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Essential Ireland

Nestled in the North Atlantic, Ireland is home to a whole host of spellbinding sights – including Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the medieval capital of Kilkenny. Its major cities include Dublin, Cork and Galway –all of which are picturesque, steeped in history and known for their pubs, bars, and of course Irish hospitality.
Cork - Galway - Dublin - Bushmills - Belfast - Ireland


13 Day(s)


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13 Day

Essential Ireland

From £ 199/pp


Including tours of Cork, Galway, Dublin and Belfast, this 12-night holiday to Ireland offers travellers at first-hand look at the many different facets of Irish history and culture. Enjoy a culinary tour of Galway, sip delicious local whiskies and beers in Bushmills and brush up on your history with a political walking tour in Belfast.

This tour can be enjoyed in two ways, either as a self drive itinerary, or taken with private transfers throughout. 


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  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
Arrival in Cork
Day: 1 | Arrival in Cork

You will be greeted by our representative on arrival

Upon arrival into the second largest city in Ireland, you’ll head to your chosen accommodation for a three-night stay. 

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Day: 2 | Cork

A day of discovery with the Titanic Experience

In the morning, you’ll make your way to the harbour town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown. Here, visit the Titanic Experience and learn about the people f... more

Day: 3 | Cork

Proceed for a culinary tour in Kinsale

Today, begin with a visit to Kinsale, one of the most picturesque and historically rich towns on Ireland’s south west coast, where a local expert guide will ta... more

Day: 4 | Galway

Journey to Galway with stop-off at Blarney Castle

After checking out, you’ll continue north towards Galway, with a stop-off at Blarney Castle – a medieval fortress known for the Blarney Stone which, if kissed,... more

Day: 5 | Galway

Discover the markets, restaurants, and cafes of Galway

Led by an expert food guide, you’ll venture to some of Galway’s most esteemed culinary hangouts – stopping off at the famous Galway Market and several award-wi... more

Day: 6 | Galway

Coastal walk in Rossaveal with seafood meal

Today you’ll visit Connemara for a coastal walk and foraging tour in Rossaveal, the main port for the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Learn about the area’s histor... more

Day: 7 | Dublin

Visit Kilkenny with Smithwick’s Ale experience

Check out and begin your journey across the beautiful Irish plains. Stop off at the medieval city of Kilkenny and its 12th century castle. Walk down... more

Day: 8 | Dublin

Sightseeing in the city centre with distillery tour

In the morning we enjoy a guided walking tour to some of the major must-sees of Dublin. Sights include Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Stephen’s Green, Graf... more

Day: 9 | Dublin

Discover dreamy Dublin Bay and Howth fishing village

Head to the port via public transport and cruise through Dublin Bay to the coastal village of Howth in the north. Famous for its seafood, Howth boasts a number... more

Dublin - Bushmills
Day: 10 | Dublin - Bushmills

Whiskey tasting and visit to Giant’s Causeway beaches

After checking out, cross the border into Northern Ireland and head to its northern coast.

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Day: 11 | Bushmills

Culinary tour with distillery visit in Bushmills

Located on the north coast, the village of Bushmills is home to a wealth of culinary experiences. Kick off with a visit to the French Rooms for brunch paired w... more

Day: 12 | Belfast

Political and historical walking tour in Belfast

Following breakfast in Bushmills, take your chosen mode of transport to Belfast for a political walking tour. It will provide an insight into the British/Irish... more

Day: 13 | Departure

Board the flight back home from Belfast

Check out of your hotel in Belfast after breakfast and make your own way to the airport for your departure flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Ire... more

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