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7-Night Wild and Ancient Ireland

Price: From $898 Per Person, a 30% savings, book by September 30th, 2019 
7 Nights

Discover Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way on our 7-Night Wild and Ancient Ireland tour. On this enchanting Ireland vacation, you will get the chance to experience two of the country’s most spectacular regions.

Start in Dublin and head south through the medieval towns and rolling landscapes to Kilkenny. Here, you will enjoy a visit to Kilkenny Castle, a Smithwick’s Experience, and the opportunity to see the Wicklow Gaol and the Wicklow Mountains National Park. From Kilkenny, your journey takes you southwest to Killarney. Along the way, don’t forget to stop at the Rock of Cashel! Once in the park, you will embark on an open top traditional boat cruise through the spectacular Lakes of Killarney and take a Jaunting Car ride through the stunning Gap of Dunloe. Leave Killarney behind and set off to explore the Ring of Kerry, one of the famed coastal routes along the Wild Atlantic Way, spend a night at an authentic Irish Castle before making your way back towards Dublin. Along the way, enjoy entrance to the famous Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. This Ireland tour is sure to delight with a harmonious balance of both tradition and natural beauty.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 nights Authentic 4 Star Hotels
  • 1 night in an Irish Castle
  • 1 night in an Irish Manor

TRANSPORTATION

  • Upgraded Rental Car with Exclusive Reduced Deductible Insurance, Unlimited Mileage, & All Taxes Paid

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Kilkenny Castle
  • Guided Tour of Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
  • Entrance to Rock of Cashel
  • Traditional Open Top Boat through the Lakes of Killarney
  • Jaunting Car Ride across the stunning Gap of Dunloe
  • Entrance to the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Grab a Pint at The Guinness Storehouse
  • Enjoy the Lively Street Scene Around Dublin's Temple Bar
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Take in the Surroundings of the Killarney and Wicklow Mountains National Parks.
  • Marvel at the Breathtaking Gap of Dunloe
  • Stop at the Small & Charming Avoca Village
  • Behold the Iconic Rock of Cashel
  • Wonder at the Ring of Kerry Scenery
  • Visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
  • Visit Castletown House, the First and Largest Palladian-style Mansion in Ireland

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Arrive at

Arrive at Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight if you are coming from the U.S. or Canada.

Dublin is Ireland's main airport - located just north of Dublin City.
If you are heading downtown, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
There are 2 terminals at Dublin Airport, the second of which opened to air traffic in November 2010.
Most flights from the U.S. (on Aer Lingus, Delta, United, US Airways & American Airlines) arrive into Terminal 2.


Accommodation

Hotel Kilkenny - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4pm on your arrival day. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Guinness Storehouse, County Dublin

On The Map: The Guinness Storehouse is centrally located in Dublin City at St. James Gate, just off Crane Street and south of the River Liffey. The Storehouse is a leisurely 20 minute stroll west of Trinity College.

Come and explore Ireland’s top visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness brand and company. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the seven-story visitor experience tells the epic tale of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building.  It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Temple Bar, County Dublin

On The Map: Temple Bar lies in the heart of Dublin City. Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, and just west of Trinity College and Grafton Street.

The lively and vibrant Temple Bar District - Dublin's Cultural Quarter, is well worth a visit. Best known for being Dublin’s major nightlife center, Temple Bar comes alive after dark, with many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. For those visiting during the day, the area boasts a timeless charm, with narrow cobbled streets and a plethora of cultural organizations, such as the Irish Film Centre & Project Arts Centre. There are also a variety of small galleries and stores - perfect for a day of shopping. While Temple Bar after dark might not be for everyone, the area is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Dublin

On The Map: Saint Patrick's Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin City, just south of the River Liffey, and west of such landmarks as Trinity College and Grafton Street. The Cathedral is located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life since its founding in 1191. The Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well, at which St Patrick himself reportedly baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift was Dean of Saint Patrick's from 1713 to 1747, and is buried within the church. In a romantic twist, Esther Johnson (Stella) is buried next to Swift. Although never married, Swift had a life-long, intense and mysterious relationship with Stella, and she was an inspiration for much of his work. Handel's Messiah received its first performance there in 1742, sung by the combined choir of Saint Patrick's and Christ Church. Music has played an integral part in the life of Saint Patrick's since its foundation and it is the only cathedral in these islands to sing two services every day. Living Stones, the cathedral's permanent exhibition, celebrates Saint Patrick's place in the life of the city, its history and its role at the dawn of the third millennium. It emphasises that the cathedral is not a museum, but a building embracing the past to herald the future.


