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7 Day World Tour of Ireland

7 Day World Tour of Ireland

7 Day World Tour of Ireland

Overview

If you’re looking to see Ireland in 7 days, look no further. You have just found the best possible way to see Ireland. A whole week to explore, relax, absorb, refresh and learn about this fascinating and beautiful island.  A fantastic & comprehensive tour of the south-west and west of Ireland. Spend 7 days exploring this part of Ireland, combining off the beaten track exploring & Irish highlights.

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About This Tour

Like all Vagabond adventures, this 7-day tour is a great blend of outdoor activity, great scenery, relaxing pubs and moments that you will remember for years to come. This tour is very similar and follows the same route as our 8-day award winning tour but is just a day shorter.

The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 08.20am on the first morning and get back about 6 pm on the last day. So we would advise arriving at least the night before and if you would be planning to fly out on the last night, then not to book a flight before 9 pm.

South West

First, the tour heads down to the South West to Cork and Kerry and the three peninsulas of Beara, Iveragh (The Ring of Kerry) and Dingle. The tour spends two nights in the buzzing little fishing town of Dingle to give you time to partake in activities, get to know the area and the locals, to explore the shops, pubs, galleries and restaurants that abound there – or simply to chill out and catch your breath.

Vagabonds love walking the Irish landscape

West

Then you will travel north and cross the River Shannon into County Clare with the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher before heading into Galway city and then home to Dublin. You will see a huge proportion of Ireland's best scenery (just ask any Irish person).

Coastal road with Glenbeigh beach in the distance.

The west coast of Ireland

Tours starting/finishing point:

 

All tours start and finish at the Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street Upper, Dublin 4

Highlights

Revel at some of Europe's very best scenery, including:

  • Ireland's highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks
  • The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle
  • Ireland's rugged Wild Atlantic Way
  • The River Shannon (which we cross by ferry)
  • The Burren Limestone Plateau
  • The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula
  • The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary

    Rolling green fields on the Dingle Peninsula - Thanks Nancy-Giunta for the photo

    Rolling green fields on the Dingle Peninsula

Enjoy some of Ireland's most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:

  • Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
  • Killarney National Park
  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Visit the world famous Blarney Castle

    Enjoy some fantastic activity options

  • Walking and hiking through some of Ireland's best scenery
  • Horse-riding on the Dingle Peninsula
  • Mountain biking or bike touring in the Killarney National Park.
  • Sea-kayaking with Fungi the Dolphin
  • Try your hand at surfing an Atlantic Wave
  • Learn the ancient art of "Vagaball"!

    Enjoy a bike tour of Killarney National Park

Wonder at some of Ireland's historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from stone age man to the modern age.

  • Visit The Rock of Cashel
  • Optional trip to the Skellig islands, one of Ireland's two UNESCO World Heritage sites and a scene location for Star Wars - The Force Awakens.
  • Ancient Neolithic Stone circles, Celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and pre-christian tombs

    Aerial view of Skellig Michael

    The world famous Skellig Islands

Explore three of Ireland's most diverse south western Peninsulas and the West coast:

  • The majestic Iveragh peninsula (better known as the Ring of Kerry)
  • The rugged Beara Peninsula (also known as the ‘undiscovered peninsula’)
  • The rolling hills of the Dingle Peninsula
  • The lunar limestone landscape of the Burren, Country Clare

    The Burren

    The amazing landscape of the Burren

Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:

  • The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
  • The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
  • The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare

    Just one quirky Irish pub

Some fun little side trips:

  • Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
  • Take a boat trip to try spotting Dingle's most friendly occupant - Funghi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
  • Optional visit to Locke's Irish Whiskey Distillery, the oldest potstill distillery in the world

Visit a working sheep farm

And at night:

  • Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland's best pubs and restaurants.
  • Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly, local communities.

 

 

What's Included

  • Off the beaten track adventure in Vagabond 4X4 tour vehicle.
  • Services of highly trained professional Vagabond tour guide
  • 7 FULL days on tour
  • Six nights hotel accommodation
  • 6 Full Irish breakfasts (enough to keep you fuelled to dinner!)
  • Fantastic guided walks
  • Entrance to most of the historical and archaeological sites along the way, including Blarney Stone €18.00 and Rock of Cashel €8.00 , Cliffs of Moher €6.00
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • Shannon ferry tickets
  • Train journey to or from the west of Ireland on certain departures
  • All relevant taxes
  • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
  • Loads of laughs...

AND...Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, that's a promise)

Price Optional Extras

We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the historical sites we visit are free to enter, as of course are the walks and beaches. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.

Lunches and evening meals

Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:

  • Horse-riding - €35 for an hour
  • Sea-Kayaking - €50 for three hours
  • NaomhOg Rowing - €25 for 1 and a half hours
  • Dingle Distillery - €15
  • Boat trip to see Fungi (Dingle) - €20 (guideline price)
  • Surfing Castlegregory - €40
  • Bike touring in Killarney National Park - €30. A Free option is to stroll around the beautiful grounds of Killarney National Park where there are enjoyable forest trails.
  • Boat trip to the Skellig Islands (extremely weather dependent) - Landing: €100 (all season). Cruise (not landing on Skellig Michael) €40. Please check in with us for further details.

Printable Optional Activities Sheet

Tour Pricing and Currencies

All tour prices and payments are in Euro only. The US Dollar prices above are a guide only, we can only quote exact prices in Euro.

 

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Key Points

  • Vehicle:Travel in a 4X4 Land Rover or Mercedes 'Vagatron'
  • Activity:Hikes, cycling, kayaking and boat trip options.
  • Pace Of Tour:7 days of activity, adventure and discovery. This tour requires a good level of fitness. For example, can you hike for 2.5 hours on undulating hill paths? Would you enjoy a 2.5 hour cycle on varying terrain?

Travellers Tales

Testimonial

Absolutely fantastic! We did the 7-day world tour in SW Ireland. Our guides, Carmel and Nick, were very knowledgeable and did a great job. The small group and vehicle allowed us to get to places off the beaten path. Highly recommend this as a wonderful way to see the country.

ChrisW3, 7 Day World Tour of Ireland, June 2017

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