Irish Legends

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Experience a wide range of sightseeing activities in popular regions around the south of Ireland. All superior and first class hotels offer high standards of comfort and excellent meals and a two night stay in especially selected farmhouses will enhance your knowledge of Ireland and its people.

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  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Start Location: Dublin Airport
  • End Location: Dublin Airport
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Learn of giants, heroes and magic as you're immersed in the ancient myths and legends from Irelands past.

Very different from other tours, this 9 or 10 day vacation will take you off the beaten track as you visit some of Irelands lesser known regions, such as the Aran Islands, Clonmacnoise Monastic site and Kilkenny's Medieval Mile, while also seeing the more popular locations like Dublin and Galway!

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle
Your tour starts today at your hotel when you meet the tour director at 2:00pm. Leaving the Hotel you head to Malahide Castle, built in 1185 by the Talbot family, who’s blood occupied it until 1975. The Castle has been constantly renovated and remodelled over the centuries and today it is filled with countless artefacts and antiques. Make sure to take a stroll through the beautifully kept gardens and visit the Avoca store, known for their high quality, Irish handmade goods. On your journey home, make sure to stop in Malahide itself, now a suburb of Dublin, which retains its village charm despite its urban setting. Once back at the Hotel, enjoy a drink with the other tour members and discuss the next day’s Itinerary before dinner.
 
Day 2: National Stud & Kilkenny Walk
Today you journey to Kildare to visit Irelands National Stud, where you can learn about the horse industry in Ireland, see some of the finest racing horses in the country and browse the lovely grounds of Stud. Also on the grounds are the scenic St.Fiachra's Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens, which is over 100 years old and represents the life of man. Continuing through the Irish midlands to Kilkenny, you can enjoy a light lunch at the Kilkenny Design Centre, in the building that was once Kilkenny Castle's Stables! After Lunch its off for a walking tour of Kilkenny town, along a route known as the Medieval Mile. After Checking into your hotel, you have the evening free to find a restaurant you like in Kilkenny for dinner!  
 
Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship
You start your day today by visiting the House of Waterford Crystal, where you can learn about how the beautiful glass masterpieces were created. After its off on a walking tour of Waterford town, informing you of its interesting history and people. You can visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building made up partly of a 13th century Chorister's Hall and the 15th Century Mayors wine vault. Continuing south to New Ross, you can visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one of many ships that were used to take Irish emigrants to America and Canada. Come evening you head back to your hotel for a relaxing dinner.
 
Day 4: Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle
Departing Kilkenny you head to the County of Cork, where your first stop is the coastal town of Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. The Cobh heritage centre tells of the plight and travel conditions of many Irish emigrants. Heading farther into Cork now, you reach Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney stone and visit the woollen mills, which sell quality Irish-made goods. Driving through Macroom after this, you reach your hotel in Killarney.
 
Day 5: Killarney & The Dingle Peninsula
You have the morning to relax and explore Killarney for yourself, before setting off on a traditional, horse drawn Jaunting car through the streets of Killarney and Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, built on the shores of Lough Leane, the Largest lake in Killarney. As you take in the beautiful mountain scenery, your driver will tell local stories. Next you visit the epic Dingle Peninsula, driving to Slea Head, the westernmost part of the Peninsula you can see some incredible views of the Atlantic. Finally visit the South Pole Inn at the village of Annascaul, where local legend Tom Crean set up his themed Pub head back to Dingle to grab a bite to eat, before heading back to your hotel in Killarney.
 
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour
Heading up the coast to County Clare, you reach the daunting Cliffs of Moher, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, these rock giants are an unforgettable sight. Walking along them you can go to the top of the Cliffs where from O'Brien's tower you can see excellent views of Galway bay and even the Aran Islands if the weather is nice! Leaving the Cliffs, you stop at Rathbaun farm on the way back, where you can see trained sheepdog herd sheep. Finally, its onwards to Galway City, where you can go on a panoramic tour of Irelands cultural capital. After this you have a while to browse the city on your own before checking into your hotel.
 
Day 7: Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort
Just a short ferry ride across Galway Bay, you reach Inis Mor, the biggest Island of the three Aran Islands. These Islands are known throughout Ireland for their inhabitants who still use traditional fishing and farming methods, as well as speaking our native language, Gaelic. A minibus will bring you to Dun Aengus, a giant pre-historic fortress, with massive stone walls on one side and a sheer cliff drop on the other, this fort was once impenetrable. Returning to Kilronan, Inis Mor's main town, you can enjoy lunch and browse the area for a bit before heading back to the Mainland.
 
Day 8: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Abbey Tavern
Today you head through the Irish midland countryside to Clonmacnoise. Set up in 545AD, on the banks of the Shannon river, a lot of the architecture including High crosses, round towers and church still stand to this day, albeit in slightly worse condition! Next stop is at Sean's Bar in Athlone, dating back to 900AD, it's the perfect place to stop in, absorb the history and enjoy an Irish coffee! Drive now to Dublin and check into your hotel. Come evening you head to the Abbey Tavern for fine food, traditional music and dance!
 
