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Day One: Home to Dublin
For travel by coach, we make our way to Holyhead and join the ferry over to Ireland, going on to our overnight stay at the Green Isle Hotel. On arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. (D)
Day Two: Dublin to Tralee via Kildare and Adare
After breakfast we have free time in Dublin city, where you can join an optional guided city tour. Later we visit the interesting National Stud Farm in Kildare, before calling into the village of Adare. We then arrive in Tralee, our base for the next four nights at the Benner's Hotel (B,D)
Day Three: The Ring of Kerry
Today we embark on a spectacular 100 mile circular tour of the beautiful coastal roads that stretch out into the Atlantic Ocean – one of Ireland’s best-known tours. We return via the famed Molls Gap and dramatic Ladies’ View. During the day there will be the opportunity to join an optional ride on a jaunting car and a cruise on Lough Leane. (B,D)
Day Four: The Dingle Peninsula
This morning we head around the Dingle Peninsula, a superb panorama of sandy beaches, soaring mountains and fascinating rock formations. We first visit the picturesque fishing town of Dingle before heading west to Slea Head, Europe’s most westerly point, whose outlying historic Blasket Islands are known as ‘the next parish to America’. (B,D)
Day Five: At leisure in Tralee
Today you get the choice of relaxing in the hotel or exploring Tralee. (B,D)
Day Six: Tralee to Waterford via Blarney and Cork
Our journey across Ireland continues as we travel through Blarney, before calling in at the city of Cork. Later this afternoon we arrive in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city where we stay at the centrally located Treacy’s Hotel. (B,D)
Day Seven: Waterford to Dublin
Today we visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, then enjoy a guided walking tour of the city before heading up to Dublin to the City West Hotel, where we stay tonight. (B,D)
Day Eight: Dublin to home
We depart this morning to make our way home. (B)
Green Isle Hotel
This modern hotel features a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and gym. The light and spacious rooms have Egyptian linens, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TVs. There is a restaurant, bar and cafe.
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En Route: Visit to Blarney and Cork
We visit the charming town of Blarney in County Cork, famous for its castle and the Blarney Stone which lies within; kissing the stone supposedly gives you ‘the gift of the gab’. We then make the short trip to the city of Cork. The city is famous for its views over the river Lee and Elizabeth Fort, the 19th century Gothic St Finbarr’s Cathedral and Shandon Church, which overlooks the city and whose bells are symbols of Cork.
En Route: Visit to the Irish National Stud Farm
We call at the Irish National Stud Farm, which is more than a stallion-breeding farm. This fascinating farm also houses elegant Japanese and Irish gardens, making it a must for nature lovers.
Free time in Dublin
Explore Ireland’s wonderful capital at your leisure. For historical attractions, visit Trinity College, where you can see the ancient Book of Kells, estimated to be over 1200 years old, the lavishly decorated script is still in wonderful condition and one of the oldest known books. For great shopping visit Grafton Street, Nassau Street or Temple Bar. For a unique experience in Dublin visit one of the traditional pubs surrounding the Temple Bar area and have a Guinness.
Free time in Tralee
Enjoy time to explore the charming town of Tralee, home to historical and cultural attractions. There are plenty of sights to take, such as the local museum - or, why not go shopping in the town centre to pick up some souvenirs of our time here?
Full Day: Dingle Peninsula
On Ireland’s southwest coast, the Dingle Peninsula is home to the picture-postcard fishing village of Dingle. It also offers up a beautifully rugged coastline, as well as breath-taking scenery all around.
Full Day: Ring of Kerry including Kerry Bog Village
We take a stunning 100-mile scenic drive around some of the Atlantic Coast’s most inspiring scenery. We pass through picturesque villages, taking in sites of great historical interest. Don’t miss the stunning views at Ladies View. We also visit Kerry Bog Village, giving you a fascinating insight into life in 18th-century Ireland during the famine.
Guided walking tour of Waterford
Enjoy a delightful walking tour of this splendid harbour city, with an expert guide showing you all the highlights.
Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
Learn about the fascinating history and production process of stunning Waterford crystal - during our excursion to this world-famous attraction.
Guided Tour of Dublin
Get the most from your visit to this cultural and historical city by taking a guided tour with our expert, who will take you to the best sights and share their extensive knowledge with you.
Jaunting Car and Cruise on Lough Leane
Enjoy a ride on a traditional jaunting car and a relaxing scenic cruise on pleasant Lough Leane, seeing the Emerald Isle at its verdant best.