Seven Day Ireland Tour Itinerary

A 7 day trip to Ireland 
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Ireland is a country filled with song and laughter, where the cold winds off the coast are the perfect inducement to an evening of warm cheer. It is a country of poets and patriots, whose literary tradition and vivid and tragic history have combined to create a world almost out of a novel. It is a country of eye catching natural beauty, where the land literally steals your breath from you and lights the adventure in your heart. It is a country that is, quite simply, unlike any other; and it’s time your introduced yourself on this seven day Ireland tour itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Ennis, Galway, Kerry, Killarney, Blarney, Waterford, Avoca, Glendalough

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Beginning Your Adventure in Delightful Dublin

This morning, touch down in the capital of the Republic of Ireland, a city famous for its literary heritage, its vivid history and its irresistible charm. After freshening up and recovering from the journey at your gorgeous hotel, you’ll meet your local guide who will show you all the ins and outs of this cosmopolitan capital on the banks of the River Liffey.

Make your way down O’Connell Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, and soak in the rich tradition as you amble by statues of Wolfe Tone, Jim Larkin and Daniel O’Connell himself. Cross the Liffey on O’Connell Bridge to visit fashionable south Dublin, the home of aristocrats and business magnates, from the high styles of Grafton Street to the high learning at Trinity College. Walk the College’s grounds for a special look at this center of Irish academia before visiting the library to feast your eyes upon one of the country’s greatest treasures: the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the New Testament made centuries ago by Irish monks.

Continue your journey to the stately squares of the city, flanked by gorgeous Georgian townhouses that served as home to some of the city’s most famous inhabitants, including the playwright Oscar Wilde, who is honored with a charming statue in nearby Merrion Square. Walk the paths at St Stephen’s Green – Dublin’s answer to Central Park – until you reach St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the center of the Church of Ireland and one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the entire country. On your way, you’ll be sure to marvel at stolid Dublin Castle, the seat of British power in Ireland for more than 400 years, which is now one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Finish the day by enjoying a delicious dinner at your hotel, complete with a perfect wine pairing and spectacular service.

What’s Included: dinner, tour of Dublin, private transfer, accommodations

Day 2: West Across the Curragh

Today sees you turning from the banks of the Irish Sea into the heart of this breathtaking country, past rolling verdant hills and quaint villages and through the sweeping plains of the Curragh. Stop by the stables of the Irish National Stud, a world-famous facility that has produced some of the finest flat track and steeplechase horses in history. Those who are not interested in horse racing are sure to be wowed by the spectacular Japanese Gardens, complete with a darling teahouse, and St. Fiachra’s Garden, planted to commemorate the new millennium.

Other wonders await you in County Tipperary, speaking to the rich history and tradition of this unique country. Spend some time at the Rock of Cashel, a breathtaking castle that was long the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster. You’ll be dazzled by the many high crosses that litter the area and astounded by the timeless architecture of the place, from the imposing Round Tower to the sophisticated stylings of Cormac’s Chapel. Continue on to the town of Tipperary, where the pull of history is indelible and inescapable: not only was Tipperary mentioned in a famous British marching song, but it also saw the first action of Ireland’s War of Independence in 1919 and was the base from which the infamous Black and Tans led their sorties of terror on the neighboring areas.

Finish your day in lovely Limerick on the banks of the swaying River Shannon, where the locals are welcoming and the sights are scintillating. Ogle at the soaring spire of the Cathedral of St. John – the tallest of its kind in Ireland – and the foreboding battlements of St. John’s Castle, perched above the river in a position that seems to challenge all comers. Dinner this evening is a special treat, as you’ll enjoy fine fare and an incomparable ambience at Bunratty Castle, where the entertainment and the food will make you feel like a lord.

What’s Included: rental car, breakfast, accommodations

Day 3: The Rugged and Romantic West of Ireland

Turn north along the rugged coast of the roaring Atlantic until reaching the savage and poetic Cliffs of Moher, nearly 700 feet of soaring coastal beauty. Visit O’Brien’s Tower, constructed by eponymous lord to impress young ladies with its magnificent view, and revel in the endless beauty of this wild place, from the Aran Islands rising from the churn of Galway Bay to the climbing Twelve Bins. This is sure to a scene you will never forget.

Cross the stunning stretch of Ireland known as the Burren, a karst landscape home to a panoply of teeming life, from more than three quarters of Ireland’s species of flowers to butterflies and birds that call nowhere else in the world home. There’s a rich tradition of human culture here as well, with more than 90 megalithic tombs a high cross, and a number of ring forts.

