October 20, 2015
Journey Through Ireland Escorted Tour
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Southern Ireland Highlights
Only 12 Tour Members
ELEGANT Escorted Tour
This itinerary is a great introduction to Ireland, including the popular sites and attractions. You’ll experience the highlights of the country in a comfortably paced itinerary. Combine that with elegant accommodation and sumptuous meals and you’ll have a wonderful vacation. Packed with historic sites, visits and entertainment, with all the features you wanted in a tour! Rated “all 10s” by tour members! Described by former tour members as the “best planned, organized and conducted tour we have ever taken!” Only 12 Tour Members! Choose from 7 departure dates!
Day 1: Monday
Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
On arrival into Dublin you will be transferred to your city center hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure to discover the delights this historic city has to offer. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your driver/guide.
Accommodation: The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, 2 nights.
Day 2: Tuesday
Today you will enjoy a city tour of Ireland’s capital. Highlights of this morning city tour include to Trinity College where you will see the famous ‘Book of Kells’, a tour of Christchurch Cathedral which dates back to 1028 and hosts a medieval crypt and stunning interior and no trip to Dublin would be complete without a stop at Guinness Storehouse where you will get to sample a pint of the “Black Stuff” in the gravity bar with panoramic views of Dublin.
Day 3: Wednesday
Wicklow & Waterford
After breakfast, you will leave Dublin and visit Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow often described as one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. Set on over 47 acres, the gardens are said to have over 200 different varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. You take a guided tour of the 6th century monastic settlement, with its round tower and Celtic cross at Glendalough. Then on to Waterford which is Ireland’s old city and was established by the viking raiders.
Accommodation: Treacy’s Hotel, Waterford,1 night.
Day 4: Thursday
You will visit the Waterford Crystal showrooms, where you will get an up close insight into the making of the crystal. The perfect place to pick up some presents. On to Midleton where you will visit the Old Midleton Distillery which is home to Jameson Irish whiskey. Learn about craftmanship and complete the tour with a whiskey tasting. Then you will visit the Cobh Heritage centre. Cobh was one of the major embarkation points of emigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries and also the last port of call for the Titanic before she sank on her maiden voyage. Continue to Cork City on the River Lee, a city more than 800 years old, the second largest city of the Irish Republic, lively and prosperous with a keen sense of its own cultural identity.
Accommodation: Ambassador, Cork, 1 night.
Day 5: Friday
Enjoy a city tour of Cork which will include at stop at the famous English Market. Travel to Blarney where Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. You’ll visit the estate and enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you’ll obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone. Then it is on to Killarney, which is set beside the Lakes of Killarney at the foot of the mountains and is called “Heaven’s Reflex” for its beauty. Enjoy dinner in your hotel this evening.
Accommodation: Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney, 2 nights.
Day 6: Saturday
Tour the “Ring of Kerry” which is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. Beginning and ending in Killarney, it traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula. The combination of ocean, islands, mountains with its many towns and villages makes it an exciting journey of discovery.
Day 7: Sunday
On route you will enjoy a stop at one of Ireland’s prettiest villages Adare. Travel through Ennis and onwards to the majestic Cliffs of Moher which soar over 700 feet over the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This evening enjoy a feast and entertainment at the Bunratty Medieval Banquet.
Accommodation: Woodstock Hotel, Ennis, 1 night
If you feel like ending your trip on a high note, why not up-grade to Dromoland Castle for the last night.
Day 8: Monday
This morning you are transferred to Shannon airport for your return flight home.
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