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A 7-Night Cork Adventure

Price: From $948 Per Person, 7 Nights.

Enjoy the very best of Cork County and the jawdropping southern Irish coast on this seven-day self-drive tour. You'll get the chance to explore Cork's charming city centre, the rugged coastline and Beara Peninsula, as well as a chance to experience a more relaxed pace of life on Cork's idyllic islands. Discover rich history and vibrant culture, marvel at beautiful architecture, explore some of the best art galleries and museums in Ireland, and be intrigued by unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world. Of course, no visit to County Cork would be complete without a trip to Blarney Castle where visitors may kiss the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of eloquence. Visit the Beara Peninsula and discover Irish landscapes frozen in time, totally tranquil and unspoiled. 

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION
  • 7 nights Accommodation from Country Manor to Boutique Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Park
  • Discover the history of the world's most famous ship at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Explore Ireland's best-preserved Star-Shaped Artillery Fortress at Charles Fort

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover Aviation History at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Find both International and Traditional Irish foods at Cork's Famous English Market 
  • Browse beautiful Artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City
  • Stunning and Remote Beara Peninsula, Dursey & Garnish Islands
  • Impressive Ancient History at Drombeg stone circle
  • Ring the Bells of Shandon at St. Anne's Church

Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

Arrive at

Arrive at Shannon Airport, County Clare

Arrive at Shannon Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.

Shannon is Ireland's second airport - located in the west of the country in County Clare.
Shannon is a small airport, with only one main road in and out of the facility.
This ensures that travelling through Shannon is a pleasurable, stress-free experience!


Accommodation

The Mustard Seed - Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

Manor
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out is before 12:00 noon.
The Mustard Seed will try to accommodate alternate times / early check in, please call on 069 68508 to advise of your plans.


Enroute Sightseeing

King John's Castle, County Limerick

On The Map: King John's Castle is located on King's Island in Limerick City, next to the River Shannon.

The impressive walls, towers and fortifications of King John's Castle are remarkably intact - it is one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. The Viking Sea-King, Thormodr Helgason, built the first permanent Viking stronghold here in 922. He used the base to raid the length of the River Shannon from Lough Derg to Lough Ree, pillaging settlements. In 943 the Vikings were defeated by the King of Munster and the Limerick Vikings were forced to pay tribute to the clans. The arrival of the Anglo-Normans to the area in 1172 changed everything. This in spite of Domhnall Mór Ó Briain taking the drastic measure of burning the city to the ground in 1174 in a bid to keep it from the new invaders! After Domhnall Mór died in 1194, the Anglo-Normans finally captured the area in 1195. The current castle, built on the orders of King John and bearing his name, was completed around 1200. Between 2011-2013 the castle underwent a massive redevelopment, including a brand new Visitor Centre, interactive exhibitions with computer generated animations, and a cafe with views over the courtyard and river.


Overnight Location

Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

On the Map: Adare is located just 20km southwest of Limerick City / 43km south of Shannon Airport. The main N21 road (connecting the cities of Limerick & Tralee/Killarney) passes right through the centre of the village.

Adare is a quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Situated in the centre of County Limerick, with just 15 minutes from Limerick City and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Village is an ideal base from which to explore County Limerick's many visitor attractions such as Lough Gur and King John's Castle.


Must-See Sites

Lough Gur, County Limerick

On the Map: Lough Gur is located in the southwestern midlands of Ireland in County Limerick - 21km southeast of Limerick City. To reach Lough Gur from Adare, head north on the N21 until it intersects with the N20. Follow the N20 south (signposted Cork) before exiting at the R516 road (signposted Croom). Follow the R516 east, until turning north onto the R512 in Bruff Village. Lough Gur is signposted thereafter.

