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Best of Ireland South

  • 2019 Best of Ireland South (Tour A) – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • A scenic tour of Dingle Bay is enhanced by stories of local lore and history. Keep your eyes open – you might spot a dolphin or two.
  • Enjoy fresh baked scones with tea as you visit a local farmhouse.
  • Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.

Trip Highlights


  • Blarney Castle

    Blarney Castle

    Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy,
    this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney
    to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of
    Ireland’s greatest treasures.


  • Trinity College Book of Kells

    Trinity College Book of Kells

    Visitors walk through the city-center campus of Trinity College to view this world-famous 9th century
    gospel manuscript housed in the magnificent Old Library. See the ’Turning Darkness into
    Light’ exhibition, the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts in the Treasury and the
    magnificent 18th century Long Room.


  • Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher

    One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs 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.


  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Peninsula

    The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast and is
    dominated by the Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak.
    The steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches provide spectacular views.


  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney

    Jaunting car ride in Killarney

    Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain
    views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.


  • Sheepdog Demonstration

    Sheepdog Demonstration

    Sheep farming is an important part of country life and watch a farmer with his working dogs control a
    flock of sheep. See how agile dogs obey various commands to round up sheep, especially useful in mountainous regions.

Dining Experiences

  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners including a night at Taylors Three Rock Pub and a lively medieval castle banquet, plus tea and scones at a sheep farm.

Hotels

    • Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (2 nights)
    • Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
    • The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)
    • Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Hotels

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The Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland

The Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Description:

This modern hotel is located on the wooded countryside of the Dromoland Castle Estate. The hotel features spacious rooms that are decorated in a traditional manner. There is a health and fitness club, indoor swimming pool, and multiple restaurants on the premise. Enjoy and elegant meal at Deerfield’s Restaurant, a casual meal in Shannigan’s Gastro Pub, or treat yourself to some afternoon tea.

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Clonshagh

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, Clonshagh Description:

This contemporary hotel near Dublin Airport provides the ideal choice for a pre- or post-flight stay. Enjoy a range of dining options, from lite bites in the lounge to a more substantial meal in the restaurant. Rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling.

Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin

Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern hotel offers comfort, convenience, service and value in 142 tastefully decorated rooms. The Epic Restaurant serves international dishes, and the Gasworks Bar is a great venue for a drink or food service. Located to the south of the city center near the Grand Canal, this property is just a 15-minute walk to Grafton Street, Trinity College, the National Gallery of Art and many other attractions.

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin Description:

This hotel offers 150 air-conditioned, modern guest rooms with all conveniences for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant for breakfasts and dinners while the bar provides a place to relax with a drink or casual meal. Keep up your exercise program in the White Pebble Day Spa and gym. Located on Stillorgan Road on the south side of Dublin city, this hotel is 4 miles from the city center. Served by frequent city bus services and taxis.

Scotts Hotel, Killarney

Scotts Hotel,  Killarney Description:

The hotel offers 105 spacious guest rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, private bathroom, tea/coffee- making facilities and flat-screen TV. Soft and crisp duvets, snug throws, soft natural daylight and rich furnishings combine to create a sense of relaxation. Dine in the elegant Courtyard Restaurant or enjoy a casual snack in the relaxed, spacious Scotts Bar, where live music is performed at weekends. The family-run hotel is located in the center of Killarney town.

Itinerary

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Best of Ireland South (Tour A) 8 Days/7 Nights/12 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

Day 1Arrive Dublin & Open-Top Bus Tour

Tours A & B begin at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening, you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 2 Book of Kells & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to Taylors Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D) (B, D)

Day 3Blarney Castle & Killarney

Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 4Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise

Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around. Enjoy an early dinner before spending the remainder of the evening free exploring Killarney. (B, D)

Day 5Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour. (B, D)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. Later, travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. In the evening, head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs. (B, D)

Day 7Irish National Stud & Dublin

Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see immaculately-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin. (B)

Day 8Tour ends in Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast today.(B)

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