Irish Hightlights Private Tour

The Emerald Island's Southern Gems and Castles

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Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry

Ross Castle, Killarney Lakes

Skellig, Iveragh Peninsula

 

Experience the legendary charms of the Emerald Isle in all their incredible variety.  Big cities and small villages.  Castles, historic sites, and cottages.  Mountains, midlands, rugged coastal cliffs, and beaches.  Pubs, good food, and traditional songs and entertainment.

Travel to and from Dublin, and tour southern Ireland, with overnights in Dublin, Killarney, and Limerick.

Visit Dublin Castle, the Rock of Cashel, and Blarney Castle just outside Cork.  Kiss the Blarney Stone if you seek the gift of eloquence.

In County Kerry explore the cliff tops and beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula, and tour the Dingle Peninsula, described by National Geographic as "the most beautiful place on earth".

At the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare north-west of Limerick, see the Anan Islands, Galway Bay, and Connemara, and go for a nature walk with a trained Ranger.

Return to Dublin for sightseeing, relaxation, and a chance to absorb more of Ireland's charming ambience and culture.

This private tour is now available weekly on a year-round basis, except for prior commitments.  Enjoy, relax, and let us take care of the details.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – DEPARTURE

 

Board your flight from your home destination to Dublin, Ireland.

This itinerary assumes this to be an overnight flight.

Air fare independently arranged.

Day 2 – WELCOME TO DUBLIN

Arrival in Dublin Airport, Ireland.

Meet your guide at the airport for your pick up and go to your Dublin city hotel for check in.  In the afternoon visit Dublin Castle.  Dublin Castle was the seat of power and government for many centuries.

Dublin is one of Europe´s oldest and greatest cities, one that retains its historical and cultural charms.

From humble beginnings as a Viking trading port to a walled medieval castle city and then, in a glorious century of expansion, to an elegant Georgian metropolis with wide streets, gracious squares and great houses, neatly bordered by its two canals, Dublin will capture you heart.

Tonight enjoy a welcome drink - or sip a first pint of world famous Guinness - at a local pub with your tour director followed by dinner.

>  Your tour includes: Transfer from airport to hotel, three-course welcome dinner with menu choices, one beverage, and
   coffee or tea after, overnight in Dublin hotel


Dublin Castle

Day 3 – BLARNEY CASTLE AND STONE, KILLARNEY

Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms.  Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain.

Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence".

Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous.  

Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop.  Check in to your hotel for two nights and relax before dinner.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance to Blarney Castle and Stone, three-course dinner, hotel in Killarney


Blarney Castle

Day 4 – RING OF KERRY

Out at the very edge of Europe, on south-west Ireland's wild Atlantic seaboard, the Ring of Kerry circles the Iveragh Peninsula.  The Ring is one of Ireland´s best known attractions, it's the contrast between the warmth of the people and the elemental nature of the place that makes it so special and worth slowing down to explore.

The ring will truly reveal itself as you take the time to stand wind-buffeted on cliff tops and wander on white sandy beaches.

Later visit a Brewery and sample some of the beer.  Return to Killarney and dine at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and watch lively music, song and dance.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances, three-course dinner and show at Kate Kearney's Cottage, hotel in Killarney


Ring of Kerry

Day 5 – DINGLE PENINSULA, LIMERICK 

 

Leave Killarney this morning and visit the Dingle Peninsula, as far west as you can go in Ireland.  As once described by National Geographic as "the most beautiful place on Earth".  A place of spectacular seascapes and landscapes shaped by the elements, a place where the mountains roll into the oceans.  It's here that you´ll find the real Ireland in the Peninsula's thriving and unbroken traditions of language and music, folklore and storytelling, arts, crafts and artisan foods.  Dingle with its bright coloured houses is known for the best food.  Leave inspired, connected and refreshed.

Continue to Limerick, your home for the next three nights.  Check into your hotel and in the evening we have dinner at Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland.  Built in 1425, it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.  An unforgettable evening with superb food and fabulous selection of Irish medieval and traditional songs and instrumental music.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances, dinner at Bunratty Castle, hotel in Limerick


Limerick

Day 6 – LIMERICK, KING JOHN'S CASTLE 

Spend the morning at  King John’s Castle, on "King’s Island" in the heart of medieval Limerick city.  The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

This 13th century Castle reopened only in June 2013, following a multi-million Euro investment.  Explore the brand new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions.  Have Irish coffee here with terrific views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon River.

Free time in the afternoon to enjoy Limerick on your own.

