The Ultimate Ireland Tour

Jewel Tour

The Ultimate Tour Map 2020
The ultimate Ireland tour package!

You can have it all on this 10-day tour of Ireland. The Ultimate Ireland Tour covers the length and breadth, the North and South, of our magical Emerald Isle. We have designed this to be the ultimate Ireland tour package, perfect for anyone eager to experience everything our stunning country has to offer, covering more ground and seeing more sights than our other small group tours of Ireland! Spoil yourself throughout this ten-day tour with unrivaled scenery, a feast of tradition, history, culture, castles, and the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a similarly epic Ireland tour package with a few more active, adventure elements, you might like to check out our Great Atlantic Adventure.

Cross the border to Northern Ireland and lose yourself at the Giant’s Causeway on Antrim’s coastline and be blown away at the Titanic Experience in Belfast – the world’s most famous ship. This 10-day Ireland tour is packed to the brim with authentic Ireland adventures.

You will have an unforgettable experience on this incredible Ireland tour package, exploring everything our stunning little country has to offer.  From kayaking with dolphins in Dingle Bay (optional) to the magnificent sights at the Ring of Kerry, be prepared to create memories that will last a lifetime.

In 2020 we have given our guests an option to stay a night in a Castle! Live like a prince(ss) for the night!

Finish your experience with the very necessary “kiss of the Blarney Stone” where you will receive the treasured “gift of the gab”.

This is a trip of a lifetime you will never forget.

Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace whilst enjoying light activity. And please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever!

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tour name:

The Ultimate Tour

tour type:

Jewel Tour

duration:

10 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

Your Adventure Starts Here | Overland Ireland | Adventure tours along the Wild Atlantic Way

your irish experience begins here!

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

Day 1: Sunday – Dublin to Belfast
Day 1: Sunday
Dublin to Belfast

Experience Belfast City on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

This extensive guided, small group tour of Ireland begins with an adventure to the magical stone age passage tomb at Newgrange, richly decorated by megalithic art.

After exploring this Neolithic structure we will travel north to Belfast for the full Titanic experience at Titanic Belfast. This splendid interactive visitor centre was voted the world’s leading tourist attraction in 2016. Prepare to be moved by the wonderful stories told about the world’s most famous ship.

We will finish the day with an enthralling black cab tour of Belfast. This tour is optional but highly recommended. Alternatively, if you just need to take a breath and chill, you can spend some time exploring the city’s coolest pubs, shops and restaurants.

total driving time:
2 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

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

Day 2: Monday – The Giant’s Causeway to Derry
Day 2: Monday
The Giant’s Causeway to Derry

The Giants Causeway on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

Today will be both a test of mental strength and a celebration for your soul.
The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most anticipated features in this small group tour of Ireland and never disappoints. The Causeway Coastal Route is breath-taking and while crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge you will feel the exhilaration of the air beneath your feet while the anticipation builds.

Game of Thrones fans will have officially landed in their spiritual home as we take a sneak peak of one of its most famous filming locations, The Dark Hedges.

Our next stop is Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city, steeped in rich history. Explore the city by night and look forward to a tour of the walled city on day 3.

total driving time:
3 hours

total driving time: 3 hours

excluding stops
excluding stops

The Giants Causeway on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

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

Day 3: Tuesday – Derry to the Hills of Donegal
Day 3: Tuesday
Derry to the Hills of Donegal

Stunning Glengesh Pass on your Ultimate Small Group Tour of Ireland

Before leaving Derry, let our friends take you on a walking tour of the city. Understand the struggles of our past and the long road to current peaceful times in the North.

Now it is time to venture into the wild northwest – The Hills of Donegal. We continue our exploration of Northern Ireland and embark on a magnificent drive over the Glengesh Pass, and the Assaranca Waterfall. Our accommodation tonight is in the picturesque village of Ardara, County Donegal.

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

total driving time:
3 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

Comfortable Accommodation on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 4: Wednesday – Donegal to Connemara
Day 4: Wednesday
Donegal to Connemara

Sleep in Ballynahinch Castle

Today’s small guided road trip will take you through William Butler Yeat’s County – Sligo and down towards Ireland’s favourite town – Westport!

Our time in Westport begins with a wonderful walking tour of the town and a fabulous lunch to set yourself up for an unforgettable journey through Connemara National Park and the famous Famine Trail.

We will arrive at Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara in the afternoon. You will have time to roam the abbey and Victorian Walled Garden on this 1000 acre estate overlooking Kylemore Lake and the majestic Connemara National Park.

Stay in Clifden and discover some great bars, restaurants and nightly music and have a chat with the locals over a pint of the Black Stuff!

This year we have added the option of staying in Ballynahinch Castle!

total driving time:
4 hours

total driving time: 4 hours

excluding stops
excluding stops

Sleep in Ballynahinch Castle

Comfortable Transport on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 5: Thursday – The Aran Islands
Day 5: Thursday
The Aran Islands

Cylce The Aran Islands on your Ireland Tour

After a short drive cross country to Rossaveal Pier on Galway bay, our small group tour will board the ferry to the Aran Islands. We will land on rugged Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. We explore the Island by bicycle or by special request jaunting cart, if cycling is not for you.

Our route will take in the stone fort of Dún Aonghasa, which lies 100m over the ocean before making our way back to the mainland. While you are there you might pick up a few words of ‘Gaelic’ from the locals and maybe get an original Aran Sweater!

