Country Roads of Ireland - End Dublin, Classic Group, Summer 2025

Country Roads of Ireland - End Dublin, Classic Group, Summer 2025

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Country Roads of Ireland - End Dublin, Classic Group, Summer 2025

12 Days Starting and ending in Dublin

Visiting: Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Londonderry, Giant's Causeway, Ballygalley, Antrim Coast, Belfast

Tour operator:

Brendan Vacations

Tour code:

B909ZN120

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

25 - 45

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

6-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From: $5325 $5148 Operator discount: -$10 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$167

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Let the luck of the Irish be with you on this 12-day guided tour across Ireland. Start the tour in Dublin, where you get up close to the Book of Kells, an ancient Gospel manuscript filled with mythical beasts and Celtic knots. In Kilkenny, visit the majestic Kilkenny Castle with a Local Expert. A chef will share traditional Irish recipes at a farm-to-table feast in Killarney. You'll see the Ring of Kerry, a mystical, verdant peninsula dotted with seaside villages. Finally, step onto Giant's Causeway with it's basalt columns carved onto the coast by volcanic lava, or a giant's feet, if Irish myth is to be believed.

Highlights

  • Welcome to Dublin dinner with a Travel Director

  • Explore Dublin with a Local Expert, including the Book of Kells and Trinity College

  • Visit the Japanese Gardens and Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle

  • Experience the Ring of Kerry and choose between a jaunting car ride or a hike

  • Explore the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head

  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, then explore Galway

  • Tour the ancient walled city of Londonderry with a local storyteller

  • Walk in the Giant's Steps at the Giant's Causeway

  • City tour of Belfast including political murals

Places You'll See

Cliffs Of Moher

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Dublin

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Day 2: In Dublin’S Fair City Relaxed Start

Location: Dublin

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accompanied by a Local Expert, become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover Custom House, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College.

Day 3: A Journey From Dublin To Cork

Location: Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Cork

Accommodation: The Kingsley Hotel, Cork.

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers. Continue to the acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny to visit the majestic Kilkenny Castle. With a Local Expert, learn how the castle was built in 1195 after the Norman Conquest of Ireland and admire its beautifully restored Victorian era rooms. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th-century castle, featured in the film 'Excalibur', on the way to Cork. On arrival, your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades.

Day 4: Across The Mountains To Killarney Relaxed Start

Location: Cork, Blarney Castle, Killarney

Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel to the ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the lively town of Killarney. For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and Freda, your hosts at the 19th Green Guesthouse, and savor the delicious flavors of fresh local cuisine on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Gather together at a Farm-to-Table dinner, using responsibly sourced ingredients from the local community, and gain personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world.

Day 5: Ring Of Kerry Experience Relaxed Start

Location: Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Killarney

Accommodation: Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Start your day with Brendan Choice. Choose a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park. While there aren't any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. Explore around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs as you appreciate sweeping sea views. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park.

Day 6: Around The Dingle Peninsula Relaxed Start

Location: Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle

Accommodation: Falls Hotel & Spa, Ennistymon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue driving with views of wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula — the setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, before reaching your hotel on the shores of Dingle Peninsula. With the evening at leisure, why not treat yourself to a relaxing experience at the hotel's spa? Offering holistic and therapeutic treatments, the Peninsula Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of exploring the coast.

Day 7: The Cliffs Of Moher And Galway Relaxed Start

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Location: Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway

Accommodation: Connemara Coast Hotel (Sea View Rooms), Galway.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey to the Visitor Center at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

Day 8: Free Day Galway Or Aran Islands Relaxed Start

Location: Galway

Accommodation: Connemara Coast Hotel (Sea View Rooms), Galway.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Aran Islands? A genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

Day 9: Derry Londonderry

Location: Galway, Londonderry

Accommodation: Maldron Hotel Derry, Londonderry.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland, bound for the ancient walled city of 'Derry.' What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.

Day 10: Walk In The Giant’S Steps Relaxed Start

Location: Londonderry, Giant's Causeway, Ballygalley

Accommodation: Ballygally Castle Hotel, Co. Antrim.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey to the iconic Giant's Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together, supporting both wildlife and quality food production. Next, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as you travel along the road clinging to the Antrim Coast. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking Ballygally Bay. For those who are brave enough, perhaps check out The Ghost Room, in one of the castle’s turrets? In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

Day 11: The Antrim Coast To Belfast Relaxed Start

Location: Ballygalley, Antrim Coast, Belfast

Accommodation: Titanic Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen's University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

Day 12: Depart Dublin

Location: Dublin

Meals Included: Breakfast

An early departure transfer will arrive at Dublin airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    11 nights' accommodation

