The Grand Tour (in Reverse!)

Zest Tour

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This is for those who want the perfect mix of a relaxed style tour with some activities included to bring up the thrill factor. Travelling from Dublin, you will leave the busy streets and noise behind and begin your wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will cover over 1,100 km of rugged Irish coastline from Westport to Kinsale.

You will have a memorable experience on your Overland Ireland small group tour exploring everything from surfing at Inch Beach or kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay.

Witness breathtaking sights along the Ring of Kerry and visit amazing gems such as Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall. Cycle through the many trails at the National Park and passing lakes and mountains.

Hike two of Ireland’s most famous landmarks – The Cliffs of Moher in Doolin and Croagh Patrick – our holiest mountain in Westport. Standing tall at 764 metres high. This is sure to get your heart racing!

Our 7 day Zest reverse tour of Ireland explores a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife.

Put a bit of zing into your Ireland adventure with an Overland Zest tour.

€1,350
per person
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tour name:

The Grand Tour
(in Reverse!)

tour type:

Zest Tour

duration:

7 days

tour highlights:

it’s your holiday. do it your way!

it’s your holiday.
do it your way!

what to expect on your tour

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ORIGINAL ROUTE!

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Get off the Beaten Track and see Ireland through Irish Eyes on your Overland Ireland Ultimate Small Group Tour

Day 1: Sunday – Westport
Day 1: Sunday
Westport

Climb Croagh Patrick on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Our first day will take us from Ireland’s capital city of Dublin to Westport in the West of Ireland. As we travel towards our destination, we will stop for a photo opportunity at Clonmacnoise, a sixth century monastic site, which is located on the banks of the River Shannon. Clonmacnoise is home to high crosses, round towers and the remnants of the old monastery from the time of Ireland’s Golden Age of Learning.

Next your guide will challenge you to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick. This mountain stands at 764 meters high and is a rewarding hike for the adventurous. On our trek you will get to learn about the St. Patrick and enjoy unspoiled views of Clew Bay which is home to 365 islands. This is Patrick’s sacred mountain and is rich in archaeological heritage.

We will spend the night in Westport town where we can unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food. There is always a traditional Irish music session taking place in one of the town’s many bars and we highly recommend a visit to Matt Molloy’s pub where you will find plenty of “craic”.

total driving time:
3 hours 25 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 25 minutes

The Ultimate Tour of Ireland - Small Groups, Big Experiences on your Overland Ireland Ultimate Small Group Tour

Day 2: Monday – The Aran Islands & Galway
Day 2: Monday
The Aran Islands & Galway

Cycling The Aran Islands on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Our morning begins with a short drive to catch our ferry to the Aran Islands. As we travel to Rossaveal Pier, we will take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail on route to Galway. From Rossaveal Pier, we will cross Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are made up of three islands and we will visit the largest of the three, Inishmore. The best way to explore the island is on bike and our cycle down the old roads will start your imagination racing. Our cycle route will bring us along the coastline to Dún Aenghus, a stone fort which lies 100m over the wild Atlantic Ocean.

We then return to Rossaveal pier where our transport will bring us to the legendary City of the Tribes, Galway. Galway is a medieval town and its narrow winding streets still hold true to maps that date back to the 1650s. In fact, many of the old buildings in Galway have been carefully preserved over many decades and are now home to locally owned shops, restaurants and bars. A step inside one of these buildings is a step into history.

Perhaps Galway is now most famous for its vibrant social scene and year round festival calendar. Arts and culture are two words that are closely associated with the city and there are always street entertainers performing along the main pedestrianized streets. You are free to enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much celebrated city.

total driving time:
2 hours 20 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Cycling The Aran Islands on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Your Fully Guided Overland Ireland Small Group Tour Lets You Meet Friendly Locals

Day 3: Tuesday – Doolin
Day 3: Tuesday
Doolin

Cliffs of Moher on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Our day begins with a fantastic food tour of Galway city. On our tour, you will get to sample some of the best food in the West and taste produce from local artisan producers.

We now depart Galway and begin our journey southwards to County Clare. Our final destination today is the village of Doolin and on our route we will get to see some fantastic landmarks. Our first stop brings us to the quaint fishing village of Kinvara where we will view Dunguaire Castle which dates back to the 16th Century. We will also visit Corcomroe Abbey a 13th-century Cistercian monastery and Poulnabrone Dolmen a portal tomb, one of approximately 172 in Ireland in the Burren National Park.

