Small Group Tours of Ireland

Small Group Tours of Ireland2024-04-30T16:20:54+00:00

Ireland 6 Day Lock-In:
The Full Session’

Join MunsterBus Tours on this semi private tours of Ireland, small group tour of Southern Ireland and explore the hidden gems of the South while sharing your experience with 14 others, making new friends and memories too! This is a luxury experience onboard a Mercedes mini coach, staying in 4-star centrally located hotels. An adventure of a lifetime with the one and only “Tony Murphy” as previous guests will tell you, ‘be sure to bring a sense of humour!’.

Prices from €1540 per person sharing.
( Above price is for off peak season, March, April & October )
€240 deposit secures seat.

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Tour Highlights2023-10-20T18:02:58+00:00

Tour Highlights

Taking in “The Ancient East” and “The wild Atlantic way” a laidback atmosphere, with as much or as little activity as you wish,
visiting all the key attractions below and so much more!

  • Glendalough.
  • Wicklow Mountains.
  • Smithwicks Experience.
  • Cork city.
  • Blarney Castle.
  • Gougane Barra.
  • Cobh.
  • Glengarrif
  • Caha Pass.
  • Kenmare.
  • Killarney National Park.
  • Moll’s Gap.
  • Lady’s view.
  • Torc Waterfall.
  • Dingle.
  • Inch Beach.
  • Slea head drive.
  • Ring of Kerry Highlights.
  • Cliffs of Moher.
  • Mini Cliffs.
  • Doolin.
  • Kinvara.
  • Ballyvaughan.
  • Sean’s Bar
  • Athlone.
  • Kilbeggan Distillery.
  • Joe Joyce’s Sheepdog demo.
Itinerary Highlights2023-10-20T19:16:32+00:00

Itinerary Highlights:

5 nights’ Accommodation in 4-star Centrally Located Luxury Hotels.

1 Night in Kilkenny:
The Hibernian hotel, beautiful 4-star property located on the main street.
www.kilkennyhibernianhotel.com

1 Night in Cork:
The Imperial Hotel, 4-star riverside hotel, in a great location in the centre of Cork city.
www.imperialhotelcork.com

2 Nights in Killarney:
Randles Hotel, grand 4-star hotel ideally located, www.randleshotel.com

1 Night in Galway:
, The Galmont hotel, modern 4-star hotel very centrally located.
www.thegalmont.com

**If any of the above accommodations are not available a similar property will be sourced.

Day 1

Guinness Lake, Saint Kevin at Glendalough, over the Wicklow mountains to Kilkenny castle, Smithwick’s Experience and an overnight stay in the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Unravel and unwind as we leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin city behind, you will first visit Lough Tay, known as ‘The Guinness Lake’, this is one of the most scenic and photographed locations in Wicklow. The shape of the lake with the white sand @ the top makes it look like a pint of Guinness hence the name. Immerse yourself in Ireland’s ancient east as we explore Glendalough, home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland.

Despite attacks by Vikings over the years most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Glendalough is one of the top attractions on Ireland’s Ancient East. We then travel to Kilkenny, ‘the marble city’, for those brave enough you can climb the tower @ St Canice Cathedral for spectacular panoramic views across this stunning medieval city. Having stopped for lunch we then have a photo stop @ Kilkenny Castle, this 12th century castle, steeped in history. Walk in the footsteps of Earls, Strongbow and the ‘bogey-man’ of Irish history, Oliver Cromwell and let your imagination bring to life a Norman invasion, you will be fascinated by this remarkable site. You can then enjoy some free time to further explore this town, a crafts hub with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery or alternatively enjoy The Smithwick’s Experience, immersing you in the history of Ireland’s oldest ale! Discover the craft and see how for generations this has been a favourite tipple of many, after your guided tour sample a cool pint of Smithwicks and let your taste buds decide if it will become your drink of choice too!

Aftera wonderful start to this tour relax and unwind that evening in Kilkenny maybe with aGuinness or Smithwicks for educational purposes of course!

Day 2:

We visit the Rock of Cashel home to the High Priests and High Kings of Ireland, onto Cobh last port of call for the Titanic and the immigration hub of Ireland in times gone by. Kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquent speech with an overnight in Cork “ The real Capital”!  

Leaving Kilkenny we head for Cashel where you will be awestruck by the spectacle of the Rock of Cashel, time for a photo stop and a bit more history as we make our way to Cork City. We tour Cork visiting highlights such as Blarney, home to the beautiful Blarney Castle with the famous blarney stone, if you are brave enough to kiss it you will, it is said receive the gift of eloquent speech! Visiting Cobh, the last port of call for The Titanic which left in 1912 and where two and a half million Irish people immigrated to USA, Canada, Australia and all over the world. You can visit The Titanic Experience and do the tour if you wish while in Cobh, it is reasonably priced and you receive your ticket with one of the actual passenger’s names on it as a souvenir, are you brave enough to see what your fate would have been had you stepped on board the Titanic……Also you can see in the distance Spike Island, which was once the largest prison in the world housing 2,300 prisoners, now a  heritage site. Cork is where you spend this night allowing you to explore the huge selection of restaurants all stocked by the beautiful local produce from the surrounding areas, a true foodie heaven!

Day 3:

This is our journey to some of the most beautiful scenic parts of the Southwest of Ireland, Gougane Barra, on to the ‘Irish Riviera’, Glengarriff, the Caha pass, Kenmare, Highlights of The Ring of Kerry including the National Park.

