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Hidden Kerry

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 14 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 655 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1009 Euro (EUR)

2011 Tour Dates:
- May: 22, 29
- June: 19, 26
- July: 3, 17
- August: 14, 21
- September: 4, 11, 25
- October: 9.

Tour Highlights:
- Glenbeigh: a picturesque, vibrant village by the Atlantic ocean
- Glenbeighs strong tradition of music and dance
- Rossbeigh Beach: an award winning blue flag beach
- Killarney National Park: lakes, oak woods, waterfalls, bogland, native Irish Red Deer
- 19th century Muckross House (optional) and Gardens
- Mid Kerry’s inland valleys and the Gap of Dunloe
- Spectacular coastal walk overlooking Dingle Bay
- ‘Sub-tropical’ & unique flora, folklore, archeology
- Optional boat trip to the Skelligs islands (a monastic settlement from 600AD)
- Rock Art (4,000 years old).

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival. 19.00 hrs. Dinner and welcome briefing with guide at guesthouse in Glenbeigh.

Day 2: Dooks Beach and ‘Mountain’. A gentle walk on road, bog road and beach allows you to experience a variety of habitats (blanket bog, sand dune, freshwater lake/stream and seashore) as well as to view peat cuttings. End the walk with a visit to Ireland’s only Bog Village museum where you can see how people lived in olden days.

Distance: 12km / 7.5miles
Ascent: 50m / 165ft

Day 3: The Kerry Way (Kells-Glenbeigh). The first walk takes you on the early Christian route and medieval coaching road, with detours to view archaeological artifacts and 4,000-year-old rock art, views across Dingle Bay and a possible diversion to a beach for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

Distance: 17km / 10.5miles
Ascent: 300m / 1,000ft

Day 4: The Kerry Way (Glenbeigh-Glencar). You walk from the seaside village of Glenbeigh, ascend gradually to circle Seefin Mountain and stroll downwards into the lush valley of the Caragh River in storied Glencar.

- Via Windy Gap: Distance: 13km / 8miles, Ascent 350m / 1,150ft
- Via Treanmanagh: Distance: 17km / 10.5miles, Ascent 270m / 900ft

Day 5: Option/Rest Day. Options: Day tours, i.e., Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, etc., or boat trip to Skelligs Rock. Alternatively go fishing, golfing, horse riding, hire a bike, walk or simply relax.

Day 6: The Kerry Way (Black Valley) and the Gap of Dunloe. There is a choice of routes through the dramatic, ice-carved Black Valley, followed by a walk up and through the internationally known Gap of Dunloe.

- Bridia Valley to Gap of Dunloe: Distance: 16km / 10miles, Ascent: 400m / 1,300ft
- Derrycunnihy to Gap of Dunloe: Distance: 14km / 8.75m, Ascent: 200m / 660ft

Day 7: Killarney National Park. The final leg of the Kerry Way takes you into Killarney National Park – through ancient oak woods, along the Old Kenmare Road, with a descent beside the spectacular Torc Cascade and into the gardens of Muckross House (19th century mansion), with its welcoming teashop. Optional extended walk to visit to the ruins of Muckross Friary (15th century).

Distance: 10.5km / 6.5miles
Ascent: 230m / 750ft
Descent: 330m / 1,100ft
Option extra: 12km / 7.5miles

Day 8: Departure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- For 8 days package: €920 p/p sharing
- For 8 days package: €655 p/p sharing
- Single Supplement: €189 for 7 nights.

Price Includes:
- Transfer from/to to Kerry and Shannon Airports for a small supplement
- Seven nights in Irish Tourist Board approved guesthouse based on two adults
- Full Irish breakfast on seven days
- Five packed lunches
- Six dinners
- Transfers to and from walks each day
- Experienced local guide throughout itinerary
- Notes and maps by Seán Ó Súilleabháinn.