Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin
Upon arrival into Dublin’s International Airport meet a Dublin guide. Enjoy a private tour of the capital of Ireland en route to the hotel, with such highlights as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College, which houses the historical “Book of Kells.”

Day 2: Dublin
The day is free for independent exploration of Ireland’s largest city, famous, amongst many things, for its long literary history, the intricate glass lace found on the doors of its Georgian townhouses, and its lively pubs proudly serving locally- made Guinness Stout.

Day 3: Dublin to County Mayo
Meet the Irish driver-guide who will be the escort for the remainder of the tour. The journey from Dublin to County Mayo offers a first tantalizing glimpse at the picture-perfect scenery for which the Emerald Isle is famous with verdant hills dotted with grazing sheep, ruined castles and abandoned abbeys along the way. There will be time in the afternoon to relax at the impressive Ashford Castle, overlooking Lough Corrib.

Day 4: Connemara
Enjoy a full day exploring Connemara, the rugged Gaelic-speaking region of western Galway. Quiet lanes meander round the indented coastline’s sheltered sandy bays, where the climate is so mild that sub-tropical vegetation flourishes.

Day 5: Through the Burren to County Kerry
Today’s route meanders south from County Mayo through the Burren, a bare hilly area that is devoid of trees and surface water, fits in a stop to gaze at the crashing surf far below the Cliffs of Moher, before crossing the River Shannon by ferry and on to Kenmare, in the heart of County Kerry.

Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Marvel at one of the most famous drives in the world, the route around the Ring of Kerry revealing magnificent Irish coastal views.

Day 7: County Cork
Options abound to spend the day exploring County Cork. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale and kiss the Blarney stone before reaching the Cobh Heritage Center. The Titanic departed Cobh on its doomed maiden voyage and thousands of immigrants departed for America at the turn of the century from this coastal town.

Day 8: Dingle Peninsula & Adare
Leave Kenmare and contrast the extraordinary beauty and desolate terrain of the Dingle Peninsula before reaching the village of Adare, perennial winner of Ireland’s “Tidy Towns” contest.

Day 9: Departure
Shannon Airport is only a short drive away by private car and signifies the end of a wonderful Irish vacation.

All our itineraries are fully customizable. Please ask for our assistance in developing an itinerary best suited to your individual requirements.