Ireland: The Great Irish Tour - 17 days

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16-day motorcycle tour from/to Dublin. The coastal roads of Ireland are an area predestined for motorcycle tours! You will pass barren landscapes, lush green, quaint little towns and along many routes you will be accompanied by a fantastic view of the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Pricing

Price
- 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 "driving distance". )
Price per person in double room 2-bed cabin: (rider) €1,469.00 $1,634.20 ?
Price per person in double room 2-bed interior cabin: (pillion passenger) €1,169.00 $1,300.46 ?
Price per person in single room 1-bed cabin: (rider) €2,019.00 $2,246.05 ?
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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) €1,899.00 $2,112.56 ?
Price per person in double room 2-bed interior cabin: (pillion passenger) €1,599.00 $1,778.82 ?
Price per person in single room 1-bed cabin: (rider) €3,169.00 $3,525.38 ?
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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

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

More details
Arrival :
The trip is offered without flights and transfers. You are welcome to book your flight with us (various departure airports are possible) and the transfers from and to the airport. You will find more information in the price section of the tour. Dublin Airport is located just a few kilometres outside the city and is connected by public transport, so you can also use it. The transfer from the hotel in Dublin to the rental station at the gates of Dublin and back is included in the price - if you book a rental motorcycle through us.
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Check-in:
Please note that some airlines charge extra fees for check-in at the airport counter. However, most airlines offer (free) online check-in, so you can choose your seat from the comfort of your own home.
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Accessibility:
Please note that the trip is not or only partially suitable for people with physical limitations.
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Equipment of the optional rental motorcycles:
All motorcycles are equipped with side cases and top case as well as inside pockets. They have stable but compact and lightweight cable locks. A tyre repair kit is available. A "Garmin Zumo GPS" can be rented optionally.
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Parking spaces:
For this trip we usually use hotels that have parking spaces. We will reserve a pitch for you when you book (where possible, no claim). Parking fees may apply, which must be paid on site.
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Tolls Ireland:
Please note that the Dublin Ring Road (M50) and other roads and tunnels in Ireland are subject to tolls. You will be automatically registered as you pass through and then pay the fee either online or at one of the registered payment points. The fee must be paid by 20.00 the following day.
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Entry requirements Ireland:
Ireland is a member of the EU, but not of the Schengen area. German citizens require an identity card or passport with sufficient validity (duration of stay + three months). For other nationals, please contact the respective embassy. Further information on the current entry regulations at the Federal Foreign Office at www.auswaertiges-amt.de * Please note that you are responsible for compliance with the above entry regulations yourself.
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Health regulations:
Please contact your family doctor for vaccination advice for the target area. Please read the travel information of the Federal Foreign Office at www.auswaertiges-amt.de
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.

The coastal roads of Ireland are an area predestined for motorcycle tours! You will pass barren landscapes, lush green, quaint little towns and along many routes you will be accompanied by a fantastic view of the wild Atlantic Ocean. The Antrim coast to the north with the Giant's Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, the rugged karst landscape of Burren, the three peninsulas of Dingle, Beara and Iveragh with the Ring of Kerry, ... spectacular views abound. Again and again you 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 people during a stop in the small towns.

Tour character:

Our king tour through Ireland - with your own motorbike: More than 3,000 km of the most beautiful panorama await you. In addition, winding roads, lonely side roads and the view of the wild Atlantic again and again. Three nights in Kenmare allow an intensive exploration of the surrounding area and the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas 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:

1st day: Arrival

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

2nd day: Hull - Snowdonia (about 300 km)

Arrival at Hull in the morning (approx 8.00am). Then ride across the UK to the Snowdonia region on the Welsh coast. If you like, use the time for a detour through the Snowdonia National Park. Overnight stay in Conway, Caernarfon or surroundings.

3rd day: Snowdonia - Holyhead - Dublin (about 50 km + ferry passage Holyhead - Dublin)

You ride to Holyhead and take the ferry to Dublin (departure approx. 08.55). After your arrival (approx. 12.10 pm) you have time to explore the lively metropolis. In the evening it is worth visiting the lively Temple Bar district in the heart of the city. Overnight stay in Dublin.

4th day: Dublin - Belfast (about 190 km)

Now your actual round trip around the Emerald Isle begins. It will first go to Northern Ireland. On the way you'll pass through the Boyne Valley, a veritable treasure trove of prehistoric and early Christian sites. The Newgrange tumulus was built around 3,000 BC. The early Christian monastic settlement of Monasterboice is also worth seeing. Overnight stay in Belfast.

5th day: 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 Queens University as well as the Titanic Visitor Centre. Then ride along the Antrim Coast Road, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe. Close to Bushmills, Giant's Causeway, the "Giant's Causeway" is located: more than 40,000 basalt columns form the cliffs close to the sea. Overnight stay in/at Bushmills.

6th day: 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 will often follow the Wild Atlantic Way and reach the coastal town of Dunfanaghy in the lonely north of County Donegal. Overnight stay in/at Dunfanaghy.

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

Past 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. On we go to Sligo. In the nearby village of Drumcliff is the grave of the Irish poet W. B. Yeats. The table mountain Ben Bulben provides a magnificent backdrop in the background! Overnight stay in/near Sligo.

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

County Mayo is one of the least densely populated areas in Ireland and is characterised by raised bogs. At Ballycastle the steep coast of St. Patrick's 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 Ocean. Overnight stay on Achill Island or surroundings.

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

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

10th day: 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 vertically into the Atlantic Ocean for over 200 metres. Following the coast you will pass through County Clare to the lighthouse of Loop Head. With a ferry you cross the River Shannon. Overnight stay in/with Tarbert.

11th day: Tarbert - Dingle Peninsula - Kenmare (about 270 km)

The Dingle Peninsula! The coastal road takes you over 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. The day's destination is Kenmare, the base for exploring the two spectacular peninsulas of Iveragh and Beara. Overnight stay in/at Kenmare.

12th day: 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. It is always worthwhile making small detours. The picturesque village of Sneem is worth a little stroll through the centre. The Skellig Coast Road leads to the extreme west of the peninsula and finally to the small port of Portmagee. From there you can make a detour to Valentia Island. Overnight stay in/at Kenmare.

13th day: 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 northern Ivaragh Peninsula, but at least as worth seeing. In the small fishing villages there is always a pub and an opportunity for a nice chat with the locals. Overnight stay in/at Kenmare.

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

Continuation to Cork, second largest city of the Republic of Ireland. Nevertheless, the centre, which is characterised by water, is manageable. The nearby natural harbour of Cobh was not only one of the most important emigration ports of Ireland, but also the last stop of the Titanic before she sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Through coastal towns such as Dungarvan, you'll ride to Waterford, widely famous for the Waterford Crystal. Overnight stay in/near Waterford.

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

Ride through the "Garden of Ireland", the Wicklow Mountains. Highlights are the early Christian monastery district of 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.

16th day: Departure

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

17th day: Arrival in Rotterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.00 am) you will reach Rotterdam, where your journey ends.