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Self-Drive of Ireland - The Ancient East Tour

We have put together an amazing journey for you jam packed with stories and legends and the best the East has to offer. Prepare to swoon at impressive architecture, historical sights and enjoy our famous Irish ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ (a hundred thousand welcomes) while breathing in the fresh air!

This unique self-drive experience to Ireland is powered by our bespoke app. Paddy the Pocket Pilot has hours of information pre-loaded about Ireland’s most famous sites and off the beaten track locations. Learn Gaelic on the go and have 24/7 access to a professional guide via the app.

The app connects to google maps with all your destinations pre-loaded so all you need to do is show up and drive! Passes for activities and experiences throughout the tour will be at your fingertips through the app.

All the freedom of a self-drive road trip safe in the knowledge that Paddy the Pocket Pilot is on hand whenever you need him!

per adult from

$1,349

AUD

Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Accommodation
    • Car Rental - Comprehensive Insurance
    • Bespoke Paddy the Pocket Pilot App - 24/7 Support on Tour
    • Most Activities, Experiences and Entries to National Parks
    • Detailed Itineraries
    • Entry/Admission - Kilkenny Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Smithwick's Experience
    • Entry/Admission - Waterford Greenway
    • Entry/Admission - Tintern Abbey
    • Entry/Admission - Hook Lighthouse
    • Entry/Admission - Cork Heritage Park
    • Entry/Admission - Titanic Experience Cobh
    • Entry/Admission - Jameson Distillery Midleton
    • Entry/Admission - Blarney Castle & Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Rock of Cashel
    • Entry/Admission - Old Head Golf Links
    What's excluded :
    • Some optional activities and entrance fees that cannot be prepaid.

  • Day 1: Ireland’s Ancient East & Glendalough & Kilkenny

    Stop At: Glendalough Village, Glendalough Village, Vale of Glendalough, County Wicklow
    Drive to Glendalough Monastery via the Sally Gap and Military Road unveiling the amazing scenery of the Wicklow mountains. Glendalough perches itself in the glacial valley of the two lakes. Let our friends take you on a walking tour along the many trails.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Kilkenny R95 YRK1 Ireland
    Next stop is Kilkenny Castle which proudly displays one of the largest and expertly maintained Irish castles. Roam the grand rooms where the lords and ladies lived and admire the architecture, artwork and furnishings that were once owned by these great families.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Smithwick's Experience, Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VK54 Ireland
    Our local guide will take you through the medieval quarter before you finish your day enjoying a pint of Smithwicks at Ireland’s oldest brewery!
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Carlow, Carlow, County Carlow
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed at the beginning of the Ancient East near Carlow.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.


    Day 2: Waterford, The Sunny South-East

    Stop At: Waterford Greenway, 46 klm of old disused railway line now a cycle and pedestrian route between Waterford and Dungarvan., Waterford Ireland
    After a quick spin to Waterford jump out of the car and stretch your legs with a refreshing walk or cycle along Waterford’s Greenway Routes and trails. Hug the coastline and ride or hike into some beautiful forestry trails.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Waterford, Waterford, County Waterford
    After oohing and ahhing over the beautiful crystal creations let the expert on all things Waterford, take you on a walking tour of the Viking Triangle in Ireland’s oldest city. Waterford predates Dublin by 74 years!

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Waterford, Waterford, County Waterford
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed in Waterford City.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

    Day 3: Wexford - The Hook Peninsula

    Stop At: Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, New Ross, Wexford Ireland
    Start your day delving a little deeper into Irish heritage with a guided tour of Tintern Abbey and Gardens. Every type of person is said to have roamed Tintern Abbey: knights, monks, and scoundrels alike. You will hear all the stories on your tour!

    This Cistercian abbey, founded c. 1200. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960s.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head Lighthouse Hook Head New Ross, Fethard On Sea Y34 KD93 Ireland
    Next up is a hike up to the world’s oldest operational lighthouse overlooking the Hook Peninsula. Take the time to stroll around the headland and down to some of the castle ruins along the shoreline.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Duncannon, Duncannon, County Wexford
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed while you are visiting Hook Lighthouse on Hook Head, Wexford.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.


    Day 4: The Copper Coast, Co. Cork

    Stop At: Youghal, Youghal, County Cork
    Youghal is a beautiful coastal town famed for its stunning shoreline. Here you will jump aboard the ‘Maeve Og’ boat and let Captain Tony take you on a guided light-hearted river cruise up the Blackwater River to Lismore in Waterford with plenty of stories to tell and uncovering areas of tranquil unspoiled natural beauty.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ballycotton, Ballycotton, County Cork
    Next up it’s time to stretch your legs with an 8km coastal Cliff walk at Ballycotton flanked by meadows to your right and the wild Atlantic Ocean to your left! This is a 2-hour hike taken at an easy pace.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Ardmore, Ardmore, County Waterford
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed on your way into County Cork.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.


    Day 5: The Ring of Cork, Kinsale

    Stop At: Cork Heritage Park, Bessboro Rd. Blackrock, Cork Ireland
    You have without doubt heard about the Ring of Kerry but today you will embark on the Ring of Cork Heritage Trail – All the beauty but none of the traffic of the Ring of Kerry.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Titanic Experience Cobh, 20 Roger Casement Square White Star Line Building, Cobh Ireland
    Your next stop is the Titanic Experience in Cobh. This is one of the best experiences on tour giving you a really personal take on the tragedy that was the Titanic’s maiden voyage. It made its last port of call in Cobh and went on to seal its fate on the Atlantic ocean.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jameson Distillery Midleton, Distillery Walk, Midleton Ireland
    Next up is the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Only a short drive from Cobh this is the perfect opportunity to learn how Ireland’s favorite whiskey is crafted. From the smoky taste of black barrel to the oaky flavors of the original this is perfectly for the whiskey connoisseur in your group.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Castleredmond, Co. Cork, Ireland
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed on your Cork Heritage Trail.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.

    Day 6: Kiss the Blarney Stone

    Stop At: Kinsale, Kinsale, County Cork
    Wake up and meet Barry at Kinsale Tourist Office! He is one of our favorite friends in Ireland and will bring to life the history of this picturesque harbor town. Listen to tales of the Spanish Armada, British Rule and the sharpening of swords from our local legend.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Monacnapa, Blarney, Cork T23 Y598 Ireland
    Before making your way back to Dublin’s fair city you MUST stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the stone! Legend has it that you will receive the gift of the gab (chatterbox) after giving it a big smooch. Many of us Irish owe our storytelling talents and yearns to the Blarney Stone! Now you know our secret!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Rock of Cashel, Rock Vista Moor Lane, Cashel Ireland
    A diversion to Cashel for lunch means a photo opportunity at the famous Rock of Cashel. Your last stop before driving back to the capital city.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale Ireland
    Your hidden gem today will be revealed out on the Old Head of Kinsale.
    Each day your very own customised app and new best friend – Paddy the Pocket Pilot will direct you to some of the most amazing secret locations and hidden gems in Ireland. These are all close to your route but off the beaten track!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: We guarantee a 'Céad Míle Fáilte' - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes at our tried and loved locally sourced accommodation.
  • Departure Point :
    Dublin Airport, Dublin, Ireland
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

9

Organised by Overland Ireland LTD

Activity ID: V-18519P15

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