The Best of Ireland 2014

The Best of Ireland 2014


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Emerald Landscapes, Royal Gems & Historic Jewels...Find treasures around every bend in Ireland... natural ones like sculpted cliffs that soar majestically over the rocky ocean coast below, a wild ring of scenic landscapes and lakes, the limestone Burren abundant with wildlife and basalt giants that march into the sea... cultural riches that speak volumes about Irish life, in castles, on dairy farms, in crystal and pottery factories, in poetic haunts and an Ulster Folk Park... hallowed sites that chronicle history - Trinity College, walled Derry, medieval Kilkenny, Kylemore Abbey, Georgian Dublin...

Day 1: Welcome to Ireland - Ennis & the Cliffs of Moher
Tour begins: 1:00 PM, Old Ground Hotel. A transfer is included from Shannon Airport to the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. See the Cliffs of Moher this afternoon, and join us for a welcome dinner with local entertainment tonight.
Meals: D

Day 2: Meet the owners and spend time on an Irish farm, then on to Killarney
Visit a working dairy farm for a light Irish lunch and stories. Then it’s on to Killarney and a visit to Muckross House. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, where your guest room gazes out upon Killarney’s incredibly beautiful landscapes.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: The Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park
Drive ‘round the Ring of Kerry amidst scenes of sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and cliffs, old oak forests and bogs. View ruins of ancient monasteries, castles and forts, and small villages, like seaside Waterville, that reveal a glimpse of local life.
Meals: B, D

Day 4: Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal and Mount Juliet Hotel
Journey to 15th-century Blarney Castle to see - and perchance kiss? - the famous Blarney Stone. Next up is a visit to Waterford for a tour of the Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre. Stay two nights at the Mount Juliet Hotel in the heart of Kilkenny, where you’ll dine à la carte this evening.
Meals: B, D

Day 5: Kilkenny antiquities and a little country living
Explore the ruins of Jerpoint Abbey, including a cloister whose sculpted pillars reveal an ancient sense of humor, and take a guided walking tour of Kilkenny for insights into its medieval Black Abbey, Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle.
Meals: B, D

Day 6: Connemara and the Gaelic heart
Travel through the towns of Portumna on the River Shannon and Loughrea, known for its striking cathedral, on your way to fast-growing Galway City, where you’ll have time to have lunch and explore the sights. An afternoon cruise across Lough Corrib in Cong precedes your arrival at Ashford Castle for a royal two-night stay you’ll long remember.
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Kylemore Abbey & Ashford Castle in the west of Ireland
Visit lakeside Kylemore Abbey this morning; built in the late 19th century as a private residence, the castle is now home to a prestigious boarding school for girls. Return to Ashford Castle, where the remainder of the day is free.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: From Drumcliffe to Belleek & Enniskillen in Northern Ireland
Travel today to the foothills of Benbulben Mountain and the village of Drumcliffe, where the final resting place of poet W. B. Yeats lies in a graveyard marked by carved Irish “high crosses” dating back to a 6th-century monastery. Continue on to the villages of Mullaghmore and Ballyshannon and the market town of Belleek, for a behind-the-scenes tour of its porcelain factory. Following lunch, travel to Lough Erne Golf Resort.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: History lives in Derry, Omagh & the Ulster American Folk Park
En route to Derry, stop in Castlederg - once a stop along an ancient pilgrimage route, view the remains of its thatched-roof castle. A walking tour of the old city in Derry showcases its historic ramparts, marking the only completely walled city in the British Isles. Head next to Ulster American Folk Park, where you will hear the stories of three centuries of Irish emigrants who left the Emerald Isle to build new lives in North America.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Titanic history in Belfast
Drive to Belfast for a day that begins with a visit to the Titanic Quarter to see the newly opened Titanic exhibit, and a brief tour of the city. This evening, a special treat - a nine-course Titanic tasting menu dinner in the sumptuous Great Room of The Merchant Hotel, honoring the ship’s grand style.
Meals: B, D

Day 11: Castles, inns, a spectacular coastal drive and the amazing Giant's Causeway
Castle towns are this morning’s focus on a stop in Carrickfergus and in Ballygally, site of a charming baronial castle that looks out over the sea. Drive on to the town of Bushmills for lunch at the Bushmills Inn whose origins date back to 1608. This afternoon explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns lead from coastal cliffs out to the sea. Your evening is at leisure.
Meals: B, L

Day 12: The story of Saint Patrick and on to Dublin
En route to Dublin, visit the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, an interpretive exhibition that tells the story of Ireland’s patron saint. In Dublin a guided walking tour includes Trinity College, home to the must-see 9th-century Book of Kells. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own.
Meals: B

Day 13: Sights of Georgian Dublin and a visit to Dublin Castle
City sightseeing today takes you down cobblestoned streets past brick Georgian row houses famous for their intricate, glass-laced doorways. Stop at Phoenix Park and Victorian St. Stephen’s Green; drive among the statues and monuments of O’Connell Street, and see the Lord Mayor’s residence. A highlight of your explorations is Tauck’s private guided visit to the State Apartments at Dublin Castle, in continuous occupation since it was built in 1204 AD. Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at your leisure. Join us for a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Meals: B, D

Day 14: Journey home
Tour ends: Dublin. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Four Seasons Hotel Dublin to Dublin Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
Meals: B

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Inclusions

Stay at majestic Ashford Castle; travel to the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher & Giants Causeway; visits to Ulster American Folk Park, Belleek Pottery factory and Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre; lunch with a family on their working dairy farm; a 9-course Titanic tasting dinner in Belfast

  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the spectacular coastal scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road
  • Belfast’s newly opened Titanic exhibit & a sumptuous 9-course Titanic tasting dinner
  • Accommodations at majestic Ashford Castle, country estates & a lakeside resort
  • Learning - at an Irish farm, the Belleek Pottery factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal
  • Two nights in Dublin to explore the delights of its parks, streets, history & pubs
  • Small Group Departures, averaging 24 Tauck guests, are available on select departures; specially priced from $6390 per person double, specific 2014 dates apply.
  • Special Solo Traveler Savings - on select departures you save $300 on the single room price.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 29 meals, service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes & porterage

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Accommodations


Mount Juliet Hotel
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Lough Erne Golf Resort
Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Old Ground Hotel
The Merchant Hotel
Ashford Castle

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