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9 Days/8 Nights/15 Meals
B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner
Start your tour at Dublin Airport with 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. Your hotel is luxurious Clontarf Castle, which traces its origins to 1172. At 2:00 pm tour the city with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings and monuments such as the Famine Memorial. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history as the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director followed by dinner in your lovely castle hotel. (D)
This morning visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the passage burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old. Visit one of the tombs to see how primitive people managed to align these buildings precisely with the sun or the moon. Drive through the central lakeland region of Ireland to Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century. The castle was expanded in the 17th century and today is furnished throughout. Check in to your nearby hotel. (B, D)
Head to the fishing port of Killybegs and on to Teelin to view Slieve League sea cliffs, where the highest point reaches 1,972 feet making them the highest in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking vistas as they drop to the wild Atlantic waves below. Sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea before continuing to Malinbeg for great views and through the majestic Glengesh Pass. In Ardara visit Triona Design to see demonstrations of spinning, weaving and knitting. Enjoy free time in Donegal town before returning to your hotel. (B, D)
Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see how the craftspeople shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel prize-winning poet, who based many poems on the delightful countryside around Sligo. Continue through County Mayo to Castlebar to visit the Museum of Country Life. See collections of domestic goods in daily use from 1850 to 1950. Exhibits and a movie explain how rural people made a living from the soil. Drive to Galway and check in to your hotel. (B, D)
Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Travel alongside Galway Bay and stop at Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts. In Leenane embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord. Enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century and earlier can still be seen. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway. (B, L)
Travel around Galway Bay to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Bunratty for a brief stop at Durty Nelly’s Pub or the Bunratty Woollen Mills before driving through Limerick and along the Shannon Estuary. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Arrive in Killarney, check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)
Drive the Ring of Kerry and stop at scenic points for photos. Meet a local farmer for a sheepdog demonstration and visit the Skellig Experience, which explains wildlife on the nearby rocky islands. After a pub lunch drive back to Killarney via Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ View and dine on your own. (B)
Drive through County Cork to Blarney Castle to climb to the ramparts and kiss the famous stone. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof. Drive north and pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop with picturesque ruins and continue to Dublin. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for Irish cuisine and a lively session of traditional songs. (B, D)
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat of both the Ch...
The Cliffs of Moher boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as are the valleys and hills of Connemara.
The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland. It is situated on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, on the road that crosses the peninsula between Dingle Town and the...
Dublin Castle fulfilled number of roles through history Originally built as a defensive fortification for Norman city it later evolved into a royal residence. Dublin Castle was f...
Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage center located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a...
Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison, located in Kilmainham in Dublin, which is now a museum. It has been run since the mid-1980s by the Office o...
Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry.
Collins Barracks is a former military barracks in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin, Ireland. The buildings now house the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History. ...
The Skellig Islands are two small, steep and rocky islands lying about 16 km west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. They are famous for their thriv...
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|Accommodation Type||Land only|
|Sun Mar 09 2014 to Mon Mar 17, 2014||€1,298|
|Sun Mar 16, 2014 to Mon Mar 24, 2014||€1,298|
|Sun Mar 23, 2014 to Mon Mar 31, 2014||€1,298|
|Sun Mar 30, 2014 to Mon Apr 07, 2014||€1,438|
|Sun Apr 06, 2014 to Mon Apr 14, 2014||€1,509|
|Sun Apr 13, 2014 to Mon Apr 21, 2014||€1,509|
|Sun Apr 20, 2014 to Mon Apr 28, 2014||€1,509|
|Sun Apr 27, 2014 to Mon May 05, 2014||€1,698|
|Sun May 04, 2014 to Mon May 12, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun May 11, 2014 to Mon May 19, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun May 18, 2014 to Mon May 26, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun May 25, 2014 to Mon Jun 02, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jun 01, 2014 to Mon Jun 09, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jun 08,2014 to Mon Jun 16, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jun 15, 2014 to Mon Jun 23, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jun 22, 2014 to Mon Jun 30, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jun 29, 2014 to Mon Jul 07, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jul 06, 2014 to Mon Jul 14, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jul 13, 2014 to Mon Jul 21, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jul 20, 2014 to Mon Jul 28, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Jul 27, 2014 to Mon Aug 04, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Aug 03, 2014 to Mon Aug 11, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Aug 10, 2014 to Mon Aug 18, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Aug 17, 2014 to Mon Aug 25, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Aug 24, 2014 to Mon Sep 01, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Aug 31, 2014 to Mon Sep 08, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Sep 07, 2014 to Mon Sep 15, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Sep 14, 2014 to Mon Sep 22, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Sep 21, 2014 to Mon Sep 29, 2014||€1,894|
|Sun Sep 28, 2014 to Mon Oct 06, 2014||€1,745|
|Sun Oct 05, 2014 to Mon Oct 13, 2014||€1,698|
|Sun Oct 12, 2014 to Mon Oct 20, 2014||€1,698|
|Sun Oct 19, 2014 to Mon Oct 27, 2014||€1,509|
|Sun Oct 26, 2014 to Mon Nov 03, 2014||€1,509|
|Sun Nov 02, 2014 to Mon Nov 10, 2014||€1,298|
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