17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights

Including return flights, all accommodation, car rental for 15 days, daily breakfast, tour at Guinness Storehouse, Celtic Evening experience, and more.

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  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
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  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
  • 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way and flights
 

Highlights

 

Seek out the beauty of the Emerald Isle on your own terms with a self-drive experience on this 17 day Spectacular Ireland tour with Wild Atlantic Way.

Arrive in Dublin and find your car waiting for you at the airport. This will be your set of wheels for the next 15 days! Before the driving adventure begins however, take a day to soak up the charms and vibrant atmosphere of the Irish capital city. Included in your holiday package is a tour of the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn about Ireland’s most iconic beverage and later enjoy a pint. Hit the road for the first leg of your self-drive tour as you travel towards Belfast in Northern Ireland. Choose to visit the city’s Titanic Experience attraction, or delve into its industrial heritage and interesting history. Make a day trip from Belfast to the Causeway Coast and visit the small town of Ballycastle before venturing to Giant’s Causeway, one of Ireland’s best-recognised natural sites.

Join up with the Wild Atlantic Way after an overnight stay in Londonderry. This route follows the western and southern Irish coastline. It is well-marked (look out for the signature wavy logo on posts and road signs) thus meaning you can easily navigate between its recommended stops and destinations. You have total freedom to make whatever detours, photo stops and drive breaks you fancy, no matter if it is a view, café or town that catches your eye. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way as it weaves through the Northern Headlands through Malin Head and Donegal; to the Surf Coast and Bay Coast; continue to the Cliff Coast for the journey between Galway and Ballybunion, and don’t forget to look out for puffin colonies at the Cliffs of Moher. Move through County Limerick and cross into South Kerry and West Cork. Venture into the wilds of Killarney National Park, head along the Haven Coast, and tour the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to learn about this coveted collectable. Stop in Wicklow Mountains National Park for a final dose of the Irish countryscapes before returning to Dublin and enjoying a Celtic music-and-dance show, plus dinner, for your final evening in Ireland.  

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff Ireland 

Make your way to the airport and catch a flight headed to Dublin in Ireland!

Day 2: Dublin 

Touch down in the capital of Ireland, Dublin! Head to the car rental kiosks to pick up your hire car and drive to your Dublin accommodation to check in. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Dublin (B) 

Today is spent diving into the culture and history of Dublin. Following breakfast at the hotel, head out into the city and wander around its streets on foot. Take in one or all five of the city’s elegant Georgian Squares; meander the paths of Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe; move between the boutiques lining either side of bustling Grafton Street; sit down to a meal in a pub or eatery in Temple Bar; learn about the history of Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland that was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Those that peer into the university will have opportunity to see the Book of Kells. This manuscript dates back to the 9th century and contains the four Gospels of the New Testament. It is one of Ireland’s most important historical and cultural treasures. 

Your time in Dublin also includes a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, where you will learn about one of Ireland’s most famous beverages. Brush up on the history of Guinness and the unique brewing process during this tour, and cap off the experience by enjoying a pint in the Gravity Bar as you take in the sweeping city views. 

Day 4: Dublin – Belfast (B) 

Depart Dublin after breakfast as you set out on your first day of driving through Ireland. Today’s route is taking you towards Northern Ireland and its capital, Belfast. This city was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, and has a fascinating – and sometimes chequered – legacy to uncover. There is also a rich industrial history to learn about. One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Titanic Belfast experience, a monument to the doomed vessel that documents that ship’s construction, launch and story through interactive galleries and displays. Tonight is spent in Belfast and the evening is at your leisure. 

Day 5: Belfast (B) 

Make a day trip from Belfast to Ballycastle. This small town in Country Antrim sits on the north-easternmost tip of Northern Ireland and marks the eastern end of the Causeway Coast. Take a walk along the promenade to cast your gaze out to Rathlin Island and explore the charms of this quaint town. Then make the drive to Giant’s Causeway, one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable natural landmarks. This geological formation is made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that date back 60 million years. Spend however long you like at this UNESCO World Heritage Site before making the return drive to Belfast. 

Day 6: Belfast – Lough Neagh – Londonderry (B) 

Your destination today is Londonderry. Leave Belfast after breakfast and weave your way through this beautiful countryside – making any stops you see fit along the way – to Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. The area surrounding the lake is rich with local folklore, castle ruins, historic gardens and nature reserves. Have your camera at the ready to snap photos of secluded bays, pristine scenery and any wildlife you’re lucky enough to spot. Continue to Londonderry – or simply called Derry – at your leisure and use whatever time you have to soak in the city’s sights. Visit sites that played a role in the Siege of Derry, Bloody Sunday or Battle of the Bogside, or explore the string of museums, galleries and theatres sprinkled around the city. 

