Enjoy the changing landscapes of Ireland on a relaxed 9-day budget tour aimed at those aged 18-35. Experience the vibrant cities of Cork and Belfast, wander among the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, marvel at the Cliffs of Moher and much more.
What to Expect
Relax on a 9-day tour of Ireland that includes the wild landscapes of the "Ring of Kerry” Dingle Peninsula, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway. Take a scenic coastal drive along Slea Head, enjoy a pint of Murphy’s at a traditional pub in Cork, and wander the cliff-edge trails of the Cliffs of Moher. Be amazed by the lunar landscape of The Burren, visit the Museum of Country Life, explore the Donegal Mountains, and walk across the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge.
With round-trip transfers from Dublin, the tour is at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to party if you prefer, including a night in Belfast's "Golden Mile." Take hikes in the mountains, and enjoy drinks with the locals.
Day 1: Dublin - Golden Vale - Dingle
Start with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness to set you up for the day! Continue into Ireland’s central Golden Vale, stopping for views of the Rock of Castle Dunamase, and enjoying panoramas of rolling fields and fresh pastures.
Spend the afternoon in the beautiful Dingle Penninsula, before stopping for the night at an Irish pub in Annascaul. Check into the Randy Leprechaun, and enjoy a drink with the locals. Pull up a stool by the fire, or dance the night away.
Day 2: Dingle - Killarney
Take a short drive to the Gaelic-speaking fishing village of Dingle, where you will have some free time for lunch and to shop in the charming stores. Then, it’s time for a wonderful tour around scenic Slea Head. There will be lots of chances to get off the bus and take photos, or even enjoy a wee hike to get the full benefits of the Atlantic air. Your guide will tell you stories about the region and its traditional songs. Marvel at Sleeping Giant Island and the 3 Sisters Mountains.
Day 3: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Spend the day in the “Ring of Kerry,” where optional activities include a horse-drawn ride through the National Park on the famous “Jaunting Cars.” Enjoy Ireland's most celebrated scenic drive, before returning to Killarney for your overnight stay.
Day 4: Killarney - Blarney - Cobh-Cork
Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, perched on the edge of 300-foot battlements. Explore the castle and gardens. Then, drive to historic Cobh on Cork Harbour. Learn about the millions of Irish that emigrated between 1840 and 1950, and the famous ocean liner that stopped in the harbor in 1912 before its fatal voyage across the ocean. Pay your respects at the Titanic Monument, visit St. Coleman's Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views of Cork Harbour.
Spend the night in the “Rebel City” of Cork, enjoying a city tour before a night on the town. Try a pint of Murphy’s stout on the banks of the River Lee.
Day 5: Cork - Cliffs of Moher - Galway
Today you will have the wild Atlantic Ocean by your side as you cruise up the West Coast. See beautiful beaches of golden sand, and look out for dolphins and whales along the way. Drive across the lunar-like landscape of The Burren to discover the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. Hear tales of how the Irish overcame the horrors of the Potato Famine of 1845-49, when more than 1 million fled to all 4 corners of the globe.
Continue to experience the Irish “crown jewels” of the Cliffs of Moher, and gaze in awe at the majesty of the landscape. Setting for the blockbuster movie “The Princess Bride,” the cliffs were also chosen by Kelly Slater for the award-winning cult surf movie “Wave-Riders.” Drive to Galway for your overnight stay, and get ready to experience Ireland's party capital.
Day 6: Galway - Derry
Depart Galway and drive to the edge of beautiful Connemara, enjoying views of the mountains and lakes of the rugged wilderness. Stop in the charming village of Cong, before continuing through the remote countryside of County Mayo.
Learn more about rural life in Ireland at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park. Then, cross the border into Northern Ireland for an overnight stay in Derry, “City of Culture 2013” and the perfect place to listen to some traditional music.
Day 7: Donegal
Today starts with an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's historic walls (1601). Explore the famous Bogside district before a tour of County Donegal after lunch. Drive to Glenveagh National Park, and immerse yourself in remote beauty before returning to Derry for the night.
Day 8: Derry - Giant's Causeway - Belfast
Today is a glorious touring day, exploring the dramatic North Coast. Marvel at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and cross if you dare (at your own risk) by making a small donation to the National Trust. Walk among the famous granite stones of the Giants Causeway, learning the legend of the giant Finn MacCoole, and take fantastic photos of Dunluce Castle. Continue to Belfast for your overnight stay.
Day 9: Belfast - Dublin
Spend the morning exploring Belfast city center, and admire the mix of Victorian architecture and forward-looking buildings. In the afternoon, return to Dublin, stopping for lunch at the coastal village of Annaglassan. Enjoy unrivalled views of the East Coast and mountains of Mourne. Pause at Monasterboice to view the Celtic High Crosses, site of an early christian settlement.
The tour ends with a drop off at Dublin Airport at 16:00, or in Dublin city center at approximately 16:30.
Meet at 09:00 on Day 1 at Paddys Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin