2014 Irish Odyssey - 12 Days/11 Nights

2014 Irish Odyssey - 12 Days/11 Nights


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

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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Inclusions

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 11 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    - Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
    - Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
    - 6 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast with local guides
  • Farmhouse visit for tea and scones
  • Walking tours of Cork, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • “The Quiet Man" walking tour of Cong
  • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Tower Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

Additional Packages Available
Please call us for pricing and availability for the packages listed below:

  • Irish Odyssey -12 day/11 Nights land tour
  • Irish Odyssey -12 day/11 Nights land tour
  • Irish Odyssey -12 day/11 Nights land tour
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    Accommodations

    Package: Irish Odyssey -12 day/11 Nights land tour

    Cabra Castle Hotel
    This castle’s history dates to 1760 and gives a mature, cultured air to the magnificent hallways and...

    The River Lee Hotel
    This hotel offers modern design combined with warmth, charm and great facilities. The spacious lobby...

    Alexander Hotel
    This beautifully appointed hotel offers guests modern convenience and traditional Irish ambience. Th...

    Galway Bay Hotel
    In this stylish hotel all rooms are designed to ensure warmth and comfort with elegant furnishings a...

    Killarney Plaza Hotel
    This modern hotel offers tastefully decorated public rooms with choices of bars and restaurants in a...

    The D Hotel
    This modern hotel offers 104 elegant bedrooms designed for guest comfort and relaxation, many with s...

    City Hotel, Derry
    This modern hotel features an open-plan lobby opening out to Thompson’s Restaurant for breakfasts an...

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    Ratings based off 13 reviews . Currently showing 3 reviews with comments only.
    By Reg D on Aug 01, 2014

    The hotels, tour guide and itinerary were very good...what more could one ask for!

    By Angela M on May 16, 2014

    We were very pleased with our C.I.E Tour. The itinerary, accommodations (with the exception of the City Hotel in Kerry ) and tour guide were wonderful. Our tour guide was both professional and knowledgeable. We so much enjoyed his commentary and sense of humor. He gave an appreciation of Ireland and its history. His talks were informative and enjoyable. And he was an excellent and safe driver.

    By Sharon K on May 02, 2014

    Absolutely phenominal - exceeded my expectations!


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