‘An Irish Jolly’ 3-Day Small Group Tour

‘An Irish Jolly’ 3-Day Small Group Tour

Wednesday-Friday, tour starts in Cork and ends in Dublin.

Let Munsterbus Tours maximise your three days exploring Ireland, starting in Cork visiting Kerry and Galway before ending in Dublin. This ‘three-day jolly’ will bring you to many key attractions and of course take you off the beaten track on occasion too ensuring an authentic and intimate journey exploring mystical and magical Ireland. Share this cultural Irish delight with a small group, (maximum 16 persons) including optional extras such as boat trips, horse drawn carriages and a magical evening at a Celtic Steps show to name but a few! We believe attention to detail is key to an unforgettable experience, this is undoubtedly a ‘bucket list’ opportunity, not only will your expert guide enhance your travels but having us make all the arrangements for you will create a stress-free tour truly maximising your adventure. Your guide will bring destinations on this Emerald Isle to life as they share stories and anecdotes with you on this amazing and unforgettable journey.

Day 1: Depart Cork at 10am visiting:

  • Gougane Barra
  • Kenmare
  • Healy Pass
  • Highlights of The Ring of Kerry to include:
  • Killarney National Park
  • Moll’s Gap
  • Ladies View
  • Torc Waterfall
  • Jaunting car ride (optional)

Overnight Killarney

**Celtic Steps extravaganza, spectacular Irish Music, Song & Dance show. (optional)

Day 2:

  • Adare village
  • Bunratty Castle
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Mini Cliffs
  • Boat ride to see cliffs from another angle (optional)

Overnight Galway

Day 3:

  • Salthill
  • Clonmacnoise Abbey
  • Kilbeggan Distillery

Arrive in Dublin at 6pm approx.

An Irish Joll full itinerary

Day 1:  Gougane Barra is one of the most romantic settings for a proposal or a wedding in Ireland, if you plan on popping the question during your visit do let us know and we will be camera ready and have bubbly on ice to toast you! This location is again surrounded by mystery and folklore, here St Finbarr and a fire breathing, slimy creature with ferocious claws called Luiwee had an epic battle which lasted for 5 days and 5 nights until Finbarr finally won the day. Luiwee left the lake and slid down the Lee Valley gouging out the two river channels visible to this very day. St Finbarr decided to settle in the area, founded a monastery and Cork was born. Soak up the scenery in this haven of peace and tranquillity, in the middle of the lake there is an island with a nineteenth century oratory and the ruins of an ancient monastic site dating back to the 6th century. From Gougane Barra we travel to Glengariff 1st before taking ‘The Healy Pass’, a famine road created in 1847, littered with rocks and sheep, when you reach the highest vantage point stop and admire the view, this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the whole of Ireland, it is strikingly beautiful and unspoilt. After you savour the moment we will travel to the colourful town of Kenmare for lunch before we explore The Highlights of The Ring of Kerry including Moll’s Gap, Ladies View where you will first see the spectacular three lakes of Killarney and then onto Torc Waterfall. Take your time to soak in the views @ each of these historic and breath-taking locations. For those interested, we can arrange a Jarvey ride traveling in a horse drawn jaunting car, a unique way to see Killarney’s National Park, quintessentially Ireland! After a day of saints, mythical creatures, famine and awe-inspiring scenery we spend the night in Ireland’s number one tourist town, Killarney. Prepare to be spellbound if you wish to join us that evening visiting The Celtic Steps extravaganza, this is a traditional Irish music, song, and dance show featuring a cast of World & All Ireland Champions. This is a sensational show and a dramatic end to another fantastic day on tour.

Day 2: Leaving the Kingdom of Kerry behind we first visit the quaint little ‘chocolate box’ village of Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. This designated heritage village with its delightful thatched roof cottages, antique shops, boutiques, tea rooms, lively pubs and medieval monasteries it is the typical scenic town you would expect to see in Ireland, a must stop for a photo opportunity. From Adare to Bunratty Castle, once the site of a Viking trading camp in 970 it is now Ireland’s most complete standing medieval fortress. Take a step back in time with this window into Ireland’s history again another great photo opportunity before we travel up through the rugged west coast to visit the truly amazing Cliffs of Moher and Burren region. Towering above The Atlantic Ocean the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Of course, it is no surprise that some ‘tall tales’ surround the cliffs, there is a legend of unrequited love where a sea witch who was smitten with the Irish hero Cu Chulainn chased him across the Cliffs, lost her footing and was dashed against the rocks. Hags Head is the name given to the most southerly point of he cliffs as they resemble a woman looking out to sea, where legend has it Mal, the old hag fell to her death. So be warned, watch your step as you hover above the Atlantic Ocean, there is a sheer drop of 700 feet from a comparatively flat meadow, simply breath-taking. Harry Potter fans will recognise the large cave at the base of the cliffs and wildlife enthusiasts will delight at the variety of birds the area attracts. If you look south towards Spanish Point you might catch a glimpse of Kilstiffen, another legend has it that the city sank when its chieftain lost a golden key in battle, once every 7 years the city with its golden roofs may be seen shining far below the surface. Weather permitting, you have the option to take a boat ride to view these magical and spectacular cliffs from yet another angle. After you digest all this folklore we go to the lovely little fishing village of Doolin for lunch, they even brew their own local craft beer ‘Dooliner’ and for educational purposes, of course, you might wish to sample a pint or two. We also include a visit to the mini cliffs with stunning views across Galway Bay and the Aran Islands before we head to ‘The City of Tribes’. After a day of thatched cottages, medieval fortresses lost cities and lost love we stay overnight in Galway the city of Tribes, home to Spanish Arch, Shop Street and the Latin Quarter where you will be spoilt for choice with the selection of quirky pubs, talented musicians and street performers. A superb ending to yet another fascinatingly magic and mystical day.

