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Explore the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture of Ireland at your own pace on this overland tour. Drive past dramatic wildernesses and majestic mountains, amble in the rugged islands and white sand beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, hike in the hauntingly beautiful Connemara National Park, and discover lively festivals, pubs and authentic Irish culture in bustling villages as well as in atmospheric Dublin.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2DublinHistory & Architecture, Guinness Storehouse, Pubs & NightlifeThe Wilder Townhouse, The Davenport Hotel
2 - 4KilkennyMedieval Mile, Living Irish Culture, Blarney CastleHunter’s Yard, Manor House at Mount Juliet Estate
4 - 6KillarneyRing of Kerry, Hiking & NatureRandles Hotel Killarney, Cahernane House Hotel
6 - 8County ClareGateway to Western Ireland, The Burren & Cliffs of Moher, Irish Countryside VillagesOld Ground Hotel Ennis, Sheedy's Hotel & Restaurant
8 - 9County GalwayConnemara National ParkRoss Lake House Hotel, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
9 - 10DublinHistory & Architecture, Guinness Storehouse, Pubs & NightlifeThe K Club Hotel & Resort, The Alex Hotel

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Pick up your rental car

Dublin

1 Day

Dublin is a bustling cosmopolitan capital, straddling River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast. Step into contemporary galleries, admire street art, or cheer buskers as music fills the air.

Included Activities

Dublin by Electric Bike
Set off from the Temple Bar district, also known as the cultural quarter, as you embark on this evening exploration of the city on an electric bike. As you zip along, listen to your guide narrate anecdotes, lesser known historical facts, and the occasional ghost story about vibrant Dublin. Pause to take in the magnificence of Dublin Castle before you soak in the serenity of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Get a glimpse of Teeling Whiskey Distillery before you make your way to the bustling New Market Square area. Take a good look at the Guinness factory, credited with producing some of the world’s finest beer. Cycle past the houses in the historic residential neighborhood of The Liberties as you head to the infamous Kilmainham Jail that is now a museum. Zoom past the old city walls that have stood as sentinels for centuries on your way to savor the beauty of picturesque Christ Church Cathedral. You could also ask your guide to include specific attractions in the tour before you start off, as long as they can be accommodated within the specified duration. (Times: 1900; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please arrive at the meeting point half an hour prior to departure time for orientation.)

Leisurely Tasting Tour of Guinness Storehouse
Set off at a convenient time on this interesting self-guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse set in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. Begin your exploration at the huge pint glass located at the center of the building. On the ground floor, familiarize yourself with the main ingredients that are used to produce the beer. At your own pace, stroll across all seven floors of the erstwhile fermentation plant as you trace the history of this iconic 250-year-old brand. Get a glimpse of the intricate process of brewing fine beer that has helped Guinness reach its current stature. Before you wrap up your visit, head to Gravity Bar located on the top floor. Unwind with a complimentary pint at the bar as you savor stunning views of the city’s skyline. (Flexible Duration; Shared (Public) Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Relaxed Tour of Powerscourt Gardens
Start at a convenient time on this self-guided tour of Powerscourt House and Gardens. About an hour’s drive away from the city of Dublin, this gorgeous estate sits tucked into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. Take in the stunning image of the stately mansion sitting majestically among the sprawling gardens voted among the best in the world by National Geographic magazine. First designed in the mid-18th century, the expansive gardens with statues, ornamental lakes, and sweeping terraces, beckon you to explore. Stroll into the Japanese Gardens, Italian Garden, Walled Gardens, the Dolphin Pond, Pepperpot Tower, and Pets Cemetery. Stumble upon secret hollows and discover unique varieties of shrubs and trees as you saunter along at your own pace. After exploring to your heart’s content, head to the charming terrace café for refreshments. Nibble on delicious treats and savor a cup of coffee along with splendid views of the gardens with Sugarloaf Mountain in the backdrop. (Flexible Duration; Shared (Public) Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomPopular Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomExecutive Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 2 - 4

Today you drive from Dublin to Kilkenny (2 hrs)

Kilkenny

2 Days

Keep up with Kilkenny, a well-preserved and lively medieval city nestled amid stud farms and sprawling fields along the Nore river in southeastern Ireland.

