2022 – 7 Day Taste Of Ireland Self-Drive – Tour A6 Nights / 10 Meals

2022 Taste of Ireland Self-Drive - 7 Days/6 Nights

Duration: 7 Days

Price: Starts from $1250 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Independent Touring in Dublin
Your trip begins with a day of independent touring in Dublin. Take a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, and see all the city’s highlights with the freedom to stop off to explore further as you please. Your Hop-On, Hop-Off bus ticket also gives you admission to the Little Museum of Dublin, an old Georgian townhouse with a fantastic collection of 5,000 objects telling the story of the city. Plus, you will have a voucher to admit you to one of Dublin’s top attractions: the Guinness Storehouse, a seven-story attraction telling the story of Dublin's iconic beverage, complete with a pint at the Gravity Bar on the top floor; Teeling Distillery, the first new whiskey distillery to open in Dublin in 125 years; EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, telling the story of the people who left Ireland and how they shaped the world (and winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019); or the GPO Museum, innovatively detailing the fascinating story of the 1916 Rising, the pivotal event that led to Ireland’s independence. Your evening is free to explore Dublin’s many bustling pubs and restaurants as you wish.

Day 2: Independent Touring | Merry Ploughboy Pub
Spend your day continuing to explore Dublin with the included vouchers, seeing its vibrant blend of ancient and modern as you wish: Trinity College, Georgian houses with colorful doors, and the modern buildings rising by the River Liffey. In the evening, head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)


Day 3: Blarney Castle | Killarney
Pick up your Hertz rental car and depart Dublin, through the legendary green fields of Ireland’s farmlands. Stop for photos of the stately ruins of the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue to Blarney Castle in Cork, where you can climb the winding staircase to kiss the legendary stone that promises the gift of the gab or wander through the beautiful gardens. Arrive in the friendly town of Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)


Day 4: Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
You might choose to visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Moriarty’s in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, before embarking on the famed Ring of Kerry scenic drive. The winding 100-mile route reveals breathtaking coastal and mountain views, with plenty of photo stops. Pause for a casual lunch in The Moorings in Portmagee, then continue to Valentia Island, where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience; it tells the story of the neighboring island of Skellig Michael, which you’ll see off the coast. Learn how early Christian monks lived there in austere conditions, and how the island was used as a location for the “Star Wars” films. Stop for a stroll around the village of Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains. Return to Killarney to explore and dine independently.
(B, L)


Day 5: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Leave Killarney and drive north to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive on to your hotel in Limerick. In the evening, head out to a genuine castle for a medieval-style feast of excellent traditional dishes. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.)
(B, D)


Day 6: Galway | Dublin
Drive north this morning to Galway to explore this lively, artistic city. Walk through its medieval streetscape, listen to the buskers performing, enjoy its many shops and cafes. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)


Day 7: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today. Drive to the airport and drop off your rental car.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy a fun evening of traditional song and dance over dinner at the Merry Ploughboy pub.
  • Climb the winding staircase to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle – Legend says it will give you the gift of eloquence.
  • Enjoy a feast in a real medieval castle, as you are serenaded by lords and ladies.

Trip Highlights:

  • Irish Night in Dublin
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Skellig Experience

Dining Experiences:

  • 6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), and 2 Dinners (D)

Hotels:

  • Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel | Bunratty (1)
  • Academy Plaza Hotel | Dublin (1)

Taste of Ireland Self-Drive - 7 Days/6 Nights

Hotels

Taste of Ireland Self-Drive - 7 Days/6 Nights land tour
SupplierName SupplierRating Description Image
SupplierName Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge SupplierRating **** This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it ...
SupplierName Killarney Towers Hotel SupplierRating **** This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and v...
SupplierName Killarney Towers Hotel SupplierRating **** This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and v...
SupplierName Bunratty Castle Hotel SupplierRating **** Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty, this hotel is an ideal base for visiti...
SupplierName Academy Plaza Hotel SupplierRating **** This modern and centrally located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spac...
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