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12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour

Overview

This epic 12-day Irish tour effortlessly explores more of Ireland than most Irish people will visit in their lifetime. From the Giant’s Causeway in the very northeast to the Blarney Stone in the south-west, the tour is filled with amazing and varied scenery, fantastic walks, great outdoor activity options. Not to mention fascinating historical and legendary sites. This really is a tour of a lifetime.

2019 Tour Dates

April
22, 29
May
06, 13, 20, 27
June
03, 10, 17, 24
July
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
August
05, 12, 19, 26
September
02, 09, 16, 23, 30
October
07

About This Tour


On this incredible Irish adventure, you will experience and learn about both the modern and ancient history of Ireland. This 'Giant Irish Adventure Tour' is made up of our award-winning 8-day tour plus with the added bonus of experiencing Northern Ireland and the rugged north-west coast. On this Vagabond Tour, you will travel the length of the famous 'Wild Atlantic Way'. Please see below more details on parts of Ireland you will explore.

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.

Northern and Northwest Ireland:

Dunluce Castle

The stunning Dunluce Castle

In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options, and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many, it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last ten years. All the highlights such as Belfast, Derry, The Antrim coastline and the Giant's Causeway are covered – plus plenty of secret places of our own. Fans of the Game of Thrones will be treated to see many of the stunning backdrops from the series, which were shot largely in Northern Ireland. To check out these scene location click here.

Northwest and Western Ireland:

Slieve League Cliffs - Thank you Larry Murr for the photo

Slieve League - Ireland's highest cliffs

Heading across to the north-west imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, and endless unspoiled beaches. Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo feature some of Europe's least populated regions – at times we will have the landscape all to ourselves as we walk in the hills of Donegal, explore the megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel or walk along silver strand beach in Mayo. There are of course a few well-known highlights, like Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain and plenty of breathtaking lesser known locations.

Western Ireland:

Doolough Famine Memorial Co Mayo

Doolough Famine Memorial Co Mayo

The Western section of the tour weaves its way down the coast from county Mayo into counties Galway and Clare and down towards the mighty River Shannon. Firstly we enter Connemara, a favorite area for Irish people to come on holiday due to the rugged scenery, local friendliness and culture. Continuing south, either through or around Galway city we enter the southerly province of Munster and county Clare to explore the unique landscape of the Burren, enjoy the live traditional Irish music in area and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher.

South West Ireland:

Coastal View on the Beara Peninsula - Thank you Jeanne Roth for the photo

Coastal View on the Beara Peninsula

The south-west is the most popular area of Ireland for visitors, and with good reason. We spend four nights in Counties Kerry and Cork exploring the three peninsulas of Dingle, Iveragh (the Ring of Kerry) and Beara. Each has its unique scenery and atmosphere, from the green rolling fields and buzzing town of Dingle, to the majestic mountains of the Ring of Kerry and the remote and unspoiled wilderness of the Beara Peninsula. We take trips to islands, sea-kayak with seals, visit ancient archaeological sites and enjoy first-class Cork and Kerry hospitality before heading inland and back through Limerick and Tipperary to Dublin.

Tours starting/finishing point:

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

*Brexit Notice: Please note all our tours travelling into Northern Ireland will continue to run as normal and scheduled. If you have any direct concerns you can email us.

Highlights

REVEL AT SOME OF EUROPE’S VERY BEST SCENERY:

  • Elevate your mood along the wild and rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline
  • See Ireland’s highest mountain range, The Macgillycuddy Reeks
  • Be mystified by the savage beauty of Connemara
  • Behold the lunar limestone landscape of The Burren
  • Tour the epic Causeway Coastal Route
  • Feel the magic on the world famous Ring of Kerry
  • Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of Glenveagh National Park

    Our 'Vagatron'

    Explore the Irish landscape in our 4x4 trons

RELISH SOME OF IRELAND’S MOST WORTHWHILE TOURIST DESTINATIONS:

  • Stand in awe at the towering Cliffs of Moher
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • Hike the stunning Antrim coast to the legendary Giant's Causeway
  • Discover magnificent Killarney National Park
  • Wonder at the iconic Rock of Cashel

    Carrick a rede rope bridge

    Cross the famous Carrick-a-Rede bridge

ENJOY SOME FANTASTIC ACTIVITY OPTIONS:

