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Essential Ireland (Self Drive - Dublin - Kilkenny - Co. Kerry - Co. Galway)

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This 8 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Flight into and out of Dublin
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dublin
  • Rental Car for 7 days
  • Hotel for 1 night in Kilkenny
  • Hotel for 2 nights in County Kerry
  • Hotel for 2 nights in County Galway
  • Hotel for 1 night in Dublin
  • Driving Time
    Dublin - Kilkenny: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
    Kilkenny - County Kerry: 2 hr. 45 mins. approx.
    County Kerry - County Galway: 2 hrs. 30 mins. approx.
    County Galway - Dublin: 2 hrs. 10 mins. approx.

Discover Ireland: a country of history, majestic sites and an exciting future!. Begin your adventure with a visit to Dublin (lush countryside, traditional pubs and trendy coffee houses) then, pick up your car and drive to Kilkenny (Kilkenny Castle, Jerpoint Abbey), continue on to Country Kerry (Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens). Continue to County Galway(Kylemore Abbey, Aran Islands) and return to Dublin. Be sure to leave early and stop in County Meath or Westmeath on the return drive (Clonmacnoise, Newgrange, Trim Castle). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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Trip Summary

  • Dublin

    With over 1000 years of history Dublin has experienced many changes, particularly in the last decade. European Union membership and increased prosperity have transformed Dublin into a multicultural city with a thriving economy, ranking it among the top tourist destinations in Europe. An hour walk from the top of Grafton Street, across the Liffey, up O'Connell Street, and farther into north Dublin is a walk through time and, also a glimpse of some of the pieces that must eventually fit together. Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, Temple Bar, St. Stephen's Green and the National Museums and so much more!

  • Kilkenny

    Irelands' smallest city both by area and population, Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval city with narrow streets, well-preserved churches, a great castle on a hilltop, and many old buildings. Kilkenny's city center can also brag about its nightlife, live music, and stand-up comedy scenes. One of Ireland's' largest arts festivals is based here, as are a number of craft fairs and comedy festivals. Visit The Tholsel, Kilkenny Castle, Butler Gallery, Rothe House, St Canice's Cathedral, The Black Abbey, Black Freren Gate, and so much more!

  • County Kerry

    Offering softly rolling green fields, long, sweeping seascapes, and vibrant little towns, the `Kingdom` has a maze of blissfully quiet country lanes each of which has a story to tell - Around every corner, a piece of history unfolds amidst the most beautiful of scenery. There are tiny fishing villages, early Christian ruins, and Ireland`s highest mountain. Located in the extreme southwest of Ireland, offers outstanding and magnificent sceneries such as the Ring of Kerry and a very well-preserved eighteenth-century century port in Tralee, its capital town.

    Visit the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens, the Blasket Centre, Kerry Bog Village Museum, Killarney National Park, the Skellig Islands, and Ardfert Cathedral.

  • Galway

    Galway City, the largest city in County Galway, is known as the `city of the tribes` and is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. It is a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade and has a buzzing cosmopolitan city center. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades and busy café/bar culture. The city is renowned for its thriving Irish theatre, arts, music and culture scene and Galway plays host to a number of internationally renowned festivals throughout the year. Eyre Square and the imposing Galway Cathedral are but two of Galway`s best-known sights. Further afield from Galway City, you will find Kylemore Abbey, Ashford Castle, the Aran Islands and Connemara National Park. Explore the region across Galway Bay, Lynch Castle, Galway City Museum, the National Aquarium, Salthill beach, Spanish Arch, festivals like the annual Galway Arts Festival and much more!

  • Dublin

    With over 1000 years of history Dublin has experienced many changes, particularly in the last decade. European Union membership and increased prosperity have transformed Dublin into a multicultural city with a thriving economy, ranking it among the top tourist destinations in Europe. An hour walk from the top of Grafton Street, across the Liffey, up O'Connell Street, and farther into north Dublin is a walk through time and, also a glimpse of some of the pieces that must eventually fit together. Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, Temple Bar, St. Stephen's Green and the National Museums and so much more!

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