Southern Ireland Explorer - duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1: Dublin

Arrive at Dublin and transfer to your city centre hotel. Spend the remainder of the day soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city which includes statue lined O'Connell Street, with the "Spire" at its centre and the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter uprising and many elegant Georgian squares. Why not visit some of its many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Book of Kells at Trinity College or Old Jameson Distillery? Overnight.

Day 2: Dublin - Powerscourt & Wicklow – The Garden of Ireland & Waterford

Breakfast. This morning, depart by road for Wicklow, the "Garden of Ireland". Travel through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to visit Powerscourt Gardens. Stroll around the 45 acre garden, long regarded as one of the most splendid in Europe. It includes formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes which have over 200 variations of trees and shrubs. Continue to Glendalough, the "Valley of the Two Lakes", a 6th century monastic site of great historic interest and a renowned beauty spot of Ireland. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the 6th monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Continuing south towards Waterford, visit the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship in New Ross, to see the magnificent masts and rigging of the historic emigrant ship. Continue to Waterford for overnight.

Day 3: Waterford & the Vee

Breakfast. This morning, take a scheduled walking tour of Waterford city, where the guide brings the fascinating history of the city alive. Waterford City was established in Viking times and it has an exciting medieval flavor and riverside bustle. Visit the world famous House of Waterford Crystal, comprising a crystal factory tour, visitor centre and opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Travel north through the Knockmealdown Mountains and the famous Vee to the heritage town of Lismore. The Vee, a spectacular gap in the mountains, gives views of west Waterford, Tipperary and the Galtee Mountains in the distance. Return to Waterford for overnight. Overnight.

Day 4: Waterford – Kilkenny & Dublin

Breakfast. Travel northwards to the medieval city of Kilkenny. Take some time to stroll through the narrow streets and alleyways of the City, visit Kilkenny Castle, standing on a majestic site beside the river Nore in the heart of historic and picturesque city. This magnificent castle, dating from 1172, lies in a beautiful 50-acre park. Travel northwards, to visit the Irish National Stud, St. Fiachra's Garden and Japanese Gardens just outside the town of Kildare. Overnight.

Day 5: Dublin

Breakfast. Transfer to Dublin Airport.