13 days, including travel
Evening Departure from New York. Take overnight flight to Dublin
7 hrs nonstop
Arrival in Dublin
Details: Check into one of the Dublins centrally located and highly rated hotels.
Dublin is one of the most walkable cities in Europe. Start exploring Dublin in the north at Phoenix Park and head south to walk over the River Liffey.
The River Liffey is Dublin’s main artery, running through the city for 75 miles into the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay. The two banks make for picturesque walks through the town center, shouldered by stunning Georgian architecture. For great views down the river, head to the famous Ha’penny Bridge, built in the early 19th century. Don’t forget totake alook at night too, when the bridge is lit up.
Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Dublin and the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Built on the site where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts some 600 years earlier, this massive cathedral was erected between 1220 and 1259 with major restorations beginning in the 1860s. It remains one of the few buildings still standing from medieval Dublin.
Discover and exploreTrinity College and The Book of Kells, located south of the Liffey in central Dublin.Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most notable college. Among its alumni are such renowned writers as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Today, visitors from around the world come to explore the college's verdant campus and towering Gothic-style halls. But the real reason to visit is to take a gander inside the Old Library. These hallowed halls house an amazing collection of literature. Of all the books at the Old Library, the most famous and priceless one is the "Book of Kells." This illustrated version of the gospels was created around A.D. 800 by Celtic monks. The manuscripts' pages come to life with vibrantly hued depictions of Christ and his followers, bordered by intricate Celtic knots and other designs. Whether or not you're religious, previous visitors agreed that seeing the "Book of Kells" in person is truly a sacred experience. Although some visitors complained of crowds in the library, most agreed the "Book of Kells" is a must-see.
Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl. Spend the evening experiencing the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on this evening pub crawl through Temple Bar – the city’s cultural quarter. As you stroll through the ancient quarter, admire the diversity of architecture, where centuries-old buildings commingle with contemporary spaces. Your tour includes at least two stops at authentic local haunts. At each establishment, you’ll enjoy private seating, traditional live Irish music, and tasty snacks and drink.
Start your day with Malahide Castle
Visit Malahide Castle.One of the oldest castles in Ireland, built and occupied by the Talbots family since the 12th century. Stroll through the beautifully kept gardens and admire the opulent interior as you learn the story of this Irish family. Your next stop is the peaceful seaside village of Howth, which is surrounded by impressive cliffs. Ramble through the picturesque streets and soak up Ireland's relaxed daily lifestyle; each corner has something special to offer. Before heading back to Dublin, walk toward the Howth summit, where unbeatable views of Dublin Bay await you.
Dublin Half Day Tour
Visit Guinness Storehouse. Smell the toasted barley in the air and soak up the sense of history as you step into the story of Ireland's most celebrated stout at the Guinness Storehouse. Learn about the brewing process, hear about the history of the brewery, and take in a view over Dublin as you sip an ice-cold pint straight from the source.
Explore Dublin Castle.Right in the heart of the city, the site of the Dublin Castle has played a part in Ireland's history since the land was used by Vikings to build a fortress in A.D. 930. Parts of the castle were built and torn down through the ages, but the oldest remaining structure, the Record Tower, dates back to the 13th century.
Visit and discover Kilmainham Gaol. According to many, this gaol, or jail, gives its visitors one of the most unique looks into the darker side Irish history. Occupied from 1796 to the 1920s, the prison housed many famous figures in the fight for Irish independence, including Thomas Francis Meagher and James Connolly, and was also the site for more sinister executions and hangings. Additionally, the prison acted as a transportation point for approximately 4,000 prisoners to the convict colony of Australia in the early 19th century.
In the late evening Dinner & Show at The Irish House Party.For a truly unique Irish experience, enjoy a traditional dinner and live performances at the well-known Irish House Party. Watch river dancers, talented musicians, and hilarious comedians on this exhilarating evening with no shortage of high spirits.
Departure from Dublin. Drive to Galway (2h20min drive).Arrival in Galway. Hotel Check-in
Explore the arty, bohemian city of Galway, renowned for its brightly painted pubs, live music and cafés. Galway’s charms are best enjoyed by strolling the city lanes and soaking up the atmosphere. Experience a musical medieval Nicholas’s Collegiate Church,Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, it was built in 1320. These days, the traditional 'Irish Tunes in the Church' feature the rector on his concert flute on summer nights.
Visit The Spanish Arch Hotel on the bustling Quay Street. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a locally brewed beer. Visit the Galway City Museum and The Bridge Mill.This mill was first built in 1562 and was owned by one of the original 14 tribes of Galway – the Martyns.
Explore Shop Street.It can feel like the heart of Galway at times, with its packed restaurants, pubs and cafés, jewelers and bookstores.
With short drive from the Galway you can discover and explore Ashford Castle area. You may visit the public rooms, restaurants, bar, drawing room and, of course, the grounds/gardens. You may also enjoy the boat cruise on the Lough Corrib and the falconry experience without being a guest at the castle.
