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6 Day Tour of Ireland's Ancient East

The Ideal Cultural Tour of Southeast Ireland

Explore the Ancient East on this relaxing 6 day tour of Ireland. Discover Viking history, Norman castles and spectacular scenery while still enjoying plenty of free time to explore this amazing country for yourself. Travel from the wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains National Park to the mystique of medieval Kilkenny city.

This tour is ideal for seniors, young couples and families who want a guided tour of Ireland that's easy-going. For something more active, check out our Vagabond Ireland Tours. However, just because we’re not hiking and cycling, it doesn’t mean we can’t have an amazing Ireland vacation; we just want to take our time a little – to stop and take in all the beauty.

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A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

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What's Included

All Driftwood tours are flexible. Your 6 Day Driftwood Ancient Ireland Tour is no different.

Unmissable activities are included. Where there are great options, we’ve left the final decision up to you. Feel free to choose your evening meals and lunches. All additional tour options are marked clearly below.

What's Included
  • A journey of discovery in a super-comfy, slick Mercedes mini-coach
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 6 full days on tour
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below for extras)
  • Entrance into Jerpoint Park to see history unearthed and hear amazing stories
  • Entrance onto the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an exact reproduction of an 1840s emigrant vessel
  • A guided tour of the Jameson Distillery, the undisputed home of Irish whiskey
  • Entrance into 13th century Tintern Abbey

All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Blarney Castle
    €18.00
    Kiss the Blarney Stone and explore lush gardens
  • Kilkenny Castle
    €12.00
    Self-guided tour of 12th century Kilkenny Castle
  • St Canice’s Cathedral
    €7.00
    Self-guided tour of historic cathedral and scenic round tower
  • House of Waterford Crystal
    €14.85
    Guided tour of famous glass-making factory and craft glassware collection
  • King of the Vikings VR
    €10.00
    Watch Vikings come to life at his virtual reality experience in Waterford
  • Queenstown Experience
    €12.00
    Learn how Cobh was central to Irish emigration and the Titaniic's final voyage
  • Viking Triangle Freedom Pass
    €15
    Access four amazing museums in central Waterford for one low admission fee.
  • Rothe House Kilkenny
    €7.50
    Experience life for a 16th century merchant family in Kilkenny
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The tour guide was wonderful and versatile working to make it the best trip for everyone. The hotels were good, and the food was absolutely fantastic.
Product : There was something for everyone. If you couldn’t or didn’t care to do what others were doing, there were other options given. Lots of opportunities to see beautiful sites and experience local people, as well as learning Irish history and lore.
Jo, 15th Nov 2022
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Wonderful experience of beautiful Ancient Ireland. Ciara was the best guide ever, catered for everyone's needs and made the whole trip fun. My only complaint is that Rob is married!!
Natalie, 9th Nov 2022
One of the best tours we've experienced!
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We had one of the best tours of our life with the Driftwood tour. Our guide Aiden was exceptional. Very accommodating to everyone's needs and wishes for what we would like to do for the day. He located a dolmen that had not been visited before by group and it was a fabulous experience. Aiden's knowledge of Ireland and it's history was encyclopedic. He never overwhelmed you, but dished it out throughout the day. The hotels we all very nice. We are recommending Vagabond and Driftwood tours to all of our friends, and hope they will go with you.
Product : The activity level of the Driftwood tour was perfect for us. We were able to visit many castles and climb to the heights of all of them! Our guide took us to a sculpture know…
Tom, 9th Nov 2022

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"FANTASTIC TOUR & GUIDE"

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What a fantastic tour and tour guide. If you ever decide to take a tour of Ireland, this is the company to take it with!

Our tour guide, Andrew, was early getting to the pick up location and loaded everyone's luggage onto the bus... He grew up in Ireland and knew the country well. He taught us some Irish words and played Irish music during some of the trip.

Our hotels were very nice... The group was small and we ended up making friends with the other people, so much that we got together at pubs and restaurants as a group several times.

Not only would I book another Driftwood tour but I'd request Andrew to be the tour guide!

ROCHELLE, JUNE 2022

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"BEST TRIP WE'VE EVER TAKEN"

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Hands down the best trip we have ever taken.

Our guide Andrew was super knowledgable and FUN!!! He took us places we didn't even know we would see, so it truly was a grand adventure! Andrew also had amazing recommendations for places to eat and things to see when we stopped at night.

The small group size really allowed you to get to know the others on tour and adventure after hours. The small bus size also allowed us to get into places and see things the bigger tours can't fit in, so it really felt like we got to see more than just the tourist traps...

Looking forward to taking another trip with Vagabond.

JERSEYGIRL, MAY 2022

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"MAY BECOME HABIT-FORMING!"

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I just completed my third tour with Driftwood in two years, so I feel like it's only fair to warn others that you will have so much fun with this company that you will want to come back again and again...and again!

