Day 1 | Friday, September 13 (B/D)
*Independent arrival at the Dublin Airport
Welcome to Dublin Ireland, a small capital with a huge reputation. Expect a hearty Irish welcome as we meet our expert guide for a private group transfer and panoramic tour, revealing the city’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and friendly locals. Marvel at the grandeur of 18th-century architecture and the whimsy of Dublin’s iconic colourful doors. Stop for breakfast and an Irish Coffee demo before checking into our centrally located hotel. Enjoy free time to explore Dublin at leisure then reunite for a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of our Emerald Island journey.
Overnight Trinity City Hotel in Dublin (or similar) – 2 nights
Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will suggest a designated flight from Toronto. The group transfer will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
Day 2 | Saturday, September 14 (B/D)
Rise and shine ladies! We’re off to prestigious Trinity College to peek at the illustrious Book of Kells, a masterpiece of medieval art and a testament to Ireland’s literary legacy. Next, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the iconic Guinness Brewery for a fun-filled tour and tasty pint. The afternoon is yours to explore at leisure wandering the cobbled streets or relaxing in a quaint café. This evening enjoy dinner with an evening of Irish entertainment and live music.
Day 3 | Sunday, September 15 (B/L/D)
DUBLIN – GALWAY
Wave goodbye to Dublin as we venture west to the vibrant city of Galway on Ireland’s west coast. En route, pause for an immersive Irish Whiskey tour and tasting, savouring the rich flavors of tradition. Later, on our guided walking tour, meander through Galway’s charming streets, where historic architecture, lively buskers and the inviting aromas from local eateries are all part of the city’s rich cultural tapestry.
Overnight Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill (or similar) – 2 nights
Day 4 | Monday, September 16 (B/L/D)
Today’s the day we breath in Connemara’s wild beauty, from mosaics of green fields, ponies prancing in the breeze, stone walls, and quaint thatched cottages to charming fishing ports. Revel in the rustic beauty of this land with a visit to a Connemara Pony Stud Farm. Learn about the history of this unique breed, which first became recognized in the Connemara region and how this rugged mountain environment has produced these sure-footed, hardy, and agile horses. Continue to an oyster farm to uncover the secrets of oyster cultivation, followed by a delectable tasting experience that will tantalize your taste buds. Our day’s adventure continues at Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most romantic and stunning buildings. Conclude our exploration by traversing the picturesque Maam Valley, before returning to Galway for a fun Irish Pub evening.
Day 5 | Tuesday, September 17 (B/L)
BURREN & CLIFFS OF MOHER
Step on to the edge of the world and into awe-inspiring views with our visit to Ireland’s most famous cliffs, the Cliffs of Moher. Populated by hundreds of seabirds whose calls mingle with the sound of the waves, these cliffs stretch along the coast for nearly 8km, offering magnificent views. As we continue through Co Clare, stop at an organic cheese farm for a tour and tasting followed by a ferry crossing before arriving in Killarney for an evening at leisure.
Overnight Brehon Hotel in Killarney (or similar) – 2 nights
Day 6 | Wednesday, September 18 (B/L/D)
RING OF KERRY
Hold on to your hats for the breathtaking landscapes of the Ring of Kerry, where panoramic views of rugged coastlines, emerald hills, and ancient ruins await at every turn. Our scenic drive captures the mystical beauty of Ireland’s natural wonders and cultural heritage. Delight your tastebuds with fresh Atlantic salmon, partake in a captivating sheepdog demonstration, meander through the quaint streets of Sneem, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, and wander amidst the beauty of Muckross Gardens in Killarney National Park.
Day 7 | Thursday, September 19 (B/D)
THE DINGLE PENINSULA
Delve into the Dingle Peninsula for a day of discovery. Renowned for its scenic coastal road offering breathtaking views along the Atlantic Ocean, we’ll travel along beautiful beaches, bustling fishing ports, to the headland Slea Head, the western tip of Europe! Visit the Gallarus Oratory where the ancient stones whisper tales of Ireland’s spiritual history and architectural ingenuity. Enjoy free time in Dingle before continuing to Cork.
Overnight Montenotte Hotel in Cork (or similar) – 2 nights
Day 8 | Friday, September 20 (B/D)
Explore the vibrant city of Cork with a guided walking tour to experience the charm of the vibrant English Market, the grandeur of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and the whispers of history at every corner. Next, travel to Blarney Castle and Gardens, where the allure of lush landscapes, historic charm, and the chance to partake in the age-old tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone await. Return to Cork for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 | Saturday, September 21 (B/L/D)
CORK – CASHEL – DUBLIN
As we continue back to Dublin we’ll stop for a visit to the Rock of Cashel. With its well-preserved ecclesiastical remains, Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most spectacular landmarks, dominating the land route southward. Join in the fun tonight in the heart of Dublin reminiscing with fellow BE travellers as we share our memories of this fun-filled journey through Ireland at our farewell dinner.
Overnight Trinity City Hotel in Dublin (or similar) – 1 night
Day 10 | Sunday, September 22 (B)
Say farewell to Ireland and the friends we’ve met along the way with a private group transfer to the Dublin Airport for our departures home.
B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**