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Essence of Ireland

Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews
Private tour to Ireland

Experience the legendary Irish luck and explore the land of the best whiskey and ancient castles with our "Essence of Ireland" private tour. The tour program includes Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries guided tours with tasting, entrance to the stunning Kylemore Abbey, and explorations of the Slieve League Cliffs. Prefer to see the Cliffs of Moher instead? No worries, the tour is fully customizable and includes only the best hotels and professional local guides!

Essence of Ireland

8 days5 cities
Ireland1 country
Private tour to Ireland
From
$2,837
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews

Experience the legendary Irish luck and explore the land of the best whiskey and ancient castles with our "Essence of Ireland" private tour. The tour program includes Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries guided tours with tasting, entrance to the stunning Kylemore Abbey, and explorations of the Slieve League Cliffs. Prefer to see the Cliffs of Moher instead? No worries, the tour is fully customizable and includes only the best hotels and professional local guides!

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Galway

first destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Galway
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to breathtaking Ireland! Upon arrival at Shannon Airport, you meet your driver and go to your hotel in Galway for check-in. The rest of the day is free, you are welcome to explore the city on your own and check out the food in the local bars and restaurants.

No meals included.

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Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
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Providing beautiful views of Galway Bay, the Galmont Hotel & Spa is set right in the heart of the city. It boasts an on-site award-winning spa center and top-notch service. Apart from the spa, the property features impressive facilities such as the Marinas Grill or the Coopers Bar and Lounge.

Welcome to Galway

Galway is the perfect fusion of culture, nature, and architecture to be explored on your next getaway. Located in western Ireland, the harbor city provides with monumental sites to visit, such as the imposing St Nicholas's Church.

car
Galway
Roscommon
1 hr

This short car ride takes you on a very scenic route. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel through the Irish countryside with one of our experienced drivers.

Roscommon

second destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 2
Kilbeggan Distillery Exploration & Trip to Roscommon
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast, you check out from your Galway hotel, meet your guide-driver, and begin your discovery of the unspoiled beauty of Ireland. Your journey begins with a wonderful tour, covering some of the most famous Irish attractions.

The first destination is the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site. Founded in the 6th century, once it was a powerful center of religion and learning. You enjoy a walk around the stone ruins of this ancient site, admire the high crosses, an ancient cathedral, churches, and the round towers.

You continue your trip with a tour of the Kilbeggan Distillery, a working distillery, producing famous Irish whiskey since the 18th century. A 1-hour guided tour includes a masterclass in a whiskey tasting.

Your next stop is the town of Athlone, located on the banks of the River Shannon. During a panoramic ride through the city, you admire the imposing Athlone Castle.

Then you head to your hotel in Roscommon for the check-in. The rest of the day you have at leisure. Feel free to explore the charming city on your own or enjoy a rest after such a busy but exciting day.

Breakfast and whiskey tasting are included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Roscommon

While traveling in Ireland, don't miss the chance to explore the beautiful Roscommon County, boasting numerous authentic examples of architectural heritage alongside picture-perfect nature.

car
Roscommon
Sligo
1 hr
One of our professional drivers will take you on a breathtaking journey through Ireland's countryside. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful panoramas outside the car window.

Sligo

third destination
1 night in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 3
Exploring Roscommon Country & Transfer to Silgo
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you check out from your Roscommon hotel, meet your driver-guide, and begin your trip to Sligo. The first stop on your way is the scenic Boyle Abbey, an impressive monastery founded in the 12th century. You explore a well-preserved architectural complex and learn the story of the abbey, including its ownership by the royal family and its use as a military garrison.

Your next stop is the breathtaking Lough Key Lake and the beautiful park, surrounding it. The Lough Key Forest Park was a part of the Rockingham Estate, owned by the royal family as well. During your visit, you explore the 19th-century servant tunnels, Moylurg viewing tower, and the ‘Tree Canopy Walk’, the only one in Ireland.

After the tour, you are driven to the Sligo hotel. Upon arrival, you check-in and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Sligo

Boasting breathtaking landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities, Sligo is an absolute must-visit during any Ireland tour.

car
Sligo
Derry
1 hr 40 min

A car ride with a professional driver is a great option to get to one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Ireland. On your way to Derry, you’ll pass dozens of picturesque valleys and numerous scenic dales

Derry

fourth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in the centrally located hotel
Day 1
Slieve League Cliffs & Derry City Tour
Transfer
Transfer
Nature views
Nature views
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the Sligo hotel, meet your driver-guide, and depart to Derry, Northern Ireland. On your way, you stop not far away from Sligo to explore the amazing rock formation of Benbulbin.

After that, your driver takes you to the magnificent Slieve League cliffs, located in County Donegal in the northwest corner of Ireland. The cliffs are about 600 m (1969 ft) at their highest point, almost three times higher than the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. After enjoying the magnificent mountain landscape, you proceed to Derry.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a panoramic ride around the city's main sights. Your tour covers the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls, St. Columb’s Cathedral as well as the Peace Bridge, Craft Village, and Guildhall. You learn about the political history of the city and Derry’s industrial heritage, including the shirt making history.

