Looking for a little R&R? Then Ireland is the place for you! On our sample itinerary, you’ll discover the beautiful Irish coast, visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, kiss the Blarney stone, cruise the Sky Road with its stunning views, soak up the incredible scenery around Killary Harbour, and hike up Bunratty Castle.
DAY 1: USA – SHANNON [DEPART USA]
Dinner and movies aloft as you make your way to Shannon (overnight flight).
DAY 5: KENMARE - RING OF KERRY – KENMARE [EXPLORE RING OF KERRY]
Perhaps spend today circulating the Ring of Kerry! The road will bring you along the spectacular beautiful views of the deep forest to the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Suggested stops could include the Killarney National Park, making sure to see Ladies’ View, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, the lakeside Muckross Abbey (with a chance for a jaunting car ride), and Manor House and its lovely gardens! Enjoy perhaps the SEAFARI cruise adventure along Kenmare River Estuary for a view of the local nature with eagle and seals frequently spotted!
DAY 6: KENMARE - GLENGARIFF – BANTRY BAY – SKIBBEREEN – KINSALE [EXPLORE BANTRY BAY]
Scenic day today en route to Skibbereen! Stop along the way at Molly Gallivan’s Cottage & Traditional Farm, the Garnish Island gardens in Glengariff, seaside Bantry Bay, or Gleninchaquin Park for spectacular views and to see the waterfalls, sheep, and horses! While nearby, be sure to visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and Drombeg Stone Circle in Skibbereen! Continue to the historic harbor town of Kinsale to check-in at your lodgings.
DAY 7: KINSALE – CORK – COBH – KINSALE [EXCURSION TO BLARNEY]
A day trip east to Blarney to kiss the Blarney stone and receive the gift of the gab! While you’re in the area, suggest exploring Cork, where you might be interested in a look at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral or Cork City Gaol? Continue to the cute seaside town of Cobh full of boutiques and shops, and home to the port that the Titanic originally embarked from. Be sure to see the Cobh Heritage Centre describing the emigration from Ireland in the middle of the XIX-c!
DAY 8: KINSALE – ROCK OF CASHEL – KINSALE [ROCK OF CASHEL EXCURSION]
Sleep in and relax in Kenmare today, or consider an excursion to the impressive Rock of Cashel today, a remarkable defensive castle which is home to the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe, the ancient ruins of Hore Abbey, and the Cashel Folk Village Museum!
DAY 9: KINSALE - GALWAY [REACH GALWAY]
On the ride north, stop by Ennis to see the Friary church and cloister and Quin Abbey! Reach Galway and check into your lodgings. Free time now to see the Cathedral, walk along Middle Street, or visit the lovely Quay Street! Home to too many pubs to count!!
DAY 10: GALWAY – CLIFDEN [PROCEED TO CLIFDEN]
Drive to Clifden today! Explore Connemara today, leisurely riding along the Sky Road for stunning views of the rugged landscapes, stopping by the lakes of Connemara National Park, or the historic Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian Walled Garden and gothic church! Time permitting, visit the incredible scenery around Killary Harbour, which is Ireland’s only fjord, plus Delphi and Leenaun! Also, consider a stop by Croagh Patrick and the peat bogs or the peaceful lake of Lough Corrib!
DAY 11: CLIFDEN - BUNRATTY [ARRIVE BUNRATTY]
Consider a few stops in Connemara that you may have missed before riding along to Bunratty for your overnight. Explore Bunratty Castle, known for the recreation of rural and countryside life in the Victorian XIX-c!? Consider a fabulous costumed medieval banquet in the Bunratty Folk Park this evening!
DAY 12: BUNRATTY – SHANNON – USA [RETURN HOME]
Transfer to Shannon airport now for your home-bound flights. Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
DAY 2: SHANNON – LAHINCH [ARRIVE IRELAND]
Welcome to Ireland! On arrival in Shannon, meet your driver for the private transfer to your lodgings in Lahinch. Free time now to recover from jet lag and explore your new neighborhood! Beach time, anyone? Irish surfing is popular here! (Brrrr!)
DAY 3: LAHINCH [EXPLORE LAHINCH]
Daily breakfasts provided in each hotel. Suggest exploring the rocky limestone plateau of the Burren and the Burren Interpretive Center in Kilfenora, as well as the portal tomb of Poulnabrone, Kilmacduagh monastery, and the Cliffs of Moher to see the breathtaking views of these cliffs 700 feet about the ocean!
DAY 4: LAHINCH – KENMARE [SCENIC DRIVE TO KENMARE]
Cross via ferry to County Kerry with a chance to visit the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the beauty of the Irish coast as you ride along Conner Pass and the Slea Head Drive! Be sure to stop in Dingle itself to stroll through the charming town and shop in the local boutiques.