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The Emerald Isle has been producing writers, poets, lyricists and especially storytellers since the dawn of time. The Seanchi, the Irish word for storyteller, entertained common folk and royalty alike with oral tales of fairies, Celtic warriors and legendary deed-doing, which seem to be long forgotten, yet their stories still survive even today.
Follow the footsteps of Ireland's most famous writers. Take a step back in time by visiting the homes and museums of famous authors such as W.B. Yeats and James Joyce.
Spend 8 days exploring literary Ireland. Visit homes & museums of famous authors along with settings and landscapes that inspired them!
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Day 1. Welcome to Dublin!
Welcome to Dublin city, you will have today free to explore the sights of Dublin. Visit the St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Writers Museum which exhibits many of the well-know Irish literature Noble Prize winners and discover the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 2: Sligo
Depart for Sligo – hometown of William Butler Yeats. Visit Yeats grave in Drumcliff, which is located at the foot of the Benbulben mountain . A boat trip will help you to understand Yeats insatiable longing for his home. Overnight in Sligo.
Day 3. Achill Island
Today you visit Achill Island, easily accessible via a bridge in Mulrany. Wild, windy and beautiful – the 40km long Achill Drive takes in the best of the scenery. Achill island has always been an inspiring environment for artists and writers from all over Europe. Visit Heinrich Boell's House and the Deserted Village he wrote about. Overnight in Galway.
Day 4. Aran Islands
Today you will take a ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Maan, the middle of the three inhabited Aran Islands. Dublin writer John Millington Synge was fascinated by the simple form of life on the Aran Islands and spend much time on Inis Maan where he found great inspiration for many of his prose and plays, such as "The Aran Islands" and "The Playboy of the Western World". Overnight in Galway.
Day 5. Burren and Co. Clare
After leaving Co. Galway, you will drive to the Burren National Park, a karst landscape dating from the last ice age. From here you will continue to the impressive Cliffs of Moher on Irelands West coast, which plunge around 200m into the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a revitalizing walk up to O'Briens Tower, from where you will have a wonderful view on the coastline. Continue via Limerick, the setting of Frank McCourt's bestseller "Angela's Ashes" and travel on to County Kerry where you will spend the following two nights.
Day 6. Dingle Peninsula
Take a full day tour around the Dingle Peninsula with its breath-taking views and scenery of the Atlantic Ocean, bright sandy beaches as well as ancient and early Christian relics and small Gaelic speaking villages. You will reach the most Western point of Europe at Slea Head, from where you can catch a view of the offshore Blasket Island, which has been abandoned by its inhabitants in 1953. You will learn more about the rough life at the sea and great literary past of the islands in the Blasket Centre in Dunquin. Find out more about fascinating life on the island in Thomas O'Crohan's "The Islandman", which was written in Gaelic language. Overnight in Kerry.
Day 7. Rock of Cashel
Today on your way to Dublin you will stop at Cashel and visit the famous Rock of Cashel, which was once the most significant Christian centre in Ireland. Once you are back in Dublin visit James Joyce Centre and the birth place of George Bernhard Shaw. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 8. Slán abhaile!!
Time permitting you may wish to do some last minute shopping & sightseeing of your choice before your departure for Dublin Airport.
Included in your price:
Ferry fares to the islands and entry fees are not included in the price
All hotels will be 3 star or above.
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