Best of the West

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    Best of the West

Tour length

5 days

From

1999.00$1999.00

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SMALL GROUP TOUR - ONLY 16 GUESTS PER DEPARTURE



Departures on Mondays from Dublin

Five days to explore one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions. Dramatic sea cliffs with crashing Atlantic waves contrast with ancient monasteries and historic castles to give you a real flavour of the country. The tour includes famous routes such as the Ring of Kerry as well as “off the beaten track” sites that will give you memories to last forever. Wherever you go there will be the chance to meet the locals in a traditional pub, sample the best local food and listen to traditional music. This is a tour that really gets to the heart of authentic Ireland.

Stay 1 night in Galway, 1 night in Lahinch & 2 nights in Killarney

Itinerary


Day

1

Kilbeggan & GAA

Monday

Departure Point – Collection from the Riu Gresham Hotel (23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin) between 08:30am to 08:45am. Please meet outside of the hotel.
We leave Dublin this morning and begin our journey West through the midlands towards the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland—Kilbeggan.  Here we will learn everything about making Irish Whiskey, uisce beatha - the water of life, from the bog to the bottle.  Continuing westward we head towards the River Shannon and the town of Athlone where we'll stop for lunch.  There are many choices in town but we recommend a visit to the oldest pub in Ireland, Sean's Bar. After Athlone we try our hand at some Gaelic sports with Experience Gaelic Games. This evening is free to explore in the City of the Tribes, Galway.

Overnight – Hardiman Hotel, Galway


Day

2

Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher

Tuesday


This morning we leave Galway and make our way to the seaside town of Doolin, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Here we will board a ferry to Inis Oírr the most easterly of the Aran Islands, with the name reflecting that, Inis Oírr translates to East Island! While on the island you are free to explore and see what traditional Irish life entailed, the island's 260 permanent residents still converse in Irish!  

After some free time on the island we get back on the ferry to experience the scale and majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher with a view that is truly breath-taking. From the Cliffs we will meet with our tour guide Ollie who will take you on a mouth-watering tour of all West Clare has to offer, including a freshly caught fish and chip supper. Then we check into the Lahinch Coast Hotel with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Dinner/Overnight – Lahinch Coast Hotel, Lahinch
 


Day

3

Killarney

Wednesday

After breakfast we continue our journey through the Wild Atlantic Way and make our way down to the Kingdom of Kerry. With its craggy coastline, striking scenery and rich historical sites you are spoiled for choice in this beautiful county. Enroute we pass through Limerick on a panoramic tour of the city’s heritage precinct. From Limerick we make our way to the lovely village of Adare, where thatched cottages line the broad main street, here you can enjoy a coffee or a stroll through the quaint village.

We then continue on to Killarney where you will step back in time and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport with a jaunting car tour. Learn about the history, folklore and the beauty of Killarney National Park and the majestic 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. After checking into the hotel your evening is at leisure, so make sure you explore the town after dinner to catch some live traditional music at the many pubs lining the streets. One we recommend is J. M. Reidys, while it looks small from the outside, the pub has a sprawling interior with loads of cozy nooks that make it feel endless, and with live music almost every night of the year, you’re sure to enjoy a drink or two here.

Overnight – Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney
 


Day

4

Ring of Kerry

Thursday

Today we embark on one of the most scenic drives in Ireland, if not the world, the Ring of Kerry. Filled with picturesque landscapes, stunning coastlines and beautiful villages, it’ll be a wonder if there is any space left on your camera after this enchanting drive.  We will traverse through quaint villages like Killorglin, Cahersiveen and Caherdaniel, each offering glimpses of Ireland's rugged beauty.  Pause at Waterville Beach to soak in the stunning coastal scenery before continuing your adventure towards Sneem.  As we make our way around the twists and turns of the Ring you will have plenty of opportunities for photos as well as tea, coffee or lunch in one of the many villages along the route.  This evening, we have dinner in our hotel followed by Gaelic Roots, a traditional Irish show in Killarney,

Dinner/ Overnight – Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney


Day

5

Blarney & Cashel

Friday

Leaving Killarney today we head east towards Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence (optional). Why the stone provides eloquence is shrouded in many different mythical origins, ranging from Queens to goddesses. However many legends there are of the origins of the stone, one thing is certain, the only way to experience the gift of the gab for yourself, is to kiss the stone. Besides the Castle, Blarney itself is a nice little village for a spot of lunch and some shopping, after which we will make our way towards the Rock of Cashel. Legend has it the devil himself formed it when taking a bite out of a nearby mountain, breaking his teeth and then spitting the rock out which landed at the site in Cashel. However, the medieval buildings, built in the 12th, 13th and 15th century, that sit on the rock are the true sight to behold. From here we make the final portion of our trip, and return back to Dublin, where sadly our tour ends.

You will be dropped off outside the Riu Gresham Hotel (23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin) by approximately 5:30 pm.  The city is your's to discover on your own tonight.


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Prices are per person in Canadian dollars.
Child rate 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults: $999.

Triples on request.

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Prices are per person in Canadian dollars.
Child rate 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults: $999.

Triples on request.

Tour Highlights

  • Kilbeggan
  • Galway
  • Doolin
  • Aran Islands
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Lahinch
  • Spanish Point
  • Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney
  • Cashel

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation throughout by modern touring mini-coach
  • Services of an experienced local driver/guide
  • 4 nights ensuite accommodation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • 1 Evening meal in hotel
  • Foodie tour including some of the best food Clare has to offer with a fish and chip supper
  • Admissions to: Kilbeggan Distillery, Experience Gaelic Games, Return ferry from Doolin to Aran Islands, Jaunting Car ride through Killarney National Park, Gaelic Roots Traditional Irish Show, Rock of Cashel

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