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From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal or tour the renowned Medieval Museum. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
Your Tour Itinerary Includes:
- 9 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
- 13 meals - 8x breakfast & 5x dinners
- Select sightseeing options
Price is based on 29 March 2020 & 07 April 2020 departures.
Choices on Tour
- Climb aboard the coach to see the highlights such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral (founded in 1191) with a local guide
- You may set out on a walking tour of the city’s historic center and see sites such as O’Connell Street and the River Liffey.
- You may tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries. See the glass blowing room, the mould room and learn how their items are engraved
- explore Ireland’s past at the Medieval Museum where you will enjoy a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
At a glance
Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle. Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's great coastal roads. See sheepdogs in action when you visit a working farm.
Raise a pint and dine on classic Irish fair as you and your fellow travelers are treated to a night of traditional Irish entertainment.
Waterford is Ireland's oldest city with a history that dates back to Viking times. This busy port city on a tidal reach of the River Suir is known as the home of the famous Waterford crystal.
Blarney Castle is a medieval castle in Blarney near County Cork, Ireland. The castle was built nearly 600 years ago by Cormac MacCarthy. The castle is very popular with tourists because of the Stone of Eloquence, more commonly referred to as the Blarney Stone. Millions of tourists have flocked to the castle in kiss the Blarney Stone, located at the top of the castle.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a 111-mile-long circular tourist route in County Kerry in southwestern Ireland. It is Ireland’s longest and one of its most diverse big circle driving routes. The route features beautiful beaches, lakes, medieval ruins, mountains and lakes. Driving The Ring is a very popular daytrip for tourists visiting the area, especially in the summer months.
Jaunting Car Ride
A Jaunting Car Ride refers to a two wheeled carriage pulled by a single horse, with seating for 2 or 4 people placed back to back. This was the main mode of transport for people in Dublin throughout the 19th century and around other parts of Ireland at that time. Jaunting cars are primarily used in Ireland today for tourists.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are a series of cliffs located on the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. They are 5 miles/8 kms long and 702 feet/213 meters tall at their highest point. On a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. These cliffs are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with up to 1 million visitors every year.
Ireland features many historic castles throughout the different regions of the country. Enjoy a stay on the grounds of the castle.
Day 1. Dublin, Ireland
Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. Accommodation: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham (D)
Day 2. Dublin
Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Accommodation: Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham (B)
Day 3. Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Accommodation: Granville Hotel (B/D)
Day 4. Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included, and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants. Accommodation: Killarney Avenue Hotel (B/D)
Day 5. Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture. Accommodation: Killarney Avenue Hotel (B)
Day 6. Killarney - Adare - Limerick
Start your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park. Travel to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for some time at leisure. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." Accommodation: Absolute Hotel (B)
Day 7. Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick
Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner in a local restaurant. Accommodation: Absolute Hotel (B/D)
8. Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Kingscourt
You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. Accommodation: Cabra Castle (B/D)
Day 9. Kingscourt
Your journey ends in Kingscourt. (B)