Dublin & South West of Ireland – 7 Day Ireland Tour

Immerse yourself in our well-paced experience of Dublin, and the magnificent beauty of South-West Ireland. Panoramic ocean views, unspoilt wilderness, national parks. And what a way to experience the world-famous hospitality of the Irish.

DAY 1

Arrive in Dublin. Cead mile Fáilte!

As your plane touches down at Dublin airport, your driver-guide is waiting to welcome you to Ireland, with a luxury vehicle. Step into another world and relax. When you’re ready, we’ll accompany you from here, your every need attended. You won’t worry about a thing.

Dublin centre is just 10km from the airport and if you wish, you’ll enjoy a short orientation tour of the centre, en route to your hotel. Subject to traffic and times, your driver-guide may show you O’Connell Street and the General Post Office; the Proclamation was read here for the first time on Easter Sunday 1916.

Your short tour might also include the Garden of Remembrance and The Custom House. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to see more tomorrow, once you’re rested.

Arriving at your central Dublin 5-star hotel, you’ll stay here for two nights. Our preferred choices are: The Shelbourne, The Merrion, The Westbury or the Dylan. Learn more about our hand-picked hotels. Your driver-guide will help you check in to your room, then leave you to settle in, rest and relax.

Should you need recommendations for dinner, you only have to ask. With local knowledge and a love of the city, we’re armed with delicious ideas.

More about your driver-guide

From a team of employed professionals, your driver-guide will soon become a firm friend. Relaxed and flexible, their job is to ensure you have a memorable experience and a very enjoyable time. Some have likened it to winning the lottery or feeling like royalty.

They’ll accompany you for eight hours a day, taking an hour for lunch. They’ll safely transport you in your very own luxury vehicle and manage the daily detail. Most importantly, you’ll find our driver-guides offer a wealth of knowledge about Ireland, new and old. Listen to their stories, experience Irish character first-hand, and see hidden sights only the locals know. Our driver-guides are what makes your trip so very special.

DAY 2

Dublin: a walking tour and time to explore

After your first Irish breakfast, you’ll meet our friendly local guide in your hotel lobby. They’ll take you on an informative, private three-hour walking tour of Dublin city. Offering a fascinating insight into Ireland’s capital, you’ll learn more about life in Dublin.

Rest assured, we can tailor our tour to meet any mobility needs or specific interests.

Key highlights include Dublin Castle – an impressive 13th century building, now a major government complex since independence in 1922. You’ll also see The Custom House near Dublin Port. Opened in 1791, it’s awash with neoclassical splendour. And no visit would be complete without experiencing the Georgian doors of Dublin first-hand. Colourful and decorative, they’re now part of Dublin’s DNA.

Your walking tour will end at Trinity College Library: home to the Book of Kells. Nestled in the heart of Dublin along ancient cobbled stone lanes, we’ve included your entrance fee to admire this lavishly decorated and most historical book. Crafted from vellum, it contains the four Gospels in Latin, dating back to 384AD. The book is famous throughout the world.

With the afternoon and evening free to explore further, we’ll happily make your arrangements. You might favour The Irish Emigration Museum, The Guinness Storehouse or The National Gallery. Even a spot of Irish shopping? Try the public transport or keep your driver for the afternoon, we’ll plan it all for you if you want. You’re never left not knowing what to see or do next.

DAY 3

Dublin to Cork: the land of saints and scholars

Today, your Irish adventure leaves Dublin behind. There’s so much more to discover!

In the safety of your luxury vehicle and with the company of your trusted driver-guide, you’ll travel south-west towards Cork. There’s 265km of scenery to soak in and many sites to stop at along the way. We include entrance fees to two sites of your choice. Choose from:

The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens – look round this thoroughbred horse breeding facility at Tully. Throughout the last century, the farm has produced many historic winners, including Sun Chariot (born 1946) who won the fillies’ Triple Crown. Then marvel at the beauty of Europe’s finest Japanese gardens.

Kilkenny Castle – an authentic and strategically important Irish castle that dominates the “high town” of Kilkenny. Built in 1195, many additions display various architectural styles across the ages. You can peacefully wander around the gardens to take in the drama of this historic structure.

The Rock of Cashel – a historically significant group of medieval fortifications on prominent limestone outcrops in the Golden Vale. This is the site where St Patrick chose to make the head of his church in Ireland.

Cahir Castle – one of the largest and best-preserved castles in Ireland, dating back to 1142. Situated on a rocky island in the river Suir, it was once home to the powerful Butler family.

