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The idyllic Emerald Isle

Combine an ever-changing panorama of landscapes and seascapes with some fascinating visits in a breathtakingly beautiful corner of Ireland.

Step back in time as you take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride and a boat trip through to the spectacular lakeland scenery of the Killarney National Park. Enjoy tours of the Dingle Peninsula, once described as "the most beautiful place on earth" by the National Geographic Society, of the glorious Ring of Kerry, and around the lakes-and-mountains paradise of the Iveragh Peninsula. Discover the spectacular towers, churches and crosses at the Rock of Cashel, and visit Adare - one of Ireland’s loveliest villages.

What does this price include?

  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee
  • Entry to the Blasket Island Heritage Centre
  • Return flights to Cork
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Following your flight to Cork, you'll meet your tour manager and enjoy the scenic transfer west to Tralee and the Meadowlands Hotel. After checking in you'll have the rest of the day free to unpack, relax and explore. Tralee has a number of attractions, including the excellent Kerry County Museum and the restored Blennerville Windmill, which has an interesting audio-visual presentation as well as a bird-watching platform with a telescope.

  • Today you'll head to the beautiful and rugged Dingle Peninsula. Inspiration for such films as Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away, the Peninsula has some of Ireland's most outstanding mountain and coastal scenery, with mile upon mile of spectacular seascapes.

    At Slea Head, Europe’s most westerly point, you’ll visit Blasket Island Heritage Centre. Situated in a magnificent building, with breathtaking views out to the island, the exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the unique community who inhabited the islands until their evacuation in 1953. There will also be time to explore the lively fishing port of Dingle, where the streets are packed with arts and crafts shops as well as pubs, cafés and award-winning seafood restaurants.

  • Life slows right down this morning as we head to Killarney National Park. Here you 'll enjoy an hour-long ride in a horse-drawn jaunting car (Ireland's most traditional mode of transport, and the only kind allowed in this area). As you ramble along you’ll learn about the history, legends and folklore of the region.

    The ride ends at the edge of Lough Leane, where you board the Pride of the Lakes for a cruise on the Lough, to discover its scattered islands and lovely views while your experienced skipper regales you with facts about the flora, fauna and historical heritage of the area. There really is no better way to enjoy the hidden delights of the Park and the famous Killarney Lakes.

    You will then have a couple of hours free to enjoy the delightful town of Killarney at leisure. Watch the world go by in one of the many pubs and cafés, or perhaps visit magnificent St Mary’s cathedral.

    This evening, why not join our optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre in Tralee? The shows, each with its own storyline, vary throughout the season but always reflect Ireland’s wealth of music, dance and folklore to give you a real taste of traditional Irish culture.

  • Today you're off to the Rock of Cashel. This renowned group of spectacular medieval buildings is one of Ireland’s most important religious and archaeological sites.

    Set on a hill and offering wonderful views over the Tipperary countryside, the Rock is home to over 1000 years of Irish history. Sturdy walls surround the buildings which include a 12th-century round tower, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral, a 15th-century castle and a Romanesque chapel containing some of Ireland's oldest frescoes. A short audio-visual show sets the scene before an included guided tour reveals the secrets of this fascinating place.

    A visit to Adare, one of Ireland’s loveliest villages, completes your day. Dating back to 1200, the village is steeped in history. It is home to arts and crafts shops and a wealth of architectural styles, including thatched cottages, beautiful stone buildings and medieval monasteries.

  • One of the highlights of any holiday to this corner of Ireland is a tour around the spectacular Ring of Kerry, taking in some of Ireland’s most wonderful scenery. Tracing a roughly oval route round the Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring offers a first-hand sight of the natural beauty of this very special place, as well as the chance to visit the towns that dot the route. Perfect picture-postcard scenes abound at virtually every turn, but the highlights are (perhaps) magnificent Coomakista Pass and its views of the Kenmare River, the Scariff and Deenish Islands, and Molls Gap for the views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and the glaciated Black Valley.

  • Depending upon the time of your flight, you may be able to spend a final few hours resting and relaxing at the hotel, or perhaps exploring the local area, before you transfer to the airport at the end of a wonderful few days.

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Hotels

Meadowlands Hotel

Set in beautiful gardens, in a quiet residential area of Tralee about a kilometre from the town centre, this stylish family-owned and managed hotel offers a really warm welcome.

Further Information

  • Entrance to the Rock of Cashel will be payable locally.

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours..
  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • Some of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.
  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
  • We are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around £2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around £3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of £1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around £2 for services such as hairdressing.
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