Motorcycle Tour
Ireland: The Great Irish Tour - 17 days

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17-day motorcycle tour from/to Dublin (incl. ferry from/to Rotterdam).

Pricing

- The prices indicated are Bed and Breakfast minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Bed & Breakfast variant: You will usually stay in typical bed and breakfast accommodation - private guest rooms with shower/WC. "Bed and breakfast is the classic way to live in Ireland. In private houses we offer you comfortable rooms with shower/WC. Legendary is the Irish breakfast, which is also served with warm meals. Please note that bed-and-breakfast accommodation can also be located outside built-up areas. If necessary, restaurants or pubs are within "riding distance". )
Price per person in double room 2-bed cabin: (rider) €1,499.00 $1,667.57 ?
Price per person in double room 2-bed interior cabin: (pillion passenger) €1,199.00 $1,333.84 ?
Price per person in single room 1-bed cabin: (rider) €2,389.00 $2,657.66 ?
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- The indicated prices are hotel minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Hotel option: You will usually stay in middle class hotels, in smaller towns sometimes also in bed and breakfast accommodation. In Dublin, we usually deliberately choose a hotel just outside the city centre, but make sure that it is connected to public transport and has good parking facilities. This has the advantage that you do not have to cross the city centre, and parking is scarce and expensive. Hotel prices in Dublin's city centre have also risen dramatically in recent years. )
Price per person in double room 2-bed cabin: (rider) €1,799.00 $2,001.31 ?
Price per person in double room 2-bed interior cabin: (pillion passenger) €1,499.00 $1,667.57 ?
Price per person in single room 1-bed cabin: (rider) €2,999.00 $3,336.26 ?
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Bookable options:
Extra charge for the transport of a motorcycle with sidecar on the ferry(s). Price per vehicle and trip. €348.00 $387.14 ?
2-bed cabin outside Premier €28.00 $31.15 ?
1 berth cabin outside Club Stateroom €240.00 $266.99 ?
1-bed cabin outside Premier €56.00 $62.30 ?
2 berth cabin outside Club Stateroom Double bed €120.00 $133.49 ?

Features

Ferry routes Rotterdam - Hull - Rotterdam in a 2-bed cabin inside (bunk beds) with shower/WC (without on-board catering)
Ferry passages Holyhead - Dublin - Holyhead (no cabin, no catering)
Motorcycle transport on the ferries
14 nights in hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation (depending on the category booked) in rooms with bath or shower/WC
Breakfast (except on day 16 in Dublin)
Ferry Killimer - Tarbert
Route description and GPS data
Maps and information material
one travel book per room
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Parking fees
if applicable, tolls
optional excursions and visits
local tax, if applicable

More details

Arrival: Please note that this tour includes the ferry from/to Rotterdam and motorcycle transport on the ferry. The tour is ridden with your own motorcycle.
Meals on the ferries: Meals are provided on the ferries in the on-board restaurants - payable locally. On some ferry routes we offer meal packages that can be booked in advance. These can be found under the optional services in the price section of the trip and can only be booked directly in connection with the trip, a subsequent addition is not possible.
Route description and GPS data: The route description and GPS data correspond to the course of the trip according to the invitation to tender. Individual changes and optional programs are not considered.
Parking spaces: We generally use hotels that have parking spaces on this trip. We reserve a parking space for you when booking (where possible, no claim). Parking fees may apply, which you are kindly requested to pay on site. The amount of the parking fees can vary greatly depending on the location and hotel.
Tolls Ireland: Please note that the Dublin Ring Road (M50), as well as other roads and tunnels in Ireland, are subject to tolls. You will be automatically registered when passing through and will then pay the fee either online or at one of the registered payment points. The fee must be paid by 8pm the following day.
Optional excursion programs: You can add bookable excursions and city tours to your individual trip.
Entry requirements Great Britain: For entry to Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), German nationals require an identity card or passport, each with sufficient validity. Other nationals should enquire at the embassy concerned. Children need their own identity document, the entry in the parents' passport is no longer accepted.
Entry requirements Ireland: Ireland is a member of the EU, but not of the Schengen area. German citizens need an identity card or passport with sufficient validity for entry. Other nationals please enquire at the embassy concerned. Children need their own identity document, the entry in the passport of the parents is no longer accepted.
Please note that you are responsible for your own compliance with entry requirements and that entry requirements are subject to change at any time.
Health requirements: Please contact your family doctor regarding vaccination advice for the destination.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

The coastal roads of Ireland are predestined for motorcycle tours! You'll pass barren landscapes, lush greenery, quaint towns and are accompanied along many routes by fantastic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean. The Antrim coast in the north with the Giant's Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, the rugged karst landscape of the Burren, the three peninsulas of Dingle, Beara and Iveragh with the Ring of Kerry, ... spectacular views abound. Again and again you will follow the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest and most fascinating coastal roads in the world. And last but not least, you can convince yourself of the hospitality of the Irish during a stop in the small towns.

Tour Character:

Our king tour through Ireland - with your own motorcycle: more than 3,000 km of the most beautiful panorama await you. In addition, winding roads, lonely back roads and again and again the view of the wild Atlantic. Three nights in Kenmare allow an intensive exploration of the surroundings and the peninsulas Iveragh and Beara without luggage. The daily stages are between 130 and 300 km, two longer stages lead through Great Britain on the way there and back.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival

Individual arrival at the ferry port of Rotterdam, embarkation and departure (approx. 20.30 hrs) towards Hull in Great Britain. Overnight stay on board.

Day 2: Hull - Snowdonia (approx. 300 km)

Arrival in Hull in the morning (approx. 8.00 o'clock). Then you ride once across Great Britain up to the region Snowdonia at the Welsh coast. If you like, you can use the time for a detour through the Snowdonia National Park. Overnight in Conway, Caernarfon or the surrounding area.