  • Additional Services

    Sightseeing and transportation as detailed

  • Fully Guided

    The tour includes a fully guided experience with a Travel Director

  • Meals

    16 meals are included in the tour package

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included in the tour package

  • International Travel

    International flights to and from the tour starting point are not included

Mode of Transport

Sightseeing and transportation are provided as detailed in the itinerary, ensuring a comfortable and convenient journey through Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Accommodation

Enjoy 11 nights' accommodation at various hotels including Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin, The Kingsley Hotel in Cork, Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Connemara Coast Hotel in Galway, Maldron Hotel Derry, Ballygally Castle Hotel, and Titanic Hotel in Belfast.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any unique experiences included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes several unique experiences such as kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, a jaunting car ride or a hike in the Ring of Kerry, and a visit to the Giant's Causeway where you will learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together.

  • What kind of activities are included in the Ring of Kerry experience?

    In the Ring of Kerry, you can choose between a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car or a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle. The rest of the day includes exploring the magnificent Ring of Kerry with its breathtaking landscapes.

  • Is there any free time during the tour?

    Yes, there is free time during the tour. For example, on Day 8, you have a free day in Galway where you can relax or join an optional experience to the Aran Islands. Additionally, on Day 5, the afternoon is at leisure in Killarney.

  • What are some of the key highlights of the tour?

    Key highlights include exploring Dublin with a Local Expert, visiting the Japanese Gardens and Kilkenny Castle, experiencing the Ring of Kerry, exploring the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head, visiting the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, touring Londonderry with a local storyteller, walking in the Giant's Steps at the Giant's Causeway, and a city tour of Belfast including political murals.

  • What kind of accommodations are provided during the tour?

    The tour includes 11 nights' accommodation at various hotels such as the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin, The Kingsley Hotel in Cork, Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, Skellig Hotel in Dingle, Connemara Coast Hotel in Galway, Maldron Hotel Derry, Ballygally Castle Hotel, and Titanic Hotel in Belfast.

  • Are there any optional experiences available during the tour?

    Yes, there are optional experiences available, such as a visit to the Aran Islands on Day 8.

  • What kind of transportation is included in the tour?

    The tour includes sightseeing and transportation as detailed in the itinerary. This typically involves coach travel between various locations.

  • What kind of dining experiences can I expect on this tour?

    You can expect a variety of dining experiences including a Welcome Dinner with wine in Dublin, a Farm-to-Table dining experience in Killarney, and a finale Celebration Dinner at Ballygally Castle Hotel. Meals include 16 meals throughout the tour.

  • Is there seat rotation on the coach?

    Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.

  • Is luggage handling provided?

    On Guided Vacations and Private Chauffeur Vacations, all luggage handling is provided at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes! Our hotels are personally selected by Managing Director Catherine Reilly and personally known for their quality, impeccable service and comfort, with the majority of them having air-conditioning. Note: A few hotels may not have air conditioning due to the colder climate.

  • What are the coaches like?

    We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, fully air-conditioned coaches – all with reclining seats and on-board restrooms. The high vantage point from your coach’s window means you can take in all the glorious scenery, whether it’s a vast rural landscape or an urban city center. We also have on board WiFi.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Brendan Vacations is an active supporter of the Treadright® Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than $2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • How many people will be on my trip?

    You’ll find an average of 40 to 45 guests on trips throughout Europe.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided vacation with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Will I have free time?

    Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. We also give you the opportunity to tailor your trip with Optional Experiences.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. If you are travelling solo but would be happy to share your rook with another traveller of the same gender, we offer 'Twin-share' pricing on our trips. However, if you prefer the privacy of your own room, you can opt for our single supplement. The cost will depend on your trip and can be found in the pricing section of the itinerary.

  • How much luggage can I bring?

    On Guided Vacations, you can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30" x 18" x 10") and weight not exceeding 23kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles.

  • What is a Travel Director?

    Our Travel Directors come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all share a passion for travel and their homelands. These experienced professionals show you what the guidebooks can't - a true insider's perspective of Ireland and Scotland. Each Travel Director has been through a bespoke training program, and many have at least five years' experience under their belt.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents (important information, itinerary and any relevant vouchers) will be provided 7-10 days prior to your trip's departure.

  • What if I have special dietary requirements?

    We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking. Unfortunately, we're unable to supply meals in accordance with strict religious requirements. We cannot provide salt-free, Kosher, Halal, requests for specific dietary supplements such as soy milk, and high protein or low-carb meals.

Reviews of this operator

Krista Erickson (Google Reviewer)  

Do you want to see...

