Grand Tour of Ireland Explorer

13 nights / 14 days
dublin * waterford * cork  * blarney * killarney * ring of kerry *
* cliffs of moher * galway * giant's causeway * glasgow * loch lomond * inverness * edinburgh


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Start in the bubbling hub of Dublin before watching wild red deer dash over Killarney National Park’s grasslands. Road trip down the Dingle Peninsula to see the rustic stone walls of Gallorus Oratory. Just don’t miss the 40,000 naturally interlocking cliffside columns of the Giant’s Causeway once you get to County Derry.

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DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart Canada

Fly to Dublin.

Day 2: Welcome to Dublin

From the Dublin airport, pick up your rental car and head to your hotel to check-in. The rest of the day is yours to discover magical Dublin as you wish.

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OUT & ABOUT: 

Spend some time exploring this historic capital city. Perhaps visit Trinity College to see the famous book of Kells, or maybe get to know the Guinness Storehouse. Use your included Heritage Island Touring Guide that not only gives you details on over 80 of Ireland's top premier attractions and heritage towns, but provides free admission to select sites, two-for-one offers, and discounts too!

Day 3: Dublin – County Cork (approx. 259 km)

On you way to Cork, stop in Kilkenny for a quick visit of this medieval town. 

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Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the city and surroundings including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower, Rothe House, Shee Alms House, Black Abbey and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 4: County Cork – County Kerry (Killarney) (approx. 88 km)

Enjoy the morning exploring the city of Cork, then hit the road for Killarney.

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OUT & ABOUT: 

Before you leave Cork, it’s worth it to visit the English Market. Situated in the heart of the city, the English Market is a roofed food market and has been trading since 1788. Enroute, you can also choose to visit the Titanic Experience in Cobh.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 5: County Kerry: Ring of Kerry (approx. 90 km)

Spend the morning exploring Killarney National Park, then onward to the magnificent Ring of Kerry in the afternoon.

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The Ring of Kerry brings you along the Atlantic Coast and is one of the highlights of a trip to Ireland. Quiet valleys and idyllic spots await along the way. The breathtaking beauty of the landscape on the peninsula will delight you. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage or Ireland – see the Iron Age Fort & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 6: County Kerry – Dingle Peninsula – County Limerick (approx. 212 km)

This morning, embark on yet another beautiful scenic route - drive along the Dingle Peninsula, and be sure to make a stop in Adare, and perhaps visit Desmond Castle, before continuing on to Limerick for night.

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OUT & ABOUT: 

The Dingle Peninsula has something to offer to everyone. Among other things: sandy beaches perfect for swimming, walking routes suitable for all, a thriving Irish language community, rich musical traditions, fine dining, sea angling arts and film festivals.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 7: County Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – County Galway (approx. 99 km)

After breakfast, drive across the lunar-like landscape of the Burren region to the Cliffs of Moher. Continue on to Galway to get to know this lively harbour city.

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At the mouth of Galway Bay, is the picturesque and vibrant city of Galway. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture, as well as a wonderful avant-garde culture.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 8: County Galway: Connemara (approx. 83 km)

Discover the western wilderness of County Galway today - the breathtaking coastal region of Connemara.  

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OUT & ABOUT: 

Connemara, whose inhabitants still speak Irish, is without doubt the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland. Bewitchingly hidden between mountains and lakes and surrounded by Rhododendrons, lies the gothic style Kylemore Abbey. Take advantage of your time here to wander around Connemara National Park, situated at the foot of the Diamond Mountain.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 8: County Galway: Connemara (approx. 83 km)

Discover the western wilderness of County Galway today - the breathtaking coastal region of Connemara.  

Optional Activities ($):

OUT & ABOUT: 

Connemara, whose inhabitants still speak Irish, is without doubt the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland. Bewitchingly hidden between mountains and lakes and surrounded by Rhododendrons, lies the gothic style Kylemore Abbey. Take advantage of your time here to wander around Connemara National Park, situated at the foot of the Diamond Mountain.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 10: Sligo – County Donegal (approx. 76 km)

After breakfast, head out towards County Donegal. It’s well worth it to plan a visit to Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs, or Glenveagh National Park.

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OUT & ABOUT: 

Though less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, the Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs are almost three times higher - making them Europe’s highest sea cliffs!  Enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean, and extremely-experienced hikers can even go past the viewing point to “one man’s pass” to the summit. If heights are not your thing, you can also choose to explore the second largest national park in Ireland - Glenveagh National Park - which lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 11: County Donegal – Derry (approx. 77 km)

Get an early start and continue your exploration of the Emerald Isle by hitting the road for Derry.

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OUT & ABOUT: 

Derry enjoys the advantages of the new peaceful atmosphere in Northern Ireland politics and its city centre is again lively and pleasant. You will appreciate a walk in the colorful and well looked after historical city, which boasts good shopping, pubs and cafes. 
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 12: Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast (approx. 76 km)

En route to Belfast, stop to visit the Giant’s Causeway. 

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OUT & ABOUT: 

The new Visitor centre explores the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology culture and social history. In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler magazine included hopping the stones of the Giant’s Causeway as one of the 50 things to do in Europe before you die.  Also, you can visit the Old Bushmills Distillery.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 13: Belfast - Boyne Valley - Dublin (approx. 169 km)

Depart for Dublin and visit the Boyne Valley.   

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The Boyne Valley is without a doubt the most historical region of the whole island. 

 Meal(s) : Breakfast

Day 14: Dublin - Return to Canada

Head to the airport to return your rental car and board your flight home.
Meal(s) : Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION CHOICES:
1) B n B Selections
2) 3* and 4* Hotel Selections 
**Please advise us of your preference

INCLUDED WITH YOUR PACKAGE COST

    • Round-trip flights to Dublin
    • 12 nights of accommodation
    • 13-day car rental in selected category
    • 12 Irish breakfasts
    • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Explorer Coupons
    • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

    REMARKS

    • Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.
    • In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.
    • Some types of sports equipment, including golf bags, etc., are not accepted in the rooms. They have to be kept in a specific area, which is usually locked.
    • All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.
    • In most European countries the voltage is 220V.

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