Amazing Dublin and the Ring of Kerry Tour

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Discover the scenic splendor of the Emerald Isle on this luxurious journey through Dublin and the Ring of Kerry. Experience the culture of Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, where a private guide will lead you through medieval streets to renowned sites like St Patrick's Cathedral, and the famous Guinness brewery.

Marvel at coastal castles, and renowned Irish author James Joyce's Tower, and even magnificent views of the Wicklow Mountains. Pass picturesque villages on your way to Cork, stopping at the majestic Rock of Cashel, a medieval stone complex perched up high in a vista of rolling green hills.

Take to the Ring of Kerry with your private guide, a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, and pay a visit to discover the natural beauty of Killarney National Park. You'll even find yourself overnighting in a stately castle in Shannon, with history reaching back to the 5th century.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day 1: DUBLIN

Today you will be picked up at the airport by your English speaking driver-guide. Your Driver/Guide will show you Dublin's major attractions such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, perhaps the worlds most beautifully illustrated book. In the city center region there is also St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and the famous Guinness Brewery.

There are a host of shopping and museums and galleries to explore in the historical Georgian district near St Stephens Green. We highly recommend the National Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery to name a few. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Merrion (5*)

The Merrion Hotel is an exclusive Dublin Hotel. The interior is designed using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the Main House. Throughout this luxurious Dublin hotel guests benefit from the latest technology. There is a choice of two restaurants and two bars.

A luxurious Spa and swimming pool, six magnificent meeting and private dining rooms, and a private car park complete The Merrion's impressive list of facilities. Over the last eleven years, The Merrion luxury hotel in Dublin City has established itself as the epitome of relaxed grandeur, welcoming Dubliners and visitors to the city with stunningly appointed rooms, crackling turf fires and a host of facilities.

This hotel has received many prestigious awards and accolades over recent years and hope their guests appreciate what they feel is at the cornerstone of its success - excelling in the art of hospitality.

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  • Accommodation : Merrion (5*)
Day 2: DUBLIN

The coastline of Dublin City from North to South is as fascinating as the city centre itself. Enjoy exploring with your chauffeured driven vehicle. Beginning in Malahide you'll get to visit one of Ireland's most beautiful castles located on lush gardens. From Malahide visit Howth Island, a rugged outcrop and the most easterly part of the country.

On the south side of the city the scenery takes on a more Mediterranean feel with James Joyce's Tower in Sandymount. The two villages of Dalkey and Killiney nestled overlooking the sea are Ireland most opulent and the homes of the stars.

The view across Killiney Bay to the Wicklow Mountains is among the most beautiful in Ireland. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

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  • Accommodation : Merrion (5*)
Day 3: DUBLIN - CORK

Enjoy your private transfer from Dublin to Cork via Cashel. Travelling from Dublin to Irelands largest county Cork,there are many wonderful sights along the way. Perhaps the most spectacular is the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary.

The ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland sits atop on limestone outcrop with the Galtee Mountains forming a formidable backdrop. Cahir town is another historic location with the Castle dominating the centre of the town.

The road to Cork from here is wonderful with the Galtee Mountains to the right and the Knockmealdown range to the left with the valley full of lush fields and hidden forests such as Glengarra Woods. “In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site”.

Accommodation: Hayfield Manor (5*)

Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork is set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the Cork city in the south west of Ireland.

As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities. A few minutes from Cork city centre and across from UCC, see why Hayfield Manor remains the premier 5 Star Cork hotel.

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  • Accommodation : Hayfield Manor (5*)
Day 4: CORK - KILLARNEY

The bucolic West Cork coastline is among the most indented, varied and lush in Ireland. Enjoy the beautiful views as you are driven to Killarney today.

Among the highlights of your tour is the ancient Drombeg Stone Circle, the quaint fishing villages of Glandore and Union Hall as well as a possible detour to Ireland's most southerly peninsula, Mizen Head.

There are also the pretty seaside towns of Baltimore with its islands and Schull with lots of nice shops and cafes to browse through. Glengariff is located at the foot of the Caha Mountains that separate Cork from Kerry.

It is a dense lush sub tropical valley that is famous for its Bamboo Park, seal colony and Italian Gardens visited by boat from The Blue Pool in Glengariff. Inland from here is the solitary chapel on an island by the lake at Gougane Barra, one of Irelands most romantic locations.