Included Activities

Sample the True Taste of Ireland
Get a taste of Ireland’s most popular ale on this guided tour through Smithwick’s brewery and discover brewing innovations by an establishment that has over 300 years of experience in the field. Find out more about how the ale is harvested from the land, right at the heart of Kilkenny. Listen closely to the local staff as they explain what makes the ale so unique. This tour is truly a treat for your senses; take the opportunity to mill the malt, stir the mash and smell the hops firsthand. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself on this delightful tour! (Duration: 1 hr; Shared Activity; Transfer not Included; Please note that children between 0-5 years of age can enter for free, while children between 6-17 years of age receive child rates and a soft drink during the tour.)

Easy Walking Tour of Kilkenny With Medieval Mile
Unravel the deepest secrets of this medieval city in this fascinating private tour. Learn about the origin of the phrase ‘stinking rich’ and unveil the reason people of Kilkenny are known as cats! Learn about how a 12 inch needle was used to expose witches in a different era. Laugh your way across the quaint city streets as your guide regales you with humorous anecdotes and blends magic with history for a unique experience. Walk down the Medieval Mile trail, an iconic path that runs by prominent historical landmarks of the city, from the 13th century Saint Canice’s Cathedral to the imposing Kilkenny Castle. (Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

 

Hotel Options
Hunter’s Yard – Opt 1
RoomSuperior King Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomExecutive King Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 4 - 6

Today you drive from Kilkenny to Killarney (3 hrs)

Killarney

2 Days

Discover Killarney, a vibrant town on the fringes of its namesake national park surrounded by heather-clad highlands in southwestern Ireland.

Included Activities

Victorian Era Delights in Killarney
Discover the charms of a 19th century Victorian mansion in Killarney! Designed by the renowned Scottish architect William Burn, Muckross House was the residence of Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, Mary Balfour Herbert, the water-colorist. The Herbert family lived here for generations together, spanning almost two hundred years. Explore the elegant rooms with period-style furnishings harking back to the impressive lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class. Amble through the basement, where servants would go about their chores. In the mid 19th century, extensive work was undertaken in the garden in anticipation of Queen Victoria’s visit. See how this gardening tradition has endured over the centuries till today, thanks to the Bourn Vincent family who bought the estate in the early 20th century. The Rock Garden, Stream Garden and the Sunken Garden were developed around this time as well, which are a true pleasure to stroll through. (Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Transfer not Included; Duration: 3 hrs; Please note that the meeting point in The National Park, Dromy Rourke, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland; Children up to two years of age can enter free of cost, while children between 3-17 years of age receive child rates.)

Hike and Kayak Through the Ring of Kerry Delights
Experience the myriad joys and offerings of the famous Ring of Kerry on this tour! This untouched part of Ireland, which is a part of the Wild Atlantic Way, has long attracted travelers from around the world. After a peaceful one hour drive, amble through a range of territories, ranging from rugged islands and white sand beaches to dramatic mountain passes. Start your day indulging in any one of the outdoor adventure activities that are available, from golf, water sports and cycling to running, riding and fishing in freshwater rivers for salmon and trout. Explore the deep blue waters of the lakes of Killarney by kayak, with a seasoned guide. Begin at the 15th century Ross Castle and paddle into Lough Lein, passing through limestone caves and wooded islands. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed sea eagles as they fly over Killarney National park. Dock at the ancient ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, which used to be a leper colony and is now inhabited only by native red deer. Make your way from the coastline to the bustling towns and villages nearby. Pay a visit to Killarney and experience its fine food, lively festival and pubs teeming with traditional music. Immerse yourself in the spirit of local culture and festivity, against the backdrop of the stunning natural landscapes that surround it. (Full Day, Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Please note that the meeting point is Clients Hotel.)

