13 Day Full Irish Experience

Cultural Tour

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    Irish Experience Tours

    Our local guides are a team of creators, connectors, and storytellers on a constant journey to discover the stories that our country has to tell you. In developing our experiences, we strive to make them amazing for travelers and locals alike, giving back to the communities visited.

    • 13 Days
    • Exploration Tour
    • Ireland

    This is once in a lifetime small group tour of Ireland will truly take you beyond the guidebooks. We will ensure you delve into every Irish myth & legends. Relax in comfort, as our guides take you on this Giant Irish cultural tour, to the wildest parts of Ireland. 

    Visit the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tour the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, remote Donegal, medieval Kilkenny and Viking Waterford. Enjoy 2 days in the idyllic Connemara, 2 fun nights in Dingle and two leisurely nights on the edge of Killarney National Park. This is a culture trip of Ireland, but if you’d like something similar with more adventure activities included, then check out our 11 Day Full Irish Adventure.

    Our tours include everything you need for a stress – free trip: accommodation, transport, Irish tour guide, breakfast, and a few key cultural inclusions that are simply not to be missed.

    Departure Location

    8.30 am Jurys Inn Hotel, Moore St Plaza, Parnell St, Dublin, Ireland

    Travel Essentials

    Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


    • Experience the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor by bus or pony & trap
    • Visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher, kiss the Blarney stone & explore the legendary Giants Causeway
    • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park
    • Dare to cross the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
    • Discover the ancient fort of Griannan of Aileach
    • Enjoy a sheepdog demo on a working Irish sheep farm.
    • Gentle walks along the causeway coast
    • Award-winning historical walking tour of Derry City
    • Explore scenic film Locations from Game of Thrones
    • Visit the ancient settlement of Glendalough
    • Walk in the footsteps of witches on the medieval mile in Kilkenny City or Vikings in Waterford.
    • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.

    Price Includes

    Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed but flexible itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

    Unmissable activities are included. Where there are great options, we’ve left the final decision up to you. Feel free to choose your evening meals and lunches. All additional tour options are marked clearly below.

    • Transportation throughout in our comfortable mid-sized buses
    • Experienced tour guide with local knowledge & entertaining commentary
    • 13 full days on tour
    • 12 nights’ accommodation
    • 12 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts (B&B option only see below)
    • A working Irish sheep farm experience
    • 2 Nights Accommodation in Connemara, Dingle & Killarney
    • 1 Night Accommodation in Belfast, Derry, Donegal, Kilkenny, Waterford & Doolin
    • A ferry ride across the River Shannon
    • Return boat trip to Inis Mor – Aran Islands
    • Entrance fee to Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle/Gardens & Giants Causeway
    • Explore the ancient woodlands of Killarney National Park
    • Discover the ancient fort of Griannan of Aileach
    • Gentle walks along the causeway coast
    • Explore scenic film locations such as Harry Poter, Game of Thrones, Braveheart, Excalibur & Ps I love You
    • Old Monastic City of Glendalough
    • Walk the medieval mile of Kilkenny City & Viking Triangle of Waterford
    • Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below)

    Flexible Tour Options

    All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurrence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.

    • Black Cab Tour
      Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
    • Canoe journey on River Boyne
      Guided open boat tour along the ancient river Boyne.
    • Titanic Experience
      Self-guided tour of the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.
    • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
      Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.
    • Bushmills Distillery Tour
      Guided walking tour of the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
    • Dunluce Castle
      Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
    • Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry
      Guided walking tour of Ireland’s only walled city.
    • Walking Tour of Kilkenny City
      Guided walking tour of Ireland’s medieval capital.
    • Dingle Distillery Tour
      Guided tour of the distillery with craft whiskey, vodka and gin tasting.
    • Boat Trip Dingle
      Boat trip across Dingle Bay to meet Fungie the Dolphin.
    • Skellig Islands Cruise
      Cruise around Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. 2hr 30 mins
    • Horse-Drawn Jaunting Tour
      A horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park.
    • St Canice’s Cathedral
      Self-guided tour of historic cathedral and round tower.
    • Smithwicks Brewery Tour
      Guided tour of Smithwicks brewery in Kilkenny. Estd. 1710.
    • Medieval Museum
      Historic exhibition including a 13th century chamber.
    • Viking Museum
      Waterford’s Viking history in Ireland’s oldest civic building.
    • House of Waterford Crystal
      Guided tour of glass-making factory and craft workshop.
    • King of the Vikings 3D
      Virtual reality experience depicting Waterford’s Viking history.
    • Bishop’s Palace Musum
      Museum of 18th century Georgian Waterford.
    • Ros Tapestry
      €8.00/€7.00 Seniors
      Exhibition of a large-scale embroidered tapestry depicting Norman history
    • Kilkenny Castle
      Self-guided tour of 12th century Kilkenny Castle.


