• 8 days / 7 nights
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  • From from $4,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: $2,998

“How can a county have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes?”

Awaken your senses and experience County Kerry and the best of Ireland on this action-packed, small group journey through the Emerald Isle. From the rolling, soft Kerry Hills in the North to the dramatic and mountainous coastline of the West, our expert guides can’t wait to share with you the fascinating history, warm hospitality, classic tunes, breathtaking scenery, and hearty cuisine of this European treasure. Hike, bike and kayak among the spectacular Cliffs of Kerry Head, savoring misty views of the islands off the south coast or the awe-inspiring McGillycuddy Reeks, Irelands highest mountain range, flanked in dripping clouds that are responsible for Ireland’s stunning green landscape. This all-inclusive Ireland vacation package is the perfect blend of adventure and luxury, getting you up-close-and-personal with Kerry, a region that offers you more in a single county than the average country. Feel its land, its rain, its temperate climate, and, most of all, its soul, as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in the enchantment of all things Irish. Slainte! 

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  • Family Vacations
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Castles, cliffs, and the art of coasteering in Kerry County, which has it all: cobalt lakes, cliff-studded coastlines, rolling hills, and ancient castles and there's no better way to soak it all up than on a week-long, action-packed, multisport trip-of-a-lifetime with Austin Adventures. Join the leading experts of best-in-class travel as we introduce you to the boundless wonders of this small, but mighty, country that can't wait to welcome you in with a song and pint. True romance and adventure await!

  • Settle in for a welcome banquet in a 15th-century castle, complete with Irish music and dance, and a heaping plate of bangers and mash
  • Pedal the Three Lakes of Killarney to a backdrop of bright green mountains
  • Scramble up rocks and leap from sea stacks in a morning spent coasteering the coastline alongside expert guides
  • Take a gentle horseback ride through the rugged expanse of Killarney National Park
  • Keep your eyes peeled for "Fungi" the friendly dolphin on a kayak excursion in Dingle Harbour
  • Surf the famous waves of the Inch Strand on the Atlantic coast
  • Get your hands dirty in the workshop of Ireland's most famous potter and sample the local "water of life" at a 1,300-year-old micro whiskey distillery
Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Shannon / Bunratty
Shannon Ireland
Meals Included:  L, D

Arrive to Shannon Airport where you meet your Guide and your holiday begins. You will be transferred to your first accommodation for one night within a 15 minute drive of Shannon Airport. Time for you to relax, enjoy a leisurely lunch if you wish, and catch up on sleep after your travels. About 17.00hrs your Guide will have a Briefing Meeting with you to discuss your coming days. After that, transfer to Bunratty Castle to enjoy a wonderful Banquet evening as they would have been celebrated in 15th century Ireland. This is a wonderful introduction to Irish music, song, dance & food. Return to your accommodation afterwards for your overnight. Overnight Shannon’s Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast (L, D)

About Shannon's Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast 
Located in Bunratty Village & Only 10 minutes from Shannon. The Courtyard Bed and Breakfast, which was refurbished for 2012, has 12 large purpose built En Suite Bedrooms. Free WiFi throughout the house.

Day 2: Bunratty / Killarney / Muckross House
Bunratty / Killarney / Muckross House
Meals Included:  B, L, D

We transfer to Killarney, the heart of County Kerry, today where you have a wonderful opportunity to get your bodies moving as you cycle around the middle lake of the famous "Three Lakes of Killarney". This beautiful cycle route takes you from the famous Muckross House with its glorious gardens, around Muckross Lake, over the beautiful Brickeen Bridge to Dinis Cottage an old Hunting Lodge dating back to the 1700's. After optional light refreshments here, you continue along a track through the famous Oakwood's to return to our starting point. You have the option of a visit to Muckross traditional farms where the traditional ways of Bygone farming days are brought to life. Overnight in Killarney. Overnight Killarney’s Dromhall Hotel (B, L, D)

About Killarney's Dromhall Hotel
Opened in 1964, The Dromhall Hotel is family owned & managed by the Randles Family who pride themselves on first class comfort & service at its Killarney Hotels. The Dromhall Hotel is located 5 minutes walk from the town centre and also near the INEC. The hotel includes 72 luxurious guest rooms, meeting rooms and wedding suites, Kayne’s Bar & Bistro, The Abbey Restaurant. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access available at the hotel.

