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7-Night Ireland’s Legendary West

Price: From $998 Per Person.
7 Nights

Explore the dramatic scenery of Ireland’s West Coast on our 7-Night Ireland’s Legendary West tour. On this captivating Ireland vacation, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the west coast’s most iconic landscapes such as Killarney National Park, The Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, as well as a handful of historic sights such as King John’s Castle, Adare Heritage Village and Bunratty Castle.

Start at Shannon Airport and make your way south to Killarney. During your stay here, you will be treated to breathtaking sightseeing and a Gap of Dunloe Adventure - complete with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Leave Killarney behind and head southeast to Garryvoe, in Co. Cork. Here, you will be treated to a Titanic Trail Walk! Your tour wraps up with a night in the Adare Heritage Village in Co. Limerick - complete with entrance to the impressive Blarney Castle!

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7-nights Accommodation in Traditional & Unique Properties

TRANSPORTATION

  • Economy Automatic Rental Car with Free Upgrade to Compact
  • Includes Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Gap of Dunloe Adventure
  • Titanic Trail Walking Tour
  • Entrance to Blarney Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Visit King John's Castle
  • Take a Leisurely Hike to Torc Waterfall
  • Enjoy a Visit to Muckross House & Gardens
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Take in the Surroundings at Killarney National Park
  • Marvel at the Breathtaking Molls Gap
  • Explore Cork City & Visit the Former Prison
  • Feel the Mystery at Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Discover the Real Story of the Titanic at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Wonder at the Scenery along the Ring of Kerry and Beara Peninsula
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle to Receive the "Gift of Gab"

Killarney, County Kerry

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

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.


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.


Enroute Sightseeing

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

On The Map: Bunratty Castle is located in Bunratty Village - just off the main M18 motorway in the southwest of County Clare.

The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park, where 19th century Irish life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub!


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

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).


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.


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.

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.


Must-See Sites

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.


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.


Moll's Gap, County Kerry

 Moll's Gap is named for Moll Kissane who ran a shebeen, a small pub, on a rocky breach during the construction of the original Kenmare Killarney road in the 1820s. She became popular for selling home brewed poitin, whiskey, to the hardy men who worked on the road. For cyclists this 6.3 mile climb reaches a summit of 860 feet where you can see the Black Valley and further down on the descent you will find Ladies View and the Killarney lakes.


Garryvoe, County Cork

Accommodation

Garryvoe Hotel - Garryvoe, County Cork

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11:00am.


Overnight Location

Garryvoe, County Cork

On The Map: Garryvoe is a coastal village in southeast County Cork. The Village is located just 37 kilometres east of Cork City.

Garryvoe is located in a beautiful area of County Cork, and offers an abundance of activities, including championship golf courses, fishing, water sports & quad biking. Garryvoe also boasts wonderful unspoilt beaches. Ballycotton Village is just five minutes drive from Garryvoe, where you can enjoy the spectacular Ballycotton Cliff Walk. Shanagarry Design Centre, located just 5 minutes from Garryvoe, offers customers a large variety of beautifully crafted pottery, accessories, jewellery, fashion, homeware and gifts. The Centre is also home to six design studios where members of the public will be able to see local artists create their handcrafted pieces. The nearby village of Cloyne is home to one of the few surviving round towers in Cork. This particular Round Tower is thought to have been a place of refuge for Christian monks during times of attack and plunder.


Must-See Sites

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.


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.


Ring of Beara, County Cork

On the Map: The Beara Peninsula, Ring of Beara 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. The R574 regional road crosses the Caha Mountains via the (Tim) Healy Pass. It runs from the R572 at Adrigole in County Cork to the R571 near Lauragh in County Kerry. The Peninsula is 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 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.


Garryvoe, County Cork

Accommodation

Garryvoe Hotel - Garryvoe, County Cork

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11:00am.


Included Experiences

Titanic Trail Walk

Cobh, County Cork

This fascinating guided walking tour explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. Participants are taken by specially trained guides to re-live a Titanic timeline journey through the historic town of Cobh. The vista of the town remains the same as it was on the day the Titanic's passengers embarked from the Port of Cork. The tour recounts many interesting facts about the Titanic, the Titanic's history and its association with Cobh, from when it departed on its last fateful journey nearly 100 years ago. 

The Titanic walking tour will bring you through the streets and environs of Cobh, revealing locations and incidents directly connected to the Titanic and many other aspects of Cork harbour history and Irish heritage.


Must-See Sites

Titanic Experience Cobh, County Cork

Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor attraction which opened on February 1st 2012 in Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. 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 fateful maiden voyage to America. The story is told using innovative audio visual technology bringing our characters to life through cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology. You are invited to retrace the footsteps of the Queenstown passengers. 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 immortalized 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. Explore the final resting place of Titanic as she lies on the ocean bed 100 years on. Dscover the fate of our 123 Queenstown passengers.

Titanic Experience Cobh is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5.30pm.

The last tour is at 4.45pm. 


Cobh Heritage Center, County Cork

 Learn about Irish Emigration story, trace your ancestors, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish naval and military history at Cobh Heritage Centre.This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story.


Old Midleton Distillery, County Cork

On The Map: The Midleton Distillery is located in County Cork, very close to Ireland's southern coast. Midleton town is just 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Cork City, off the main N25/E30 road connecting the cities of Cork & Waterford.

