The Grand Tour (in Reverse!)

Jewel Tour

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Travelling from Dublin, you will leave the hustle and bustle behind and begin your wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way. Your tour will cover over 1,100 km of rugged Irish coastline from Westport to Kinsale – home to a picturesque waterfront and a yacht filled harbor with winding streets and brightly painted shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries.

You will have a memorable experience on your Overland Ireland small group tour exploring everything from kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay (optional),  embracing breathtaking sights on the Ring of Kerry and visit amazing gems such as Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Killarney National Park.

Visit Ireland’s most famous landmarks – The Cliffs of Moher, fall in love with the bustling bohemian Galway City and the Aran Islands. Every day reveals the unique and abundant beauty that Ireland has to offer.

Our 7 day Jewel reverse tour of Ireland explores a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife. Enjoy light activity along your terrific tour of a lifetime and yet glide through the days at a smooth pace.

This 7 day adventure would make you want an extra day in the week!

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per person
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tour name:

The Grand Tour
(in Reverse!)

tour type:

Jewel 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

Discover Westport on your Grand Tour of Ireland

As we depart Dublin, we begin our epic Grand Tour of Ireland as we journey towards the West Of Ireland. Our first stop brings us to the historic monastery of Clonmacnoise, on the banks of the River Shannon, which was founded in 544 AD. 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.

Start your first day of your tour on the picturesque town of Westport in County Mayo. We begin with a wonderful walking tour of the town and a guided tour of Westport House. Westport House was designed in the 18th century by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt and is one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes. It is surrounded by the majestic expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick. A truly spectacular to the start of your Overland Ireland tour.

Later this evening you are invited to unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. The night continues as we experience “the craic” with a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.

total driving time:
3 hours 20 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 20 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

The Aran Islands on your Grand Tour of Ireland

We leave Westport and travel south to Rossaveal pier in County Galway. From here, we will sail across Galway Bay to the spectacular Aran Islands. We will then arrive on the rugged island of Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Our island adventure will let us explore Inishmore by jaunting and meet the locals to pick up a few words in “Gaelic”. We will make our way to the stunning stone fort Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland.

On arrival at Rosaveal Pier we will take the scenic route and head to the city of Galway. Our trip will take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail as we journey to the City of the Tribes.

Galway is known as a bohemian town, rich in arts, culture and a vibrant social scene. This medieval city is filled with a rich history which dates back hundreds of years and the historic building are now used as banks, pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants. The city centre is completely pedestrianized, where brightly-painted pubs heave with live music and cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters. The vibe in Galway is completely unique and one that we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy. You are free to enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and craic in this much celebrated city.

total driving time:
2 hours 10 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 10 minutes

The Aran Islands on your Grand Tour of Ireland

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

Day 3: Tuesday – Galway & Doolin
Day 3: Tuesday
Galway & Doolin

Poulnabrone Dolmen on your Grand Tour of Ireland

Enjoy a culinary delight and gourmet jewels on this Galway food tour. A taste from artisan producers with devotion and commitment to showcase the best of Irish produce.

Our route takes us through the quaint fishing village of Kinvara. We will stop here for some photo opportunities at the 16th Century Dunguaire Castle. You are now in County Galway.

The tour will then take you further south as we depart for County Clare, passing through the Burren National Park on the way. There are many fantastic photo opportunities on this route and one highlight is the 16th Century Dunguaire Castle in the quaint fishing village of Kinvara. We will visit Corcomroe Abbey, a 13th-century Cistercian monastery and Poulnabrone Dolmen a portal tomb, one of approximately 172 in Ireland.

Then our route takes us to one of the Ireland’s most celebrated natural wonders, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. We will explore the cliffs by foot and let the fresh air and dramatic coastline embrace us! This is truly a place that will leave you feeling recharged and no doubt, there will be countless selfies taken with many profile pic updates to follow! 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

Kayaking with Fungie the Dolpbhin on your Grand Tour of Ireland

We depart Doolin and travel to Dingle in County Kerry. Our route will involve crossing the River Shannon by ferry as we leave the West of Ireland and arrive in the South of Ireland.

After arriving in Dingle we set out on kayaks to meet Dingle’s most famous local, Fungie the Dolphin. Alternatively,  if kayaking is not your thing, we will take you on a hike up Mount Brandon with 360 degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory or take some time out and visit the local shops.

Let our expert guides take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head drive to finish an amazing day.

total driving time:
3 hours 25 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Kayaking with Fungie the Dolpbhin on your Grand Tour of Ireland

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

Day 5: Thursday – Dingle
Day 5: Thursday
Dingle

Dingle Whiskey Distillery on your Grand Tour of Ireland

What a way to start the day as we begin with a sheepdog demonstration. We will meet with a local sheep farmer who will be working his sheepdogs in gathering and controlling sheep movement. This is a skill that has been handed down from generation to generation. Have your cameras ready to go and you will also get to hold a lamb while on the farm visit.

And no better way to finish our day than a visit to the delightful Dingle Whiskey Distillery. Here you will be able to sample their award-winning whiskey and gin along with a history of whiskey production around the world. Tonight we will stay in the cozy coastal town of Dingle. This evening, you are free to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions.

total driving time:
1 hour

total driving time: 1 hour

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

Day 6: Friday – Kinsale
Day 6: Friday
Dingle

Ring of Kerry on your Grand Tour of Ireland

We depart Dingle and drive towards the beautiful Ring of Kerry. Our first stop is the picturesque heritage town of Kenmare. Here you will discover many hidden gems on the Ring of Kerry: Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. Your Ross Castle tour will enlighten you as to how life really was within the stone walls, be prepared for a few interesting facts!

Then we head to the rebel county, County Cork. Cork has its own unique identity which you will hear in accents across the county. It is often argued by the people of Cork that it is Ireland’s TRUE capital and we will not disagree while we are visiting.

Your Cork experience begins with a walking tour in the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale. Kinsale comes from its Irish name, Ceann tSaile, which translates to “Head of the Sea”. This is one of the most picturesque towns on the South West coast of Ireland. The town is famous for its castles, forts, galleries, shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy. There is so much to do that you’ll never be bored in Kinsale!

Our accommodation tonight is in West Cork’s stunning harbour town of Kinsale, which is renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery.

total driving time:
2 hours 40 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Ring of Kerry on your Grand Tour of Ireland

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

Day 7: Saturday – Leave for Dublin
Day 7: Saturday
Leave for Dublin

Onwards to the capital! We leave Kinsale and start our journey to Dublin City.

You cannot leave Ireland without being bestowed with the “gift of the gab“, as you are invited to kiss the Blarney Stone. Our route will bring us to the medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle steeped in 1000 years of history at The Rock of Cashel.

total driving time:
3 hours 20 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 20 minutes

The Rock of Cashel on your Grand Tour of Ireland

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 (optional)

Distillery tour

Jaunting

Cliffs of Moher

Sheepdog Demonstration

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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Cliffs of Moher on your Ultimate Ireland Small Group Tour