The charming city of Galway awaits you at the end of your western excursion. The unofficial capital of northwest Ireland, this delightful fishing town is renowned in Irish song and story, and its charming people and gorgeous scenery are sure to charm and impress. Tour one of the many churches in the area – the Galway Cathedral is spectacular – before enjoying a freshly caught dinner at one of the city’s energetic local pubs.

What’s Included: breakfast and accommodations

Day 4: The World’s Most Beautiful Drive

Cross the Shannon estuary and turn to the pulsing green heart of the Emerald Isle, Counties Cork and Kerry. Drive past Killorglin to begin the ride of your life, a tour that conjures up the history, charm and tradition of this incredible country: the Ring of Kerry. Walk the grounds at Derrynane House, the birthplace of famed Catholic politician Daniel O’Connell, the Emancipator of Ireland. Stare in wonder at the steep descent of the Gap of Dunloe and the climbing heights of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the craggy backbone of the Republic. Spend some time in nature at the Ladies’ View, then soak in the glories of human construction at the elegant Tudor mansion called Muckross House. It is all on display in scenic County Kerry.

Your evening concludes in impeccable Killarney, a much-loved resort spot that was rated Ireland’s “Best Kept Town.” The pub life is diverse and vibrant, the hotels are all well kept and elegant, and the food has deep roots in the culinary creations of West Ireland.

What’s Included: breakfast, dinner and accommodations

Day 5: From Castle To Crystal

Venture from County Kerry southeast to County Cork, into the heartlands of Ireland’s rebellious spirit, a place the locals claim is the true capital of Ireland. Make your way to the outskirts to walk the ramparts and brave the dip at Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give all who kiss it the endemically Irish gift of gab. While you may not find social grace or flattery comes any easier to you, you are sure to be taken in by the majesty of the castle and its surroundings, the greenery of the rolling hills giving way to slate grey castle stone, standing against a pale blue sky above. You can also stroll past the stalls of local artisans crafting handmade and traditional treasures, a lovely keepsake to commemorate your time in this heart-stealing region.

This afternoon sees you returning east, bound for wonderful Waterford, a southern city with a world-famous export. Founded by the Vikings in the ninth century, Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, and its heritage is evident in the stolid construction called Reginald’s Tower, a structure built in 1003 at the height of Viking civilization in Ireland. Take in the sights at Waterford Port on the shores of the River Suir before visiting the House of Waterford Crystal, where you will receive a private guided tour of this amazing facility, where some of the finest crystal in the world was crafted for centuries.

The evening ends in high style, with a gourmet dinner followed by an engaging and delicious Irish coffee demonstration, a concoction that has kept the locals warm, loose and full of spirited stories for generations.

What’s Included: breakfast, dinner and accommodations

Day 6: Turning Back to Dublin

Your trek back along the rocky road to Dublin takes you through some of the richest cultural sites in the country, displaying the full range of the culture and customs of the Emerald Isle. Survey the scene at Enniscorthy, like the grand arc of Vinegar Hill where revolutionaries fought against a much larger British force in 1798, and bask in the cresting Wicklow Mountains, a hideout for Irish revolutionaries for centuries and celebrated in music from revolutionary tunes to pub songs. Learn about the art of weaving at Avoca, home the oldest handweaving mill in the country, and catch of glimpse of Irish life before the huge mills at Belfast shifted industry further north. The incredible skill and dedication of the weavers at Avoca are sure to strike you.

Finish your Irish excursion, crafted by one of Zicasso's Ireland travel agents, at the incomparable site of Glendalough, home to an ancient monastery founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century. A local guide will introduce you to all of the monuments of this stirring site, from the impressive Round Tower, standing sentinel and ever watchful, to the simple yet graceful St. Kevin’s Church, and will show you the stirring natural environment that surrounds this secluded and reverential area. Granite cliffs tumble seamlessly down to rippling lakes stretching along the length of the valley. A panorama of the scene is sure to inspire awe and appreciation, a reminder of the power of nature to inspire.

Spend your final evening in Dublin, soaking up the energy and pulse of Ireland one last time. Revisit your favorite pubs or discover the other side of the river; enjoy a world-class meal and take in a stroll at St. Steven’s; or enjoy dinner and a raucous and rousing cabaret show, showcasing Dublin’s verve and vitality. However you choose to spend your last evening in Ireland, you can be sure it will be filled with laughter and timeless memories.

What’s Included: breakfast and accommodations

Day 7: Saying Goodbye to Ireland

After a week of discovering Ireland, your vacation comes to an end: after a hearty breakfast, you’ll be taken to the Dublin Airport, where all through customs your heart and mind will be filled with the ceaseless and captivating charm of Ireland.

What’s Included: private transfer


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This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
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The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.