Overnight Location

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

On the Map: Kilkenny City is located in County Kilkenny, in the southeast midlands of Ireland. Kilkenny is well-served by a good network of roads - the M9/N10 from Dublin (to the northeast) and N9/N10 from Waterford City (to the south).

Kilkenny, or the Marble City as it is known, is one of Ireland's oldest towns, and proud of it. Its array of ancient buildings is unrivalled. It is renowned for being a vibrant cultural center, devoted to the musical and visual arts. Its two most impressive landmarks are Kilkenny Castle, founded in 1172 and privately owned until 1967, and St. Canice's Cathedral. The current structure of the cathedral dates from the 13th century, though this is nowhere near the beginning of its story, which is rich in folklore and legend. There is no shortage of pubs to explore and enjoy in Kilkenny and during the summer the city is always full of life. The summer also sees the city host an Arts Festival and a very highly regarded Comedy Festival called the Cat Laughs.


Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Hotel Kilkenny - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4pm on your arrival day. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle is perched dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.  The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke (c.1146-1219) during the first decade of the  thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. The Butler ownership began when James (c.1360-1405), 3rd Earl of Ormond, purchased the castle in c.1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50. The buildings have been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1969, and many important programmes of archaeological excavation, conservation, and restoration have since been carried out. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Smithwick's Experience

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Smithwick's unique ale, with its rich ruby glow and creamy head, is the perfect marriage of innovation and tradition. It's infused with hints of caramel and biscuit, a tingle of orange marmalade and a finish so crisp you could snap it in two. The story of Smithwick's is as interesting as the ale itself - truly a beer forged in adversity... It arrives in your glass by way of a darkened medieval abbey, a reprehensible royal, heinous laws, two world wars, two fat turkeys and more! On this Smithwick's tour, you will learn all about this crafty beer. The tale begins in 1231 when some clever monks discovered a way of turning water into ale. Find out how the brew gained worldwide notoriety in the 18th century, and in the Brewhouse portion of the tour, learn how the varied ingredients are combined to create a unique character and flavor. Finally, it's onto the Taste Room to sample a pint and insure that the secrets of Smithwick's wonderful brewing process have been applied with good effect!


Must-See Sites

Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny

On The Map: Kilkenny Castle is situated in the heart of mediaeval Kilkenny City, in the southeast midlands of Ireland.

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height, commanding a crossing of the River Nore and dominating the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles. The original castle was constructed in the early 13th century for the 4th Earl of Pembroke. The Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family, and remained so for almost 600 years from 1391 to 1967. The Butler ownership ended when Arthur, 6th Marquess of Ormonde (1893-1971), presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. A suite of former servant's rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.  The Parade Tower is the Castle's conference venue.


Saint Canices Cathedral, County Kilkenny

On The Map: St Canice’s Cathedral is located in the oldest part of Kilkenny City – an area known as Irishtown, located just north of downtown.

St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower are an essential part of the structural heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. This ecclesiastical site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice. Worship has taken place at this site for over 800 years. The Cathedral has wonderful stained glass that includes two windows from the Harry Clarke Studio, Dublin. Local stone masters The O’Tooneys carved some of the tombstones many of which are unique to the Cathedral and Kilkenny. The See Chair of the Bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120 can be seen inside the Cathedral. The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy climbing the Round Tower capturing great views of the city (weather permitting). St Canice’s Round Tower is one of only two Round Towers that visitors can climb in Ireland.


Rothe House & Garden, County Kilkenny

On The Map: Rothe House is located on Parliament Street in the heart of Kilkenny City

Rothe House & Garden, a historic house in Kilkenny in the South East of Ireland, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. It is an important element of Kilkenny’s heritage, with its historic garden and museum - one of the few private museums in Ireland. Rothe House is the centre for Irish genealogy in Kilkenny city and county, and you can research your Kilkenny family history here. Built between 1594 and 1610, Rothe is steeped in rich local and national history, and a visit is high on the list of things to do in Kilkenny. The House and Garden are owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, and managed by Rothe House Trust. The House is open to the public, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts collected by the Society since its founding in 1947. These artefacts all relate to Kilkenny heritage throughout the ages and some date from pre-historic times. The Garden, open since 2008, is a reconstruction of an early 17th century urban garden.


Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Hotel Kilkenny - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4pm on your arrival day. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Must-See Sites

Wicklow Gaol, County Wicklow

On the map: The renowned Wicklow’s Historic Gaol stands majestically on Killmantin Hill, in the charming seaside town of Wicklow.

‘Experience’ is at the heart of the programme of historic, interactive and entertaining visitor activities at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Pass through the ‘Gates of hell’ to re-live the 1798 United lrishman Rebellion, period-dining with the notorious inmates, a journey through the famine era to the 1916 Easter Rising and dramatic re-enactments of the Irish struggle for independence. Visit the reconstructed ship that transported some of the 50,000 Irish people as convicts to Australia. Discover the inmates’ true stories from children to murderers. For the paranormally inclined there is a haunted night tour where the prisoners will walk the corridors with you and, if you are brave enough, there is also a ‘Sleep Over in the Gaol’ option.


Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains National Park covers part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog. The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.
The primary purpose of Wicklow Mountains National Park is the conservation of local biodiversity and landscape. The Park is also an invaluable recreational space for locals and visitors alike. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. Escape from the summer crowds is possible for those coming properly equipped to explore the uplands on foot, where a sense of wilderness and isolation can readily be found.

Glendalough, County Wicklow

On the Map: Glendalough is located in County Wicklow, in the east of Ireland - just 1 hour south of Dublin City. Scenically nestled in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough is served by a network of small country roads. From the northeast (Dublin), travel on the R755/R756, from everywhere else, arrive from the west on the R756.

Glendalough ("The Glen of the Two Lakes"), is the site upon which St. Kevin founded a unique monastic settlement in the 6th century. Most of what remains of the settlement is in ruins but the Round Tower at Glendalough, built as a refuge from marauding Vikings, is over a 1000 years old and is remarkably well preserved. The site itself is set next to two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep glacial valley. It is one of the most serene and beautiful places in all Ireland and it is easy to see why the monks picked it for a place of prayer and contemplation. There are a myriad of walking trails throughout the area making it a truly invigorating place to spend the day.


Avoca Village, County Wicklow

On the Map: Nestled in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, Avoca is reached via a network of country roads. 1 hour/ 66km south of Dublin City in eastern Ireland, Avoca is most easily accessed from the N11 road that runs parallel to Ireland's east coast.

In Avoca Village, you will find the "Meeting of the Waters" - the point at which the Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers come together to form the Avoca River. Avoca is home to Ireland's oldest woollen mill, Avoca Handweavers, established in 1723. This family-owned craft design company began at the Old Mill where weavers produced the beautifully woven fabrics which became Avoca's hallmark. In recent years, Avoca became famous for being the setting of the popular BBC soap opera "Ballykissangel".


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

Victoria House Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

 Check in time is between 2pm and 6pm, please call if you will be arriving outside of these hours.


Included Experiences

Rock of Cashel

Cashel, County Tipperary

One of the most visited sites in Ireland, 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 round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. Long before the Norman invasion, The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the Rock was gifted to the Church. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

On the Map: Cashel is located in County Tipperary in the southern midlands of Ireland. The main M8 motorway connecting the major cities of Dublin (to the northeast) and Cork (to the southwest) passes right by the town.

The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick's Rock, is also known as Cashel of the Kings. One of the most visited sites in Ireland, The Rock 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 round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanesque and Germanic influences in their architecture. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.


Enroute Sightseeing

Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary

On the Map: The Glen of Aherlow is located in County Tipperary in the southern midlands of Ireland. It stretches from the N24 road, just south of the heritage town of Tipperary, through sixteen miles of unspoilt countryside.

The Glen of Aherlow is a quiet country valley, secluded but not isolated, and affords some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. The Glen sits between the Galtee mountains on the south and the Slievenamuck Ridge on the North. The Galtees, Ireland's highest inland mountain range, boast five spectacular corrie lakes, dominated by a variety of magnificent peaks including Galteemore at 3,018 ft. This expansive vista is further enhanced by the many streams cascading down the face of the mountain. The foothills are forested, as is the 12 miles of the Slievenamuck ridge, providing the walker with a variety of delightful woodland trails.


