AAA Member Appreciation Tour
Hosted by Anne McAlpin
Whether you have always dreamed of strolling the streets of a picturesque village or exploring a stately castle, Ireland and its people eagerly await your arrival. Feel the warmth of an Irish welcome as you experience the best of the Emerald Isle on this captivating adventure through Ireland and Northern Ireland.
AAA Vacations® Amenity
Receive a $50 credit to use toward a pre-booked optional tour of your choice.
- Round trip air from Portland, air taxes and fees
- hotel transfers
- 12 nights’ accommodation
- services of a tour director
- AAA host
- hotel to hotel baggage handling
- 17 meals (11 breakfasts and 6 dinners)
DAY 1: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Set out on an amazing adventure that tells the complete story of the Emerald Isle.
DAY 2: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Tour Begins – Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.
DAY 3: DUBLIN
Today, it’s your choice! Ride with a local guide to see the sights or choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own.
DAY 4: DUBLIN, KILKENNY, WATERFORD
Begin the day in medieval Kilkenny ,then in ancient Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries; or visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
DAY 5: WATERFORD, BLARNEY STONE, KILLARNEY
The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat** and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, enjoy dinner on the town.
DAY 6: KILLARNEY, RING OF KERRY
Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. End your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through one of Ireland’s best kept secrets: Killarney National Park.
DAY 7: KILLARNEY, CLIFFS OF MOHER, ENNIS
Bid Killarney farewell as we travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel and experience the finest in Irish hospitality.
DAY 8: ENNIS, GALWAY, ENNISKILLEN
Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then, continue on to Galway, where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends at the Manor House Hotel, a stunning 19th century estate located on a secluded lake in the westernmost reaches of Northern Ireland.
DAY 9: ENNISKILLEN, DONEGAL TOWN, DERRY
Today you take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, we travel to Derry. This afternoon, a local guide leads you on a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice: choose your included dinner from a menu of Derry’s great restaurants.
DAY 10: DERRY, INISHOWEN PENINSULA
This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as you explore Ireland’s northernmost point. Return to Derry and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
DAY 11: DERRY, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, BELFAST
See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim.
DAY 12: BELFAST, KINGSCOURT
Get ready for a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, and tour the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Next, we are off to Kingscourt, crossing back into the Republic of Ireland. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.
DAY 13: KINGSCOURT – TOUR ENDS.
*Rates shown are per person and air-inclusive from PDX, including all fuel surcharges, government taxes and fees. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees, meals, preferred seating, and others are not included. Land-only rates available. All rates are subject to availability and change until paid in full. Rate not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Certain restrictions apply. Book by March 21, 2018 to secure best rate.
**Jaunting car ride and/or boat cruise are included weather permitting