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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Superior & First Class Hotels/B&Bs - 9 Day Coach Tour

 

Experience a wide range of sightseeing activities in popular regions around the southern half of Ireland on this 9 day (8 night) tour.

Attractions and activities are balanced with time for individual pursuits. 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.

Visit historic Dublin Castle and Malahide Castle, National Stud, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Cobh Heritage, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Galwaym  Dingle and much more!

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle

Your Irish trip starts at your hotel at 2pm where you will meet the tour guide. Dunboyne Caslte is situated just 15 miles North East of Dublin Airport, therefore ensure that an appropriate transfer is booked. Next head to Malahide Castle, built in 1185 by the Talbot family. The castle has been since remodelled on several occasions over the years. The castle is also filled with medieval artifacts and damily portraits. Take a stroll around the stunning gardens and visit the Avoca store. Explore Malahide town which is an upscale subarb of Dublin which still retains its village ambiance. Return to your hotel for a welcome get-together drink with your tour guide and discuss the itinerary for your trip ahead before dinner (D).

Day 2: National Stud and Kilkenny Walk 

On day 2 travel to the nearby county Kildare to visit the National Stud where you will learen about the valuable Irish horse breeding industry.  Next take a stroll around the stunning Japanese Gardens, established over a century ago representing the "Life of Man" from the cradle to the grave. Drive through the Irish countryside to Kilkenny and sit down for a spot of casual lunch before exploring Kilkenny. This thriving and busy city has many historic streets and buildings which you will see on your walking through of the Medieval Mile.  Check into your hotel and the evening is free to choose one of the many restaurants for dining on your own. (B, L)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship 

Visit the house of Waterford Crystal to see the many steps in glass blowing and cutting techniques. View the many trophies and tableware in the showrooms. Then join a local guide for a walking tour of the city. After some time to browse around Waterford and enjoy some lunch, drive to New Ross to view the famous Dunbrody Famine Ship, which is an exact replica of the vessel used during the 1840's famine to transport people from Ireland to the United States. See the cramped conditions and difficult conditions emigrants endured in their voyage across the Atlanic Ocean. Return to Kilkenny in time for dinner in your hotel. (B, D) 

Day 4: Cobh Heritage & Blarney Castle 

On day 4 travel south to Cobh one of the main ports near Cork city. The town is now famous for the last port of call for emigrants on route to the New York. After visiting the Cobh Hertiage Centre drive to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney stone. A visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills where they sell various beuaitiful Irish products is a must.

Next you will drive through Macroom and on to Killarney. Check in to your hotel before dinner (B, D)

Day 5: Killarney & Dingle Peninsula Tour

Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney town. Browse at leisure around the town and take a jaunting car ride through the National Park. In the afternoon set out and discover  the glorious Dingle Peninsula which was made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Here you will learn about the Blasket Islands which was inhabited up to1953. Visit the cozy south Pole Inn for an Irish Coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who ventured to the South Pole. On his return he established this pub, now filled with memorabilia of his life. Enjoy a look around with an early dinner before returning to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour

On day 6 drive north through the town of Listowel where you will take a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County Clare where you will view the famous Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower. O'Brien's Tower is located at the highest point and on a clear day you can get great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Stop nearby at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to enjoy some tea or coffee with some home baking. Drive to Galway for a city tour and check in to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 7: Aran Islands & Dun Aengus Fort

Day 7 will include a short ferry ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor which is the largest of the three Aran Islands. Learn all about the lifestyle it's inhabitants endured here. The Irish language can still be heard here.

Next you will take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus. When you reach Kilronan which is the main town, you will have time to visit the Aran Heritage Centre. Learn all about the unique local customs and enjoy some lunch before taking a ferry ride back to the mainland. (B, L)

Day 8: Clonmacnoise Monastery & Taylor's Three Rock Pub

On the second last day of the tour you will travel to the midlands of Ireland to visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement dating back to 545 AD by St. Ciaran.  Walk around the church rions, explore the two towers and the elaborate high celtic crosses. Next head to the nearby central town of Athlone, for a stop at Sean's Bar for an Irish coffee. This bar has a documented history going back to 900 AD. Next drive to your elegant hotel situated just a few miles from Dublin city. Later that evening enjoy your evening meal in Taylor's Three Rock Pub. Relax with an Irish coffee and show complete with music and dancing. (B, D)

Day 9: Return Home from Dublin

Group transfers to Dublin Airport can be arranged for 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner, L=Lunch

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.
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