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The south of Ireland is soft, lush, and defined by waters. Start your travels in Adare, perhaps Ireland’s prettiest village, founded in the 13th century. From there, head to the ocean and County Cork. This is Ireland’s food capital. It is home to passionate chefs and the centuries-old English Market, with food stalls from around the globe. Onward to Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone, and ask for the gift of eloquence!

Lovely Kinsale Town overlooks the River Bandon. We’ve arranged entrance to the unusual star-shaped fortress at Charles Fort. Embark on a Foodie Tour, then drive to your lodgings in a vibrant market town with quiet, country roads. Glengarriff is a coastal village with beaches on the Beara Peninsula. Walk the shoreline along the bay. Finally, enjoy afternoon tea in a castle, and explore Bunratty Castle and Park. The southwest of Ireland is truly a luscious adventure.

PLAN AND BOOK

Included Unique Activities

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Park
  • Discover the history of the world's most famous ship at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Explore Ireland's best-preserved Star-Shaped Artillery Fortress at Charles Fort
  • Embark on a Food Tour through the Gourmet town of Kinsale
  • Enjoy Afternoon Tea in a Historic 5 Star Castle
Kinsale Town Private Food Tour

Kinsale Town Private Food Tour

Afternoon Tea at Dromoland

Afternoon Tea at Dromoland

Charles Fort

Charles Fort

Titanic Experience Cobh

Titanic Experience Cobh

Blarney Castle and Park Admission

Blarney Castle and Park Admission

Accommodations

1 Night

Country Manor Inn

2 Nights

City Center Luxury Hotel

1 Night

Tranquil Central Hotel

2 Nights

Superior Comfort Hotel

1 Night

Sumptuous Country Inn

Transportation and Guides

  • Rental Car

Meals Included

  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • Kinsale Food Tour
  • Afternoon Tea Castle Experience

Points of Interest

  • Discover Aviation History at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Find both International and Traditional Irish foods at Cork's Famous English Market 
  • Browse beautiful Artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City
  • Stunning and Remote Beara Peninsula, Dursey & Garnish Islands
  • Impressive Ancient History at Drombeg stone circle
  • Ring the Bells of Shandon at St. Anne's Church

Lough Gur, County Limerick

Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick

King John's Castle, County Limerick

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, County Cork

Kinsale, County Cork

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork

Bantry, County Cork

Baltimore Beacon, County Cork

2024 LOW SEASON

Available Dates

Nov, Dec

ON SALE! From $2,251 $2,051 per person

2024 MID SEASON

Available Dates

Sep, Oct

ON SALE! From $2,357 $2,157 per person

2024 HIGH SEASON

Available Dates

Jun, Jul, Aug

ON SALE! From $2,462 $2,262 per person

2025 LOW SEASON

Available Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

ON SALE! From $2,364 $2,164 per person

2025 MID SEASON

Available Dates

Apr, May, Sep, Oct

ON SALE! From $2,475 $2,275 per person

2025 HIGH SEASON

Available Dates

Jun, Jul, Aug

ON SALE! From $2,585 $2,385 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION
  • 7 nights Accommodation from Country Manor to Boutique Hotel

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts Each Morning
  • Kinsale Food Tour
  • Afternoon Tea Castle Experience

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Park
  • Discover the history of the world's most famous ship at the Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Explore Ireland's best-preserved Star-Shaped Artillery Fortress at Charles Fort
  • Embark on a Food Tour through the Gourmet town of Kinsale
  • Enjoy Afternoon Tea in a Historic 5 Star Castle

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Discover Aviation History at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Find both International and Traditional Irish foods at Cork's Famous English Market 
  • Browse beautiful Artwork at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City
  • Stunning and Remote Beara Peninsula, Dursey & Garnish Islands
  • Impressive Ancient History at Drombeg stone circle
  • Ring the Bells of Shandon at St. Anne's Church

Prices Based On

  • Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing 1 room.
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Self-guided vacation package. Choose any date to begin your travels.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a Single Supplement price.

"The whole experience exceeded my expectations"

Jan Crawford

Colorado Springs

This was our first trip to Ireland as well as our first Authentic Vacations trip. We recently completed the "12 night Soul of Ireland" trip as a you-drive. I have to say that the whole experience exceeded my expectations!! The entire experience from the initial booking to the completion of the trip was outstanding! The stress-free aspect of letting someone else plan and make reservations and deal with details (that we used to do ourselves) made the entire trip so much more enjoyable. Each hotel we were booked into was an exceptional experience (including comfort, service and quality). The additional excursions that were included were wonderful as well. I'm now looking at a trip to Scotland in the future. I'll look forward to working with our awesome agent, Amber, again. She was fabulous! Thank you!!

"Amazing Ireland Guided Vacation"

Lindsay S.

topardisewithlove.com

Jorie, I can't thank you enough for all your help, answering all my 50 million questions and also reassuring me that Ireland would be amazing. When switching my group from Egypt to a different destination, I was so flustered and not confident in where to go, but it was so easy to sell into the group. I have to say, Ireland was not necessarily at the top of my list, but oh my gosh, it is now! You and Authentic do an AMAZING job when it comes to Ireland!

My group literally cannot stop talking about our trip and they ALL loved it. The hotels were amazing. Aghadoe and Glenlo literally took the spotlight. Our guide Seamus was phenomenal and our driver Ian was so funny. We all had such a good time! Even with the other 2 couples that were on the trip. I really can't think of one flaw or hiccup.. everything was so seamless and perfect. I think it was some long days driving for some, but ultimately I think everyone knew that it was inevitable to see all of the beauty of Ireland. The bus was so nice and it was nice that it was roomy enough for us all to spread out. Again, I can't really think of one thing that I was 'ehh..'. It was all so amazing!

Again, I can't thank you enough.

"This Guided Vacation far exceeded my wildest dreams"

Lorraine M.

Dear Jen, thank you for all your assistance and patience with our Ireland vacation. This is my lifetime dream. Elegant and fabulous tour. The best guide and bus driver. Small, lovely. This trip far exceeds my wildest dreams. Seamus is witty, well informed and an excellent guide.

"Trip to London and Scotland"

Kathie S.

Agency

My clients LOVED their trip to London and Scotland. They really enjoyed the hotels that Authentic Vacations recommended, especially the Rembrandt. Thank you!

"The entire Ireland trip was a dream"

Jennifer B.

Jackson, NJ

Ellie booked our dream vacation for a total of 15 days to Ireland. We did a self-driving tour with a car rental starting and ending in Dublin. We traveled the entire coastline staying 1 or 2 nights at each hotel. The places arranged for us got better and better each night, ending with our last night in a castle built in 1101. The entire trip was a dream. All the recommendations made to us by Ellie were spot on! I can not wait to work with her again. We plan on returning in a couple years with our adult children. I would definitely use Authentic Vacations again for any trip I plan on taking overseas.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"

Tena

Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"

James

South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"

Michelle

Agency

Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

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