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7-Day Grand Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

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    Day 1: Rock of Cashel - Kiss the Blarney Stone - Delightful Kinsale

    Pass By: Rock of Cashel, Cashel Ireland
    Depart Dublin in the morningand travel west to the magical South West. Visit the medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle steeped in 1000 years of history at The Rock of Cashel for a quick photo stop.

    Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
    Travel south to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Cork, which is argued by locals as being the REAL capital of Ireland. After your stop in Cork onward bound to kiss the Blarney Stone! nd may you be granted “the gift of the gab“. Then take the time to explore the gardens, castle and rock close.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Historic Stroll Kinsale Walking Tours, Tourist Office,, Pier Rd.,, Sleveen, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
    Finish this jam packed day with a walking tour of Kinsale. With a night in west Cork’s stunning harbour town of Kinsale – renowned for its award winning restaurants and dramatic scenery.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We overnight in Blindgate House (could be changed depending on availability)

    Day 2: Killarney National Park - Parts of the Ring of Kerry - Dingle Peninsula

    Stop At: Killarney National Park, Killarney Ireland
    Depart Kinsale and journey towards the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop is the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. Discover many hidden gems on the Ring of Kerry: Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. You will discover many of these by bike as we will cycle through the oldest national park in Ireland. If cycling is not your thing you can explore Killarney town or Mucross House.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Inch Beach, Inch Ireland
    We have a stop at off Irelands nicest beaches, Inch beach. Have a coffee or get inspired by one of Irelands Gaelic games, hurling. Our guides will teach the ancient art of hurling.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
    We will stay in the celebrated, cozy, coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to soak up the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We will stay for the next two nights in the centrally located Dingle Marina Lodge (depending on availability).

    Day 3: Kayaking with dolphins - Slea Head Drive - Dingle Distillery

    Stop At: Mount Brandon, An Daingean Co. Kerry Ireland
    We spend another day and night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.

    We have a few choices for your this morning. If you would like a more relaxed start to your day we invite you to explore Dingle town for some retail therapy. Alternatively, if shopping isn’t your thing we will take you on a hike up Mount Brandon where you will be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay. We have another delight. We take our kayaks to visit the town’s biggest celebrity – Fungie the Dolphin and explore the caves in the bay.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Slea Head Drive, Ireland
    After lunch your expert Overland guide will take you on an impressive trip along one of Ireland’s most scenic roads - The Slea Head Drive. If you are lucky enough you might get to meet a couple of our local fluffy friends – baby lambs!

    We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dingle Whiskey Distillery, R559 Milltown, Dingle Ireland
    Finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. Sample their celebrated whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world. We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle so you don’t need to repack your suitcases. Relax and enjoy Ireland.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Another night in the centrally located and great Dingle Marina Lodge. (Depending on availability)

    Day 4: Mighty Cliffs of Moher - Traditional Irish Music

    Pass By: Conor Pass, Ireland
    Leave Dingle via the dramatic Connor Pass and cross the River Shannon to leave the South West behind.

    Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North Latitude: 52.9714578 Longitude: -9.4247540, Liscannor Ireland
    We Cross the river Shannon by ferry into County Clare, home to the mighty Cliffs of Moher. We will take you on a 2.5 hour hike all along the cliffs. Get off the beaten path and let one of our local guides introduce you to the area.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Doolin Music House, R478, Aughiska More, Ireland, Doolin V95 WY06 Ireland
    Spend the evening in the welcoming village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and great Irish food.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: The amazing Doolin Lodge (depending on availability)

    Day 5: Sheep Dog Demonstration - Burren National Park - Bohemian Galway

    Stop At: Caherconnell Stone Fort, R480 Road, Ballyvaughan, Caherconnell Ireland
    We have nearly more sheep than people so a trip to Ireland would not be complete without a sheep dog trial and we will visit Caherconnell which is an exceptionally well-preserved medieval stone ringfort.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Poulnabrone Dolmen, Clare, Poulnabrone, Co. Clare, Ireland
    After the Sheep Dog Demonstration we will bring you to the famous Dolmen’s at Pollnabrone. This Neolithic monument dates back to 3000BC. We have nearly more sheep then people so a trip to Ireland would not be complete without a sheep dog trial.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: The Burren National Park, Clare Heritage Centre, Corofin Ireland
    The Burren National park is also the called the rocky place. The Burren's moon-like landscape is very famous for the variety and unusual mixture of wildflowers.