Day 7: Malin Head – Donegal Town (B) 

Say goodbye to Northern Ireland today. Uncover the scenery and landscapes of the Northern Headlands of the Wild Atlantic Way Route as you drive through Malin Head, Donegal Town and to Erris. Choose to make a pitstop at Glenveagh National Park, the second-largest park in Ireland, or drive straight into the county of Donegal. There are treasures for every type of traveller in Donegal, no matter if you’re a nature-lover, foodie or history buff. All visitors however will find it hard to dispute the beauty of this northern region. Follow the Surf Coast to Erris, passing through Sligo and perhaps stopping to stretch your legs and take a bite to eat, before overnighting in County Galway.

Day 8: Erris – Galway Bay (B) 

Look forward to spending an entire day traversing the Bay Coast. This stretch of coast is lined with untouched beaches, impressive bays and rugged wilderness. The largest bay of the area is Clew Bay, home to a supposed 365 islands and islets – one for every day of the year. You can also head to Connemara, whose name translates to ‘inlets of the sea’; a district with a strong Irish culture and a string of tiny fishing villages, coves and bays. One of Connemara’s most popular to-dos is Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden. The Abbey was originally built to be a castle but now acts as Benedictine monastery. Other possible pursuits for today include cycling sections of the Great Western Greenway, walking parts of the Twelves Bens range or Croagh Patrick mountain, or finding a quiet beach for a peaceful strong along the sand. 

Day 9: Galway – Ballybunion (B)  

Undertake the section of Cliff Coast between Galway and Ballybunion today. In between clifftop photo stops or visits to local pubs, travellers may see rainbows at Loop Head Drive; frolicking dolphins at the mouth of the River Shannon; and spectacular mountain views from Kerry’s Cliffs of Dooneen. One of the most popular stops for any visitor to Ireland is the famed Cliffs of Moher. These sea cliffs stretch for 14 kilometres in County Clare, promising unrivalled vantage points, sightings of puffin colonies and other birdlife, and a breathtaking landscape dotted with wildflowers and coastal flora. Those with some extra time up their sleeve may also be able to visit Kilkee and Loop Head Peninsula to see its lighthouse. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse and be rewarded with postcard-perfect panoramas of County Kerry.

Day 10: South Kerry – West Cork (B) 

Explore the Southern Peninsulas today as you move through South Kerry to West Cork. This region of Ireland makes for particularly scenic walks and trails, so there is ample reason to regularly hop out of the car, stretch your legs and savour the crisp country air. The area itself is made up of five main peninsulas, and opportunities for visitors include everything from visiting abandoned copper mines, to paddle-boarding and star-gazing. The drive today also takes travellers through the charming towns of Tralee and Dingle before wrapping up in the Killarney area. 

Day 11: Killarney National Park – Ross Castle – Kenmare (B) 

Enjoy a whole day moving about County Cork. Perhaps begin in Killarney National Park to tick off sights including the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland), as well as Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfalls and Ross Castle. Swap Mother Nature for the streetscapes of Kenmare in the afternoon, one of the main towns in the Ring of Kerry, and amble between its small shops and cosy cafes. The town is also famous for its neighbouring golf courses should you like to take to the green. 

Day 12: Kenmare – Bantry – Kinsale (B) 

Head to points along the Haven Coast, the southernmost section of the Wild Atlantic Way that curves and winds its way between Bantry, Skibbereen and Kinsale. Take your time stopping wherever you choose to relax, snap photos or sit down for a snack or coffee. Once you arrive in Kinsale you have a wealth of artisan shops, cool bars, excellent restaurants and waterfront walks to revel in. Return to County Cork for overnight.

Day 13: Dungarvan – Waterford (B) 

Depart after breakfast and set your sights on County Waterford, stopping through the harbourside city of Dungarvan enroute. You then arrive in Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland. It is also the home of the world-famous eponymous crystal and you can visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Join a guided tour at the centre to learn about the factory’s founding by George and William Penrose in 1783 and discover how these glittering pieces are manufactured and perfected. Continue your discovery of the region at Lismore Castle, a Gothic-style pile built in the 13th century by King John. The castle’s position on the River Blackwater is particularly striking – and makes for especially beautiful photographs. Stroll through the castle grounds and gardens afterwards.

