Best of Ireland Tour - 8 Nights

What do people like about this tour?

This is a tour designed for you to meet the locals and explore from four great vantage points.  You will explore the towns of Kilkenny, Killarney, Galway and Dublin over 8 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.

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.

Where will you stay?

The beauty of this tour format is that it can work for a variety of budgets. So if your looking for comfort or luxury we have accommodation options at each stage. With the local knowledge one of the key perks of booking through us you can be assured we will guide you through the selection process. Don't be deceived by Ireland's rainy reputation as temperatures can hit the low nineties and there's nothing worse than a hotel without air conditioning or poor ventilation. Our recommendations will make sure your preferences are met.

Tour Details

Day 1 - Welcome to Ireland

Welcome to Ireland. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to Kilkenny. Enjoy some light independent sightseeing and adjust to your new timezone.

STAY - Kilkenny City

Day 2 - Explore Kilkenny or day tour to Waterford

At your own leisure get acquainted with Kilkenny where the castle is a must see attraction. Other places if interest include the Smithwicks Brewery and The Kilkenny Way to name but a few.

STAY - Kilkenny City


Day 3 - Tour to Killarney via Cork

We bid farewell to Kilkenny as we continue into the west of Ireland stops in Cashel, Cobh and Cork City before arriving at the atmospheric town of Killarney where you will spend 2 nights.

STAY - Killarney Town Center 

The Rock of Cashel Seat of the High Kings of Ireland

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

The Ring of Kerry is always a popular touring route as is The Dingle Peninsula. If you can squeeze an extra day into the trip try and do both. So much to see but we will show you the less touristy ways to experience both of these wonderful day tours.

STAY -  Killarney Town Center

The Dingle Peninsula Sunset at Slea Head

Day 5 - Wild Atlantic Way to Galway

Our journey through Ireland continues today along the Wild Atlantic Way to the City of Galway. En route the imposing Cliffs of Moher will feature in our stops along with the Burren National Park and perhaps a stop at a cool chocolate maker.

STAY - Galway City 

Day 6 - Explore Connemara

Connemara National Park is spread on a vast stretch of land between Galway and Mayo. Ancient famine dwellings and some of Ireland's most iconic photo stops including Kylemore Abbey will be part of today's plan.

STAY - Galway City

Day 7 -Tour east to Dublin

The grand finale has arrived. We head east to Dublin with a stop at Clonmacnoise where you will be amazed at the remarkably preserved 7th century Christian Settlement. On arrival in Dublin we will have prebooked several  attractions to avoid any disappointment .

STAY - Dublin City Center

Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement A Step Back in TIme

Day 8 - The Best of Dublin

We will start you off with a half day guided walking tour. A vehicle and driver can be arranged if there are any mobility issues. In the afternoon we will have scheduled attraction visits and allow you some time for last minute 'tax free' souvenir shopping. Many of our guests enjoy finishing on a high by attending an Irish banquet evening.

STAY - Dublin City Center 

St James' Gate The Guinness Storehoues

Day 9 - Farewell to the Emerald Isle.

A private airport transfer will be arranged to take you to Dublin Airport. Thank you for using Emerald Custom Tours and we look forward to your feedback when you have settled back in at home.

Depart from Dublin International Airport

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