    Stop At: Galway Bay, Galway Ireland
    Next we will hug the coastline into bustling bohemian Galway. Expect a great atmosphere, entertaining street performers and plenty of craic in this much celebrated town. You will learn about this amazing city while enjoying some local delicacies on your historical walking tours with nibbles.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Centrally located Victoria Hotel (depending on availability)

    Day 6: Rugged Aran Islands - Westport

    Stop At: Dun Aonghasa, Cill Mhuirbhigh, Province of Connacht Ireland
    Today we take the ferry and land on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. You can explore the Islands your way, either by bike, bus or by horse and carriage (optional). Our end destination on the Island is the stone fort of Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean. Hard to believe that people were living here 3000 years ago. While you are there you might pick up a few words of ‘Gaelic’ from the locals and maybe get an original Aran Sweater!
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Westport House & Gardens, Church Lane, Westport Ireland
    Depart Rosaveal Pier for the stunning town of Westport. Take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous famine trail on route to Westport. Unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. Experience “the craic” at a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Wonderful Plougastel Lodge (Depending on availability)

    Day 7: Views from Croagh Patrick and back to Dublin

    Stop At: Croagh Patrick, Murrisk Ireland
    Before you finish your Overland Ireland small group tour we want to challenge you one last time. Climb the west’s most iconic mountain, Croagh Patrick, and learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day. This is the Ultimate way to finish off an unforgettable journey through Ireland. Our guides willsend you out into our bustling capital city armed with recommendations if you have a bit of timeleft in Ireland.

    Please note that some of the tours run in reverse in order to avoid large crowds and congestions during the summer period.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    7 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We have one central pick up and drop of location for all our guests.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    7 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 6x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • 6 nights local guesthouse or boutique hotel accommodation, carefully selected by our team
    • Historical tour with nibbles
    • Professional qualified Irish tour guide
    • Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini Coach
    • Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay
    • Distillery tour
    • Kiss The Blarney Stone
    • Guided hiking
    • Cycling tours (Galway and Aran Islands)
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • All taxes
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water on board
    • Entry/Admission - Blarney Castle & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Historic Stroll Kinsale Walking Tours
    • Entry/Admission - Killarney National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Brandon
    • Entry/Admission - Dingle Whiskey Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Cliffs of Moher
    • Entry/Admission - Caherconnell Stone Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Galway Bay
    Exclusions
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • There is free time on this trip
    • Driving time average 2.5 hours per day
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • It is recommended to pack lots of light layers, a raincoat, and sunscreen
    • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase (maximum is 143lbs or 70 liters) and 1 carry-on bag
    • Please advise if you have any health issues that may prevent you from taking part on some of the activities so that we can arrange alternative options for you
    • Please advise if you wish to have a private room as a single occupancy charge will apply
    • If activities or experiences are cancelled due to weather conditions no refund will be provided
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Excellent tour. Well organized tour. Patrick O’Mara was an excellent guide, a good, safe driver and very helpful. Francis and Denise Donner

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Francis D
    Reviewed 6 days ago

    I’ll start at the beginning. I was tapped by my mom to book a trip to Ireland for 8 family members, luckily I was included in the 8. I started looking online and the large tour operators came up but bumping from town to town...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I have nothing but praise for Overland Ireland for their Spectacular South and West tour. It was immediately obvious that everything was well planned down to the last detail. Every overnight accommodation was excellent, all breakfasts were nearly enough for lunch as well, there was...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jim N
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Enjoyed the guided tour. Warm and friendly driver cum tour guide Pat. Highly recommend it . Skellig Michael , cliffs of moher and blarney castle are a must see attraction

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Saravana K
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We booked a small group tour originating from the states Having been on tours in the past, I was so thrilled with the way our week in Ireland turned out. Marie was our personal guide, driver and all around companion for the week. She was...More

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