St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland

Best of Ireland Tour in a Week

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Dublin, Galway, Connemara, Adare...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Seven days in Ireland will bring all the major highlights and all of the local charm. Bucolic landscapes are dotted with quaint villages alongside storytelling traditions and endless color. Dramatic coastlines are studded with castles, and Bronze Age remains while cobbled streets are perfect for wandering each evening. Gaelic culture provides an effortless immersion, and this itinerary is handcrafted so that you can experience it all with just seven nights on this is a fast-paced tour through...

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Trip Highlights

  • Fall in love with the thatched village of Adare, where every angle could be a postcard
  • Get to know Gaelic history and language in the charming seaside town of Dingle
  • Take a journey along Ireland’s magnificent cliff-dappled coastlines, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
  • Dive into the treasures of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city
  • Immerse yourself in rural Irish life with 24 hours in Wexford
  • Explore majestic castles and abbeys, each with their own story to tell
  • Take hikes in magnificent national parks, spotting wild ponies in Connemara and finding red deer in Killarney
  • Discover the best of Dublin, including lively Temple Bar and the gift of the gab
  • Find a Neolithic portal tomb, a succession of fairy huts, elaborate Norman tapestries and the world’s oldest operational lighthouse

Detailed Description

Gaelic voices fill a colorful pub on the Atlantic seaside, and rugged castles dot the island landscape like pioneers from a lost time. Through the misty dawn air appears towering cliffs, and this is Ireland, a country of mystery and magic, where every moment is experiential. You might twist and turn for an hour before an abbey appears out of nowhere. Ireland is not the biggest of islands, so you can really pack in the experiences and get to know the coastline, the cities, the national parks, the villages, and all the cultural traditions.

This handcrafted tour is designed to provide the complete Irish experience with just seven nights of travel. It has to be fast paced in order to fit everything in, but journeys between destinations are never laborious as instead, they are one of the main highlights. Each day there will be a new adventure, be it exploring an old city, walking in a national park, or hopping between really ancient histories. Then every evening brings quintessential Irish charm as each overnight destination is different, giving you a sense of the traditional subtleties found between the counties. Dublin is city bustle while Adare is tiny and quaint; County Kerry has all the tourist paraphernalia while County Wexford is beyond the beaten track.

This Irish experience begins and ends in Dublin, so you will fly in and spend the day wandering the compact capital to take in the architectural glories and the country’s fun, easy-going style. Travel west towards Galway, and your guide will introduce a variety of potential stops. Check out Kylemore Abbey for a dose of history before taking a walk in Connemara National Park, perhaps also getting to Clifden as well, before an overnight around Galway’s Eyre Square. It will be the dramatic Cliffs of Moher on day three, then the rocky karst of The Burren, both these landscapes appearing more fiction than fact. You will spend this night in Adare, the most charming and preserved of all Ireland’s thatched-roof villages.

Next, it will be to the Dingle Peninsula, a bucolic green coastline studded with Gaelic towns and no shortage of local music. Spend the night on the seaside and get to know the Gaeltacht before hitting Ireland’s most popular destination – County Kerry. There are castles, national parks, tiny villages and everything else you can imagine from Ireland here, along with a surplus of other visitors. Your guide will help you handpick a selection of highlights before you spend the night in Kenmare. Traveling to the south coast, you will soon find Ireland’s maritime gateway and older city, Waterford. Wexford is close by and helps you finish with some lesser-known highlights and destinations.

Seven nights means you will need some early starts and must pick and choose as you go. Each day of this itinerary could be extended to become two days, such is the abundance of things to do and places to see. However, if you are happy with two to three hours on the road each day, then this private tour ensures you get the complete Irish experience, without having to compromise on comfort or luxury. The good thing about Ireland is that you never need to go looking for its traditions – so each evening you’re immersed in what the country is all about, such as resting up while listening to storytellers.  Interested in learning more by seeing some of our travelers’ Ireland vacation tour reviews? Click here for more.

Starting Price

$4,155 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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