There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: the Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. A number of other places are on the tentative list, for example the Burren, the Ceide Fields and Mount Stewart.
Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle. Historically important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, which are maintained as national monuments in the Republic of Ireland.
Dublin is the most heavily touristed region and home to several of the most popular attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Book of Kells. The west and south west, which includes the Lakes of Killarney and the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry and Connemara and the Aran Islands in County Galway, are also popular tourist destinations.
Day 1: Dublin
Arrive Dublin airport go to the CIE Tours dest in the Arrivals Hall where staff will arrange a group transfer to your hotel between 7: 00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later than noon you will be transfer to the hotel atyour own expense. (B)
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Merry Ploughboy
At 2:00 pm at your hotel join a local guide who will show you around central Dublin. Drive through the main streets to seehistoric buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; the evocative fi gures of the Famine Memorial;and rows of Georgian houses with gaily‐collared doorways. Stop at Dublin Castle to take a guided tour through the elegantState Apartments,which are fi lled with elaborate Waterford Crystal chandeliers and portraits of prominent Irish leaders. Return to your hotelfor a get‐together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the eveningdrive to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties, which is followed by a show of traditional Irishsongs and intricate step dancing.(B,D)
Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the centre of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop to view the stately church ruinsatop the Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few milesoutside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can findquality Irish‐made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a finecastle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakeswith Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax beforedinner. Afterwards you may like to take stroll through the compact town center and explore one of Killarney’s famous singingpubs. (B,D)
Day 4: 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 breath taking sights of the Macgilly cuddy’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 flicks 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 it is a thriving bird sanctuary. Stop to walk around Sneem, where rightly‐painted houses are grouped around a central green. Stop at Moll’s Gap for a view over the Three Lakes of Killarney with the town in the distance. Visit the charming Muckross Gardens, set on the shoresof Muckross Lake and with many mature trees and plants. Return to Killarney and enjoy a fi ne dinner inyour hotel once again. (B,D)
Day 5: 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 toalmost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch golf links, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through themarketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel,which is located very close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for aemorableexperience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the GreatHall for a medieval‐style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lordsand ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the middle Ages. (B,D)
Day 6: Towards Dublin
This morning, drive past the outskirts of Limerick and through the midland region of Ireland toKildare.
Here visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens to learn about horse breeding and see some of the valuable animals.Then tour the lovely Japanese Gardens, considered the best in Europe. They were laid out in 1908 in classical Japanese mannerand represent the “Life of Man” through the selection and placement of trees, shrubs and rocks. Continue to Dublin Airportwhere your tour fi nishes at 1700h. (If you are extending this tour on a 7 Day or 6 Day version as described below, transferto our tour hotel).
Day 7 Departure Dublin
This morning you will check out and you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to home. (D)
- Return airfare
- 6 nights stay
- 4 Dinners
- Intercity transfers by coach
- Airport Taxes
- Travel Insurance