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Wonders of Ireland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Let a local guide take you across Ireland

This 8-day guided tour will give you a fantastic taste of Ireland, its scenery and history. With a local driver-guide and a small group of like-minded world travellers, you’ll tour the countryside to take in the top sights as well as lesser-known spots. The carefully crafted itinerary takes you from Dublin to Galway on the west coast, passing by the famous Ring of Kerry before returning to the Irish capital. Learn about Irish history and folklore and be treated to true Irish hospitality, flavours and natural gems.

8 days / 7 nights

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Approx 2943 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic and vibrant Irish capital Dublin
  • Take in the grand scenery of the renowned Cliffs of Moher
  • Experience Ireland’s most iconic peninsula, the Ring of Kerry
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture and music in Galway
  • Discover ancient castles and medieval sites such as Bunratty Castle and Blarney Castle
  • Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Killarney National Park
  • Taste the flavour of the country at a local whiskey distillery
  • Wander along the lavish grounds of stately homes such as Powerscourt Estate
  • Stay at unique properties & enjoy gourmet local cuisine
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a local tour driver-guide

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Heritage i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 2 (Moderate) i

Season

Apr - Oct

Max group size

15

Departure

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Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Heritage i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN IRELAND

    Upon your arrival in Dublin, make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. You may choose to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.

    Then immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, museums and historic pubs of the Irish capital. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district, grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse for a taste of the world-famous beer or visit the historic Trinity College to see the ancient Book of Kells.

    You could enjoy an afternoon tea sightseeing tour of the city on a vintage bus or stroll along the characterful O’Connell Street filled with interesting shops and landmark buildings.

    Spend the night at Dylan Hotel or similar.

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  • Day 2: INTO THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

    Today, your guide will pick you up to start your adventure around Ireland. The tour will start with a drive across the beautiful midlands and towards the west coast. Take in the rolling hills and lush countryside during the journey.

    On the way to Galway, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about Irish history at Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. 

    Finally, we’ll arrive in Galway, a lively city by the Atlantic Ocean. We'll stop for a tour and tasting at Micil Distillery to see how the local whiskey and spirits are made. Then we’ll enjoy dinner as a group.

    Spend the night at Park House Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Trim Castle
    • Entrance to Micil Distillery
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 3: EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDS

    Today we’ll head out on an island excursion. We’ll start the day by taking the ferry to Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the western Aran Islands. These three windswept islands are one of the few places where the Gaelic language, culture and music still truly thrive.

    On the island, we’ll enjoy a guided bus tour so you can learn more about the history and culture of the local community. You’ll also have some free time to explore at your leisure before returning to the mainland.

    Spend another night at Park House Hotel or similar.       

    Included:
    • Aran Islands excursion
    • Breakfast at your hotel

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 4: IRELAND’S JEWEL, THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

    Today we’ll continue south along the Galway Bay. The first stop of the day will be Dunguaire Castle, where you’ll have the opportunity to take some scenic photos. Sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking the bay, it is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Then we’ll pass by Pounabrone Dolmen, one of Ireland’s oldest megalithic monuments.

    Finally, we’ll reach the west coast to visit Ireland’s top attraction, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. This is a true showcase of the country’s iconic coastal scenery. Walk along the paths, try to spot some seabirds and take in the views of the fierce Atlantic Ocean.

    Later, we’ll make a stop at the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. We’ll take some time to visit the castle and learn about its history before arriving in Killarney.

    Spend the night at Randles Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Cliffs of Moher visitor centre
    • Entrance to Bunratty Castle
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 5: THE RING OF KERRY

    Today, we’ll take in the magic of the Ring of Kerry. This is one of Ireland’s most famous routes and a must-see when visiting its countryside. Along the way there’ll be plenty of stops for you to take photos and admire the striking landscape.

    We’ll first take some time to wander around the grounds of Kells Bay House to see its primeval forest of planted giant ferns. Then, if the weather allows, we’ll stop by the charming Derrynane Bay with its striking white sands.  Later, we’ll complete the circular tour ending back inside the Killarney National Park, where we’ll visit the picturesque Torc Waterfall.

    Spend another night at Randles Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Kells Bay House
    • Breakfast at your hotel

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 6: BLARNEY CASTLE AND IRISH HERITAGE

    Today, we’ll drive south to explore Blarney Castle, a legendary medieval stronghold. It is well worth visiting because it is home to the Blarney Stone, surrounded by many myths and tales.

