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Self-drive: highlights of Ireland

15 days from CAD11,250pp

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Tour highlights

  • Learn about the history of the fabled Titanic, which set sail for the last time from Ireland.

  • Drive the Ring of Kerry.

  • Go salmon fishing with a local ghillie.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Today, your driver-guide will transport you to Belfast and then take you on an orientation tour of the city, ending at the Titanic Exhibition. Here, you'll be able to explore the museum and learn about Belfast's impact on the Titanic.

  • This morning you will be driven to a thatch-roofed farmhouse on the outskirts of the city for traditional bread making tour. In the afternoon, you'll learn the political history of Belfast on a Black Cab political tour with a local driver.

  • This morning travel north of the city to the Antrim Coast with your private driver, known most recently as a filming location for the popular TV show Game of Thrones. You have the opportunity to explore Giant's Causeway and if you're feeling adventurous, you can cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge while taking in coastal views. If you're lucky, you could even spot a dolphin.

  • Today your driver takes you to the train station where you depart for Dublin. Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to your centrally located hotel. After you have settled into your hotel, take a behind-the-scenes exploration of St Patrick's Cathedral where you have the opportunity to admire vast views of the city.

  • Visit Kilmainham Gaol and delve into the history of the rebellion and Irish Civil War. Continue to learn about the history of the city after you leave the gaol, on your private Rebellion Walking Trail with a local guide.

  • Today you pick up your rental car and make your way down to Cork. After checking into your hotel in the heart of downtown, meet your private guide for a walking tour of the city.

  • This morning you drive a short distance out to the coast to the vibrantly painted town of Cobh. Here, embark on a private Titanic Trail with a local expert historian guide. Cobh, also known as Queenstown, is known as the Titanic's last stop before its voyage to New York as well as the heart of migration. After the walking tour, visit the Cobh Heritage museum to learn about Irish emigrants' experience departing from Cobh to America. At the end of the day, make your way back to Cork.

  • Make your way to Killarney today. Upon arrival, embark on a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. This evening, experience a traditional Irish music and dance performance.

  • Explore the Ring Of Kerry and the Skellig Ring today at your own pace. This scenic route takes you via many quaint towns where you can stop and get a bite to eat or grab a coffee. When you return to Killarney, you have the chance to explore the town and stop to listen to live Irish music, if you so choose.

  • Drive to Galway and check in to your hotel. After settling in, you have a private walking tour of the city to orientate yourself, stopping at the main sites including St Nicholas' Church, the Spanish Arch and Quay Street. After the tour, you have time to explore the city yourself.

  • This morning, make your way via ferry to Inis Mór, a tiny, very traditional Irish island. Upon arrival, a jaunting car (horse and cart) will be waiting for you to begin your tour. The tour provides you with vignettes of traditional Irish life, stopping at ruins including Dun Aengus, which provide you with cliff views. You'll even have the opportunity to hear Irish spoken in a local pub if you choose to grab lunch. At the end of the tour, take a ferry back to the mainland to return to Galway.

  • Explore Connemara National Park today at your own pace, with ample photo opportunities and scenic views. In addition to the views, you'll have the opportunity to embark on some hiking, with options of varying difficulty levels available. Whatever hike you choose, you end the day at a countryside manor serving delicious and well-earned food.

  • Join a local ghillie today for a salmon fishing adventure in Connemara National Park.

  • Today, make your own way to the Cliffs of Moher where you can see the vast and rugged sheer-faced cliffsides. Then make your way through the otherworldly landscape of the Burren to see the limestone karst pavement formed by glaciers. You then continue onto Ennis, where you check into your hotel for the night.

  • This morning you will say goodbye to the Emerald Isle and make your way to Shannon Airport where you will return your rental car and fly home.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Dublin
 
Belfast
 
Cork
 
Cobh
 
Killarney
 
Galway
 
Connemara
 

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