Best of Ireland - 8 Day Self Drive Tour (Hotel)
Dublin for 1 night
Connemara for 2 nights
Killarney for 2 nights
Cork for 1 night
Dublin for 1 night
Day 1. Welcome to Dublin
Arrive in Dublin. In the afternoon, take in the attractions of Europe's most popular city. Don't miss Trinity College, the Book of kells, the National Museum, the National Gallery and trendy Temple Bar. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 2. Dublin to Connemara
Spend the morning walking around Dublin, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch, Dublin Castle, the Irish Whiskey Centre and the Guinness Storehouse. Leaving Dublin travel via Clonmacnoise to arrive in Galway where you can visit the Galway Crystal Factory, the Spanish Arch and Galway's Cathedral. Overnight in Connemara.
Day 3. Connemara
Spend a full day touring the unspolit area of Connemara. Highlights of this magical region include Clifden, the Sky Road, Roundstone, Killary Harbour, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and the Maam Valley. Irish is still spoken in many parts of this area. Overnight in Connemara.
Day 4. Connemara to Killarney
An early morning start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Pass through the haunting area of the Burren, visiting Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where one can stop for a pint of stout at durty Nellies. Continue on to Adare Village before arriving in Killarney. In the afternoon stroll around Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney lakes and National Park. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 5. Ring of Kerry
A full day tour of the famous Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland's most scenic touring routes. At 110 miles long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You'll feel as if you have moved into nature's mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Overnight in Kerry.
Day 6. Killarney to Cork
Drive to Cork, Ireland's second city. One must visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone followed by a browse in the Woollen Mills. Either head for Kinsale or explore the Jameson Heritage Centre and finally before the end of the evening see the Shandon Bells and the Cork City Goal. Overnight in Cork. (If on a 'Selection Stay' - stay in a Manor House.)
Day 7. Cork to Dublin
Head for Cashel where you will catch sight of its Rock before reaching medieval Kilkenny. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on a rocky outcrop of limestone, looming above the town of Cashel, County Tipperary. There is a 12th Century roundtower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. In the aft ernoon stop in me dieval Kilkenny. Take time to visit Kilkenny Castle and the Kilkenny Design Centre before making your final journey back to Dublin. Overnight in Co.Dublin.
Day 8. Departure
Morning at leisure to either shop for those souvenirs on Grafton Street or spend a few hours taking in more of all the wealth of attractions that you may have missed earlier. Depart for Dublin Airport.