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Rental car tour - Ireland

Ireland Family Trip

Highlights

  • Travel the country flexibly with a rental car

  • Set your own pace

  • Comfortable accommodations for quiet nights

  • Get to know the hospitable and child-friendly Irish

  • Year-round destination thanks to mild climate

Description

The green island of Ireland attracts young and old with its varied landscape. Experience an exciting journey customized according to your wishes for your entire family. Whether you prefer easy walks or visiting a petting zoo - the child-friendly island has something adventurous at every corner. Thanks to your rental car, you can set your own pace.

Destination

Europe

Dublin - Carlow - Kerry - Galway - Connemara - Dublin

Cead mile failte — welcome to Ireland! After landing at the airport, collect your luggage and pick up your rental car for the next few days.

On the way to your first hotel, stop in Kildare and take some time to visit the picturesque National Stud Farm and beautiful Japanese gardens. Admire the internationally awarded stallions that are the pride of the nation. The lovingly tended green spaces of the Japanese gardens are adorned with exotic plants and radiate a unique flair.

On the way to your first destination, you will pass the island's green landscapes and shamrocks as far as the eye can see. Did you know that shamrocks are the unofficial national symbol of Ireland? Who in your family will find the most four-leaf clovers during your vacation?

Duration Dublin - Carlow: about 1 hour 30 minutes / about 120 km

Overnight stay incl. breakfast in the Carlow/Port Laoise region, Ireland

Today your family will go on a journey into the past. The medieval city of Kilkenny is your first stop, and the winding streets give you the feeling that time has stood still. But the town is not only known for its cityscape but also the imposing eponymous 12th-century castle. It belonged to the influential Butler family for several centuries before it became the city's property in 1967. Its 800-year existence is marked by numerous extensions and changes, resulting in a complex structure of different architectural styles. Arts and crafts are also well known, which is why the former stables of the castle now house the Kilkenny Design Center, which is well worth seeing.

The tour's last stage will take you to your next accommodation in Kerry. Do not miss the walk through the streets. You will hear traditional music from numerous pubs — even the little ones might feel like dancing.

Duration: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes / approx. 250 km

Overnight stay incl. breakfast in the Kerry region, Ireland

Today you will enjoy Ireland's most beautiful coastal road: the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s “Route 66.” The 170-kilometer-long route takes you past picturesque villages and surprises with magnificent views of the Atlantic coast.

If you drive the route clockwise, the tour starts at Killarney National Park, south of Killarney. Stop at the Ladies View vantage point and soak in an incomparable view over the lakes of Killarney. On this route, you will also pass Derrynane House, which has belonged to the family of Irish national hero Daniel O'Connell for years. Today, numerous exhibits on display relate to his life, especially his political involvement during the 19th century. Get to know one of the most influential people in Ireland in a short time.

Duration: approx. 4 hours / approx. 200 km

Overnight incl. breakfast in the Kerry region, Ireland

After breakfast, it’s time to pack your bags again. Make your way to Claire, where you can visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher. You and your children can take the ferry across the Shannon at Tarbert as a varied alternative to the overland route via Limerick. An exceptional experience to rediscover nature.

You can enjoy a view over the sea to the offshore Aran Islands in good weather. On a boat trip from Doolin, you can admire the cliffs from a different perspective (optional).

The tour continues to Galway in the karst region of the Burren. Even from a distance, you can recognize the barren landscapes and somewhat lost rock formations formed during the last ice age and remind you more of a lunar landscape than of the green island. Despite this mystical barrenness, this sensitive ecosystem is home to over 2000 rare plants and vegetation. Which ones will you explore with your children?

Duration: approx. 4 hours / approx. 280 km

Overnight incl. breakfast in the Galway region, Ireland

The vast Connemara Moorlands north of Galway are known for their tranquility and remoteness; experience Ireland's solitude. In the Gaeltacht region, Irish culture is still alive and well today. Why don’t you and your kids talk to a local who speaks fluent Gaelic? Have you noticed how the language has changed in the big cities and how different it sounds? An authentic cultural experience.

If your children are full of energy and you also feel like getting active. You can climb Diamond Hill at Connemara National Park, 445 meters high, from where you have an excellent view of the coast and the hilly landscape.

If your children want to feel more like knights, you should visit Kylemore Abbey, a Victorian castle run by Benedictine nuns.

As you continue your journey, you will pass endless green areas dotted with white patches. If you take a closer look, you will see that many woolly sheep graze on the lush green meadows and thus characterize the landscape.

