Ireland is a country of majesty steeped in its legendary mystique. Historical castles and ancient ruins offer endless fairytales and myths during your custom-tailored Ireland tour. You will track the most elaborate stories of giants and shamrocks, St. Patrick and changelings through captivating cities, welcoming towns, and verdant countryside. The coastline spreads from golden sands to spectacular cliffs...
Trim – Arrive in Dublin with an Introductory Tour of Trim Castle
Dublin is an intimate city filled with local legends. Stories of Guinness are as prevalent and accepted as legends of the surrounding medieval castles and the cathedrals. The Georgian architecture remains an elegant decoration around the banks of the River Liffey. The harbor slices the city into two diverse sections adorned with several bridges connecting the streets north-to-south. The literary figures of Joyce, Becket, and Yeats caste as much of a legendary shadow across the city and Ireland as the mystical creatures of folkloric yore. Upon reaching the shimmering city on an emerald-colored isle, your private transfer greets you at Dublin International Airport and escorts you to the Leprechaun Museum for an introduction to Irish mythology.
The elaborate galleries welcome you with interactive exhibits immersing you in Irish cultural identity. An audio guide offers a history of leprechauns in Ireland, along with an evolution of cultural references including Walt Disney’s 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People. You enter a room where the furniture grows in size, making you feel smaller. The chairs and tables tower overhead. You feel like a bug wandering through the dining room, having to climb the wooden feature for a seat on the giant chair. You have a fantastic time learning the oral history of Ireland’s rich folkloric traditions before continuing to Trim Castle north of Dublin to discover the story of Fionn McCumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge.
Ardee – Explore County Louth and the Legend of Cúchulainn and Ferdia
Dunseverick – Visit the Northern Landscape Following Deirdre and Naoise
Banagher – Find St. Murrough O’Heaney Church in County Londonderry
Tory Island – Travel to Tory Island to Find Remnants of Legendary Ethnea
Burren – Discover the Fabulous Landscape of Mayo and the Cliffs of Moher
Killarney – Heathery Mountains and Rocky Headlands
Kilkenny – Experience Cobh Port and Blarney Castle en route to Kilkenny
Dublin – Return to Dublin and Depart for Home
- Cruise the western coastline for remarkable views of the Cliffs of Moher, known for their staggering size, dramatic waters, and captivating legends
- Discover the large boulders marking the burial grounds of the Children of Lir in County Cork, who wandered the waters for 900 years as swans
- Visit the ancient church of St. Murrough O’Heaney, founded by St. Patrick, the famous patron who helped rid Ireland of its snake infestation
- Find thousands of rocks piled atop Sligo’s Knocknarea Mountain where Queen Medbh was buried after battling with her husband
- Climb to the top of the preserved tower at Blarney Castle to kiss the eponymous stone offering the gift of precious conversation
- Enjoy a guided tour through the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin for an interactive experience with the folklore and cultural heritage of Ireland
- Travel to the remarkable, weather-hardened scenery of Tory Island, located seven miles off the northerly coast of Northern Ireland
- Traverse the grand landscapes and hidden histories of the Dingle Peninsula, which stretches for 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean
A map of Ireland can highlight the cities and towns of mountains and bordering seas, but the true grandeur of the island emanates from the rich oral histories that turn the natural marvels of the landscape into pure magic. Your 9-day Ireland tour basks in the brilliance of myths and legends, which offer insight into the majestic ambiance rooted in the bluffs and boulders, castles, and caves. The fantastic journey begins with your arrival at Dublin International Airport. Spend the time to explore the remarkable Leprechaun Museum, which tells the tales of the most popular folkloric traditions in an immersive, tangible way.
At Trim Castle in Boyne Valle, you can stroll along the marvelous grounds of the edifice and learn the legend of Fionn McCumhaill. Travel the countryside to view the remarkable landscape for which Ireland is known. Spend time in the gorgeous villages and towns to hear the stories best told by locals passed down through generations. In Ardee, you pay homage to the intricate statue of Cúchulainn and his brother Ferdia. At Dunseverick, you wander through the quiet streets of the village and learn of the star-crossed love between Deirdre and Naoise while looking at the cliff-top remains of Dunseverick Castle.
Follow in the footsteps of St. Peter at Banagher Old Church in County Derry-Londonderry before meeting the king of Tory Island, who best tells the story of the Evil Eye who ruled the island for generations. While experiencing the myth and folklore of Ireland, you discover stories you have never before heard, including the legend of Queen Medbh in County Sligo. You will listen to the remarkable stories relating to the Cliffs of Moher, while on a guided cruise. Visit the Blarney Stone, learn about the Children of Lire at Allihies, and celebrate an elaborate history of storytelling inspired by Ireland’s unique scenic charms.
$3,595 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.
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