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Hideaway and Back roads Self Drive Tour

Ireland Hideaways and Back Roads – a Private Guided Tour of Ireland

Visit some of Ireland's coast, quaint towns, fishing villages, scenic countryside with a chance to really get to know the irish people.

This private, guided tour of Ireland offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Ireland as it appears in your dreams. Time seems to stand still in picturesque villages, fishing towns, cobblestone streets and shops. Hammond Tours has designed this Ireland tour to give you a glimpse into the magnificent beauty and warmth of the irish. Luxury hotel, inn and bed and breakfast accommodations in Ireland and your own private chauffer driver, who serves as your travel guide, are included in this Ireland tour.

An 8 day tour of Ireland's timeless gems of quant towns, fishing villages and spectacular coastline.

Transportation, breakfast and of course nightly accommodations in the castles and hotels of Ireland are included. This is a Chauffeur-Driven, private guided tour of Ireland. View Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour Rates

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Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 1

Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off so you have plenty of time to enjoy the journey to beautiful Ireland.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 2
Shannon-Dingle, Ireland

Morning arrival at Shannon Airport where after clearing customs you are met by our Professional Irish Driver/Guide. This Ireland trip begins as you travel a short distance through Limerick, the third largest city in Ireland and home to author Frank McCourt, who wrote Angela's Ashes. Enjoy a panoramic tour before continuing on to Adare. Once voted the "Prettiest Town" in all of Ireland, Adare houses original "Thatched Cottages" still in use today. Next stop is Tralee where every August, the famous "Rose of Tralee" festival is held where some lucky maiden enjoys the crown for one year. your personal driver guide will then check you into your room for a well-deserved rest before enjoying the evening in Dingle. Enjoy an early seafood dinner at one of the many popular restaurants in town. Overnight luxury accommodations in Dingle, Ireland.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 3
Dingle, Ireland

After breakfast, experience the true beauty of Ireland on this full day tour to the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula. Traveling via Tralee and The Slieve Mish Mountains, the tour will stop in the sleepy Ireland fishing village of Dingle before heading out to see Slea Head and the ominous views of The Blasket Islands. Your Ireland exploration continues at Galarus Oratory a perfect example of early Irish Architecture. The Oratory is built in the shape of an inverted boat and claims to be completely watertight for over 1000 years, in spite of having perfectly stones which are un mortared. The tour continues on with the spectacular scenery of Slea Head and The Connor Pass is unequaled for its spectacular scenery presenting vast panoramas of Irelands beautiful lakes, mountains and sea coast. At the summit of Connor Pass is an excellent view of Dingle Bay. Return to Dingle town for an overnight stay at your luxury accommodations.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 4
Dingle-Killarney-Waterville, Ireland

After breakfast the tour will depart Dingle and travel via Inch Strand, a beach at the head of Castlemain Harbor, considered one of the best bathing beaches on the Peninsula. Many travelers recall this beach from the famous film, Ryan's Daughter starring Sarah Miles and Robert Mitchum. As this Ireland tour continues on this road, we travel through the irish town of Castlemain made famous as home of "The Wild Colonial Boy", then continue on to Killarney. Killarney is one of the largest visitor attractions in all of Ireland. Most noted for its scenic network of lakes and quaint small town Ireland hospitality. Your private driver will drive you through this irish town where you will have time to stop and browse this storybook ireland town with its many shops, pubs, cathedrals and historic sights. Perhaps you will want to take an afternoon Jaunting Cart ride from the center of town to historic Muckross House and Gardens. We then travel southwest on The Ring of Kerry towards Waterville, Ireland, former home of Charlie Chaplin, where time really does seem to stan still. After experiencing the timeless beauty of Ireland, enjoy your overnight luxury hotel accommodations in Waterville.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 5
Waterville-Kinsale, Ireland

Your tour of Ireland continues on irish back roads journey through Kenmare, down through Glengarriff past Bantry Bay and Bantry where your tour pauses for a visit. Bantry sits at the head of one of Ireland's most beautiful bays. The narrow streets and lined shops of this charming ireland town have changed very little over the last 100 years. Then, your driver will continue on to Skibbereen, made famous in the Johnny Cash song, Forty Shades of Green, then on for a visit the fishing village of Baltimore for lunch (on your own) and ample opportunity to take in the beautiful views of Ireland's coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. The tour resumes journey along the southern coast of Ireland with its unmatched back road scenery to our final destination of Kinsale. Known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, Kinsale is truly a culinary delight set in a postcard – like irish fishing village. Your driver guide will give you dinner suggestions although one of our true favorites is The Blue Haven Hotel in the center of Kinsale. After dinner, browse the small cobble stoned streets where many artisans make their home producing photographs, paintings and sculpture. Spend the night in luxury hotel accommodations in Kinsale, Ireland.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 6
Kinsale, Ireland

After breakfast we visit Charles Fort, overlooking Kinsale built around 1677. Enjoy spectacular views of Kinsale Harbor in the morning sun. Seven Miles south of Kinsale is Old Head, with its cliff top ruins Castle that overlook the spot where in 1915 a German Submarine sunk the Lusitania. This afternoon we travel east to nearby Cobh, home of The Cobh Heritage Center. The Center depicts emigration from Ireland to The United States and beyond during the mid 1800's, the time of The Great Famine. Spend time in this moving exhibit tracing the steps where many Irish Americans journey to the new world began. Return to Kinsale for overnight.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 7
Kinsale-Shannon Area, Ireland

Depart Kinsale and travel north through Cork City we where enjoy a panoramic tour of this industrial town. Nearby we visit Blarney, with its famous 14th century kissing stone and plentiful woolen mills. Make sure after shopping you enjoy a quick walk through this charming town as well as a Pint at Christy's Pub. We depart Blarney and travel north through Mallow, set on The Black Water River, this was a popular Spa town in the mid 1880's. We continue on to the Shannon Area where we bid farewell to our Driver/Guide who now seems like a family member. This evening why not enjoy an optional Medieval Banquet at Bunratty. Overnight Shannon Area.

Ireland Hideaway and Back Road Guided Tour - Day 8
Shannon, Ireland – return to USA

Make your way on your own to Shannon Airport with plenty of time for last minute duty-free shopping before boarding your flight home. Arrive home the same day.

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Ireland Hideaways and Back Roads Guided Tour
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  • Accommodations for 6 Nights as follows or similar
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary (For Chauffeur Driven option)
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person (plus one carry-on bag)( For Chauffeur Driven option)
  • All Driver's Expenses (For Chauffeur Driven option)
  • Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)

Your vacation trip to Ireland can be as grand or simple as you desire. John and Michele Hammond are Ireland travel experts who personally know Ireland very well . They will plan your travel itinerary from arrival to departure to suit your specific interests, budget and desires.

Planning a family reunion or group tour to Ireland?

Hammond Tours is an Ireland Tour Specialty Agency. As an Ireland tour operator, Hammond Tours can customize Ireland trip itineraries for tour groups of 15 or more. Learn more about custom Ireland group tours.

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