Ireland Stamp
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 16, 2018
  • From $4,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Immerse Yourself in Ireland.

“How can a country so small have so many different, diverse & dramatic landscapes?” This is a question you will find yourself asking about Ireland. From the rolling, soft Wicklow Hills in the East to the dramatic & mountainous coastline of the West, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the studded islands off the south coast or the awe-inspiring Wild Atlantic Way drive. Ireland offers you more than the average country in scenery, culture, history, warmth & splendor. To really experience Ireland – you need to feel it – feel its land, its rain, its temperate climate & most of all – its soul. This is a country that cannot be rushed and exploring it on foot is one of the best ways to experience it. This allows you the opportunity to meet the “locals”, come face to face with thousands of years of history and see what it is that makes Irish people so unique.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Multi-Sport
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Horseback

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Castles, cliffs, and the art of cooking 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
  • Try out seaweed foraging and sample some of the wonderful foods created using Ireland’s newest delicacy.
  • 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
  • Learn the history of Irish whiskey production and sample the local "water of life" at a 1,300-year-old micro whiskey distillery.
Ireland Tours
Photo: Ireland Tours
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. Upon arrival at your first night’s accommodation, enjoy a leisurely lunch if you wish, and catch up on sleep after your travels. Around 5:00 PM, 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
Lake Killarney
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Shuttle to Killarney, the heart of County Kerry, 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 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 / Derrynane National Park / Ring of Kerry
Muckross House Killarney Ireland
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, a one hour drive takes you to the historic Derrynane National Park, once home to the famous “Liberator” Daniel O'Connell. Enjoying a walk around this beautiful coastline with a glorious beach and (tides permitting) walk to Abbey Island is like stepping into a picture postcard as you see some of the most glorious scenery in this part of Ireland. Before moving on you have the opportunity to enjoy some seaweed foraging on this most glorious coastline where your guide will teach you about this wonderful plant and allow you to sample some of the wonderful foods we create using Ireland’s newest delicacy. Today’s trip will take in sections of the famous Ring of Kerry drive, so by the time you return to Killarney, you will have seen an amazing array of sights. Overnight Killarney’s Dromhall Hotel (B, L, D)

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

Today we get to see the best of Killarney National Park by horseback. A two 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 Killarney’s Dromhall Hotel (B, L)

Day 5: Killarney / The Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Ireland
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 Harbor – 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. For those who don’t wish to surf, a relaxing stroll on this wonderful beach which stretches for 3 miles across Dingle Bay is the perfect way to spend your time. 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 for a chance to learn how to cook your favorite Irish dishes in the company of professional chefs and of course sample your creations. Overnight Dingle Skellig Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: Cloghane / Tralee
Meals Included:  B, L, D

The beautiful village of Cloghane is our destination today for a hike which takes you to the end of the land and as far west as it is possible to travel in Ireland. Standing on the Western edge of Europe with the Wild Atlantic crashing against the cliffs gives you the perfect memories to end your holiday. This great hike allows for splendid view of the Seacliff’s and Brandon bay as it sweeps away to the North. With some luck you may spot some Dolphins or migrating Whales as they glide by on route to Summer feeding grounds further north. Following lunch in the village you will be transferred to Tralee for your final nights’ accommodation and farewell evening meal. Overnight Tralee Rose 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: 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.

Dates, Rates
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  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 16, 2018
  • From $4,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 16, 2018
  • Aug 25, 2018

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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 grassy 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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