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s archaeological and historical hidden gems. From the level surrounding countryside, the beautiful and enchanted lake unfolds the beauty of its placid waters and rugged hills – a fairyland of stone circles, ancient habitation sites, megalith tombs, crannogs and castles. Lough Gur tells the story of the pre-Celtic settlers who first came to the area over 5,500 years and continues to the present day in the people who still dwell and farm in the locality. It is an archaeological site of outstanding significance. A visitor centre was built in 1980 and uses the design of two of the excavated stone age houses as its plan. The Centre houses a number of displays covering stone age and bronze age implements, pottery and weaving.  A slide show offers a very good overview of the area's history.


Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick

On The Map: The Flying Boat Museum is located in the village of Foynes, in the northern coast of County Limerick.

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum is the only aviation museum in Ireland, and the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world. It is a very unique visitor attraction as it preserves for all time the aviation history of the Shannon region and the part played by Ireland in the development of passenger travel. The Museum recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the Aviation world between 1937 &1945. This amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations featured throughout the original Terminal Building. Highlights include the authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather Rooms—complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment; the Brendan O'Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat.


Cork, County Cork

Accommodation

The Imperial Hotel - Cork, County Cork

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm onwards daily. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon on your departure day. Parking is available and is a 3 minute drive from the hotel. You will need to park in the loading bay outside the hotel first and check-in to receive your swipe ticket to enter the car park.

Hotel Parking Website Link: https://www.imperialhotelcork.com/car-park.html 


Included Experiences

Titanic Experience Cobh

Cobh, County Cork

The Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor attraction which opened on February 1st 2012 in Cobh, Co. Cork. Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, the location marks the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its doomed maiden voyage to America. The Titanic story is told using innovative audio visual technology bringing characters to life through cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology. Experience the anticipation of the long journey ahead & a new life waiting in America. Share the excitement of boarding the most luxurious liner of her time. Feel the horror of the tragedy that immortalised this most famous of cruise liners. Investigate how it all went wrong… The unbelievable and “almost” impossible sequence of events that occurred to cause Titanic to sink, and explore the final resting place of Titanic as she lies on the ocean bed 100 years on. It will take approximately one hour to complete the Titanic Experience with an additional 45 minutes to cover Tregan Craft Centre exhibits and shopping.

UPDATED 12/3/2018:

SUMMER HOURS: April 1st – September 30th, 9:00am to 6:00pm. Last tour at 5:15pm

WINTER HOURS: October 1st – March 31st, 10:00am to 5:30pm. Last tour at 4:45pm

TOURS RUN EVERY 30 MINUTES THROUGHOUT THE DAY
; ALLOW 1 HOUR TO COMPLETE THE EXPERIENCE


Blarney Castle and Park

Blarney, County Cork

Historic Blarney Castle is most famous for its Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word 'Blarney' was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as 'pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending.' The Stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. Many treasures are to be found on the grounds of the castle. The Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The entire Blarney Castle Estate has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Overnight Location

Cork, County Cork

On the Map: Cork City is located off the southern coast of Ireland. As Ireland's second city, it is well served by good roads - The M8 northeast to Dublin, the N20 north to Limerick & the N25 east to Waterford.

In the bustling city of Cork (often referred to as 'Ireland's Second Capital'), stroll the river walk at the University and pop into the Glucksman Gallery.  Relax in a café, and hit Shandon Street, just a short walk from the main shopping district.  Climb the 120 foot steeple, and ring the bells of Shandon.  Soak up the city views as they fade into the countryside. Award-winning restaurants line the streets, and nightlife choices include Irish Traditional, classy nightclubs, theater, opera, plays, and dance.  (Take the haunted night tour of the city jail—it’s a great way to start your evening with a bang.) Of course, there’s the Jameson Old Middleton Distillery in east Cork.  Learn how Irish whiskey is made, and finish with a tasting. 


Must-See Sites

Cobh, County Cork

On the Map: Cobh is a picturesque town situated on Great Island in Cork Harbour off Ireland's southern coast. Just southeast of Cork City, the island is connected to mainland Ireland by both rail and road.

