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A short introduction to the tour…

Experience all that our Emerald Isle has to offer in just under a week with this exclusive, private all-Ireland tour. With the services of an expert driver/guide and private tour vehicle, your journey will take you on a comprehensive tour of Ireland ‘s north and south – taking in much loved attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and the Blarney stone.

Evenings are spent at leisure in a selection of Ireland’s most charming towns and cities. With overnight stays in Killarney, Galway city and historic Belfast among others – you’ll be sure to experience the best in culture, music, dining and nightlife that Ireland has to offer. Your guide will be happy to provide you with the best of recommendations along each step of the way.

Recommended route:

Day 1: Dublin – Belfast city – overnight Belfast city
Meet your dedicated driver guide this morning with a collection from your hotel. We kick off the tour heading north of Dublin towards the historic city of Belfast. A brief stop en route at the ancient monastic settlement of Monasterboice allows for wonderful photo opportunities of ancient Celtic stone structures. Next stop is Belfast city – where you can explore the world famous Titanic quarter (be sure not to miss the award-winning ‘Titanic Experience’!). Downtown Belfast is home to attractions such as the Albert Clock and the historic city hall – both of which you will have ample time to enjoy. Round off your day in Belfast’s vibrant University quarter –where endless dining and nightlife options await. Overnight in Belfast city.

Day 2: Belfast – Antrim coast – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – Giant’s Causeway – overnight Derry
Day two of your tour begins with a picturesque drive along the Glens of Antrim, (location of ‘Game of Thrones’). Along the coast, enjoy the opportunity to cross the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge – taking in unforgettable cliff and coastal views. The UNESCO Heritage site and Irish natural treasure that is the Giants Causeway is our next stop. Learn how this unique geological area was formed as a result of volcanic activity and explore the ancient Irish legends, which surround the area. Today’s journey continues on to the ruins of Dunluce Castle and the charming town of Bushmills, before wrapping up in the ‘walled city’ of Derry. Your overnight stay will be here in Derry and we highly encourage you to pay a visit to Peadar O Donnell’s musical pub where you can enjoy some live Irish music over a pint or two.

Day 3: Derry – Drive through the north- west (Co. Sligo) – Galway – overnight Galway
After breakfast, embark on a comprehensive walking tour of Derry. The city’s tough political history (location of the 1972 ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre) will be outlined to you as you stroll within the city’s ancient walls (the oldest in Europe which remain intact). After lunch, you will enjoy a relaxing afternoon drive through Co. Sligo, visiting the final resting place of Ireland’s most celebrated poet –W.B. Yeats. Prepare to let your hair down as you arrive into Galway City for tonight’s accommodation. Galway city is a hive of culture, music and nightlife. You may choose to sample the world-class dining and relax in a cozy pub, or alternatively to hit the town, enjoying Guinness and oysters and signing along to ‘Galway Girl’ in one of the many bustling pubs!

Day 4: Galway – Burren Region – Cliffs of Moher – overnight Killarney
This morning prepare yourself for one of the world’s most beautiful drives – cruising south of Galway along the rugged ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ (one of Europe’s top 10 coastal drives – ‘National Geographic’). Stopping off at the Lunar landscape better known as ‘The Burren’, you can enjoy the chance to experience the only location in the world in which floral species of Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean origin grow side-by-side. Along the way, we make visit to ‘Poulnabrone’ –a 2500 year-old Celtic burial tomb. The stunning Cliffs of Moher is the highlight of the day – where you can experience incredible views from 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean, the Blasket Islands and Galway bay in the distance. Our journey continues with a short photo stop at the enchanting Bunratty Castle, before continuing on to Killarney for tonight’s overnight stay.

Day 5: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – overnight Dingle Village or Annascaul Village
Begin the day with a visit to the small fishing village of Dingle, which remains one of Ireland’s few Gaelic-speaking regions. Enjoy some free time here to connect with the friendly locals and enjoy a traditional lunch. The afternoon has in store some beautiful Atlantic views, as we take a tour around Slea Head, location of the battle between the Spanish Armada and English Imperial Navy in the year 1588. We round off today’s sightseeing with the ‘craic agus ceol’ (music and fun) so typical of Ireland’s west coast in the ‘Randy Leperechaun’ Irish pub. Sample the local dishes and beers in this traditional atmosphere, before retiring for your overnight stay in Annascaul village on the Dingle Peninsula.

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula – Blarney Castle (Co. Cork) – Rock of Dunamase – Dublin (ends)
Day 6 continues onwards towards Co. Cork, home of the famous Blarney. This enchanting Castle delights guests from around the world with its eloquent rooms, dungeons and beautiful gardens. Of course, you must conclude your visit to Blarney by kissing the famous ‘Blarney Stone’ – which is rumored to give you the ‘gift of the gab’ (the unique Irish tendency for far-fetched storytelling!) Break the journey with time for a delicious local lunch – after which you will continue onwards towards the Rock of Castle Dunamase, set amidst Ireland lush ‘Golden Vale’ landscape. As you make your way back towards Dublin city, enjoy a short photo stop in the haunting Dublin mountains – home to the ‘Braveheart’ battlefields. Arriving back into Dublin city – your guide will take you to the largest park in Europe – The Phoenix Park, situated on the edge of the city. A break from the bustle of city life, the park is home to thousands of wild red Deer, which you will no doubt see along the way. We round off our trip with a visit to Dublin’s best loved visitor attraction – the Guinness Storehouse. Familiarize yourself with the story of this famous brand as you amble through the pint-shaped exhibition museum, en route to the Gravity Bar. Sitting atop the museum, the bar 360 degree views of Dublin City and beyond. Conclude your unforgettable tour of Ireland here with a complimentary pint of the ‘black stuff’ before your guide drops you back to your Dublin hotel.

Simplified suggested route;

Day 1: Dublin – Belfast city – overnight Belfast city

Day 2: Belfast – Antrim coast – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – Giant’s Causeway – overnight Derry

Day 3: Derry – Drive through the north-west (Co. Sligo) – Galway – overnight Galway

Day 4: Galway – Burren Region – Cliffs of Moher – overnight Killarney

Day 5: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – overnight Dingle Village or Annascaul Village

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula – Blarney Castle (Co. Cork) – Rock of Dunamase – Dublin (ends)

Private Tour Pricing

Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.

Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.