In the evening join your tour director on a pub tour with dinner.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance to King John's Castle, three-course dinner, hotel in Limerick


King John's Castle

Day 7 – CLIFFS OF MOHER

Leisurely departure this morning to County Clare – a haven of wild beauty and wonderful music – to one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions.  The Cliffs of Moher are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.

O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara.  The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.  Especially for you: a guided nature walk conducted by trained Cliffs of Moher Ranger.

Return to Limerick late afternoon.  Dinner tonight on your own.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances, guided nature walk, hotel in Limerick


O'Brien's Tower

Day 8 – WICKLOW MOUNTAINS, DUBLIN

Today a beautiful drive back to Dublin via Glendalough through the Dublin / Wicklow mountains, steeped in history, but also where many films were shot, including Braveheart. There are ancient monasteries, a round tower, ancient mixed with modern graves, and absolutely stunning vistas.
 
Back in Dublin, enjoy more sightseeing in this lively city with your guide before checking into your hotel.

Tonight enjoy a great farewell dinner with your traveling companions.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances, three-course dinner, hotel in Dublin


St. Kevin's Church and Round Tower, Glendalough

Day 9 – RETURN

After breakfast a transfer to Dublin airport to reach your homebound flight.

>  Buffet breakfast, transfer to airport


 

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Tour Features 

 

  • All features as per itinerary, departure guaranteed
  • Door-to-door transportation (all modes).  Leave the navigating to us.
  • 7 breakfast buffets
  • 6 three-course dinners with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and local guide fees paid
  • No hidden extras, no optional excursions – already included
  • The tour language is English only.
  • The days are well planned to offer you many highlights, but you are never rushed.
    Ideal combination of free time and planned activities.
  • Skip the lines at must-see attractions.
  • You will see not only the highlights but also the spots where only the locals go.
  • Tour director – Let our experts make every day and destination fascinating!
  • Satisfaction assured – backed up by our money-back guarantee.

 

Complete printable itinerary in PDF format:  Irish Highlights Itinerary

 


Kissing the Blarney Stone

 


Thatched cottage, Bunratty

 

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Images

 


River Liffey, Dublin

The Temple Bar, Dublin

Rock of Cashel Cathedral

Fogher Cliffs, Valentia Island, County Kerry

2014 Guests, Valentia Island

Torc Waterfall, Ring of Kerry

Lough Leane, Killarney Lakes National Park

Dingle Peninsula beach

Shannon River, Limerick

St. Munchin's Church, Limerick

King John's Castle, Limerick

Sheep traffic, Dublin Mountains

There are more pictures in the Gallery in the In Depth section below.

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Emerald Isle Highlights Tour  In Depth

Larger Pictures of Castles, Communities and Regional Highlights on this tour

Other website pages, shared with other tours, also provide in depth information.

Tours Characteristics
Notes on the distinguishing features of the various tours offered. 
What's so special about these tours?  How do they differ from each other?

References
Comments from participants in Castles tours

Travel Info
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References

This is a new tour offering so there aren't comments from guests who have been this tour, but theree are dozens of recommendations from guests who have taken our other tours on our References Page.

Comments, experiences and recommendations from guests on past tours are featured in our  References Video .

 

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Prices and Reservations

 

Complete printable itinerary in PDF format >

Itinerary

This tour is offered on the following basis:

This private tour is offered on a year-round basis, apart from scheduling conflicts.

Tour prices are for the land segment only.  Air fare is not included.

Prices are per adult, in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.
A child 8 to 16 years old sharing a room with two adults receives a 30% reduction.

A deposit of US $ 300 per person is required to secure a reservation.

 

Irish Highlights Private Tour

 

 

2 persons (minimum)

4 persons

6 persons (maximum)

 

US $ 3,349 per person

US $ 2,999 per person

US $ 2,882 per person

 

Please contact us for Single and Triple Occupancy rates at this private tour email link

 

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Private Tour Option

Do our dates not work for you?  We can arrange the tour for you or your party as a private tour.  Same itinerary as above in a private limousine
or van, with bilingual, professional private guide / chauffeur.  Prices per individual are the same as for the regular group tour, plus a US $ 200 per day
private tour premium for the group.

Contact us with your preferred dates and specific requirements at  this private tour email link
.... or phone one of the numbers below, or write to the address on our Contact page.

 

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Contact Information

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You can phone Astrid Baur in Germany  (Eastern Time + 6 Hours)

        U.S. Phone:  (202) 580 - 8732  /  Castles Office:  +49  8362  924 8800 

  

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