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Self Drive – Irish Odyssey

  • 2019 Independent Irish Odyssey – 12 Days/11 Nights
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Starts Dublin
Ends Trim
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Tour Highlights

Suggested Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Discover local lore on a walking tour of Cong (“The Quiet Man” tour) with a local guide.
  • Sample local craft beer in a unique setting at a traditional Irish pub.


  • Herbert Park Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)
  • The River Lee Hotel | Cork (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Galmont Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
  • City Hotel | Derry (2 nights)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel | Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort | Trim, Co. Meath (1 night)


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Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern, bright property offers guests style and comfort with modern amenities. The bright, contemporary guest rooms feature king or twin beds, air conditioning and high-speed internet. The Pavilion Restaurant serves a superior quality breakfast buffet, with traditional full Irish breakfast as well as other choices. Located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Herbert Park is a 30-minute walk to the city center and is adjacent to the peaceful Herbert Park, U.S. Embassy and RDS Showgrounds.

The River Lee Hotel, Cork

The River Lee Hotel, Cork Description:

This hotel offers modern design combined with warmth, charm and great facilities. The spacious lobby, bar and dining areas are enhanced by river views. Guest bedrooms soothe the senses with muted colors, simple lines and superb amenities. Dine in the chic Bistro, pamper yourself in the luxurious day spa or work out at the leisure center. Located on the banks of the River Lee near the city center. 10 minutes’ walk to the historic English Market and Patrick Street with its shops, restaurants and pubs.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Description:

Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center. Along with 3 restaurants, this hotel has a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Stylish, spacious and fully air conditioned, each room offers an unique style with comfortable accommodations.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway Description:

Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning Spirit One Spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.

City Hotel, Derry

City Hotel, Derry Description:

This modern hotel features an open-plan lobby opening out to Thompson’s Restaurant and Coppins Bar. All 146 guest rooms have been designed to the most exacting standards of contemporary styling. The health and fitness club features a swimming pool and gym. Located in downtown Derry, within easy walking distance of Derry’s famous medieval walls and the city’s shops and pubs.

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt Description:

Located in Kingscourt outside of Dublin, the Cabra Castle Hotel was built in 1760 and has high ceilings, grand staircases and historic hallways. Some of its 105 rooms are in Cabra Castle and some are in the converted 17th-century courtyard buildings, but each one has a unique individual style that mixes original period features and furnishings with modern comforts. All rooms have private bathrooms, telephones, tea/coffee-making facilities, satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add fireplaces, private balconies and 4-poster or canopy beds. Onsite there is an elegant restaurant serving fresh local food and also a traditional bar. The hotel’s patios and terraces have expansive views of the surrounding 100 acres of gardens and countryside.

Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim

Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim Description:

Knightsbrook Hotel is a lovely 4 star property situated in the historic town of Trim and in the shadows of the ruins of Trim Castle and St Mary’s Abbey. Trim Castle was used in recent years for the filming of Braveheart with Mel Gibson. The hotel features stately common areas and rooms decorated in muted tones to provide a tranquil retreat.


2019 Irish Odyssey- Self Drive  12 Days / 11 Nights

Touring Ideas:

Day 1: Vacation Starts in Dublin
Arrive at Dublin Airport and continue into the city. Your day is free to explore independently. Use your prepaid vouchers for an open-top bus tour of central Dublin or visit one of Dublin’s prime attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum or General Post Office Museum.

Day 2: Explore Dublin
Today you may choose to see more of Dublin, either independently or using your open-top bus tour. Suggested visits include Dublinia, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Kilmainham Gaol.

Day 3: Dublin to Cork
Pick up your car at Hertz downtown office and drive south to Cork, a distance of 160 miles. Suggested visits to Irish National Stud & Gardens, Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle.

Day 4: Cork to Killarney
The direct drive is only 50 miles but you might like to take a scenic route along the shoreline of West Cork. Suggested visits today are Jameson Experience, Fota House, Muckross House or Killarney House.

Day 5: Kerry Touring
You may like to take a full day tour to travel the popular 100-mile Ring of Kerry – it is better to drive in a counter-clockwise direction. Suggested visit to the Skellig Experience. The Dingle Peninsula is also a lovely day tour. Suggested visit to Dingle Brewing Company, Blasket Centre or a Jingle Bay Cruise. Enjoy another evening in Killarney to sample the local pubs and eateries.


Day 6: Killarney to Galway
Today’s journey is about 120 miles – cross the River Shannon by ferry and travel along the coast of Clare, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher. Drive through the Burren and around Galway Bay. Suggested visits to Burren Centre and Knappogue Castle.

Day 7: Connemara Region
Today you may wish to tour Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery. Suggested visits today are Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, “Connemara Lady” catamaran cruise on Killary Harbour, or take “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong.

Day 8: Galway to Derry
The distance today is 170 miles and takes you through Counties Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Suggested visits to the Museum of Country Life, Belleek Pottery and Florence Court.

Day 9: Donegal or Giant’s Causeway
Explore the scenery of Donegal or drive to the Giant’s Causeway, huge basalt columns. In Derry walk along the medieval city walls, which are intact and provide great views all around.

Day 10: Derry to Cabra Castle Hotel
This is a journey of 100 miles by the direct route. You may stop at the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh or travel via Belfast to Kingscourt to your castle hotel, built in 1760.

Day 11: Meath Stay
Relax in the lovely setting of your hotel in Knightsbrook, County Meath or use the 18-hole golf course. Suggested visits to the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre, Trim Castle or the Hill of Tara.

Day 12: Vacation Ends Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is less than an hour’s drive away so drop your rental car in good time for your flight.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner



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Nov 2019

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Friday Oct 18, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Oct 29, 2019 to Trim 12 Days $1856 Sold Out
Friday Oct 25, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Nov 5, 2019 to Trim 12 Days $1856 Book Now
Friday Nov 1, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Nov 12, 2019 to Trim 12 Days $1517 Sold Out
Friday Nov 8, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Nov 19, 2019 to Trim 12 Days $1517 Book Now
Friday Nov 15, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Nov 26, 2019 to Trim 12 Days $1517 Book Now

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