Day 3: We start our final day on tour by visiting the wonderful town of Salthill, with a 2km long promenade, known locally as ‘the prom’ it is Ireland’s longest seaside promenade overlooking Galway Bay and The Aran Islands. Take a stroll or relax with a coffee, (or something stronger if you prefer!) in one of the many bars and restaurants along the prom, soak up the atmosphere and the spectacular views, on a clear day you feel as though you can reach across the bay and touch the Clare Hills. From Salthill we travel cross-country to visit Clonmacnoise, with its ruined cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, high crosses and the largest collection of early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe, here you will find a vast story told in stone that keeps alive Ireland’s legacy of The Land of Saints and Scholars. The monastery was founded by St Ciarán in the middle of the sixth century, and his cow also features heavily in Irish folklore. This was no ordinary cow, it was a dun cow, (greyish in colour) she was an excellent milker and legend has it that she had the ability to supply the entire monastery with milk! Her hide became a relic and a stone where she fell and broke her hip a pilgrim station at Clonmacnoise and she was commemorated in The Book of The Dun Cow. Whilst today it boasts a sense of calm and serenity at its height it was a bustling settlement with many craftsmen, labourers, farmworkers, markets etc. You will be fascinated by the amazing biblical scenes carved on the crosses, this was a way to spread Christianity at a time when few could read or write. Literally steeped in history, Clonmacnoise has survived many Viking attacks and it was destroyed for the final time in 1552 by the English where it lay in ruins for hundreds of years. Enjoy wandering around one of Ireland’s holiest and most significant monastic sites and savour the peace and tranquillity you will experience there. Leaving the spirits to rest at Clonamcnoise we enjoy spirits of a liquid kind at the Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest distillery in the world! Discover the history of authentic artisan Irish whiskey and of course, no visit is complete without sampling it yourself. Here you will find whiskey is still being produced using ancient traditions passed on from generation to generation. Situated along the picturesque River Brosna this is an excellent place to culminate our few days touring Ireland.

What’s Included:

  • 3 full days touring.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation, 1 x hotel, and 1 x guesthouse inclusive of breakfast daily.
  • Professional, knowledgeable tour guide
  • Air-conditioned luxury 16 seat Mercedes Sprinter
  • Entrance fees to The Cliffs of Moher €6 & Kilbeggan Distillery €14.
  • All relevant tolls and taxes
  • A little bit of history, some tall tales, (always the ‘truth’ of course!) and a few laughs on the route too.

Optional Extras:

  • Jaunting car ride €15
  • Celtic Steps Extravaganza €30
  • Boat ride @ Cliffs of Moher €15
  • Lunches, evening meals and drinks

FAQ about our small group multi day tours:

  • Are these tours suitable for persons with mobility concerns?

Yes, these tours are suitable for all levels of fitness and any walking would just be a stroll. The vehicles are not wheelchair accessible, but we can stow a light weight fold away wheelchair in the luggage compartment. You must advise us before booking the tour if you will be using a wheelchair or mobility aid and we will make every effort to accommodate your requirements. If you need to travel with a service dog we must be notified before booking your tour, due to accommodation restrictions and consideration for fellow travellers we might not always be able to facilitate this request.

  • Are these tours suitable for solo travellers?

Yes, it is an ideal and safe way to travel, you will meet lots of others on tour to share the experience with. We do charge a single supplement to cover the additional cost of accommodation as regular room prices are based on two sharing.

  • Is there much free time on tour?

Yes, we want you to truly embrace the Irish culture and hospitality so there are optional activities daily which you can choose to do or have this additional free time instead to explore the area yourself. Each day we have you at your hotel/guesthouse for approx. 5.30pm and you can enjoy a relaxed evening or maybe you might join others in the group for dinner, you decide.

  • What time and where do tours depart from?

