Ross Castle in County Kerry
Take a 12 Day Tour of the South of Ireland. Starting in Shannon, this tour encompasses areas from Galway, Kerry & Cork and also takes in Dublin. Upgrade to luxury 4 and 5 star accommodation in our premium tour.
Ross Castle in County Kerry
Gap of Dunloe near Killarney
Ireland's wonderful South West
The English Market in Cork City
Take a 12 Day Tour of the South of Ireland. Starting in Shannon, this tour encompasses areas from Galway, Kerry & Cork and also takes in Dublin. Upgrade to luxury 4 and 5-star accommodation in our premium tour.
The Southern Ireland self drive vacation is a great place to travel on your honeymoon in Ireland or as a family vacation in Ireland, talk to one of our vacation specialists for more information. Alternatively, if you are looking for guided tours then contact us to find out about our group tours to Ireland, escorted bus tours Ireland or Ireland tours with private driver .
To book or customize this tour please call us in Ireland Toll free from the USA on 1 800 963 9260 or +353 28 22100 from the Rest of the World.
Alternatively, complete our short enquiry form.
Rental of a economy-size car. Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind breakdown cover.
Prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included. A single supplement will apply to rooms and car rental in the case of single occupancy.
Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
Day 1: On arrival into Shannon Airport at the start of your vacation in Ireland, head towards the City of Limerick for your first night.
Day 2 & 3: From Limerick drive onto Killarney for your next 2 nights. On your way don't miss to stop at the beautiful village of Adare . Visit the Muckross House, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle or even go for a round of golf at one of Killarney Golf and Fishing Clubs two Championship courses.
After dinner you may explore some of the traditional pubs and maybe enjoy an Irish Music Seisiun. From Killarney also you can travel 40 miles to Dingle town, the most westerly town in Europe. Dingle is a charming little fishing town that offers quite a lot for visitors to see and do. Dingle was the setting for movies such as Ryan's Daughter and Far and Away.
Also enjoy the popular Ring of Kerry tour where the winding road leads you between breathtaking Atlantic coastline and the higest mountains in Ireland. Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem are on route and there will be plenty of stops to admire.
Day 4 & 5: Depart from Killarney and drive west along the north side of the Beara Peninsula to Allihies, Castletownbere, Glengarriff and in to Bantry where you can stop for lunch. Bantry House is superbly located overlooking the harbour and is well worth a visit. Continue on to Skibbereen which is a small busy town packed with tourists in the summer time. From there drive onto Baltimore for your next two nights stay. From Baltimore you can go sailing and also visit Clear and Sherkin Islands.
Day 6: From Baltimore drive up through West Cork to Kinsale otherwise known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland". Its location ensures a plentiful supply of seafood for the town's restaurants and eateries. These premises, in guaranteeing their reputations, insist upon the highest quality of locally produced meat, vegetables and dairy produce. An extensive selection of pubs, restaurants and hotels are available as would be expected from such an acclaimed centre of tourism. The yachting and sailing fraternity frequent the town through the summer and the Point to Point Festival at the end of May is just one of the town's many annual events.
Day 7: From Kinsale drive towards Wexford passing through Waterford City and maybe stopping for lunch and explore the city and maybe stop for some Waterford Crystal at the Crystal Factory. Once in Wexford also know as the "Model County" you will see the most beautiful coastal villages, sunny seashores with numerous beaches and bird watch reserves. Upon reaching the Viking town of Wexford you should try and visit the JFK Arboretum, a 252 hectare arboretum which is dedicated to the memory of the late US President. The county is also proud of its 50 castles and you should try and visit some of them, Ballyhack Castle, Ferns Castle and Slade Castle to name but a few.
Day 8 & 9: Leave Wexford and drive a short distance north to Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin's City Centre, eat at one of Dublin's many top class restaurants and sample Dublin's nightlife. Ireland is famous for its friendly pubs and these are but a drop in an ocean of fun to be had in Dublin!
Day 10 & 11: Drive to Galway, regarded by many as Ireland's nicest city. Connemara lies north west of Galway and has some of the best scenery in the country. You could decide to stay in Connemara for an extra day to see it in more detail. Travel south to the Cliffs of Moher to see one of Ireland's most popular attractions. Visit the Burren Interpretive center. Doolin, Lahinch (famous for the Golf course) and Lisdoonvarna are worth a visit also.
Day 12: Leave Shannon Airport to return home with foud memories of your memorable trip to Ireland