Day 14: Waterford and Kilkenny (B) 

There is no set driving itinerary today. Take today as a rest day to leave the car parked and explore Kilkenny on foot, opting to see its grand 12th-century castle, Black Abbey or Rothe House and Garden. Book onto a local brewery tour, meander between displays at the Medieval Mile Museum, or continue wandering the streets of Waterford to discover more of this pretty city.

Day 15: Waterford – Wicklow Mountains National Park – Dublin (B) 

Begin the return drive towards Dublin this morning. Enroute you may pass through Wicklow Mountains National Park and can see the Glendalough Cathedral. This site was founded by St. Kevin in the early 6th century and is one of the most popular things to see for visitors to the park. Admire the ruins and the surrounding park landscape before hopping back into the car bound for Dublin.

Arrive in Dublin for your final night in Ireland. You farewell your Irish adventure in spectacular style by attending a Celtic evening at the Arlington Hotel. These festivities include a three-course meal and a dance and music show!

Day 16: Dublin – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

It is time to drop your rental car back off at the airport and catch your return flight to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 17: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flight with a full service carrier
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 14 nights’ twin share accommodation in centrally located hotels
  • 15 days’ car hire with automatic transmission, air conditioning and unlimited kilometres
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Entrance to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
  • Celtic Evening with 3-course dinner and entertainment
  • Summer 2020 travel available
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

Highlights:

  • Uncover the vibrant culture of Dublin, and join a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the production of this iconic Irish export
  • Drive to Belfast and use the capital of Northern Ireland as a launchpad for a day trip to Ballycastle and the legendary Giant’s Causeway
  • Stop off at Lough Neagh on the way to Londonderry, Northern Headlands from Malin Head to Donegal Town, and seek out towns along the Surf Coast on the way to the Bay Coast area
  • See the Cliffs of Moher while traversing the Cliff Coast between Galway and Ballybunion, and move through South Kerry and West Cork 
  • Take up the chance to visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre while in Ireland’s oldest city, and admire the views and grounds of Lismore Castle
  • Make a pitstop at Wicklow Mountains National Park on the drive back to Dublin, and sit down to dinner and local show on the final night in Ireland
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $499 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary. 

Single Supplement: 

For any options purchased travelling May, June, September – $1,999 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price
For any options purchased travelling in July, August – $2, 599 in addition to 1 x twin share price

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, international flights and all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Dublin: Buswells Hotel or similar
Belfast: Jurys Inn Belfast or similar
Londonderry: Holiday Inn Express Londonderry or similar
Galway: Eyre Square or similar
Limerick: South Court or similar
Kerry: Holiday Inn Killarney or similar
Cork: Jurys Inn Cork or similar
Waterford / Kilkenny: The Horban or similar

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds,
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Triple Share: Not available

Child policy: Child price is the same as an adult. No minimum age applies.

Car rental:

Mid-size vehicle – Opel Astra or similar 
Full-size vehicle – AUDI B 4, BMW 5 or similar 

Please make your preferred choice at the time of booking by selecting the corresponding rental category. Please note that you will need to present a credit card in your name during collection. Please note that the credit card must be in the name of one of the drivers. A security deposit will be blocked which is released upon returning the vehicle.

Price includes:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Third PArty liability 
  • Damage waiver
  • Airport and premium station surcharge
  • Road Tax
  • VAT at 20%
  • Licences & Fees 

Price does not include:

  • Fuel
  • Additional driver €9 per day
  • DVLA Licence Check (UK Licences only) €5 per hire
  • GPS Unit €18 per day (All units have a replacement fee of €190)
  • Child seats – can be rented from airport locations at €120 a day and must be pre-ordered
  • All of the above charges are payable by the driver on collection

Please note, rates include unlimited mileage, damage waiver and third party liability for one driver with the following excess – €1,600 (for the type of vehicle included. If another vehicle is collected, the excess amount might differ). The excess can be voluntarily reduced at the branch on arrival; rates vary and will be clarified at the time.

Any additional charges agreed at the time of car collection do not form a part of any agreed relationship with the customer and are non -refundable. 

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic conditions and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Passports: All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday package prior to departure.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

Daily departures between 1 May – 30 September 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Etihad airlines and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return flights with a full-service airline
  • Extend the stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 14 nights’ twin share accommodation 
  • 15 days’ car hire with automatic transmission, air conditioning and unlimited kilometres
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Entrance to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
  • Celtic Evening with 3-course dinner and entertainment
  • Summer 2020 travel available
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