A visit to the Day Spa and Leisure Cente is a must - located on the hotel grounds, which includes a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna & steam room.

With acres of extensive and natural beauty surrounding the hotel including Ross Castle and Killarney National Park makes your stay relaxed and luxurious.

Day 3: Killarney / Irish Coastline
Killarney / Irish Coastline
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Being an Island people, the Irish are inextricably linked to the sea and we have the best way for you to experience the Irish Coastline. Most people stand on the shore admiring the beauty of the sea from above, but we are going to experience it from within on a day of coasteering. You will explore the Coastline by scrambling up rocks, jumping off sea stacks and allowing the tidal movements to guide you around specially selected sections of coastline. All of this takes place in the company of highly trained guides who ensure your safety while you have an adrenaline-filled, wonderful experience. Alternatively you can take a cruise into Kenmare Bay to see the seal colony and hopefully spot some of Ireland’s Sea Eagle population. Return to Killarney for overnight. Overnight Killarney’s Dromhall Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Killarney / Killarney National Park
Killarney / Killarney National Park
Meals Included:  B, L

Today we get to see the best of Killarney national park by horse back. A 2 hour trek through the park will leave you in awe of Ireland's most beautiful landscape filled with views of Ireland's highest mountain and crystal clear lakes sparkling in the sunlight.
Following your trek you have your afternoon and evening at your leisure to explore Killarney town and enjoy one the many great restaurants for your evening meal. Overnight in Killarney. Overnight Killarney’s Dromhall Hotel (B, L)

Day 5: Killarney / The Dingle Peninsula
Killarney / The Dingle Peninsula
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Your destination today is The Dingle Peninsula made famous by the filming of Ryan's Daughter. This super location is filled with traditions long gone in many other parts of Ireland. Arriving to the town of Dingle you will take to the water & enjoy a wonderful kayak trip into Dingle Harbour with the possibility of seeing "Fungi" the Dingle Dolphin that has delighted so many people over the years with his amazing curiosity & friendliness. After your kayak, we then continue around Slea Head to the Blasket Islands Visitor Centre. Here you have the opportunity to listen to the Irish language, learn about so many traditions that are typical to this region & get a feeling for life on these islands in days gone by. From here, we then drive back to Dingle for a guided tour of Dingle Distillery. Learn the history of Irish whiskey production from the 6th century monks to present day and of course taste the "Water of Life" or Uisce Beatha as it's called in Gaelic. Overnight Dingle Skellig Hotel (B, L, D)

About Dingle Skellig Hotel
The Dingle Skellig Hotel, situated on the most westerly peninsula in Europe, is regarded as one of the finest hotels in Kerry. Since the hotel was constructed in 1969 its reputation for comfort, hospitality and service has excelled, which guarantees the holiday experience of a lifetime.

Day 6: The Dingle Peninsula
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today we take on the Wild Atlantic Ocean and try our hand at surfing the famous waves of Inch Strand. We consider this one of the country’s most beautiful beaches where the Slieve Mish Mountains rise up above you and the sweeping views of both the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas surround you. After an invigorating experience in the water we will enjoy a lunch of locally sourced ingredients while looking out on the fantastic vistas. We return to Dingle where we can visit Dingle Aquarium or play at Height Dingle where options include two different levels of High ropes course, Indoor Climbing wall and archery. Overnight Dingle Skellig Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: The Dingle Peninsula / Tralee
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today we transfer to Tralee where we jump back in the saddle for a wonderful cycle route taking us to the beautiful fishing village of Fenit, meaning “The Wild Place” in Gaelic. Here you will learn the history of St Brendan the Navigator who is believed to have reached America before Columbus. Hop on board a boat trip to the fascinating Little Samphire Island to visit the 19th Century Lighthouse and learn about life as a lighthouse keeper of the past. Continue along the coast to enjoy the stunning seascape of Tralee Bay. In Tralee, there is also the option to visit Ireland’s biggest indoor water park, the Tralee Aquadome. Overnight The Rose Hotel (formerly Tralee’s Fels Point Hotel) (B, L, D)