Home to the world-renowned brands of Irish Whiskey; Jameson, Paddy, and Powers, the Old Midleton Distillery presents historic Whiskey Tours, through the production of Irish Whiskey. The Whiskey's rich history is brought to life on guided tours of The Old Midleton Distillery. The Jameson tour commences with an informative audio-visual presentation. Guests, accompanied by a tour guide then follow the Old Distillery Trail through the various historic and architecturally unique buildings - Mills, Malting Houses, Corn Stores, Stillhouses, Old Offices and atmospheric Warehouses. Visitors can see the largest Pot Still in the world with a capacity of 32,000 gallons, and the Old Waterwheel manufactured in 1825 to provide motive power prior to the days of electricity, and still turning today. Each visit culminates in the Jameson Bar with an Irish Whiskey tasting session. You may even have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish Whiskey Taster, and be presented with a diploma! Finally, relax in the Centre's elegant restaurant specializing in country farmhouse fare, or perhaps browse through the lovely gift and craft shop.


Garryvoe, County Cork

Accommodation

Garryvoe Hotel - Garryvoe, County Cork

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 11:00am.


Must-See Sites

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. 


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.


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..


Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

Accommodation

Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel - Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check in after 4:00pm on your arrival day. Check out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

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!


Enroute Sightseeing

Blarney Castle and Stone, County Cork

On the Map: Blarney is located in County Cork in the south of Ireland. The village is a mere 20 minutes/ 11km northwest of Cork City. It is accessed via the R617, which intersects with the main N20 (Limerick City to Cork City) road just north of Cork City.

The impressive Blarney Castle, perched on solid limestone, dates from 1446 and is situated on magnificent grounds. The castle was constructed by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since.To acquire 'The Gift of Gab' one must kiss the Blarney Stone - located just beneath the battlements at the very top of Blarney Castle. This involves bending over backwards at quite a height - perhaps not to be attempted by the faint-hearted! Rumor has it that if you kiss the legendary 'Stone of Eloquence', you'll never again be lost for words!


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.


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 in Traditional & Unique Properties

TRANSPORTATION

  • Economy Automatic Rental Car with Free Upgrade to Compact
  • Includes Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes

DINING OPTIONS

  • 7 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Gap of Dunloe Adventure
  • Titanic Trail Walking Tour
  • Entrance to Blarney Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Visit King John's Castle
  • Take a Leisurely Hike to Torc Waterfall
  • Enjoy a Visit to Muckross House & Gardens
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Take in the Surroundings at Killarney National Park
  • Marvel at the Breathtaking Molls Gap
  • Explore Cork City & Visit the Former Prison
  • Feel the Mystery at Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Discover the Real Story of the Titanic at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Wonder at the Scenery along the Ring of Kerry and Beara Peninsula
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle to Receive the "Gift of Gab"

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“Amazing trip to Ireland!!”

Sep 18, 2019 by Danny Parker. Your Hometown: Spring, TX

We booked an amazing vacation using Lauren and I would recommend her and Authentic Vacations to anyone that's looking for a vacation to one of the destinations they specialize in. Every detail was perfectly laid out for us and we enjoyed every "excursion" that was picked. I was skeptical of the falconry when it was first suggested it but that turned out to be one of the best things we experienced. My daughter said this was by far her favorite trip she's ever taken and the congratulation dessert at the last hotel was an amazing final touch. Thank you Lauren and we will definitely reach back out to you when we get ready to go check out Scotland!!

“30th Wedding Anniversary Ireland Trip”

Sep 16, 2019 by Chris Madsen.

My wife and I would like to thank Lainie Shaver for organizing an amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Ireland. Our private driver/tour guide was top notch. His knowledge of history, culture, restaurants and of course pubs was impressive. Having a driver allowed us to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views. We also played at three excellent golf courses (Lahinch, Old Head, Island Course). I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations.

“Trip of a Lifetime with Tony Woods Chauffeur”

Sep 16, 2019 by Brian Normile. Your Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

Our perfect trip to Western Ireland was based at Temple Gate Hotel in the historic, compact, and the very walkable town of Ennis. Our travel agent, Josi, "got it" when we said we wanted a stress free vacation. With her help, we arranged 3 day-trips with Tony Woods Chauffeur, a combined tour guide/chauffeur service. We would never consider taking another vacation in Ireland without using them again. We avoided the frustrations and distractions of driving and navigating, parking, refueling, deciding whether to change itinerary based upon the weather, finding rest stops and lunch locations and deciding whether a site not on the itinerary was worth stopping at. As only a local can, Tony helped us cull through any decisions quickly and effectively. Lunch stops featured fresh Irish cuisine at a reasonable price. Rest stops were made at our convenience. We were able to traverse one-lane roads for a closeup view of rural life. We stayed at sites as long as we wanted. Tony mixed the utmost professionalism with the charm and hospitality the Irish are noted for. As a native of Ireland, he knows the country from the inside. After three days, we knew the country at a deeper level than we had expected. Upon the conclusion of the day trips, we spent our last day with a walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien before Tony taxied us to Bunratty Castle and it's associated Folk Park and back. When he dropped us at the airport, we were leaving a friend. End of a perfect trip.

“Family dream”

Sep 16, 2019 by Karen C Wood. Your Hometown: Suwanee

Our trip was wonderful. The B&Bs were hosted by the most gracious and kind people. The lodging throughout the 9-day experience was great. This trip was customized by Lainie specifically for my daughter and her husband since a trip to Ireland has been my daughter's dream since she was a child. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. Next time, I want a trip designed for me!

“Wonderful Experience”

Sep 16, 2019 by Shirley Dixon.

Started working with Tam Katzin in February 2019 to plan our trip to Ireland for August 2019. My husband and I had an idea of what and where we wanted to go while there. Tam was very patient and wonderful throughout the whole process. Very helpful with travel tips for the areas we would be going to. This was our first trip internationally and we could not have asked for a better agent to work with. My numerous emails with questions were answered very promptly and informative. You can tell she definitely likes what she does with the awesome personal relationship you develop with her. Would definitely use her services and guidance when we book another trip.

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