Day 9: Departure from Dublin
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
Included in this tour:
  • 9 days (8 nights) tour
  • Roundtrip Group transfers when you book our flights ($30 fee for transfers on Land-only bookings)
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 8 nights in hotels listed 
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • 6 dinners (D) including:
  •  -Welcome night at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
  • - Pub dinner in Dingle Jarvey's Irish Night
  • - Taylor's Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
  • - 3 table d'hote dinners
  • - 2 lunches
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Walking tours of Kilkenny and Waterford
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
  • Day tour to Inis Mor, largest of the three Aran Islands
  • Irish Coffees at South Pole Inn near Dingle and at Sean's Pub in Athlone
  • Visits and admissions to Malahide Castle, Irish National Stud & Gardens, House of Waterford Crystal, Dunbody Famine Shop, Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus Fort and Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Overnights for this tour:

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)
  • Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge (formerly Bewley's Dublin) (1 night)
Currency:
Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle
Your tour starts today at your hotel when you meet the tour director at 2:00pm. Leaving the Hotel you head to Malahide Castle, built in 1185 by the Talbot family, who’s blood occupied it until 1975. The Castle has been constantly renovated and remodelled over the centuries and today it is filled with countless artefacts and antiques. Make sure to take a stroll through the beautifully kept gardens and visit the Avoca store, known for their high quality, Irish handmade goods. On your journey home, make sure to stop in Malahide itself, now a suburb of Dublin, which retains its village charm despite its urban setting. Once back at the Hotel, enjoy a drink with the other tour members and discuss the next day’s Itinerary before dinner.
 
Day 2: National Stud & Kilkenny Walk
Today you journey to Kildare to visit Irelands National Stud, where you can learn about the horse industry in Ireland, see some of the finest racing horses in the country and browse the lovely grounds of Stud. Also on the grounds are the scenic St.Fiachra's Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens, which is over 100 years old and represents the life of man. Continuing through the Irish midlands to Kilkenny, you can enjoy a light lunch at the Kilkenny Design Centre, in the building that was once Kilkenny Castle's Stables! After Lunch its off for a walking tour of Kilkenny town, along a route known as the Medieval Mile. After Checking into your hotel, you have the evening free to find a restaurant you like in Kilkenny for dinner!  
 
Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship
You start your day today by visiting the House of Waterford Crystal, where you can learn about how the beautiful glass masterpieces were created. After its off on a walking tour of Waterford town, informing you of its interesting history and people. You can visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building made up partly of a 13th century Chorister's Hall and the 15th Century Mayors wine vault. Continuing south to New Ross, you can visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of one of many ships that were used to take Irish emigrants to America and Canada. Come evening you head back to your hotel for a relaxing dinner.
 
Day 4: Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle
Departing Kilkenny you head to the County of Cork, where your first stop is the coastal town of Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. The Cobh heritage centre tells of the plight and travel conditions of many Irish emigrants. Heading farther into Cork now, you reach Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney stone and visit the woollen mills, which sell quality Irish-made goods. Driving through Macroom after this, you reach your hotel in Killarney.
 
Day 5: Killarney & The Dingle Peninsula
You have the morning to relax and explore Killarney for yourself, before setting off on a traditional, horse drawn Jaunting car through the streets of Killarney and Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, built on the shores of Lough Leane, the Largest lake in Killarney. As you take in the beautiful mountain scenery, your driver will tell local stories. Next you visit the epic Dingle Peninsula, driving to Slea Head, the westernmost part of the Peninsula you can see some incredible views of the Atlantic. Finally visit the South Pole Inn at the village of Annascaul, where local legend Tom Crean set up his themed Pub head back to Dingle to grab a bite to eat, before heading back to your hotel in Killarney.
 
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour
Heading up the coast to County Clare, you reach the daunting Cliffs of Moher, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, these rock giants are an unforgettable sight. Walking along them you can go to the top of the Cliffs where from O'Brien's tower you can see excellent views of Galway bay and even the Aran Islands if the weather is nice! Leaving the Cliffs, you stop at Rathbaun farm on the way back, where you can see trained sheepdog herd sheep. Finally, its onwards to Galway City, where you can go on a panoramic tour of Irelands cultural capital. After this you have a while to browse the city on your own before checking into your hotel.
 
Day 7: Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort
Just a short ferry ride across Galway Bay, you reach Inis Mor, the biggest Island of the three Aran Islands. These Islands are known throughout Ireland for their inhabitants who still use traditional fishing and farming methods, as well as speaking our native language, Gaelic. A minibus will bring you to Dun Aengus, a giant pre-historic fortress, with massive stone walls on one side and a sheer cliff drop on the other, this fort was once impenetrable. Returning to Kilronan, Inis Mor's main town, you can enjoy lunch and browse the area for a bit before heading back to the Mainland.
 
Day 8: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Abbey Tavern
Today you head through the Irish midland countryside to Clonmacnoise. Set up in 545AD, on the banks of the Shannon river, a lot of the architecture including High crosses, round towers and church still stand to this day, albeit in slightly worse condition! Next stop is at Sean's Bar in Athlone, dating back to 900AD, it's the perfect place to stop in, absorb the history and enjoy an Irish coffee! Drive now to Dublin and check into your hotel. Come evening you head to the Abbey Tavern for fine food, traditional music and dance!
 
Day 9: Independant Bus Tour in Dublin
For an extension of your tour you can spend an aditional day in Dublin and go on an Independant Bus Tour aswell as visit to the Book of Kells or the General Post office Museum.
 
Day 10: Departure from Dublin
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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