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15 Day - Jewels of Ireland - Escorted Tour

Dublin (2) - Kinsale (1) - Dingle (2) - Ennis (1) - Galway (2) - Donegal (2) - Belfast (1) - Kingscourt (1) - Drogheda (1) - Dublin (1)

Highlights

  • Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
  • Taylor's Three Rock Pub Dinner/Show
  • Sheepdog Trials
  • Irish Night at Wm Cairnes Gastro Pub
  • Slieve League Sea Cliffs
  • Historic Kinsale Walking Tour

Inclusions

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 13 or 14 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 10 dinners (D) including

- Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
- Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
- Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
- 7 table d'hote dinners

  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin & Belfast
  • Walking tours of Kinsale, Galway, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Coffee and talk on Irish life at Standun of Spiddal
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • Dan O'Hara’s Homestead Farm
  • Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones with coffee or tea
  • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Bishop’s Palace, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Lissadell House, Belleek Pottery Factory, Triona Design, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Titanic Belfast, St. Patrick Centre and Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb
  • 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 coaches and in hotel lobbies

Hotels

Superior First Class

  • Davenport Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
  • Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Belfast Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
  • The D Hotel, Drogheda (1 night)
  • Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

15 Day - Jewels of Ireland - Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Castle & City Tour

Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. Visit Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. Back at your hotel enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director and fellow travelers and dine independently this evening.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylor's Three Rock Pub

Drive to Blessington for a guided tour around Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art and early photographic collections. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is free for an independent open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness or General Post Office Museum. Head to the Taylor's Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Kinsale Walk

Pause for photos at the Rock of Cashel as you travel south to Blarney Castle. Climb the castle ramparts to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the landscaped grounds. You may like to shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made goods. Drive south to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town, which is now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. (B, D)

Day 4: Cork Coastal Drive & Killarney

Journey along the rugged coastline of County Cork, via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle. Drive along the Dingle Peninsula and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before continuing to your charming manor-house hotel in Dingle town center. (B, D)

Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre

Explore the Dingle Peninsula to enjoy mountain and shoreline views. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to Dingle and enjoy a light lunch, followed by a boat trip of Dingle Harbor and Bay for more great scenic views. (B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Travel to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle. Experience a medieval-style banquet with great food, songs and stories. Overnight in Ennis. (B, D)

Day 7: Sheepdog Trials & Galway

Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch a farmer work with skilled dogs to round up sheep. Stop in the coastal village of Ballyvaughan and drive into Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions. (B, D)

Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Farmhouse Visit

Head to Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on Irish crafts. Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour. At Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, see traditional farming methods as well as Connemara ponies, donkeys and chickens. Savor a farmhouse lunch before returning to Galway. (B, L)

Day 9: Lissadell House & Donegal Bay

Drive north through County Mayo and in County Sligo tour Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate that has strong connections with the 1916 Rising. Tour the Belleek Pottery Factory to see craftspeople create the renowned fine china. Stop in Donegal town for free time before driving to your hotel two miles outside the town. (B, D)

Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Donegal

Drive along the coast to view Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, which make a sheer drop to the wild Atlantic waves and enjoy homebaked scones with coffee or tea. Visit a woolen mill to shop and see demonstrations of spinning and knitting. In the center of Donegal town tour Donegal Castle and return to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway

Take a walking tour with a local guide to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Pause for photos at Dunluce Castle before exploring the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. See where “Game of Thrones” was filmed at The Dark Hedges and along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim. Drive to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 12: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle

Tour Belfast to see Victorian buildings and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Drive to Kingscourt to your lovely castle hotel, built in 1760 and enjoy free time. After dinner, watch a step-dancing display. (B, D)

Day 13: Neolithic Tombs & Drogheda

Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and walk through one of them. Continue to Drogheda for a leisurely stroll around the historic town and sample locally-brewed beer in a traditional pub. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner in the Wm Cairnes Gastropub with live musical entertainment. (B, D)

Day 14: Independent Dublin Sightseeing

drive to Dublin. Enjoy a free day or use your independent Dublin sightseeing vouchers if you did not use them on day 2. (B)

Day 15: Depart Dublin for Home

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

 

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