Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey.
Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.
City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture. Overnight at the Sandymount Hotel (3 star), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 or similar.
Day 2: Cork
Today travel, from Dublin, through the rich farmland pastures of Ireland’s midlands. Pass through Cashel, where you can visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most important ecclesiastical sites, which rises dramatically from the flat countryside.
Continue on to Cork, perhaps calling at the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whisky is made. Arrive in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city.
Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. Overnight at the Clarion Hotel (4 star), Lapps Quay, Cork or similar
Day 3: Kerry Region
Depart Cork and travel along what is generally regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions.
Drive through Kinsale, known as the “Gourmet” capital of Ireland and continue through the many fishing towns and villages along the south-west coastline arriving in Glengariff where you can take a short boat trip to Garnish Islandto see the “sub-tropical” gardens.
Leave Glengariff and continue through the spectacular Healy Pass road across the Caha Mountain range which runs along the Cork/Kerry border.Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Killarney Region
Day 4: Ring of Kerry
Today tour one of Ireland’s loveliest districts, The Ring of Kerry. Mountains, valleys and lakes blend into a palette of scenic splendour.
A delightful day includes a drive along the broad, dramatic coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and through the charming villages and towns of Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Irish-speaking Sneem.
Why not Visit Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes? The gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty.Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Killarney Region
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula
Today travel to Dunquin, on the westernmost tip of The Dingle Peninsula, where you can visit the Blasket Centre visitor centre where you will discover what life was like on the remote Blasket Islands.
Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches.
A statue of long-time harbour resident Fungie the dolphin is by the waterfront. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has penguins, otters and sharks.
To the northwest, Gallarus Oratory is an ancient dry-stone church with sloping sides. Clifftop Dún Beag is a prehistoric promontory fort to the southwest.
When returning through Tralee, the principal town of Kerry, you can visit the Kerry County Museum.Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Killarney Region
Day 6: Limerick & Shannon Area
Depart Kerry and travel to the medieval city of Limerick. Stop in the thatched village of Adare and get those memorable holiday photographs.
In Limerick visit the Hunt Museum, alternatively travel to Bunratty and see Irish village life around the 1900’s created in the Bunratty Folk Park.
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village, by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. Overnight in South Court Hotel (3 star), Raheen, Limerick.
Day 7: Dublin City
Returning to Dublin today, visit Birr Castle Demesne where you can see the gardens or see one of the world’s largest telescopes.
Continue to Dublin and you can complete you tour with a final visit to Dublin’s city centre. Overnight in Sandymount Hotel (3 star), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 or similar
Bed & breakfast accommodation as follows; 1 night – 4 star hotel, 3 nights – 3 star hotels, 3 nights – bed & breakfast/farmhouse. Based on per person sharing twin/double room with bath/shower inclusive of service charges. Heritage Island Touring Guide and discount card
Please be advised that you are required to check-in to your hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm. If you are going to be later than 6pm, you must call your accommodation and advise of your approximate check in time. Failure to do this could result in your reservation being cancelled and rooms released. Benny’s Ireland Vacations, Inc. or it’s partners, can not be held responsible for non-adherence to this requirement
Children supplements apply when a child between 3 & 12 years 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 are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.