Tour Code: 8962P41
Duration: 2 days
See the world famous Cliffs of Moher, wonder at the barren beauty of the Burren, stroll through the grounds of Blarney Castle and stay overnight in Cork. This tour is ideal for those who seek to visit Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. Short on time but high on energy and curiosity, this tour is a great mix of rural villages, rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, historic castles, rolling landscapes, and superb nightlife.
Day 1: Dublin - Cobh - Blarney -Cork
Depart Dublin and enjoy a relaxing drive to the midlands of Ireland to County Cork passing through battlefield set of Hollywood's blockbuster movie Braveheart. Have a refreshment stop along the way in the famous Co. Tipperary. The first stop is Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, the departure point for 2.5 million Irish people who emigrated to North America, and Australia between 1848 and 1950. It was also famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic when she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage in April of 1912.
You will have plenty of time to visit the most impressive St. Coleman's Cathedral on the hill overlooking Cork harbour. The next stop is a 20 min drive away in Ireland's second city, Cork. Here you will have time to visit the English Markets recently visited by Queen Elizabeth II, that offers a wide range of local produce from artisan meats and cheeses and all that is good about Irish fine fare. This is an ideal place to enjoy lunch (own expense). The afternoon is spent in Blarney where you visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone. Blarney is also famed for its arts and crafts which can be found in abundance in Blarney Woolen Mills, the world's largest Irish shop. Return to Cork where you spend the night and are spoiled by the vast array of traditional eateries, music and dance venues.
Day 2: Cork - Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Dublin
Start the day with a drive through the Golden Vale, some of the best farming land in Ireland. Stop in Limerick City to view the River Shannon and get some panoramic shots of King John's Castle. Next head to the famed Wild Atlantic Way and the rugged coastline of county of Clare. Be dazzled by beautiful beaches, golden sands and dolphins playing in the waves. Explore the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features like underground rivers and waterfalls. Hear your guide tell inspiring tales of how our ancestors overcame the horrors of the Great Potato Famine of 1845-49, sending over a million of our ancestors to the 4 corners of the globe and in particular Britain, Australia and North America. Doolin, the home of Irish traditional music is the lunch stop (own expense) where you get a chance to sample some home-made traditional Irish dishes.
Then it's the Irish crown jewels, The Cliffs of Moher, the most popular natural tourist destination in Ireland and most spectacular cliffs in Europe. Rising over 700 ft in height, these cliffs are home to some of natures most majestic birds including puffins, gannets and many more. The last stop is Bunratty Castle, where you get an opportunity to take some photos of the castle before heading back to Dublin and concluding a marvelous tour later in the evening (approximately 7:30 pm).