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Irish Heritage 7 or 8 Day First Class Escorted Tour WITH OPTIONAL STAY AT DROMOLAND CASTLE

Bunratty Medieval banquet

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Day 1: Limerick & Medieval Castle Banquet

Your 7 or 8 day group guided tour to Ireland starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Limerick hotel. Limerick is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touch screen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle where you’ll dine with lords and ladies at a medieval-style banquet.(D)

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Jaunting Car Ride

Drive through Ennis. Situated at the heart of the county on a bend in the River Fergus, Ennis is the capital of County Clare. It’s an historical town and is certainly one of Clare’s most characterful and picturesque centres – with its narrow, winding streets, historical buildings and busy market town atmosphere. Travel   to see the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and travel along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Learn how to make a perfect Irish coffee as this was where the drink was first created and sip a warming sample. Drive to Killarney, a small town situated in one of the loveliest locations in Ireland. Drive through the Killarney National Park by traditional jaunting car to view Ross Castle set on the shores of Lough Leane with mountains forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to relax or go shopping before dinner. (B, D)

Knappogue Castle
 Did you know?
Andrew Jackson is the only US president not to have been born in America. He was born in the middle of the Atlantic 1767 on an emigrant ship taking his parents from Carrigfergus, County Antrim.
Day 3: Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials

Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, for great views of purple mountains competing with carpeted green vales and dramatic seascapes.  The mountains are surrounded by a patchwork quilt of stone-framed fields, abandoned fortresses and thriving small towns.. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience and learn about early Christian monks who lived on the isolated islands and about the prolific bird life today. Pass through Waterville and the attractive village of Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for great mountain vistas. See more spectacular views at a nearby sheep farm as well as demonstrations of shearing and trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney and in the evening head to the award-winning Killeen House Restaurant for a warm welcome and superb cuisine. (B, D)

Blarney Castle Day 4: Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre

Depart Killarney and drive to Blarney. Visit the famous Blarney Castle and either climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made goods. Visit the town of Cobh, last port of call for RMS Titanic, to tour the Cobh Heritage Centre to learn about travel conditions for the many emigrants on early sailing ships and steam vessels. Follow the coastal route to Waterford and check in to your hotel. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past. (B, D)

Day 5: Waterford Crystal & Glendalough

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. Explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to an elegant Victorian mansion overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour - your hotel for the night. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub, with a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)

Irish musician

Irish Blessing:

May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Museum

Take a morning guided tour of Dublin, originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago. See elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors and cross the River Liffey to view the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street and the gaunt figures at the Famine Memorial. Tour Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office. Dine on your own this evening. (B)

Day 7 Dublin Departure.
Tour ends after breakfast.
OR
Day 7(for 8 Day Tour travelers)Irish National Stud & Dromoland Castle Hotel
ClonmacnoiseDromoland Castle Hotel Depart Dublin and drive to the Irish National Stud to see some of Ireland's finest horses and learn about breeding techniques. Also take a walk around the Japanese Gardens, laid out to represent life from the cradle to the grave. Drive through the center of Ireland to the imposing and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegance and surroundings of this wonderful fairytale resort. Then experience an elegant farewell dinner in the oak-paneled dining room - a fitting way to spend the last evening of your Irish tour. (B, D)

Day 8 Back to the U.S. from Shannon Take a group transfer to nearby Shannon Airport where your tour concludes at either 7:30 am or 10:30 am. Check in for your flight in good time and you may like to shop at the duty-free stores. If you need to arrive at Shannon Airport for an earlier flight check-in, a taxi service can be arranged but you are responsible for the cost. (B)

Irish Heritage
About Ireland Includes:


  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 6 or 7 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 5 or 6 dinners (D) including
    -Knappogue or Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    -Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney
    -Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    -2 table d'hote dinners
  • 8 Day Tour includes Farewell dinner at Dromoland Castle
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum & an Irish coffee
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Tour of Dublin with your tour director
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to King John’s Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Cobh Heritage Centre, House of Waterford Crystal, Glendalough, Glasnevin Museum and Irish National Stud & Gardens
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on Coach and hotel lobbies

  • Your Hotels Stay at the following Deluxe & Superior First Class hotels(or similar):
  • Clayton Hotel Limerick (1 night)
  • The Brehon Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • 8 day tour includes:Dromoland Castle Hotel Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

  • Price per person sharing a twin or triple room. ONLY ONE TRIPLE ROOM IS AVAILABLE PER TOUR

    7 days Shannon to Dublin    
    Start End      Special
    SHANNON DUBLIN Departure
       
    Mon Sep 24, 2018 Sun Sep 30, 2018 US$2020
    Mon Oct 01 2018 Sun Oct 07 2018 US$2200 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Oct 08 2018 Sun Oct 14, 2018 US$1650 Sold Out
    Mon Oct 15, 2018 Sun Oct 21, 2018 US$1650
    Mon Oct 22, 2018 Sun Oct 28, 2018 US$1650
    Single room supplement: $375

    WITH DROMOLAND CASTLE:

    8 days Shannon to Shannon    
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    SHANNON SHANNON Departure
       
    Mon Oct 01 2018 Mon Oct 08 2018 US$2700 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Oct 08 2018 Mon Oct 15, 2018 US$2100 Sold Out
    Mon Oct 15, 2018 Mon Oct 22, 2018 US$2100
    Mon Oct 22, 2018 Mon Oct 29, 2018 US$2100
    Single room supplement: $650
    8 days Shannon to Shannon
       
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    SHANNON SHANNON Departure
       
    Mon Mar 11, 2019 Mon Mar 18, 2019 US$2349 Guaranteed
    Mon Apr 08 2019 Mon Apr 15, 2019 US$2499 Guaranteed
    Mon Apr 29, 2019 Mon May 06 2019 US$3049 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon May 06 2019 Mon May 13, 2019 US$2749
    Mon May 20, 2019 Mon May 27, 2019 US$2949 Guaranteed
    Mon May 27, 2019 Mon Jun 03 2019 US$3349 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Jun 10, 2019 Mon Jun 17, 2019 US$2999 Guaranteed
    Mon Jun 24, 2019 Mon Jul 01 2019 US$3399 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Jul 01 2019 Mon Jul 08 2019 US$2999
    Mon Jul 15, 2019 Mon Jul 22, 2019 US$2949 Guaranteed
    Mon Jul 29, 2019 Mon Aug 05 2019 US$3399 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Aug 05 2019 Mon Aug 12, 2019 US$2999
    Mon Aug 19, 2019 Mon Aug 26, 2019 US$2999
    Mon Aug 26, 2019 Mon Sep 02 2019 US$3399 Guaranteed Small Group
    Mon Sep 09 2019 Mon Sep 16, 2019 US$2949 Guaranteed
    Mon Sep 30, 2019 Mon Oct 07 2019 US$2799
    Mon Oct 07 2019 Mon Oct 14, 2019 US$2449 Guaranteed
    Mon Oct 14, 2019 Mon Oct 21, 2019 US$2849 Guaranteed Small Group
    Single room supplement: $775

     

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