Leaving Cork we set off to first explore Gougane Barra, this is surrounded by mystery and folklore, here St Finbarr and a fire breathing, slimy creature with ferocious claws called Luiwee had an epic battle which lasted for 5 days

and 5 nights until Finbarr finally won the day. Luiwee left the lake and slid down the Lee Valley gouging out the two river channels visible to this very day. St Finbarr decided to settle in the area, founded a monastery and Cork
was born. Soak up the scenery in this haven of peace and tranquillity, in the middle of the lake there is an island with a nineteenth century oratory and the ruins of an ancient monastic site dating back to the 6th century. From Gougane Barra we travel to Glengariff 1st before taking ‘The Caha Pass’, littered with rocks and sheep, when you reach the highest vantage point stop and admire the view, this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the whole of Ireland, it is strikingly beautiful and unspoilt. After you savour the moment we will travel to the colourful town of Kenmare for lunch before we explore The Highlights of The Ring of Kerry including Moll’s Gap, Ladies View where you will first see the spectacular three lakes of Killarney and then onto Torc Waterfall. Take your time to soak in the views @ each of these historic and breath-taking locations. For those interested we can arrange a Jarvey ride traveling in a horse drawn jaunting car, a unique way to see Killarney’s National Park, quintessentially Ireland! After a day of saints, mythical creatures, famine and
awe-inspiring scenery you will arrive at your hotel that evening where you can relax and unwind in Killarney the number one tourist town in Ireland where ‘a cead mile failte’ awaits you!

Day 4:

Put your watch back 5000 years and today we visit Dingle, Inch Beach, Slea Head drive, again some of the most talked about stunning scenery in Ireland.

After a ‘full Irish breakfast’ we set out on day four to explore the craggy and ancient history of the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head Drive. See the beehive huts dating back to 2,500 BC, look out at Skellig Michael the famous dwelling place of the Skellig Monks and more recently it was a movie location for Star Wars and one of Lonely Planet’s picks for top destinations in the world to visit! Dingle is a ‘chocolate box’ town with many colourful shops
to entice you in for a visit. They have the most unusual locally sourced crafts on offer and a great opportunity to pick up some truly unique souvenirs or maybe even something to treat yourself to whist in Dingle. Dingle is also home to Fungi the Dolphin and no visit is complete without calling to Murphy’s ice cream parlour to send your taste buds into overdrive with the most unusual flavours you are ever to experience! Returning to your hotel that evening to freshen up before you set off out on another night to explore the many traditional music venues in the wonderful town of Killarney.

Day 5:

Today we travel back up the country to the West of Ireland, visiting Adare, The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren taking a coastal drive along the Atlantic coast to Galway.

Leaving Kerry behind we head up the stunningly rugged West coast to visit the Burren, a striking lunar landscape of limestone pavement in Co. Clare that is home to many
unusual plants. Spend your afternoon at the Cliffs of Moher, testaments to the power of nature towering more than 700 feet (213 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean. This is undoubtedly a site that must be seen to be fully appreciated, if you have a large enough group your driver/guide can arrange a boat trip locally for you to see the Cliffs from yet another angle. A visit to Doolin is a must, this little fishing village is a hive of activity,
bursting with hospitality and a local brew, ‘Dooliner’ would for educational purposes be a treat to sample! After a leisurely lunch and day touring head on to Galway known locally as ‘The City of The Tribes’ for the night where the

famous Eyre Square, Shop Street, Cathedrals, Castles and Spanish Arch all wait to be explored by you, the city which is steeped in history and is known as ‘Ireland’s Cultural Heart’. It has a vibrant and varied music scene with many traditional pubs and an abundance of street performers to entertain you, enjoy!

Day 6:

Today we make our way cross country with a visit to Joe Joyce’s sheep farm for a demo, lunch in Athlone, home to Sean’s bar then Kilbeggan Distillery for a tasting before we part ways.

Leaving Galway we first visit Joe Joyce’s sheep farm for one of the best sheep dog demonstrations in the country, a beautiful part of Connemara famous for the sheep road block in the movie ‘Marley and Me’!. We then travel to Sean’s bar in Athlone, Ireland’s oldest pub and listed in both ’25 of the Most Incredible Bars in The World’ and ’50 Bars to Blow Your Mind’ by Lonely Planet, this is a ‘must see’ site to have maybe an Irish Coffee or two and
warm you up before having munch in the village. This will have you totally relaxed before we make our way again cross country stopping off on route to enjoy spirits of a liquid kind at the Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest distillery in the world! Discover the history of authentic artisan Irish whiskey and of course no visit is complete without sampling it yourself. Here you will find whiskey is still being produced using ancient traditions passed on from generation to generation. Situated along the picturesque River Brosna this is an excellent place to visit before travelling back to Dublin city that evening after a memorable 6 days touring The Emerald Isle

What’s included2023-10-20T18:54:14+00:00
  • Professional driver/guide for 6 days touring.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in 4-star centrally located hotels in the key towns and cities of the south.
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • Entrance fees to all daily activities, and sites.
What’s not included2023-10-20T18:54:46+00:00
  • Lunches and evening meals.

Any additional activities that may be offered like horse riding, cycling, kayaking, Celtic Steps show, Cliffs of Moher cruise, these are optional and can be paid for locally if you wish to partake.

Let the journey begin!

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