  • Challenge yourself with rugged hikes through incredible landscapes
  • Ride a horse along a golden Irish strand
  • Kayak your way across Dingle Bay to meet a friendly dolphin
  • Surf an Atlantic wave
  • Bike or hike the wonders of Killarney National Park
  • Visit a working sheep farm for a herding and shearing demonstration

    Horse riding on a beach

    Ride an Irish horse on our stunning coast

WONDER AT SOME OF IRELAND’S HISTORICAL TREASURES:

  • Journey to the Skellig Islands, one of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage sites and filming location for Star Wars
  • Shout from the battlements of mythical castles
  • Peer into portal tombs older than the pyramids
  • Stand in awe at ancient Neolithic stone circles and Celtic ring forts
  • Dig into Belfast with a Black Cab tour or a visit to the Titanic Experience
  • Walk the ramparts of Derry, Ireland’s only complete walled city

    A Dolmen

    Walk among the history of Ireland

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

    Buskers on the streets

    Enjoy the buzz of Galway city

EXPLORE THREE DIVERSE SOUTH WESTERN PENINSULAS:

  • Majestic Iveragh - better known as the Ring of Kerry
  • Rugged Beara - the ‘undiscovered peninsula’
  • Knife edge cliffs and patchwork fields of the Dingle Peninsula

    The Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry

...AND AT NIGHT:

  • Live traditional music in some of Ireland’s best pubs
  • Delicious fresh and locally sourced food from Ireland’s clean waters and green farms
  • Overnight in comfort at quality local guesthouses and boutique hotels, located in small, friendly communities
  • Relax in a hot, rejuvenating seaweed bath
  • Live like lords and ladies with a stay in a castle-style country home

What's Included

✔️ An off the beaten track adventure in 4x4 VagaTron Mini-coach

✔️ The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide

✔️ 12 full days on tour

✔️ 11 nights' accommodation

✔️ 11 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts

✔️ Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below for extras)

✔️ Entrance fees to Blarney Castle; the Rock of Cashel; a working sheep farm experience; Giant's Causeway; Aughnanure Castle/Donegal Castle

✔️ Shannon ferry tickets

✔️ All relevant taxes

✔️ Guaranteed tour departure and price from the moment you make your deposit

Tour Options

Your guide will discuss options with you throughout your tour and plan accordingly. Please note, this tour has stops in both the Republic of Ireland (EU eurozone) and Northern Ireland (UK). You will require both Euro (€) and Sterling (£) cash.

  • Black Cab Tour of Belfast: £10
  • Titanic Centre: £18.50
  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge: £7
  • Bushmills Distillery Tour: £7
  • Dunluce Castle: £5.50
  • Derry Walking Tour: £4
  • Sliabh Liag Sea Cliffs Guided Boat Trip: €20
  • Sligo horse riding: €28
  • Seaweed bath in Enniscrone: €25
  • Surf lesson in Castlegregory: €40
  • Horse riding in Dingle: €35
  • Boat trip in Dingle: €15- €20
  • Sea kayaking in Dingle: €50
  • Rowing in Dingle: €25
  • Golf in Dingle: Ask your guide for rate
  • Cycling tour in Killarney National Park: €30
    Skellig Michael Landing: €100
  • Skelligs Cruise: €40

View 2019 Itinerary Here

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.

Key Points

  • Vehicle:4x4 Land Rover or Mercedes 'Vagatron'
  • Activity:Hikes, kayaking, horse-riding, cycling and boat trips. Plus lots of history and culture. If this sounds too active, then we suggest a Driftwood 11 day tour.
  • Pace Of Tour:12 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

We recently returned from the 12 day Vagabond Adventure with tour guide Sean. He ensured that all had a great trip. He is a walking encyclopedia of all things Irish, told many funny stories and is a true gentleman. There were 5 of us traveling together with 3 couples. I can honestly say that I can't decide which day I liked best. Everything was wonderful. Being off the beaten track away from tour buses, having to ourselves country roads, castles, ring forts, hiking trails, the greenest vistas and clearest water one has ever seen made this absolutely the trip of a lifetime. If you want to see the best that Ireland has to offer and like some daily activity this is the trip to book!

Jane, 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure June 2017

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