9 Days - 11 Meals Showcasing the very best sights and scenery of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and a magnificent night at the stylish, distinguished and luxurious Ashford Castle.

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Highlights

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Dublin: Breathe the air thickened by the musty tomes of Trinity College Library and admire the lavish Book of Kells, written and decorated by Celtic monks in the 9thC.
  • Cashel: Visit this historic site, former seat of Irish kings.
  • Cork: Visit the English Market and meet a local market stallholder who introduces you to a taste of delicious farmhouse cheese.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Join a local for a two and a half hour hike over wooded paths and along lakeshore trails.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Lough Corrib: Join a local historian to cruise the serene waters of Lough Corrib. Whilst enjoying lunch, take in the breath-taking scenery.
  • Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
  • Rathbaun Farm: Join the Connolly family for an Irish afternoon tea and glimpse the daily workings of a traditional sheep-farm.
  • Connemara: Visit the turreted neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: Visit St Patrick's Cathedral and tour some of the elegant squares.
  • Shannon Estuary: Cross by ferry.
  • Burren: Drive through the rocky limestone landscape.
  • Galway: See the Roman Catholic Cathedral.
  • Connemara: Visit the Marble Factory to learn the origin and uses of the area's splendid marble.
  • Scenic drives: Wicklow Mountains, Ring of Kerry, the ‘Burren', Connemara.

SIGNATURE DINING

  • Ashford Castle: Simply one of the finest culinary experiences in the world - please join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a convivial evening of dinner and wine.
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WD), 7 full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 2 three-course Evening Meals with choice, plus tea or coffee (D), 1 Lunch (L) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • Galway Bay: The luxurious four star Connemara Coast Hotel offers discerning guests excellent accommodation and exceptional standards of food and service.
  • Ashford Castle: The famous medieval castle is your home for the night, enjoy the beautiful grounds and exemplary service of this stunning signature hotel.

INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES

  • An expert Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.

  • Luxury motor coach - Enjoy the unique comfort of luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

  • Personal radio headsets - gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

  • Baggage handling everywhere - with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Complimentary WiFi - the majority of hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas. You will also find that WiFi is generally available on most touring coaches.

  • Insights - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Day 1 Your Journey Begins

Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

Day 2 In Dublin’s Fair City

Welcome to Dublin! On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport shuttle service leaves for your hotel at 07:00, 09:30 & 12:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a city tour that brings to life Dublin's architectural treasures and history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in 1190, tour Dublin's beautiful Georgian squares, walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its famed library and see the 9th century Book of Kells. Upstairs, in the magnificent barrel-vaulted Long Room, 200,000 of the Library's oldest books are housed in a procession of oak bookcases. Back at your hotel, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 3 Travel to Cashel and Blarney, heading for Killarney

Depart Dublin, and pass the famous Curragh Racecourse and green meadows where many of the finest Irish racehorses are bred. Driving south, stop to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, crowned with medieval buildings, dominating the flat countryside for miles around. Continue to Blarney Castle where you can climb to the ramparts and kiss the magical stone to ensure a lifetime of eloquence. Head to Cork for a visit to the bustling English Market. Meet a local market stallholder who introduces you to a taste of delicious farmhouse cheese. Afterwards, head to Killarney. If you fancy a ‘pint of porter', this town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs, so why not join in the ‘craic' tonight.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza

Full Breakfast,Dinner

Day 4 Ring of Kerry Experience

In the morning, travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all of Ireland. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Stopping at Torc Waterfall for photos, there is a chance to join a hike with a local along the lake shore and past the farmlands of the Muckross Estate, admiring the spectacular scenery. Walk by West Meadow Bay and visit Muckross Abbey. (While there are no mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear.) For those who do not want to join the hike, the motorcoach will return you to Killarney, where the balance of the day is free.

Hotel: Killarney Plaza

Full Breakfast

Day 5 Drive to The Cliffs of Moher and Rathbaun Farm, then on to Galway

This morning, cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry and enter County Clare. Stop at the Exhibition Centre and enjoy a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Then travel north across the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape. Drop in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm and meet a Galway farming family as they carry out their everyday chores. Watch as the farmer shears a sheep and manoeuvres his flock with the help of his dog. Next, on to tour Galway, “City of the Tribes,” including lovely Galway Cathedral. Tonight, your hotel is spectacularly set on the shores of Galway Bay.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway

Full Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Day 6 Head to Galway and Connemara

After a peaceful night's rest, embark upon a superb excursion through a wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. Stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres after World War I. Then travel through bogland and villages to the Connemara Marble Factory and learn of the origin and uses of the area's splendid marble.

Hotel: Connemara Coast, Galway

Full Breakfast

Day 7 Along the shores of Loch Corrib to Ashford Castle

Board ‘The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive scenic cruise of Loch Corrib with lunch. The captain, also the author of “A Voyage of Discovery” (the history of Ashford Castle), will share his wealth of local knowledge with you. As you disembark, a lone piper escorts you over the drawbridge to majestic Ashford Castle. Your signature hotel provides a romantic backdrop in superior surroundings, offering guests both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate, pamper yourself at the spa, or get to know the hawks and woodland surroundings at the hotel's Falconry School. Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative cooking, seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await at your Highlight Celebration Dinner tonight. (Gentlemen, a jacket and tie required).

Hotel: Ashford Castle, Cong

Full Breakfast,Lunch,Celebration Dinner

Day 8 Across the Emerald Isle to Dublin

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and perhaps a stroll on the estate. Then cross the midlands to Dublin where the balance of the day is free for independent activities and maybe some last minute shopping.

Hotel: Trinity City Hotel, Dublin

Full Breakfast

Day 9 Depart Dublin

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Departure transfers arrive at Dublin Airport at 07:30, 09:30 & 11:30.

Full Breakfast

Pricing: From $2,190.00 per person double occupancy. Flights additional.

Call 1-866-412-2999 for dates and details.

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