Charms of Ireland

Venture to the island full of quaint cottages, cozy pubs, and awe-inspiring scenery. Enveloping you in charm and cool, misty breezes, Ireland will soon become the home away from home you never knew you needed.

You will start your journey in Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, exploring villages and ancient ruins along the coast. The most stunning island sights will be explored visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and staying in a lighthouse on Clare Island. The rugged, natural Irish culture will be found en route to Connemara before journeying to the bustling city center of Dublin. End your trip exploring the capital and all of the history, culture, and food it has to offer.

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Day 1

On arrival you will be met by your guide for your road transfer to Parknasilla Resort in Ring of Kerry. Along the scenic drive overlooking the ocean, you will make a stop at the quaint village of Adare where you can wander the cottage lined streets before visiting the ruins of an ancient abbey.

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Day 2

Your guide will take you on the short, but beautiful drive through Moll’s Gap to Killarney National Park. Here you will take to the world-famous Lakes of Killarney in a traditional wooden boat.

The views over the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, are unmatched. On the other side of the lake you will meet a jaunting car- local horse drawn carriage- for trip through the famous and isolated Gap of Dunloe.

 

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Day 3

Today, your guide will meet you to explore the Ring of Kerry further. Perhaps join a local boatman Captain Ray aboard his boat for an exploration of Kenmare Bay, or go off the beaten track to Valentia Island.

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Day 4

You will head back north along the Atlantic Coast where you will first ferry the Shannon estuary. Ireland’s longest river is so-named after the goddess of its creation myth and is home to one of the world’s largest pods of dolphins that you can keep an eye out for. Onwards to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s iconic landmark.

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Day 5

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for your full day touring.

Your hotel is at the heart of The Burren a geologically unique area of ‘karst’ limestone. Our recommended stops include The Burren Perfumery, Poulnabone Portal Tomb and the Ailwee Caves and Birds of Prey Centre. Later we venture further afield there as we ferry to The Aran Islands where you can explore this ‘Gaeltact’ (Irish language speaking) island by foot or by horse and cart.

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Day 6

You will continue your adventure northwards with numerous stops along the way.

The first stop is Dunguaire Castle, a Norman keep, in the town of Kinvarra is right on the road. For a more urban vibe, we will stop in Galway City, known as the ‘town of the tribes’. Continuing beyond Galway you will notice the landscape getting wilder and more rugged as you head out into the area known as Connemara.

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Day 7

Today you have the opportunity to explore Connemara. Diamond Hill is a local favorite and the view from it’s glittering quartzite summit is fabulous and really gives you a sense of the magnitude of the Twelve Bens and Mamturk mountain ranges that dominate the landscape. You can also stop to tour majestic Kylemore Abbey or drive across the sand at low tide to a lovely west coast island.

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Day 8

This morning you will depart with your guide, with one final stop in Connemara. Here you will watch sheep farmer, Joe, work with this dogs.

Afterward, drive to the northern part of the Connemara region where you will arrive at the Killary Harbour, which is Ireland’s largest fjord. From here we can walk a short way along the fjord to the ruins of a famine era village.

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Day 9

Today you have a chance to explore this island. Clew Bay is said to have 365 islands, one for every day of the year and Clare Island is the biggest of these.

A local favorite is the 12th century abbey which contains a remarkable series of medieval wall and ceiling paintings from animals to men to dragons.

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Day 10

By now you will have settled into the swing of island life but it’s time to take your leave of your hosts and head back to the mainland by ferry. A transfer is arranged for your journey today taking you to the market town of Westport. There are numerous quaint shops and cafes in town.

After time in town is a relaxing 3.5-hour train journey westwards to the country’s capital city Dublin.

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Day 11

This morning you will be met in your hotel’s lobby by a local historian who will bring you on a tour of his native city. This will give you plenty of ideas for how you would like to spend your next few days and you will also get unparalleled insight into Dublin’s fascinating past and captivating present.

 

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Day 12

Today explore Dublin at your leisure.

This evening you will join some literary loving locals on a tour of the city’s pubs with a dramatic focus.

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Day 13

You will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible Irish vacation.

Included

– All activities and tours as specified in your itinerary, unless referred to as optional;
– All accommodation as specified within the program;
– Services of the local guides and staff;
– Meals and drinks -will differ between accommodations;
– Air/ground transfers as specified within the program;
– Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST);
– Luxury Trips’local representatives available 24/7 while travelling;
– Any scheduled flights and related taxes;
– International Airfare;
– Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
– Luxury Trips’ Final Documentation.

Excluded

– Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the program;
– Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
– Staff gratuities;
– Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.