11 NIGHT HISTORICAL IRELAND

This tour is an expert blend of history, tradition, culture and education. Perfect for people with a thirst for knowledge, the eleven-day trip is littered with castle trips and museums, all bursting with interesting facts. Get lost in the island’s long, colourful history as you enjoy driving through stunning countryside. Beginning and ending in Dublin you’ll visit counties and cities including Waterford, Mayo and Kerry, taking in sights including Trinity College, Newgrange, Blarney Castle and Croagh Patrick.

Day 1 – Dublin

Day 1

Highlights

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Book of Kells
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Gaol

Day 2 – Meath, Westmeath

Day 2

Highlights

  • Loughcrew Passage Tomb
  • Newgrange
  • Hill of Tara
  • Trim Castle

Day 3 – Waterford

Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Waterford Crystal Factory
  • Waterford City

Day 4 – Cork

Highlights

  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woolen  Mills
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Cork City
  • Old Midleton Whiskey Distillery
  • Cork Opera House
  • Kinsale
  • Titanic Experience
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Blackrock Castle
  • Spike Island
  • Red Abbey
  • English Market

Day 5 & 6 – Kerry

Killarney National Park (Irish: Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) is located beside the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland's only native herd of Red Deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland. The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats and the wide variety of species that they accommodate, some of which are rare. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park forms part of a Special Area of Conservation. Killarney National Park is one of the very few places in Ireland that has been continuously covered by woodland since the end of the most recent glacial period,] approximately 10,000 years ago. Humans have lived in the area since at least the Bronze Age, approximately 4,000 years ago. Archaeologists have found evidence that copper mining took place in the Ross Island area during this period, which suggests that the area was of considerable importance to Bronze Age people. The park has many archaeological features, including a well preserved stone circle at Lissivigeen.

Highlights

  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House & Gardens
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Tralee
  • Kenmare

Day 7- Clare

Day 7

Highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • The Burren
  • Doolin

Day 8 & 9 – Galway

Highlights

  • Galway City
  • Galway Crystal
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Connemara National Park
  • Aughnanure Castle
  • Dún Aonghasa
  • Aran Islands

Day 10 – Mayo

Highlights

  • Westport Hertiage
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Clew Bay
  • Cong

Day 11 – Dublin

Day 11

Highlights

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Book of Kells
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Gaol

DAY 12- HOMEWARD BOUND WITH LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES AND PICTURES

Package includes accommodation, breakfast each morning, guide booklet, heritage island guide, attraction guide, car rental with unlimited mileage, insurances.

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  • Dublin City
     
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    Trinity College and Book of Kells
     
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    Guinness Storehouse
     
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    Newgrange Passage Tomb
     
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    Lismore Castle
     
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    Rock of Cashel
     
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    Ring of Kerry
     
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    Dingle Peninsula
     
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    Cliffs of Moher
     
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    Galway City
     
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    Connemara
     
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    Aran Islands
     
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    Croagh Patrick
     
  • Dublin 1 night
     
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    Meath 1 night
     
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    Waterford 1 night
     
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    Cork 1 night
     
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    Kerry 2 nights
     
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    Clare 1 night
     
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    Galway 2 nights
     
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    Mayo 1 night
     
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    Dublin 1 night
     
  • Car rental – includes theft protection, unlimited mileage, taxes and airport charges
     
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    Accommodation – each night included, take your pick of B&Bs, hotels and castles
     
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    Food – a full Irish breakfast will be provided each morning
     
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    Itinerary – you’ll have full access to your trip itinerary 24/7
     
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    Payment plan options – contact our team for more information on affordable payment plans
     
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    Personal travel advisor – one of our team members will be assigned to you from beginning to end, offering expert advice and answering any queries you have
     

Trip Overview

Starting off in Dublin, you will have time to absorb the charm of our capital city, be it a pint of Guinness in the Storehouse, the Georgian squares or the charming cobbled streets of Temple Bar, there is plenty to offer all types of visitor!

 

Head on then to Meath and take in the Megalithic Tombs of Newgrange, an absolute wonder where the summer and winter solstices take place in a unique fashion. Close by is Trim Castle (where Braveheart was filmed). In the heart of Ireland there are two great distilleries making world-renowned whiskey – Kilbeggan Distillery and Tullamore Dew Distillery.

 

Learn about the great skill in making these hand-crafted drinks and become an Irish whiskey connoisseur! From Meath you make the short journey to Waterford, where you can visit the iconic House of  Waterford Crystal or journey on to the Copper Coast.

Your journey will continue on to Cork, the Rebel County. Cork is a bustling city on the south coast of Ireland where culture and heritage abounds. You can visit the the old gaol (jail & pronounced jail too) or the seaside town of Kinsale. The Old Head Golf Course is there for the golfer who dares! The road continues to the charming county of  Kerry, also known as the Kingdom.

 

Dramatic scenery of the sea, mountains and lakes awaits you – there are so many photo opportunities of scenery, people and craic (Irish for fun). With two days here you have time to do the famous Ring of Kerry, take a boat trip to the Skelligs weather permitting (location of the filming of the new Star Wars movie) or a horse and trap trip through the Gap of Dunloe, there is so much to choose from!

 

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Staying on the west coast you cross into Clare; a must-see are the Cliffs of Moher (Harry Potter quidditch scenes were filmed here). Stop in to a traditional pub for an Irish music session and more banter! The port city of Galway will wrap you in its romantic charm. The Spanish Armada sought refuge off the coast of Galway from stormy seas in 1588 and many stayed as they found the people so welcoming and charming! Hopefully your time here will make as lasting an impression.

With 2 nights in Galway you can venture further west into Connemara and experience some of the Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara is a place of intense beauty; barren landscape, stunning Atlantic views and welcoming villages serving some of the best food around. You will then spend a night in Mayo.

 

Croagh Patrick is located about 10 minutes drive from Westport and is named after our famous Saint Patrick (yes, he gets a mountain and a day named after him!). If you dare, climb up to the top to see the small chapel (it only takes two hours!) and the beautiful Clew Bay which is overlooked by Croagh Patrick. Finally, finish off your tour with another night in Dublin where you can relax in the capital before you start your journey home!

Absorb the charm of our capital city, be it a pint of Guinness in the Storehouse, the Georgian Squares or charming cobbled streets of Temple Bar, there is plenty to offer all types of visitor!

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