- Whom is it for: The Taste of Ireland tour is ideal for those who want to get the most from a relatively short stay in Ireland. In just 6 days we take you on a trip to some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of Ireland, packing in a lot of activity without ever feeling rushed or constrained.
- Your Accommodation: You will stay in rooms with private bathroom in 3 star hotels specially selected for their superior quality and service. Breakfast each morning is included.
- Your Transport: You will travel in air-conditioned Mercedes cars, people carriers (MPVs), mini coaches or coaches, each specially configured for maximum leg room and excellent touring comfort.
- Your Driver/ Guide: Your group will be accompanied throughout your tour by an experienced, professional and friendly driver/guide. Without the stress of driving on strange roads, all you have to do is relax as you are whisked in comfort from place to place!
Because each tour is a private tour the itinerary can be altered or extended to suit your particular interests or requirements. This is a sample tour which gives an idea of how much you can see in just 6 days.
Day 1: Dublin City Tour - Kilkenny
The tour will be personalized to your interests but as an example can include visits to Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and the magnificent chambers of Dublin Castle, a stroll around the exhibits at the National Museum or National Gallery or a visit to the Museum of Modern Art in the beautifully restored Royal Hospital. After a day touring the city we will whisk you to Kilkenny in time for a relaxing evening in your hotel to recover from your journey.
Day 2: Kilkenny - Cashel - Blarney - Cobh - Middleton - Kinsale
Spend the morning strolling around the streets of medieval Kilkenny and its many historic buildings before heading to Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster. Kiss the famous stone at Blarney Castle, which may (or may not!) give you the gift of eloquence! Visit the picturesque town of Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic and also the point of departure for many Irish people who emigrated to America. At the Old Midleton Distillery visitors learn the story of Irish Whiskey and take some time to enjoy a few samples.
Day 3: West Cork - Ring of Kerry
Start the day in Ireland's ancient past, with a visit to Drombeg Stone Circle, one of the finest of its kind in existence and dating back to 150 BC. Cross by ferry from Glengarriff to Garnish Ireland, a semi tropical garden paradise, planned to avail of the unusually warm micro-climate in this area. On to Kenmare, recently voted one of the best places to retire in the world, before starting the climb towards Moll's Gap, high in the mountains and with spectacular views down to the sea. Finish the day's tour at the famous Lakes of Killarney, where the wonderful scenery that has long inspired artists and poets.
Day 4: Dingle Tour - Adare - Limerick
The fishing town of Dingle is a haven for Irish music lovers, its narrow streets always lively with many pubs restaurants and craft shops. Just off Slea Head are the Blasket Islands, uninhabited since 1953 but visits can be arranged. Nearby Gallarus Oratory, shaped like an upturned boat, is over 1000 years old and still intact. Adare with its pretty thatched cottages and extravagant flower displays is a perfect example of an estate village and was developed by the Earls of Dun raven who lived at Adare Manor, now an highly rated hotel.
Day 5: Bunratty - The Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Kinvara - Galway
Bunratty Castle and the adjoining folk park has reconstructions of typical Irish rural dwellings of the past, including a full village. The Burren covers 100 sq miles of lunar like rock with underground rivers, caves, turloughs and ancient burial places, some dating back more than 3000 years. Take an exhilarating walk 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean along the Cliffs of Moher - a bracing experience and one that will certainly give you an appetite for lunch! In the fishing village of Kinvara stop to see a very old type of traditional boat known the Galway Hooker. The lively university city of Galway, capital of the West and famed for it's traditional music, is a great place to spend your last night in Ireland on the town!
Day 6: Departure
Today's activities will be determined by departure times. For those with late flights from Shannon it is a good opportunity to tour South Galway and stop off in Ennis. If you are leaving from Dublin we will return there to-day, with stops at places of interest along the way as time permits. In either case we will be with you right up to your time of departure. We hope you will take home happy memories of your time in Ireland - and that you will be back to visit again soon!
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