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2017 Jewels of Ireland 15 Days / 14 Nights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Farmhouse Visit
Head to Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk. Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour to view great scenery. 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.
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.
Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Donegal Castle
Head to Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on Irish crafts. Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a short 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 15: Depart Dublin for Home
Your program ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Superior First Class
Your Tour Includes:
2017: Start Dublin - End Dublin
Single room supplement: 2017 £469
The prices are land only and per person sharing a twin room
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