Visit medieval castles and ruined abbeys and discover vibrant towns and villages on this tour of Ireland. Hear traditional music in lively pubs and take in awe inspiring views as you visit two of Ireland’s most famous National Parks. On this trip, you won’t miss any highlights from the Cliffs of Moher to Kerry. The hidden gems, the dramatic, ever-changing landscapes and the charming people will become the memories you'll take away from this remarkable country. This tour of Ireland is one we've designed for those who prefer style and grace. Gorgeous premium hotels will keep you cozy at night. These luxury hotels include the completely refurbished Davenport in its stunning Georgian building in Dublin, a Relais and Chateaux stay in Kenmare with an award-winning spa, and a family run 18th century castle hotel on the west coast. The trip ends at the hip design-led Dean hotel in Galway, where you’ll dine on Michelin star gourmet food. This Irish romp through the friendliest country in Europe is the for the lady who prefers a bit of elegance in life.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.
Arriving in Dublin today, you'll have an opportunity to explore solo before joining the group. In the afternoon, you may check in to your central hotel. Explore the city from here. The hotel is a short walk to Trinity College, Christchurch Cathedral and several other attractions.
Check in and unwind at your hotel in the heart of Georgian Dublin, steps away from Merrion Square. The Davenport is one of Dublin’s most iconic luxury 4* hotels.
This evening, we'll meet the group and our trip leader and guide for welcome drinks. Afterward, we'll head into the city for dinner at one of Dublin’s favorite restaurants.
Overnight The Davenport Hotel
Your guide will lead you on a short walking tour of the capital city this morning before meeting a curator at The Little Museum of Dublin. This eclectic collection of artifacts showcases the city’s unique social and cultural heritage. It provides a great introduction to the real Dublin.
We’ll make a pitstop for lunch at a traditional Irish pub.
Your Dublin exploration culminates in a tour of the iconic Trinity College, where you will see the world-famous Book of Kells. We'll recommend some of our favorite spots for dinner this evening.
Departing the city this morning, we'll drive for 4 hours through Ireland’s rolling green midlands. We'll stop at The Rock of Cashel to explore the medieval castle and gothic chapel in this historic site that dates back millennia.
After lunch, check into our 5* hotel in the charming town of Kenmare. Enjoy a 60-minute treatment in the award-winning spa before joining the group for dinner in the brasserie.
Overnight Sheen Falls Lodge
The Kerry Coast
We’ll be on our merry way after breakfast, driving along the wild Kerry Coast as we follow the road south to find the Ring of Kerry.
Here, we'll meet with a local forger at a remote beach. We'll walk the shore, uncovering native superfoods, including the seaweed that grows abundantly in the Atlantic’s pristine waters.
You will join together for lunch in the tearooms at Derrynane House, before the opportunity to explore Kenmare’s boutiques and galleries and afternoon tea back at your hotel. Enjoy dinner in town this evening in a restaurant of your choosing.
Tonight, we will be staying at Sheen Falls Lodge.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park is the jewel in Kerry’s crown. Our adventure takes us into the park's heart today as we journey north. Visit Muckross House on the shores of Lough Leane and enjoy a tour of the lake in a traditional boat, soaking up the marvelous views across some of Ireland’s highest mountains.
We'll drive for 3.5 hours and stop at the charming village of Adare, where you can explore local craft boutiques.
Overnight Gregans Castle Hotel
The Iconic Cliffs
We’ll start our day with a hands-on workshop at The Burren Perfumery. A women-owned and run venture that draws inspiration from the region’s unique rocky landscape and the wildflowers that grow there.
Later in the afternoon, we'll visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Here, you'll have the chance to take a short walk away from the crowds. Your guide will introduce you to the myriads of seabirds that nest in the rocky crevices while you absorb the panoramic views.
Dinner and traditional music in a pub in tiny Doolin village is on tonight's agenda. Fiddling Irish style will have you singing along with the locals!
Our final destination on this epic exploration of Ireland’s west coast is the bohemian city of Galway, a 1.5-hour drive north. The best way to get to know the city is through the eyes of a local. So, we've arranged a wonderful culinary walking tour of Galway. The tour brings the city to life.
Galway is renowned for its exceptional cuisine, and tonight’s final dinner is at one of the city’s best Michelin-starred restaurants. After dinner, we'll converge into one of Galway's many lively, music-filled pubs.
Overnight at The Galmont
Culinary Walking Tour
We'll return to Dublin by lunch today. We can drop you directly at the airport or you can finish your trip in the city. Plan to fly out at 3pm or after that day or the next.
The Davenport Hotel is the perfect base to explore all the culture and dining Dublin has to offer.
Sheen Falls Lodge is near the Sheen Falls, which means every view will be picturesque.
Gregans Castle Hotel is a stunning 18th century manor located on Ireland's west coast. Rumor has it J.R.R Tolkien was inspired by the hotel and the scenery when writing Lord of the Rings.
This trip will be led by Fionnuala Kennedy. For her, days spent in the wilds of Ireland are about being immersed in that place. She loves being up high where she can read the landscape. Knowing what to look for can reveal so many stories of human lives past, glaciers and oceans long gone, and wildlife very much alive. She loves to interpret these stories. She has worked for years in outdoor education and as an archaeological guide, which has led to a fascination with Ireland's history, heritage, and folklore, something which only deepens with time. Then, there’s history and botany and geology and astronomy. Along the way, Fionnuala has had an assortment of other jobs, from growing trees and vegetables to teaching music at schools and playing tunes in McLynns Pub in Sligo on Friday nights.
Jump into Ireland
A small island with a memorable punch, Ireland's breathtaking landscapes and friendly, welcoming people leave visitors floored. You'll want to go back for more.
All meals except when noted
Two glasses of wine or beer with dinner
All excursions and entry fees
A GG2W Facilitator and an experienced Irish guide
All in country transport in our own private vehicle
Welcome & Farewell drinks
One Spa service at the Sheen Falls Lodge
Roundtrip international airfare to Ireland
Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals
All personal souvenirs or additional spa services
Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
Gratuities for the trip guide
"This is my second GG2theWorld trip - went to France last year. This year’s trip was to Ireland, and I absolutely loved it! The trips are extremely well planned, the hotels are wonderful, and you don’t just “see” things - you also experience them. We hiked with a forager along the sea coast, we participated in a perfumery workshop, we explored Galway with a food tour, and more. The group was small, friendly, and great, the guide was knowledgeable and personable, and you always felt that you were being taken care of. I am a very independent person, but have to admit that I LOVED not having to make decisions. I learned a lot, ate in wonderful places, saw things that many tourists don’t see, and met a variety of interesting people."
Lynne G, Aug 2023 on Trip Advisor
"I had a wonderful experience traveling to Ireland with Girls Guide to the World. It was my first time traveling solo, and it was so nice and stress free to have everything planned out. I made friends quickly with my traveling companions. I loved the hotels we stayed at and restaurants we dined at. We had a local guide who was phenomenal! We learned so much from her. We went to places and did things that I would not have known about if I had planned a trip on my own. I definitely will be traveling with Girls Guide again."
Donna, Aug 2023 on Trip Advisor
You should fly into Dublin International Airport.
The trip officially starts on the afternoon of August 9th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Dublin, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and get adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will book your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room till the trip starts.
We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
The weather in Ireland in August should be in the low to mid 60's. Even in August, don't be surprised if there are grey skies and rain showers. You might need a rain jacket.