 

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

Today you drive from Killarney to County Clare (2 hrs)

County Clare

2 Days

County Clare in western Ireland is known for its natural beauty and culture, from the showstopper Cliffs of Moher that features crashing Atlantic swells, to the lively Irish culture that reels you into intimate gatherings.

Included Activities

Magnificent Vistas of the Cliffs of Moher
Set off from your hotel and travel along the wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher, counted among the country’s top tourist magnets. For over 350 million years, these majestic cliffs in County Clare have stood serenely while the waters of the massive Atlantic Ocean churn below. Savor the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings as you walk up to the highest point on the cliffs. From your vantage spot, enjoy spectacular vistas of the rugged landscape juxtaposed against the startling blue sky above and the frothy water below. On a clear day, you might be able to see as far as the Aran Islands. Return to your hotel with memories that will last a lifetime. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Discovery Tour of Inis Meain Island
Get a glimpse of a bygone era with this tour of remote Inis Meain, one of the three Aran Isles. Step into a boat at the coastal village of Doolin and sail for about an hour to reach the island that is home to just a couple hundred people. Meet up with your guide, a local islander, and drive out to Cathaoir Synge, or Synge’s Chair, a vantage viewpoint located at the edge of a sheer limestone cliff. Learn how this spot was a favorite with renowned author John Millington Synge, best known for his work Riders to the Sea. Drink in gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighboring island of Inis Mor before you turn to Dun Chonchuir, or Conor’s Fort. Located on the island’s highest point, this oval stone fort dates back to the fifth century AD. Savor lunch at one of the few cafes on the island as you enjoy views of Inis Oirr, the smallest of the island cluster. After lunch, set out to explore Dun Fearbhai, or Feargal’s Fort, and stroll around ancient Teampall na Seacht Mac Ri, or Church of the Seven Sons, which was once a popular pilgrimage site. Stop by the Stone Age wedge tomb known as the Bed of Diarmuid and Grainne, before heading to the old pier for an interesting fishing demonstration. You could opt for a quick visit to the local knitwear factory, which specializes in exports to exclusive stores across the world, before you return to your ferry. (Full Day; Time of Day: 1000 (ferry departure); Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

 

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 8 - 9

Today you drive from County Clare to Galway County (1.5 hrs)

County Galway

1 Day

County Galway, in western Ireland, boasts a mosaic of experiences. Between the picturesque Atlantic coastline and the rocky Connemara National Park, explore the Twelve Bens mountain range, several pristine lakes, picture-postcard farmlands, the Carraroe coral beach, and Clifden’s Sky Road.

Included Activities

Killary Fjord by Kayak
Explore the magical waters of Killary Fjord by kayak! Killary Fjord is the ideal location to take in the beautiful landscapes of the region from the water. Choose your kayak and enjoy splashing around this truly stunning location on the Connemara Coastline. A choice of kayaks including Sea Kayaks, Sit on Tops and Single Cockpit Playboats are available. (Time of Day: 10:00 or 2:00; Transfer not Included; Duration: 3 hrs; Please note that the meeting point Killary Adventure Centre, N59 on the Kylemore side of Leenane Village, County Galway; Only children above eights years are allowed on this shared tour; Bring shoes you don’t mind getting wet.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 9 - 10

Today you drive from Galway County to Dublin (2.5 hrs)

