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The Full Irish: 11-Day Zest Tour of Ireland

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  • 11 Days
  • Small Group - 15 Max

Your Full Irish Adventure Tour of Ireland Begins Here!

Fulfill your dreams of visiting the Emerald Isle on this epic adventure. This tour is FULL of exciting experiences, FULL of adventures, and FULL to the brim with craic and culture. The Full Irish Tour has everything for the traveler who wants to experience the REAL Ireland. Tap into some amazing off-the-beaten-track locations and explore Ireland through activity and adventure.

From St Patrick’s magical sea stack to panoramic views on Dingle’s Slea Head Drive, you’ll be spoiled for jealousy-inducing snaps! Hiking along the Cliffs of Moher with the roaring Atlantic Ocean crashing below and delicious ‘Foodie’ tours set the scene for a perfectly orchestrated tour of Ireland. We have even added a touch of luxury with an incredible castle stay!

On this 11-day small-group tour of Ireland, you will share unforgettable experiences in Northern and Southern Ireland. Your expert local guide and our good friends on the road will keep you entertained each day!

Book your FULL IRISH adventure tour with us and we promise to give you the trip of a lifetime! Nothing on your bucket list of Ireland will go unturned! Check out the full itinerary below, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Looking for more Emerald Isle vacation inspiration? Browse our full range of small-group tours of Ireland for more fun-filled travel options.

What is Included and Excluded on this 11-Day Ireland Tour?

At Overland Ireland, we are proud to be different. This is why we are one of the only tour companies that includes as many amazing experiences as possible in your tour price. Our mission is, and always will be, to provide the most fun-filled tour of Ireland for the lowest price possible.

Vacations are for fun and relaxing, so we ensure there are no hassles, unexpected charges, or hidden surprises.

One look at the list below shows you just how much we cover in your tour price. This includes accommodation, transport, entrance fees, and many fun and exciting daily activities.

Naturally, unforeseen circumstances can always arise. In such cases, we may need to cancel some activities and experiences. But your tour guide will always find an alternative that you’ll love just as much. For this reason, we do not offer refunds for cancellations.

Ireland is at the top of its game in the culinary world, so you will be well-fed and watered on tour.
If you have any dietary requirements, fear not! We will make sure you are looked after at each stop.

Do you have any queries about our inclusions and exclusions? Please feel free to get in touch and we’ll provide all the information you need.

Included

  • 10 nights local guest house and boutique hotel accommodationCarefully selected by our team
  • Expert local Irish tour guide
  • Castle stay for one night
  • Walking tours led by local guides
  • Two food tours
  • Kayak excursion in Dingle Bay
  • Great breakfast each morning
  • Transport to all locations by air-conditioned mini coach
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Blarney Castle entrance
  • Crumlin Jail tour
  • Seaweed bath
  • Bushmills Distillery tour
  • Ferry crossings
  • Guided Cliffs of Moher hike
  • Sheep dog trials show
  • Cycling on the Aran Islands, Killarney & Glennveigh
  • Carrick-a-rede rope bridgeIf available
  • Giants Causeway experience
  • Slieve League
  • Food tour Belfast
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Kinsale walking tour
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Food and drinks
  • Booking fee
  • GratuitiesOptional
  • Private room upgrade for solo travellersMandatory

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    Note: This is our current itinerary for this year. If you’re booking for next year, the plan could change slightly. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this or our other tours!

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    11-Day Ireland Tour Itinerary

    Note that the itinerary can change due to weather conditions, traffic, events, etc.
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    Day 1:Dublin to Portstewart

    Total driving time: 4 hours, excluding stops

    Let’s go! Your Irish adventure is about to begin. Leaving Dublin behind, you will dive straight into the rich Irish history with a visit to Crumlin Gaol in Belfast! Immerse yourself in tales from ‘The Troubles’.

    Treats are just around the corner with a secret food tour of Belfast! Soak up some more fascinating history and culture on this culinary journey in Northern Ireland’s capital city!