Cobh has a relatively short history by Irish standards. It was established in 1750, but has played an important role in Ireland's past. From 1848 to 1950, over six million Irishmen and women emigrated from Ireland and over 2.5 million of these departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in Ireland. Many of those emigrating left from Cobh and sailed to America to start a new life. You can find out more about Cobh's role in Irish emigration at the fascinating "Queenstown Story" visitor attraction at the Cobh railway station. Highly recommended! Cobh is also famous for being the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic, which sank after striking an iceberg on Sunday April 14, 1912. Though a tragic story, Cobh has become quite a draw for romantic couples, ever since the release of the famous 1997 movie! Today, Cobh is a pleasant town with streets that climb up the steep slope of a hill to the top where the impressive St. Coleman's Cathedral stands. There are wonderful restaurants to choose from, many serving fresh seafood dishes.


Cork, County Cork

Accommodation

The Imperial Hotel - Cork, County Cork

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3.00pm onwards daily. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon on your departure day. Parking is available and is a 3 minute drive from the hotel. You will need to park in the loading bay outside the hotel first and check-in to receive your swipe ticket to enter the car park.

Hotel Parking Website Link: https://www.imperialhotelcork.com/car-park.html 


Must-See Sites

Crawford Art Gallery, County Cork

The Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises over 2500 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European painting and sculpture to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is an array of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. 

Located in the heart of Cork City, the gallery is a critical part of Ireland's cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.


Cork City Gaol, County Cork

Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage, much of which is still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is located 2 kilometers northwest of Patrick’s Street. Although the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners. Visitors get a fascinating insight into day to day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.


St. Anne's Church and Shandon Bells, County Cork

Constructed in 1722, St. Anne’s Church is the most important ecclesiastical structure in the city of Cork. The Church Tower is one of Cork's most striking landmarks, visible from many parts of the city, with its distinctive red sandstone and white ashlar limestone faces. It is believed that the colours of the tower gave rise to the red and white sporting colours of County Cork, which are used in fiercely competitive inter-county Hurling and Gaelic Football matches. The eight famous 'Shandon Bells' of the church were cast by Abel Rudhall of Gloucester in 1750, and have been recast twice since in 1869 & 1908. They still bear their original inscriptions. The McOstrich Family were involved in the creation of the tower and whenever a member of their family marries, the bells are rung in their honour. The Clock was erected by Cork Corporation in 1847, and quickly given the name ‘The Four-Faced Liar’ by witty locals, who noticed that the four clocks were not always in agreement of the exact time! The steps of the tower are built into the 7 feet thick walls and climb up past the clocks, through the belfry to the balcony, some 135 feet above ground level.


The English Market, County Cork

On The Map: The English Market comprises Princes Street Market and Grand Parade Market, in the heart of Cork City.

Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market is a roofed food market, that has been trading since 1788. The Market was created by the Protestant or “English” corporation that controlled the city at that time. The Market is one of the oldest municipal markets of it’s kind in the world, and as such, it has become a notable Cork tourist attraction. It draws visitors from throughout the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, who stopped by during her landmark 2011 visit to Ireland. The trading stalls are held under 21 year leases from the City Council. The current mix of traders in the English Market represents a diversity as broad as at any time over the centuries of it’s existence. Small stalls sit alongside larger businesses. Fledgling traders beside long-established family businesses passed down from one generation to the next. Meats and fish, herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, sauces and oils, chocolates and cakes, cheeses and pastas – the Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions!! You’ll also find crockery, t-shirts, novelty items, clothes alterations and art – an eclectic mix, adding further to the unique atmosphere of the English Market. Visitors can also relax and unwind at the various cafés & delis at the Market..


