chance to unwind and relax and prepare for your spectacular drives in the days ahead. Why not take it easy! with an open top Bus Tour and for once let someone else drive! On the way out West feel Ireland’s Ancient East stop at the majestic Trim Castle. On out west to Ireland’s Cultural capitol, Galway. Great road routes interspersed with stunning Sea trips to the Aran Islands, and the majestic Cliffs of Moher. The Wild Atlantic beckons with mountainous seas, sunsets galore and all the while you sample drink, food and music. Great diving through  Connemara and into Clare across spectacular ancient unique landscapes and beautiful ruins. Cross the stunning Shannon to Killarney through beautiful empty lush landscapes. From Killarney it is all about rings, the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring this is driving on a different level up on cliff top roads, high above the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. On through Ireland’s south coast where the Atlantic meets the beautiful Pirate Copper Coast and into Waterford. From there you drive through Europes richest pastures and into storied Medieval Kilkenny and Dublin, the home of knights of old who built this kingdom come. The one thing you will do is enjoy the stunning driving!

 


Description of Tour

 

Day 1: Arrival Day Dublin 

Arrive in Dublin Airport where your Carroll’s Tour Rep will meet and greet!

  • Arrive in Dublin Airport, for transfer to City, a mere 35mins away
  • Check-in to your City Centre accommodation
  • Refresh with Coffee and enjoy an Open Top Bus Tour of Dublins City Centre
  • After Lunch, in the afternoon, a visit one of Ireland’s major attractions The Guinness Storehouse
  • You will be meet afterwards and taken back to City Centre taking a unique Walking Tour
  • Suggested Dinner in the Church Restaurant
  • Explore Dublin Cities bars, suggested The Palace Bar for a quiet authentic drink, The Norseman for lively Trad sessions

Day 2: Galway City

Today you will travel west, so start early with Breakfast

  • Head north of Dublin, to Trim Castle, with its stirring siege setting for the Mel Gibson movie ‘Braveheart’
  • Rejoin motorway heading west and take a Coffee break, and enjoy the surroundings of the ancient monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise
  • Arrive in Galway, the ‘City of the Tribes’
  • Check-in to your City Centre B&B and hit the streets, streets bursting with culture!
  • Hear and watch the great street entertainers, visit traditional pubs with great music, An PucanThe Garavan, and Taylors
  • Galway’s renowned Spanish Arch in the Quays area of the city centre
  • Enjoy Dinner and afterwards enjoy the nightlife of this exceptional city

Day 3: Tour of Connemara or Aran Islands

Embark for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee while enjoying an Irish dancing demonstration. Drive through scenic Connemara. At Kylemore Abbey, visit elegant rooms and the charming lakeside church. Alternatively, you may prefer to take the ferry to the Aran Islands. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. Take a pony and trap, Bus or Bike guided tour from the pier up the island to the stone fort of Dun Aengus. 

Enjoy lunch and more views of Connemara before returning to Galway, where the evening is free to explore.

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher

Today is going to be special! Travel through the fabulous Burren and on through the village of Doolin which is world-famous for its traditional Irish music. One of the highlights of your trip will be your next stop to one of Ireland’s best-known attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, voted one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and is a designated UNESCO Geo Park. From the Cliffs the Aran Islands can be seen as well as the Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains.  After soaking up the views travel onward to Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, this grandiose castle was renovated in 1954 to its prior medieval splendour. Within the grounds of the Castle Bunratty Folk Park you will find 19th century Irish life recreated. Enjoy an overnight stay in the town of Ennis in Co. Clare.

Day 5: Ennis Co. Clare

Enjoy some morning leisure time around Ennis town, dating back to the 11th century, Ennis has an array of narrow streets and quaint shops.

Then its back on your travels with a trip across the River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry and drive along the shore to Foyne’s to visit the Foyne’s Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Stopping in the town of Adare is always a popular option for somewhere to have lunch. From Adare, the town of Killarney is approximately one more hour by car. You will arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a Tour through Killarney National park and visit Ross Castle.

Day 6: Ring of Kerry

Get ready for a fabulous day of scenic views on the Ring of Kerry, the 100 mile winding coastal drive consists of beautiful beaches and Cliffs and iconic landscapes. If you are a Star Wars fan why not visit the famous Skellig Michael where Star Wars VII was filmed. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys.

Enjoy another evening in Killarney to sample the local pubs and eateries.

Day 7: Waterford Via Cobh

Drive along the south coast of Ireland, about miles, towards Cobh Co. Cork. You may like to stop in Cobh, Cork, or Blarney for some local sightseeing in Blarney Woollen Mills. Choose from a selection of visitor experiences such as Jameson Experience, Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience Cobh, and Blarney Castle. Then onwards to Waterford City for an overnight stay. In the evening choose from one of the many pubs and restaurants Waterford has to offer.

Day 8: Waterford City & Kilkenny City

A fun packed day awaits with a trip to the famous House of Waterford Crystal. You then continue to Ireland’s ‘Medieval Capital’ Kilkenny where you will get to explore the famous 12th Century Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy a private bike tour along Kilkenny’s ‘Medieval Mile’ with a huge selection of attractions and locations to visit such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, Smithwick’s Brewery, That evening, enjoy a night of live traditional Irish music & song in one of Kilkenny’s popular Irish bars.

Day 9: Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains

Early morning start, then back towards Dublin with a trip to Glendalough & Wicklow mountains

Arrive back in Dublin City that afternoon to be greeted at your accommodation by a private guide who will take you on a spectacular guided walking tour of Dublin City visiting the likes of Trinity College & the famous ‘Book of Kells. Enjoy a ‘farewell meal’ in one of Dublin City’s best restaurants.

Day 10: Farewell!

We say a sad farewell today. Enjoy a full Irish Breakfast & some last bits of shopping before dropping your rental car back at the Airport in good time for you to check in for your flight.

Tour Package Includes:

  • Airport Meet and Greet, Tour Pack
  • Guide/Driver
  • Ten 3 or 4 Star Boutique Hotel Accommodation (Bed & Breakfast)
  • 9 Lunches and 2 Special Dinners
  • Pre-paid Activity and Heritage Entrance: Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Walking Tour, Newgrange, Trim Castle, Clonmacnoise, Galway Whiskey Trail, Aran Islands Ferry/Bike or Bus hire, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Abbey, Adare Castle and Abbey, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Ross Castle, Skellig Visitor Centre, Cobh Emmigration Centre, Jameson Midleton Whiskey Experience, Waterford City Viking Experience, Kilkenny Castle and Medieval Mile Walking Tour, Dunmore Cave, Glendalough, Powerscourt Shopping/Whiskey Distillery, Trinity College (Book of Kells)
  • Customer Care and Personalised Attention 24/7

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