Our departure from Rossaveal is the start of our Galway adventure. We will hug the coastline into bustling bohemian Galway. Expect a great atmosphere, entertaining street performers and plenty of craic in this much celebrated town.

total driving time:
2 hours

total driving time: 2 hours

excluding stops
excluding stops

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

Day 6: Friday – Galway to the Cliffs of Moher
Day 6: Friday
Galway to the Cliffs of Moher

Experience The Cliffs of Moher on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

Galway is a city that has its Medieval history at its very heart.
Now that you have a “feel” for Galway, our guide will take you down the narrow medieval streets where you can duck in and out of brightly coloured shops.

Try on Claddagh Rings, Galway shawls and pass through The Spanish Arch to take in the famous Claddagh fishing village.

This day just keeps on giving. We will now travel south west towards The Burren National Park and the jaw dropping Cliffs of Moher. On this adventure we will visit Corcomroe Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian Monstary and the 16th century Dunguaire Castle in the fishing village of Kinvara.

Our cliffs experience will take our small tour group by foot across its stunning natural features with the powerful Atlantic Ocean waves crashing in. The cliffs are one of the most spectacular natural features in Ireland and are sure to leave you lost for words. Our evening is spent in the most welcoming and colourful village of Doolin – the hometown of traditional Irish music.

total driving time:
2 hours

total driving time: 2 hours

excluding stops
excluding stops

Experience The Cliffs of Moher on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

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

Day 7: Saturday – Doolin to Dingle
Day 7: Saturday
Doolin to Dingle

Meet the locals at a sheepdog demonstration

A trip to Ireland is not complete without seeing all the ancient structures. We will bring you to the most famous Dolmen at Poulnabrone. These Neolithic monuments are scattered throughout the country marking burial sites and passage ways dating back to 3000BC.

A short journey from the Dolmen, the farmers at Caherconnell will treat you to a spectacular sheep dog trial. Prepared to be awestruck by the skill of the farmer and his furry friend as they gather up their flock of sheep. This is something not to be missed on your tour.

This evening is yours to absorb the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous quirky pubs and fantastic restaurants. Why not sit in Foxy John’s hardware store, order yourself a drink and strike up a conversation with a colourful local!

total driving time:
3 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

Experiences You'll Never Forget on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 8: Sunday – Dingle Peninsula
Day 8: Sunday
Dingle Peninsula

Kayak with Fungie the Dolphin on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

Our morning begins on Dingle Bay where we take our kayaks to visit the town’s biggest celebrity – Fungie the Dolphin and explore the caves in the bay. Alternatively, if kayaking isn’t 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. If you would like a more relaxed start to your day why not choose a stroll around the town for some retail therapy, a coffee and watch the world go by. It’s your holiday – Do it your way.

After lunch your expert Overland guide will take you on an impressive trip along one of Ireland’s most scenic roads – The Slea Head Drive before stopping at the famous Dingle Whiskey Distillery. At the distillery you will sample their award-winning whiskey and gin and get an education on the history of whiskey production around the world. We spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.

total driving time:
2 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

Kayak with Fungie the Dolphin on your Ultimate Small Group Tours of Ireland

Lots of Fun and Mighty Craic on your Overland Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 9: Monday – The Ring of Kerry to Kinsale
Day 9: Monday
The Ring of Kerry to Kinsale

Killarney National Park on your Spectacular South and West Small Group Tour of Ireland

Say a fond farewell to Dingle and journey towards the Ring of Kerry. Our first stop takes us to Killarney on the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is the very definition of the word scenic and you will discover many hidden gems including Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. We will bring you on a tour of Ross Castle where you will learn what life was really like behind the stone walls.

We will stop for some shopping and lunch in the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. For your last night on tour we are excited to bring you to coastal Kinsale which is famed for its culinary culture, delivered by its many award winning restaurants. The town also has a great tradition of poetry, silver, gold and glassware manufacturing which can be seen throughout its local shops and galleries – boasting local talented artists.

total driving time:
3 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

Its Your Holiday, Do It Your Way - Your Ultimate Ireland Small Group Tour

Day 10: Tuesday – Cork: Kiss the Blarney Stone
Day 10: Tuesday
Cork: Kiss the Blarney Stone

Rock of Cashel - Small group tours of Ireland

Wake up refreshed and ready to be taken on a guided walking tour through the narrow streets of Kinsale. Before leaving Cork – which is often referred to as Ireland’s REAL capital we will bring you to Blarney Castle. Nobody should leave Ireland without giving the Blarney stone a big fat kiss! Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to give the kisser the treasured ‘gift of the gab’. You can let us know if it works!

Our final stop is the Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is over 1000 years old and you will get to see its medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle. A fantastic end to your trip.

Our guides will journey back with you to our bustling capital city, Dublin, armed with recommendations of things to see and do if you have a little time left. Perhaps this is just the perfect opportunity to sit back and soak up all that you have experienced over the last 10 days.

total driving time:
3 hours 30 minutes

total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes

excluding stops
excluding stops

Rock of Cashel - Small group tours of Ireland

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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

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

Professional qualified Irish tour guide

Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay (optional)

Distillery tour

Cliffs of Moher

Guided Walking Tour of Londonderry

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

Titanic Experience

Entrance to Kylemore Abbey

Guided Cliffs of Moher Hike

Cycling on the Aran Islands

Sheepdog Trials Show

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)

Belfast Black Cab Tour

Jaunting at the Aran Islands

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Magical Giants Causeway on our Small Group Tours of Ireland