    We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses, wilderness lodges and quality hostels.

    Option 1

    Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& House Hotels

    Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

    Please note: B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

    B&B – Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

    Option 2

    Quality – Hostel ­& Lodge:

    Rest up for the next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel & lodge accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing. Multi-shared room accommodation is included with your tour.

    Option 3

    4 to 5-star hotel accommodation is available anytime throughout the tour upon request.


    Day 1Dublin to Belfast

    Begin your tour from Dublin and travel to Antrim’s Causeway Coast via Belfast.

    • Revel at the Friary church and monastic ruin on The Hill of Slane, with its beautiful views of The Boyne Valley.
    • Cross into Northern Ireland (remember, UK £ sterling required).
    • Explore Belfast with a guided Black Cab Tour (Tour Option – £15 per person), and enjoy a visit to the fantastic Titanic Centre (Tour Option – £18.50 per person) or follow the Glass of Thrones trail.
    • Discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route.
    • Overnight at Ballycastle

    The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

    Day 2Causeway Coast to Derry

    Start the day on the Antrim coast before heading to Derry.

    • Walk in the footsteps of the mythical Irish giant, Finn McCool, on the legendary Giant’s Causeway.
    • Cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge over the ocean Indiana Jones style (Tour Option – £9 per person).
    • Photo stop at the historic ruins of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
    • Taste Irish whiskey on a guided tour of Bushmills – one of the world’s oldest licensed distilleries (Tour Option – £7 per person)
    • Overnight in Derry

    The average driving time today is 3 hours.

    Day 3Derry to Donegal

    Explore Derry before departing Northern Ireland, ending the day in the hills of Donegal.

    • Take a guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry, Ireland’s only walled city (Tour Option – £4 per person).
    • Visit an ancient stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
    • Visit the hauntingly beautiful wilderness of Glenveagh National Park and a dramatic 19th-century castle.
    • Visit Eddie Doherty’s weaving studio. One of Ireland’s few remaining handweavers
    • Traditional Irish music and crafts in the quaint town of Ardara.
    • Overnight in Adara, Donegal

    The average driving time today is 4 hours.

    Day 4Donegal to Connemara

    Explore Donegal, and enjoy the scenic drive to of Ireland’s most beautiful regions, Connemara.

    • Wander wild along the Slieve League Cliffs –Take a guided boat trip under these dramatic 600m/2000ft cliffs  (Tour Option – €20 per person).
    • Honour Irish poet and Nobel Laureate, WB Yeats, in Sligo.
    • Stroll around one of Ireland’s most atmospheric towns, Westport
    • Visit the ruins 16th-century Murrisk Abbey and the National Famine Memorial.
    • Drive through the breathtaking Doolough Valley.
    • Overnight in Connemara

    The average driving time today is 3 hour 30 minutes.

    Day 5Full Day Connemara Region

    We spend another day and night in the wilderness of Connemara, so you don’t need to repack your suitcase. Just relax and enjoy.

    • Admire Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings
    • Wander Kylemore’s wonderful landscaped gardens.
    • Discover the picture-postcard beauty of the Inagh Valley & Sky Road.
    • Drop by Clifden, a quaint town at the heart of Connemara.
    • Accommodation tonight is once again in Connemara

    The average driving time today is 2 hours.

    Day 6Inis Mor & Doolin

    Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Mor. Miles of stone walls awaits

    • Enjoy a 40 min boat trip to the island & choose to explore the island by bus with a local guide or on pony & trap
    • Discover the most impressive stone fort in Ireland at Dun Aengus.
    • Drop by local market shops for the famous Aran sweaters.
    • Pass by the remaining two Aran Islands en route back to Doolin in County Clare
    • Visit a nice cosy Pub for food and traditional Irish music experience.

