Ireland Adventure Travel & Walking Tours | Classic Journeys
Introduction
The Ring of Kerry. The Dingle Peninsula. The Killarney Lakes. You may have heard of them. But that's just where Classic Journeys begins. We'll also take easy walks on the high peninsulas and wild seashores. You'll get a not very useful but absolutely fascinating lesson in how farmers cut peat. There's optional golf on spectacular links. And for the  name alone—McGillicuddy's Reeks—we love Ireland's highest mountain range, and we'll show you why. Maybe you can tell: Ireland makes us happy. It's stunningly beautiful. The people are even warmer and more good-humored than the cliché. And from stately Killarney to sheep-clogged country lanes overlooking the sea, you'll get a complete and memorable taste of Irish life.
Ireland
Cultural Walking Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
Picture yourself...
  • Walking breathtaking peninsulas and sandy shores
  • Exploring centuries-old ruins on a remote island
  • Socializing with locals at colorful pubs
  • You can start any of our tours
    on any day of the year
    Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
    Travel solo in the best
    of company
    We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
    Itinerary at a glance
    We meet in Killarney and take a brief ride to Torc Waterfall for an easy warm-up walk and picnic in Killarney National Park. Lovely Kenmare is our home for the first two nights. On the Beara Peninsula we'll explore the magnificent 19th century woodland gardens at Derreen and the luxuriant display of rhododendrons and camellias.

    Moving to the sea, we follow the ancient Mass path into Waterville (1 night) on the Ring of Kerry. We'll visit one of Ireland's fine ancestral homes, Derrynane House, cross the dunes to the beach (and a swim if you like) then stroll back along the shores of Ballinskelligs Bay. After a ferry trip out to majestic Skellig Michael Island, we'll share with you a favorite island walk past colonies of seabirds to an ancient ruined monastery. Later, the day ends in the colorful fishing port of Dingle (2 nights). From here, we walk a stretch of the famed coastal path to Dunquin and the Blasket Islands Heritage Center. 

    Glaciers carved the way for the beautiful and gentle footpath we'll take through the Gap of Dunloe en route to lunch at Lord Brandon's cottage. Captivated by story-telling boatmen, we sail across the Killarney Lakes to our manor house hotel in Killarney town (1 night). After dinner, we'll drop in on the local pub for some traditional music and dance. Our final day leads us to Muckross House and Gardens, as well as 15th century Muckross Abbey. We part company at the Killarney rail station.
    Ireland
    Cultural Walking Adventure
    6 Days / 5 Nights
    Starting Point: Killarney -- 12:00 pm – Lobby of Hotel Randles Court
    Ending Point: Killarney Rail Station -- 1:00 pm
    Let us create a special departure or itinerary just for you.
    You can start any of our tours<br>on any day of the year
    Let us adapt any Classic Journeys itinerary as a private, custom tour to fit your schedule and special interests.
    Travel solo in the best<br>of company
    We welcome solo travel on our walking and culinary tours with single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere. 
    Tour Dates & Prices
    Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
    TOUR DATES
    TOUR PRICES
    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
    June 14-20, 2015$4195.00$595.00
    July 5-11, 2015$4195.00$595.00
    September 13-19, 2015$4195.00$595.00
    • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
    • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
    • Trip literature
    • All land transportation during the trip
    • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
    Ireland
    Cultural Walking Adventure
    6 Days / 5 Nights
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    Hotels
    Killarney Park Hotel

    A member of Leading Hotels of the World, and a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award-winner, the family-run, 5 star hotel has tennis courts, an extensive spa and an indoor swimming pool for recreation. Bedrooms are all beautifully appointed with a king bed and small seating area from where your views include the scenic mature gardens or charming Killarney town.

    Sheen Falls Lodge

    Overlooking picturesque Sheen Falls and just outside the village of Kenmare, the five-star, Relais & Chateaux Lodge welcomes its guests to a collection of luxury cottages and villas. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, between the world famous Ring of Kerry and the spectacular Ring of Beara, Sheen Falls Lodge is rated the #1 hotel in Ireland by Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Gold List.

    For the Love of Ireland, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers -
    Susan Cahill
    A rich anthology of writing about Ireland by such Irish luminaries as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, William Trevor, Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien and Samuel Beckett.

    How the Irish Saved Civilization -
    Thomas Cahill
    This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages. An interesting look at this forgotten chapter in history.

    Ireland
    Cultural Walking Adventure
    6 Days / 5 Nights
    Ireland, and the southwest coast in particular, has a very temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable, with a daily range from 65 to 70 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 degrees. In the summer during our trips, the region does not have very significant temperature extremes. However, it can often be cool and misty in the morning.
    WHAT GUESTS SAY
    We had a wonderfully diverse group on our tour with excellent senses of humor. The best part was walking a gorgeous countryside with new old friends!

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