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Classic Ireland - Private

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Travel around Ireland in comfort to see the top highlights

In 10 days you’ll see the best attractions in Ireland as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. This private tour is the ideal way to explore the cities, countryside and coastline of the Emerald Isle. You get to choose what you prefer each day with the insider knowledge and stories of your very own guide. Wander through Cork and Galway, see the Cliffs of Moher and roam around ancient ruins to immerse yourself in Irish history and culture.

10 days / 9 nights

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Approx 6662 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the rich history and culture of the capital Dublin
  • See the gems of the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most iconic driving route
  • Discover the lively atmospheres of the cities Galway, Cork and Kilkenny
  • Take in the magic of the lunar-like area of The Burren
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle to receive the gift of eloquence
  • Walk along the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most scenic stretch of coastline
  • Wander through charming Irish villages like Cobh and Adare
  • Explore ancient castles and medieval ruins like Bunratty Castle and The Rock of Cashel
  • Pick from optional activities like a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or a boat tour to the Aran Islands
  • Travel in comfort with your very own knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Off the Beaten Path i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Off the Beaten Path i

Driving distance

1522/946 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN DUBLIN

    Upon your arrival in Dublin, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you directly to your accommodation. Then it’s time to immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, museums and historic pubs.

    Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district and 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 walk along the characterful O’Connell Street filled with interesting shops and landmark buildings.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

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  • Day 2: TOWARDS THE IRISH WEST COAST

    Today, your private guide picks you up to start your adventure around Ireland. You’ll first pass through the beautiful midlands. You can decide where to stop with your guide. You could learn about Irish history at Trim Castle or roam atmospheric ruins at Clonmacnoise. Or why not taste the local whiskey at Kilbeggan Distillery?

    Later, your guide will take you to your stop for the night, the lively Galway.  The colourful city is the perfect place to taste some Irish delicacies with its famous food scene and numerous pubs.

    Spend the night in Galway.          

    Driving distance: 229 km / 142 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 3: DISCOVER RUGGED CONNEMARA

    Enjoy the sights of the striking Connemara region today. Its rugged landscape is famous for its mountains, white sand beaches, picturesque lakes and heathlands. You’ll first stop by Killary harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord with a length of 16 kilometres (9.9 miles). Further along, your guide will also make a stop at Kylemore Abbey. Here you can admire the spectacular Gothic architecture and take a stroll in the Victorian Walled Garden.

    For a more leisurely day, you could also decide to visit the Aran Islands instead (pre-booking necessary). These windswept islands are one of the few places where the Gaelic language, culture and music still truly thrive.

    Spend another night in the Galway area.

    Driving distance around Connemara: 214 km / 133 miles
    Driving distance to Aran Islands: 76 km / 47 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: CLIFFS OF MOHER & LIMESTONE LANDSCAPES

    Start the day with a visit to Dunguaire Castle. Sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking Galway Bay, it is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Further ahead, your guide will take you to a beautiful spot to experience the surreal landscape of The Burren. You’ll be able to walk around one of Ireland’s oldest megalithic monuments, the portal tomb Poulnabrone Dolmen.

    Then you will arrive at the jewel of Ireland, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. This is the top tourist attraction in the country, showcasing some of the most iconic coastal scenery of the island. On a sunny day the views are expansive, but even a stormy day can be exhilarating with the powerful Atlantic below.

    Spend the night in the Doolin/Lisdoonvarna area.

    Driving distance: 111 km / 69 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

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  • Day 5: MEDIEVAL CASTLES & PICTURE-PERFECT VILLAGES

    Today, you will be visiting the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. You could also decide to visit the nearby Bunratty Folk Park, where you can experience Irish rural life from the 1800s. Your guide will then take you to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages with its thatched cottages housing craft shops and restaurants.

    In the afternoon, explore Killarney National Park sitting below Ireland’s highest mountains. Here, you can select your own adventure, whether you want to visit the 19th-century mansion of Muckross House, take an optional Jaunting Car tour of the park or a boat trip on the peaceful Lough Leane.

    Spend the night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance: 206 km / 128 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 6: RING OF KERRY

    The Ring of Kerry is a highlight in Ireland and today your private guide takes you around this must-do scenic drive. Your first stop will be at Kells Bay House, to see its primeval forest of planted giant ferns. You’ll also pass by the ancient stone forts of Caherdaniel and Staigue, and Derrynane Bay with its beautiful white sand.

    When you complete the circle, you’ll have a chance to see the picturesque Torc Waterfall. If you prefer, today you could also take an optional boat tour from the coast to see the Skellig Islands from up close.

    Spend another night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance: 198 km / 123 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 7: GARNISH ISLAND & IRELAND’S SOUTH COAST

    Today, your guide will drive you over the scenic, winding Caha Pass to the colourful village of Glengarriff. From here, you can decide if you’d like to take the short boat trip to Garnish Island. It is renowned for its gardens, and you might spot a seal colony on the way. Or you might prefer to visit the 18th-century Bantry House.

    Later, travel to the lively city of Cork via Kinsale, a popular resort town with its picturesque yachting harbour and historic forts.

    Spend the night in the Cork area.

    Driving distance: 191 km / 119 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 8: ANCIENT CASTLES & THE BLARNEY STONE

    You have a full day of historic visits ahead of you. The first stop on your journey will be Blarney Castle, a legendary medieval stronghold that houses the Blarney Stone, surrounded by many myths and tales. Then you might decide with your guide to spend some time in the photogenic harbour town of Cobh. It is known as the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912.

    You’ll then continue on to explore the spectacular Rock of Cashel, a historic site containing a collection of medieval buildings that span over 1000 years of history. Later, you’ll arrive in Kilkenny, a medieval town nestled around a majestic 12th-century castle.

    Spend the night in the Kilkenny area.

    Driving distance: 208 km / 129 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 9: THROUGH THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS TO DUBLIN

    Today you can decide with your guide what you prefer. You could head straight back to Dublin to spend more time exploring the capital. Or you could check out a few more sights along the way by taking the scenic route. This way you’ll pass through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement, and the Powerscourt Estate, featuring the restored mansion Powerscourt House.

    Then your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in Dublin. You’ll have the rest of the evening to spend at your leisure, perhaps with a fine Irish dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

    Driving distance via Wicklow Mountains: 165km / 102 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 10: DEPARTURE

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to Dublin Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

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.

Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with well-appointed guesthouses or country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels or boutique guesthouses in combination with Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Tour Information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following section about what the tour includes, the itinerary, accommodation, and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TOURS
This package is a private tour, which means you will have a dedicated, private local guide at your side throughout the trip. This tour also includes private airport transfers on arrival and departure, but it will not be the same driver.

During the guided portion of this tour it will be easy to tailor the itinerary to your unique needs and interests. Get in touch with us if you would like to customise this package further.

YOUR PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Irish tour guide. They will drive you around Ireland and share their local knowledge, including hidden gems and stories, with you along the way.

Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles, such as premium executive cars, 4-wheel drives and a 16-passenger Mercedes-Benz mini-bus. Please contact us if you would like more information about the vehicles.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels and guesthouses around the country based on personal experience and comfort. In Ireland, please note that room sizes may vary, but they are based on European standard sizes, which means they may be smaller than in North America.

Please be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we often select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs. In some cases, there are no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast is included at your accommodation for the duration of your stay. Other meals and drinks are not included and will be at your own expense during the trip.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euro (€, 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. They 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 any remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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