This is a wonderful tour whether it's your first or fifteenth visit to Ireland...

I appreciated the balance of well-known sites with off-the-beaten path stops and support of local craftsmen and businesses.

Even our visit to popular Glendalough was expertly timed to avoid the crowds.

I was happy there was a lot of free time for optional walks. I averaged about 20,000 steps each day on my Fitbit - good for working off all the fantastic seafood, goat cheese, and beer I was enjoying along the way!

jpkc6, NOV 2017

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Graveyard in Glendalough, Wicklow
Visit the 6th century mountain monastery of Glendalough
Ornately decorated museum hall in Kilkenny Castle, Ireland
Explore Kilkenny, Ireland's medieval capital and craft centre
Copper Coast in Waterford with green patchwork fields and cliffs
Fall in love with the spectacular Copper Coast in Waterford
Characterful guide Joe O'Connell at Jerpoint Abbey
Take a fun guided tour of the historic ruins at Jerpoint Park
Colourful streetscape at Stone Mad Gallery in Kinsale
Savour the foodie mecca of coastal Kinsale in West Cork
A view of Ballycotton harbour during the sunset with fishing trawlers and other boats in view.
Stay in quaint seaside villages like Ballycotton in Cork
Waterford city quays in Ireland's Ancient East
Explore Viking history in Waterford, Ireland's first capital
The Rock of Cashel pictured from a distance
Admire Celtic crosses and ruined cathedrals at medieval Rock of Cashel.
Accommodation

A hot shower after a woodland stroll. A real fire. A pint. We assure you that wherever you stay with us, you’ll love it.

We put great effort into selecting accommodation on Driftwood tours. No large, impersonal hotels here! Your tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves.

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Pembroke Hotel

This 4 star hotel in Kilkenny is situated on Patrick Street, right in the centre of a city rich in medieval heritage and alive with a vibrant arts culture. With over 400 years of history and a vast array of beautiful countryside to explore, Pembroke Kilkenny provides the perfect city-centre base for Driftwooders of all ages.

"Feel instantly refreshed as you walk into your room, put your bags down and settle in for your stay."
Interior of Pembroke Hotel bar and restaurant
Interior design of the mainbedroom in the Pembroke Hotel

River Court Hotel

Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a place of warmth and friendliness, nestled in a private courtyard at the centre of Kilkenny city. The hotel rests serenely on the banks of the River Nore, overlooked by Kilkenny’s majestic 12th century castle. Secluded from the bustling and winding city streets, the Kilkenny River Court Hotel is ready to welcome you.

 

Nore river with River Court Hotel Kilkenny
Bedroom at River Court Hotel Kilkenny

Tower Hotel

At the heart of Waterford city, overlooking the waterfront, the Tower Hotel offers the city's most central location overlooking 600-year-old Reginald's Tower on the doorstep of the vibrant cultural area, the Viking Triangle.

Exterior of Tower Hotel Waterford
Interior of lounge at Tower Hotel Waterford

Bayview Hotel

The 4-star Bayview Hotel is a fine manor house nestled on the cliffside of the beautiful fishing village of Ballycotton. Hear the waves crashing as you wake up in the morning in this amazing location. The hotel has delightful gardens, which lead down to a sandy beach for you to enjoy.

"Our family run hotel is dedicated to providing modern luxury with the charm and warmth of bygone days."
Exterior of Bayview Hotel with a view of the bay and the fishing boats
Beautiful views from the Bayview Hotel overlooking Ballycotten Bay

Blue Haven Hotel

The Blue Haven Hotel welcomes Driftwooders with open arms. Located just a stone's throw from dozens of great restaurants, lively bars and interesting craft shops, you will love the seamless blend of charming service, authentic hospitality, and contemporary style.

"The Blue Haven prides itself in delivering the ultimate in
friendly, efficient and personal service to its customers"
Interior design of Blue Haven's main bedroom
Hotel bar and restaurant interior at Blue Haven
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6 DAY IRELAND ANCIENT EAST TOUR INTRO & HIGHLIGHTS

Time to look east! At a leisurely pace, you will explore the amazing history and culture in Ireland’s ancient cities, castles, and gardens. You’ll taste Irish food, sip our whiskey, and take part in our enigmatic culture.

  • Explore amazing Irish cities, such as medieval Kilkenny and Viking Waterford.
  • Soak up stunning scenery on the Hook Peninsula, in Wicklow Mountains National Park and along the Copper Coast.
  • Delve into the rich and evocative history of Ireland at Glendalough, Cahir Castle, and Blarney Castle Gardens.
  • Take an Irish whiskey tasting tour at the historic Jameson Distillery.
  • Visit Cobh — Condé Nast Traveler called it one of Europe's most beautiful small towns in 2019!