    The average driving time today is 2 hours.

    Day 7Cliffs of Moher & Dingle Peninsula

    From the mighty cliffs to the magical kingdom as we move from Clare to Kerry.

    • Don’t look down, It’s the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher.
    • Watch out for dolphins as we take a ferry across the mighty mouth of the Shannon – the longest river in Ireland or Britain!
    • Enjoy a spectacular sheepdog demonstration on a locally run farm.
    • Drive over Ireland’s highest mountain road, The Conor Pass
    • Roll into bustling Dingle just in time for a creamy pint of Guinness.
    • Overnight in Dingle

    The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

    Day 8Full Day Dingle Peninsula

    This morning is yours to design. Relax with downtime in Dingle. Or partake of the following options:

    • Go dolphin spotting by boat in Dingle Bay (Tour Option – €15-20 per person).
    • Sample craft Irish whiskey and gin at Dingle Distillery (Tour Option – €15 per person).
    • Stroll Dingle’s streets for a quirky mix of craft studios, lively pubs, fantastic food, and traditional Irish music.
    • After lunch, jaw-dropping scenery and knife-edge drops are guaranteed on a leisurely drive around Slea Head.

    The average driving time today is 1 hour 30 minutes.

    Day 9Ring of Kerry to Killarney

    Today we’re touring the scenic Ring of Kerry route, circuiting the Iveragh peninsula from Dingle to Killarney

    • Explore 1400 years of history on a boat trip around the Skellig Islands (Tour Option – €40 per person). Seasonal departures: May to September.
    • Get a taste for local Irish culture, history, and ice cream on Valentia Island.
    • Discover Derrynane, historic home (Tour Option – €5 per person) and golden sand beach.
    • Your accommodation is at the ​centrally-located at the edge of Killarney National Park

    The average driving time today is 3 hours.

    Day 10 Full day Killarney National Park

    Explore Killarney at your leisure

    • Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride around Killarney National Park (Tour Option – €15 per person).
    • See the magical 1,000-year-old yew tree growing at the heart of ruined Muckross Abbey.
    • Catch traditional Irish music and outstanding local food in picturesque Killarney.
    • Scenic, short hike to Torc Waterfall.
    • Admire charming 19th century Muckross House Gardens.
    • Your accommodation is at the ​centrally-located at the edge of Killarney National Park

    The average driving time today is 1 hour.

    Day 11Killarney to Kilkenny

    We’ll leave Killarney behind and head for Kilkenny via Tipperary.

    • Trace the Lee Valley downriver, passing patchwork fields, stone bridges and charming cottages.
    • Kiss the Blarney Stone in the lush surroundings of Blarney Castle Gardens.
    • Tour the epic Rock of Cashel with its stunning natural setting and historic architecture.
    • Explore the charms of historic Kilkenny.
    • Overnight in Kilkenny

    The average driving time today is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

    Day 12Kilkenny to Waterford

    Always happy to stop and take in the beauty of the Irish countryside, your guide will lead your tour from medieval Kilkenny to Viking Waterford.

    • Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny to explore craft studios, cafés and numerous quaint independent shops.
    • Take a guided craft beer tour at Smithwick’s (Tour Option – €16 per person, €14 seniors) or a self-guided cathedral tour at St. Canice’s (Tour Option – €7 per person).
    • Discover the delights of Waterford – Ireland’s oldest city, established by Vikings in the 10th century.
    • Admire the pinnacle of Irish crafting excellence with a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal (Tour Option – €14 per person).
    • Meet the Norsemen at the Viking Museum, housed in an 800-year-old tower (Tour Option – €5 per person, €4 seniors). There’s so much more to Ireland’s history than you might think!
    • Overnight in Waterford

    The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

    Day 13Waterford to Dublin

    Before we say goodbye, there’s still time for some of Ireland’s top highlights, your tour takes in some amazing sights on the journey from Waterford back to Dublin.

    • Explore the 6th-century monastery of Glendalough.
    • Cross the wilderness of Wicklow Mountains National Park.
    • Disembark your  tour vehicle back at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Dublin between 5-6 pm
    • This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your Irish journey!

    The average driving time today is 3 hours and 30 minutes.