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Best of Ireland Self Drive Tour - 8 Days - Valid: 1 Jan - 31 Mar.22

Best of Ireland Self Drive Tour - 8 Days - Valid: 1 Jan - 31 Mar.22

Dublin, Ireland

From: R 10,999.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 10,999.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #9963
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    7 Nights
  • Valid From

    1st of January 2022 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    31st of March 2022 (Thursday)
  • Expires

    28th of January 2022 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Explore the magnificent Emerald Isle over an 8 day self drive tour - you'll love it! A holiday destination that should be on everyone's travel bucket list.

A check list of the must-sees of southern Ireland!

Spend extra time in Dublin at start and end of your tour. Enjoy walking tours of Dublin's Trinity College and medieval Galway city. Explore Killarney National Park by jaunting car. Cruise Dingle Bay, view the mighty Cliffs of Moher and dine at 15th century Bunratty Castle's Medieval Banquet.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dublin City
  • Guinness Store House
  • 6th Century monastic settlement
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • The Burren
  • Cliff of Moher
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Kilkenny & Bunratty castle
  • The Blarney Stone, the Stone of Eloquence

This Best of Ireland self-drive itinerary is the perfect way to experience the beautiful Emerald Isles.

Please note Covid restrictions for travel to the Republic of Ireland;

  • The Republic of Ireland has eased travel restrictions for South African visitors.
  • Under the new regulations, fully vaccinated travellers – or those with official proof of recovery from Covid-19 – are not required to quarantine.
About the Holiday

Itinerary

DAY 1: DUBLIN
Arrive in Dublin. Take in the attractions of Europe’s most popular city. Don’t miss Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the National Museum, the National Gallery and trendy Temple Bar. Overnight in Co. Dublin.

DAY 2: DUBLIN - CONNEMARA
Spend the morning walking around Dublin, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Dublin Castle, the Irish Whiskey Centre and the Guinness Storehouse. Leaving Dublin travel via Clonmacnoise (a monastic site overlooking the River Shannon. Arrive in Galway where you can visit the Galway Crystal Factory, the Spanish Arch and Galway’s Cathedral. Overnight in Co. Galway.

DAY 3: CONNEMARA
Spend a full day touring the unspoilt area of Connemara. Highlights of this magical region include Clifden, the Sky Road, Roundstone, Killary Harbour, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and the Maam Valley. Irish is still spoken in many parts of this area. Overnight in Co. Galway.

DAY 4: CONNEMARA - KILLARNEY
An early morning start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher — which fall 200m steeply into Atlantic ocean. Pass through the haunting area of the Burren - a leftover from the last glacial period, visiting Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where one can stop for a pint of stout at Durty Nellies. Continue on to Adare Village before arriving in Killarney. In the afternoon stroll around Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney Lakes and National Park. Overnight in Co. Kerry.

DAY 5: RING OF KERRY
A full day tour of the famous Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic touring routes. At 110 miles long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll feel as if you have moved into nature’s mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Overnight in Co. Kerry.

DAY 6: KILLARNEY - CORK
Drive to Cork, Ireland’s second city. One must visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone followed by a browse in the Woollen Mills. Either head for Kinsale or explore the Jameson Heritage Centre and finally before the end of the evening see the Shandon Bells and the Cork City Goal. Overnight in Co. Cork.

DAY 7: CORK - DUBLIN
Head for Cashel where you will catch sight of its Rock. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on a rocky outcrop of limestone, looming above the town of Cashel, County Tipperary. There is a 12th Century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. In the afternoon stop in medieval Kilkenny. Take time to visit Kilkenny Castle and the Kilkenny Design Centre before making your final journey back to Dublin. Overnight in Co. Dublin/Co. Wicklow.

DAY 8: DUBLIN (DEPARTURE
Morning at leisure to either shop for those souvenirs on Grafton Street or spend a few hours taking in more of all the wealth of attractions that you may have missed earlier. Depart for Dublin Airport.

Includes & Excludes
Includes

Land Only Package includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 3/4* Hotels on a bed and Irish Breakfast basis
  • 1 Night in Co. Dublin Hotel outside city centre (Maldron Newlands Cross or similar)
  • 2 Nights in Co. Galway Hotel (Leenane Hotel or similar)
  • 2 Nights in Co. Kerry Hotel (Killarney Court Hotel or similar)
  • 1 Night in Co. Cork Hotel (Blarney Woollen Mills Hotell or similar)
  • 1 Night in Co. Dublin outside city centre (Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel or similar)
  • 8 Days Car Hire - Vauxhall Isignia Automatic or similar
  • Unlimited mileage
  • All taxes & fees
  • 1 Additional driver
  • Damage Waiver

Valid for fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa with negaitve PCR Tests. 

Excludes
  • Medical and Travel insurance.
  • The tour excludes entrance fees
  • All Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

High season airfare supplement apply.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Dublin
Dublin is the largest city in Ireland and the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region.

The writings of the Greek astronomer and cartographer Ptolemy provide perhaps the earliest reference to human habitat in the area now known as Dublin. In around A.D. 140 he referred to a settlement he called Eblana Civitas. The settlement 'Dubh Linn' dates perhaps as far back as the first century BC and later a monastery was built there, though the town was established in about 841by the Norse. For much of the first half of the 20th century, strife and unrest tore Dublin apart as it was involved in a messy and violent divorce from Britain. Despite ongoing attempts to find a lasting peace settlement, the religious and political troubles further north still dominate Irish politics.

There is a vibrant nightlife in Dublin and it is reputedly one of the most youthful cities in Europe - with estimates of 50% of inhabitants being younger than 25. Like the rest of Ireland, there are pubs right across the city centre. The area around St. Stephen's Green - especially Harcourt Street, Camden Street, Wexford Street and Leeson Street - is a centre for some of the most popular nightclubs and pubs in Dublin.

A north-south division has traditionally existed in Dublin for some time, with the dividing line being the River Liffey. The Northside is seen by some as working-class, while the Southside is seen as middle and upper middle class. But this is not a clear divide in reality by any means.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 11 January 2022.

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