Overnight Location

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.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

Victoria House Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

 Check in time is between 2pm and 6pm, please call if you will be arriving outside of these hours.


Included Experiences

Gap of Dunloe Adventure

Killarney, County Kerry

Travel by boat and horse-drawn carriage through the scenic Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park. Your tour begins with a coach journey from Killarney to Kate Kearney’s Cottage (at the beginning of the Gap of Dunloe). Once at the cottage, you will be transferred to a horse-drawn carriage (included in the price of your tour) for your six-mile breathtaking jaunt through the pass. During your ride, you will pass by five different lakes - Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough (from north to south) - that are all connected by the River Loe. Once through the Gap, you will transfer to boats on River Gearhameen and embark on your homeward journey through the enchanting Upper, Middle & Lower Lakes of Killarney National Park. The boats will deliver you to the historic Ross Castle (on the shores of Lough Leane) where your coaches await for the ride back to Killarney. For those who wish to stay and explore the castle, be sure to advise a member of your group. 


Must-See Sites

Muckross House and Gardens, County Kerry

On The Map: Muckross House is located just 6 kilometres south of Killarney, County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. From Killarney, take the N71 south for Kenmare. The only vehicle entrance is located approximately 1km beyond the Muckross Park Hotel - on the right.

Muckross House, set close to the shores of Muckross Lake & amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park, was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was the designer. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century land-owning class. While in the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores. During the 1850s, the Herberts undertook extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other features include a Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established in 1972. Muckross Traditional Farms are situated adjacent to Muckross House. These working farms recreate and portray the traditional farming methods, and way of life, of a typical local, rural community of the 1930s. The Walled Garden Centre incorporates the Garden Restaurant, Mucros Craft Shop and three Mucros Craft Workshops.


Killarney National Park, 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).

On the southwestern edge of Killarney Town lies an untamed, rugged & mountainous country. The area includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here, where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, you'll discover the 26,000 acre Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies, lends the area a special scenic beauty. The Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods, together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs. A profusion of bryophytes and lichens thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland, with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. At the heart of the National Park is Muckross House and Gardens. The house, a late 19th century mansion features period furnishings and artefacts and is a major visitor attraction in itself. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


Ross Castle, County Kerry

On The Map: Ross Castle is located on the southern outskirts of Killarney, County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. From Killarney town centre, head south on the N71/Muckross Road for Kenmare. Ross Road is right turn off the N71, and is well signposted.

Ross castle overlooks the Lower Lake in Killarney, and commands magnificent views of Purple Mountain, Innisfallen Island & Ross Island. The Castle is a typical example of an Irish Chieftain stronghold during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is uncertain, but construction was most likely completed in the late 15th century, by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains. The castle is surrounded by a fortified bawn, and its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Ross was the last Munster stronghold to hold out against Oliver Cromwell's infamous British forces, before eventually being taken by General Ludlow in 1652. The castle contains an impressive collection of 16th & 17th century oak furniture. Legend has it that Brian Boru, Ireland's most famous High King was educated on the site of the castle by the Monks in the 9th Century. Please note that this is a very popular attraction, and visitors may experience a delay entering the castle during the busy summer months.


Torc Waterfall , County Kerry

 Torc Waterfall is well worth visiting and like all waterfalls it is best seen after heavy rains (no problem in Kerry!). Torc waterfall is a 5 minute walk off the N71 Killarney Kenmare road through scenic woodland. The waterfall is some 70 to 80 feet high and the Owengarriff river which feeds it rises in “The Devil’s Punchbowl” on nearby Mangerton mountain.

 
If you want a good viewing point of the lakes then push yourself a little further and climb the 100 or so steps immediately to the left of the waterfall to get some excellent views of the lakes. Torc waterfall is one of Killarney’s most well known tourist attractions and a traditional stopping point for bus and coach tours. As a result it can get busy and congested around this area in the peak summer months.

