Enchanting Emerald Isle

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$80 Optional Experience Voucher per person

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  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • 12 Meals (7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners including Be My Guest)

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING

Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. View the colourful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christchurch Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artefacts, and altar-pieces. Welcome Reception.

Hotel Name: Roganstown

City: Dublin

DAY 2: DUBLIN – STROKESTOWN – ENNISCRONE

Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world’s best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s, where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Enniscrone set on the River Moy. Full Breakfast, Dinner.

Hotel Name: Diamond Coast

City: Dublin

DAY 3: ENNISCRONE – CONNEMARA – GALWAY

Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the “City of Tribes”. View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back to only 1965. Full Breakfast.

Hotel Name: Connacht

City: Connemara

DAY 4: GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)

This morning visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher. There’s time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney. Full Breakfast, Dinner.

Hotel Name: Killarney Towers

City: Cliffs of Moher

DAY 5: RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries. This afternoon enjoy free time in Killarney or stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds. Full Breakfast.

City: Ring of Kerry

DAY 6: KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – KILKENNY

Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the ‘lost’ town of Newtown Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting local farmers Joe and Maeve O’Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale of the ‘lost’ town and meet the farm sheepdog before relishing a Be My Guest dinner. Arrive later at your hotel in Kilkenny. Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining.

Hotel Name: Kilkenny

City: Blarney

DAY 7: KILKENNY – DUBLIN

Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore, with a Local Specialist. In the castle basement you’ll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland’s most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Later return to Ireland’s capital where you visit Trinity College to admire the Book of Kells. Toast the Emerald Isle with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Irish pub. Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.

Hotel Name: Ballsbridge

City: Dublin

DAY 8: DEPART DUBLIN

Slan abhaile or “safe homeward” as you transfer to the airport where your holiday ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Full Breakfast

City: Dublin

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