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Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Temple Bar is a riverside nightlife and cultural quarter, home to the Irish Film Institute. Bustling, largely pedestrianised Grafton Street is the city’s principal shopping area, also famed for its buskers.

Area: 115 km²

Weather: 8°C, Wind E at 10 km/h, 84% Humidity

Getting there: 6 h 40 min flight. View flights

Local time: Sunday 1:47 PM

Population: 527,612 (2011) UNdata

 

After freshening up and recovering from the journey at your gorgeous hotel, you’ll meet your local guide who will show you all the ins and outs of this cosmopolitan capital on the banks of the River Liffey. Continue your journey to the stately squares of the city, flanked by gorgeous Georgian townhouses that served as home to some of the city’s most famous inhabitants, including the playwright Oscar Wilde, who is honored with a charming statue in nearby Merrion Square.
Today sees you turning from the banks of the Irish Sea into the heart of this breathtaking country, past rolling verdant hills and quaint villages and through the sweeping plains of the Curragh. Stop by the stables of the Irish National Stud, a world-famous facility that has produced some of the finest flat track and steeplechase horses in history.
Finish your day in lovely Limerick on the banks of the swaying River Shannon, where the locals are welcoming and the sights are scintillating.
Turn north along the rugged coast of the roaring Atlantic until reaching the savage and poetic Cliffs of Moher, nearly 700 feet of soaring coastal beauty. Visit O’Brien’s Tower, constructed by eponymous lord to impress young ladies with its magnificent view, and revel in the endless beauty of this wild place, from the Aran Islands rising from the churn of Galway Bay to the climbing Twelve Bins. This is sure to a scene you will never forget.
Cross the Shannon estuary and turn to the pulsing green heart of the Emerald Isle, Counties Cork and Kerry. Drive past Killorglin to begin the ride of your life, a tour that conjures up the history, charm and tradition of this incredible country: the Ring of Kerry. Spend some time in nature at the Ladies’ View, then soak in the glories of human construction at the elegant Tudor mansion called Muckross House. It is all on display in scenic County Kerry.
Venture from County Kerry southeast to County Cork, into the heartlands of Ireland’s rebellious spirit, a place the locals claim is the true capital of Ireland. Make your way to the outskirts to walk the ramparts and brave the dip at Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give all who kiss it the endemically Irish gift of gab.
Your trek back along the rocky road to Dublin takes you through some of the richest cultural sites in the country, displaying the full range of the culture and customs of the Emerald Isle.
Spend your final evening in Dublin, soaking up the energy and pulse of Ireland one last time.
After a week of discovering Ireland, your vacation comes to an end: after a hearty breakfast, you’ll be taken to the Dublin Airport, where all through customs your heart and mind will be filled with the ceaseless and captivating charm of Ireland.
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