Drop off your rental car

Dublin

1 Day

Dublin is a bustling cosmopolitan capital, straddling River Liffey on Ireland’s eastern coast. Step into contemporary galleries, admire street art, or cheer buskers as music fills the air.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Woodland View Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
The Alex Hotel – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,890 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,990 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • All activities as listed :
    • Dublin: Relaxed Tour of Powerscourt Gardens
    • Dublin: Leisurely Tasting Tour of Guinness Storehouse
    • Dublin: Dublin by Electric Bike
    • Kilkenny: Sample the True Taste of Ireland
    • Kilkenny: Easy Walking Tour of Kilkenny With Medieval Mile
    • Killarney: Victorian Era Delights in Killarney
    • Killarney: Hike and Kayak Through the Ring of Kerry Delights
    • County Clare: Magnificent Vistas of the Cliffs of Moher
    • County Clare: Discovery Tour of Inis Meain Island
    • County Galway: Killary Fjord by Kayak
  • Ireland:
    • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
      • Vehicle Type: Vehicle Type: Default car: Opel Insignia Automatic or something similar for 1-4 people and Ford Galaxy Automatic or something similar for 1-6 people
      • Unlimited mileage
      • 12 days
      • Pick-up: Dublin
      • Drop-off: Dublin
      • Detailed description of your routing
      • GPS navigation system
      • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
      • Airport Access Fee
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Theft Protection
    • Collision Damage Waiver & Excess Protection: Exclusive Rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for one driver with the following excess 2.500 EUR for (F group) IDAR (E Auto) and FVAR (MPV auto). Super inclusive rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for one driver with the following excess 250 EUR for (F group) IDAR (E Auto) and FVAR (MPV auto). The excess can be voluntarily reduced at the Enterprise branch on arrival by subscribing an Extended Protection; rates vary and will be clarified at that time. Any charges agreed do not form a part of any agreed relationship with the customer and are non refundable by Enterprise.
  • Additionally our preferred partners offers the following:
    • Roadside Assistance: Emergency contact details for 24/7 roadside assistance can be found on the rental contract. Customers should call this number if required. Dependant on the circumstances, we reserve the right to not replace the vehicle and pass on specific repair/callout charges to the customer.
    • RAP Roadside Assistance Protection: Roadside Assistance Protection (RAP) is an agreement between the renter and Enterprise by which Enterprise agrees to contractually waive its right to collect for lock out and lost key service, breakdown call out service, tyre damages, and any glass damages. Coverage is subject to the actions that void RAP, as defined in the rental agreement. RAP can only be purchased on the day upon collection of vehicle.
    • Cross Border Policy: There is no charge for taking the vehicle to Northern Ireland. No vehicles rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car can be taken out of Mainland Ireland. All vehicles must be returned to the territory where it was rented. Client must contact the local branch prior to collection of the vehicle to arrange this.
  • The general business terms apply
  • Ireland:
    • Car and chauffeur at free disposal for 8 hours per day on all days for which your itinerary mentions “Today your chauffeur-guide will pick you up from your hotel…” (excluding entrance fees)
  • All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Ireland:
    • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution in the name of the renter):
      • State Tax (STAX) 13.5%
      • Airport Fee (AAF) 19%
      • 500 EUR Deposit for the car
      • Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
      • 150 EUR One way fee within in Ireland
      • 175 EUR One way fee between Belfast International Airport and Dublin Airport (excl. tax)
      • 190 EUR Replacement fee and for one way drop off of GPS navigation system (excl. tax)
      • 10 EUR per day per child seat
      • 130 EUR Replacement fee for child seat (excl. tax), child seats are available at our airport locations must be pre ordered at the point of reservation
      • Towing in case of an accident
      • 18.33 EUR per day per additional driver (maximum 10 days charge). Note: Additional drivers must meet all rental requirements, appear at the rental counter with the primary renter and sign the rental agreement. The additional driver can only be added to the contract at the pick up location.
      • Vehicles will be provided with a minimum ¼ tank. The customer has the option of either Fuel Pre-Purchase or to pay for used Fuel on return of the rental vehicle. Fuel Pre-Purchase can only be arranged at the branch on the day.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Self-Drive Highlights of Ireland

12 days $ 4,890 / person

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