In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Killarney Park (5*) 

Welcome to The Killarney Park Hotel Killarney, one of the premier 5 star hotels in this scenic part of Ireland. The warm smile and gentle service after a long days travel aren’t simply things this hotel offers, but rather a reflection of the great staff who work here.

The log fire burns brightly, the concierge smiles warmly... your journey is over. The Killarney Park Hotel is situated on its own private grounds. This family owned, luxury hotel in Killarney, is committed to ensuring that every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.

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  • Accommodation : Killarney Park (5*)
Day 5: KILLARNEY

On your chauffeur driven tour today, you will Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour takes in the very best of this magical peninsula in a unique and unforgettable drive through the heart of the National Park. From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where

From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where panoramic view of the lakes and distant peaks form a picturesque stop. We continue to explore this region in depth by travelling into the Black Valley where a blanket bog land is still harvested.

Finally we ascend at the Gap of Dunloe driving though a magical valley of quintessential Irish beauty. Ending the tour we can make a stop at Kate Kearney's Cottage where the adventitious can end the tour on foot or by horse drawn cart. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

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  • Accommodation : Killarney Park (5*)
Day 6: KILLARNEY - NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

You will have the services of a Driver-Guide with private vehicle for a full day today. Depending on your interests, your Driver-Guide will bring you to various sights. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Shannon today.

Accommodation: Dromoland Castle (5*) 

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this Irish 5-star luxury Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surroundings.

Seamlessly blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, the Dromoland's tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service is never compromised. Guests can relax under the careful attention of the staff and enjoy an exquisite selection of fine gourmet dining and delicious wines; unwind slowly in the Castle's 5 Star luxury Health Spa or indoor heated pool.

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  • Accommodation : Dromoland Castle (5*)
Day 7: SHANNON - NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

Drive today through The Burren, an eerie landscape of limestone outcrops, to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, over five miles long, and towering up to 660 feet, reign unrivaled over the Atlantic Ocean coastline, offering amazing views. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

 

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  • Accommodation : Dromoland Castle (5*)
Day 8: SHANNON

Avail of a private airport transfer in Shannon in a private chauffeured vehicle. Depending on your arrival time today, you may have your vehicle and driver at your disposal for the remainder of the day.

In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

 

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8 days from $5,400 per person*

  • Visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher with private guide.
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park with private guide.
  • Marvel at coastal castles, and renowned Irish author James Joyce's Tower.
  • Spend two nights staying in a castle in Shannon.
  • Carefully selected 5* accommodations throughout. 

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

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Reviewed by Lyra GB   April 26, 2016
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The views were absolutely stunning, there was so much to see it was almost too hard to take in the views like the Ring of Kerry and even Trinity College would be a sight to behold. I enjoyed my stay there and will definitely go again.
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Reviewed by Sasha IE   April 26, 2016
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The entire tour was amazing and I enjoyed every bit of it. I particularly enjoyed Cork seeing the Galtee Mountains. There was so much more to see in Ireland and I loved every single bit of it!
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Reviewed by Tiffany US   April 21, 2017
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My best friend and I had a fantastic time on our day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Our tour guide was amazing and kept us laughing. If we ever get the chance to go again we most definitely will!
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Reviewed by TinaM GB   June 24, 2016
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Our tour guide made the trip really fun and friendly, and the tour to the Cliffs of Moher is a definite must do for anyone who is in Ireland!
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Reviewed by Zoey IE   October 25, 2016
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Our driver was very informative and had an amazing sense of humor! Lots of places to stop and stretch your legs to grab a bite to eat and use the facilities. The Cliffs of Moher are definitely a must see if you're ever in Ireland!
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Reviewed by TomD US   December 17, 2016
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My friends and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it. Our driver was hilarious and taught us about so many cool things about Ireland I didn't know. We saw great sights and 10/10 I recommend to any type of traveler.
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Reviewed by Bella US   May 28, 2016
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The tour was an awesome experience the culture of Ireland is quite amazing while at the same time learn the history of this beautiful country. The tour guides were funny, engaging, and knowledgeable while the places we visited allowed me to truly see what this country has to offer.
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Reviewed by Lyla GB   April 23, 2016
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My boyfriend and I decided to go on this trip which we booked a day before going. It was really easy to do. Our guide was great. He was a driver, a guide and I loved him because he was really nice, informative, funny and had few rules. The tour is a must see tour. I had great time.
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