Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway)

      Killarney, Dingle & Galway

      27 reviews
      Duration: 7 days
      Group size: 6 - 20
      Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway)
      Killarney, Dingle & Galway

      27 reviews

      Duration: 7 days
      Group size: 6 - 20

      About this trip

      Join us for an action-packed week touring the beautiful West Coast of Ireland. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a true small group experience with an expert local guide,  16 people max led by Stephen McPhilemy or one of our team of 100% Irish and experienced guides.

      This is the ideal tour to experience the Wild Atlantic Way. 

      You’ll stay in the charming and lively towns of Killarney, Dingle and Galway. 

      Dine like royalty, enjoy music-filled pubs, meet the locals (and our Irish Wolfhounds!), sing our songs and learn the lively history of our proud land.

      This is a fun, relaxed and VIP-style tour full of authentic Irish experiences.

      The small group-size ensures wonderful personalised service.

      What’s included

      • All accommodation
        Fine Irish hotels & guesthouses
      • All activities
        No hidden extras, everything we do and visit is included in your tour price
      • All breakfasts
        hearty Irish breakfasts each day
      • 1 dinner
        home-made meal in Dingle, glass of wine included
      • 1 lunch
        a picnic of fine Irish cheese & prosecco
      • Tips
        Tips to your guide and driver included
      • Driver tip
        We tip your Irish driver €25 per day total, you're welcome to to add some extra if you wish but not expected

      Available Packages

      Per person, sharing twin/double room

      Per person, sharing twin/double room with a tour-guest you are travelling with. 

      Deposit: €350
      Solo traveller (one person in bedroom)

      A private bedroom all to yourself. Solo traveller or travelling with friends or family and prefer to not share a bedroom, no worries. 

      (The single supplement fee is approximately €400 more than the regular 'twin/double-sharing price, due to the fact that in most hotels a single-occupancy room for 1 guest is the same price as a double/twin rooms for 2 guests)

      Deposit: €350


      Day 1
      Dublin to Killarney

      [9.00am] Depart central Dublin. Pickup at the Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury's Inn, Christchurch. Directly opposite Christchurch Cathedral and one minute walk from the Harding Hotel). We’ll enjoy some commentary on Dublin’s attractions, en route to the lush Irish countryside. 

      Onwards to Cashel, its a long way to Tipperary (2 hours actually!)

      [11.00] We'll make tea/coffee break en-route to the 'Golden Vale' of Ireland. You’ll be able have an itinerary Q&A session with your 'Essential Ireland' Tour-Guide during this stop.

      [mid-day] The Rock of Cashel. Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick in one of Irelands blockbuster archaeological sights, we’ll enjoy a guided tour led by your passionate ‘Essential Ireland’ Guide and history buff or if available - one of the great guides on site. The views are simply awe-inspiring, the history of this sight is awesome.

      Free for lunch in one of the many bakeries, cafes or pubs of charming Cashel

      [2pm] Depart for Killarney, one the jewels in Ireland’s crown, welcoming tourists since the visit of Queen Victoria in the 1860s.

      [4pm] Arrive in Killarney, relax by the magnificent Lakes. Short orientation tour and evening free in Killarney, one of Ireland’s most welcoming and picturesque towns, excellent for shopping and strolling through the lively streets.

      Later you're welcome to join us for a fun Irish-Ballad Music evening.

      Your Organizer

      Essential Ireland Tours & Travel Ltd.
      27 reviews
      Famous for our small-group, VIP-style, Ireland Tours (8-16 guests) 🇮🇪 Created by award-winning Irish Tour-guide Steve McPhilemy (Rick Steves' right-hand man in Ireland for over 20 years) & Irish-American travel-enthusiast Patrick Wade to provide wonderful, fun & value-for-money Irish experiences for our friends, family and international guests.


