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7-Day Emerald Explorer Small Group Tour

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7-Day Emerald Explorer Small Group Tour

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/ person
  • 7 Days

7-Day Emerald Explorer Small Group Tour

Jewel tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace whilst enjoying some light activity. From Dublin you begin your wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will cover miles of rugged Irish coastline from Connemara to Kinsale. This memorable journey of 7 days encapsulating and exploring Ireland with a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife.

Clonmacnoise - Kylemore Abbey -Connemara

Leaving Dublin’s Fair City, you’ll travel back in time to Clonmacnoise, a 6th century Monastery city on the banks of the River Shannon. This holy place became a beacon for learning and boasts excellent examples of Celtic stonework. From there, it’s off to Co. Galway and green fields turn into a lunar landscape, as we plough through rugged Connemara, heading for Kylemore Abbey. A working Benedictine abbey constructed on the grounds of an 18th century castle, it has had more than a few past lives and boasts an imposing position at the foot of Druchruach Mountain, overlooking Kylemore Lake. At the end of the day, it’s onto Cilfden, ‘the Capital of Connemara’ and it’s time to relax as you’re officially on West of Ireland time. Now it’s time for Dooncastle oysters or a whole Cleggan crab, washed down with pints of the Blackstuff. Cock an ear and listen out for ‘the session’, (traditional music) coming out of the many pubs and settle yourself in. After the ceol agus craic (music and merriment) you could always wake up feeling like royalty, in an 18th Century Castle, as you have the added option of staying in Ballynahinch castle. Total driving time: 4 hours Excluding stops Read more

All The Twos, Clidfen

Explore the rugged Aran Islands and Galw

Fed and watered, it’s off to nearby Rossaveal Pier to catch the ferry to Inis Mor (literally ‘big island’), the largest of the Aran Islands. Here you can explore the 6km by 2km island by bike or by special request, a jaunting cart with your very own driver and pony. It’s off to Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric hill fort which dominates the edge of a vertical cliff, 300 ft above the choppy waters of the Atlantic. Refresh "le cupán tae" (with a cup of tea) and island porter cake and shop for an original Aran Sweater. Then we’re off to Galway, the City of the Tribes and the home of the Claddagh Ring to chase down the ceol agus craic, (music and fun), street performers, artists, buskers and the last of the Bohemians. Total driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes Excluding stops Read more

Victoria Hotel, Galway

The Jaw dropping Cliffs of Moher and Tra

Now that you’ve a ‘feel’ for Galway, our guide will take you down its narrow medieval streets where you can duck in and out of brightly coloured shops. Try on Claddagh Rings, Galway shawls and pass through The Spanish Arch to take in the famous Claddagh fishing village. Then it’s Southwest to The Burren national park, 125 square miles of limestone rock and The Burren Centre where you’ll see dolmens and megalithic tombs, some older than the Egyptian pyramids. We’ll also take in the 12th century Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire Castle, a 16th century tower house which sits on a rocky outcrop on Galway Bay before heading for Kinvara, a colourful fishing village full of cafes and curiosities. The Cliffs of Moher is next; 14 km of dramatic coastline standing 300 metres above the churning Atlantic. As evening draws in, we’ll spend it in Doolin, The home of Irish music and between the music and the foot-tapping, the blackstuff and the company, ‘the craic will be ninety’! Total driving time: 2 Hours Excluding stops Read more

O'Connors Guesthouse, Doolin

Travel to the Kingdom of Kerry

We’ll take in a portal tomb at Poulnabrone, locally referred to as ‘Hole of the Sorrows’, the oldest megalithic burial site in Ireland, dating back to 3000BC. From the long-time dead, we’ll meet up with the lively farmers of Caherconnell who’ll treat you to a sheep dog trial. With a whistle here and a whistle there, watch as they direct the collies to run rings around the sheep. Next up, a little light refreshment, as we go on a quest for Uisce Beatha, (water of life), or whiskey, as it’s known as. Arriving at The Dingle Whiskey Distillery, you’ll get a flavour of how our ‘nectar’ is made and even savour a drop of their single pot still whiskey, matured in aged bourbon casks. The evening belongs to Dingle and how about a trip to hardware store, Foxy John’s? Don’t be alarmed, the only DIY you’ll be doing is ordering a drink from its fully stocked bar. And did we tell you about the Leather Shop, Dick Mac’s? It comes with a pub, a gang of lively locals and some charming bartenders. Total driving time: 3 hours, 30 minutes Excluding stops Read more

