Take guided tours of Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, and Dublin before picking up your rental car to explore the Ring of Kerry, Connemara's wild beauty, and the Cliffs of Moher on this custom trip.

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 The stunning mountain and coastal landscape of Ireland's Ring of Kerry  In the heart of Ireland's Dublin  Lively music in a pub. Credit: Brian Morrison, Ireland Tourism  St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin  The lively streets of Galway  The Connemara landscape. Credit: Ireland Tourism  The dramatic Cliffs of Moher  Connemara landscape with sheep  Sheep dogs working their herd  Irish step dancers

Tailor-Made Travel to Ireland: Self Drive

16 days from $7,245

Take guided tours of Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, and Dublin before picking up your rental car to explore the Ring of Kerry, Connemara's wild beauty, and the Cliffs of Moher on this custom trip.

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Overview

This sample itinerary can be tailored to match a variety of budgets and interests by selecting the trip duration, departure date, accommodation style, and tours that fit your needs.

Visit Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, before continuing down to the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. After spending some time in this thriving city, pick up your rental car and embark on your exploration of several Irish towns and villages and the country’s vibrant landscapes. Experience a number of traditional Irish activities including a behind-the-scenes whiskey experience, a horse-and-cart ride, and salmon fishing, as well as numerous other memorable experiences.

Highlights:

  • Learn about the history of the fabled Titanic, which set sail for the last time from Ireland
  • Sip Irish whiskey with farmhouse cheese pairings
  • Drive the Ring of Kerry
  • Go salmon fishing with a local ghillie
  • Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innis fallen Island

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 2 — Belfast

On arrival to Belfast, meet your private driver, who will take you to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to settle in and explore the city.

Day 3 — Belfast

Today, your driver-guide takes you on an orientation tour of the city, ending at the Titanic Exhibition. Enjoy time to explore the museum and learn about Belfast's impact on the Titanic. In the afternoon, learn about the political history of the city on a Black Cab political tour with a local driver.

Day 4 — Antrim Coast and Giant's Causeway

This morning, your private driver takes you north of the city to the Antrim Coast, known most recently as a filming location for the popular TV show Game of Thrones. You have the opportunity to explore Giant's Causeway and, if you're feeling adventurous, you can cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge while taking in coastal views. If you're lucky, you might even spot a dolphin.

Day 5 — Dublin

Today your driver takes you to the train station where you depart for Dublin.

Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to your centrally located hotel. After you have settled into your hotel, take a behind-the-scenes tour of St Patrick's Cathedral, where you have the opportunity to admire vast views of the city.

Day 6 — Kilmainham Gaol

Visit Kilmainham Gaol and delve into the history of the rebellion and Irish Civil War. Continue to learn about the history of the city after you leave the gaol, on a private Rebellion Walking Trail tour with a local guide. Cap off the day with a Literary Pub Crawl around the city.

Day 7 — Cork

Pick up your rental car and make your way down to Cork. After checking into your hotel in the heart of downtown, drive out to nearby Midleton, where you'll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jameson Distillery.

Day 8 — Kinsale and Cobh

This morning, drive a short distance out to the coast to the vibrantly painted town of Kinsale. Take a guided walking tour around the town and learn about the area's history.

After the tour, make your way to Cobh, where you embark on a private Titanic Trail with a local expert historian guide. Cobh, also known as Queenstown, is known as the Titanic's last stop before its voyage to New York, as well as the heart of migration. After the walking tour, make your way back to Cork.

Day 9 — Killarney

Drive to Killarney, where you'll have a kayak adventure to Innisfallen Island in Killarney National Park. After you have worked up an appetite, you can indulge in an Irish Whiskey and Farmhouse Cheese tasting experience.

Day 10 — Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring

Explore the Ring Of Kerry and the Skellig Ring today at your own pace. This scenic route takes you via many quaint towns where you can stop and get a bite to eat or grab a coffee. When you return to Killarney, you have the chance to explore the town and stop to listen to live Irish music, if you so choose.

Day 11 — Galway

Drive to Galway and check in to your hotel. After settling in, take a private walking tour of the city to orientate yourself, stopping at the main sites including St Nicholas' Church, the Spanish Arch, and Quay Street. After the tour, you have time to explore the city yourself.

Day 12 — Inis Mór

This morning, make your way via ferry to Inis Mór, a tiny, very traditional Irish island. Upon arrival, a jaunting car (horse and cart) will be waiting for you to begin your tour. The tour provides you with vignettes of traditional Irish life, stopping at ruins including Dun Aengus, where you can take in stunning cliff views. You'll even have the opportunity to hear Irish spoken in a local pub if you choose to grab lunch. At the end of the tour, take a ferry back to the mainland to return to Galway.

Day 13 — Connemara

Explore Connemara National Park at your own pace, with ample photo opportunities and scenic views. In addition to the views, you'll have the opportunity to embark on some hiking, with options of varying difficulty levels available. Whatever hike you choose, you end the day at a countryside manor serving delicious and well-earned food.

Day 14 — Connemara

Join a local ghillie today for a salmon fishing adventure, located conveniently at your hotel.

Day 15 — Cliffs of Moher and Ennis

Make your own way to the Cliffs of Moher and see the vast and rugged sheer-faced cliffsides. Then drive through the otherworldly landscape of the Burren to see the limestone karst pavement formed by glaciers. Continue to Ennis, where you check into your hotel for the night.

Day 16 — Return to the U.S.

This morning you will say goodbye to Emerald Isle and make your way to Shannon Airport to return your rental car and fly home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)