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Highlights of Ireland (self-drive)

15 days from $7,245pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Belfast
  • Dublin
  • Midleton
  • Cork
  • Kinsale
  • Cobh
  • Killarney
  • Galway
  • Connemara
  • Ennis
  • Learn about the history of the fabled Titanic, which set sail for the last time from Ireland.

  • Sip Irish whiskey with farmhouse cheese pairings.

  • Drive the Ring of Kerry.

  • Go salmon fishing with a local ghillie.

  • Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innisfallen Island.

Audley Travel specialist Andea

What our specialists say...

You’ll first visit Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, before continuing down to the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. After spending some time in this thriving city, you pick up your rental car and embark on your exploration of several Irish towns and villages and the country’s vibrant landscapes. You’ll experience a number of traditional Irish activities including a behind-the-scenes whiskey experience, a horse and cart ride and salmon fishing, as well as numerous other memorable experiences.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Belfast
  • Dublin
  • Midleton
  • Cork
  • Kinsale
  • Cobh
  • Cork
  • Killarney
  • Galway
  • Connemara
  • Galway
  • Ennis

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Day 1 Belfast

Belfast

On arrival you're met by your private driver and driven to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to settle into your hotel and explore the city.

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Day 2 Belfast

Belfast

Today your driver-guide takes you on an orientation tour of the city, ending at the Titanic Exhibition. Here, you're able to explore the museum and learn about Belfast's impact on the Titanic. In the afternoon, you can learn about the political history of the city on a Black Cab political tour with a local driver.

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Day 3 Belfast

Belfast

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.

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Day 4 Dublin

Belfast , Dublin

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.

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Day 5 Dublin

Dublin

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. Cap off the day with a Literary Pub Crawl around the city.

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Day 6 Cork

Dublin , Midleton , Cork

Today you pick up your rental car and make your way down to Cork. After checking into your hotel in the heart of downtown, drive out to nearby Midleton where you'll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jameson Distillery.

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Day 7 Cork

Kinsale , Cobh , Cork

This morning you drive a short distance out to the coast to the vibrantly painted town of Kinsale. Here you'll meet Don and Barry for a historic walk around the town that covers history and migration. After the tour, make your way to Cobh where you 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 make your way back to Cork.

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Day 8 Killarney

Cork , Killarney

Make your way to Killarney. Upon arrival, you have a kayak adventure to Innisfallen Island in Killarney National Park. After you have worked up an appetite, you can indulge in an Irish Whiskey and Farmhouse Cheese tasting experience.

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Day 9 Killarney

Killarney

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.

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Day 10 Galway

Killarney , Galway

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.

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Day 11 Galway

Galway

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.

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Day 12 Connemara

Galway , Connemara

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.

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Day 13 Connemara

Connemara

Join a local ghillie today for a salmon fishing adventure, located conveniently at your hotel.

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Day 14 Ennis

Galway , Ennis

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 on to Ennis, where you check into your hotel for the night.

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Day 15 Return home

Ennis

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

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