Ireland ItinerarySeven Day Itinerary for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Explore the stunningly beautiful Emerald Isle steeped in thousands of years of culture and history. From the bustling capital of Dublin, famous for its food, lively pub culture, and Guinness brewery, to the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise of Killarney, Ireland is sure to steal your heart.
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Ireland and Northern Itineray
Day 1 : Your Irish Experience Begins
Welcome to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. After clearing customs, your private car and driver will take you to your luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city, where you’ll have some time to get settled in. When you’re ready, start your first day on the Emerald Isle off with a visit to St. George’s Market, where more than 150 traders set up stalls featuring everything from antiques to metalwork to an abundance of local foods to sample. After exploring the city center, embark on an insightful Black Cab Tour of the city led by a local who lived and worked in Belfast during The Troubles. Following lunch, spend the rest of your day exploring the city’s many churches, pubs, and quaint shops.
Day 2 : RMS Titanic Experience & Giant's Causeway
Today, you’re heading north to the city of Belfast. After checking-in at your boutique hotel, discover Titanic Belfast, a museum dedicated to the ill-fated ship that was built in this very shipyard. Nine interactive galleries, full-scale reconstructions, and original Titanic artifacts bring the ship’s history to life. After lunch, travel to the north Irish coast where you’ll explore the otherworldly landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway and the harrowing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. To finish your day, visit Dunluce Castle, used as a filming location for Castle Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. Head back to Belfast for a relaxing evening at your hotel.
Day 3 : Dublin Highlights
Depart from Belfast after breakfast and head to Dublin, Ireland’s small capital with a huge personality! Check into your boutique hotel located just a quick walk away from all of the major attractions of the city. Start your day in Dublin with a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, followed by a guided tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Stop for a light lunch and a drink at one of the city’s many gastropubs. Spend the afternoon exploring the National Museum of Ireland where you’ll discover stunning Celtic metalwork, 9th century artifacts recovered from Viking burial sites, and and iron bell said to have belonged to St. Patrick himself. Following dinner, embark on a musical pub crawl in Temple Bar where you’ll learn the stories behind traditional Irish music while sampling local beers.
Day 4 : Whiskey & Beer
Today’s theme is all about the history, crafting, and enjoyment of these age old libations. Begin the day with a mid-morning tour of the Guinness Storehouse where you’ll immerse yourself in 7 floors of fun and excitement as you explore the story of Ireland’s most famous beer. At the end of your tour, enjoy lunch and a pint of Guinness in Gravity Bar, where you’ll have a panoramic view of the city. Dublin Castle is your next stop, where you’ll take a guided tour of the ancient fortress. Next, head to the Irish Whiskey Museum where a storyteller will take you through 2000 years of Irish whiskey history. Following your tour, participate in an expert-led whiskey tasting and blending class, where you’ll bottle a sample of your very own blend! Tonight’s dinner is an adventure as you taste your way through an oyster bar, a seafood cafe, a pub, and other local spots with a professional chef.
Day 5 : County Kerry
After enjoying a traditional Irish breakfast, you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin for for the lush, rural landscape of Killarney. Once you’ve checked into your hotel in the town center, you’ll explore Killarney National Park, full of lush woodland, beautiful lakes, and stunning mountain scenery. Take a ride in a traditional “Jaunting Car,” or horse and cart to Killarney House and Gardens. See Ross Castle, a 15th century tower and grounds built at the edge of a lake. End your visit with a guided tour of the historic Muckross House, once visited by Queen Victoria. Aside from visiting the imposing mansion, you can also explore the gardens and nearby working farms that demonstrate the rural way of live in Ireland in the 30’s and 40’s.
Day 6 : Ring of Kerry
Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Irish coast by following The Ring of Kerry, a 120-mile, circular driving route of winding coastal roads. You’ll stop along the way to explore the quaint village of Kenmare, where you can enjoy a bowl of seafood chowder in the boathouse at Dromquinna Manor, buy an Aran sweater, and explore the historical pubs, bookshops, and antique stores on foot. From Kenmare, you’ll head toward the village of Sneem and then onward to the Staigue Fort, built during the Iron Age. Along the route, take in stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean at the Kerry Cliffs. At Skellig Monastery, you’ll marvel at the impressive ruins from the 6th century AD. This awe-inspiring route will allow you to take in the stunning scenery that has made travelers flock to the Emerald Isle for generations.
Day 7 : Farewell - Until We Meet Again
End your Irish adventure with a final traditional breakfast. Check-out from your hotel and head to the airport, where you’ll return home. Keep in mind the traditional Irish blessing – until we meet again!