      We had a wonderful experience with Essential Ireland. Chris and Stephen were very informative, had a great sense of humor,and were looking out for our best interests - we had a 2 year old in the group:) Killarney National Park was lovely, and we appreciated personal time to hike before starting our day. Ashford Castle, the Burren, the beaches, the peat bog, and the Great Blasket Center were fascinating, but the highlight for us was Dingle and our stay at Milltown. From the moment we were greeted by Seamus and our gracious hosts, we felt at home. The delicious breakfasts, the Irish music and dance presentation, the side trips to town and beyond, and most especially the falconry will leave us with lasting memories.
      By Sue W for Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway) on Jun 20, 2024
      Many thanks Sue for your kind words and highly positive review of your 'private tour' with Essential Ireland Tours, it was such a pleasure to host you all and tour through our beloved Ireland together. Delighted to read you enjoyed all the Irish activities and cultural highlights and we hope to welcome you again in the near future. Le meas/with respect Stephen Mcphilemy Founder & Chief Tour-Guide Essential Ireland Tours
      Our first trip to Ireland. We absolutely loved the tour from Essential Ireland. The accommodations, the experiences (crystal cutting, falconry, sheepdog demo, whiskey tasting, Blasket Island Center, Jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park, and so much more), the wonderful breakfasts at all places, guide Stephen's terrific driving through the narrow roads along the Wild Atlantic Way and his amazing commentary of the history of Ireland and its people as he drove...this trip more than lived up to our expectations. Only downside was the group was a little larger than advertised (21 instead of cap of 15) - but it did not really hinder our experiences. We loved the amount of time spent in the smaller towns of Killarney, Dingle and Galway. We did the Dingle Sea Safari on our 'free day' and it was the highlight of our trip - but we had amazing weather to experience it, so it's a crap shoot. This trip allowed for lots of free time to shop, eat and experience the local vibes as well - Stephen gave great recommendations for local pubs/live music.
      By JODY B for Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway) on Jun 20, 2024
      Thank you so much for the lovely positive review Jody, it really helps other travellers decide to tour with us at Essential Ireland Tours. Our tour was such fun and it was a really great group, I loved guiding every minute of it. This particular tour departure had some tour-guests who could not travel on the next open date (which had 12 tour guests) or the previous tour (which only had 6 tour guests on the tour) and trying to make sure they enjoyed an Irish experience on the only possible date, we permitted going over our max on this one occasion, but we have a system in place now to ensure we will always stay at 16 tour-guests or under (our average throughout the year is actually 12 tour-guests. In April 2024 I led this tour with just 2 guests! We have a never-ever-cancel guarantee). But as you kindly pointed out, the group size didn't hinder our experiences and our brand new tour-bus had 30 seats. Still, we wont be going over 16 participants again in future I assure you. Delighted to read you loved the hotels, the experiences and all the great activities we include every day on our Essential Ireland tours. Best wishes from Dingle bay, we hope to tour with you again in the near future. Slainte! Good health! Stephen McPhilemy Founder and chief Tour-Guide Essential Ireland Tours
      Wonderful tour with a small group. The tour leader had an extremely in-depth knowledge, but the group was small enough to adapt for individual preferences, and left enough free time for personal choice. Highest recommendation!!
      By Anne W for Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway) on Jun 12, 2024
      Thank you sincerely Anne for your kind words, it was a pleasure to guide this tour and introduce our small group of 14 to my beloved Ireland. Im happy to read you enjoyed the relaxed pace of our Essential Ireland Tours and also the way we go in-depth in Irish history and culture. Best wishes to both of you and hope to see you "on the road again" sometime in the near future. Is mise le meas/from me to you with respect Stephen McPhilemy Founder and chief Tour-Guide Essential Ireland Tours
      This trip was exactly what I had hoped for & expected based on the information presented in advance. The small group of 14 people allowed well timed visits, the transmission of information & a congenial association of interested travelers of assorted ages. My two grown daughters accompanied me & were charmed by the whole experience. We especially liked the beautiful surroundings & interaction with animals ( hold the baby lambs, sheep herding, falconry) .Every part of the trip was timed perfectly with lots of free time. Stephen's knowledge of past history as well as the present day political scene gave us a broad background that enhanced the tour. Accommodations were excellent. The small bus was extremely comfortable. Stops were timed to insure individual needs were met. I"d definitely recommend this trip without hesitation.
      By Meryl K for Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway) on Jun 11, 2024
      Nice group size. Good flexibility. Nice pace to trip - didn't feel rushed anywhere. Comfortable coach. Knowledgeable guide. Perfect way to check off Ireland on my bucket list!
      By Mary F for Wild Atlantic Way 7 days (Killarney, Dingle & Galway) on Jun 11, 2024
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