Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace whilst enjoying light activity. 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 Kinsale to Westport.
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 landmark – The Cliffs of Moher, fall in love with the bustling bohemian Galway City and the Aran Islands, home to the stunning stone fort of Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean.
We bring you on a memorable journey of 7 days encapsulating and exploring Ireland with a diverse range of scenery, castles, adventure, history, heritage, culture and wildlife. You can enjoy light activity along your tour of a lifetime and yet glide through the days at a smooth pace.
A week that you will never forget and always remember!
Our tour begins with our departure from Dublin, where we start travelling to the magical South West. Our first stop will bring us to the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary where you will get to visit the medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle steeped in 1,000 years of history.
We continue our route south to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Cork. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city but people from Cork refer to it as the nation’s TRUE capital.
Our visit to County Cork begins with the obligatory kiss of the Blarney Stone where you will be bestowed with the “gift of the gab“. You will also have time to explore the gardens, castle and rock close and enjoy lunch.
Our first day ends in the with a night in West Cork’s stunning harbour town of Kinsale. Kinsale is renowned for its award-winning restaurants and dramatic scenery. Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice.
Before we leave Kinsale, you will be brought on a guided walking tour through the streets of this historic port and fishing town. The town is known for its castles, forts, galleries, shops, arts & crafts, and the recently launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy – you’ll never be bored in Kinsale!
Our route out of Kinsale will bring us towards the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop is the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. The Ring of Kerry is simply stunning and you will journey through such gems as Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Killarney National Park. Our visit to Killarney National Park includes a tour of Ross Castle where you will discover what life was really like behind the stone walls. The castle stories will surprise you!
Our day ends in the celebrated, cozy coastal town of Dingle. The evening is yours to experience the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs, fantastic restaurants and stumble across unforgettable traditional music sessions.
A special start to the morning as we head out kayaking on Dingle Bay to meet the town’s most famous local, Fungie the Dolphin. Alternatively, if kayaking is not your thing, we will take you on a hike up Mount Brandon where you will be rewarded with 360 degree panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Castlegregory. And if some retail therapy is what you are really after, you can also choose to take some time out and visit the local shops.
Our expert guides will then take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive and finish off your perfect day at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery. The distillery has won many awards for their unique whiskey and gin collections and you will be invited to sample a great selection. The distillery tour guide will also give some fantastic insights on the history of whiskey production around the world.
We then return to our accommodations in Dingle where we spend our second night in this buzzing town, so you don’t need to repack your suitcases. Just relax and enjoy.
Our morning “whistles” into action with our famed sheepdog trials where we will get to see border collies working their flocks. Our departure from Dingle will bring us on yet another stunning coastal route as we travel via the Conor Pass with dramatic drops, encroaching cliffs at every turn towards Castlegregory.
When we reach Tralee town, we will visit the Kerry County Museum where the main gallery is home to priceless archaeological objects that narrate the story of Kerry’s people and landscape from the 20th Century.
Our path then brings us across the mighty River Shannon. We will cross the Shannon by ferry and say farewell to the South West.
Our ferry arrives in the Banner County, County Clare which is home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the Burren National Park. Rising 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs are remarkable. We will explore the cliffs by foot and let the fresh air and dramatic coastline rejuvenate and invigorate us! Capture this experience with breathtaking, envy-inducing photos.
We then spend the evening in the most welcoming and colorful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.
We will leave Doolin in county Clare and begin the journey to County Galway. As we travel through the Burren, we will visit Corcomroe Abbey, a 13th-century Cistercian monastery and Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb, one of approximately 172 in Ireland.
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.
Galway is a favourite destination for both tourists and Irish people, where entertainment is always high on the agenda. Its quirky medieval streets are alive with street entertainers and musicians all day. It historic buildings are now home to many wonderful shops, bars and restaurants. Here you will be able to enjoy a pint of Guinness, some fantastic traditional music while sitting in a building that is over 400 years old. Brightly-painted pubs heave with live music, while cafés offer front-row seats for observing street performers, musicians and local characters.
Galway has also enjoyed a culinary revolution over the past number of years and to enjoy the best he city has to offer, we will bring you on a gourmet food tour. On the tour you will visit different restaurants and get to taste wonderful produce from the county’s artisan food producers. As the night falls, you are free to discover the city’s “craic” where you will most likely find a “session” or two.
We leave Galway and head west to Rossaveal pier. From Rossaveal, we will sail across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. Our destination island is the rugged Inishmore which is the largest of the three Aran Islands. We will explore the island by jaunting on its meandering roads we will no doubt meet many locals and pick up a few words in “Gaelic”. Our tour of the island will bring us to the stone fort of Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean, before making our way back to the mainland.
We then leave Rosaveal and head north to the stunning town of Westport in County Mayo. Along our route to Westport, we will take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the Lost Valley which is part of the famous Famine Trail.
The “craic” continues in Westport as we unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. And no visit to Westport would be complete without calling in for a traditional Irish music session in Matt Molloy’s bar.
Wake up fresh and enjoy a wonderful walking tour of Westport town and guided tour of Westport House. Westport House is surrounded by the majestic expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. Westport house is home to over 300 years of Irish heritage and this beautiful manor and grounds offer a myriad of attractions to enjoy.
As we journey towards Dublin, we will visit the historic monastery of Clonmacnoise which was founded in 544 AD.
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!
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.