Duration of the trip: approx. 2 hours / approx. 200 km

Overnight incl. breakfast in the Galway Region, Ireland

It’s already time to head back to Dublin. But don't worry, on the way there, you will find many exciting places where a shorter or longer break is worthwhile. Go back to sites you didn’t have time to see before. What did your family like best?

You will arrive in Dublin in the early afternoon, so use the rest of the day to relax or get to know the city. The Georgian Quarter around Merrion Square, famous for its colorful alleys, invites you to stroll.

At the venerable Trinity College (which dates back to the late 16th century), you can visit the famous Book of Kells, the work of the angels. You can learn about Dublin and its past at the General Post Office on O'Connell Street, which opened its doors in memory of the Easter Rising. The exhibition will give a comprehensive insight into the political evolution of Ireland.

Duration: approx. 3 hours / approx. 250 km

2 nights with breakfast in the Dublin region, Ireland

Today you will pack your bags and return the rental car. The untouched Irish nature and seclusion will surely remain in your memory as well as the big cities with their combination of originality and modernity. Ireland is always worth the visit and we will be happy to take you there again.

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Talbot Hotel Carlow****, Carlow, Ireland (1 night)

The elegantly furnished rooms at Talbot Hotel Carlow have en-suite bathrooms with luxurious care products and towels. The facilities also include a TV and free WLAN. The Liberty Tree Restaurant offers modern cuisine, while the Corries Bar & Bistro serves traditional Irish food and drinks. The Inspirit Health and Leisure Club offers a fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and a 20-meter pool with a children's area.

Castlerosse Hotel***, Kerry, Ireland (2 nights)

The Castlerosse Hotel is located in a well-tended park landscape directly at the lake, 2 kilometers from the city of Killarney. Enjoy the incredible mountain or lake view. Parking and WLAN are free of charge in the accommodation. You will find a TV and a bathroom with a hairdryer, shower, and bathtub in the rooms.

The hotel also has a tennis court, a fitness center, and a mini club. Due to its location, the hotel is ideal for exploring the beautiful city.

Leenane Hotel***, Galway, Ireland (2 nights)

On the fjord Killary Harbour, the Leenane Hotel can proudly call itself Ireland's oldest inn. The family-run hotel, dating from 1796, offers traditional home cooking, antique furniture, and an impressive view. Great value is placed on local ingredients and fresh fish from the sea, and vegetables from the hotel's very own garden.

The rooms welcome you with traditional decor and beautiful antiques.

City West Hotel****, Dublin, Ireland (2 nights)

The 4-star hotel is located on the outskirts of Dublin with easy access to the M50 freeway. The City West Hotel welcomes you in the middle of 97 hectares of parkland and has a fitness and leisure area, as well as an 18-hole golf course and numerous bars and restaurants. The spacious rooms are a crowd pleaser with their modern furnishings and private bathroom. Further equipment includes a television, tea and coffee facilities, and a desk.

The Guinness Storehouse can be reached within a 20-minute drive.

Closest airport: Dublin Airport

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:
    • 1 overnight stay at Talbot Hotel**** with breakfast in a standard family room in Carlow
    • 2 nights at the Castlerosse Hotel*** with breakfast in a standard family room in Kerry
    • 2 nights at Leenane Hotel*** with breakfast in a standard family room in Galway
    • 2 nights at City West Hotel**** with breakfast in a standard family room in Dublin
  • 8 days of rental car category C (VW Golf or similar) from/to Dublin
  • The stated price (referring to 1 double and 2 single beds) is valid in the travel period 01.11.21 - 15.12.21 and 01.01.22 - 31.03.22

Rental car

  • Attention: left-hand traffic! Please note that the Irish drive on the other side of the road.
  • Insurance with deductible (150€ for a VW Golf)
  • Theft protection
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - an insurance similar to the fully comprehensive insurance
  • Service fee for the rental car station
  • Taxes
  • Minimum age 25 years - for drivers aged 23 and 24, there is an additional fee
  • The driver must have held a driver's license for at least one year
  • Other rental car categories are available on request

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Excursions (sightseeing, entrance fees etc.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel protection
  • Car rental deposit (to be paid on site)
  • Additional services: Driver & luggage insurance, GPS, child seats, and additional drivers (bookable on site at the rental car station)

Notes

  • Accommodation is subject to change (depending on availability)
  • B&Bs are not available in downtown Dublin - they are usually located in the outskirts of the city in the same region

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