Ireland's scenic Wild Atlantic Way
- Round trip
- 13 nights
- per person
- based on 2 persons
Road trip along Ireland's scenic 'Wild Atlantic Way' with excursions
The Irish 'Wild Atlantic Way' is a 2,500-kilometre route that takes you through beautiful landscapes, and cultural and historical sights. On this road trip, you'll see part of the route as you travel from Dublin to Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare and Kerry. There are plenty of opportunities on the route to explore the region's unique, unspoiled locations at your own pace. In particular, the west coast of Ireland offers spectacular natural scenes in which green plains with grazing sheep contrast with the rough cliffs and endless stretches of beach. All of your hotels along with way come with breakfast, along with tickets to some of Ireland's top attractions. A fjord cruise has even been arranged for you. So, pack your suitcase, get behind the wheel and make this memorable road trip through wild, wonderful Ireland a reality.
- 13 nights in 4-star hotels
- Tickets to Guinness Brewery in Dublin (Day 2)
- Tickets to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens (Day 6, only from December to March)
- Fjord cruise at Killary Fjord (Day 7, only from April to November)
- Tickets to Kilkenny Castle (Day 12)
Day 1: Dublin
Your journey begins in Dublin, where live music, whiskey, great architecture and a relaxed atmosphere meet. Once you've checked in at your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day, and a few hours the next day, to explore Dublin.
Dublin city centre is small, so most sights can be e…
Day 2-3: County Donegal
If you didn't manage to drink Guinness over your first day in Ireland, there is plenty of opportunity today. On Day 2, you have tickets to Dublin's most popular attraction: the Guinness Brewery. It opened in December 2000 and tells the story of this world-famous beer. To top off the tour…
Day 4: County Sligo
On Day 4 you'll get back behind the wheel to continue your adventure. Today's journey is a short one (about 65 kilometres) driving from Donegal to Sligo. The coast between the two cities is a kilometre-long zigzag of sandy beaches, foaming waves and pretty coastal villages. The route is …
Day 5: County Mayo
Are you ready to experience another spectacular part of Ireland? On Day 5 you will head towards the beautiful landscapes of County Mayo. Drive about 100 kilometres, leaving enough time to experience some of the area's attractions en route. Visit the Gothic ruins of Moyne Abbey, or enjoy the …
Day 6-7: County Galway, Connemara National Park and Clifden
On Day 6 you will drive to Galway. If you don't mind getting up a little earlier, drive around 50 kilometres to Connemara National Park in the early morning to enjoy the dewy morning air. The national park is full of contrasts and is characterised by impressive mountains, thousands of sheep …
Day 8: Galway, Cliffs of Moher and County Clare
After breakfast on Day 8, you can back into your car and drive about 80 kilometres towards Galway - or "Gaillimh", as the city is called in Irish. In the charming town of Galway, explore the historic centre, walk past Galway Cathedral, and stroll along the busy Quay Lane pedestrian str…
Day 9-10: County Kerry and Killarney
On Day 9, you will drive around 200 kilometres south towards the county of Kerry. On the way there, you can experience a natural paradise with lush green hills, impressive mountains and beautiful views. When you arrive at your hotel, you can relax and make plans for the days ahead.
Day 11: County Cork
On Day 11, drive from County Kerry to Cork, in County Cork. Although Cork is the second largest city in Ireland, it is anything but big. Instead, it offers a charming, compact city centre and an intimate atmosphere. The streets are full of restaurants, quirky shops, and a good dose of live music…
Day 12: Kilkenny
Enjoy a delicious Irish breakfast on Day 12, before setting off for the medieval town of Kilkenny. Kilkenny is about 100 kilometres from Cork and is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Ireland - it's full of real Irish charm with its 13th-century cobbled streets. The 19th-centur…
Day 13: County Kildare and departure on Day 14
The last stop on your Irish road trip takes you approximately 120 kilometres north to County Kildare, west of Dublin. You have the rest of the day to fully enjoy Ireland, be it a long walk, a game of golf or a last day-trip back to Dublin.
On Day 13, it's time to say goodbye to wild,…
If you want to make your trip even more unforgettable, you can book the following excursions. Excursions can be selected when booking.
• Oyster experience in Sligo (Day 4)
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (4pm) you have the opportunity to experience Sligo's local oyster culture. In addition to interesting information about the harvest of oysters, you will receive tips and tricks on how to open the precious mussels and finally have the opportunity to taste them. The experience lasts about 1 hour. An English-speaking guide, oyster tasting and a glass of wine are included.
• Boat tour on the cliffs of Moher (Day 8) •
A boat trip on the cliffs of Moher (March to October, daily at 12pm and 3pm) is a spectacular experience. The boat sails about 20 minutes before arriving at the steepest part of the rock formation. The boat tour takes about 1 hour. An audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian is included.
• Horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney (Day 9 or 10) •
Enjoy the purest Irish tradition on board a Killarney horse-drawn carriage. In one of the traditional horse-drawn carriages called "Jaunting Cars" you will be taken from Killarney to Ross Castle, which takes about 1 hour. The tour includes a guide and is available 7 days a week, at 10am,, 11am or 12pm.
• Titanic Experience in Cobh (Days 11 or 12) •
Not far from Cork, in the city of Cobh, you can check in on a (virtual) trip across the Atlantic at the Titanic Experience Museum. During the visit, you can experience life on board the fateful Titanic. The guided part of the experience lasts about 1 hour, after which you can explore the museum on your own. Times: April to September between 9am and 6pm, October to March between 10am and 5.30pm. The one-hour tours take place every 15-30 minutes.
• Jameson Distillery Midleton Tour (Day 11 or 12) •
Discover the fascinating history of Irish whiskey by visiting the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. You will learn everything about the different stages of whiskey production - from grain picking to malting, fermentation, distillation, maturation and bottling. The tour lasts about 75 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide.
- Fuel, parking and toll fees
If you book this deal before 42 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.
Your booking is a direct contract between you and the hotel for the provision of your hotel booking. The hotel is liable for the proper execution of the agreement. Section 2 (individual travel services) of The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (B) apply to this booking.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be additional entry requirements in effect at your destination, which are subject to change at short notice. Please familiarise yourself with the latest requirements before departure via your government's foreign advice service.
Maximum 2 people per room.
The single supplement is based on travel dates and duration of travel. You will see the final price in the booking process.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take children (people under the age of 18) on this trip.
Pets are not permitted on this trip.
You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 5 days prior to departure at the latest.
In case the above mentioned hotels are unavailable, you'll stay in comparable hotels in the nearby surroundings. You'll receive the final accommodations with your travel documents, 5 days before departure at the latest.
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