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Hook Lighthouse on Hook Head peninsula bathed in orange and pink sunrise/sunset light in Ireland
Soak up stunning scenery in amazing destinations like the Hook Peninsula
A smiling Driftwood tour group on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton, Ireland
Take an Irish whiskey tasting tour at the historic Jameson Distiller

DAY 1: Kilkenny & Wicklow Mountains National Park

Begin your 6 day Ireland itinerary at Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin at 8.10am. Climb aboard your comfortable Mercedes tour vehicle, bound for Kilkenny.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Celtic cross gravestone in graveyard with sunlight lens flare in Glendalough, Ireland
Explore the 6th century mountain monastery of Glendalough
Smiling Driftwood tour group standing in an old arch in Glendalough, Ireland
Archway at Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park

DAY 2: Kilkenny Castle Tour, Quaint Villages & Crafts

Always happy to stop and take in the beauty of the Irish countryside, your VagaGuide will lead your tour from medieval Kilkenny to Viking Waterford.

  • Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore craft studios, cafés and numerous quaint independent shops.
  • Take a self-guided historic tour of St. Canice's Cathedral (Tour Option - €7 per person).
  • Enjoy a charismatic guided tour of the historic ruins at Jerpoint Park.
  • Step on-board the Dunbrody Famine Ship; an exact replica of a 19th century Irish emigrant vessel.
  • Unwind atthe Tower Hotel, located on the waterfront in downtown Waterford.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Couple exploring colourful shops in Kilkenny, Ireland
Explore Kilkenny, Ireland's medieval capital
Joe O'Connell, guide at Jerpoint Park in Kilkenny
Guided tour of Jerpoint Park's storied ruins

DAY 3: Lighthouse Tour & Historic Medieval Abbey

Freedom abound on day three, with lots of time to explore Wexford – one of the jewels of Ireland's Ancient East.

  • If history is top of your list, don't miss a guided tour of the world's oldest operationallighthouse at Hook Head.
  • More incredible heritage is on show at Norman-built, 13th century Tintern Abbey and its beautiful gardens.
  • Visit Fethard-on-Sea, a quaint and characterful Irish fishing village.
  • Your accommodation is once again at the Tower Hotel in Waterford.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hook Head lighthouse and buildings
Climb the world's oldest operational lighthouse at Hook Head
Tintern Abbey and river viewed from between stone battlements
Visit 13th century Tintern Abbey and its gardens

DAY 4: Viking Waterford & Scenic Coastal Tour

On day 4 of this 6 day southeastern Ireland tour, you’ll take the scenic route from Waterford to Ballycotton, a quaint coastal village in East Cork.

  • Discover the delights of Waterford – Ireland's oldest city, established by Vikings in the 10th century.
  • Admire the pinnacle of Irish crafting excellence with a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal (Tour Option - €14 per person).
  • Meet the Norsemen at the Viking Museum, housed in an 800-year-old tower (Tour Option - €5 per person, €4 seniors). There’s so much more to Ireland’s history than you might think!
  • Drift along Ireland’s gorgeous Copper Coast with charming villages, secluded coves and dramatic sea stacks. These are seaside views you will remember for the rest of your life.
  • Gaze out across the Celtic Sea from your lodging at the Bayview Hotel in Ballycotton.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Quays in Waterford city showing buildings and reflection in river
Meet the Vikings in Waterford
Road along Copper Coast at sunset with flowers in foreground and ruins in the background
Ride along the scenic Copper Coast

DAY 5: Guided Whiskey Tasting & Historic Cobh

The fifth day of your 6 day Ireland itinerary is a countryside amble along the coast of Cork.

  • Taste authentic Irish whiskey on a guided tour of the restored 18th century Jameson Whiskey Distillery.
  • Cobh is an optional port of call for everyone on the tour; this historic maritime town is located on an island in Cork Harbour.
  • Choose from a menu of amazing restaurants and colourful streets tonight in Kinsale, Ireland's gourmet capital.
  • Your accommodation tonight is at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

A smiling Driftwood tour group on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton, Ireland
Guided tour of the 18th century Jameson Whiskey Distillery
Bright and colourful shops in Kinsale
Explore the picture perfect town of Kinsale

DAY 6: Kiss the Blarney Stone & Visit Rock of Cashel

Turning homeward, your tour takes in some amazing sights on the journey from Cork back to Dublin.

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone (Tour Option - €18 per person) to receive the gift of the gab – the Irish ability to flatter and speak with eloquence.
  • Imbued with your new powers, chatter your way around the lush gardens at Blarney Castle.
  • Take a self-guided tour of the imposing medieval complex at the Rock of Cashel
  • Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin is your final stop, arriving back there between 5-6pm.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

The Rock of Cashel in Ireland
The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most storied medieval church sites.
Smiling Driftwood tour group at Blarney Castle & Gardens in Ireland
Explore the lush gardens at Blarney Castle.
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**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

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