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Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway Full-Day Trip with Visitor Centre Entry

2. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway Full-Day Trip with Visitor Centre Entry

Witness the dramatic features of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on a guided full-day tour of Ireland’s west coast from Dublin. Explore the vibrant city of Galway. Depart from Dublin and learn about the region from your guide as you go west. Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher and follow the cliff path to the edge for breathtaking views over the Atlantic. Breathe in the ocean wind and hear the waves crashing below. Go to the interactive Cliffs of Moher visitor center, where a large multimedia screen displays a bird's-eye view from the cliffs and the underwater caves. Then, stop at The Burren and get photos of its otherworldly landscape. Take in the mighty coastal views on the way to your next stop, the city of Galway. Discover the city's old-world charm on cobblestone streets and stroll through the city’s quaint streets full of music, shops, and typical Irish atmosphere. Finish your day with the journey back to Dublin.

From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

3. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Tour the vast Wicklow Mountains and see the monastery of Glendalough. Lose yourself in the medieval lanes of Kilkenny. From Dublin, head first to Glendalough. There you’ll have time to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland, in an area renowned for its magnificent scenery and monastic ruins that date back to the 10th century. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains national park. Pass famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys to the glacial valleys of the Wicklow Gap. Arrive at Kilkenny, once the medieval capital of Ireland and home to Ireland’s finest Norman castle. Have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Then, make your way back to Dublin.

Irish Whiskey Museum: Guided Tour and Whiskey Tasting

4. Irish Whiskey Museum: Guided Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Embark on a journey through time in a historic setting, as the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey is revealed. Learn about its rise to glory, its dramatic fall and of course, its current revival. Experience a story never told before in such a unique setting, during an hour-long interactive experience. Daily guided tours unveil the humble beginnings of Irish whiskey, when a foul tasting liquid was used to ease the woes of a troubled and poor nation. Known originally in Gaelic as uisca beatha, over time it was translated to whiskee, and then to whiskey, as it is known today. Enjoy listening to entertaining storytellers as they take you through the magical tale. At the end of the tour there’s a generous whiskey tasting led by experienced master whiskey tasters, giving you the opportunity to sample a range of excellent Irish whiskeys and learn the subtle differences between them, discovering the unique flavors locked inside.

From Dublin: Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

5. From Dublin: Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

Set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned bus and watch Dublin's urban cityscape give way to the rolling, green hills of the Irish countryside. Drive through several areas of interest, including the Galtee Mountains and the Curragh in County Kildare, which is home to Ireland's National Stud Farm. First, arrive at Blarney Castle which is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the “gift of the gab." Be sure to explore the rest of Blarney Castle as well as its lush grounds and woodland walks. Discover the scenic Rock Close by taking the Wishing Steps.  Depart Cork and arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Explore the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Round Tower, and the surrounding grounds filled with ancient high crosses. Admire one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings inside this world-famous historical landmark. For your final stop of the day, visit one of Ireland's largest and best-preserved castles, Cahir Castle. The Castle was built in the 13th century, to house the Butler family. Built as a defensive castle it still boasts a lot of the original structure. Afterward, return to Dublin city center to complete your tour.

Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey Blending Experience

6. Irish Whiskey Museum: Whiskey Blending Experience

Enter the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin for a fully guided tour and interactive tasting experience. Learn the origins of Irish whiskey and its rise to glory and dramatic fall before the current revival of the industry. Listen to wonderful stories told by entertaining guides as they take you back through the ages of Irish whiskey. See a unique collection of Irish whiskey memorabilia that dates back to the 1800s, mixed with a modern twist. This is one memory you are sure to savor. After your 45-minute tour, relax over 4 types of Irish whiskey in the modern tasting bar. Listen to a master blender's explanations about everything you need to know about producing and tasting whiskey.  Put your knowledge into practice and become a master blender yourself! Spend time crafting and sampling your own unique blend of Irish whiskey, and take home a personalized miniature bottle as a keepsake.

Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

7. Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

Go to Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus to experience a museum unlike any other. Whether you are young or old, a culture vulture or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded, the National Wax Museum is the ultimate entertainment experience. Wander the galleries to try out the exciting interactive attractions, including a salute to the legacy of Dublin’s literary heritage in the Writers Room, and the stages of Irish history in the Time Vaults.   Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, at 22-25 Westmoreland Street, the museum is housed over 3 floors and covers 13,000 square feet in a historic Lafayette landmark building. Designed to deliver the most thrilling interactive experience possible, attractions include an enchanting children's wax world, Ireland's only dedicated tribute to its top scientific inventors, a Father Ted room and all the exceptional lifelike waxwork characters you can imagine.

Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

8. Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

9. Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit Ireland’s most famous castle on a full-day tour from Dublin. Enjoy free time to explore the city of Cork and visit Blarney Castle. Stroll in the footsteps of St Patrick at the Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Meet your guide at Paddy's Palace in Dublin and hop aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled van for a scenic drive through green fields and dairy farms of the Golden Vale of County Cork. Enjoy panoramic views of the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary. Stop in Cork on banks of the River Lee and spend an hour of free time exploring the city at your own pace. Have the option to visit the historic English Market, or marvel at the architecture of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Drive on to Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said that if you kiss the stone you will receive the “gift of the gab” for 7 years. Pucker up and kiss the stone or snap a picture.  Explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave. Take advantage of the tax free shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop. Step back in time at the evocative Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Depart for Dublin on a path through the Golden Vale of County Tipperary and arrive back in the city at night. 

St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

10. St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Built in 1220, the Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, hosting sung services twice daily Sunday through Friday, and also serves as a popular visitor attraction. On view are a selection of artifacts relating to Jonathan Swift, the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745 and author of Gulliver’s Travels. The cathedral also features a new Discovery Space with iPads playing samples of their choir and touch screen technology illuminating the cathedral’s long history. Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of all Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.  

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This tour was the best tour I could have expected out of the day. CJ (the tour guide) and Vedren (the coach bus driver) we’re fantastic. CJ was knowledgeable, clear in his descriptions and planning for the group, and super considerate in when to let the group rest/get off the mic (which can be a huge annoyance for a tour member). Vedren navigated the windy roads of Ireland like a pro. I know that even my 90+ year old grandmother would be comfortable, had she come on the tour. Thanks to both of these two + all those at Finn McCools! Merry Christmas!

We had an amazing time! Gina was super informative and hilarious and gave us a great pub recommendation for Galway City, and Vic’s driving skills are beyond reproach (he parallel parked our charter bus better than I can park a car). The mini stops at the Barren and monastery were nice as well. Highly recommend!

What a beautiful tour! The locations are truly magical. Fantastically guided and navigated by Fergul and Vedicu (sorry if I misspelled)! Very knowledgable guide and so much fun as well. Next time I am in Ireland, I definitely want to stay longer on this side of the country!

10/10 definitely recommend this tour! It was a wonderful day and Gina and Vic were an incredible team. I learned so much about Ireland from Gina and the sights were beautiful. A perfect day trip to see Ireland outside of Dublin!

Tour guide was amazing! bus was very clean. Amazing tour and would recommend to anyone!