Skibbereen, County Cork

Accommodation

The West Cork Hotel - Skibbereen, County Cork

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Charles Fort

Kinsale, County Cork

Perched on the water's edge, Charles Fort  is located just 3km east of Kinsale town. The Fort occupies a mysterious & romantic position and is often used as a dramatic photo-shoot backdrop for local weddings. A classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort, William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork

On The Map: Drombeg Stone Circle is located in County Cork on the south coast of Ireland. Drombeg is accessed via the R597 road, which intersects with the larger N71 road (connecting Clonakilty to the east, and Skibbereen to the west).

This lovely recumbent stone circle is locally known as The Druid's Altar, and is located on the edge of a rocky terrace with fine views to the sea about a mile away. The word Drombeg means 'the small ridge'. The circle consists of seventeen pillar stones that are graded from the two large portal stones, each 2 metres high, at the north-east towards the recumbent stone. The pillar stones are local sandstone and the recumbent has two cup marks and what looks like an axe -carving on it's upper surface. The midpoint of the recumbent stone was set in line with the winter soltice sunset viewed in a conspicuous notch in the distant hills. The best time time visit Drombeg is probably early morning, as there is an almost continuous flow of visitors to the site.


Overnight Location

Skibbereen, County Cork

On the Map: Skibbereen is located in County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Cork (to the northeast) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the northwest).

This thriving town is the 'capital' of West Cork, and centre for all the agricultural, industrial and tourist activities of the region. Its streets are full of life and character and it is an ideal base from which to discover the delights of West Cork. You could easily spend days or weeks exploring West Cork, wandering up and down its lovely quiet roads. Although popular, it is never crowded like Kerry, and there are always delightful places to discover. Around each western headland, the unsuspecting visitor will discover coastlines dominated by scenic harbors and colorful fishing villages such as Glandore, Baltimore and Schull, secluded beaches and dozens of sparsely populated islands such as Sherkin and Cape Clear. These islands, which were once populated with Gaelic speaking colonies, now offer the visitor endless hours of exploring an old-world traditional Ireland.


Glengarriff, County Cork

Accommodation

Glengarriff Park Hotel - Glengarriff, County Cork

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Bantry, County Cork

On the Map: Bantry is located in the southwest of Ireland in west County Cork. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects Cork City (to the east) & Kenmare, County Kerry (to the north).

Bantry is surrounded by a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky.  Also resident in this pretty coastal town is Bantry House, the ancestral house to the Earls of Bantry.  A proud resident here since the 17th Century,  this wonderful house contains an important collection of furniture, tapestries and objets d'art which is open to the public to view.  It was the first Earl of Bantrys son, Viscount Berehaven who traveled extensively and amassed an eclectic collection of tapestries, paintings, furniture and artifacts.  The gardens of this house are also a spectacular sight, resembling the“palazzo” style most seen on the continent.  All in all, well worth a visit.


Enroute Sightseeing

Baltimore Beacon, County Cork

The navigational Beacon at the entrance to Baltimore Harbour, the sight of which has warmed the heart of many a returning fisherman or sailor, is the image most often associated with the village of Baltimore. Positioned high above the channel between the mainland and Sherkin Island, it is visible from near and far and visitors to the Beacon are rewarded with spectacular views towards Sherkin, Cape Clear, the harbour and the mouth of the Ilen River.


Enroute Sightseeing

Baltimore, County Cork

On The Map: Baltimore is close to Ireland's southernmost tip, in southwest County Cork. The village is accessed via the R595, a country road that is 15 minutes / 12km from the Cork town of Skibbereen. Skibbereen itself is located on the scenic N71 road that connects Cork City (to the northeast) & Bantry/Kenmare (to the north).

Baltimore is a small but lively port and popular sailing centre, facing onto Roaringwater Bay and Carbery's Hundred Isles. Regular ferries operate from here to Cape Clear and Sherkin Island. It is a most relaxing place. In the evening everyone in town converges on the harbour pubs to watch the sun go down and sample the excellent seafood, music and Guinness. The ruined castle which overlooks the harbour was a holding of the O'Driscolls, who were one of the most important clans in West Cork.


Overnight Location

Glengarriff, County Cork

On the Map: Glengariff is located on the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.

