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Irish Highlights: Dublin, Killarney & Galway tour

Irish Highlights: Dublin, Killarney & Galway

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
From: $ 1,532 $ 219 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the Gaelic culture with a trip to the Aran Islands.
  • Discover Dublin's history rooted in rebellion and Viking settlements.
  • Take a photo at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited dramatic cliffs.
  • Treat yourself to a plate of Galway's famous oysters!
  • Discover the scenic highlights of Kerry with your guided Ring of Kerry tour.

Short Description

Explore Dublin, Killarney and Galway on this 6-night self-drive vacation. Extension includes a night in County Clare, allowing for a quicker trip to the airport on your final day.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Dublin
End City Galway

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Dublin (DUB), out of Shannon (SNN)
  • Manual, economy-sized rental car for duration of trip - upgrade to automatic car available
  • 2 nights in Dublin at the Croke Park Hotel or similar
  • 2 nights in Killarney at the Muckross Park Hotel & Spa or similar
  • 2 nights in Galway at the Clayton Hotel or similar
  • Dublin Hop-On/Hop-Off Pass (48-hour)
  • Ring of Kerry Guided Tour
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Accommodation: The Croke Park

Arrive in Dublin Airport (DUB) and pick up your rental car.  Settle in at your hotel then begin exploring with your included Hop On Hop Off Pass.

Consider celebrating your first night in Dublin by treating yourself to an authentic Irish meal at a restaurant that offers live music!

Dublin Big Bus Premium Hop-on/Hop-off - 48-hour

Visit Ireland’s capital and discover the city from the top of an open-top double-decker bus. Let City Sightseeing entertain, inform and highlight all the things to do and see in Dublin to help you make the most of your stay. The 48-hour ticket is the perfect hassle-free way to get around town and visit all of Dublin’s major sights.

Includes:

  • Unlimited travel ticket for 48 hours
  • Live tour guides
  • Discounts on attractions throughout the city
  • Free walking tour
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Covered buses for inclement weather
  • Dublin Night Tour

Day 2: Dublin

Make use of your included Dublin Pass, which gives you free entry to over 25 of Dublin's most popular attractions. Explore the historical and spiritual highlights of the city, from the Christ Church Cathedral (also Dublin's oldest building) to the imposing St. Patrick's Cathedral.

You could also experience Dublin's drinking culture; pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and discover the magic behind brewing your favorite Irish sips and spirits.

A Tip For Your Trip: Your Dublin Pass comes with Fast Track Entry at selected attractions, so you can skip the lines and spend more time sightseeing!

Day 3: Dublin - Killarney

Accommodation: Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Make your way from Dublin to your next accommodation in Killarney. Time willing, explore the nearby Killarney National Park, Ireland's first national park. There you'll find picturesque lakes, polished gardens, exhilarating hiking trails, roaring waterfalls, and even castle ruins just waiting to be discovered.

Killarney is known for its singing pubs, so spend your evening mingling with the locals and partaking in some true Irish craic!

Day 4: Killarney

Today, explore the majestic beauty of the spectacular mountain road, the Ring of Kerry, with a guided tour. Over the centuries it has been the inspiration of poets and writers because of its magnificent coastal scenery and rugged countryside.

This motorcoach tour allows travelers to share in the history, geography, culture, stories and folklore of the enchanting Ring of Kerry. The tour will take a counter-clockwise path along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin, via Glenbeigh, Kells, Caherciveen and the southern shores of Dingle Bay. The tour then continues to Waterville and along the coast via Coomakista Pass and Derrynane and on to Sneem. From Sneem you travel up the mountain road to Molls Gap, then via Ladies’ View and back to Killarney.

A Tip For Your Trip: This tour will also make one 1-hour stop for lunch and a short afternoon stop for refreshments.

Ring of Kerry Guided Bus Tour

The Iveragh Peninsula - which contains Ireland’s most spectacular mountain road - the Ring of Kerry - is situated in the southwest corner of Ireland. Over the centuries it has been the inspiration of poets and writers because of its magnificent coastal scenery and rugged countryside.

This motorcoach tour allows travelers to share in the history, geography, culture, stories and folklore of the enchanting Ring of Kerry. This is an ideal opportunity for you to forget about the left-hand side of the road for a day and relax in worry-free comfort.

The Ring of Kerry is usually done in a counter-clockwise direction along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin, via Glenbeigh, Kells, Caherciveen and the southern shores of Dingle Bay. The tour continues to Waterville and along the coast via Coomakista Pass and Derrynane and on to Sneem. From Sneem you travel up the mountain road to Molls Gap, then via Ladies’ View and back to Killarney. In addition to stopping at all points of interest en route you also stop for an hour at lunchtime. In the afternoon a stop will be made for tea/coffee/Guinness/refreshments.

Day 5: Killarney - Galway

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Galway

Make your way north to Galway today, an artsy city with an energy that crackles through the air. The streets of Galway are lined with vibrantly painted pubs, eclectic cafes and boutiques selling handmade wares.

Galway is known for its oysters, so consider treating yourself to a freshly-caught meal for dinner tonight!

Day 6: Galway

Continue exploring the highlights of the city of Galway, or take the scenic route out to the Aran Islands today. This cluster of three limestone islands is home to a number of Celtic monuments and churches, diverse wildlife and scenic cliffs worth exploring.

You'll hear Gaelic spoken by the locals and be exposed to the traditional Irish lifestyle as you explore the local villages and make your way from island to island.

Day 7: Depart Ireland

Make your way to Shannon Airport (SNN) in accordance with your departure flight. Be sure to drop your car off at the rental area before proceeding to check-in.

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