Best of Ireland South (Tour B) 8 Days / 7 Nights
Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office
Museum. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Take a guided tour of Trinity College and view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively
Relax and enjoy the picturesque midlands of Ireland, with its many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding
plain. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to
quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made
famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter”
and “Far & Away,” which showcased the
wonderful scenery found here. Travel to
Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the
peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic
Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around
Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic
views all around. Enjoy dinner at a local
venue before spending the remainder of the
evening free exploring Killarney.
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car
through the Killarney National Park to scenic
Ross Castle. Head to the village of Adare,
famous for its main street lined with thatched
cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick
visit King John’s Castle, which has guarded
the River Shannon and access to the interior
of the country for over 800 years. In the
evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue
Castle for a medieval-style feast. During
and after the meal the lords and ladies will
serenade you with song and harp music.
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view
the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700
feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk
along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower
for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran
Islands. Visit the Burren Birds of Prey Centre
where you will see dynamic flying displays
and learn about raptor conservation. Join a
local guide in Galway for a brief stroll through
the twisting streets of the old city and before
spending some time on your own.
Relax as you enjoy
the scenic Irish countryside on your way to
Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine
royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll
see immaculately bred stallions alongside
protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic
yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds
to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its
miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest
of the day at your leisure and dine at your
choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs
scattered throughout Dublin.
Your program ends after breakfast today.
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner