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Essential Ireland Tour

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PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6214

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get to know Dublin's secrets and soak in the views of the city from a fun hop on hop off bus tour.
  • Discover all the history behind the famous Guinness beer brand and get an insight into the magic behind the "black stuff" with a factory tour and a complimentary pint.
  • Spend an evening dancing and singing at the famous Merry Ploughboy with a show with meals and music, traditional songs and dances.
  • Visit Clonmacnoise, a Christian site founded in the 6th century and walk through the ruins of a cathedral and seven churches while admiring the round towers and large carved crosses.
  • Take in breath-taking views of the famed Cliffs of Moher with their sheer drops into the wild Atlantic.
  • Enjoy Irish tradition at its best purest form on board a Killarney Jaunting Car and take a unique tour around the national park.
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Tour Overview

Appreciate Ireland’s must-see sites from the pub lined streets of Dublin to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, to exploring the green moorland of County Kerry with Yampu’s Essential Ireland Tour.

Though a rather small country in terms of landmass, Ireland has much to unpack with stunning sites, a long and tragic history, and warm locals who look forward to sharing their Irish pride alongside a pint or two. Starting in Ireland’s capital, get a taste of Irish culture while touring Dublin, shopping along Grafton Street, stopping at the famed Guinness Storehouse for an immersive experience, and singing along to regional music at a local pub.

The tour continues westwards on the way to Galway, taking plenty of time to experience the island’s stunning landscape and ancient ruins along the way where many inhabitants still speak Gaelic and where ancient Celtic customs and traditions have been preserved. Once on the west coast, the tour takes explorers along the Wild Atlantic Way to witness the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, stretching five miles along the coast, at a soaring height of over 200 meters above sea level. To Cap off the experience, the tour takes visitors to County Kerry for a splendid mix of natural beauty and charming towns.

 

Note: All Ireland and Scotland tours include a private driver/guide throughout the itineraries. Self-drive experiences can also be arranged at a lesser cost. Please ask a Yampu Travel Expert for more information. 

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees. Prices include a chauffeur-driven private vehicle on the dates specified. Please ask your Yampu Tour Consultant about our self-drive options at a reduced cost.

Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$6214 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$10236 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Ireland

Overnight International Flight to Dublin.

Overnight International Flight to Dublin.

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Day
2

Welcome to Ireland!

Upon arrival to Dublin, you will be met at the airport and transferred by a private driver/guide in a comfortable Sedan.

Once settles in, begin your Dublin adventure by taking the Hop on Hop off bus tour and start exploring the city. Enjoy the guided tour through fair city of Dublin, get to know its secrets and soak in the views of the city. Pass by St Patrick's Cathedral and trendy Temple bar. At the end of the tour don't miss the famous Guinness Storehouse. During the tour you'll discover all the history behind this famous brand and get an insight into the magic behind the "black stuff".
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Day
3

Dublin City Tour & Merry Ploughboy Tour

Take a break from sight-seeing and take a walk on Grafton St. (Dublin's favorite shopping district) there you can find everything you need to relax. After the shopping spree, continue exploring Dublin city and visit world-famous Trinity College and the Book of Kells exhibitions. After the educational walk through campus, get a taste of Jameson whiskey at The Bow Street Distillery.

Spend your evening in the famous Merry Ploughboy. This is a nice way to spend an Irish night! Located outside Dublin city center, the evening at Merry Ploughboy's offers a show with meals and music, traditional songs and dances. The artistic quality of the show is magnificent. It is accompanied by quality cuisine and Irish music sung by an Irish group, "the Merry Ploughboys" who are local artists. The whole will be embellished with a few steps of Irish dancing. It's an unforgettable experience.
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Day
4

Transfer to Galway with Visit to Clonmacnoise

Leave Dublin, traveling via Kilbbeggan with a stop for a tour of Kilbbeggan Distillery which finishes with a whiskey tasting at the bar. From your today until day 9, you will enjoy a private driver/guide in a comfortable Sedan.

On your journey to Galway, you have the opportunity to visit Clonmacnoise, a Christian site founded in the 6th century by St Claran. You will walk through the ruins of a cathedral and seven churches, you can admire the round towers and large carved crosses.

Finally, you'll arrive at Galway City and the cultural heart of Ireland. This charming city is brimming with heritage, culture and folklore. Weaving through the side streets browsing the hand-crafted wares on offer, you'll be in awe of the rich architecture and medieval nuances. Friendly faces greet you around every corner and a magical spirit lingers in the air. If you fancy some evening entertainment, you'll be pleased to discover Galway's strong ties with traditional Irish music. There must be something in the water, because there are an uncanny number of extremely talented musicians, dancers and singers roaming the Connemara/Galway region. ...read less

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Connemara Region Tour

Today, you will travel through the Connemara region, a magnificent wilderness populated mainly by sheep and dotted with hundreds of small lakes. Explore the tiny stone-walled, thatched farmhouses as well as the heather hills that are bounded by the sea coast and its calm sandy beaches. Many inhabitants of this region still speak gaelic and ancient celtic customs and traditions have been preserved.