The name comes from "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - which is derived from the rugged beauty of the mountains and wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha Mountains and the bulk of Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys. No introduction to Glengarriff would be complete without mention of Garnish Island -   Ireland's most outstanding garden island with its internationally famous collection of plants and world-renowned for its Italian Gardens. Whilst making the short crossing of the placid waters of the inner bay, the visitor is rewarded by further views of the mainland, and a host of walks, from strolls in the forest with its rivers and glades of oak, to more ambitious treks up the peaks. As well as abundant natural beauty and an inherent "old world charm, Glengarriff makes an ideal centre for exploring further afield. The wild scenery of the Beara Peninsula starts here, whilst the peace and beauty of the Lakes of Inchigeela, Gougane Barra and the Borlin Valley are only a short drive away.


Glengarriff, County Cork

Accommodation

Glengarriff Park Hotel - Glengarriff, County Cork

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Must-See Sites

Beara Peninsula, County Cork

On the Map: The Beara Peninsula is in the west of County Cork on Ireland's Atlantic coast. It is located just south of the more famous 'Ring of Kerry' Iveragh Peninsula.

Home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland, the appeal of the Beara Peninsula lies in its startling beauty, perhaps best experienced by climbing the hills & cycling the roads.  It’s a lot bigger and much wider than Sheeps Head Peninsula to the south and occupies part of both Counties Cork & Kerry.  While there is lush greenery (reminiscent of the Ireland imagined by long departed emigrants) amid rocky scenery on the Mizen Head and Sheeps Head Peninsulas, the Beara is a desolate, harsh, rocky landscape.  It makes wonderful walking country and is littered with pre-historic rocks, stone circles including Uragh Stone Circle and old tombs. Those lucky enough to visit this hidden gem will encounter lush natural beauty, wild landscapes, unspoilt seascapes and the warm welcome of the Irish people.


Garnish Island, County Cork

On The Map: Garnish Island is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland.

Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it boasts some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. Acccessed by a short ferry trip, Garnish Island is a place that truly has to be seen to be believed. The island is plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer colouring which covers the Island creates a rainbow of colour. The Island has a wonderful history and its unusual micro-climate allows a range of exotic subtropical plant species to flourish. There are a number of walks and interesting buildings on the Island.  The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the creative partnership, some seventy years ago, of Annan Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works.


Dursey Island, County Cork

Dursey Island is positioned at the tip of the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork. Access to the island is by the only cablecar in Ireland, which takes six people per trip. The island has very few inhabitants and no shops, pubs or restaurants – thus offering a unique experience of undisturbed tranquility. The island has a stark beauty, with rugged coastlines, lofty cliffs, open bog and a patchwork of fields divided by dry stone walls and ditches. The landscape is almost treeless since few parts of the island are not exposed to strong winds and salt spray, however there is a magnificent selection of bird species, making it a birdwatcher's haven.


Bunratty, County Clare

Accommodation

Park House Bed & Breakfast - Bunratty, County Clare

B&B
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is between 11.00am & 1.00pm and again from 3.00pm to 6.30pm. If you expect to arrive outside these hours, please call the B&B owners in advance on 061 369 902.

Check-out time: 10:30 AM


Enroute Sightseeing

Killarney, County Kerry

On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).

Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm - this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.


Enroute Sightseeing

Kenmare to Killarney, County Kerry

We appreciate that your time in Ireland is precious, and you simply won't be able to do absolutely everything. Completing the 110 mile Ring of Kerry, for example, might be a stretch on this tour. We do however highly recommend that you at least drive the section from Kenmare to Killarney, which forms a portion of the Ring. It's only 30 kilometres/ 30 minutes each way on a narrow, winding road, but you are scenically rewarded at almost every turn. Highlights include Moll's Gap, whioch is set high on a rocky ridge. The Gap overlooks mountains, rivers, lush countryside and the famous Lakes of Killarney, with truly breathtaking views - Carrauntoohill, Ireland's highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. There's also an Avoca Store & Cafe at The Gap, selling the finest of Irish goods and souvenirs. A little further along the road, you'll arrive at 'Ladies View', so named for the excitement the vista illicited from Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting, during her famous 1861 visit. There's a little cafe and plenty of spots to pull in and admire the view that so stimulated the Royal Entourage 150 years ago!