The Queenstown Story in Cobh – a captivating exhibition of Irish history that includes the immigration story, building the Titanic and Cobh as Queenstown.

The Jameson Experience at the Midleton Distillery – enjoy a spot of Irish whiskey tasting whilst learning about the heritage of the Jameson brand. See the maturation process for yourself and walk among thousands of wooden whiskey casks, all housing the world-famous Jameson Whiskey.

Blarney Castle – one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and now a world landmark, the castle was built more than 600 years ago. You’ll find the legendary Stone of Eloquence at the top of the tower; its home since 1446. Kiss it, and you’ll never be lost for words again.

At the end of an incredible day, you’ll check in to your deluxe room at Perryville House (or similar). A luxurious boutique guest house, overlooking Kinsale Harbour, the magnificent building dates to 1820. Following no-compromise restoration, you’ll savour a comfortable overnight stay.

DAY 4

Cork to Killarney: The Wild Atlantic Way

Following breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to Kinsale town and continue along your route.

There are many ways to reach Killarney – some coastal, others inland. With the help of your trusted driver-guide, you’ll make the best decision on the day, taking the weather into account.

Heading to Old Head of Kinsale before you leave is a scenic “must”. From there, you could choose a coastal route, taking in early sections of The Wild Atlantic Way. With breath-taking panoramas and abundant natural wonder, it’s hard not to awaken your soul when you experience the tremendous beauty and serenity that Ireland affords.

Alternatively, travel through many old towns and villages further inland. There’s so much to see as you soak up the true character of Ireland.

Whichever route you choose, there’ll be no-end of photo opportunities; your driver-guide knowing the best ones to point out. And lunch can be at a time and place to suit you. It’s your adventure after all.

You’ll arrive in Killarney during the afternoon (a little earlier if you chose a shorter route). It’s a pretty town boasting many 19th century buildings of interest.  Situated on the shores of Lough Leane, it’s flanked by Killarney National Park. This is your Irish home for the next three nights.

We offer many hand-picked 5-star hotel options in Killarney. Perhaps you’d like a deluxe, lakeside room at The Aghadoe Heights Hotel, It’s an exclusive luxury resort, just 10 minutes from the town centre. Alternatively, The Killarney Park Hotel is in the heart of town. Enjoy first-class service and a premium room for full comfort. Other idyllic choices are The Europe Hotel and Hotel Dunlo.

Relax and have fun in Killarney this evening. The town has plenty to offer and as ever, your devoted driver-guide will be on-hand with recommendations to help you make the most of it.

DAY 5

The Ring of Kerry

It’s another fine day for stunning scenery as your attentive driver-guide tours you round the Ring of Kerry. A circular coastal route forming part of The Wild Atlantic Way, it unveils many hidden gems, tucked away in this stunning westerly landscape.

You’ll first travel to Killorglin, via the pretty coastal village of Glenbeigh. It hosts one of the finest Atlantic sandy beaches in Ireland. You can also choose to stop and experience a sheepdog demonstration with Brendan Farris, an Irish border collie trainer.

Your journey continues around the Ring of Kerry. Dingle Bay is worth a stop. You’ll be drawn to the miles of sandy beaches, crashing waves and soaring cliffs. It’s a photographer’s paradise. And your driver-guide takes the guesswork out of searching for the best viewpoints.

Cahirciveen is on your route – the birthplace of Ireland’s Great Liberator: Daniel O’Connell. And if time permits, you might take the short detour around Skellig Ring (some say it’s even more serene than the Ring of Kerry) and cross the little road bridge to Valentia Island. Talk about hidden gems! You’ll spot Skellig Island from here – a location for the latest Star Wars films.

And the coastal beauty continues to unfold as you drive through Sneem village and Molls Gap – a climbing mountain pass that affords yet more awe-inspiring views of Ireland at its very best. Back towards Killarney National Park, you’ll arrive in Killarney during the afternoon (a little later if you took the detour). Muckross House & Gardens or Torc Waterfall are two additional sights, should you wish.

We recommend the Celtic Steps show in Killarney this evening, if you wish to experience some magnificent Irish music and dancing. Your driver-guide can arrange this locally. Alternatively, take some time to reflect on another remarkable day.

DAY 6

The Dingle Peninsula

You’ll be glad of your driver-guide today as they take you to marvel at the very best views on the Dingle Peninsula. It’s Ireland’s most westerly point and rich in wild and rugged beauty.

Slea Head Drive will be the highlight: once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic. And one of the top 100 destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. Tucked away in gorgeous Ireland.

