Glimpse of Ireland

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Glimpse of Ireland

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Length of trip:

9 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1250 to $ 1499

Best travel dates to go:

February, March, July, August, September, October, November


Detailed Description of this trip:

Tour renowned historic sites, lively cities and scenic wonders. This 7 night tour is designed for the active traveler who wants to incorporate many of Ireland's famous places at an active pace. Visits to Dublin, Mayo, Galway, Killarney and Waterford are all included with incredible sightseeing to each area's famous places. This tour has it all!



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    Depart USA.
    Commercial Flight

    Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

  • Day 2 - Dublin

    Arrive In Dublin, Ireland.
    Hotel

    Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

    Sightseeing

    At 2 p.m. your voyage of discovery begins on a city tour with your local guide. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1190, tour Dublin’s beautiful Georgian squares, walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its famed library and its truly unique world treasure – the 8th century Book of Kells.

    Food and Dining

    This evening, take a short drive to the fishing harbor of Howth for dinner and traditional music at the Abbey Tavern.

  • Day 3 - Dublin

    Dublin / The Midlands / Sligo / Mayo.
    Sightseeing

    Cross midland Ireland and visit one of the country’s fine old manors, Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. This grand estate, built in the 18th century, has been carefully restored and still has its original furnishings.

    Museums

    The Famine Museum is located in the former Stable Yards of the house. It was designed to commemorate The Great Irish Famine of the 1840's, now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe.

    Sightseeing

    Continue on to Mayo to visit the Shrine at Knock. In 1879, the figures of Mary, St. Joseph and St. John are reported to have miraculously appeared here in a vision to 15 local people.

    Hotel

    Dinner and conversation at your hotel is a perfect end to a full day’s sightseeing.

  • Day 4 - Mayo

    Mayo / Connemara.
    Historical and Educational Tours

    Travel via Castlebar to the picturesque town of Westport. Enjoy some free time to browse before setting out for Connemara, Ireland’s historic western province.

    Sightseeing

    Next visit Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by the Irish Benedictine community of nuns.

    Adventure

    Continue your tour of splendid Connemara, where whitewashed cottages are scattered over a land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks and rivers.

    Hotel

    This evening, dine and relax at your elegant hotel as the sun sets over Galway Bay.

  • Day 5 - Limerick

    Connemara / Galway / Cliffs Of Moher / Limerick.
    Sightseeing

    This morning visit the impressive Galway Cathedral before dropping in for refreshments at Rathbaun Farm. Meet a farming family as they carry out their daily chores. Watch as the farmer shears a sheep and maneuvers his flock with the help of his dog.

    Sightseeing

    Next, cross the Burren, a suddenly stark and barren landscape dotted with rare flora. Travel west to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves: the view is truly outstanding.

    Food and Dining

    A celebrated medieval castle banquet is an option for tonight’s festivities.

  • Day 6 - Killarney

    Limerick / Ring Of Kerry / Killarney.
    Bus

    Drive to Adare, renowned as the “prettiest village in Ireland" with its thatched cottages and stone walls.

    Sightseeing

    Then follow the road that winds around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as “The Ring of Kerry." It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all of Ireland. Poets, painters, and musicians have all tried to capture its elusive charm.

    Hotel

    Arrive in Killarney for check-in and dinner at your hotel.

  • Day 7 - Waterford

    Killarney / Blarney / Waterford.
    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    This morning visit Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Wander across to the Blarney Woollen Mills to shop for traditional fine knitwear and crafts.

    Wine

    Journey on through County Cork to Midleton and the Old Midleton Distillery and Heritage Centre to learn the story of Irish Whiskey.

    Bus

    Arrive in the ancient Viking town of Waterford.

    Sightseeing

    After dinner in your hotel, take some time to stroll the mile long quayside.

  • Day 8 - Dublin

    Waterford / Dublin.
    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    Begin your day at the Waterford Crystal Factory. On your guided tour, admire the ancient skills of local craftsmen as they carefully turn molten glass into the most exquisite crystal.

    Sightseeing

    Afterwards, wander through the showrooms and perhaps find an heirloom for future generations in your own family!

    Historical and Educational Tours

    Next, on your Waterford walking tour, your guide brings the city’s fascinating history alive.

    Shopping

    On to Dublin in time for some last-minute shopping.

    Nightlife

    This evening is free to discover the nightlife along its squares and cobblestone streets or to join an optional farewell cabaret for song, dance, dinner and Dublin wit.

  • Day 9 - Dublin

    Your homebound flight arrives the same day.

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