AAA Member Benefit
- $80 Optional Experience Voucher per person
- BE MY GUEST – Travel to 12 th century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish dinner with the O’Connells and a spot of Eton Mess
- CULTURAL INSIGHT – Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum
- LOCAL SPECIALIST – For included sightseeing in Dublin, Westport and Killarney
- City tour in Dublin ▶ walking tour in Westport
- Orientation of Galway and Killarney
- Visit Strokestown Park House ▶ Kylemore Abbey ▶ Cliff s of Moher ▶ Blarney Castle ▶ Kilkenny Castle ▶ Trinity College ▶ EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
- Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary
- View St. Patrick’s Cathedral ▶ Galway Cathedral ▶ the mountains of the Connemara ▶ Torc Waterfall
- See Dublin’s Georgian Squares
- Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry
- 7 Nights Hotel Accommodations
- 12 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners (including Be My Guest)
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
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
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
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
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
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
*Save 10% on the land portion of 2018 Ireland & Scotland guided summer trips when booked and paid in full by 01/11/18. Save $500 per couple ($250 per person) on flights booked with guided vacations of 8 days or more; save $200 per couple ($100 per person) on flights booked with Europe guided vacations of 7 days or less. Must be booked and deposited by 11/17/17 and paid in full by 01/11/18. All offers: Savings not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not combinable with other promotional offers, but may be combined with other brochure discounts. Conditions apply. CST#2077132-20