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8 Day Essential Ireland - Tuesday Departure

8 Day Essential Ireland - Tuesday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Dublin
Arrive in Dublin, the energetic capital of Ireland. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at approximately 5 PM, followed by an orientation meeting on the upcoming journey through Ireland
Overnight: Dublin

DAY 3, Thursday - Dublin City Tour
The exploration of Dublin, immortalized by James Joyce, begins with a panoramic drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and past Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, dedicated to Ireland's patron saint. Evening is on your own to discover Dublin’s fabulous restaurants, nightlife and the friendly pubs on every corner, or join the optional Dinner at Taylors Three Rock. Spend an evening filled with traditional Irish song & dance, accompanied by delectable Irish food
Optional: Dinner at Taylors Three Rock (PM)
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Travel to Kilkenny
Departing Dublin, travel through scenic County Wicklow past the Blessington Lakes on your way to Kilkenny, located on the banks of the River Nore. Journey past the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and view the splendid medieval cathedral. Spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Smithwick’s Experience. Learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made and taste some of the different beers
Optional: Smithwick’s Experience
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Waterford, Blarney Castle en Route to Killarney
Today, discover Waterford, known as Ireland's oldest city, a place that can trace its beginnings back to the arrival of the Vikings. Embark on a walking tour of the city of Waterford with its world-renowned crystal showroom. Then, drive through the scenic south of Ireland into enchanting County Cork for a visit to storied 15th century Blarney Castle, where you'll have an opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab". Free time for shopping for traditional Irish crafts at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to Killarney, in County Kerry, with its soaring mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and spectacular rugged coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, have dinner on your own at one of the town’s many restaurants. Perhaps, join the optional Whiskey Tasting & Dinner. Get an insight into whiskey making and taste two Irish whiskeys, followed by a three course Irish dinner
Optional: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner(PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry
A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas as you drive through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry" around the island's southwestern tip. Keep your cameras ready for the sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, remote villages, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Later, join the optional ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) in the peaceful green countryside. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
Travel north through the picturesque village of Adare, with its pastel-hued storefronts and thatched roof houses, known as the "prettiest village" in Ireland. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland restored to its former splendor with original furnishings, tapestries and works of art. The delightful Folk Park is dedicated to life in Ireland during the 19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor’s house, hardware shop, and, of course, McNamara's pub! Later, view some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that rises some 700 feet above the ocean. Arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon located on the Dromoland Castle Estate, featuring panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Newmarket-on-Fergus
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Dublin, Shannon-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Dublin
  • 1 night Kilkenny
  • 2 nights Killarney
  • 1 night Newmarket-on-Fergus
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • Special Features

  • Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom
  • Travel along the world-famous Ring of Kerry with its astonishing views
  • View the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a rock wall rising 700 feet above the ocean
  • Visit Bunratty Castle, the most authentic medieval fortress in Ireland
  • Walk through the delightful Folk Park dedicated to Irish life in the 19th century
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Mar 12 - Mar 16 departures, itinerary may be altered due to local events for St Patrick's Day

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    Accommodations

    Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
    This first class hotel is ideally located in the Dublin Docklands.

    Hotel Kilkenny
    This first class hotel is a fifteen minute walk from Kilkenny Castle.

    Killarney Avenue Hotel
    This first class hotel is a short walk from the town centre of Killarney.

    Killarney Towers
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Killarney.

    Killarney Towers
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Killarney.

    The Inn at Dromoland
    This tourist class hotel is set on 450 acres of wooded countryside in County Clare on the Dromoland Castle Estate.

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    Itinerary
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