Ireland the Classic Tour - Self Drive
Ireland the Classic Tour - Self Drive
Ireland the Classic Tour - Self Drive

Ireland the Classic Tour - Self Drive

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Ideal for the first-time visitor, this tour covers all of Ireland's highlights.

Suggested Touring Itinerary Only - Excludes sightseeing and entrance fees

Supplement applies for travel 10-31 December 2023

Day 1: Dublin

Welcome to Dublin, capital city of Ireland! On arrival, pick up your hire car and make your way to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you may want to explore the city. Why not include a city walking tour with a local guide to learn about the history, and culture of Dublin or a visit to Trinity College to view the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells and the National Museum of Ireland (entry free of charge).
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2: Dublin - Galway  (B)

Take a sightseeing tour of Dublin today. You could visit St-Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, where Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels” was once Dean. Stop off at the Old Jameson Distillery (option), situated in the old markets area of the city, Smithfield. An audio-visual tour explains the process by which whisky is made and this is followed by a whisky tasting by all in the "Ball o' Malt Bar". A special tasting is organised to compare the most popular Irish whiskies with bourbon and scotch whisky. This afternoon depart Dublin for your next stop, County Galway.
Overnight: Galway area

Day 3: Connemara (B)

Spend today exploring the country of the “Quiet Man” and “The Purple Taxi”-Connemara, an area full of contrast, Granite Mountains populated only by sheep with hundreds of lakes forming a fisherman’s paradise. Its stone walls, small farms, thatched cottages in isolated splendour with its heather covered hills create an unforgettable scene for all its visitors. The route takes us from Galway to the lake dotted centre of Connemara at Maam Cross. The road continues through the colourful town of Clifden and on through the Irish speaking lowlying part of Southern Connemara with its countless beautiful lakes.
Overnight: Galway area

Day 4: Galway - Kerry (B)

Depart for Kerry this morning, and travel through the heart of County Clare - the Burren Region. The Burren is a geological paradise boasting over 2,000 plants and many rare flowers. Continue along the coast of Clare to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher (option) which form a 200m wall that plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, from which you can see from Galway Bay. Continue through the farming countryside of Limerick to Kerry.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 5: Ring of Kerry (B)

A superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula (170 kms), taking in spectacular scenery - mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney you travel through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continue to Cahersiveen, the birth place of National hero, Daniel O’Connell, drive through the peat bogs to the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous because of its brightly coloured houses. The road continues with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula and Limerick (B)

Depart for a tour of the Dingle Peninsula, where movies such as “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far and Away” were filmed. The Peninsula has an extraordinary number of ring forts, high crosses and other ancient monuments. The area west of Dingle has the greatest concentration of ancient sites in Kerry. This area is also a genuine Irish speaking region. The landscape here is dramatic and there are striking views of the Blasket Islands from Slea Head.
Overnight: Limerick area

Day 7: Limerick - Dublin (B)

Return to Dublin and afternoon free to explore the city or to do your last minute shopping.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 8: Departure (B)

It is time to bid farewell - transfer to the airport and take your flight back home.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Rental Car 8 days, Category B Manual, CDW
  • 7 nights accommodation with full Irish Breakfast

Tour Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses
  • Additional /Optional Tour Costs
  • Hotel Mini Bar
  • Early check in/late check out unless specified
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Non specified meals
  • Fuel surcharges/Major currency fluctuations
  • Rental Car Insurance

Accommodation based on the below or similar


Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel


Lady Gregory Hotel, Loughh Inagh Lodge

Loughh Inagh Lodge
Loughh Inagh Lodge


Ballyroe Heights Hotel
Cahernane House Hotel


Limerick City Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel


A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the tour price is required 35 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 35 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. If you cancel between 18 and 34 days prior to your travel date 60% of your tour cost will be charged. Cancellations within 17 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge. All cancellations must be acknowledged in writing.

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Note: Wheelchair passengers

Some activities are not suitable for wheelchair passengers and any passenger requiring wheelchair assistance must be accompanied by a fellow traveller that is capable of assisting with all mobility requirements. Maximum of one wheelchair per group, the wheelchair must be fully collapsible. Further wheelchairs may be allowed subject to group size.

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