Follow the road along Clew bay to Louisburgh, then continue your road along the Delphy valley. Take the time to take in the view along these fantastic and impressive landscapes!

You can also visit Kylemore Abbey, on the shores of Lough Pollacappull, a Victorian Tudor-style castle beautifully situated on the edge of a lake and surrounded by the Twelve Bens, an impressive mountain range. It is today the only remaining monastic dwelling of the Benedictine sisters in Ireland who have also restored the Victorian gardens which are also worth a visit.
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6

Cliffs of Moher Tour

You will have an early morning, start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which fall 200 m steeply into the wild Atlantic Ocean. Pass through the Burren - without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe. The Burren is bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. You are within a short drive of the imposing Cliffs of Moher, stretching five miles along the coast, at a height of over 200 meters above sea level, with often breath-taking views. Cross by ferry from county Clare to Kerry and arrive in Killarney. ...read less

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Jaunting Car Tour Through Killarney National Park

Enjoy Irish tradition at its best purest form - come on board a Killarney Jaunting Car and take a unique tour around this area that takes one back to a simpler time. Visit some of Killarney's many beautiful, worth-seeing spots. While on tour, your eye is drawn to the majestic, historic high spire of St Mary's Cathedral. This one of a kind tour through history, legend & folklore rambles its way along Killarney National Park.

Spend the day on the Dingle Peninsula with its breathtaking scenery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches and monastic villages. You will reach the most westerly point in Europe at Slea Head, from where you can see the Blasket Islands, the largest of which is the Great Blasket Island which was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1953. Weather permitting, you can join a small boat cruise to see Fungie, a wild dolphin who has chosen to live on Dingle Harbor.
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Day
8

Transfer to Kildare with Visit to Rock of Cashel

Depart Killarney today for Kildare. En route, visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, once seat of the High Kings of Munster. The rock towers over the town. It is one of Ireland's great historic sites, featuring a cathedral, round tower, high crosses, and Cormac's chapel with the country's most important frescoes.

Depart Killarney today for Kildare. En route, visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, once seat of the High Kings of Munster. The rock towers over the town. It is one of Ireland's great historic sites, featuring a cathedral, round tower, high crosses, and Cormac's chapel with the country's most important frescoes.

Day
9

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the airport and transferred by a privately chauffeured vehicle to Dublin airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the airport and transferred by a privately chauffeured vehicle to Dublin airport for your flight home.

Dublin, Ireland

Galway, Ireland

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

Kildare, Ireland

Places You'll See

  • Dublin

    Named as the friendliest city in Europe by TripAdvisor, Dublin is a charming capital city with the intimacy of a small village and the friendliness of a pub.  Visitors can see for themselves as they walk along the Liffey River that flows through the city’s center lined with pubs and restaurants filled with live music and laughter. Those who enjoy a little shopping will love the lively Grafton street with its musical performances and shop-lined streets while history buffs will appreciate sites such as St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse for a multimedia experience of how the country’s iconic black stuff is created, followed by a delicious pint (or two) with views of the city from its rooftop bar.

  • Galway

    Galway County, home to one of the most spirited cities in Ireland of the same name offers visitors a glimpse into some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes including boglands, lakes, and mountains of Connemara and the historic Aran islands, just offshore.  Galway city’s vibrant student life brings a modern vibe to the charming city, lined with colorful pubs, local shops selling Claddagh rings and Aran sweaters, and restaurants who celebrate local ingredients.

  • Kerry

    Known for its striking terrain of rugged coastline, striking mountains, and green moorland, County Kerry is a splendid mix of natural beauty and charming towns. Within Kerry is the town and national park of Killarney which welcomes adventurers around the world to explore the region’s landscapes as well as its history with traditional farmhouses, cathedrals, and castles.

  • Kildare

    Located just west of Dublin in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, the historic doorstep of the island that hold’s much of the country’s long history, is the “Thoroughbred County” of Kildare. Famed for its horseracing community, Kildare hosts many of Ireland’s top studs, stables and racecourses amongst scenic greenery. Peppered with luxury accommodations and restaurants of gourmet fare, Kildare provides a prestigious air of the good life with a poignant sense of style.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Dublin : Davenport Hotel

Galway : Abbeyglen Castel Hotel

Killarney : Cahernane House Hotel

Kildare : Celbridge Manor

Testimonials

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Traveled June 2018

A life rewarding experience

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