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  • Lose yourself in some of Ireland's most inspiring countryside and vibrant cities on this self drive tour
  • Choose from a 7 or 10 night itinerary, taking in the sights of Cork, Kerry and Limerick and more.
  • Stop off at local bed and breakfasts along the tour - each offer a unique and welcoming stay.

Your Destination

Want to visit a captivating country with beautiful landscapes? A land of myth and medieval history, of crystal clear lakes and rugged white cliffs, vast green meadows and ancient woodland... Discover it all on this self drive tour!

Beginning in cosmopolitan Dublin, you will have the chance to visit some of the Emeraldd Isle's most famous sights - kiss the Blarney stone, visit a whiskey distillery and marvel at the beautiful Killarney Lakes.

You are free to choose your own route on this self-drive tour, but we have put together some suggested itineraries below.

Your Itinerary

7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin &  Wicklow
Arrive at Dublin Airport and drive to the Wicklow area. According to arrival time , you can begin the tour of the region. Maybe take the time to go through Glendalough, a monastic site dating back from the sixth century, or even to visit the magnificent Powerscourt Gardens . Overnight in the region of Wicklow.

Day 2 –Dublin’s Fair City
Travel to Dublin city where you can trace the history of this colourful city from early Viking origins, through the mediaeval magnificence of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You could also visit Dublinia, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Irish Whisky Distillery or maybe Trinity College  where you will find the Book of Kells.  Overnight: Wicklow area

Day 3 –Medieval Kilkenny
Travel to Kilkenny today. En-route you can visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare before you continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny. Perhaps you could enjoy a walking tour of the city, which commences at Shee Alms House, now the tourist
office, but formerly offering shelter for the poor of Kilkenny during the Middle Ages and continue through the narrow streets and slip ways where you can see many of the historic sites Kilkenny is famous for.
You can also visit Kilkenny Castle which stands on a majestic site beside the River Nore. This magnificent castle, dating from 1172, lies in a beautiful 50-acre park. The Gobelin tapestries and Great Hall have been restored to reveal their former splendour.
Overnight: Kilkenny area

Day 4 – Cork & Kerry
This morning depart Kilkenny and travel south towards Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. En-route, why not visit the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whisky is made or kiss the world famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and acquire the “gift of eloquence”? Continue on into the spectacular west Cork region where many fishing towns and villages dot the southwest coastline. Overnight: West Cork / Kerry area

Day 5 –Ring of Kerry

Today tour one of Ireland’s loveliest districts, the Ring of Kerry. Poets, painters, writers and musicians have all tried to convey  the beauty of this area. Mountains, valleys and lakes blend into a palette of scenic splendour.
A delightful day includes a   drive along the broad, dramatic coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and through the charming villages and towns of Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville and Irish speaking Sneem. Why not visit Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes.The  gardens  at  Muckross  House  are  renowned  world-wide  for  their  beauty;  in  particular  they  are  noted  for  their  fine  collections  of azaleas and rhododendrons.
Overnight: West Cork / Kerry area

Day 6 –Limerick & Tipperary
Today travel towards the Limerick/Tipperary area; perhaps visiting Tralee and the Dingle Peninsula en-route. In Tralee why not visit the  Kerry  Museum,  which  traces  the  history  of  Kerry  from  5,000BC  to  the  present  day.  Continue  on  to  Limerick  and  the  Shannon Region.
In Limerick why not visit King John’s Castle or the Hunt Museum or continue to the nearby village of Bunratty and visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park where you can see Irish village life circa the 1900’s recreated in the Folk Park.
Overnight: Limerick / Tipperary area

Day 7 – Kildare & Meath
This day is dedicated to returning to Dublin . On the way why not visit Birr Castle , or you can visit the gardens and admire the largest telescope in the world! Overnight in the region of Kildare / Meath

Day 8 – Depart Dublin
Take the road to Dublin Airport . Formalities and departure.

