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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way 9-Night Small Group Tour

Explore Ireland's Atlantic coastline on this 9-night small group tour from Dublin. Visit Galway, Adare, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry for the stunning scenic views. With expert guides, comfortable accommodation, and opportunities for walking and cycling, this tour is perfect for discovering the beauty of Ireland's wild west coast.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way 9-Night Small Group Tour

DEPARTURE DATE: June 9, 2024
Countries Visited: Ireland

OVERVIEW

See Ireland's glorious Atlantic coast

Discover the untamed nature and rich cultural heritage of Ireland’s western coast, with its spectacular ocean vistas, enchanting towns, and craftsmanship deeply rooted in tradition.

This tour is a Small Group Tour of Ireland. >>Click here to see details on our Ireland Self Drive Tour

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
June 9, 2024from $4,895 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 9 night escorted small group coach tour round trip from Dublin ( no more than 26 guests )
  • 9 night accommodation
  • 9 breakfast, 6 dinner
  • Welcome drink to meet tour director and fellow guests
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and hotels (where available)
  • Included sightseeing and entrance fees to attractions
  • Traditional entertainment
  • Luggage handling
  • · Panoramic windows onboard coach to take in every breathtaking view
  • · Comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom to stretch out
  • Local taxes and hotel service charge

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Jun 9Dublin
2Mon Jun 10Donegal
3Tue Jun 11Donegal
4Wed Jun 12Westport
5Thu Jun 13Galway
6Fri Jun 14Adare | Dingle
7Sat Jun 15Ring of Kerry
8Sun Jun 16Blarney Castle
9Mon Jun 17Dublin
10Tue Jun 18Dublin

Day 1 – Dublin City Tour | Experience Glasnevin | Clontarf Castle

Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from the Clontarf Castle Hotel lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport and a few miles north of Dublin city center. Discover central Dublin with a local guide, viewing elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Experience Glasnevin at Ireland’s national cemetery – it’s a fascinating “who’s who” of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel. (D)

Day 2 – Strokestown Park | Blakes of the Hollow Pub | Donegal

Visit Strokestown Park to explore Ireland’s tragic history. Tour the National Famine Museum and then Strokestown House; the grand Georgian mansion will reveal the contrast between the luxurious lives of its residents and the destitution of their tenants. Stroll the park to see the walled gardens and woodlands. Next, a CIE Tours exclusive: visit Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a Victorian bar that retains many features original to its founding in 1887. Famed author John McGahern, a regular visitor, described it as “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland”. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds.

Day 3 – Slieve League Cliffs | Triona Design | Nancy’s Bar

Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Enjoy a CIE Tours exclusive experience: sip an Irish coffee as you take in the view from these impressive cliffs. Travel up through beautiful views of Donegal to reach Triona Design Donegal Tweed Center in Ardara, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner, where spinners and weavers will demonstrate their crafts. Soak in the atmosphere and enjoy dinner at Nancy’s Bar in Adarar before returning to your hotel in Donegal town, a busy little town that was once a Viking port. (B, D)

Day 4 – Belleek Pottery | Westport

Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship. Tour behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel on to Westport for a guided tour of Westport House. This privately owned manor home is a treasure trove of history, built on castle foundations that once belonged to Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s “Pirate Queen”. The evening is yours to dine and explore as you wish.

Day 5 – Sheepdog Demo | Galway Walking Tour

Visit a traditional farm to see highly skilled sheepdogs show off their talents at minding their herd. Continue on to Galway, for a walking tour of this vibrant city’s medieval heart. Take free time to explore before heading to Adare, where you’ll dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 6 – Adare | John B. Keane’s | Dingle

Take a walking tour to explore the charm of Adare. With its many thatched cottages, it’s known as one of Ireland’s most picturesque towns. Drive to Listowel for tea and scones at John B. Keane’s, a pub once owned by one of Ireland’s most notable playwrights; many of his masterpieces were written in a room behind the bar. Continue on to Dingle; visit Murphy’s Ice Cream to taste some of their distinctly Irish flavors made with local ingredients, and then take free time to explore this friendly little town. Dine at your hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 7 – Ring of Kerry

Embark on a tour of the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. Stop at Moriarty’s in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Continuing on the scenic drive, pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Visit Killarney for free time to explore before returning to Tralee, where you may dine as you wish.

Day 8 – Blarney Castle | Abbey Tavern

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. At the Abbey Tavern, enjoy an evening of traditional Irish cuisine and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9 – Independent Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour
Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Museum. (B)

Day 10 – Your Tour Ends in Dublin

10-day tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner>

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