23-Apr-2020

Do you want to see Ireland your way? Brendan Vacations did an amazing job setting us up with a Self-Drive through the county. They reserved a Hertz vehicle which we found the rental process to be seamless, placed us in wonderful hotels near city centers per our request and even suggested some places to visit and eat. We tend to be bucket list seekers so climbing Ireland’s country highpoint Carrauntoohil in beautiful County Kerry was a highlight of our trip. Our next stop is Scotland and hiking up Ben Nevis with the help of Brendan Vacations the true Celtic Experts.

Mackenzie Gerber (Google Reviewer)  

Brendan Vacations made all my...

23-Apr-2020

Brendan Vacations made all my Ireland dreams come true. My husband and I took a Private Chauffeur trip last August and we think back on it almost daily. The level of service and detail from our Chauffeur to the people behind the scenes scheduling our activities and hotels made it easy for us just to relax the entire time. Thank you to the amazing Brendan team for an unforgettable vacation.

Katie Jessup (Google Reviewer)  

This last summer I planned...

23-Apr-2020

This last summer I planned a trip to take my family to Ireland, being from England the United Kingdom has always been very special to me I just love the outdoors and the people. Living in the US my family have never visited Ireland before so I decided I wanted to plan with them a trip where we could explore this this amazing place. When we started writing down the key places that we wanted to visit we realized it was a lot from Belfast to Derry, Dublin to Galway and Killarney to Cork I was just not sure how I could piece all of this together. I decided I would look for help and the team at Brendan vacations were my superstars, all I had to do was give them my itinerary and they took care of everything else for me. They made our trip so easy and effortless to plan and they offered little extras because they knew we were a multi-generational family traveling together. They even helped us book and plan activities while we were visiting Ireland from the Cliffs of Moher to the Giants Causeway. By far my favorite moment was seeing my 7 year old daughter's face when we had the opportunity to take a horse drawn carriage ride through Killarney National Park, without my Brendan vacation specialist recommending this to me we would have missed out and I know it was a highlight for little Charlie. Thank you Brendan vacations for taking our trip personally and truly helping create memories that will last us a lifetime. We are already talking about going back to Ireland and our next adventure.

Tara Ward-Burgess (Google Reviewer)  

We recently took a 13...

16-May-2024

We recently took a 13 day chauffeured tour of Ireland. Brendan Vacations scheduled our chauffeur through Pat Keough Tours and our driver, Andy Burke, was outstanding. If we mentioned particular places of interest along the way Andy would find a way to make it happen. He has the best sense of humor, is professional, and very knowledgeable. We hope to use Andy for future trips.

Tam (Google Reviewer)  

Brendan Vacations is amazing!!! In...

28-Apr-2020

Brendan Vacations is amazing!!! In my opinion it was the only way to fully experience Ireland. We did a private chauffeur trip with our family. There were 4 adults and 3 children ranging from 7 to 12 years old and all of us were completely entertained the entire time. From the moment we were picked up at the airport it was clear that then attention to details was unmatched. We were able to be completely immersed into the incredible culture and people of Ireland. The tour took us around most of the country from the city of Dublin to the picturesque town of Killarney. We experience the Majestic Cliffs of Moher from a unique perspective taking a ferry ride along the coastline which was beautiful. Next we went to the AMAZING Ashford castle which was straight out of a story book. There were so things to do, our family loved fishing, zipplining, horseback riding and falconry. Throughout our trip we went on walking tours in the cities, stayed in enchanting castles and manars, and even horse drawn carriage ride through a historic park surrounded by lakes and beautiful scenery. Everyday we saw unbelievable countrysides, had yummy stews and Irish ales. The people were all welcoming and nice in every city and town. Our chauffeur made us feel comfortable and was professional which made the trip fun and relaxing throughout our many adventures. Ireland was full of rich history, memorable landscapes, music and dancing. We can't thank Brendan Vacations enough for making our vacation stress free and so unforgettable, what an adventure!

Amy Yarruhs (Google Reviewer)  

I did the Irish Highlights...

02-Feb-2024

I did the Irish Highlights tour last October and it blew any expectations I had of guided tours out of the water! It was my first time out of the US and they made it so easy and comfortable. Our Travel Director, Maeve, and Driver, Stevie, were absolutely wonderful and super knowledgeable. The whole trip was very organized and well-planned. There were 2 main experiences that stand out to me as different than other tour companies. The first were the Make Travel Matter experiences which were hosted by locals and focused on sustainability (a huge plus for me) and their Be My Guest experience where we got to eat in celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio's farmhouse! I still dream about her cooking months later. All in all, I would highly recommend Brendan Vacations and I can't wait to visit Ireland again.

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