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Ancient East Experience | 8 Day Self-Drive

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • B&B in Wicklow (2)
  • B&B in East Cork (2)
  • B&B in Athlone (2)
  • Cabra Castle (1)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport 

Manual transmission compact car with:

  • Unlimited mileage,
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP)
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Third party liability
  • Location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Travel wallet, luggage tags.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Automatic car
  • Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone & Kilkenny Castle
  • 3 Course Castle Dinner on final night

 8 Days / 7 Nights

Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin

Highlights

Wicklow Mountains

Rock of Cashel

Blarney Stone

"Titanic Town"

Clonmacnoise

Cabra Castle

 

8 Day Ancient East Experience Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive & Head to Wicklow

Arrive at Dublin airport this morning. Pick up your rental car and then head south to County Wicklow. This drive is less than an hour but has a lot to see. You will journey through the Wicklow Mountains on your way to your accommodation. The Wicklow Mountains are one of the most scenic areas in the entire country and will certainly leave you in awe. If you have the time or the appetite, there are many stop offs along the way, including the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens (half hour detour) and Powerscourt Estate. Spend as long as you like exploring the gardens and mountains before you continue to your accommodation and check in.

B&B in Wicklow

Day 2: Wicklow Mountains

This morning, enjoy a hike in this wonderful region. These mountains are a very popular filming location for many tv shows and movies - Braveheart, PS I Love You, and Vikings to name a few. See Russborough House, reputed to be the longest house in Ireland and home to two fine art collections. Be sure to also visit Glendalough which was an early Christian settlement founded in the 6th century. The Wicklow Way combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland. After a long and exciting day, return to you accommodation.

B&B in Wicklow

Day 3:  Rock of Cashel & Blarney Stone

http://s.inyourpocket.com/gallery/item_9540.jpgThis morning you will say goodbye to Wicklow for now. Drive south to Cork, a distance of approximately 160 miles. Along the way, stop to visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. This huge and iconic historic site is definitely worth the stop. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. Later as you’re approaching Cork, stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the "gift of the gab," which according to legend means you'll never be at a loss for words. Afterwards, continue on to your accommodation and check-in.

B&B in East Cork

Day 4: Explore Cobh

Today is a great day to visit the town of Cobh. Cobh is very much a Titanic town and has remained largely unchanged since RMS Titanic departed from Cork Harbour in 1912, with the streetscape and piers still much the same. There are a number of Titanic related thing to do in the town. Cobh was also a huge port for emigration during and after the Great Famine. From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration. Return to your accommodation for the evening and enjoy a pint at your local pub.

B&B in East Cork

Day 5: Birr Castle

http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/image.aspx?ImageID=87655&Width=0&Height=300&Bg=Leave Cork this morning for the geographical heart of Ireland, Athlone. Along the way, visit Birr where you can stop for lunch. Be sure to take a walk around the grounds of Birr Castle while you are there. Next, continue on your journey to Athlone and find your accommodation for the night.

B&B in Athlone

Day 6: Clonmacnoise & Athlone

Take today to discover the sites and surrounding area of beautiful Athlone. Visit the monastic site of Clonmacnoise and take a peaceful walk among its stone ruins. During the mid-6th century, this famous attraction became a centre of learning and religion which was visited by scholars all over the world. From there, explore places like Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum and Athlone Castle. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and dinner at Sean’s Bar. Later, return to your accommodation for the night.

B&B in Athlone

Day 7: Castletown House & Cabra Castle

Drive east this morning as you leave Athlone for Cabra. Stop at the Castletown House on your way. Tour this beautiful estate and take in its Palladian architecture. Castletown's stunning interior and outside grounds certainly won't disappoint. Continue your drive from there and arrive in Cabra. Drop off your bags at Cabra Castle once you've checked in. Take the rest of the day to immerse yourself in Cabra and be treated like a royal. Settle in for the night in your room later on.

Overnight in Cabra Castle

Day 8: Return Home

Make your way to Dublin Airport and begin your journey home. If you have a later flight, we can suggest plenty of things to keep you entertained.

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