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Summary

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Dublin
  • 2 Nights Cork
  • 1 Night Killarney
  • 2 Nights Doonbeg

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Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Dublin

On arrival in Ireland's capital city make your way to the five-star Merrion Hotel, where you'll spend the first two nights of your self-drive holiday. It's perfect for sightseeing, positioned as it is in the heart of Georgian Dublin, and full of interesting history - the hotel comprises four grand townhouses, one of which was the birthplace of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. During your stay we recommend dining at the hotel's two-Michelin-starred restaurant and taking in some of the nearby city attractions. These include Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells, and the Guinness Storehouse, where you can try a pint or two of the black stuff.

Stay: Merrion Hotel, Dublin 

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Days 3-4
Dublin to Cork

Collect your hire car and drive south to Cork, via the Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow region is known as the 'Garden of Ireland' on account of its lush countryside and you'll have plenty of time to savour the beautiful views along the way, perhaps stopping at Waterford City en route. In Cork, you'll stay for two nights at Hayfield Manor, another fine and traditional hotel. While in Cork, we suggest kissing the Blarney Stone at nearby Blarney Castle and visiting Cobh, from where many Irish immigrants left for a new life in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cobh was also the final port of call of the Titanic.

Stay: Hayfield Manor, Cork 

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Day 5
Cork to Killarney

Another fabulous day of touring begins with a drive to Kinsale, Ireland's gourmet capital and the gateway to the scenic touring trail, the Ring of Kerry. Stop to buy some of the wonderful local produce to Killarney before travelling on to Killarney, where you'll spend one night at the luxurious Europe Hotel, overlooking the Lakes of Killarney.

Stay: Europe Hotel, Killarney 

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Days 6-7
Killarney to Doonbeg

Today's drive follows the Ring of Kerry and then continues on to Doonbeg on the Atlantic coast of County Clare. Here you'll stay for two nights at The Lodge at Doonbeg, a lavish golf and spa retreat in an Irish country house, with chance to play the award-winning course, indulge in some pampering in the spa or visit nearby historical attractions.

Stay: Trump Intertnational - The Lodge at Doonbeg 

Meals: B (Deluxe)

Day 8
Departure

Doonbeg to Dublin Take a leisurely drive through central Ireland to Dublin, where the tour ends. Return your hire car at the airport and catch your flight home.

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