Irish Explorer Tour - Local culture & heritage

You will explore the towns of Kilkenny, Killarney, Galway and Dublin over 10 nights. There are a few options for getting around and if you don't fancy driving we can set you up on a fully driven or staged tour transfers option.

What do people like about this tour?

With Kilkenny only 90 minutes from Dublin Airport this tour allows you to ease into the pace of the tour on arrival and have a seamless departure from Dublin. The format of this tour allows guests to take time to do some exploring independently as well as take some day tours in the various locations.

Day 1 - Welcome to Ireland

Day 2 - Explore Kilkenny or day tour to Waterford

Welcome to England. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to your central London Hotel. Enjoy some light sightseeing and adjust to your new timezone.

Tower Bridge Home to the Beefeaters.

STAY - Kilkenny City

Today we enjoy a 3 hour private walking tour of London and perhaps watch the changing of the Guard at St James's Palace. The city is yours to explore using our recommendations.

The Iconic Red Phone Box A view to Big Ben.

STAY - Kilkenny City

Day 3 - Tour to Killarney via Cork

Day 4 - Explore Killarney or tour to Dingle or The Ring of Kerry

We enjoy a day tour south through the Garden of England, Canterbury and Leeds Castle to Dover. See the White Cliffs in person and stroll through the old war tunnels at Dover Castle. Return to London that evening.

The Birling Gap The chalk cliffs and Seven Sisters.

Leaving London we travel to the Roman City of Bath through the Cotswolds with options to stop at the World UNESCO Heritage Site at Stonehenge or Highclere Castle.

The Cotswolds A quintessential English village.

STAY - Killarney Town Center 

STAY -  Killarney Town Center

Day 5 - Wild Atlantic Way to Galway

Day 6 - Explore Galway or Connemara

Enjoying the Roman City of Bath this morning with a 3 hour private walking tour. Take in the city at your leisure that afternoon perhaps enjoy a spa treatment in the famous Spa or a Pims on the Royal Crescent.

Pulteney Bridge Step across the River Avon.

Today we embark on a journey north to York travelling through the heart of the Cotswolds and into Shakespeare country in Stratford Upon Avon. Visit the playwrights birthplace and his wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Statford Upon Avon Shakespeare's birthplace.

STAY - Galway City 

STAY - Galway City

Day 7 -Tour east to Dublin

Exploring the areas outside York today we travel to the Fortified House of Castle Howard, UNESCO World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley. Arrive back in York in time for a choir service in Bath Minster.

Fountains Abbey A World UNESCO Heritage Site.

Day 8 - The best of Dublin

Step inside the mind of Beatrix Potter at her Hill Top home and the country of Wordsworth. Visit traditional Lake District towns like Hawkshead, Skipton and Bowness-on-Windermere. Set sail for a scenic boat cruise across Lake Windermere.

The Lake District The Heart of Wordsworth Country.

STAY - Dublin City Center

STAY - Dublin City Center 

Day 9 - Farewell to the Emerald Isle.

Departing the north we take a first class train to Oxford, the university town. The 12 steeples can be seen throughout the city and it is no wonder it has been used for many a film from the Italian Job to Harry Potter.

The Bridge of Sighs Oxford University Town.

STAY- Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

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