Day 1: Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Blarney - Cork
Your first stop is at the world-famous Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. One of Ireland's most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic crosses, and round towers. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use as a cathedral.
Your next stop is a 20-minute drive away in Ireland's second city, Cork. Here have time to visit the English Markets recently visited by Queen Elizabeth II, that offer a wide range of local produce from artisan meats and cheeses. This is an ideal place to enjoy lunch.
The afternoon is spent in BlarneyvisitingBlarney Castle and the Blarney Stone. Blarney is also famed for its arts and crafts which can be found in abundance in Blarney Woolen Mills, one of the world's largest Irish shops.
Return to Cork, and spend the night. In Cork there is a vast array of traditional eateries, music, and dance venues to choose from.
Start the day with a drive through the Golden Vale, some of the best farming land in Ireland. Stop in Limerick City to view the River Shannon and get some panoramic shots of King John's Castle.
Next, head to the famed Wild Atlantic Way and the rugged coastline of County Clare. Explore the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features such as underground rivers and waterfalls. Hear your guide tell inspiring tales of how our ancestors overcame the horrors of the Great Potato Famine of 1845-49, sending over a million of our ancestors to thef,our corners of the globe and in particular Britain, Australia and North America. Doolin, the home of Irish traditional music is our lunch stop where we get a chance to sample some home-made traditional Irish dishes.
Then it's off tothe Cliffs of Moher, one ofthe most popular natural tourist destinations in all of Ireland. Rising over 700 feet (213 meters) tall, these cliffs are home to some of nature's most majestic birds including puffins and gannets.
Your last stop is at Bunratty Castle, where we get an opportunity to take some photos of the castle before making our way back to Dublin and concluding a marvelous tour later in the evening (at approximately 7:30 pm).