Suggested Authentic Local Experiences:
- There’s no shortage of “traditional Irish pubs” in Killarney! Head out for an evening and chat with locals over a pint and some music.
- Discover local lore on walking tours of Cong (“The Quiet Man” tour) and Waterford with local guides.
Superior & First Class
- Ashling Hotel or Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
- Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
- Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
- The Lodge at Ashford Castle | Cong (2 nights)
- Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
Ashling Hotel, Dublin
This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. Located on the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring Dublin. City center and Temple Bar are just a 20-minute walk away, and both sites, as well as many other attractions, are accessible via the Luas tram, which stops near the hotel.
Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin
This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sumptuous retreat from bustling Dublin life. Choose from 151 rooms and suites offering lavish amenities, and be sure to try award-winning cuisine at the numerous on-site dining venues. A fitness center, beauty treatments and meeting rooms are all available as well. It is located on Stillorgan Road, 5 miles south of Dublin city center and 12 miles from Dublin Airport with good city bus services nearby. Hotel parking.
Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford
This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends a traditional façade and many other cozy attributes, with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music on the weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal.
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong
This charming property is set on 10 acres of grounds, overlooking Lough Corrib in Cong and is located next to Ashford Castle. The traditional public guest rooms, restaurant and bar contrasts with innovative guest rooms with quirky décor and all modern amenities.
Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin
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.
2019 Irish Spirit Self-Drive – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
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 Ireland or General Post Office Museum.
Day 2: Dublin to Waterford
Take a taxi to the Hertz downtown office to pick up your car and head south from Dublin to your next hotel stay in Waterford, a distance of 100 miles. Suggested visits include Irish National
Stud & Gardens, Kilkenny Castle or the House of Waterford Crystal. In the evening choose from one of the many pubs and restaurants Waterford has to offer.
Day 3: Waterford to Killarney
Drive along the south coast of Ireland, a distance of about 120 miles, toward Killarney. You may like to stop in Cobh, Cork or Blarney for some local sightseeing. Suggested visits include Jameson Experience, Cobh Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience and Blarney Castle.
Day 4: 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 visits today include Killarney House, Muckross House and Skellig Experience. The Dingle Peninsula is also a lovely day tour where you might choose to visit the Dingle Brewing Company. Enjoy another evening in Killarney to sample the local pubs and eateries.
Day 5: Killarney to Cong
Today’s journey is about 150 miles travelling via Limerick. Suggested visits en route: Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park. Or you may cross the River Shannon by ferry and drive along the coast of Clare to visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Drive through the Burren and around Galway Bay before reaching Cong for your next hotel stay.
Day 6: Connemara Region
Today you may wish to tour Connemara, a region of unspoiled open scenery with misty mountains and sparkling lakes. Suggested visits today – Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, “Connemara Lady” catamaran cruise or take “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong.
Day 7: Cong to Dublin
Today travel from the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast to the Irish Sea on the East Coast. You may wish to stop for sightseeing along the way or get to Dublin by lunchtime. Check in to a different hotel in Dublin. Suggested visits – Strokestown Park House, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site or Kilbeggan Distillery.
Day 8: Vacation Ends Dublin Airport
Leave your rental car at Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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