The treasures of Ireland are legendary. The beauty of the land itself and the creations of its inhabitants are extraordinary. Discover Ireland's fortresses and castles and other architectural splendors in an 7 Day Tour through the country. Explore the monastic ruins at Glendalough and travel the road that winds around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland.
A quieter tour than some of our others, the 7 night Southern Gems Tour lets you visit some of Ireland’s most popular sites, while still letting you experience the people and culture of the country, by staying in towns such as Kinsale and Dingle, where you can find live Irish music nearly every night in one of the many Pubs!
Starting in Dublin and ending in Shannon, you'll also get to visit all the capital has to offer and there are opportunities to see The Waterford Crystal Centre and Blarney Castle!
Overnights for this tour:
Day 1: Dublin Castle & City Tour
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries. See the State Apartments, where many state functions are held in the richly decorated chambers. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2: Russborough House & Taylors Three Rock
Head to Blessington for a guided tour of Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art, and early photography collections. Enjoy your afternoon with an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. Head to Taylors Three Rock for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show.
Day 3: Blarney Castle & Kinsale Walk
Pause for photos at the Rock of Cashel as you travel to Blarney Castle. Climb the ramparts to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around the historic streets.
Day 4: West Cork Coastal Drive & Killarney
Journey along the rugged western coastline of Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for some leisure time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and a free evening in Killarney.
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore the Dingle Peninsula and embark on a boat trip of Dingle Harbor and Bay for scenic views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and stunning green landscapes. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Enjoy free time in Dingle and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before returning to Killarney for a free evening for independent dining.
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Travel inland to the charming town of Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medievalstyle banquet, songs, and stories. (B, D)Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Travel inland to the charming town of Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medievalstyle banquet, songs, and stories.
Day 7: Tour Ends in Ennis
Your program ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner
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