After the tour, you check in to your centrally-located hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views
Tasting
Tasting

Next morning after breakfast, together with your guide-driver you travel to explore the unique and mysterious rock formations - the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, you have some time to admire the Giant's Boot, Wishing Chair, The Camel and the Shepherds' Steps as well as to spend some time in the Visitor Center.

Then proceed to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, an exhilarating crossing, connecting the mainland with the Carrick-a-Rede Island. Daredevils are welcome to cross it (at their own expense) but try not to look down at the 30-meter (100 feet) drop!

Your next stop is the world's oldest whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills Distillery. Your visit includes a guided tour as well as a memorable tasting.

Then you proceed to one of the most famous places in Northern Ireland, Dark Hedges Road. You might have seen it in the award-winning "Game of Thrones" TV Show as Kingsroad.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Derry and have the rest of the evening free.

Breakfast and whiskey tasting are included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Derry

Derry in Northern Ireland is full of authentic sites for you to explore, such as the Tower Museum, the Guildhall, the City Walls and more. Make sure to see it all for yourself!

car
Derry
Westport
3 hrs

A car ride with one of our local drivers is among the best ways to enjoy the views of fairytale Ireland. On your way to Derry, you'll pass dozens of charming villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Westport

fifth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 6
County Mayo Tour & Transfer to Westport
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast, you check out from your Derry hotel, meet your driver-guide, and depart from the city and Northern Ireland. Today's tour is dedicated to the exploration of Mayo County, considered to be one of the most beautiful Irish counties, and the first stop on your agenda is the Moyne Abbey, built in the Irish Gothic style. The impressive friary has been recognized as one of the Irish national monuments.

After admiring the exciting ecclesiastical ruins of the Moyne Abbey, you are driven to Downpatrick Head, a place of great historical and geological importance. It provides breathtaking views over the Atlantic, including the unique group of picturesque islands, known as the Staggs of Broadhaven.

After several more stops to admire the views, you arrive at charming Westport. Upon arrival, you head to your hotel, check-in, and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Westport

Boasting authentic architecture, a bustling cultural scene, and hospitable local people, Westport has loads to offer to every traveler.

car
Westport
Galway
1 hr 20 min

Enjoy the scenic views of enchanting Ireland as your personal driver takes you from charming Westport to lively Galway. On your way, you’ll pass several lovely Irish villages and numerous beautiful landscapes.

Galway

sixth destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in the centrally located hotel
Day 7
Connemara Region Tour & Transfer to Galway
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast, you check out from the Westport hotel and continue your Irish adventure. Your first stop for today is the Croagh Patrick Mountain, known among locals as the "Reek". Located 8 km (5 mi) from Westport, Croagh Patrick is a well-known tourist attraction and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo.

Then you set off to explore the unspoiled beauty of the Connemara distinct region, boasting beautiful winding rivers and scenic lakes. You start with visiting the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey, nestled on the shores of the lake and surrounded by steep mountains. You also have a chance to visit the Aughnanure Castle, dating back to the 16th century.

After finishing your tour, you continue your journey to Galway. Upon arrival, you are taken to your hotel for the check-in. There is nothing planned for the evening so you can go and explore the charming city on your own.

  • Please, note: optionally, you can have a city tour of Galway. Contact your travel specialists for details.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 8
Departure
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing Irish adventure! After breakfast, you check out from your hotel, and your driver takes you to Shannon airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
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Providing beautiful views of Galway Bay, the Galmont Hotel & Spa is set right in the heart of the city. It boasts an on-site award-winning spa center and top-notch service. Apart from the spa, the property features impressive facilities such as the Marinas Grill or the Coopers Bar and Lounge.

Welcome to Galway

Galway is the perfect fusion of culture, nature, and architecture to be explored on your next getaway. Located in western Ireland, the harbor city provides with monumental sites to visit, such as the imposing St Nicholas's Church.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Derry and Westport;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Private airport transfers and all transportations according to the itinerary;
  • Great sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with a professional driver-guide;
  • Entrances to Boyle Abbe, The Lough Key, Giant's Causeway, Aughnanure Castle and Kylemore Abbey;
  • Memorable Kilbeggan Distillery and Old Bushmills Distillery tours with tastings;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest
  • Your own professional local guides
  • Full flexibility of hotel options
  • Tour of the picturesque 6th-century Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Exploration of the impressive 12th-century Boyle Abbey
  • Visit to the to the breathtaking Slieve League cliffs
  • Kylemore Abbey tour
  • Unforgettable tastings in the Kilbeggan and Old Bushmills distilleries

What To Know

  • The currency used by default in Ireland is Euro. Although in Northern Ireland, you will need Pound Sterling as it is part of the UK. To be on the safe side, make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Tips to guides and drivers in Ireland and Northern Ireland are up to your discretion. However, if you really enjoyed the service, a symbolic tip of no more than $10 will be appreciated
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