10 Nights:
Days 1 - 6: As above

Day 7 – Galway
On the way to Galway you will cross the Burren region, which is often likened to a moonscape because of the lack of vegetation. Soon after that you will arrive at the Cliffs of Moher –majestic cliffs which rise 215 metres out of the Atlantic and stretch for more than 7 kilometres. From this vantage point you can see the Aran Islands and the mountains of Connemara.If you are looking for entertainment near Galway City, Trad on the Prom show runs three times weekly during the summer months, one of  Ireland's best known music, song and dance experiences celebrating the passion of Ireland's past with a contemporary production. Overnight:Galway/Connemara.

Day 8 -Connemara
Discover the wilderness of Connemara today.  Connemara, whose inhabitants still speak Irish, is without doubt the wildest andmost romantic part of Ireland. Bewitchingly hidden between mountains and lakes and surrounded by Rhododendrens, lies the gothic style Kylemore  Abbey.  Afterwards visit  Connemara  National  Park.This  impressive  park  is situated  at the foot of  the  Diamond Mountain, which is 727 metres high. The park includes 1,500 hectares of forest, swamp, highland moors and heaths.
Overnight:Galway/Connemara.

Day 9–Kildare & Meath
Returning towards Dublin region today, why not visit Birr Castle Demesne where you can visit the gardens or see one of
the world’s largest telescopes. In the afternoon you can visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, the only stud farm in Ireland open to the public offering daily tours. Ireland’s world class reputation for the breeding of the thoroughbred horse is well known. In the grounds of the stud farm are the world famous Japanese Gardens. The significance of the Japanese Gardens is not only artistic and horticultural, but also philosophical.Overnight: Kildare / Meath area.

Day 10–Boyne Valley
The Boyne valley is without a doubt the most historical region of the whole island, therefore it is not surprising to find here the most
important  Irish monuments such  as  Newgrange,  Knowth  or  Loughcrew  Cairns. These  are  megalithic  tombs,  dating from  2500  B.C, located along the valley of the river Boyne. The river is also known for the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690 between the Catholic King James of England and the Protestant King William. The victory of William over James had immediate repercussions on Ireland, some of which still influence Irish History today.Overnight: Kildare / Meath area.

Day 11–Dublin Departure
Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight home.

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Your Accommodation

This offer includes accommodation in 3/4* B&Bs for 7 or 10 nights.

Occupancy

Adults Adults
2 Adults
Below is a list of possible accommodation options. Confirmation of exact Bed and Breakfasts will be sent, along with your travel documents, within 48 hours of booking.


Wicklow:
Coolakay House
Kilkenny: Springview House (4*)
West Cork/Kerry: Druid Cottage
Limerick/Clare:    Bunratty Heaven B&B (4*)
Galway/Connemara: Woodlands Galway (4*) 10 night stays only
Kildare/Meath: Moate Lodge (4*)

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are not included.

Car Hire: Car hire is included for 8 or 11 days. Pick up and drop off at Dublin Airport.

Includes:

Category C for 8 or 11 days
Pick up and drop off from Dublin airport
25 years and over
Third party insurance
CDW and theft insurance for 8 or 11 days car rental

For further details regarding local fees and the car hire terms and conditions, please click here.

Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group.

The minimum age for driving a hire car in Ireland is 25 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for a least 1 year.

The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver.  The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted).

The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit will be required.

Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions.

Weather

Jan
min : 1°C max : 8°C
Feb
min : 2°C max : 8°C
Mar
min : 3°C max : 10°C
Apr
min : 4°C max : 13°C
May
min : 6°C max : 15°C
Jun
min : 9°C max : 18°C
Jul
min : 11°C max : 20°C
Aug
min : 11°C max : 19°C
Sep
min : 9°C max : 17°C
Oct
min : 6°C max : 14°C
Nov
min : 4°C max : 10°C
Dec
min : 3°C max : 8°C

Meet & Greet

If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Travel Documents

Flight Inclusive Offers

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents. You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

If you have booked transfers, Meet & Greet, car hire or airport lounges, you will receive a separate voucher for each of these services. Please note that transfer vouchers are sent directly from the transfer supplier.

Please do make sure that you either add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

If by any chance you have not received all the above by this time, please contact us at customer.relations@voyageprive.com

Accommodation Only

You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct. If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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