Arrival at Dublin Airport where you are met by your experienced driver and guide. Afternoon city tour of Dublin. Among the many sights to see are St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Christchurch Cathedral and the Shrine of St. Valentine, after whom the February 14th holiday is named. See the Georgian Squares, Leinster House (now the seat of Parliament), the Phoenix Parkwhich is the largest enclosed park in Europe, O' Connell Bridge and the Four Courts.
Overnight at your Dublin Hotel.
Full Irish breakfast at your hotel. Leaving Dublin this morning travel via the 6th century monastic settlement at Glendalough which was founded by St. Kevin. See the many churches, round towers and Cathedral in this Valley of the Two Lakes. Onwards to the mediaeval city of Kilkenny to see the wonderful Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral. Those who are able can climb to the top of the tower attached to the Cathedral to get the best view of this marvellous city.
Travel onwards through the county of Tipperary to Ireland’s second city of Cork. Overnight and dinner at your Cork Hotel.
After full Irish breakfast this morning you will visit St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. One of the most beautiful and interesting cathedrals to be found in this country, St. Finbarre's Cathedral was completed in 1870. It was the last in a series of places of worship located on the site where Saint Fin Barre is said to have founded his school of learning in the 7th century.
In the afternoon you will visit Cobh, the Queenstown Story; a dramatic exhibition of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh, a unique port town which recalls the many historic events associated with the town. From 1845 to 1960 over 2.5 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland via Cobh on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the Great ocean liners.
Return to Cork for overnight at your hotel.
Full Irish breakfast at your hotel. Travel to Blarney and visit Blarney Castle. This historic castle is world famous for the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth 1 who used it to describe pleasant and entertaining conversation that was possibly not all true. It’s then time to transfer to Killarney where you can enjoy some free time in this bustling town.
Overnight in Killarney.
A day of splendid scenery as you tour the Ring of Kerry which is said to contain some of the most magnificent scenery in Ireland. Pass through the small towns and villages of Killorglin, Cahiriciveen, Waterville, Sneem and finally Molls Gap in the heart of the black mountains. In the afternoon free time in Killarney.
Second overnight in your Killarney hotel.
After full Irish breakfast, you will take a tour of the Dingle Peninsula where drama, history and great beauty are combined in a spectacular arrangement of mountain, coast and ancient settlements. During your tour you will see marvellous vistas all the way to the BlasketIslands. The excellent seafood, the pubs and the traditional music will draw you to this famous and beautiful peninsula where the Gaelic language is still the everyday tongue of the people.
Final overnight in your Killarney hotel.
After full Irish breakfast, you travel to Adare for a relaxing visit in one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. You will then travel to the spectacular Clare coastline. You will be treated to a visit at the Cliffs of Moher where on a clear day, you can see to the Aran Islands. It’s then time to travel through the Burren before you reach Galway - 'The city of the Tribes'.
Overnight in Galway Hotel.
After breakfast you will be escorted to Kylemore Abbey. En route you pass through the charming village of Oughterard. In Kylemore, you visit the convent of the Benedictine Nuns of Ypres, beautifully set on Lake Kylemore. Today you will see the rugged landscape where you can experience the wild and desolate beauty of Connemara – the ancient Gaelic Kingdom where it is still possible, in the present, to “touch” the Irish past.
Second overnight in your Galway hotel.
Full Irish breakfast at your hotel. You will be escorted through midland Ireland back to Dublin. Enroute, visit the Ancient Christian settlement at Clonmacnoise. Situated on the banks of the River Shannon, this settlement was founded in 548AD by St. Ciaran and this once great mediaeval city is one of Irelands Great Holy Places, renowned as a Centre of Piety and Learning.
Free time and final overnight in Dublin.
Transfer to the Airport and depart Ireland.