Day 1: Saturday: U.S
. to Ireland. Evening departure for our overnight flight from the U.S. to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
Day 2: Sunday: Arrive Dublin.
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. **Depart Dublin and travel the short journey to Galway for check into our hotel. Free time to rest. In the afternoon, we enjoy a local panoramic sightseeing tour of Galway City. Dinner and overnight in Galway.
Day 3: Monday: Galway - Connemara - Galway
. Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along Galway Bay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stop briefly for a photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside; keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen, the Connemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway where we have some free time before dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Galway, where we can find excellent pub entertainment!
Day 4: Tuesday: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney.
Morning departure from Galway. Travel south to Ardrahan, where we pause for tea/coffee and scones at Rathbaun Farms. Here we will see a farming family carry out everyday chores including sheep shearing and watch as the sheepdogs maneuver the flock. Continue on to the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Onwards to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula.
A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Thursday: Killarney - Cashel - Dublin.
Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney where we pause for optional visit to Blarney, where we pause for optional visits to Blarney Woollen Mills and Blarney Castle, perhaps to kiss the famed Blarney Stone or visit the amazing gardens around the castle. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary and Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel, an ancient castle fortress of the Kings of Ireland. Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your own. Overnight in Dublin. *Note: Dinner, Irish cabaret can be optionally arranged tonight.
Day 7: Friday: Dublin.
Morning sightseeing in Dublin includes a visit to Guinness Storehouse, Whitefriars Church and Trinity College to view the 8th century Book of Kells. Afternoon and evening free in Dublin.
Day 8: Dublin - U.S.
Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Arrive home the same day. IMPORTANT: **Departure dates shown are air dates from the U.S. Land tour starts one day later, on Sunday. Transfers for this tour from Dublin Airport after the arrival of all international flights for passengers who book air with Celtic Tours. If Celtic Tours does not book your air, you may avail of these free transfers, provided you submit your flight information within 35 days prior to departure, and you are available 30 minutes prior to airport departure. Otherwise, you must find your own transfer to your first night hotel. Tour ends at Dublin Airport at 7:15-7:30 am. Airfare: Celtic Tours offers a wide range of air options for you. See our website for the best fares available. Group reservationsu2014please review your group contract or contact our group department at 1-800-833-4373.