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The Grand tour | 9 Day Escorted

Tour Includes:

Transport

  • Sightseeing with small groups by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • WiFi on board

Accommodation

  • 1 night Dublin 4 star hotel
  • 6 nights local guest house accommodations
  • 1 night Dublin 4 star hotel

      Meals

      • Full breakfast daily

      Other Inclusions

      • Visits, tours and admissions
      • Kayaking or surfing
      • Hiking
      • Food Tour
      • Distillery Tour
      • Cycling Tours
      • All local taxes

      8 Nights / 9 Days

      Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin

      Highlights:

      Explore the Magnificent Scenic West Coast of Ireland

      The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher

      The Aran Islands

      Visit the cities of Galway and Westport

      Discover the Dingle Peninsula

      Torc Waterfell

             

      9 Day The Grand Tour Itinerary

      Day 1: Dublin Arrival

      Today you will arrive in the city of Dublin and check into your accommodations for the night. Your tour starts early tomorrow morning so take the rest of the day to explore Dublin and get ready for your grand Tour of The Emerald Isle!


      Day 2: Cork, the Rebel County

      We depart from Dublin and travel to County Cork which is located in the stunning South West of Ireland. As we make our way to our first destination, we will stop en route for a fantastic photo opportunity at the famous medieval round tower, chapel and cathedral at The Rock of Cashel. Lonely Planet describes Cork as “at the top of its game, sophisticated, vibrant and diverse” and we completely agree. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and locals would argue that it is the REAL capital of Ireland. Begin your Cork experience with a kiss of the Blarney Stone and may you be granted “the gift of the gab.” Then take the time to explore the gardens, castle and rock close. Be guided through your Cork experience with a walking tour in this historic port and fishing town of Kinsale which is one of the most picturesque places on the south west coast of Ireland. The town is known for its castles, forts, galleries and shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy. We will stay the night in this stunning harbor town which is also renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery. Kinsale is a place where boredom is an impossibility.

      Day 3: The Ring of Kerry & Dingle

      We depart Kinsale where our route will take us towards the Ring of Kerry. The trip is filled with many hidden gems as we journey through Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and enjoy a two hours cycle around Killarney National Park. Your cycle through the park is a nature lover’s dream and you will have a choice of trails to follow, each offering their own unique splendor. Tonight, we stay in the celebrated, cozy coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions. This just might be the location for that perfect pint of Guinness.


      Day 4: Dingle Peninsula

      How better to start a morning than a kayaking trip in Dingle Bay where will be able to meet the town’s most famous local, Fungie the dolphin. Alternatively, if kayaking is not your thing you can hit the surf at Inch Beach and catch some Wild Atlantic waves! Let our expert guides take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive and finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. There you will sample their award-winning?whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world. We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcases. Just relax and enjoy.



      Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Lahinch

      Our adventure continues as we leave Dingle and travel North via the dramatic Conor Pass with dramatic drops, encroaching cliffs at every turn towards Castlegregory. We then cross the River Shannon by ferry to leave the South West behind. The ferry brings us to County Clare which is home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Today we will explore the cliffs by foot on a two- and half-hour breathtaking hike while the fresh air and dramatic coastline embraces us! The Cliffs of Moher are on the southwestern edge of the Burren and are part of the European Geoparks Network and are also recognized by Unesco. We take you off the beaten track and point out special locations along the way. We have all the secret passages that truly outshine the main tourist hot spots. Capture this experience with envy-inducing photos. The views are steeped in myth and wonder and hear the roar of the Wild Atlantic Ocean echo your name on the waves of bliss. Spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.



      Day 6: Galway 

      We leave Doolin via the Burren National Park en route to Galway. Our route takes in a visit to Corcomroe Abbey. The abbey is a 13th-century Cistercian monastery and Poulnabrone Dolmen a portal tomb, one of approximately 172 in Ireland. As we travel to Galway, we will also stop the 16th Century castle, Dunguaire Castle which is located in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara. Galway is known globally as a city of festivals and culture. In 2020 the city will be the official European Capital of Culture, a celebration of all that Galway is famous for. This medieval city is true living history as many buildings date back hundreds of years and now serve as shops, restaurants and bars. Brightly-painted pubs heave with live music, while cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters. Enjoy a traditional Irish food tour and taste modern Irish cuisines paired with Irish craft beer. Watch Irish dancing and feel yourself toe tapping to the pulse of pure Celtic music and dance. After discovering Galway’s hidden gems, you are free to enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much celebrated city.



      Day 7: The Aran Islands & Westport

      After a short drive to Rossaveal pier, we will sail across Galway Bayto the Aran Islands. Arrive on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Explore the island, meet the locals and pick up a few words in “Gaelic”. We will cycle around the coastline of the island and to the stone fort Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland. We depart Rosaveal Pier and drive to the stunning town of Westport which is located in County Mayo. You will take in the breath-taking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail on your route to Westport. The evening is spent unwinding with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. And a visit to Westport would not be complete without a bit of “craic” at a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.



      Day 8: Westport

      Wake up fresh in Westport where your guide will challenge you to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain. Croagh Patrick is 764 meters high and is a rewarding hike for the adventurous. Learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy an unspoiled view from the top of Clew Bay, home to 365 islands. You will be on top of the world witnessing this natural panoramic view. Return to Dublin by bus, train or taxi. This cost is included in your tour.



      Day 9: Make the Journey Home

      Your last day is spent in Dublin preparing for your travel home.



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