About this Tour

From the Irish people’s sparkling wit, hospitality and cozy pubs to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes and spectacular coastlines, this small country packs quite a punch. See the history, experience the culture and Xplore Irelands natural wonders as we travel from Dublin to Doolin and points beyond.  Surprising moments, epic adventures and all that can happen in-between! 

Activity Level

Although no previous experience is required, being physically capable and active is important. You must be able to walk longer distances, which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance; walk on docks which may have steep ramps at low tide. This tour is not appropriate for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • Dublin City Tour
  • Trinity College Old Library Exhibit
  • Book of Kells
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Cycling tour on Royal Canal Greenway
  • Athlone Castle
  • Portumna Workhouse
  • Wild Atlantic Way
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens
  • Connemara National Park
  • 2 nights on Inishmore Aran Islands
  • Ferry to/from Inishmore
  • Dun Aonghasa
  • 2 nights in Doolin
  • The Burren
  • Ailwee Cave
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • Guided Cliff Walk
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Gus O’Connor’s
  • Quaint Irish Villages
  • 3 nights in Killarney
  • Killarney National Park
  • Gap of Dunloe
  • Boat ride on Killarney’s Lakes
  • Guided Trail Ride through Killarney National Park
  • Kilkenny Walking Tour
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Wicklow Gap
  • Glendalough
  • Farewell Dinner

 

 

Dates & Pricing

July 16, 2021 – July 29, 2021 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Itinerary

From the Irish people’s sparkling wit, hospitality and cozy pubs to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes and spectacular coastlines, this small country packs quite a punch. See the history, experience the culture and Xplore Irelands natural wonders as we travel from Dublin to Doolin and points beyond.  Surprising moments, epic adventures and all that can happen in-between! 

Day 1 – Home Cities to Dublin

Fly from home city to Dublin Ireland

Day 2 – Dublin

Welcome to the Emerald Isle!  Following arrival at Dublin Airport, we are met by our driver/guide and escorted to our awaiting motorcoach. We Xplore Dublin with a City Tour, enjoying the sites of Ireland’s capital city.  We see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park (the largest town park in Europe), statue filled O’Connell Street and fashionable Grafton Street.  We stop at Trinity College to visit the Old Library, housing the 1,200-year-old medieval manuscript Book of Kells.  Entering the Long Room, you might think you’ve entered one of J.K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter books.  After checking into our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to rest or Xplore Dublin on your own.  This evening spend time with your fellow Xplorers during our Welcome Dinner. W

Day 3 – Dublin to Athlone

This morning we depart Dublin and travel through the Irish midlands to Mullingar to Xplore the area on a guided cycle tour along the Royal Canal Greenway to Lough Owel.  Along the way we visit St Bridget’s Well and an old famine graveyard before returning to Mullingar to enjoy tea /coffee and scones in a picturesque setting, overlooking the Royal Canal Harbour.  Then it’s on to the historic town of Athlone, steeped in history, culture and majesty.  A place where you can Xplore Ireland’s ancient east and discover hidden gems with phenomenal stories from fables and folklore of years gone by.  Engage on a journey through 5,000 years of history on a guided tour of Athlone Castle, built in the 13th Century.  You’ll find yourself walking in the footsteps of kings, queens and monks, listening to historic tales of the town, castle and the lives of the townsfolk of Athlone.  Enjoy the company of your fellow Xplorers this evening at Dinner.

Day 4 – Athlone to Galway City

Departing Athlone, we travel to Portumna for a guided tour of Portumna Workhouse. The workhouse, one of many in Ireland, opened in 1852 and was used as a place of shelter for the poor and homeless during the great famine. Listen to stories of the famine and learn what life was like for the people forced by circumstance to seek shelter here.  From here we travel to Galway City where we abandon our coach and see Galway as it should be seen - on foot. We are joined by a local guide for a fun and entertaining walking tour as we wander through the charming old cobbled stone streets of Galway, our guide recounting tales of war and conquest, joy and tragedy, emigration and slavery, success and folly.  Followed by free time to explore the city on your own, to experience the blend of past and present housed in century old buildings in this lively city.

Day 5 – Galway City to Inishmore, Aran Islands

This morning we embark on a tour of the quiet wilderness and vast panoramic views of Connemara, a magical region, with captivating landscapes, heather covered mountains, beautiful lakes and bogs.  Oscar Wilde described Connemara as “a place of savage beauty” and has been a prime location of many films. Stopping for lunch at one of the most photographed former Estate homes in Ireland Kylemore Abbey.  Built in 1866, as a private residence until 1920 when it became home to the Benedictine Nuns.  Visit the Abbey with its beautifully restored period rooms, learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, and spirituality. Xplore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings and formal flower gardens. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through the 1,000-acre estate.  Our next stop is Connemara National Park and Visitor Centre. With 7000+ acres of scenic landscape complete with its own herd of Connemara ponies!  Perhaps catching a glimpse of them on our walk along the Diamond Hill Trails.  From here, we travel to Rossaveal where we board the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands and one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way. Upon arrival, we check in to our hotel for a two-night stay.  It’s a short walk to the local pub for dinner and an evening of Irish entertainment…Guinness anyone!

Day 6 – Inishmore

Today we enjoy a full day Xploring Inishmore on bicycles. The island is only 12km in length and 3km wide, with narrow winding roads, quaint shops, Irish hospitality and breathtaking costal views. Infused with history the island resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. Parking our bikes, we take a 1km walk to the world renowned forth of Dun Aonghasa.  A prehistoric hill fort perched precariously on a 330-foot cliff over the harsh Atlantic Ocean.  One of Ireland’s most ancient features estimated to be more than 3000 years old. Standing in Dun Aonghasa, feels a little like teetering on the edge of the world. 

