The Republic's capital city, Dublin, lies at the heart of a region that enchants the visitor with a selection of fascinating historical monuments, beautiful natural scenery, thrilling sporting events, and unspoiled lakes, rivers and stretches of coastline.
Dublin is usually the first port of call for visitors and this energetic, youthful city pulsates with a compelling mix of history, culture, hip bars and pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and some of the country's most sophisticated restaurants. Cosmopolitan and diverse, Dublin is now one of Europe's top urban hotspots.
The second city of the Republic of Ireland has a population of over 160,000 people. Like Venice the city is built upon the waters, and Cork centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.
However it is often said of Cork City that it has all the amenities of a large city, but still manages to retain its pleasant atmosphere and extreme friendliness, which you will experience on your visit. Cork is a city of remarkable charm, and the visitor cannot fail to be captivated by its hilly streets, bumpy bridges, peaceful backwaters and inconsequential air.
Galway City is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town in County Galway with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe.
Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 affluent tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Ireland and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galway is a never-ending stream of excellent festivals and eating, drinking and entertainment all taking place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city.
Enjoy the atmospheric pubs in this West of Ireland city, the beautiful location at the edge of Galway Bay, the pretty medieval streets and the lively weekend markets with a city break you'll never forget
From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.
Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.
This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking, cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.
Renowned for its beauty, famed for the splendour of its scenery, Killarney is one of the world's best-loved tourist spots. Killarney (Cill Airne - The Church of Sloes) became a magnificent town about 1750 when the local magnate, Lord Kenmare, developed the tourist business and four major roads were built to the outside world. The area still bears the marks of a group of houses huddled outside the demesne walls. The present population is about 9,000 and the main economic base is tourism.
Day 1 : Dublin Arrival & Old Jameson Distillery
Arrive at Dublin Airport and proceed through immigration and pick up your baggage. Go to the CIE Tours desk in the arrivals Hall and personnel will arrange a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, you will need to transfer to
the hotel at your own expense. Your hotel, an elegant Victorian mansion, overlooks Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At 2:00 pm your tour director will introduce you to Dublin's River Liffey, O'Connell Street, tranquil St. Stephen's Green, the seat of government at Leinster House and other public buildings. See some of the elegant Georgian houses for which the city is famous. Then tour the Old Jameson Distillery, where you can see the many steps needed to create Irish whiskey and sample some. Join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink and your tour director
will advise you on restaurants to dine independently.
Day 2 : Strokestown Park House & Galway
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland's heartland to visit Strokestown
Park House in County Leitrim. There are three parts to see - the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum, which uses a combination of original documents and images to explain the circumstances of the 1840's Great Irish Famine. Drive to Galway and view the main sights of the city before checking into your deluxe, Victorian-era hotel, located in the city centre. Enjoy some free time to browse around on your own before dining in your hotel. Galway has many pedestrianised streets and lots of fun specialty shops and pubs. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 : Clifden & Kylemore Abbey
Today tour Connemara and admire sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. You will see sheep grazing freely and tracts of bogland where people hand-cut peat for home heating. Stop in Spiddal where you may hear locals chatting in the Irish language. Continue to
Clifden for another stop in this delightful market town set between the Twelve Bens and sandy bays. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century neo-Gothic mansion, which is now a prestigious girls' school. Tour the exquisite chapel and reception rooms and stroll by the peaceful lake shore. Drive via Maam Cross, in the heart of Connemara and back to your hotel in Galway in ample time for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 : Cliffs of Moher & Killarney's Jaunting Car
Drive south around Galway Bay to see the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Then cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride to Tarbert and travel through Listowel and Castleisland to Killarney. This little town is world-famous
due to its exquisite location beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your deluxe hotel, dating from the 1840's and offering all modern facilities. Head out to view some of the scenery. Take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle,
an old keep set on the shores of the Lower Lake with views of the mountains on the other shore. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 :Ring of Kerry & Muckross Gardens
Embark on Ireland's most popular scenic drive - the Ring of Kerry. This circular tour will reveal constantly-changing vistas of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. Stop near the Gap of Dunloe to view the "Essence of Kerry" audio-visual show to learn about the region's flora and fauna. Drive through the remote towns of Cahirciveen and Waterville and return through the colourful village of Sneem. Enjoy plenty of breaks to admire the natural beauty all along the way. Pause at Moll's Gap for views and photos and stop at Muckross Gardens. Take a walk through these lovely old gardens to see mature trees, colourful shrubs and flowers. Return to Killarney for
some free time before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 : Blarney & Titanic Walk
Leaving Killarney, head to the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find excellent Irish-made merchandise. You will have time to walk around the village green or, if you feel energetic, you may like to climb Blarney Castle on your own to kiss the "Stone of Eloquence." Drive through the
outskirts of Cork to the harbour town of Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic. Take a walk around this picturesque waterside town and the dockside with a local historian to see places relating to the Titanic's last stop. Travel east through the coastal towns of Youghal and Dungarvan and on to Waterford. Visit the Waterford Crystal Factory to see the cutting and
polishing of this fine product and also the excellent display of trophies and stemware in the showrooms before heading to your hotel, an 18th century mansion. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 : Glendalough & Abbey Tavern
This morning travel north to discover the lovely scenery of the Wicklow Mountains. Visit Glendalough, a 6th century monastic site founded by St. Kevin. Learn about life in early Christian Ireland in the Visitor Centre and walk through the ruins of the many churches and a round tower set in a deep valley in the mountains. Drive to Dublin and check a city-centre hotel. In the evening drive to the Abbey Tavern for dinner and a lively show with traditional Irish music, story-telling and step-dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 : Depart for Home
Complimentary group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free shops before boarding your flight for the journey home. (Breakfast)
Packages starting from EUR 1313 per person Package includes the following:
Group transfer on arrival & departure
Sightseeing by luxury coach through out
Services of a professional English speaking driver cum guide
7 nights accommodation as per itinerary & hotels mentioned below.
Daily breakfast & 6 Dinner
Welcome get together drink
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Whiskey tasting & tour of Old Jameson distillery
Ferry ride across River Shannon
Horse drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
"Titanic" Walking tour of Cobh
Visits and admissions to Strokestown park house & Famine museum, Kylemore abbey Cliffs of Moher and much more.