Discover the highlights of the Emerald Isle in just one week. This 6 day tour of Ireland departs Dublin and takes you north and south around the whole island. Some of the best attractions include the Giants Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Old Guinness Brewery in Dublin and legendary Blarney Stone in Cork.
Meanwhile, relax at leisure in the evenings with charming overnight locations including Galway, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Belfast City and historic Derry / Londonderry. This eclectic mix of villages, towns and cities will give you local insight into Irish society and promises a taste of the famous Irish nightlife with great restaurant and pub options to choose from.
The tour focuses on the highlights of Ireland’s four provinces of Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster taking you through the Republic and Northern Ireland over six days.
First up, the tour introduces you to the must see attractions of Northern Ireland. Tour through counties Armagh and Down on your way to Belfast. Enjoy great shopping, with time at leisure to check out Titanic Docks and learn about the political Troubles. Stay overnight in Belfast’s downtown University district.
Your northern odyssey continues on the second day as we tour the Glens of Antrim, Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Rope Bridge, and historic city walls and Bloody Sunday murals of Stroke city (Derry / Londonderry). Spend the night listening to traditional music in Derry before we depart for the south coast via Donegal and Galway over the next two days.
Overwhelming guest feedback over the years has led to a two night stay in the Gaelic Kingdom of Kerry. Overnight in a rural pub on the unspoilt Dingle Peninsula and perhaps swim with local dolphins in the morning at Dingle Harbour (the water isn’t that cold – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!). Of course, you’ll also get to tour part of the Ring of Kerry and overnight in atmospheric Killarney with renowned nightlife to look forward to.
On the last day you’ll receive the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone in Cork. Afterwards take in magnificent countryside in Europe’s finest farming land en-route to Dublin – Tipperary’s Golden Vale. Alas, all good things must come to an end, but not before one last (complimentary) pint of Guinness – this time savouring views over Dublin from the Guinness Storehouse Gravity bar. Sláinte! (To health!)
Day 1: Dublin to Belfast
Leave central Dublin this morning and start your journey at Monasterboice, where we will see ancient Celtic crosses that tower over the countryside. Our group will cross the border at South Armagh, which was known as “Bandit Country” by the British Army during the conflict. A trip to Belfast will allow you to see why Lonely Planet regards this city as a Top 10 “Must See” Destination, as you take your world famous Black Taxi tour to see political murals and “Belfast’s Berlin Wall” (optional). This evening we will stay in accomodations in the University area downtown. OVERNIGHT IN BELFAST
Day 2: Giant’s Causeway & Historic Derry
This morning we will visit the breathtaking Antrim Coast, which is still an active salmon fishing ground, and visit the “Carrick-a-Rede” bridge made of rope that gives a unique look from the 30m sea cliffs to the water below. We will pass areas where the Spanish Armada was wrecked in 1588 during our travel and will visit the Giant’s Causeway, which is a volcanic formation. This formation is one of the most unique landscapes in Northern Island and is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the area. Our next stop will be in the town of Bushmills, the Dunluce Castle runs, and the history filled “walled city”, which is Derry. Our evening will be enjoyed at Peadar O’Donnells music pub while enjoying the warm local “craic.” OVERNIGHT IN DERRY
Day 3: Derry to Galway Start today by an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry’s walls (Europe’s final completely intact city walls) and the well known Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 and inspiration for U2’s classic anthem ‘Sunday, Bloody Sunday’. After Lunch we’ll cruise through enchanting Sligo, visiting the sacred grave of our Nobel laureate poet WB Yeats. Tonight you’ll overnight in Galway, Ireland’s party capital. We’ll find a cosy pub in the Latin Quarter to listen to the amazing sounds of Irish music, the warm tones of the Celtics, and savour some Guinness & Oysters. OVERNIGHT IN GALWAY
Day 4: Galway to Killarney
Today you will have the wild Atlantic Ocean by your side as we cruise down the West Coast. This journey is noted in The National Geographic as a top 10 coastal drive of Europe. We will journey along the Galway Bay shores to the one of a kind “lunar” landscape that is known as the Burren region, which is the only place were Meditteranean, Arctic, and Alpine flowers grow next to each other. From here we will visit the ancient (2500 BC) Celtic Burial site of “Poulnabrone” before enjoying the views from 700ft above on the “Cliffs of Moher.” Our final destination today, via Bunratty Castlem, and where we will spend our evening, is in Killarney in County Kerry. OVERNIGHT IN KILLARNEY
Day 5: Killarney to Dingle
Dingle or An Daingean is a Gaelic speaking fishing town. You will enjoy some down time in this city to have lunch and do a little shopping before we take a tour around Slea Head to see the sheep fields, as well as the stone walls. Sleeping Giant Island will be viewed. This is where some of the Spanish Armada was sunk following a hard fought battle with the English Imperial Navy in 1588. This evening you will spend the evening at Irish pub, the “Randy Leprechaun,” where you will spend time with the locals and enjoy some authentic food and brews. OVERNIGHT IN ANNASCAUL VILLAGE, DINGLE PENINSULA
DAY 6: Dingle to Dublin
Next stop County Cork – capital of the province of Munster. Ever heard of the gift of the gab? It’s a magical power of verbal eloquence and Celtic charm. Bestow yourself with 7 years of this charisma by kissing the ancient stone atop Blarney Castle. Also enjoy time while exploring the hidden bedrooms, caves, and dungeons, of this 12th century masterpiece! Once we have lunch, we will view the gorgeous Rock of Castle Dunamase in the finiest agricultural spot in Ireland, the Golden Vale. One of our final stops will be visiting the “Braveheart” battlefields and then we will go to Dublin to visit Phoenix Park. this park is the larges in Europe and features 5,000 wild running Red Deer. To top off your trip and your evening, visit the Guinness Storehouse and have a pint of the best in Ireland, complements of our team! This tour is a budget friendly trip that offers incredible value.
*Seats on this coach tour are offered as part of our “Recommended” range, operated by the best local tour and activity providers in Ireland. Our Dublin based travel insiders select only the market leaders on any given route. Tours can operate in either direction.
Although we enjoyed visiting each country during our European travels, this tour was probably the highlight. We took in all of the sights and experiences on our Ireland wish list in just six days and because we didn’t have to hire a car or plan routes we got to enjoy more quality time together and received pretty keen value. Do the maths yourself and save the hassle! Jessica Schwarz, Melbourne, Australia
Cost per passenger
Small Dorm (Hostel) €399.00
Twin/Double En-Suite (Guesthouse) €599.00
Private Single En-Suite (Guesthouse) €717.00
- Guides Who Are Local Experts
- Our vehicles offer private tours – no “shuttle” buses
- Any entrance costs and other special events in the itinerary
- We offer Wi-Fi in our vehicles!
- Towels & Bed Linens
- The majority of all costs, except your lunch and dinner
- Departs every Monday (All Year Round)
- Extra departures every Friday (May to October)
Where We Meet and Depart
- The Palace, 5 Beresford Place & Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (09.00am)