The Republic's capital city, Dublin, lies at the heart of a region that enchants the visitor with a selection of fascinating historical monuments, beautiful natural scenery, thrilling sporting events, and unspoiled lakes, rivers and stretches of coastline.
Dublin is usually the first port of call for visitors and this energetic, youthful city pulsates with a compelling mix of history, culture, hip bars and pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and some of the country's most sophisticated restaurants. Cosmopolitan and diverse, Dublin is now one of Europe's top urban hotspots.
Renowned for its beauty, famed for the splendour of its scenery, Killarney is one of the world's best-loved tourist spots. Killarney (Cill Airne - The Church of Sloes) became a magnificent town about 1750 when the local magnate, Lord Kenmare, developed the tourist business and four major roads were built to the outside world. The area still bears the marks of a group of houses huddled outside the demesne walls. The present population is about 9,000 and the main economic base is tourism.
The historic village of Bunratty is not just the most strategically placed of tourist attractions - but a place that offers all that is best in Irish hospitality. It has been doing just that for more than four hundred years, when a Papal envoy reported on the lavish reception he enjoyed in Bunratty Castle.
The village is synonymous with world famous 15th century Bunratty Castle and 19th century Bunratty Folk Park, the West of Ireland's most visited attraction. The village offers excellent shopping including Avoca Handweavers and BunrattyVillage Mills / Blarney Woollen Mills Complex , great restaurants, several hotels and a number of pubs including the famous 'Durty Nellys' pub.
Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Merry Ploughboy Pub
On arrival at Dublin Airport go through immigration formalities and pick up your baggage. Go to the CIE Tours desk 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 transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide who will show you around central
Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; Dail Eireann, where the government meets; and rows of Georgian houses with gailycoloured doorways. Stop at Dublin Castle to take a guided tour through the elegant State Apartments, which are filled with elaborate Waterford Crystal chandeliers and portraits of prominent Irish leaders. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening drive to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish
specialties, which is followed by a show of traditional Irish songs and intricate stepdancing.
Day 2 : Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the centre of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop to view the stately church ruins atop the Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork; visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can fi nd quality Irish-made goods of all types conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom,
built around a fi ne castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland's highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to take a stroll through the compact town centre and explore one of Killarney's famous singing pubs. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 3 : Ring of Kerry & Muckross Gardens
Today embark on Ireland's most popular scenic drive of 140 kms - the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. Just outside Killarney stop near the Gap of Dunloe to see the Essence of Kerry, an audio-visual presentation about the region. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. Drive through the villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville at the end of the peninsula and stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-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 shores of Muckross Lake and with many fi ne trees and plants. Return to your Killarney hotel in time for Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 4 : 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 to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch golf links, one of Ireland's most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty.
Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located very close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Then take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the middle Ages. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 5 :Dublin
Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and through the midland region of Ireland to Kildare. Here visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. You can learn about horse breeding and see some of the valuable animals before touring the lovely Japanese Gardens, considered the best in
Europe. They were laid out in 1908 and represent the "Life of Man" through the selection and placement of trees, shrubs and rocks in classical Japanese manner. Drive to the north side of Dublin city where the Coach will drop you at Dublin Airport or Bewley's Hotel close to the Airport at approximately 17:00
Packages starting from EUR 725 per person Package includes the following:
Group transfer on arrival & departure
Sightseeing by luxury coach through out
Services of a professional English speaking driver cum guide
4 nights accommodation at hotels mentioned below.
Daily breakfast & Dinner
Welcome get together drink
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Ferry ride across River Shannon
Visits & admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney castle, Blarney Wollen mills and much more.