    Then we’re off to the far north with a visit to Portstewart on the famous Causeway Coast! You can almost touch Scotland from here!

    Another day jam-packed with real Irish experiences awaits.

    Day 2:The Causeway Coast

    Total driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes, excluding stops

    Time to burn off the food tour and take on a hike along the Causeway Coast! Explore the Giant’s Causeway, which is one of the most anticipated experiences on our small-group Ireland tours and never disappoints.

    The Causeway Coastal Route is breathtaking and the tales of giants and Irish legends will certainly entertain. Build up your nerves to cross the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and feel the air rush beneath your feet!

    The oldest distillery in the world will be ready to welcome you with open arms! Spend the late afternoon warming your belly with whiskey tasting at Bushmills and learn all about the history of ‘Uisce Beatha – The water of life’ from the experts!

    Day 3:Portstewart to Ardara

    Total driving time: 3 hours, excluding stops

    Next on our bucket list for Northern Ireland is Derry! Our friends will take you on a walking tour of the city, helping you to understand the complexities of the divide between North and South!

    Then the Hills of Donegal await! It’s a rugged landscape, and the even more rugged locals will take your breath away.

    Our first stop at Glenveagh National Park has it all! It is an ideal escape for nature lovers. The group will be encouraged to take a wonderful walk through the park and discover the Victorian Castle and Gardens. There are trails to suit everyone taking you through Derryveath, Errigal, and the Poisoned Glen.

    Relax and unwind in Ardara – a true rural traditional village.

    Day 4:Donegal to Belleek Castle

    Total driving time: 3 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

    The Stairway to Heaven Boardwalk is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Ireland! A challenging hike with ample photo opportunities to make everyone green with envy back home! The route takes in Ireland’s largest blanket bog and you will be rewarded at the viewing platform with stunning views.

    Feeling a little stiff after bouncing around the spectacular North of Ireland? We will take you and your tender muscles to the celebrated sea-weed baths in the seaside town of Enniscrone on the Wild Atlantic Way for a good soak!

    Beleek Castle, famed for its luxurious accommodation and award-winning food, is your home for the night!

    Day 5:North West Mayo to Westport

    Total driving time: 2 hours 30 minutes, excluding stops

    Prepare to steer off the beaten track! Your local guide will take you right into the heart of County Mayo! Today you will visit the striking Céide Fields, located along the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way. Unearth the Stone Age past at this Neolithic Site.

    A stone’s throw away from the Céide Fields, we will take you to see Downpatrick Head, its rock formations, and a former church founded by the man responsible for St Patrick’s Day! Legend says St Patrick caused the sea stack to break away from the mainland by striking his staff on the ground! Admire the views with a short hike along the coast to the viewing point.

    We are delighted to bring you to Ireland’s favorite town – Westport! Get your dancing shoes on and spend the evening at a traditional Irish music session at Matt Molloy’s Bar! It will be a night you won’t forget!

    Day 6:Westport to Galway

    Total driving time: 2 hours, excluding stops

    Drive through Connemara National Park and Killary (Ireland’s only fjord) en route to Bohemian Galway City! Take a fun stop at Killary to see a sheepdog show! Our friendly local farmer will amaze you, commanding his loyal sheepdog to round up his flock on the grassy banks of the fjord.

    Our good pal John is next on the itinerary. He will take you on a ‘Walkin’, Talkin’, Tastin’’ history tour of Galway! Soak up the atmosphere of this Medieval city busting with culture, craic, and award-winning restaurants and pubs!

    Day 7:The Aran Islands and Lahinch

    Total driving time: 2 hours, excluding stops

    We always recommend seeing the Wild Atlantic Coastline by boat! Today is the ultimate in Irish cliff and island experiences.

    We leave Galway and drive west to Rossaveal Pier along the coast road before sailing across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. Our destination is the rugged Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands.

