14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS | A complete tour of the Emerald Isle
Ireland Grand Tour
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
Ireland Grand Tour — See the very best of Ireland in 14 days with your very own chauffeur-guide! Visit the Emerald Isle's must-see historical sites, charming towns, music-filled pubs, spectacular scenery and seaside getaways — including historic Dublin, Viking
Waterford, the fortress port of Kinsale, the magnificent raw scenery of the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Cliffs of Moher, the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne, Glenveagh National Park, Northern Ireland's spectacular Antrim Coast, and vibrant capital, Belfast. Enjoy gourmet dinners, Gaelic tunes, personal stories and more!
Day 1: Dublin & the Boyne Valley
Arrive Dublin Airport where you will be met by your chauffeur-guide. You’ll then be driven an hour out of Dublin to one of Europe's premier archaeological sites: the ancient tombs of Brú na Bóinne, or Boyne Valley. Predating Stonehenge by a thousand years and the pyramids at Giza by 500, these massive "passage tombs" of Newgrange and Knowth are windows into a mysterious, pre-Celtic Ireland, just as it was pulling itself up and out of the Stone Age. Continue to your hotel in central Dublin for a two-night stay.
Day 2: The Historic Heart of Dublin
This morning, enjoy a private-guided walking tour learning about Dublin's often calamitous history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation, to its remarkable literary legacy, to the modern city of today. Finish with a visit to the stunning Old Library, Trinity College, for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin's other world-class sights, such as the National Museum, Dublin Castle or the Guinness Storehouse.
Day 3: Medieval Glendalough & Waterford
Depart Dublin on a scenic tour through the Wicklow Mountains National Park to the “Monastic City” of Glendalough, home to an early medieval monastic settlement situated in stunning landscape. You'll visit the iconic Round Tower, ruined churches, and the lakes that give Glendalough its name. After lunch in Laragh continue to Waterford for an overnight stay. Explore this beautiful town, originally a Viking settlement known as Vadrefjord, and under Anglo-Norman rule, the second most important town in Ireland. Many memories of this long history are preserved in the mile-long quayside, where you will also have an opportunity to visit the famous
House of Waterford Crystal.
Day 4: Kinsale & Kenmare
This morning depart Waterford along the south coast for Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, which also has significant military history. Learn about the town's past, and visit Charles Fort, a star shaped fort dating from 1677, built to prevent the French and Spanish from landing.
Then continue to quaint Kenmare, with rows of vividly painted shop fronts and a go-for-a-stroll atmosphere. This evening is free for you to dine in idyllic Kenmare, known for gourmet experiences.
Day 5: Ring of Kerry
Today experience the spectacular Ring of Kerry and the wild scenery of Killarney National Park. View Molls Gap, Ladies View and Torc Waterfall, and visit the evocative Ross Castle and the beautiful Muckross House & Gardens, all set against stunning beauty. Enjoy a jaunting car ride (horse carriage ride) in the National Park. At the end of your day, arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle for a two-night stay. Tonight you'll enjoy a gourmet dinner of local specialties followed by an evening of Gaelic tunes.
Day 6: Dingle Peninsula
Experience some of Europe's wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sites. Follow the famous Slea Head Drive, arguably the most beautiful road in Ireland. The tour will include visits to the ancient Famine Cottages, where there will also be a sheepdog demonstration by a local farmer, and stops at Dunbeg Fort and Coumeenole Beach. You’ll visit the strikingly situated Great Blasket Centre, where you'll get a close-up look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to soak in more of Dingle's charms and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 7: Wild Atlantic Way
Depart Dingle, and continue on to Tralee for the Wild Atlantic Way, crossing the Shannon estuary by ferry, and passing more spectacular scenery along the way. Explore the dramatic coastline of County Clare and arrive at the sumptuous surroundings of the Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel for a two-night stay. The location of the Ballinalacken is fabulous. Right on the coast, it sits up high and boasts magnificent views of the Atlantic, and the Aran Islands. Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner in Lord O’Brien’s former dining room.
Day 8: Cliffs of Moher & Burren
Visit the sensational Cliffs of Moher, explore the intriguing landscape of the Burren (the largest limestone area of Europe), the ruins of the ancient abbey of Corcomroe, the prehistoric Poulnabrone dolmen (an eerie mystery left by unknown Celtic people), Caherconnell Fort, (a medieval stone ringfort), and the picturesque town of Ennis. You may also opt for a boat trip to Inis Oírr, one of the Aran Islands, with spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher from the sea, or a visit to Galway. Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy a guided tour of the hotel’s private castle, A gourmet dinner is reserved for you.
Day 9: Connemara & Castlebar
This morning, drive through the Connemara region, enjoying the beautiful Irish countryside. Visit the charming town of Cong (where Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne filmed The Quiet Man in 1951), and stroll through the picturesque abbey ruins. Continue to Castlebar to visit the National Museum of Country Life. Located amid the magnificent gardens of Turlough Park. The museum explores the history of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950. From Castlebar continue to Adara via W.B. Yeats’ grave at Drumcliffe (1865-1939), and to Adara in County Donegal for a two-night stay.
Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs, Glengesh Pass & Donegal Castle
Today admire the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs from the Bunglass viewpoint, take the road through the picturesque Glengesh Pass, explore the Maghera Beach and visit Donegal Castle, stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan.
Day 11: Glenveagh National Park, Grianan of Aileach & Derry
Depart Adara for the magnificent Glenveagh National Park for visit to Glenveagh Castle, built 1870 to 1873 by Captain John George Adair. Cross the border seamlessly into Northern Ireland and continue to Grianan of Aileach, an ancient hillfort with spectacular views, and on to your accommodation near Londonderry for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Giant’s Causeway & Old Bushmills
Today you'll explore Northern Ireland's spectacular Antrim Coast, marveling at the bizarre basalt columns and local legends of the Giant's Causeway, the ancient MacDonald stronghold of Dunluce Castle, and a tour of Old Bushmills to learn how whiskey is made and sample a wee dram. Arrive in Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, for a two-night stay.
Day 13: Belfast & The Titanic
This morning begin at the Titanic Belfast visitor experience, located on the very site where the great ship was built. After lunch, a walking tour of historic Belfast. A visit to the Discover Ulster Scots Center will provide a glimpse into the rich heritage of this influential Protestant group, known in the United States as the Scotch-Irish. Then, with your chauffeur-guide a tour that takes you along reminders of the past decades' Troubles, including the striking political murals of Shankill and Falls Road.
Day 14: Transfer to the Airport
Today you have a choice between ending the tour at Belfast or Dublin airport.
Included with this tour:
Thirteen nights' accommodation in luxury hotels or guest houses
Daily Irish breakfasts
Five 3-course dinners
All transportation in a luxury Mercedes
Chauffeur-Guide each day, except day 2
Private guided walking tour of Dublin
Airport meet and greet
All entrance fees
Ferry fares, tolls & taxes
Each day customizable & flexible
Dublin (2 nights)
Deluxe rooms in a family-run luxury 4-star hotel which offers something rare and valuable – a stylish and truly snug refuge from the world. Centrally located in the heart of Dublin. It’s quiet, discreet and beautifully appointed.
Waterford (1 night)
Overlooking the harbor, an elegant four-star inn, built in the 1700s, is a 10-minute walk from the House of Waterford Crystal, close to shops and restaurants, and overlooks the waterfront and marina. Price based on deluxe rooms for the doubles and a classic double for the single room.
Kenmare (1 night)
A luxury four-star guesthouse directly opposite Kenmare's 18-hole golf course, surrounded by its own private gardens and within a five-minute walk of some of the finest restaurants in Ireland.
Dingle (2 nights)
Sea view rooms in a luxury family owned four-star guesthouse, overlooking Dingle Bay and within a five-minute walk of Dingle town.
Doolin (2 nights)
Four-poster guest rooms in a luxury country house hotel which offers in abundance a family atmosphere, luxury furnishings, history and culture and gourmet dining.
Adara (2 nights)
A charming family run hotel located in the heritage town of Adara, nestled in a valley surrounded by magnificent scenery. Steeped in history, this inn has evolved over the years to a beautiful hotel.
Londonderry (1 night)
An imposing Georgian mansion only two miles from Londonderry but feels much further. Over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped wooded grounds surround this country house hotel.
Belfast (2 nights)
This small but perfectly formed hotel has four AA stars and is ranked top hotel in Belfast on TripAdvisor, and it’s easy to see why: handy location, good value, friendly and helpful staff, monster breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, and nicer rooms and bathrooms than many hotels at twice the price.
$4290 per person (for a group of 6 people)
$4990 per person (for a group of 4-5 people)
$6790 per person (for a group of 2-3 people)
All prices are in US dollars and based on sharing a room for double occupancy.
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
Scotland & Ireland
For me, our trip to Scotland and Ireland couldn't have been better. Your careful research and planning made for a full, yet relaxing and absolutely delightful trip. We saw so many sights and beautiful natural landscape. I felt like we had all the time we wanted at each stop, were able to leave when we were done, and had flexibility to make extra stops. How refreshing compared to large group tours! And I felt safe at all times with your driving and with Noel in Ireland. Both of you made wonderful company without feeling at all intrusive.
The accommodations were just beautiful! Elegant, comfortable and relaxing, great service. The excellent food, choices, presentation and sevice were all just amazing. Looking back, I realize that, while we were busy and active all day, we weren't too exhausted to enjoy those fantastic dinners. I'm sure your traveling experience and planning, along with us being able to relax while we were driven, made that possible.
Thank you so much! I enthusiastically recommend Wanderlust tours.
Best wishes to you, Hugh. Cheers!
Cynthia H., Tom H. - Wisconsin
Ireland Grand Tour
What a fantastic tour! We loved every minute of it and felt like kings and queens with the impeccable service you gave us. Thank you!
Dennis M., Sheila M.' - Massachusetts
Just a few highlights:
Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula
Giant's Causeway & Antrim Coast
Belfast & Titanic Experience
Waterford & Waterford Crystal tour
Glenveagh & Wicklow National Parks
Dublin & the Book of Kells
Slieve League Cliffs & County Donegal