Enroute Sightseeing

Kenmare, County Kerry

On the Map: Kenmare is located in scenic County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Killarney (to the north) & Glengarriff (to the south).

Kenmare, with its pastel coloured houses, is along with Killarney, a usual starting point for the Ring of Kerry round trip. The small charming town, founded by a handful of Englishmen in 1670, has every tourist convenience imaginable, including 2 of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, both of which have been awarded much coveted Michelin stars: The Park Hotel and Sheen Falls Lodge. Kenmare boasts a remarkable number of excellent restaurants and quality pubs for a town of its size, and has garnered a fantastic reputation as a gourmet destination in recent years. Owing to its enviable location adjacent to Kenmare Bay and the River Finnehy, all set against the backdrop of the Kerry Mountains, Kenmare's picturesque aspect is hard to match.


Overnight Location

Bunratty, County Clare

On the Map: Bunratty is located in the west of Ireland in County Clare. The main N18/M18 road connecting the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Ennis (to the north) passes right by the village. Shannon Airport is only 15 minutes to the west, also accessed via the N18/M18.

In Bunratty Village, one can enjoy the medieval grandeur that awaits in Bunratty Castle and its lively Folk Park. The castle, overlooking the River Shannon, is in excellent condition and well worth a visit. It is one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house, and it's current peaceful and picturesque state belies its bloody and violent history. The strategic location of the castle on the river Shannon ensured it was the focal point of many battles, and it has it has been destroyed and re-built on at least eight occasions. The Folk Park adjoins the castle and vividly portrays what everyday life was like in rural Ireland about 100 years ago. It contains reconstructed farmhouses, cottages and shops, replete with authentic furnishings. The Park is a living museum: animals are tended, bread is baked, milk is churned, walls are whitewashed and roofs are thatched. You may visit an Irish farmhouse, watch the blacksmith fit a horseshoe, or attend a weaving demonstration. The village also reflects the fundamental changes that led to increased mobility in Irish society. Once you've explored the Castle & Folk Park, be sure to sample a relaxing cup of tea and freshly baked scones in one of the quaint thatched cottage cafes. The famous Durty Nelly's pub is in the heart of town, adjacent to the castle.


Depart From

Depart from Shannon Airport, County Clare

Return to Shannon Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. Shannon is a small, convenient airport, so this will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Shannon Airport.
Shannon is proud of its 'Duty Free' shops, and it should be: The concept of Duty-Free shopping was invented at Shannon in 1947!


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 nights Accommodation from Country Manor to Boutique Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Park
  • Discover the history of the world's most famous ship at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Explore Ireland's best-preserved Star-Shaped Artillery Fortress at Charles Fort

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover Aviation History at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Find both International and Traditional Irish foods at Cork's Famous English Market 
  • Browse beautiful Artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City
  • Stunning and Remote Beara Peninsula, Dursey & Garnish Islands
  • Impressive Ancient History at Drombeg stone circle
  • Ring the Bells of Shandon at St. Anne's Church

Prices Based On

  • Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing 1 room.
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Risk-Free Cancellation Policy
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Self-guided vacation package. Choose any date to begin your travels.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a Single Supplement price.

Beautiful Ireland

byGwendolyn A GodfreyAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Zephyrhills

We worked with Lauren who arranged a fabulous Ireland trip for us and every detail was taken care of from start to finish. The hotels were wonderful and the Irish people are the very best. Don't hesitate to contact Lauren to plan your Irish vacation, you'll more more than satisfied.

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

Ireland

Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

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