County Clare is home to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. We will tour the spectacular cliffs by foot on a two-and-a-half-hour breathtaking hike. Our tour will take you to the main tourist hot-spots but we also have a few hidden gems that we will share with you. The cliffs are simply amazing and stand 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at its highest point at O’Brien’s Tower. Wildlife is also in abundance and there are over 30,000 birds from more than 20 species living on the cliffs today.

Tonight we will spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.

total driving time:
1 hour 40 minutes

total driving time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Comfortable Accommodation on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 4: Wednesday – Dingle
Day 4: Wednesday
Dingle

Surfing Inch Beach on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

We depart Doolin, County Clare and continue south to Dingle in County Kerry. There are many things to do in Dingle with the star attraction being a visit, by kayak, to meet Fungie the Dolphin in Dingle Bay.

Those of you who are itching to challenge the Atlantic waves can choose to go surfing at Inch Beach.

Dingle is our home for tonight and you are free to take a stroll around the buzzing town and enjoy the atmosphere and culture.

total driving time:
3 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Surfing Inch Beach on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Comfortable Transport with Free WiFi on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 5: Thursday – Dingle
Day 5: Thursday
Dingle

Cycling Killarney National Park on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

Our morning begins with a short drive to Killarney National Park where we will take to our bikes and start our adventure. The park has many cycle trails to choose from and you are invited to take the path that most appeals. Killarney National Park is Ireland’s oldest National Park and its landscapes include mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. The park is also home to the native red deer, who have a presence in Ireland since the last ice age.

In the afternoon we will visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. As well as learning about the history of whiskey production around the world, you will also be invited to sample their award-winning whiskey and gin.

We return to the cozy coastal town of Dingle for tonight’s accommodation. The evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s fantastic restaurants and famous quirky pubs, where you will undoubtedly stumble across an unforgettable traditional music session.

total driving time: 2 hours 25 minutes

total driving time:
2 hours 25 minutes

Traditional Food and Contemporary Cuisine on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 6: Friday – Kinsale
Day 6: Friday
Kinsale

Kiss the Blarney Stone on your Grand Tour of Ireland

Our next adventure takes us to further South to Kinsale in County Cork. On first stop will have everyone talking as you will be invited to “Kiss the Blarney Stone” after which you will be granted the eternal “gift of the gab“. We will take time in Blarney to explore the gardens, castle and rock close.

Our overnight stay is in the stunning harbor town of Kinsale. Kinsale boasts a long waterfront and a yacht-filled harbor and its winding streets are home to brightly painted shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries. The town is famed for its array of culinary delights and deciding on which restaurant to visit is always a tough decision in Kinsale.

total driving time:
2 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Kiss the Blarney Stone on your Grand Tour of Ireland

Traditional Music Sessions and Local Craft Beers on your Ultimate Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 7: Saturday – Dublin
Day 7: Saturday
Dublin

Rock of Cashel on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour

As our tour comes to end, we will leave Kinsale and begin our journey to Dublin. But we know there is always time for one more landmark! When we arrive in County Tipperary, we will stop for a photo opportunity of the famous medieval round tower, chapel and cathedral at The Rock of Cashel.

total driving time:
3 hours 20 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 20 minutes

what is included and excluded in your tour?

We are one of the only tour companies to include as much as we can into your tour price. So there are no hidden surprises on your tour, and this takes away the hassle about thinking of unexpected charges.

You will notice the list of what’s included is very abundant and covers entrance fees, transport, accommodation, WiFi on board and kayaking to name a few!

Our quest is to bring your price down and your tour experience up… to the max! This is possible with the power of a smaller group tour – the more people the merrier and certainly the more people the cheaper price!

included

6 nights local guest house accommodation, carefully selected by our team

Professional qualified Irish tour guide

Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay or Surfing

Distillery tour

Cycling tours

Hiking

Cliffs of Moher

WiFi on board

Food Tour

Great breakfast

Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini coach

Rock of Cashel Entrance

Blarney Stone Entrance

Entrance fees to National Parks

Ferry Crossings

All taxes

Bottled water on board

We know everyone’s budget and taste for food are different, so lunch and dinners are not included in your tour price. You have the freedom to choose from fine-dining or simply having some fish and chips. There are so many places along the way to suit all taste buds and all budgets. So you will be spoiled for choice! Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy great menus too from cafés and restaurants that cater for any dietary requirements.

excluded

Lunch and dinner

Food and Drinks

Gratuities (optional)

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The Rock of Cashel on your Grand Tour of Ireland Adventure Tour