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Book 16 people on the same tour, the 16th person is free. Offer applies to new bookings only and is not combinable with other promotional offers or discounts. Additional restrictions may apply.
Offer applies to the land portion when you purchase two CIE coach tours. This discount applies to the tour of lesser value. Offers valid on new bookings only. Not valid for group travel, and not combinable with other CIE Tours promotions or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.
Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaoll
Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Famine Memorial. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink.
Day 2 : Russborough House & Abbey Tavern
This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus voucher with a visit to Guinness or Jameson. Drive to the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner followed by a great show with Irish music and intricate step dancing. (B, D)
Day 3 : Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal
Travel through Kildare, known for horse-breeding, a popular pastime and industry in Ireland. Visit a traditional farmhouse to meet the owners and learn about country living while enjoying tea and freshly-baked scones. Drive south to Waterford for a tour around the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople create all the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of magnificent trophies. Continue along the south coast to Cork and take a brief walking tour of the city with a local guide. (B, D)
Day 4 : Blarney Castle & West Cork
A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive along the lovely coast of Cork via the towns of Clonakilty and Skibbereen to Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views and continue along part of the Ring of Kerry route into Killarney. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 : Dingle Peninsula Tour & Killarney
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to the town of Dingle and enjoy a pub lunch before returning to Killarney. The rest of the day is free. (B, L)
Day 6 : Adare Village & Cliffs of Moher
Travel north to Adare and enjoy a stroll along the main street to take photographs of the charming thatched cottages with brightly colored flowers in window boxes and gardens. Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and past Bunratty to the coast of County Clare. Here view the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Galway for a panoramic tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. (B, D)
Day 7 : “Quiet Man” Walk & Connemara
Drive to Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Have lunch and return to Galway where you are free to explore the city in the evening. (B, L)
Day 8 : Country Life Museum & Belleek China
Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)
Day 9 : Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Visit the award-winning Tower Museum. Stop for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Return to Derry for free time.(B, D)
Day 10 : Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle
Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 11 : Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk
Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to Drogheda, a town that Oliver Cromwell besieged in 1649 and killed 2,000 people, making his name the most hated in Irish history. Join a local guide for a walking tour to see the head of St. Oliver Plunkett, the first Irishman to be canonized in 700 years, and 14th century St. Laurence Gate in the medieval walls. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub, located in a former brewery. (B, D)
Day 12 : Tour Ends Dublin Airport
Take a 30-minute group transfer to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)
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