    We’ll then spend some time in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, before driving north to stop for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel. This historic site is a fantastic collection of medieval buildings that span over 1000 years of history. Later, we’ll arrive in Kilkenny. This is a beautiful medieval town nestled around a majestic 12th-century castle.

    Spend the night at Butler House Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Blarney Castle
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 7: RETURN TO DUBLIN

    Today, we have our final day of driving through the majestic Irish countryside.  We’ll pass through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to take in the beautiful views.

    The next stop is at Powerscourt Estate, the home of the restored mansion Powerscourt House. We’ll have time to wander through the beautiful gardens and even catch sight of Ireland’s highest waterfall, which sits on these grounds.

    Later, your guide will then drop you off at your accommodation in Dublin. You can enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure in Ireland’s capital.

    Spend the night at Dylan Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall
    • Breakfast at your hotel

    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM IRELAND

    On your day of departure, make your way back to the airport. If you would like to add any additional nights to your trip or to arrange a private transfer, you can add the option below. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of the many attractions or simply relax and take in the atmosphere of the city one last time.

    Included:
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Private transfer from your hotel to airport

    Optional Extras

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

The Dylan is a 5-star boutique hotel located near the city centre of Dublin. The hotel sits in a leafy neighbourhood by the Grand Canal in the south of the capital. Stay at the Dylan Hotel...

Park House Hotel is located near the leafy Eyre Square and within the vibrant city centre of Galway. It will remind you of classic hotels with its modern style and luxury bedrooms. In-ro...

Park House Hotel is located near the leafy Eyre Square and within the vibrant city centre of Galway. It will remind you of classic hotels with its modern style and luxury bedrooms. In-ro...

Randles is a 4-star, family-owned hotel located in Killarney. This scenic town borders the lush national park of the same name. Here you can expect to experience all the charms of the Iris...

Randles is a 4-star, family-owned hotel located in Killarney. This scenic town borders the lush national park of the same name. Here you can expect to experience all the charms of the Iris...

Butler House is a unique hotel located in the centre of Kilkenny. You’ll find it just south of the majestic Kilkenny Castle and its lush grounds.  This Georgian home was built...

The Dylan is a 5-star boutique hotel located near the city centre of Dublin. The hotel sits in a leafy neighbourhood by the Grand Canal in the south of the capital. Stay at the Dylan Hotel...

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 15 participants.

Price p.p. from

Approx 2943 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

  • Arrival
    Price
    Availability
  • Monday 17 April 2023
    2943 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 1 May 2023
    2943 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 22 May 2023
    2943 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 5 June 2023
    3006 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 10 July 2023
    3006 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 24 July 2023
    3006 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 7 August 2023
    3027 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 21 August 2023
    3027 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 4 September 2023
    3006 EUR
    Available
  • Monday 18 September 2023
    3006 EUR
    Available

Monthly price comparison

Our best price per person when booking for two.

2023

Tour Information

We recommend that all Nordic Visitor travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, the accommodation, and other useful information for your travels.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children. As the legal drinking age is 18, those aged 17 and under will not take part in the distillery tour.

OUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDES
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Irish tour guide, who will drive you around Ireland. Not only will the guide offer their local knowledge and share hidden gems and stories with you, but they will act as the logistical organiser for the group. They will ensure that everything is running smoothly and that you’re having a good time during your holiday.

As an expert and a local, your tour guide will be a valuable resource for questions about local customs, language, food and other practical travel information. If you join our guided small group tour, you will get a personal experience of Ireland. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour aboard a comfortable, high-quality mini-bus.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort.

Due to the historic nature of the properties included in the tour, please note that room sizes and views may vary. Many of the rooms are only accessed by stairs and none of the properties have elevators. Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms.

Please contact us for booking assistance if your group contains three or more people.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy three included dinners, as per the package inclusions. They will usually include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. Please notify your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip.

LUGGAGE
This tour is by mini-bus and so, to ensure comfortable seating for everyone, there is a limit to the size and amount of luggage you can bring. Each guest is allowed 1 large suitcase or bag, which can be stored in the back of the van, and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or day bag) for daily essentials.

The guidance size for the larger luggage is no more than 158 cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and should not exceed more than 20 kg. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks.

If you have any questions about luggage, your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL
Please note that this tour includes some walking at some of the sightseeing stops. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 1-3 kilometres (0.5 to 2 miles) on certain days. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the bus each day.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that the tour programme is dependent upon weather conditions, and may be altered if these are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the itinerary, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within 2 business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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