Southern Ireland Tour

Southern Ireland Tour

Traditional and oh so scenic, is it any wonder that Ireland is called the ‘Emerald Isle’? Enjoy a relaxing drive through the Irish countryside and lush green fields; admire dramatic cliffs that reach down to a turquoise sea; visit the pristine Killarney National Park and kiss the Blarney Stone; and discover some of Ireland’s numerous medieval castles and botanical gardens. Spend time exploring Ireland’s popular cities, smaller towns and charming villages. By the end of this tour, you will appreciate just how stunning and charming Ireland is and fall in love with the country that will make you a believer in magic.

 Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland

Arrive at Dublin Airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to your hotel in central Dublin. Check-in and the rest of the day is free to rest and relax.

 Day 2 – Discover Dublin

Start your introduction to Dublin with a private walking tour. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a half day journey through the history and culture of Dublin. You will discover Temple Bar, the famous Bridges, St George Arcade, and Christ Church Cathedral and of course Trinity College with the Book of Kells!

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse in the afternoon and learn how the world-famous drink is made and then sample it for yourself in the Gravity Bar which boasts 360° panoramic views over Dublin.

Day 3 – Medieval Kilkenny and Rock of Cashel

After breakfast, depart Dublin and travel to Kilkenny. Spend the morning with a local guide exploring small, cobble-stoned streets weaving through this ancient town and visit the 11th century Kilkenny Castle with its magnificent, historic interiors and extensive gardens.

In the afternoon, continue to the Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock. Admire the buildings dating from 12th and 13th centuries when the Rock was gifted to the Church before continuing to your hotel in Cork.

Once in Cork, evening is at your leisure.

Day 4 – Foodie tour, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Start your tour with a visit to the charming village of Cobh. Enjoy the opportunity to take photos of the colourfully-painted houses and appreciate the significance of it in Irish history – the harbour was the final departure point of the Titanic and where Irish emigrants said their final goodbyes to the country. Observe the memorial and visit the ‘Titanic Experience’ before returning to Cork for an exciting lunch experience. Your specialist guide will take you on a wonderful food and cultural tour where you will discover Cork’s hidden gems and tasty surprises dotted around the city.

Afterwards, travel to the Blarney Castle, a medieval castle which dates back to the 12th century. Kiss the Blarney stone if you dare and stroll through the extensive gardens. Indulge in some shopping at the ‘Blarney Woollen Mills’, the largest store in the world dedicated to Irish clothes, crafts and gifts before continuing to beautiful Killarney.

Check-in into your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 5 – Discover Killarney

Enjoy the traditional way to see all the local ‘beauty spots’ by Jaunting Car (local ‘unique’ horse drawn carriage) in the company of a ‘Jarvey’ (driver and guide) who will spin the ‘old stories’ at every corner on the road.

In the afternoon, visit Muckross House. Dating from 1843, it is a former private residence where you can view the famous specially prepared bedroom where Queen Victoria slept during her visit in 1861.

The rest of the day is free to explore Killarney on your own.

Day 6 – Ring of Kerry

Enjoy a full day tour of one of the most famous attractions in Ireland – Ring of Kerry. Discover dramatic panoramas, majestic mountains, ancient sites and towns along 166km route through the southern tip of Kerry.

Day 7 – Cliffs of Moher

The highlight of the day is the Cliffs of Moher, a stunning natural attraction named as an absolute must-see in Ireland by Conde Nast and Lonely Planet. Stroll along the cliff tops taking in the mesmerizing Atlantic views and visit its cutting-edge visitor experience.

Tonight, enjoy the experience of living like a king surrounded by luxury and beauty of Dromoland Castle. The castle, built in 16th century, was once the royal seat of the O’Brien clan, direct descendants of Irish King Brian Boru.

Afternoon is free to enjoy the grounds before your dinner at the castle’s flagship restaurant, the Earl of Thomond.

Day 8 – Whiskey Distillery

After a leisurely morning at the castle, continue to Dublin for your last night in Ireland. On the way stop at Kilbeggan and see first-hand how the town and its distillery evolved since 1757. Enjoy a distillery tour and learn how the whiskey-making traditions of yesteryear have been married with the innovative spirit of today.

Once in Dublin, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9 – Departure

Private transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.