Authentic Local Experiences: Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College as you embark on a walking tour with a local guide.
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Authentic Local Experiences: Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College as you embark on a walking tour with a local guide. Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with highly skilled dogs to herd sheep and sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Trip Highlights: Blarney Castle Blasket Centre Book of Kells Charles Fort Cliffs of Moher Clonmacnoise Monastic Site Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Kylemore Abbey Lough Corrib Cruise Sheepdog Demonstration Timoleague Franciscan Friary Dining Experiences: Eight dinners including a dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub, and dinner at the award-winning Killeen House.
2018 ELEGANT IRELAND 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & BOOK OF KELLS
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set off for a guided tour of Dublin to see the most prominent buildings and memorials. View rows of elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Trinity College’s campus to view the Book of Kells. In the evening join your group for a welcome drink before heading to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a lively show.
Day 2: CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & GALWAY
Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. Highlights include elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, church ruins and two round towers. Head to Galway for a walking tour with a local guide to explore the narrow medieval streets. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated.
Day 3: LOUGH CORRIB CRUISE & CONNEMARA
Embark on the Corrib Princess for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee. Then drive through Connemara to admire granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. At Kylemore Abbey tour elegant rooms and the charming church set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and enjoy more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 4: CLIFFS OF MOHER & ENNIS
Immerse yourself in traditional farm life and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep. Sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher which stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet (200m). Enjoy a walking tour of the charming town of Ennis. Dating back to the 11th century, Ennis is full of character with its narrow streetscapes, quaint shops and shop fronts.
Day 5: FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM & KILLARNEY
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride and drive along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930s and early 1940s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Stop in Listowel for a look around and lunch on your own before heading to the picturesque town of Killarney. Dine in Killeen House Restaurant, renowned for a warm welcome and excellent food.
Day 6: DINGLE PENINSULA & BLASKET CENTER
Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience wonderful views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Center in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Stop in Dingle to browse around and choose a restaurant for lunch on your own. In Castlemaine stop at the charming, old-fashioned Murphy’s Pub to savor an Irish coffee before returning to your hotel in Killarney.
Day 7: KILLARNEY’S JAUNTING CAR & CORK COASTLINE
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the peaceful Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Stop at the mighty Ross Castle to admire the unspoiled scenery. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around on your own. Then head across the Beara Peninsula and through Glengarriff, renowned for its palm trees and mild weather. Relax as you continue along the lovely County Cork coast and through the towns of Bantry and Skibbereen before arriving in Rosscarbery.
Day 8: CHARLES FORT & HISTORIC KINSALE
Travel along the coast to view Timoleague Franciscan Friary, founded in 1240 by two prominent families, MacCarthys and de Barrys. View the picturesque ruins of the church and living quarters. Then head to Kinsale, renowned for medieval sea trade, fishing and yachting. Join a local guide to visit the huge Charles Fort before taking a gentle stroll through the town to see many old buildings and learn about the long history of trade and shipping with mainland Europe.
Day 9: BLARNEY STONE & DUNBOYNE CASTLE
Journey to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the colorful gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made products at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head north, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing church ruins. Arrive at your luxurious castle hotel, located on the outskirts of Dublin. This property blends the elegant old mansion with state-of-the-art designed guest rooms. Enjoy a farewell dinner – a fitting end to your vacation.
Day 10: TOUR ENDS AT DUNBOYNE CASTLE
Your tour ends after breakfast. The hotel is about 15 miles from either Dublin Airport or Dublin city center.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
- Blarney Castle
- Blasket Centre
- Book of Kells
- Charles Fort
- Cliffs of Moher
- Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
- Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
- Kylemore Abbey
- Lough Corrib Cruise
- Sheepdog Demonstration
- Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Eight dinners including a dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub, and dinner at the award-winning Killeen House.
All CIE Tours Include:
- Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
- All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
- Welcome get-together drink with your group
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
- Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
HURRY, OFFER ENDS MARCH 31, 2018
Small Group departures available!
Save $200 on the Irish Elegance. Book by 3/31/18 and us promotion code: TAND200C. Prices are land only, per person and based on double occupancy.