Beautiful South West Tour ( 7 days)
Meet & Greet
Notes:Meet and greet your local expert guide and driver in airport. Transfer to hotel in Cork.
Notes:Begin the tour in Cork’s friendly city. Discover Cork’s ancient history and culture with visits to historical sites. Wander through Cork’s famous food and beverage market from the 17 century. Chat with the local fishmonger, sample fresh seafood, local cheese, meats, and chocolates. Stop for lunch in one of the many gastronomy restaurants/cafes in the city. Pick up your coach for Blarney Castle and Gardens. Join the tens of thousands of pilgrims who climb the steps of the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. Relax in the village pub for an Irish coffee before returning to hotel in City Center for 2 nights. Dinner in hotel.
Cork’s Charming Fishing Ports
Notes:Begin the day with a visit to Cork’s port of Cobh, last port of call for the HMS Titanic.Free time in this charming town to visit the Heritage Centre and enjoy the virtual tour of the Titanic Experience. Visit the magnificent 19th century St. Colman’s Cathedral which offers breath-taking views of the harbour, the islands and the colourful town. Depart Cobh and enjoy a guided tour of Jameson whiskey Distillery in Midleton. Hear about the ancient distillation of one of Ireland’s most exported whiskey. Sample the different vintage and become an Irish whiskey connoisseur. Head west for your overnight to the quaint fishing port of Kinsale and Fran's home town and pride and joy ! Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland where the Atlantic provides seafood and shellfish second to none. Explore this friendly seafaring village full of colour and charm. Meet the locals; explore the ancient walls of Charles Fort. Walk the scenic water front with cafes, pubs, resident seals and fishermen. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the many gastronomy restaurants in this “spoilt for choice” charming town. Head out along the coast for photo stops the Lusitania memorial with photo stops along the rugged Atlantic coast. Marvel at the beautiful beaches and farmland. Possible opportunity for scenic boat trip in the harbour with cocktails ! Overnight hotel in Kinsale
Cork’s Culinary Coast
Notes:Leave Kinsale after a leisurely breakfast and a stroll into town for drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Enriched with little ports, bays, inlets and harbours, West Cork provides the perfect backdrop to an exciting road trip along the Atlantic seaboard. Thanks to its gentle and generous nature, this Atlantic coast has a wonderful food culture. West Cork’s farmers, award-winning artisan producers and chefs are leading Ireland’s culinary revolution. From traditional pubs to world-class restaurants, at local farmers’ markets, and long-established food festivals, you can enjoy great food right across Kinsale and West Cork. Making our way past Timoleague Friary nestled on the Bandon River, we stop for a photos of this friary founded by the Franciscan Order in 1240. Enjoy lunch and free time in the colourful town of Clonakilty. Shop in the Craft Centre, or just stroll through the market town, the home of the famous Black Pudding!! We'll tell you what it is after you've tried it ! Return to Kinsale for a great evening meal of your choice and lots of Craic in the charming pubs.
The Beara Peninsula
Notes:Saying a sad farewell to Kinsale we head out along the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula west Cork. Stop at Glengarriff overlooking the bay and board a ferry to Garnish Island (15 mins) a small island of 15 hectares (37 acres) known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world a place of rare beauty. Hear about another rare beauty Maureen O'Hara who lived in these parts for most of her life. She is well loved here and everyone has a personal story to share with you. Enjoy a seafood lunch in the town of Glengarriff before continuing to the western tip of the Beara Peninsula. Weather permitting, board Ireland’s only cable car to Dursey Island that traverses open seawater. . Dursey Island is one of the best bird sanctuaries and visitors are often awarded with sightings of Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. The Island is situated on the Dursey Sound which is a water passage way for dolphins, whales, sharks. Continue with the scenic Beara drive through the quaint towns of Eyries and Allihies stopping for a coffee or better still an Irish Coffee in a charming pub before checking into hotel for overnight in Kenmare, Kerry.
Kenmare, The Jewel on the Ring
Notes:Begin the day with a visit to the charming town of Kenmare. Kenmare is a haven of tranquillity, craft shops, gourmet food, Golf Courses, riding and trekking and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoiled environments in Europe. Enjoy lunch in one of the friendly pubs or restaurants. After lunch depart for the bustling town of Killarney, a backdrop to MacGillacuddy Reeks mountain range. Travel in style in an Irish Jaunting Car through Killarney's National Park. A word of warning, Leprechauns and Jarvies (drivers of Jaunting Cars ) are one and the same! Stroll the garden of the beautiful Muckross House, designed by the British architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert. The House is in the centre of The National Park with Victorian gardens, woodland, lakes, bog, which are home to native Irish red deer, sika deer and sea eagles. Return to Hotel for overnight and dinner. Possible night of Irish music and dance in Killarney
Notes:This is your day to relax, do a bit of shopping, enjoy that well deserved luxury spa, or take your self outdoors for a bit of golf in one of Kerry's top rated golf courses. Kenmare , known as Neidin or little nest in Irish is the jewel in the ring of Kerry. It is indeed a little jewel of shops, cafes, pubs, churches, parks, all nestled at the foothills of the majestic MacGillicuddy Reeks. Enjoy dinner in restaurant of your choice that evening.
Notes:Bid farewell to Ireland taking fond memories with you to treasure forever. Transfers to airport accompanied by your guide and driver.
Please Note, Tours may cost more or less depending on the accommodation the number of people in your group , coach size and duration of stay .Family rates are available.
This tour includes:
Small travel groups 10 -16
Transfers to and from airport
Bus service with professional experienced driver
Friendly knowledgeable guide for the duration of your stay
7 Nights Bed and Breakfast
3 Nights dinner in Hotel
Entrance fees to included excursions: Trinity Library/Guinness Storhouse / Newgrange/Knowth or Dowth/ Powerscourt Mansion and Gardens/Curragh or Races
For those not ready to go home yet , a three day Northern Ireland supplement tour is possible. Head to Belfast for an overnight in one of our elegant hotels. Enjoy panoramic views of the Best of Belfast, Queens University, Titanic Experience, Stormount and one or two of her world renowned pubs. Day 2 , head north along the stunning Glens of Antrim to the Giants Causeway. Walk the treacherous Carrig-a-Rede rope bridge if you dare! Day 3, back to Belfast City for shopping and exploring before flights.
Pricing for the three days includes 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in one of our luxury hotels, entrance fees into Titanic Experience, Belfast City Guides, Giant's Causeway , Carrig-a-Rede rope bridge, 2 evening meals. These excursions are included in the price of the Northern Ireland Supplement
Hotels, Castles, and Guesthouses
Old Weir Lodge, Killarney
Hayfield Manor, Cork
Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee
UPGRADE UPON ARRIVAL
Estimated Value €400
Daily Breakfast for Two
Estimated Value €100
€200 Spa Credit
Total Value €700
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