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8-Night Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

This inspirational itinerary can be tailor-made just for you. To get started planning your trip, please provide us with some personal specifications.

Experience the best that Ireland has with this guided bus tour from Authentic ireland partner, CIE Tours. This is the 8-night version of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Tour - an extended 12-night version is also available, and can be viewed here. Your tour begins at Shannon Airport in the heart of Ireland's west. You'll travel north and clockwise along Ireland's famous coast, ultimately finishing your tour in bustling Dublin City. You'll discover uncountable maritime treasures along the Wild Atlantic Way, including the Cliffs of Moher, Achill Island, The Grand Atlantic Drive and UNESCO Giant's Causeway. Other tours and visits en route include Westport House, Museum of Country Life, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, The Book of Kells at Trinity College and much, much more!

All Authentic Ireland travel specialists are Ireland experts and are happy to guide you and answer any questions you have related to our many Ireland tours.

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 8-nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • Lunch in Westport
  • 5 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic Tours of Connemara, Achill Island, Donegal & Glens of Antrim
  • Open Top, Double-Decker Bus Tour of Dublin
  • Panoramic Driving Tours of Belfast & Dublin
  • Walking Tours of Galway, Derry & Trinity College with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Westport House
  • Museum of Country Life
  • Donegal Castle
  • Glenveagh Castle & National Park
  • UNESCO Giant's Causeway
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Down Cathedral
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (GPO)

Ennis (WAW), County Clare

Arrive at

Shannon Arrival (CIE), County Clare

Arrive at Shannon Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - Ennis (WAW), County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Ennis (WAW), County Clare

Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher:
Your Irish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your hotel in Ennis, which is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher (pictured), rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Get together with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink to discuss your trip before dinner in your hotel.


Westport (WAW), County Mayo

Accommodation

Hotel Westport - Westport (WAW), County Mayo

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (WAW), County Mayo

Galway & Connemara:
Head to Galway for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Journey through Spiddal to the lovely Connemara region with its hills, lakes and open land. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport (pictured), an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served.


Westport (WAW), County Mayo

Accommodation

Hotel Westport - Westport (WAW), County Mayo

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (WAW2), County Mayo

Achill Island & Westport House:
Take a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Access Achill Island by bridge and follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Stop in Keel for a casual lunch before returning to Westport for a gentle walking tour around town. The evening is free for independent activities and dining.


Stranorlar (WAW), County Donegal

Accommodation

Kees Hotel - Stranorlar (WAW), County Donegal

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Stranorlar (WAW), County Donegal

Country Life & Sligo Food Trail:
Immerse yourself in Irish history at the Museum of Country Life. Drive through Counties Mayo and Sligo, and around Donegal Bay. Experience the Sligo Food Trail, where you will have a foraging adventure with a tasting to follow. Continue to Stranorlar for the evening. 


Stranorlar (WAW), County Donegal

Accommodation

Kees Hotel - Stranorlar (WAW), County Donegal

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Stranorlar (WAW2), County Donegal

Grand Atlantic Drive & Glenveagh Castle:
Experience the glorious Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Travel to Derry and join a local guide for a walking tour of the medieval city walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Return to Stranorlar with time to relax before dinner. 


Belfast (WAW), County Antrim

Accommodation

Stormont Hotel - Belfast (WAW), County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (WAW), County Antrim

Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast & Glens of Antrim:
Drive along the north coast to explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed more than 60 million years ago. Drive along the scenic coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route to Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast to see the history and the heritage of the ill-fated Titanic. 


Dublin (WAW), County Dublin

Accommodation

Ashling Hotel - Dublin (WAW), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (WAW), County Dublin

Belfast Panoramic Tour & Down Cathedral:
Take a Belfast Panoramic tour and visit Down Cathedral, the historical burial place of St Patrick. Proceed to lunch at the Glyde Inn near Dundalk.


Dublin (WAW), County Dublin

Accommodation

Ashling Hotel - Dublin (WAW), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (WAW2), County Dublin

Dublin Tour & Abbey Tavern:
Tour Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green, and shopping around Nassau Street. Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and the General Post Office. Visit Dublin Liberties Distillery to discover traditional whiskey making in the historic district. The afternoon is free for exploring and then on to a traditional Irish dinner and entertainment at the Abbey Tavern. 


Depart From

Dublin Departure (CIE), County Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport.  After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


"Amazing!!"

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!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

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.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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