    You will explore the island by cycling along the meandering roads. You will meet many locals along your journey and you might even pick up a few words of Gaelic! The tour of the island will take you to the stone fort of Dún Aengus which lies 100m above the ocean!

    The crossing back to the mainland will go straight across Galway Bay to Doolin! You will view the Cliffs of Moher from the sea and get an idea of just how enormous they are!

    Tonight you are staying in the lively surf capital of Ireland, Lahinch!

    Day 8:The Cliffs of Moher to Dingle

    Total driving time: 3 hours, excluding stops

    Before we journey further south, another natural beauty awaits – The Cliffs of Moher. The best way to take in everything is a short hike along the edge of the cliffs with the roaring Atlantic below providing the perfect soundtrack!

    You will cross the River Shannon by ferry and enter into the Kingdom of Kerry! Journey on over the Conor Pass where your first taste of Kerry awaits – the cozy coastal town of Dingle!

    The evening is yours to experience the atmosphere in Dingle’s quirky pubs and fantastic restaurants!

    Day 9:The Slea Head Peninsula – Dingle

    Total driving time: 1 hour 30 minutes, excluding stops

    No need to pack your bags today! You are going to experience all things wonderful in Dingle and its surroundings.

    Your local expert guide will take you on a breathtaking trip along the Slea Head Drive. Expect amazing scenery around every corner, beehive huts, and stunning beaches. You might even be lucky enough to pet a baby lamb! Again there are a serious amount of Insta opportunities!!

    After lunch and a browse around Dingle’s many craft shops, it’s time to get active again! We have a trio of activities for you to choose from. Take a hike up to Eask Tower for panoramic views of Dingle Bay, go kayaking around the bay with our good friend Noel, or why not take an e-bike to explore some more of the Dingle Peninsula?

    Spend a second evening getting to know Dingle and find more hot spots for food and entertainment!

    Day 10:Killarney National Park – Kinsale

    Total driving time: 3 hours, excluding stops

    Today we will squeeze in a few hot spots along the Ring of Kerry before experiencing Killarney National Park.

    Take a cheeky lookout at Moll’s Gap, Ladies View, and Torc Waterfall!

    When we arrive in Killarney National Park you can hop on a bike and enjoy a two-hour ride around the wonderful surroundings. Cycling along the lake and through the park is a magical way to while away the afternoon taking in sights like Muckross House and Gardens, Torc Waterfall, and Ross Castle.

    Last but not least is your night in the historic port and fishing town of Kinsale! It is renowned for its arts, crafts, and most importantly its food. There is no better place to enjoy a delicious meal of seafood or even a relaxed tapas evening! Your guide will point you in the right direction!

    Day 11:Kinsale to Dublin

    Total driving time: 4 hours, excluding stops

    Wake up refreshed and meet our local guide, Barry, who will take you through the streets of Kinsale for a fascinating historical walking tour!

    Before leaving Cork – which is often referred to as Ireland’s REAL capital – we will bring you to Blarney Castle and Gardens. Nobody should leave Ireland without giving the Blarney stone a big fat kiss! Kissing the stone is said to give the kisser the treasured “gift of the gab”. You can let us know if it works!

    The final stop on this tour of Ireland is the Rock of Cashel. This mystical place is over 1,000 years old! You will take in its medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral, and castle… a truly fantastic end to your trip.

    Our guides will journey back with you to our bustling capital city, Dublin, where you’ll be armed with great recommendations of things to see and do if you have a little time left. Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to sit back and reminisce about the incredible experience you’ve just had… and to start daydreaming about more tours of Ireland in the future!

    Due to our tours’ off-the-beaten-path locations, the size of our vehicles, and the fact that we cannot guarantee that all accommodation partners have ramps/elevators, unfortunately, our tours are not wheelchair accessible.

    Note: To confirm your booking, you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 per person for Small-Group tours.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this tour or any others we operate. We may have already answered your question on our frequently asked questions page.