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Europe | Explore the Emerald Isle, Ireland

Sample Itinerary

Destinations

Dublin, County Galway, County Limerick, County Kerry, Kilkenny

Trip Duration

7 nights / 8 days

With expertly-curated getaways and customized itineraries, see the Emerald Isle just as you desire. From noble castles and national parks to exciting lively pubs and welcoming people, our Destination Specialists will transform your Irish dreams into reality.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2: Dublin |

Arrive in Dublin and pick up your rental car to enjoy your drive through the city to Conrad Dublin for three nights in a Junior Suite with daily breakfast. The following day, savor your fabulous Irish breakfast then depart the hotel for a Belfast City and Titanic Quarter Excursion. Take a train to Belfast for a day of sightseeing featuring the Titanic Quarter, Crumlim Road Jail, and the murals of Falls and Shankhill Roads, with time to shop at the city center.

Day 3: Dublin |

Enjoy a full-day Cork, Blarney Castle and Queenstown Experience. A rail adventure, discover the medieval Blarney Castle, its gardens and famous Blarney Stone, with time to shop and dine in the village. Then, tour Cork and Queenstown, the Titanic's final port.

Day 4: Dublin / County Galway |

Enjoy the scenic drive to Country Galway, and check-in to your Riverside suite at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel for two nights. Set within 450 woodland acres, this sporting estate offers sparkling rivers, salmon fishery, guided hikes and cultured menus and wines. Hiking the trails, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, play tennis, bike, or simply relax in the tranquility of the grounds listening to the song of the river; there are so many ways to engage with Connemara. Every morning the fishery manager Simon, and our walking guide Noel are available in the pub for a coffee and a chat, advise or as an enthusiastic guide.

Day 5: County Galway |

Explore the county, steeped in history, travel to see the unspoiled Connemara peninsula, its small inlets and inspiring beauty along the Atlantic. Renowned as a gourmet capital along the coast of Connemara, visit Clifden for an authentic Irish meal, followed by a stop at the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and lovely village of Kinvara.

Day 6: County Galway / County Limerick |

Drive through the emerald countryside and arrive in County Limerick for two nights in a Junior suite at Dunraven Arms Hotel. The tranquil village oasis bestows elegant splendor, antique furnishings, spa therapies and traditional dining experiences. Adare is the ideal base to explore many wonderful sights and famous landmarks in the mid-West and West regions of Ireland.

Days 7 - 8: County Limerick / USA |

Journey to the medieval city of Limerick. Marvel at the 800-year old King John's Castle and its pre-Norman houses and historical exhibitions. See the Hunt Museum along the River Shannon, with ancient and modern cultural artifacts or visit the Stone Grange Circle, built in the Bronze Age and said to be a place of ancient rituals. Plus, adventure seekers will delight in the woodlands of Clare Glens along the river, filled with hiking trails, rock pools, waterfalls and rapids. The following day, return your car rental and beginning planning your next Emerald escape on your comfortable flight home.

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