Day 7 – Inishmore to Doolin

We depart Inishmore on the mid-morning sailing to the quaint and lively village of Doolin.  Following lunch, we travel along the shores of Galway Bay and through the lunar type landscape of the Burren to Aillwee Cave.  Led by a cave expert we Xplore the beauty beneath the Burren, caverns with frozen waterfalls and ancient stalactites and stalagmites.  A visit to the gift shop is a must, be sure to sample the vast selections of local cheese, so delicious! Winding our way around the limestone mountain we stop at the 6000+ year old Poulnabrone Dolmen one of the most famous landmarks in the Burren. From here, we return to Doolin for a two-night stay. This evening we enjoy Dinner at Gus O’ Connors Pub established in 1832, known world-wide for its toe taping, knee slapping, sing along, traditional Irish Music. 

Day 8 – Doolin

We are joined this morning by a local guide for an exciting and rewarding cliff walk to the majestic Cliffs of Moher. We cross through farmlands that have been handed down through generations from father to son and to grandson. Learn the history of the area and the rural lifestyle enjoyed by the local people. We follow along the cliff edge offering stunning views, as we make our way to the highest point of the cliffs standing 702 feet above sea level.  Waves crashing against the cliffs, puffins in their natural habitat and waterfalls, the walk offers the best and most remarkable views of the cliffs.  Following some free time to appreciate the awe-inspiring views, we board our coach and return to Doolin.  A stop at the local pub for a well-deserved bevy may be in order before heading out to Xplore the village and its charming shops on your own.  

Day 9 – Doolin to Killarney

Leaving a little piece of our hearts in Doolin, we travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, past castle ruins, country cottages and through picturesque villages to the charming town of Adare, with its main street punctuated by beautiful stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval monasteries and a picturesque village park. We continue to the vibrant town of Killarney for a three-night stay. Surrounded by incredibly beautiful countryside, Killarney is a very special place indeed. Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and of course wonderful Irish hospitality. Some of which you will experience this evening while enjoying Dinner with your fellow Xplorers.  

Day 10 – Killarney

Today’s adventure begins with a short drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage, well-known to be one of Ireland’s oldest ‘An Sibin’ and our starting point for a beautiful walk through a pass in the mountains known as the Gap of Dunloe. As we walk through the mountain pass, we enjoy spectacular scenery while winding our way around numerous lakes and between the steep slopes of Purple Mountain and the Mac Gillycuddy’s Reeks to Killarney’s Upper Lake. After enjoying some refreshments, we board a traditional style boat.  Captained by a local Irishman sharing the history and stories of the area, certainly one of the many highlights of the days adventure.  Gently making way, across the glassy surface of the three Lakes of Killarney, gliding under old stone bridges and ending at beautiful Ross Castle.  Today’s amazing journey is something you won’t soon forget!  

Day 11 – Killarney

There is no better way to Xplore the jaw-dropping beauty of Killarney National Park than on a gentle horse ride through the park, led by a local guide, no experience required.  Travelling over vast expanses of green grass, past collectives of deer, interacting naturally and dancing around, sparkling lakes in the distance and mountains lining the backdrop, adding an extra layer to the awe-inspiring landscape, a truly magical experience creating unforgettable memories.  The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.  With many options available, your guide will have plenty of suggestions for you. 

Day 12 – Killarney to Kilkenny

Departing Kilkenny this morning, travelling over the scenic Wicklow Gap to Glendalough.  An early Christian ecclesiastical settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.  Set in a peaceful glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated Celtic crosses. Following an audiovisual presentation at the Visitors Centre and a guided tour of the site we take the scenic Green Road Walk to impressive and serene Upper Lake. From here we continue to the sleepy village of Dunboyne and check into our hotel with a history. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow Xplorers. 

Day 13 – Kilkenny to Dunboyne

Departing Kilkenny this morning, travelling over the scenic Wicklow Gap to Glendalough (Valley of Two Lakes).  An early Christian ecclesiastical settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.  Set in a peaceful glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated Celtic crosses. Following an audiovisual presentation at the Visitors Centre and a guided tour of the site we take the scenic Green Road Walk to impressive Upper Lake. From here we continue to the sleepy village of Dunboyne and check into our hotel with a history. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with our fellow Xplorers.  

Day 14 – Depart Dublin Airport

After breakfast we transfer to Dublin Airport for our flight home with fond memories, new friends, newly acquired accents and many stories to relate to friends and family. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat (May the Luck of the Irish be with you) 

What you will experience on this tour

From the Irish people’s sparkling wit, hospitality and cozy pubs to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes and spectacular coastlines, this small country packs quite a punch. See the history, experience the culture and Xplore Irelands natural wonders as we travel from Dublin to Doolin and points beyond.  Surprising moments, epic adventures and all that can happen in-between! 

Dates & Pricing

From the Irish people’s sparkling wit, hospitality and cozy pubs to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes and spectacular coastlines, this small country packs quite a punch. See the history, experience the culture and Xplore Irelands natural wonders as we travel from Dublin to Doolin and points beyond.  Surprising moments, epic adventures and all that can happen in-between! 

July 16, 2021 – July 29, 2021 Space Available


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$5,650 Double 

Single $6,650

All prices are per person and land only.

Not included in price: 

  • Airfare (will be available in August 2020)
  • taxes and fees

Total meals included: All breakfasts, 5 dinners & 2 snacks


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From the Irish people’s sparkling wit, hospitality and cozy pubs to the isle’s incredible emerald landscapes and spectacular coastlines, this small country packs quite a punch. See the history, experience the culture and Xplore Irelands natural wonders as we travel from Dublin to Doolin and points beyond.  Surprising moments, epic adventures and all that can happen in-between! 

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