Irish Explorer

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Irish Explorer

Starting and ending in the vibrant capital of Dublin, our Irish Explorer tour takes you on a fully immersive journey through the ‘Emerald Isle’. Experience Ireland’s most important cultural and historical sites, including the Giant’s Causeway, whilst enjoying sparkling seascapes and panoramic mountain views on your drive. In the evenings, there’s opportunities to delve deeper into the Irish culture with traditional dining and entertainment experiences.

9 days from


per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 07/12/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

View Dates
  • Dublin Dublin
  • Mountains of Mourne Mountains of Mourne
  • Belfast Belfast
  • Titanic Statue, Titanic Exhibition, Belfast Titanic Statue, Titanic Exhibition, Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway Giant's Causeway
  • Galway Galway
  • Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher
  • Adare Adare
  • Ring of Kerry Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula
  • Blarney Castle, Blarney Blarney Castle, Blarney
  • Wicklow Mountains Wicklow Mountains
  • St. Kevin Christian Ruins, St. Kevin, Glendalough St. Kevin Christian Ruins, St. Kevin, Glendalough

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Dublin.

Fly to Dublin and transfer to your hotel, later join your travelling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Perhaps this evening join an optional Irish cabaret that includes dinner, dance, song and laughter.

DAY 2 : Dublin - Downpatrick - Belfast.

This morning head to Northern Ireland. On the journey northwards pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland's Patron Saint and on to the vibrant city of Belfast. The Titanic was built here and this afternoon you might like to join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Derry - Drumcliff - Sligo.

First stop this morning is Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let the province's story unfold as the tour continues to Derry. Next, continue to Drumcliff, a village in county Sligo, before heading to your hotel. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Sligo - Knock - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis.

Continue this morning to Knock, a village that has attracted pilgrims from all over the world since the townsfolk saw apparitions. Then to Galway, a popular seaside destination and buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops, busy cafes and bars. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668 ft Cliffs of Moher. Tonight, why not join an optional Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle? Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Ennis - Adare - Ring of Kerry - Killarney.

Travelling past Limerick, head to Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the road known as the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive, sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. The next two nights are in the popular resort of Killarney. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney.

Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. Back in Killarney, there is the opportunity to take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for scenes of Ross Castle. This evening, perhaps join another optional excursion to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland's National Folk Theatre. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Killarney - Blarney - Waterford - Tramore.

Today, there is more scenic splendor as you travel over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and perhaps shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch (not included) drive past Cork, the country's second largest city on the way to Waterford. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Spend the rest of the afternoon is at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, an optional pub tour might be fun. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Tramore - Enniscorthy - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin.

Some of the highlights today include, Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798, a visit to Ireland's oldest hand-weaving Mill at Avoca, views of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, with its ruins of a centre of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Arrive in Dublin tonight where there is an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse available. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Dublin - UK.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Killarney:Killarney Court(3*)
  • Tramore:Majestic(4*)
  • Dublin:Jurys Inn Parnell Street(3*) or Kingswood(4*)
  • NOTE:Hotels will be as specified or of a similar standard
  • Dublin:Regency(3*)
  • Belfast:Jurys Inn(3*)
  • Sligo:Southern(3*)
  • Ennis:Auburn Lodge(3*)

What's Included

  • FREE VIP Home Chauffeur Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Return flights UK - Dublin - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
  • Meals on tour - 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday highlights

  • Dublin
  • Belfast - Giant's Causeway
  • Derry
  • Sligo
  • Ennis
  • Killarney
  • Blarney
  • Waterford - Waterford Crystal guided tour
  • Tramore

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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