The 5 Day Ireland Unravelled departs from Dublin city centre at 10am on Monday morning and the 3 Day Irish Jolly departs from Kent (train) Station in Cork at 10am on Wednesday morning. All tours end in Dublin city centre on Fri evening approx. 5.30pm, you must make your own transfer/accommodation arrangements on that evening.

  • Are there any luggage restrictions?

With up to 16 persons on board we do have to have to be mindful of available space so each guest is allowed a standard size suitcase and one piece of carry-on luggage each.

  • What do I need to bring on tour with me?

A camera, phone, hat and gloves in winter months, sunglasses, sun cream and dress in layers so you can add or remove depending on the weather. Of course, you must always bring a sense of humour or you are not permitted to join the group!

  • What type of accommodations will we be staying in?

We use very reputable hotels and guesthouses and they are all chosen to add to the overall experience, they are always conveniently located within walking distance of the relevant town you are staying in overnight and all have ensuite facilities.

  • What type of vehicle will we be traveling in?

All our groups travel in comfort on board a luxury 16 seat Mercedes vehicle with superior quality and safety features. The luxury reclining seats offer spacious leg room, full climate control, free Wi-Fi on board with USB connections in each section. Offering complimentary chilled water for all our guests, just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

  • Are there age restrictions on these tours?

We set a minimum age of 10 years old.

  • Is there a toilet on board?

No, there is not a toilet on the vehicle but there are lots of natural breaks along the way.

  • What to wear on tour?

Comfortable shoes, i.e. trainers or hiking boots would be ideal, a rain jacket and a sweater should cover all eventualities. Formal wear is not required as these tours are very casual.

  • Can I pre-book a specific seat?

No, you cannot book/secure a specific seat and in the interest of fairness we encourage everyone to move around each day, this is left to the discretion of your driver/guide to manage.

  • Are we guaranteed departure for all tours booked?

Yes, all tours are guaranteed to depart once a minimum of two persons has booked a specific date.

  • What happens if I arrive late for a tour?

Our cancellation policy applies if you do not present yourself as scheduled for a tour.

  • Are the itineraries flexible?

The itineraries are pre planned but there is always an element of flexibility, our professional driver/guides will pace the tour to suit the group and ultimately, we want the experience to be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible for all on board. Sometimes weather conditions might also change plans but the overnight destinations always remain the same.

  • Who are the tour guides?

Our guides are highly trained professionals, our tours are not scripted and no two are ever the same. They will share many stories and anecdotes on route (mostly true!) and of course there will be lots of laughs along the way too.

  • Is the luggage on the same vehicle and who is responsible for moving it?

Yes, the luggage is kept in the storage compartment of the vehicle and you will be responsible for moving your own bag to and from your accommodation, anyone who requires special assistance will of course receive same.  

  • How do I book a tour?

We would be delighted to welcome you on one of our multi day small group tours, to secure a place we recommend you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment at a later stage. We keep groups to a maximum of 16 persons so tours do book up quickly especially in peak season. You can make an instant booking using our on-line calendar by paying a deposit, (payment in full is required if booking less hat 60 days before the tour commences), alternatively you can contact us via mail or phone if you would like to discuss further.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy can be reviewed in detail in our terms and conditions section, we are happy to transfer a booking to an alternative date, subject to availability with a minimum of 30 days’ notice, deposits for group tours are non-refundable.

  • Dietary requirements, can these be easily catered for?

If you have any special dietary requirements, please do advise us when booking your tour and we will in turn inform your hotel/guesthouse of same, every effort will be made to facilitate your requests. Restaurants in Ireland generally cater well for all types of dietary requirements, so you should have lots of choice on route.

  • Do the group eat/ socialise together in the evenings?

That varies depending on the group, if you do wish to dine together your driver/guide can assist you with making a group reservation for dinner.

  • Is a gratuity included in the price of the tour?

No, this is entirely at your discretion, you will see how passionate and enthusiastic your driver/guide is and how attentive they are to your needs throughout the tour, typically guests would tip approx. €10 per person per day on tour if they enjoyed the experience.

 

We at Munsterbus Tours put a lot of thought and planning into these tours so you don’t have to! We want you to just book a suitable date and let us take care of the rest, for a stress free, professional, entertaining and authentic tour contact us today and let the journey begin, our experience will ensure you enjoy your experience!

 

 

**If your preferred travel date is listed as ‘fully booked’, please do contact us to see if we can accommodate you, info@munsterbus.ie

**We do not charge any additional fees for credit/debit card use

Price Per Person

750.00

Single Supplement: €175

3 days touring inclusive of 2 nights’ accommodation based on two persons sharing.

Departure Dates 2019

Wednesdays:

1st, 15th, 22nd & 29th May

12th, 19th & 26th June

10th, 17th & 24th July

7th, 14th & 28th August

11th & 25th September

Get in Touch

Contact us with any additional queries: info@munsterbus.ie

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