The Gathering Tour - History & Heritage Self Drive 11 Day

The Gathering Tour - History & Heritage Self Drive 11 Day

10 Night Tour From $1,146 pps

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This tour starts and ends in Dublin but can be adjusted to suit other arrival points such as Shannon.


They say in Ireland that strangers are only friends you have never met, so why not come home to Ireland this year, whether you have drop of Irish in you or none at all, whether it is your first or fifty-first vacation here or just that you have always felt a pull to the Emerald Isle and a longing to count her forty shades of green for yourself, let us help you Gather you here and where better than on our Gathering History & Heritage Tour - a vacation of 10 nights/11 days.

We will share with you our histories, triumphs and tragedies. Let our words and songs, became your words and songs and feel our Celtic rhythms flow through your veins. This tour will give you an understanding of Irish history, politics, literature and culture and will guide you from pre-Christian Ireland to post Celtic Tiger (and everything else in between). Through this tour you will gain an understanding of how the Irish spirit and tenacity has shaped the Irish both at home and abroad and influenced the four corners of the world - an amazing achievement for a wind-swept isolated island on the peripheries of Europe.

Taking you from the bustle of Dublin on the east coast to the quiet of Mayo in the west, and the picturesque south this tour is full of color, beautiful scenery and of course the wit and wisdom of the Irish.

Tour Highlights:

  • Glasnevin Cemetery – The resting place of many of Ireland’s most famous sons and daughters
  • Guinness Storehouse – Learn the history and story behind Ireland’s most famous export
  • Newgrange - Constructed over 5,000 years ago it is older than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt
  • Kylemore Abbey- Located in the heart of Connemara with a tales of romance, history and intrigue
  • Cliffs of Moher - Stand on the precipices of Europe and inhale the salty goodness of the wild Atlantic winds
  • Bunratty Castle - Dating to the 15th century this is Ireland’s most authentic and complete medieval fortress
  • Waterford City - Ireland’s oldest city it was founded by the Vikings in 914
  • Adare Village - One of Ireland’s prettiest villages, it is known for its beautiful traditional thatched cottages
  • Jameson Experience - Discover the history of Whiskey in Ireland - and sample it too!
  • Kilkenny City - Ireland’s medieval capital is complete with winding narrow streets and a long history

Overnights for this Tour:

  • Dublin for 2 nights
  • Westmeath for 1 night
  • Mayo for 1 night
  • Galway for 1 night
  • Limerick for 2 nights
  • Cork for 1 night
  • Waterford for 1 night
  • Dublin for 1 night

Accommodation Options:

This tour can be purchased on various accommodation options such as First Class Hotels, Manor Houses, Irish Castles, B&B’s (all rooms with private bath facilities) or any combination of the above.

What's Included in this Tour:

  • 10 nights in your chosen accommodation
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Car rental (manual compact car, insurance and all taxes)
  • All our tours are flexible – you can choose your own style of accommodation and you can add or delete days. You can also upgrade to larger cars or cars with automatic transmission.
  • A complimentary Irish Coffee on first night of arrival of tour for each guest when staying in hotel accommodation


What’s not included in this tour:

Flights and dinners. Visitor attractions listed in the tour are just suggestions and are not included in the price of the tour; we can however quote you for these visits on request.

Itinerary in Brief

  1. Day 1: Dublin – Jeanie Johnson, Guinness Storehouse, Glasnevin Cemetery
    Day 2: Dublin
    Day 3: The Boyne Valley – Hill of Tara and Newgrange
    Day 4: Strokestown, Roscommon and National Museum of County Life, Mayo
    Day 5: Connemara and Galway
    Day 6: The Burren Region and Cliffs of Moher
    Day 7: Limerick City and Bunratty Castle
    Day 8: Adare Village and Cobh Heritage Center
    Day 9: Jameson Experience, Dungarvan and Waterford City
    Day 10: Dunbrody Famine Ship and Kilkenny
    Day 11: Dublin and good-bye!

This tour starts and ends in Dublin but can be adjusted to suit other arrival points such as Shannon.

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