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Discover Dublin By Boat

1. Discover Dublin By Boat

Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800, and how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.

Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

2. Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

Admire the tower of Glendalough, the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. Depart from Dublin and make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Galway is a popular city on Ireland's West Coast, attracting tens of thousands of tourists each year. This picturesque town is jam packed with traditional shops, pubs and eateries, as well as boasting an interesting historic background. There's no better way to discover it all than on this city sightseeing Galway tour.  Starting at Eyre Square, passengers will immediately be greeted by some of Galway's interesting history as the bus approaches The Browne Doorway. This feature is famous for being a doorway to the homes of some of Galway's wealthiest merchants and members of the Tribes of Galway. Other historic landmarks along the route include the Spanish Arch and the striking Lynch's Castle. The castle is one of the finest examples of Irish Gothic style architecture in the city - having been built in the 16th century. Today, Galway is recognized by many for being the focal point of Ed Sheeran's Number 1 Single, Galway Girl. If you're a fan, make sure you hop-off at either The Long Walk or O'Connors Pub, which were both featured in the popular music video. If you'd like to experience the more vibrant side of Galway, hop-off at the Salthill Village. Here, you'll find what used to be a traditional fishing village, but today is one of the city's most lively and popular tourist spots. Enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants along the harbor whilst enjoying beautiful, picturesque views. To see some of the city's most impressive architectures, make sure you hop off at the Galway Cathedral stop and pay a visit. The full list of tour stops are -  1. Eyre Square (Main Stop) 2. Forster Street Hotel 3. Spanish Arch (Galway City Museum) 4. Wild Atlantic Way Mid-Point 5. Black Rock Diving Board 6. Cashelmara 7. Salthill Camping & Caravan Parks 8. Circle of Life Garden 9. Galway Bay Seaview Apartments 10. O'Connors Famous Pub 11. National University of Ireland Galway 12. Galway Cathedral

Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

4. Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Experience Galway from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view. With your expert guide, discover key points of interest and get insider tips on food, drink, and other activities in the city. Start the tour at the historical Eyre Square area. Learn first about wealthy merchant families who made Galway one of the wealthiest places in medieval Europe. Hear further tales of invaders, visiting presidents, movie stars, and the local legends who helped put Galway on the map. Stroll through the medieval city center, with several stops en route to highlight the historical significance of the area. See sights like the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle, and Saint Nicholas's Collegiate church, among others. Get a glimpse of what makes Galway so important when it comes to its fame as a haven for artists. Learn more about cultural events such as the Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Festival which take place during the year. Conclude the tour at the buzzing Spanish Arch area beside the sea, with a detailed introduction given to the Claddagh village and its people.

Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

5. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south to the vibrant city of Cork. Kills the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, admire Georgian buildings in the city center, and visit Cork Harbor to see a Victorian era train station and transatlantic terminal.   Depart by train from Heuston Station in the early morning for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Head to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes.  Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Set in a beautifully-restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at in the evening. 

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

6. Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you enter Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Built circa 1028, the sacred monument is perfectly located in the heart of the city's medieval center and features a beautiful interior and the largest crypt in Ireland. Constructed in the early 12th century, and the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today, the crypt is home to some fascinating memorials and curiosities. Look at the treasury, and see the mummified cat and rat. According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into the pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in "Finnegans Wake" and are known locally - with typical Dublin wit - as "Tom and Jerry." Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who beat a path to the church in the Middle Ages. Learn about the important collection of relics in the church. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles of the nave. 

Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

7. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

8. 5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

Spend five full days in Western Ireland, a landscape studded by breathtaking cliffs and seaside towns. Kiss the Blarney Stone and get the Gift of Gab, take the Ring of Kerry tour, stand on the majestic Cliffs of Moher, and explore the Aran Islands on this 5-day guided tour. Today, visit the famed Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. See the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then hop on the train to a charming bed and breakfast in the town of Killarney. Day 2: Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay (Meals: B) Embark on the breathtaking Ring of Kerry tour, where you will get to view Ireland's most spectacular scenery along the Dingle Peninsula and bay. See the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Carrantouhill (Ireland's highest mountain), Ladies' View, and the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Day 3: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay (Meals: B) Head down to Limerick to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher, jutting out over the Atlantic Ocean. Pay a visit to Bunratty Castle, then stop in at O'Connors Pub in Doolin before seeing Galway Bay. Day 4: Inishmór, Fort Dun Aengus (Meals: B) Fly to Inishmor and explore the largest of the Aran Islands. After lunch in Kilronan, enjoy a tour of the ancient fort Dun Aengus, admiring its sharp cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Day 5: Kylemore Abbey (Meals: B) Visit the district of Connemara, flanked by a coastline full of peninsulas, and tour Kylemore Abbey, home to a community of nuns that has resided there since 1920. Explore this site, the oldest benedictine abbey in Ireland, before departing for Dublin.

Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

9. Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

This tour brings you to the best places in the Wicklow mountains. Your Italian guide will brief you about the monastic site of St. Kevin in Glendalough and will walk you to the lakes in the National Park. Visit the award-winning gardens at Powerscourt with their curious pet graveyard, the Japanese garden, the winged horses, the Rapunzel tower, and much much more. After a full day of fresh outdoor exploring, take the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish Stew at the pub Johnnie Fox's, probably the most hidden gem of the Wicklow mountains. Menu: • Starter: Salad or vegetable soup with brown homemade bread • Main: Irish stew or vegetarian lasagne • Dessert: Whiskey cake • Tea or coffee • Vegetarian, vegan and kids options available on request

Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

10. Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

Take a gentle 2.5-3-hour stroll through Dublin and visit 6-7 independently-owned gastronomic gems with a local guide. Savor a tasting using the best of Irish produce at each place, and meet the purveyors or makers. As you walk through the city's small, local neighborhoods, relish a range of tastings that reflect the current food scene. Sample new and contemporary tastes, as well as established traditional fare. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of this lively and charming city.

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Mark our guide and Bojan our driver were both great! I was about to list our favorite parts of the trip, but realized I was listing everything. Highlights were just the beautiful drive itself, the nature all around us, and the Sheep Dog display. We weren’t sure about the sheep dog “thing” when we booked and it ended up being incredible! Bring some money IF you have a doggo at home because he had some incredible 100% irish, hand made leashes and collars (amongst other awesome 100% irish products) for sale afterwards. We loved this and are SO GLAD we booked this. Highlight of our whole trip for sure. Good communication but make sure to bring lunch or snacks as some of the stops don’t have food.

Mark was a great tour guide. What I liked the most about this day trip is that they give us enough time to explore all the stops. They also gave us the freedom to eat anywhere we wanted. They did not take us to any overpriced restaurant and made us eat there, which I think it was great. Would definitely recommend this company for day tour from dublin. Bus was comfortable and all seats had working phone usb chargers.

Really enjoyed our trip. Tony & team made us and our 6 month old feel very welcome. The tour guide's storytelling was great

One of the most beautiful places we went to - I would suggest it be a not miss journey !

Absolutely amazing, brilliant guide, so funny and a lot of knowledge! Defs do it again