Departure from Galway. Explore The Cliffs of Moher. Evening Arrival in Killarney. Hotel Check-in
Drive toward The Cliffs of Moher,Ireland's most visited natural attraction.About one and a half hours by car from Galway the cliffs are visited by close to a million people from across the globe each year. They stretch for eight kilometers along the Atlantic and rise some 214 meters at their highest point. Take a walk along the trail to experience the raw power of nature at its most majestic.Take in sweeping views
of the Atlantic, learn about the fascinating, rocky geology of the Burren, and stop at charming, historic villages like Doolin and Kinvara. Village of Doolin, a tiny town famous for its traditional Irish music. Relax over lunch at a cozy pub like Fitzpatrick's, and then work off your meal with a short trek through the Burren, a limestone karst landscape known for its unique plants and wild orchids.
On the way to Killarney from The Cliffs of Moher stop and visit at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.Dating from 1425, the castle is the best-preserved medieval fortress in Ireland.
Discover beauty of the Ring of Kerry
Spent a whole day and explore the Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula), what is arguably Ireland's most scenic route.Start and finish you day-journey in Killarney.
The entire journey non-stop could take under three hours, but that's unlikely to happen. En-route there's a feast of jaw-dropping Atlantic Ocean views, stunning islands to visit, wild sweeping mountains, and many picturesque villages. This area of astounding natural beauty boasts a range of outdoor pursuits including golf, water sports on pristine beaches, cycling, walking, horse-riding, and terrific freshwater fishing and deep-sea angling. For history enthusiasts, there are Ogham Stones, Iron Age forts, and ancient monasteries, all set against a canvas of striking landscapes.
Before getting back to Killarney visit Killarney National Park and 19th-century Muckross House & Gardens. The Killarney National Park & Lakes region is filled with beautiful scenery. A highlight in the western part of Killarney National Park is the 11-kilometer drive over the scenic Gap of Dunloe, a narrow and rocky mountain pass carved by glaciers at the close of the Ice Age. The gap separates Purple Mount and its foothills from Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Another highlight in this national heritage site is Ross Castle. Winding lanes and cycling paths are among the best ways to see the park.
Departure from Killarney. Drive to Cork(1h20min drive).Arrival in Cork. Hotel Check-in
On the way to Cork stop and visit Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone,possibly Ireland's best-known attraction, the Blarney Stone sits high on a tower of Blarney castle, not far from Cork.It was built more than 600 years ago by Irish chieftain Cormac McCarthy, and you can tour the massive stone building from its towers to its dungeons. Extensive gardens surround it, filled with stone features and secret corners. Blarney Woollen Mills is known for its sweaters and other knitwear and has a shop selling crystal, porcelain, and other Irish gifts.
Drive further south of Cork and visit Kinsale, a scenic coastal setting at the gateway to West Cork. The town has a decidedly Spanish feel, particularly in summer. This is hardly surprising bearing in mind that in 1601, three years after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Spanish sent a military force to Ireland, most of whom disembarked at Kinsale. The town is packed with restaurants of all sorts and the seafood on offer is excellent. There's an annual Gourmet Festival among others, and a visit to imposing Charles Fort shouldn't be missed
Departure from Cork. Drive to Kilkenny.Visitthe Rock of Cashel.Arrival inKilkenny. Hotel Check-in.
Before leaving Cork visit English Market. No visit to Cork would be complete without dropping by it.
On the way to Kilkenny spot and visit Ireland's most visited heritage site, the Rock of Cashel, stars in countless images of the Emerald Isle.Perched upon a limestone rock formation in the Golden Vale, this magnificent group of Medieval buildings includes the High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, the 12th-century round tower, a 15th-century castle, and a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. The restored Hall of the Vicars Choral is also among the structures. Tourist attractions include an audio-visual show and exhibitions. It's also said that this was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster prior to the Norman invasions.
Spend afternoon and evening discovering Kilkenny- Ireland's medieval capital. The Medieval Mile Museum is a great starting point for your visit and will help you explore the narrow streets, covered laneways, soaring towers and stunning castle that make up Ireland's Medieval Mile. Make your way to the museum, located right in the city center in what was St Mary's Parish Church.
Delve deep into the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland oldest beer brand, with a visit to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny. With Franciscan monks, living portraits of the Smithwick family and giant holograms, set off on an immersive, guided tour of the Smithwick’s Experience, located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny city center. Travel from the 13th century right through to modern day as you trace the beer’s history and learn how the ale is made. Then toast your tour with a meticulously poured pint of Smithwick’s.
Departure from Kilkenny. Drive to Dublin. On the way visit and explore Kilkeney Castle, Wicklow Mountains National Park and the glacial valley of Glendalough.Arrival in Dublin. Hotel check-in.
Before leaving Kilkenny visit the 12th century Kilkenny Castle - a beautiful Anglo-Norman castle that stands on the banks of the River Nore. Explore Kilkenny Castle’s beautiful gardensand a stroll around its picturesque, cobbled streets.
Continue driving north-east and you will reach the glacial valley of Glendalough - famous for its two beautiful lakes and monastic site, comprising the ruins of a medieval monastery and round tower. Reputedly founded in 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit monk, the round tower was thought to have been created as a place of refuge for Irish monks in medieval times.
You drive trip to Dublin will continue over the Wicklow Gap, an unspoiled mountain pass that winds through the magnificent Wicklow Mountains National Park. The route is a photographer’s dream, so be sure to have your camera ready to capture sights of this wild mountain range that dominates the County Wicklow countryside.
Evening Arrival in Dublin.
Departure to New York from Dublin Airport
7 hours nonstop