Tralee, County Kerry

Accommodation

Ballyseede Castle - Tralee, County Kerry

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Overnight Location

Tralee, County Kerry

On the Map: Tralee lies on the scenic southwest coast of Ireland in County Kerry. The town is accessed via the N21 from Limerick (to the northeast) and N22/N21 from Cork City (to the southeast).

Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry, and is almost 800 years old. Its setting is lovely, surrounded by mountains, and looking out over a sheltered bay. Today Tralee has all the facilities of a county capital: historic buildings, spacious parks, superb golf courses, horse and greyhound racing stadium, vibrant night-life and a range of all-weather visitor attractions unmatched anywhere in Ireland. If you want to see a show that truly reflects the wealth of Irish culture, then go to one at Siamsa Tíre Theatre. You don’t have to speak or understand Irish to appreciate the magic they create on stage. The end of August sees the hosting of the International Rose of Tralee Festival - Ireland's largest festival.


Must-See Sites

Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

On the Map: The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. Killarney is the usual starting point for people completing the Ring, although Kenmare is another good option for this purpose. The N70 road encircles the entire peninsula.

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. Ireland’s natural beauty sings throughout the Ring of Kerry. You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. The Ring attracted Ireland’s first settlers, and has a wealth of ancient sites. A 6th century monastery, clinging to the windswept cliffs of the Skellig Islands, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Staigue Stone Fort is an Iron Age stronghold dating from 300BC. This is also an area of Ogham Stones, the first mysterious forms of writing and art, nestled along the Ring. Follow the drive to Killarney by way of the Ladies View and the legendary Lakes of Killarney and the National Park. The Ring of Kerry is the stuff of dreams and lifelong memories.


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.


Killarney to Kenmare, 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 Killarney to Kenmare (or vice-versa), 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 '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! A little further along the road, you'll arrive at Moll's Gap. 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.


Leixlip, County Kildare

Accommodation

Leixlip Manor - Leixlip, County Kildare

Manor
Room Type: Manor Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM 


Included Experiences

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Kildare, County Kildare

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland, but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour. The Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. The Japanese Gardens are a veritable feast for the eye and ear with the sight and sound of trickling streams perfectly complementing the greenery and vivid colours that provide a tranquil backdrop to the beautiful Bridge of Life and Tea House. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, County Kildare

On the Map: The Irish National Stud is located in County Kildare in the eastern midlands of Ireland. The Stud is accessed at Kildare town, just off the M7 motorway, which connects Dublin to the east and Limerick to the west.

Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock. One of the country's major tourist attractions, it is the only Stud farm in Ireland open to the public. The farm encompasses The Irish National Stud - home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds, Japanese Gardens - the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, Saint Fiachra's Garden featuring woodland and lakeside walks, and the Horse Museum - a state of the art modern exhibition where the Sport of Kings comes to life. 
 


Enroute Sightseeing

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.


Overnight Location

Leixlip, County Kildare

On the map: The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid-1940s.

After the Vikings, the Normans arrived and built a Castle overlooking the two rivers in 1132 known as Leixlip Castle. In 1732, the nephew of Speaker Connolly, William Connolly, bought the castle, and in the same year, Arthur Guinness began a small brewery on the banks of the Liffey beside the Main Street. The brewery moved to St. James’s Gate, Dublin in 1759 and has become one of the best- known global brands.

Thomas Connolly’s wife, Lady Louise, was responsible for the building of The Obelisk between Leixlip & Celbridge known as Connolly’s Folly, in 1740 and the Wonderful Barn, built in 1743.


Must-See Sites

Boyne Valley, County Meath

On the Map: The Boyne Valley is a fairly large region located in the east of Ireland in County Meath. Only 30 minutes/ 20km north of Dublin City, the Boyne Valley is accessed via the N2 or N3 roads heading northwest from the city.

The Boyne Valley contains the largest and most decorated megalithic sites in all of Ireland and has been described as "the largest and most important expression of prehistoric megalithic art in Europe". The large Megalithic sites were built over 5000 years ago between 3800 and 3200 BC, built before both Stonehenge in England and the great pyramids in Egypt. Within a three square mile radius in the Boyne Valley are grouped more than 30 prehistoric monuments including the great passage tombs and their satellite structures, standing stones, barrows and other enclosures. The great sites of the Boyne Valley include Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Loughcrew, Fourknocks and the Hill of Tara. Neolithic communities built these sites over earlier sacred spots and it is suspected that they were used for a combination of different purposes, including use as burial tombs, sacred temples and astronomical observatories. The nearby towns of Trim, Slane and Navan make ideal bases from which to explore the area.