Day 3: Snowdonia - Holyhead - Dublin (approx. 50 km + ferry passage Holyhead - Dublin)

You ride to Holyhead and take the ferry to Dublin (departure approx. 08.55 hrs). After your arrival (approx. 12.10 o'clock) you have time to explore the lively metropolis. In the evening, a visit to the lively Temple Bar district in the heart of the city is well worthwhile. Overnight stay in Dublin.

Day 4: Dublin - Belfast (approx. 190 km)

Now your actual round trip around the Emerald Isle starts. First of all it goes to Northern Ireland. On the way you will pass the Boyne Valley, a real treasure of prehistoric and early Christian sights. The barrow of Newgrange was built around 3,000 BC. The early Christian monastic settlement of Monasterboice is also worth a visit. Overnight stay in Belfast.

Day 5: Belfast - Antrim Coast (approx. 130 km)

In the morning time for Belfast. Worth seeing are the City Hall, the Grand Opera, the Albert Clock Tower and the Queens University as well as the Titanic Visitor Centre. Afterwards ride on the Antrim Coast Road, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe. Near Bushmills, lies Giant's Causeway, the "causeway of the giant": more than 40,000 basalt columns form the cliffs close to the sea. Overnight stay in/near Bushmills.

Day 6: Antrim Coast - Malin Head - Dunfanaghy (approx. 170 or 240 km)

You pass Dunluce Castle and head for Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland. From now on you often follow the Wild Atlantic Way and reach the coastal town of Dunfanaghy in the lonely north of County Donegal. Overnight stay in/near Dunfanaghy.

Day 7: Dunfanaghy - Slieve Leagues - Sligo (approx. 250 km)

Passing the Glenveigh National Park and through the lonely Crocknamurrin Mountains you reach Glencolumbkille. Detour to the Slieve Leagues: At over 600 metres, they are among the highest cliffs in Europe. Continue on to Sligo. In the nearby village of Drumcliff you will find the grave of the Irish poet W. B. Yeats. Table Mountain Ben Bulben provides a magnificent backdrop! Overnight in/near Sligo.

Day 8: Sligo - Achill Island (approx. 190 km)

County Mayo is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Ireland and is characterised by high moors. Near Ballycastle the steep coast of St. Patricks Head is impressive. On Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, Heinrich Böll wrote his "Irish Diary" in the early 1950s. A round trip is rewarded with sensational views of the Atlantic. Overnight on Achill Island or the surrounding area.

Day 9: Achill Island - Connemara - Galway (approx. 270 km)

Along Clew Bay and past the holy mountain Croagh Patrick you reach one of the loneliest and most romantic regions of Ireland: Connemara! At Killary Harbour you can take a boat trip, visit the picturesque Kylemore Abbey and explore the small town of Clifden. You follow the Atlantic Ocean on lonely back roads and reach Galway. Overnight stay in/near Galway.

Day 10: Galway - Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Tarbert (approx. 220 km)

Passing Dunguire Castle you enter the Burren, a fascinating karst landscape, and soon reach the Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 metres vertically into the Atlantic. Following the coast you ride through County Clare to the lighthouse of Loop Head. You will cross the River Shannon by ferry. Overnight stay in/near Tarbert.

Day 11: Tarbert - Dingle Peninsula - Kenmare (approx. 270 km)

The Dingle Peninsula! The coastal road leads over the Connor Pass and through the colourful fishing town of Dingle on a circular route to the cliffs of Slea Head and the early Christian Gallerus Oratory. Daytime destination is Kenmare, base for exploring the two spectacular peninsulas of Iveragh and Beara. Overnight in/near Kenmare.

Day 12: Iveragh Peninsula & Ring of Kerry (approx. 200 km)

The Ring of Kerry circles the Iveragh Peninsula and is Ireland's most famous scenic road, running - often narrow - between the Atlantic Ocean and the McGillycuddy Reeks. Small detours are always worthwhile. The picturesque village of Sneem is worth a stroll through the centre. The Skellig Coast Road leads to the far west of the peninsula and finally to the small harbour of Portmagee. From there you can take a detour to Valentia Island. Overnight stay in/near Kenmare.

Day 13: Beara Peninsula (approx. 160 km)

Almost an insider tip is the Beara Peninsula with its lonely fishing villages and rugged coasts. It is not quite as famous as the Ivaragh Peninsula to the north, but at least as worth seeing. In the small fishing villages you will always find a pub and an opportunity for a nice chat with the locals. Overnight stay in/near Kenmare.

Day 14: Kenmare - Cork - Waterford (approx. 300 or 325 km)

Continue to Cork, the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Nevertheless, the city centre, which is shaped by the water, is manageable. The nearby natural harbour of Cobh was not only one of the most important emigration ports in Ireland, but also the last station of the Titanic before it sank in the Atlantic. Ride through coastal towns such as Dungarvan to Waterford, widely famous for the Waterford Crystal. Overnight in/near Waterford.

Day 15: Waterford - Wicklow Mountains - Dublin (approx. 210 km)

Ride through the "Garden of Ireland", the Wicklow Mountains. Highlights are the early Christian monastery district Glendalough and the huge park of Powerscourt House. Your destination for the day is Dublin, which you can explore further in the evening. Overnight stay in Dublin.

Day 16: Departure

In the morning (approx. 8.10am) take the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales and ride back to Hull (approx. 350 km). Embarkation and departure (approx. 20.30 hrs) to Rotterdam. Overnight stay on board.

Day 17: Arrival in Rotterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.00 a.m.) you arrive in Rotterdam, where your journey ends.