Day 1 – Dublin Arrival
Welcome to Dublin Airport, where after picking
up your car your will travel into Dublin and
check into your hotel. The remainder of the day
can be spent exploring this vibrant and historic
capital city with its many historic buildings,
Georgian streets and colourful gardens.
Your first night is spent in Clontarf Castle,
which can be dated back to 1172.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Dublin City
Today why not spend the day exploring some
of Dublin’s fine Museums and Galleries?
Trace the city’s history from early Viking
origins, through to the medieval magnificence
of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Visit Dublinia at
Christchurch, which brings the turbulent
History of medieval Dublin vividly to life. You
should also stop by the 16th Century Trinity
College, founded by Elizabeth 1, and now home
to the famous illuminated manuscript, the
Book of Kells. Don’t forget about the Guinness
Storehouse for a tasting of this world famous
‘black stuff” before you return to Clontarf
Castle for the night.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 3 – Galway & Clifden
Leave Dublin this morning and travel across the
rich midland pastures. Why not visit Belvedere
House, Gardens and Park? The magnificent
early 18th century stately home of Robert
Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, stands in 160 acres
of parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell.
Belvedere is one of the finest of Ireland's
historic houses, and together with gardens and
park has been exquisitely restored. Before you
cross the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river,
you can visit Clonmacnoise a 6th century
Christian site.
Arrive into Galway, which has long traded with
Spain and the Spanish influences in the city are
many. Of note is Spanish Arch, a gateway in the
old city walls and the Spanish Parade, where
wealthy merchants and their families enjoyed a
stroll along the promenade.
Continue out into the wild and rugged
Connemara region, famous for the savage
beauty of its lake and mountain scenery and on
to Clifden where you shall be staying in the
wonderful Abbeyglen Castle which has a
panoramic view of Clifden and the bay with a
backdrop of the Twelve Bens.
Overnight: Galway area

Day 4 – Connemara
Today travel through the wild and rugged
Connemara region, famous for the savage
beauty of its lake and mountain scenery. Visit
Connemara National Park, where Connemara
ponies and Irish red deer roam freely through
5,000 acres of scenic mountains, bogs and
grassland. You can also visit the magnificent
Kylemore Abbey - a beautiful mansion in a
lakeside setting against a mountainous
backdrop. Irish Benedictine nuns, with a
tradition of over 300 years run this unique
Abbey set in the midst of Connemara,
overlooking Pollacappul Lake. On your return,
you can take a scenic drive through Leenane
where you have an option to board the Sea
Cruise through Killary Fjord which will reveal
some of the many hidden Coastal and
Mountain Scenery of Connemara. Another
night will be spent in Abbeyglen Castle.
Overnight: Galway area

Day 5 – Connemara & Clare
Leave Clifden this morning, and travel south
through Galway and into Clare, known as the
“land of castles”. Why not visit Rathbaun Farm
and see the animals being tended, or enjoy a
traditional tea and scones break?
Travel on through the strange lunar landscape
of the Burren region or visit the Cliffs of Moher
a spectacular 5-mile long cliff, which rises
almost 200m above sea level. Stop in the
heritage town of Kilrush, before boarding a
ferry to Tarbert (ferry not included) in north
County Kerry. Arriving in Tarbert and continue
through Listowel and on to Tralee to Ballyseede
Castle for overnight.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 6 – The Dingle Peninsula
This morning breath-taking landscapes will
unfold in front of your eyes as you drive around
the Dingle Peninsula before arriving in
Dunquin, on the westernmost tip of the
peninsula, where you can visit the Blasket
Islands Heritage Centre. This living history
museum explores the dimensions of islandliving,
from the land, the sea, and the language,
to the weather and the seasons, as well as the
distinctive character of the Blasket Islanders.
Weather permitting you can embark on a 2 to 3
hour boat trip around the nine main Basket
Islands. The islands are remote, unspoilt,
unpolluted and spectacularly beautiful and are
home to an incredible number of breeding
seabirds, with the surrounding seas home to
dolphins, porpoises, Atlantic seals and even the
occasional whale or orca. Return to Ballyseede
Castle for the night.
Overnight: Kerry area

Day 7 – Limerick to Dublin
This morning spend an hour or two in the
medieval city of Limerick, either exploring its
history and architecture or purchasing some of
the splendid crafts on offer. Why not visit the
Hunt Museum, an exhibit of one of Ireland’s
greatest private collections of art and
antiquities. Leave Limerick and travel
eastwards towards Straffan in Co. Kildare. En
route a small detour will bring you to the
imposing Rock of Cashel which rises
dramatically from the flat countryside. This site
has the best set of varied monuments in any
Irish site. The rock is crowned by a group of
buildings, both ecclesiastical and royal,
including a round tower, a 13th century
Romanesque chapel and the beautifully
restored Hall of the Vicar Choral. Continue
through rich pastures of Ireland’s midlands
before arriving in Kildare for your overnight in
Barberstown Castle, a 13th century castle,
located in the heart of the horse-breeding
county of Kildare.
Overnight: Kildare area

Day 8 – Dublin Departure
Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight home.

Suggested Visits:

  • Trinity College
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Dublinia
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Belvedere House, Park & Gardens
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Sea Cruise Killary Fjord
  • Rathbaun Farm
  • Shannon Car Ferry
  • Blasket Island Heritage Centre
  • Blasket Island Ferry (Return Dunquin – Blasket Island)
  • Hunt Museum
  • Rock of Cashel

Price Includes:
 7 nights sharing a  double/twin room at specified properties (Prebooked Accommodation)
 Room with private facilities
 7 full Irish breakfasts
 Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates
 Heritage Island Touring Guide & Explorer Coupon

Example Hotels (or Similar):
 Dublin -4* Clontarf or Fitzpatrick’s Castle
 Galway - 4* Abbeyglen Castle
 Kerry - 4* Cahernane House Hotel
 Kildare - 4* Barberstown Castle

  Low season   Mid Season
  01Feb - 30APR   01May-10 July
  01Oct - 14Dec   21Aug-30 Sept
DOUBLE $1369   $1689
SINGLE $2149   $2449
TRIPLE $1299   $1629
CHILDREN $439   $479

 Child Policy: Child supplements apply when a child between 3 and 11
years incl. is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the
room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate.
Children sharing 0-2 years incl. are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.