A wonderful weekend in Ireland
A 4-day tour experience uniquely designed by Desmond Tours
Tour Highlights & Focal Points
- Dublin City
- Temple Bar
- Rock of Cashel
- Ring of Kerry
- Kerry Woollen Mills
- Cliffs of Moher
- The Burren
- Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
- Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery
A Wonderful Weekend Sample Itinerary
On arrival you will be warmly welcomed to Ireland by your friendly driver guide. We will build the itinerary around your preferred time of arrival, allowing you full flexibility.
Depending on your time of arrival, we can start off your vacation with a Full Irish Breakfast in Dublin City in Temple Bar. This will help you to immerse yourself straight away into the Irish culture!
We depart Dublin and travel south through Ireland’s Ancient East, en route we stop at The Rock of Cashel. This is a historic site perched on an impressive hill with numerous ancient buildings such as a round tower, historic cathedral and a Celtic high cross – a fabulous photo opportunity not to be missed!
We will leave the Rock of Cashel and make our way to Killarney – take some time in the evening to explore and enjoy this bustling town with its great shops, traditional pubs and award-winning restaurants.
Overnight suggestion – Killarney
From Killarney, we will explore one of the highlights of your trip to Ireland – the famous Ring of Kerry. A driving route through the magnificent landscape that County Kerry has to offer: dramatic mountain and lake scenery, the majestic Atlantic Ocean and quaint villages along the way – we follow the contours of the Wild Atlantic Way.
We begin the day by stopping at one of the great attractions along the Ring of Kerry, Kerry Woollen Mills, where you can experience a guided tour of the factory and shop for some authentic Irish crafts and gifts.
Continue along the Ring of Kerry with numerous photo opportunities and a visit to Waterville, the place where Charlie Chaplin loved to spend his vacations. For the golf enthusiasts on board, there is an opportunity to play a round of golf at the great facilities in Waterville.
We continue onto the bustling town of Kenmare, a great stop for a late lunch and to enjoy some more shopping. Return to Killarney for some evening entertainment. If desired, an Irish Dancing Show, an experience to remember!
Overnight suggestion – Killarney
Depart the bustling town of Killarney for the pretty heritage town of Adare – traditional Irish thatched cottages make for a great photo opportunity here.
From Adare, we will make our way to Galway, the city of tribes. Depending on your interests we can include the famous Cliffs of Moher and a drive through the Burren National Park in your itinerary today. Alternatively, for the history buffs, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park comes highly recommended. The castle, dating back to the 15th century, is surrounded by historic thatched cottages. Take a tour of this iconic fortress and experience history at its best.
A late lunch in Doolin (Cliffs of Moher Option) or at the famous Durty Nellies Tavern (Bunratty Castle Option) come highly recommended at this point.
Your driver guide will then bring you to bustling city of Galway, listed in Lonely Planet Travel Guides as one of the “must see cities in the world”, where you can enjoy the excellent restaurants and nightlife in the evening.
Overnight suggestion – Galway
In the morning, before making our way into Dublin, we recommend a stop at Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery – here you can find great Irish whiskey on display and you might even find a bottle or two that you’d like to take home with you!
You also have the opportunity to visit another one of Ireland’s favourite and globally renowned Whiskey distilleries, Kilbeggan Distillery. If you wish, this experience can include a unique Irish Whiskey Tasting and distillery tour.
For the history buffs a special cultural highlight awaits at the monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Here you will have the opportunity to take part in a short walking tour of this special historic Irish spot.
We will bring you to Dublin Airport or transfer you to a hotel of your choice in Dublin and bid our farewells.
Booking this Tour
Our tours are priced from €490 per day – please contact us for an exact quote as prices vary depending on group size, itinerary chosen and length of tour.
- A fully customised itinerary designed with your touring needs in mind.
- Scheduled stops at must-see locations.
- Additional stops at lesser known hidden gems – Ireland’s best kept secrets!
- Live commentary, information and entertainment by an experienced, Failte Ireland approved driver guide.
- Driver overnight expenses (including accommodation & food).
- Private collection from / return to an address of your choice.
- Mercedes Benz vehicle including associated costs such as fuel, tolls, insurance and car-parks – your own personal group vehicle.
- Recommendations on reputable accommodation choices, local Irish pubs, award winning restaurants and fun activities.
- Wi-Fi connection in your touring vehicle on request
- Admission fees to attractions and additional tours may incur an additional fee.
- Driver’s gratuity (at your discretion)
- Food, drink or refreshments
- Guest accommodation
- Airfares to & from Ireland
- Travel insurance
What is the starting point of my tour?
We can arrange pick up from any of the airports on the island of Ireland and we also offer pick ups from your accommodation. In other words, you let us know where you would like to start your tour and we arrange it!
Can I choose a start date for my tour?
Our tours start on any day of the week, whenever it suits you best, subject to availability. Get in touch with your travel dates and we will check availability for you. Generally tours between May and September sell out quickly, so booking early is advised.
How many people can participate in the tour?
We organise tours for any group size. Larger groups may incur a surcharge, please contact us to enquire about specific rates. We do of course welcome children on our tours – please note that according to EU regulation children under the age of twelve, and shorter than 4’5″ must use a child seat to travel in a vehicle. You must let us know in advance if this is required.
Can we book accommodation through you?
While this is a service we usually do not provide, we are happy to help you book accommodation if required. We have excellent knowledge of the great accommodations that are available in Ireland (from simple B&Bs to exquisite Castle or Manor Hotels) and are happy to provide recommendations.
Can we book flights through you?
No, we do not book flights for our clients but your local travel agent will be happy to oblige.
How long is an average day of touring?
Usually groups are picked up at 9.00 in the morning and will then enjoy touring until around 17.30 but this depends entirely on the clients’ preferences. A longer touring day can easily be compensated by a shorter one the day after, providing you with a flexible touring experience.
How do we make a booking?
Please click here to complete your booking online. Once the booking is complete, a confirmation email is sent. If you would like to book a customized tour, feel free to email us with your personal Ireland Tour wish-list.
How do we pay for our booking?
You may pay your deposit and final payment by credit card through the online booking system on our website. Please note that credit card payments may incur an additional fee. Bank transfer payments can also be facilitated on request.
Do you recommend I take out travel insurance for my trip to Ireland?
Yes, absolutely. For further information on booking and cancellation terms, please see our Terms of Business
Are there any restrictions on the amount of luggage I can bring?
Please contact us in advance if you are planning on bringing any large equipment or if you would like to bring more than one large suitcase plus one piece of hand luggage per passenger and we will do our best to accommodate this.
What vehicle(s) will be used for my tour through Ireland?
This will depend a little on the size of your group and the availability of our vehicles. Please note that the availability of a particular vehicle may not always be guaranteed due to maintenance and repairs. Feel free to contact us for more information or review our Mercedes fleet page.
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