The drive is a circular route that starts and finishes at the pretty harbour town of Dingle. You’ll see fascinating archaeological remains intertwined with secluded sandy beaches and wild open countryside. If you want to escape from it all, there’s no better place. The air is clear, the natural light is captivating. You’ll feel a sense of peace and calm from beginning to end.

Walk on the beach and squelch the sand in your toes if you fancy. Imagine how those Neolithic settlers felt in 4,000BC. This was home to them.

Lunch might be seafood, or other fare at one of Dingle’s delightful restaurants. With Irish as its first language, this ancient town sits within one of the Gaeltacht regions. Be assured that your driver-guide will escort you through and ensure you enjoy your experience of traditional Irish life.

On your return to Killarney, you’ll travel over the Conor Pass to Tralee. It’s a dramatic journey of peaks and winding climbs. With views to match. Just sit back and take it all in.

Your final evening in Killarney. Let us recommend somewhere to dine. Our local knowledge is always to-hand when you need it.

DAY 7

The Cliffs of Moher

This morning you’ll say goodbye to Killarney and travel north to the coastal town of Tarbet. Here, you’ll take a short ferry journey across the Shannon estuary and join another section of The Wild Atlantic Way. Your first destination? The Cliffs of Moher.

It’s easy to see why The Cliffs of Moher are a UNESCO Global Geopark. You’ll be struck by their staggering height (up to 668 feet) and endless stretch (5 miles). Such a natural landmark makes you feel humble in the world we live.

Enjoy the far-reaching views across the Atlantic Ocean, take a wind-swept stroll along the cliff tops, spot basking sharks and dolphins in the waters below (on a calm day). Your driver-guide will advise you on the most memorable beauty spots and particular things to look out for. Like Kittiwakes and Razorbills. Coastal sea pinks and pretty wildflowers.

Entrance to the visitor centre is included, enabling you to learn more about this natural Irish wonder. Alternatively, you might opt for a coastal cruise to take in the mighty cliffs from the sea.

Your journey continues north through the Burren Region; a Geosite that’s home to Burren National Park. With curious limestone landscape formed 300 million years ago, you’ll spot intriguing mushroom-like stone formations and structures – all naturally formed by the wild, Irish environment. Rich in archaeological history, you’ll see many ancient monuments and Neolithic sites. Your driver-guide will fill in the detail as you go.

The grand finale has to be your one-night stay in a deluxe room at 5-star Dromoland Castle. A sight to behold as you drive up to it in total comfort. What a treat! An original ancestral home, dating back to the 16th century, sense the depth of history as you relax in luxurious style. There’s an intimate spa, 450 acres and heavenly cuisine. No compromises here.

DAY 8

Farewell for now: your adventure is complete

Has the time flown by? What an incredible journey. What an experience of Ireland’s best and finest. And yet, today, it comes to a close. Treasure those memories and special times. You’ll be sad to leave our gregarious and charming land, but you can always return. There’s more to discover and we’d love to see you again!

As ever, your dear driver-guide is on-hand to drive you to Shannon airport for your return flight. They’ll drop you just where you need to be, ensuring your departure is stress-free and easy. After some fond farewells, you’ll be safely on your way.

YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH LUXURY EUROPEAN TOURS INCLUDES:

    Private Transfers with Luxury Vehicles and English-Speaking Drivers 

    7 Nights in luxury hotels inclusive of breakfast

    Private Tours with English Speaking Guides

    Entrances to All of the Sites Indicated

    The services of our professional travel experts on the ground are available to you 24/7 throughout your trip

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

    • Flights, 
    • Gratuities and Tips to driver/guides and local guides 
    • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation/medical insurance at the time of deposit payment. Unfortunately, we are unable to advise on travel insurance.

The price for this wonderful 7 Day Irish Experience is from €3895 per person sharing based on 2 guests travelling. 

We can of course customise the trip for larger parties and groups. Please email us by clicking here for any special requests.

Hotels are subject to availability and all bookings will be confirmed in 24/48 hours by email with a feasible proposal for your review and approval.  If a hotel is not available, we will offer an alternative hotel from our preferred collection.  We can make any adjustments required, and you can request a call back to discuss your trip with one of our expert travel planners.  When you are happy to proceed, we will send a payment link,  to book we require 30% deposit, which is non-refundable and the balance for your trip will be due 60 days prior to arrival in your chosen destination

Please note all of the itineraries presented are suggestions, we can customise any tour based on your own preferences and wish list.  Please email us by clicking here for any special requests.

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