5 Day Taste of Ireland Tour Itinerary (Tour A)
Day 1 : Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Start at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon.
If your flight arrives later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm all
participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main
streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; the
evocative figures of the Famine Memorial; and rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways.
Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for
many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a
get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy
Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate
Day 2 : Blarney Castle & 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.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irishmade goods
of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. 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 and relax before dinner.
Day 3 : Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry.
This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal
views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the
best vantage points. Stop at Kells to meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with
a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks and see different breeds of sheep. Drive through the
village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valencia Island by bridge. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn
about the nearby rocky islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and today
they form a thriving bird sanctuary. Stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are
grouped around a central green. Pause at Moll’s Gap for a view of the Three Lakes of Killarney with
the town in the distance. Return to Killarney and enjoy a fine dinner in your hotel once again.
Day 4 : Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary.
Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches
to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous,
and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close
to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a
wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style
feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you
with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
Day 5 : Shannon Departure
Take a group transfer to arrive at nearby Shannon Airport at either 7:30 am or 10:30 am.
If you book an early flight from Shannon Airport, you may need to take a taxi at your own expense.
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner