8 day Ireland Trip

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8 day Ireland Trip

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Destination for this trip:

Dublin, Ireland; Ireland; Kerry, Ireland

Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1445 to $ 1499

Best travel dates to go:

April, May, June, July, August, September, October


Detailed Description of this trip:

A unique and intimate travel experience combining lovely Irish B&Bs with deluxe and superior first class hotels.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

  • Day 2 - Dublin

    Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest cities, where medieval and fine 17th century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of the 21st century. At 2 p.m., a city tour brings to life Dublin’s history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see 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. This evening, take a short drive to the fishing harbor of Howth for dinner and rousing Irish music at the Abbey Tavern.
    Abbey Tavern
    Food and Dining

    Dinner

  • Day 3 - Ireland

    Travel north via Kells and Cavan to Belleek. Watch skilled craftsmen design and produce fine china of renowned delicacy at the Belleek China Factory
    Belleek China Factory
    Group Tour

    Tour of factory

  • Day 4 - Ireland

    Bid your own farewell to W.B. Yeats at Drumcliff churchyard where his simple tombstone reads: "Cast a cold eye / On life, on death / Horseman, pass by!" Continue through the dramatic West Country. On to Knock, a humble ­village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world ever since local residents ­experienced Marian apparitions in 1879. Travel on to the picturesque village of Cong, the setting of the 1951 classic, The Quiet Man. Next tour Cong Abbey, an Augustinian abbey founded in the 12th century. Enjoy driving through Connemara, where whitewashed cottages are scattered over a land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks and rivers
  • Day 5 - Ireland

    This morning visit Galway Cathedral before dropping in for refreshments at Rathbaun Farm. Meet a farming family as they carry out their everyday chores. Watch as the farmer shears a sheep and maneuvers his flock with the help of his dog. Next, cross the Burren, a stark and barren landscape dotted with rare flora. Travel west to the Cliffs of Moher rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. Later cross the Shannon estuary by ferry before setting off for Killarney.
  • Day 6 - Kerry

    The road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as The Ring of Kerry, is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath­taking beyond words. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem.
    Ring of Kerry
    Sightseeing

    Sightseeing tour of Ring of Kerry

  • Day 7 - Ireland

    Visit Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Then wander across to the Blarney Woollen Mills for Irish knitwear and crafts. Next is Water­ford, for a visit the famous Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms. Here ancient skills, often handed from one generation of local family to the next, lovingly turn molten glass into exquisite crystal.
    Blarney Castle

    Guided tour and chance to kiss the Blarney Stone!

    Waterford Crystal Factory

    Tour and Shopping

  • Day 8 - Dublin

    Kilkenny is undoubtedly Ireland’s loveliest inland city. It rose to prominence in the 13th century, when the Irish Parliament often met at Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle and some free time to explore this medieval city. Return to Dublin where the evening is free to relax at your beautiful hotel or you may attend an optional farewell show of song, dance and dinner all topped off with Dublin’s wit.
  • Day 9 - On the Plane

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