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Memorable Ireland
8 Days

ITINERARY

Book by Friday, October 29, 2021  to be guaranteed a 10% discount.

8 Days: Dublin, Blarney Castle, Kerry, Ring of Kerry, The Burren, Galway City, Connemara

Tour Overview:
After arriving in the capital city of Dublin, visit Blarney Castle and kiss (or just appreciate) the legendary Stone of Eloquence, and never again be lost for words! Discover Ireland’s spectacular mountains, peat bogs, lakes, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, as your travel through Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway City and Connemara.

Day 1: Welcome To Ireland

Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre. (D)


Day 2: Blarney Castle & Kerry

Today meet with your coach & English speaking driver/ guide & depart Ireland’s Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you’ll never again be lost for words.
Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris & his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. (B)


Day 3: Ring of Kerry

Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses, before arriving back in Killarney. Along the Ring of Kerry stop at a local farm for a sheepdog demonstration. Your visit starts with an overview of the different breeds of sheep, followed by an introduction to the farmer’s most important tools, his border collies. Next you will see a superb demonstration of sheep herding as the farmer with his dogs demonstrate how, by working together, he can take a flock of sheep from the mountain top to the sheep pen close to the farmyard.
OPTIONAL: Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park
Enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town. (B)


Day 4: Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean & extend for over 7km. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange & unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare, with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee.
OPTIONAL: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. The Earl was known for his generosity and his lavish entertainment and banquets. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers & is a fitting compliment to the lively mead reception, a four-course meal and of course good wine. Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of this magnificent castle & take a true step back in time to Medieval Ireland. (B)


Day 5: Galway City & Cruise

This morning travel to Galway City & get oriented with this beautiful place which has attracted many musicians & artists. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largest & most impressive buildings in Galway built between 1958 & 1965. Next enjoy a cruise along the Corrib River to Lough Corrib including scones & an Irish coffee. This journey on the Corrib Princess takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake. Visitors will see unsurpassed views of the historic monuments & natural amenities that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Overnight: Galway (Dinner & bed & breakfast)


Day 6: Connemara

Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs & mountains. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920. Next you will visit a bodhrán maker (traditional Irish drum). Roundstone Music and Crafts is located in a former Franciscan monastery in Roundstone, in the heart of Connemara. It is here that you will find the workshop of Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhrán, who is famous for the manufacture of bodhráns, the oldest instruments that accompany traditional Irish music. Malachy makes bodhráns for the world famous Riverdance troupe and he is currently the only full-time bodhrán maker in Ireland. (B)


Day 7: Dublin’s Fair City

Depart Galway for Dublin today. On arrival in Dublin, you will first explore the north side of the city which offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street & Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The city’s south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares & is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle & two Anglican Cathedrals. Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. This is a stateof-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.
OPTIONAL: Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock or similar
Visit this lively pub in Rathfarnham for an excellent night of music and dance. A ballad group will regale visitors with ballads both happy and sad and will (after a few pints) have visitors singing along with them. The music is interrupted for a short while to enjoy the best of Irish Dancing guaranteed to get feet tapping. Visitors will later be sent into the night with fond memories of a memorable night in a Dublin Pub. (B)


Day 8: Farewell

After a final Irish breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Book by Friday, October 29, 2021 to be guaranteed a 10% discount.
2021
Departure Double Occ. Discounted Price Single Occ. Discounted Price
Apr 20 - Apr 27 1625 2450
May 11 - May 18 1865 2690
May 25 - Jun 01 1865 2690
Jun 15 - Jun 22 1865 2690
Jul 06 - Jul 13 1865 2690
Jul 20 - Jul 27 1865 2690
Aug 10 - Aug 17 1865 2690
Aug 31 - Sep 07 1865 2690
Sep 14 - Sep 21 1865 2690
Sep 28 - Oct 05 1865 2690
Optional Tours: Sell
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle 105
Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock 105
Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park 20
* Minimum 2 passengers
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
Accommodation:
Dublin - 4* Riu Plaza Gresham Hotel, 3* Academy Plaza Hotel or similar
Kerry - 4* Randles Hotel, 4* Dromhall Hotel or similar
Limerick - 4* George Hotel or 3* Treacys West County or similar
Galway - 4* Clayton Hotel or similar
2022
Departure Dbl Occ. Sgl Occ.
Apr 05 - Apr 12 $1,870 $2,800
Apr 19 - Apr 26 $1,870 $2,800
May 10 - May 17 $2,150 $3,080
May 24 - May 31 $2,150 $3,080
Jun 14 - Jun 21 $2,150 $3,080
Jul 05 - Jul 12 $2,150 $3,080
Jul 19 - Jul 26 $2,150 $3,080
Aug 09 - Aug 16 $2,150 $3,080
Aug 30 - Sep 06 $2,150 $3,080
Sep 13 - Sep 20 $2,150 $3,080
Sep 27 - Oct 04 $2,150 $3,080
Oct 11 - Oct 18 $1,870 $2,800
Oct 18 - Oct 25 $1,870 $2,800
Optional Tours: Sell
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle $110
Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock $110
Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park $25
Accommodation:
Dublin - 4* Riu Plaza Gresham Hotel, 3* Academy Plaza Hotel or similar
Kerry - 4* Randles Hotel, 4* Dromhall Hotel or similar
Limerick - 4* George Hotel or 3* Treacys West County or similar
Galway - 4* Clayton Hotel or similar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation at 3/4 star hotels with full Irish Breakfasts each morning
  • Dinner at Hotels: Day 1 – Dublin, Day 5 – Galway
  • Visits/Experiences: Blarney Castle, Sheepdog Demonstration, Shannon Car Ferry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Lough Corrib Cruise with scones & Irish coffee, Kylemore Abbey, Roundstone  Music, and Crafts, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Modern motor-coach with driver/guide included as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide for Dublin City Tour
  • Porterage x 1 piece of luggage per person in/out ofhotels
  • Service charges and taxes at existing rates

Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Lough Corrib Cruise
  • Bodhran Maker in Connemara
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • OPTIONAL: Jaunting Car
  • OPTIONAL: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
  • OPTIONAL: Traditional Irish Night with Dinnerin Dublin

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