Departs: 8/8/2018 Returns: 8/17/2018
Day 1 : Fly to Ireland
Our journey to the Emerald Isle begins with a pleasant overnight flight to Dublin.
Day 2 : Dublin
Our Irish driver & guide meets us upon arrival. This beautiful modern city is brimming with historic landmarks and Georgian-style buildings. We view Dublin’s highlights during a tour including a guided visit through Christ Church Cathedral. We end our first exciting day in Ireland at the beautiful Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. D
Day 3 : Clonmacnoise
We travel west this morning to Clonmacnoise. This beloved ancient monastery site, with its remains of nine churches kept tidy by preservationists, was long a major center of religion and education and drew scholars from all over Europe. It’s truly a magical place with a scenic setting on the River Shannon. Later, experience true Irish hospitality at Connolly’s Rathbaun Farm. Here, sheep graze the fields and the fragrance of home-baked scones fills the air. We visit with our hosts Frances and Fintan in their charming thatched cottage and sample fresh lightly sweetened scones over a pot of Irish tea. We stay tonight at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. B,D
Day 4 : Kylemore Abbey
We begin the day at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where Celtic motifs are expertly cut into colored crystal. Then, enjoy the opulent canvas of Connemara, dense with gleaming rivers and lakes, stunning coastal views, and soaring mountains. Later, stroll the vibrant gardens and Neo-Gothic Church of Kylemore Abbey, home to a Benedictine Community of Nuns since World War I. Back in Galway this evening, take in some local culture by stepping into the city’s lively entertainment scene. B
Day 5 : Cliffs of Moher
Our scenic morning drive takes us into the otherworldly beauty of the Burren in County Clare. Here, limestone has eroded over the ages to form moonscape patterns called karren. Next, we stop at the Cliffs of Moher. This mighty coastal wall, extending five miles along the coast and plunging 700 feet to the sea, once gave assurance to World War II pilots that they had reached European shores. Later, we witness Ireland’s heritage at the folk park of Bunratty. Life in 19th-century Ireland comes alive during this evening’s merry-making at a medieval banquet! Tonight we stay in Limerick at the elegant, botique Savoy Hotel. B,D
Day 6 : Killarney
Begin today in Adare, often called Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages and beautiful stone buildings. In Killarney, we board a horse-drawn jaunting cart to see the countryside in the most intimate way. Tonight, our cultural experience continues with traditional Irish folk music and dancing at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. We always receive a hearty failte or welcome when we walk through the doors of this 150-year-old family-run establishment. We spend the next two nights at the splendid Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa B,D
Day 7 : Ring of Kerry
We spend today savoring one of Ireland’s, or even the world’s, most scenic drives, the Ring of Kerry. Undulating hills, rugged mountains draped with green forest, shimmering lakes, emerald valleys, dramatic seascapes, and quaint villages all mark an unforgettable day. B
Day 8 : Blarney Stone
At Blarney Castle this morning, you can kiss the fabled stone and be rewarded with the gift of gab. If you still want something to talk about, we make a nearby stop to view some of Ireland’s largest collections of Waterford Crystal and Belleek China at Blarney Woollen Mills. Then, at the stunning Rock of Cashel, we learn about the rise of this majestic castle, once an assembly place for kings, and later, the church. We dine and overnight tonight at the stunning Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. B,D
Day 9 : Kilkenny
We start the day at Kilkenny Castle. This palace was originally built to guard against crossings of the River Nore in the 13th century. There will be time to sample a local Kilkenny pub for lunch, then explore the medieval city's narrow winding streets on your own. We return to Dublin and the Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa for our special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. B,D
Day 10 : Fond Farewells
Following an included breakfast, we fly home from Dublin with wonderful memories of the Emerald Isle. CB
B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea
|Category - Occupancy||Price (Per Person)|
|Airport - Double||$4699|
|Airport - Single||$5699|
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