Drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub, visit the famous sites of Newgrange and Drumcliffe, learn how to bake traditional goodies, sail to the Aran Islands, kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab
We’re all a little bit Irish come March 17th, but if you’re in the market for something more meaningful than a pint of green beer, hop aboard this delightful 9-day adventure to the Emerald Isle. Yeats’ grave, Cork, Blarney Castle, the karsts of the Burren, traditional music in a local pub... seriously, it doesn’t get much more quintessentially Irish than this. We mix the essential sites and time in the villages and country to really round out the experience. Even if Ireland isn’t the Old Country for you, this trip will make you feel as though you’re back home.
- Newgrange tour (half-day). Drumcliff and Yeats' tomb visit. Burren walks with farmhouse visit. Baking demonstration with grannies. Storytelling walking tour of Galway. Aran Islands. Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone visit. Cork orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 1 lunch. (Allow EUR250-350 for meals not included.)
- Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts).
- Public bus, private van/bus, boat, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12
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Day 1 Dublin
Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this lively city.
Day 2 Newgrange/Sligo
Enjoy a half-day tour of Newgrange, built in 3200 BC. After, head northwest to Sligo.
Days 3-4 Galway (1L)
Head out for a walk around Ben Bulben mountain and visit Drumcliff and Yeats' tomb. Arrive in Galway for a fantastic storytelling walk of its history, all told whilst strolling though the medieval heart of the city. In the evening head to an optional dinner and drinks in a local pub. On Day 4, enjoy a half-day walk through the Burren, a unique Irish landscape, with a visit to a farmhouse to sample a local Irish grannie's cakes.
Days 5 Aran Islands
Head to the Aran Islands to visit the Viking Fortress and scenic cliffs, Ruins of Seven Churches and a seal colony. Overnight on these charming islands.
Day 6 Killarney
Return to the mainland and continue on to Killarney. Orientation walk on arrival, then enjoy free time to visit the town or the national park. Opt to rent a bike and get around on two wheels.
Days 7-8 Cork
Take a public bus to Cork, the destination for the next two nights. Take a CEO-led orientation walk before an afternoon visit Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. On Day 8, enjoy free time to see the sights of Cork and opt to visit the Titanic Museum in Cobh.
Day 9 Cork
Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this city has to offer.
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