Round Trip to Ireland - 9 Days
On your first day, you will arrive at Dublin Airport - where you will be met by your coach. You will first drive to the Lakeland area to Westmeath. The first stop will be the Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan. Afterwards, you will drive to Galway where you will visit St Nicholas Church, one of the oldest parish churches in Ireland. It is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of seafarers. Dinner and overnight in the Oranmore area.
After a hearty Irish breakfast, on your second day, you will drive to Connemara National Park for a full-day tour. The park covers 2,957 hectares of wildlife in northern Connemara and stretches from sea level at Letterfrack to the peaks of the Twelve Bens Mountains (Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanacht). The landscape is characteristic of Ireland with its moors and heathland. Visit Kylemore Abbey - the convent of Irish Benedictine nuns at the foot of the Duchruach Mountains on the north bank of Lough Pollacappul. You will also pass through the fishing villages on the Atlantic west coast. Dinner and overnight stay in the Oranmore area.
On your third day, you will first visit Dunguaire Castle, which is located directly on Galway Bay. Then you will continue to the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 214m high out of the Irish Sea.
On your fourth day, you will visit the visitor centre. Afterwards, you drive through Ennis to Bunratty to visit the castle and Folk Park. Dinner and overnight in the Limerick area.
Today, after a hearty Irish breakfast, you will make a day trip to the Ring of Kerry, a region of outstanding natural beauty with its rolling hills, rivers and lakes and fantastic views. You will drive through places like Killorglin, Caherciveen, Waterville, Sneem and Moll's Gap. On the way back to your hotel you will drive through Killarney National Park.
On the sixth day, you will drive to Bantry in the morning, where you will visit Bantry House. This mansion and its gardens offer fantastic views of Bantry Bay with the Cork and Kerry Mountains in the background. Take a relaxing stroll through the gardens, some of which have been carefully laid out and some of which are completely natural. The gardens extend over seven different levels. One of the highlights is the Italian garden with its yew hedges. From the garden rises the famous "Stairway to the Sky", the stairway to heaven. From the platform above the 100 steps, you have an impressive view over the gardens, the country house and the surrounding landscape.
On your seventh day, after a hearty Irish breakfast, you will drive to Blarney Castle with its famous stone, which is said to give Irish eloquence to those who kiss it.
Later today you will cross the Blackwater River and drive through the Galty Mountains to Cahir and on to the Rock of Cashel. Here you will see a group of medieval buildings, including a 12th century round tower, a Romanesque chapel, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral and a 15th-century castle. The visitor centre offers an audio-visual presentation and various exhibitions on the history of the settlement.
On your eighth day, you will travel north to Kildare Town, home to the famous Irish National Stud Farm with its Japanese gardens. You then head east to Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains. Make a stopover at Powerscourt House and Gardens. On your penultimate day, you will discover the capital of Ireland, with your tour guide you will take a guided tour of Dublin. You will see Trinity College, the Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse. You have the afternoon at your leisure.
On your last day is the time to leave the Emerald Isle and drive back to Germany. A bus will take you from your hotel to the airport.
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