Dingle Marina Lodge, Dingle

Meet our friendly dolphin on the Dingle

Fungie, the dolphin arrived in Dingle in 1984 and has been the town’s most photographed celebrity ever since. We’ll go in search of the A list star in kayaks and explore the nearby caves too. If you haven’t got sea legs, stay on terra firma with a hike up Mount Brandon where panoramic views of the bay and Castlegregory, will be your reward. However, if you’re little delicate after the night before, tóg go bog é (take it easy) as they say round here. Why not meander around Dingle’s speciality shops and who knows what you’ll come away with? A bodhrán (irish drum) and some dillisk seawood cheese? Then it’s off to Slea Head Drive, on a journey through Irish-speaking villages, famous Hollywood film locations with close-up views of Skellig Michael and some Jedi spotting. Then it’s back for another night in Dingle and a spot of DIY in the local hardware store, (wink, wink). Total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes Excluding stops Read more

Dingle Marina Lodge, Dingle

Explore Castles, Epic Scenery at the Rin

It’s bye-bye Dingle and off to see parts of the Ring of Kerry; Have your phones fully charged to take photos of Moll’s Gap, Torc waterfall and Ross castle in Killarney National Park. Built in the 15th century, this stronghold is said to have a resident ghost, that of O’Donoghue Ross, the chieftain who came to an untimely end, when he allegedly fell out of one of its windows! Sightseeing and ghost-hunting over, it’s time for your last night, (boohoo) and its off to historic Kinsale and a gourmet’s utopia. Head to The Spaniard, an olde world inn perched high above Kinsale, serving up Spanish Ruby Ports and West Cork black pudding or if it’s all fish you want, how about Fishy, Fishy? Meander the picturesque streets and find silversmiths, galleries and antique shops before settling in for the evening at The Armada bar or The Silent Banjo, which unlike the name suggests, is jumping with music and ‘jammers’ (packed) with locals Total driving time: 3 hours 15 minutes Excluding stops Read more

Blindgate House, Kinsale

Kiss the Blarney Stone and Receive the

Get your walking shoes on and follow your Guide who will take you for a historical amble through the narrow streets of Kinsale. Then it’s off for a bit of kissing and to the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that whoever kisses it, gets the gift of the gab, and your fellow bus buddies will be sure to tell you if it works! Finally, a whistle stop, before returning to Dublin and her sweet Molly Malone is The Rock of Cashel. Is it a Chapel? Is it a Palace? Is it a Cathedral? You’ll find its all three and it’s an open-mouthed moment and a truly historic way to end the tour. As our guides take you back to The Capital, they’ll give you tips and recommendations if you plan to stay on in Dublin. Goodbyes will have to be said but it’s slán go fóill, (see you soon), from all of us at Overland Tours. Total driving time: 3 hours 15 minutes Excluding stops Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Clidfen
Hotel All The Twos
Day 2
Location Galway
Hotel Victoria Hotel
Day 3
Location Doolin
Hotel O'Connors Guesthouse
Day 4
Location Dingle
Hotel Dingle Marina Lodge
Day 6
Location Kinsale
Hotel Blindgate House

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • An off the beaten track tour of Ireland
  • Accommodation & Breakfast
  • Luxury transportation on Mercedes Sprinter mini-coach
  • Professional Tour Guide to show you around
  • Entrance into the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Galway Walking tour
  • A working sheep farm experience
  • Historical Walking tour of Kinsale
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Distillery Tour
  • All Taxes

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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