August 30 – September 6, 2018 – Small group travel! Making new and lasting friendships all while traveling to a new destination PLUS roommate matching available!
Offering beautiful landscape and lush green colors set against the Atlantic Ocean the cliff sides are worth the visit alone. The shorelines are trimmed by golden sands and rocky cliffs. Inland lakes and rural idylls are varied and tranquil. The Irish are some of friendliest people and enjoy sharing in myths and tales of this magical place. Home too many great music artists this is truly a gem worth exploring and taking in local Irish fare and music. Optional pre-night available for Dublin.
Day 1: August 31 – Welcome to Ireland. Transfer from the Dublin Airport to your hotel in the city center. Please note check in may not be possible until after 3:00 PM. Enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Dublin from our centrally located hotel. You may opt for a tour and tasting at the famous Guinness Storehouse. Stroll the streets for some live local music, shopping and taking in the Irish culture. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner at at local pub in Dublin. Brooks Hotel for 2 nights. (D)
Day 2: September 1 – Dublin City Tour – This morning meet with your local guide and enjoy a Panoramic tour of Dublin. Discover the north side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the General Post Office, the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, the Custom Houses along the quays, and Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found with its colorful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not far from St. Stephen’s Green, on Kildare St., you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous ‘book of Kells’ is permanently exhibited in its library. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B,D)
Day 3: September 2 – Dublin to Kilkenny – Today you will depart Dublin for Kilkenny via Wicklow. en route visit Russborough House situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Wicklow countryside. Russborough House is proudly one of Ireland’s finest stately homes. Enjoy some time at leisure for lunch under own arrangements.
This afternoon visit Kilkenny Castle one of the most instantly recognized buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive park lands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendor, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. Tonight dinner is under your own arrangement in Kilkenny. Hotel Newpark for one night. (B)
Day 4: September 3 – Kilkenny to Killarney – After breakfast depart Kilkenny for Killarney en route visit Blarney Castle. Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney village an ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles, and indeed one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, The Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed, to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. The Castle gardens covering 60 acres of land are under constant change and over the past few years, a water garden, fern garden and poison garden have been developed and are all open to the visitor. The gardens are a delight to see. Enjoy some free time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills and lunch. Check in at our hotel and enjoy some time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and the town. Enjoy dinner at a local pub this evening. The International Hotel for two nights. (B,D)
Day 5: September 4 – Ring of Kerry Tour – This morning leave your hotel for a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry one of the most famous and panoramic routes in Ireland. The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts. En route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery – mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coastal road. A scenic lunch stop along the water will offer you a wonderful perspective of Irish life. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
This afternoon return to Killarney for a visit to Muckross House and Gardens a magnificent Victorian mansion built in 1843 and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. Built on the shores of Muckross Lake, it is beautifully situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. The gardens of Muckross House are famed for their beauty worldwide. Spend the balance of your evening at leisure with dinner at leisure. (B,L)
Day 6: September 4 – Killarney – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – This morning you will travel via the Shannon Car Ferry to the Cliffs of Moher Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Next we travel to Galway through the Burren Region it is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern.
Tonight enjoy dinner with entertainment at the Dunguaire Medieval Banquet. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop outside the picturesque village of Kinvara. An evening of superb music, song and storytelling awaits you. Mirroring the tradition of medieval ‘King Guaire’, guests are welcomed with a goblet of Mead, a traditional honey wine, in an inner chamber by the butler and ladies of the castle. After a short history of the castle and musical introduction guests climb the stairs to the Banquet Hall. House Hotel for two nights (B)
Day 7: September 5 – Your last day in Ireland is spend at your leisure in Galway. This vibrant city offers great walks along the water and central park area. Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is the 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls. Quay street offers and abundance of shops and dining. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with live Irish music and say goodbye to your new friends and Ireland. (B,D)
Day 8: September 6 – Departure Day. This morning transfer to the Shannon Airport for your return flight home, please note one group transfer is provided. Transfers to Dublin can be arranged for an additional cost. (B)
Rate: $1,975 per person based on shared double. (Roommates can be provided!) / Single Supplement: $690
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