Saturday - DEPART FROM HOME Your Irish vacation begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: IRELAND.
Sunday - DUBLIN Arrive in Dublin, Ireland's capital, which has retained its Georgian elegance, and transfer to your hotel. Our afternoon tour of Dublin takes you to Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells, and St. Patrick's, Ireland's national cathedral. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of old Dublin, where you sample Ireland's most famous creamy stout. Storytelling, dinner and traditional music in a candelit Dublin pub: The scene is set in one of Dublin's oldest pubs. As early as the 1600's, it was a popular haunt. The Seanachi, the Irish word for storyteller, entertains with oral tales of fairies, Celtic warriors and legendary deed-doing. Tales are told and songs sung and everyone is made to feel welcome. With turf fire glowing a perfect setting in which to take you back through the romantic mists of time. History comes alive tonight! (D)
Monday - DUBLIN/WICKLOW A full day in the "Garden of Ireland" including Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, and Glendalough. The charming walled garden at Powerscourt, the striking terraces, fine statuary and varied trees are linked by carefully designed walks and set in the magnificent surroundings of the Wicklow Mountains. The Glendalough monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches, and a graceful round tower in a spectacular, scenic setting. (B)
Tuesday -KILKENNY Enjoy the relaxed pace of Ireland, known for its bogs and turf fires, rich farmlands and scenic countryside. Travel through the Curragh, the horse breeding center of Ireland. You visit Kilkenny Castle. Stay in Kilkenny, somewhere very special with its cobbled streets and castle, one of the finest examples of an Irish medieval town. Tonight, "Meet the Irish" by staying as a welcome guest in a local home, not only wonderfully located, but also fully equipped, comfortably homey, and clean. Enjoy a pub lunch. (B,L)
Wednesday - BLARNEY/COBH/KILLARNEY This morning you take the scenic route to Cobh, originally a small fishing village. Cobh was the departure point for many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, and is associated with the loss of the Titanic. Visit Blarney, with a chance to kiss "The Stone". Travel through landscapes of the rarest green, where herds of black and white cows peek from every hill on the way to Killarney. (B)
Thursday - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
An incredible day awaits! The scenic and spectacular Ring of Kerry offers unrivaled views of County Kerry's magnificent shoreline, one of nature's masterpieces. Traveling via Killorglin you see beautiful mountain vistas and rugged landscapes along the way. Travel through Killarney by pony and trap. Have your camera ready! A musical pub evening is in store for us tonight, complete with local entertainment. (B,D)
Friday - ADARE/SHANNON We'll travel to the quaint village of Adare, distinguished by its charming thatched cottages. Tonight, we've planned a special farewell castle medieval dinner. We'll be transformed back in time as we sip the traditional mead and don bibs to eat with our fingers at a fun-filled medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle, built in 1460 on the edge of Ratty River and protected by a moat. You have a choice, too, to stay at a wonderful 5 star castle hotel - Dromoland Castle. Dromoland Castle is a spectacular place to spend your last night's stay if you are flying into or out of Shannon Airport. Dromoland was the ancestral home of the Lords Inchiquin, direct descendants of Brian Boru, high king of Ireland. It is one of the finest examples of a baronial residence. Up the grand staircase are found the hotel's premier rooms and luxurious suites and a portrait gallery of past incumbents of the estate. Jacket and tie for gentlemen are required after 7pm in the elegant, formal dining room and the book lined bar where guests often settle after dinner to join in the singing of popular Irish ballads. Fishing, horse riding, and bird shooting can be arranged nearby. The golf course meanders around the castle and is a challenging par 71 measuring over 6500 yards.(B,D)
Saturday - HOMEWARD
The tour ends with a transfer to Shannon Airport. Return home with the memories of the friends you've met, and a lifetime of stories to relate. (B) Transfers and hotels available to Dublin available at added cost.
What our clients say: Our tour guide Kevin was a real treasure. He clearly loves his country and has a great store of knowledge which he enthusiastically shared with us. He was very considerate and sensitive to our travel needs. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the stops on our itinerary. It was wonderful to relax and enjoy the journey because you had attended to all of the details.--- GT
Your 3* & 4* first-class hotels:
|Dublin- Ashling Hotel||2 nights|
|Kilkenny - Homestay||1 night|
|Killarney - Killarney Plaza Hotel||2 nights|
|Shannon - Oakwood Arms or Dromoland Castle||1 night|
Book now for 2014 and guarantee your rate! Airfare can be booked 11 months in advance
|Departs To Dublin Saturdays||Returns From Shannon Saturdays||Est. Air/Land JFK/ BOS/ EWR* USD||LAND ONLY|
Discount child 8-11 sharing with 2 adults: All Year $219; sharing with another child $50. Triple reduction (or child 12-17) $24; Single supplement $547. Twin supplement for Dromoland Castle $232. Land only tours begin in Dublin on Sundays, one day later than departure date shown. For 11 Day tour, click here.
*Airfares are estimates only, based on limited availability and are subject to change. The air inclusive prices above are for general information only and not a reflection of current seat availability. Prices are inclusive of air tax.
Transfers: We are offering transfers at a set time on our Irish Discovery tour. Anyone not arriving in time for this transfer will need a PRIVATE transfer. Transfer schedule for coach tours: Departs DUBLIN 10AM, returns to SHANNON at 9AM. If you have an earlier flight, you must pay for a private transfer.
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