About The Rose Hotel
The Rose Hotel, formerly Fels Point Hotel, is a four star hotel located in Tralee town, close to the town centre with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Stroll through Tralee Town Park via the Rose Walk and visit Siamsa Tire, Kerry County Museum or browse around the shops in the town centre. The Aquadome, one of Ireland’s largest indoor water world & Tralee Bay Wetlands are located right next door. WIFI is available during your stay. Enjoy a pre-dinner Cocktail or an after dinner Whiskey in Dott’s Bar. If you want some relaxation time, our Herbs & Roses Spa will allow you to do just that. There is also a Gym, Sauna & Steam Room.

Day 8: Day 8: Tralee / Shannon
Meals Included:  B

Following your final scrumptious Irish breakfast you will be transferred to Shannon Airport for your departing flights. No overnight (B)

*This trip is operated in partnership with Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Ireland Walk Hike Bike.

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  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From from $4,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: $2,998

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Ireland seaside terrain
Photo: Ireland seaside terrain

Activities:
Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 1 to 5 miles along beaches or grass
tracks (which can get muddy).

Biking: Easy to moderately strenuous cycling routes ranging from 10 to 15 miles along quiet country roads or bike paths. Ireland WHB utilizes a fleet of hybrid, flat bar bicycles designed so you can ride faster on longer rides with stability and comfort.

Horseback Riding: Two-hour beginner horseback ride with professional guides who will provide instruction, safety tips and riding techniques.

Kayaking: Three-hour kayak trip on the calm, flat waters of Dingle Bay. Equipment and instruction provided by your guides.

Surfing: Half day beginner surfing excursion with professional surf instructor. Equipment and instruction provided for surfing lesson’s at the famous waves of Inch Strand. (There is an optional beach walk for those who don’t wish to try surfing).

Arrivals and Departures:
Day 1 Arrival / Pickup
You will be met at the Shannon Airport on Day 1 in accordance with your flight arrival time. Your guide will have an Austin Adventures signboard and will be waiting for you in the lobby arrivals area. It is a small airport so your guide will be easy to find. For guests arriving into Shannon for a pre-night stay, your guide will collect you from the reception area in the Bunratty Courtyard Bed & Breakfast at 3:00 pm for a briefing meeting, visit to Bunratty’s Folk Park, &and a first night’s medieval banquet celebration at the Bunratty Castle.

Day 8 Departure / Return Flight
After breakfast, your guides will transfer you two hours from Tralee to the Shannon Airport where you will arrive at least three hours prior to your departure time. Please make flights out of Shannon for 12:00 PM or later.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals as listed in daily detailed itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees

Not Included in the Trip Price
• Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
• Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
• Meals as not designated in daily itinerary.
• Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses. • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
• All types of personal insurance.
• Personal expenses.

Pre-departure Information
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The (lack of) wildlife: Due to its island-status and isolation from mainland Europe, Ireland is snake-free, mole-free, weasel-free, and pole cat-free.
  • 2. The beer: Besides the world's stout beer giant, Guinness, Ireland also features Smithwick's (pronounced 'Smith'icks') and Harp Lager brews, to name a few.
  • 3. The whiskey: The Irish and Scots both claim creating this sacred drink, so the Irish added the 'e' to differentiate between the 'Pure Pot-still' Irish whiskey of Dublin and the lesser drams of blended Scottish whisky.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With accommodations like the Dingle Skellig Hotel, explore the wonders of Kerry County by day and enjoy ultimate relaxation at night.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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