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Ireland is a well-visited destination - there is no denying this. Often found at the top of travelers' bucket list. But there is more than Dublin Temple Bar and a standard trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, and you will find all the alternatives in this journey!
Tour itinerary includes
  • City
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing
  • Countryside

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

• Transfer from airport to hotel. 

•  Today you will travel through Dublin city to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; rows of Georgian houses and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey.

• Hit the Guinness Storehouse for a pint of the black stuff and pull your own pint!

• Why not take a tour of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities.


Day 2: The midlands of Ireland

• Travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has some of the best farmland in Ireland. You will be itching to stop for photos at the majestic ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding countryside where you will fall in love.
• You will continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork city, you will want to visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.”
• We also recommend you to stop at the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types to take back home with you.

Cork, Cobh, Kinsale

Days 3 to 4: Experience one of Ireland’s most stunning scenic drives

• Today you will experience one of Ireland’s most stunning scenic drives  –  the 100 miles long Ring of Kerry.
• You will inhale the breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs.
• Learn about the off-shore islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how they were used as one of the locations for “Star Wars VII” movie.
• Stop for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deepest valleys.
• You will also stop and get a flavour of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration and see different breeds of Irish sheep with the Irish farmers at their farm house.


Day 5: Continue your journey to Clare

•  You will continue your journey to Clare, and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary, the longest river in Ireland or the UK.

• You will want to continue along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

• Head onto the marketing town of Ennis and then hit Bunratty, visit the Bunratty castle and folk park and maybe stop at Durty Nelly’s to grab some great traditional Irish food.

Clare island

Day 6: Travel northwards to Galway City

• Travel northwards to Galway City for a real treat and take in the unforgettable views.

• Take some time to look around the city before traveling out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Irish language.

• You will head across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. You will see how locally-quarried marble is made into attractive products and enjoy the good auld tea and scones.


Days 7 to 8: County Donegal

• County Donegal is a largely Irish-speaking region bordering the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland.

• Donegal is known for its castles, rugged coastline and mountains such as the iconic, quartzite Mount Errigal. Glenveagh National Park encompasses forests, lakes and bogland in the central Derryveagh Mountains.

• Its 1870s manor house, the Scottish Baronial-style Glenveagh Castle, is renowned for its Victorian-era gardens, Donegal is one of Ireland’s untouched and unspoilt, romantic and authentic counties and one you will remember forever with the friendly, warm locals.


Day 9: Memorable Derry city

• Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland.

• Derry is an historic city and there’s plenty to see and do. Derry’s 17th Century City Walls and the Guildhall are a must see. The historical murals of the Bogside depict the history of ‘The Troubles’ and are another great attraction.

• Derry City will be a memorable visit and it is great to get some last minute gifts (remember you will need sterling for Derry and Northern Ireland).


Days 10 to 11: Giant’s Causeway

• Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is probably best known as the birthplace of the Titanic.

• The Titanic Quarter is a must see and is situated in the recently renovated dockyards. This fantastic area includes the Titanic Belfast museum, built in the shape of the hull of a ship; shipbuilder Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices and the Titanic slipways. 

• Belfast is nowadays seen as a lively and hip city with a great nightlife.

• The nearby Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s top attractions and when you visit it you will see why. The story goes that it was built by a local giant who wanted to build a path to Scotland to track down his nemesis. You can make up your own mind!


Day 12: County Meath

• Travel to the mysterious County of Meath known as the Royal County which derives its name from the Second Century AD as a territory for the High Kings of Ireland. 

• The abundance of historic monuments within this area testifies to the ancient importance of this region and some of the most important historic sites and monuments in Ireland dot the landscape here, for example the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne. (

• The famous River Boyne flows gently through County Meath and along Co. Louth before flowing into the Irish Sea at Drogheda. You will be able to get picture perfect images of the Boyne in Navan.

• The Valleys of Meath’s fertile soil has ensured that it has been inhabited continuously from the end of the Ice Age.


Day 13: Explore Dublin

• Today you will travel back to Dublin city to enjoy your final night.

• Enjoy the attractions you didn’t get to fit into your first day. Perhaps the Epic museum?

• Or maybe take a trip to the Irish house party to end your trip to Ireland on a high with some great Irish traditional music and dance with some lovely Irish food to compliment the night.


Day 14: Time to say goodbye..

• Transfer from hotel to airport. 

We hope you have enjoyed your stay in Ireland !


DublinCorkCobhKinsaleKerryClare islandGalwayDonegalDerryBelfastMeath

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Car rental
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