Visit a host of attractions beginning in Dublin, including Dalkey Village, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum, Westport House, Achill Island Excursion, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House & Gardens, Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills in County Cork and Rock of Cashel.
Visit a host of attractions beginning in Dublin, including Dalkey Village, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum, Westport House, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House & Gardens, Dingle Brewing Company, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills in County Cork.
Day 1 : Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village
Your tour will begin at Dublin Airport. A group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense.
At 2:00 pm your trip commences with a meet and greet with your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take the short trip to Dalkey Village, which is full of history. This small upmarket village is lined with shops. Take a guided walk with yout tour director to explore Dalkey Castle and view Dalkeys literary connectings in the Writers Gallery in the Castle. Later in the evening you will be given the chance to meet your tour director over a welcome drink where you can discuss your trip. He will also help you choose a restaurant to dine independently if you so wish.
Day 2 : Dublin Tour & Abbey Tavern
ON day 2 one can relax on a half-day guided tour of Dublin. You will have the opportunity to view elegant Georgian townhouses with their brightly-painted doors before crossing the River Liffey where you will see O'Connell Street. It is here you will find the General Post Office which plays a significant part in Irish history.
Next you will get to visit the Famine Memorial before visiting Trinity College’s campus and the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Your afternoon is free today to spend as you please. You may choose to use your independent open-top bus tour voucher which includes a visit to Guinness or Jameson.
Later that evening you will drive to the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner. Afterwards you will be treated to a great Irish music and step dancing show. (B, D)
Day 3 : Strokestown Park House & Westport
Today you will visit Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. There are three parts to see – the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled Victorian garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum, which explains the circumstances of the 1840’s Great Irish Famine through a combination of original documents and images.
Towards the end of the day you will arrive in Westport and enjoy free time to browse around the town before diner. (B, D)
Day 4 : Achill Island Excursion & the Deserted Village
You will be treated to a drive around Clew Bay where you will cross by bridge to Achill Island. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Stop off for a casual lunch before you get a chance to see the Deserted Village, where the remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the devastating 1840’s Famine.
Later return to Westport and enjoy free time before choosing somewhere to have dinner on your own. (B, L)
Day 5 : Croaghpatrick & Catamaran Cruise
Travelling south past the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick before taking a short catamaran cruise to see pristine mountain areas, unspoiled by roads and development (Apr 06 – Nov 02 departures).
You will be able to see traces of ancient potato fields on some of the hilly slopes and also view the thriving salmon and mussel farms that create employment for local people. Drive around the lovely Atlantic shoreline where you can ssample a farm house tea with baked scones. Return to Westport and spend an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the Georgian town, full of charming stores and cozy pubs. (B, D)
Day 6 : Galway & Cliffs of Moher
Drive to Galway city, the main university city in the West of Ireland, where you can hear many people speaking the native Irish language. Enjoy a walking tour through the city to explore the cities highlights. Explore Claddagh village and explore the scenery around Galway Bay on route to the limestone hills of the Burren, Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher.
Take a trip to the breath taking Cliffs of Moher, which rise to almost 700 feet above the wild Atlantic breakers and stretch along the coast for five miles. Later the tour will head south for a short ferry ride across the River Shannon.
Once you arrive in Killarney check into your hotel for a 3-night stay. Explore the town or relax before dining in the hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 : Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Ring of Kerry
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the Gap of Dunloe to admire the stunning scenery at a gentle pace. Drive to the bustling town of Kenmare and join the Ring of Kerry route at the vantage point of Molls Gap for great views of the spectacular mountains and valleys. Just outside of Muckross House learn about the history of the owners and walk around the beautiful gardens. After a light lunch return to your hotel for free time and dine independently at a restaurant of your choice. (B, L)
Day 8 : Dingle Peninsula & Killeen House Restaurant
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula on day 8. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula to view and learn more about vistas and early Christian monastic beehive huts.
Stop in the town of Dingle to have a look around this attractive and compact town before returning to Killarney where you will ave free time for independent activities.
In the evening you are in for a treat as you get to enjoy dinner at the award-winning Killeen House Restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 : Blarney Castle & Clontarf Castle Stay
On Day 9 drive through County Cork and visit Blarney where you may kiss the famous stone! A visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills before leaving is a must.
Later you get to stop for photos at the famous Rock of Cashel, before continuing onwards to Dublin. Check in to your luxurious 12th century castle hotel, and enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions. (B, D)
Day 10 : Tour Ends Dublin Airport
Your tour will end today. Take a group transfer from your hotel to Dublin Airport before your flight home. (B)
Yout hotels include:
- Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
- Castle Court Hotel, Westport (3 nights)
- The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney (3 nights)
- Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
10 days/9 nights in hotels listed below:
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- Lunch (L) at Beehive Restaurant on Achill Island
- 6 dinners (D) including; Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/ show, Kilkeen House Restaurant in Killarney, Clontarf Castle farewell dinner, 3 table d'hote dinners
- Airport transfers at start and end of tour
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- Welcome get-together drink
- Walking tour of Dalkey, Trinity College and galway
- Tour of Dublin with your tour director
- Day tour to Achill Island
- Farm visit for tea and scones and sheepdog trials
- Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
- Ferry ride across the River Shannon
- Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
- Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
- Visits and admissions to the following: Dalkey Castle, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House & Gardens, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills.
- 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
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