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. 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 Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


LOW SEASON
 Oct - Dec
From $898
MID/Hight SEASON
June - Sep
From $1,138
Low SEASON
Jan - Mar 20'
From $998

**$898 price valid for travel Oct to Dec 19th 2019, book by September 30th, 2019 based on two people sharing**

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 5 nights Authentic 4 Star Hotels
  • 1 night in an Irish Castle
  • 1 night in an Irish Manor

TRANSPORTATION

  • Upgraded Rental Car with Exclusive Reduced Deductible Insurance, Unlimited Mileage, & All Taxes Paid

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Kilkenny Castle
  • Guided Tour of Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny
  • Entrance to Rock of Cashel
  • Traditional Open Top Boat through the Lakes of Killarney
  • Jaunting Car Ride across the stunning Gap of Dunloe
  • Entrance to the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Grab a Pint at The Guinness Storehouse
  • Enjoy the Lively Street Scene Around Dublin's Temple Bar
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Take in the Surroundings of the Killarney and Wicklow Mountains National Parks.
  • Marvel at the Breathtaking Gap of Dunloe
  • Stop at the Small & Charming Avoca Village
  • Behold the Iconic Rock of Cashel
  • Wonder at the Ring of Kerry Scenery
  • Visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
  • Visit Castletown House, the First and Largest Palladian-style Mansion in Ireland

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

“2 week Ireland vacation”

Oct 9, 2019 by Brian Cass. Your Hometown: Redding, Ca

Recently returned from a wonderful Ireland trip. My wife and I traveled with another couple which is a challenge of its own. I was the only one who had been to Ireland before so it was left up to me to plan for and drive for the group! With Lauren's help, we had a fantastic time. She found a great blend of hotel and B&B accommodations for us that was perfect for our needs. Beautiful weather and super friendly locals didn't hurt either. Our friends told us it was their best vacation ever!!!

“Best B&B’s”

Oct 9, 2019 by Barbara. Your Hometown: Kennewick

Every B&B was fantastic. The hostesses were the nicest people you could ask for. The accommodations were beautiful. I would love to visit each one again.

If I were to travel to Ireland again I would not travel on Aer Lingus. The plane is uncomfortable and the flight attendants are only as nice as they have to be.

“Awesome trip to Ireland”

Oct 9, 2019 by Barb Callahan. Your Hometown: Janesville Wi

Our trip to Ireland was fantastic! Six of us traveled the countryside with our wonderful driver and guide for 7 days. We loved the places we stayed and the places visited, Michelle from Authentic Vacations helped us plan this chauffeured trip. It was beyond our expectations! Our driver was so knowledgeable and kind. His love for Ireland came through. I don't think we would change a thing. ( Well, maybe the weather!)

“Ireland Done Right”

Oct 9, 2019 by Dave. Your Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Our group consisted of two couples, and Amanda A. put together a great itinerary with wonderful lodgings for our 11 days in south and west Ireland. The food was great (always piping hot!), the people extremely friendly, the scenery outstanding, and Guinness was always readily available! We had a few ideas of places to see and to stay from friends who recently visited the area, and Amanda was more than accommodating in pulling together a plan that worked. We did a driving tour. While we adapted very quickly to driving on the left, the narrow roads in the country were a real challenge, but it worked out fine in the end (good knowing we had insurance coverage!). So, if driving on narrow roads would be an issue for you I recommend you hire a driver. We had one small reservations glitch, but the 24/7 helpline came to the rescue and resolved the issue. I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations and Amanda A. for future travel needs!

“Self drive trip thru Southern Ireland”

Oct 9, 2019 by Lionel & Pauline Thomas. Your Hometown: Chipman, Alberta, Canada

The wife & I did a self-drive tour through Southern Ireland after doing one through Scotland. The signage in Ireland is much better than Scotland and using the rented GPS, we had no real driving problems. The only recommendation we have is, try and stay more than one night at any location to give you time to see the sights. Thanks to Heather for her work on our tour.

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