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8 Day Irish Castles Fly & Drive


Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Dublin, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 1 night Waterford
    • 1 night Tralee
    • 2 nights Clifden
    • 2 nights Dublin
  • 7 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily


Vehicle Options
Ford Ka

Mini Manual - Ford KA or similar

  • 1-2 passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Economy Automatic - Fiat Panda or similar

  • 1-2 passengers
  • 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Compact Automatic - Ford Focus or similar

  • 1-3 Passengers
  • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Standard Manual - Ford Mondeo or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Standard Automatic - Ford Mondeo or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Full Size Manual - Ford Galaxy or similar

  • 1-6 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission

Full Size Automatic - Mitsubishi Grandis or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1 - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin, Drive to Waterford
Arrive in Dublin and pick up your rental car before leaving the city behind as you drive through Wicklow Mountains National Park for a glimpse into Ireland's wild side. The lush scenery and placid lakes are delicately wound through hills and valleys offering gorgeous views to begin your introduction to Ireland. Continue to Kilkenny City, considered by many to be the medieval capital of Ireland. The city is walker friendly and easy to navigate making it a wonderful place to stop for a meal and a pint. The city is also home to Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195 and has been added to and altered over the years to create a complex structure of various influences. Arrive in Waterford and take a stroll along the city quay, a mile-long promenade bursting with restaurants and shops while you explore Ireland's oldest city
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 130 miles*
Overnight: Waterford
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Waterford, Blarney Castle En Route to Tralee
Take the morning to see more of Waterford such as the House of Waterford Crystal that offers demonstrations of glass blowing and sculpting with incredible craftsmanship and unique designs. After, continue to drive to Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone. Give the stone a quick kiss and see if the legends are true. Next, travel to Killarney, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore and see the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle before arriving in Tralee for an overnight
Drive Time: 6 hours*
Distance: 250 miles*
Overnight: Tralee
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher En Route to Clifden via Galway
Depart Tralee this morning and turn north towards the city of Galway, enjoying the character and architecture of Limerick City along the way. You may stop to explore the city or continue to visit Bunartty Castle, with its imposing fortress-like architecture before heading to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher along the Atlantic Ocean to bask in more of Ireland's natural beauty. The cliffs are a UNESCO Geo Park and run for about five miles, offering a chance to see the cliff nesting seabird colonies if you're up for the cliff top walk between Moher Tower and O'Brien's Tower. Continue to Clifden for a chance to relax after a full day of sightseeing
Drive Time: 5 hours*
Distance: 160 miles*
Overnight: Clifden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Full day in Clifden
Enjoy the day in Clifden or drive to Galway which is the largest city in western Ireland it has a small town feel. Cathedrals, museums, castles, mansions and monuments abound in the city and offer the chance to see a variety of sites. However, any sightseeing in the city should include a trip to the Claddagh district on the western edge of the city. Claddagh was once a fishing village but its charming thatch cottages were replaced in the early 1900's as it was assimilated into the city. Despite this though, the traditional Claddagh ring design has become famous, both in and outside of Ireland and makes the perfect souvenir of traditional Irish culture. An entire day to explore the wonders of this city will leave you satisfied and eager for a chance to rest in one of its many pubs
Drive Time: 1.50 hours*
Distance: 57 miles*
Overnight: Clifden
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Drive to Dublin, Dublin sightseeing
Today drive through the heart of Ireland from Galway to Dublin, the expansive capital city of Ireland. The city is divided into Northside and Southside by the River Liffey and nearly all of the city's major sights and attractions are concentrated in these center-city areas. In the southern part of the city find Trinity College, Merrion Square, Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. In the northern part of the city find more of the cultural attractions including the James Joyce Center, Dublin Writers Museum, Gate Theatre and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery. There is plenty to see and do, but don't rush through the city, take time to appreciate the city's roots and connection to the rest of Ireland and the world
Drive Time: 4 hours*
Distance: 200 miles*
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Full day in Dublin
The final day in Ireland is a full day to continue sightseeing in Dublin. Spend the entire day catching the sights that may have been missed yesterday afternoon and wander through the rest of the city. Head to the western area of the city to see the district of Smithfield with its cobblestones and towering cathedrals. Also in the western portion of the city is the most popular attraction, the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. Spend the afternoon appreciating this staple of Irish culture and the perfect double tapped pints. Afterwards, head to the Phoenix Park and Environs to rest before venturing back into the bustling city centers to continue exploring
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart Ireland
Drive to the airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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      *Not Included:
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      Additional Information:
      Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. Additionally, drivers must be 28 years old in order to rent a Full Size (Car Categories FVMR and FVAR).


      Entry Requirements:
      Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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