Your Tour Includes:
- Roundtrip Air on American Airlines from CLT
- Breakfast Daily (B)
- 6 Table d’hote dinners (D)
- 8 Nights 1st class hotels
- 1 Night Trim Castle Hotel, Trim
- (guaranteed early check-in on arrival, ask about pre-night if arriving day early)
- 2 Nights Kee’s Hotel, Co. Donegal
- 2 Nights Castlecourt Hotel, Westport
- 2 Nights Jury’s Inn, Galway
- 1 Night Camden Court, Dublin
- Fully escorted via deluxe motorcoach
- Admissions as highlighted on itinerary
- Gratuity to driver/guide
- Porterage of one suitcase per person
- Single Supplement is $589 (limited number of single rooms available)
- Meals where not indicated
- Travel Protection/Insurance (strongly suggested) $271 per person double occupancy. $312 single occupancy.
Breakfast at your hotel on arrival, Guaranteed Check-in on arrival, Lough Erne Cruise, Belleek, Slieve League, Yeats Grave, Coffin Ship Famine Memorial, Achill Island, Kylemore Abbey, Celtic Crystal, Galway Tour, Clonmacnoise, Athenry, Guinness Storehouse
May 16th – Depart from Charlotte on overnight flight to Dublin.
May 17th – On arrival in Dublin we will be met by Owen Mohan, our knowledgeable and entertaining Irish driver/guide. The early arrival provides a full day to begin our Irish experience, taking in the culture, history, and music of The Emerald Isle – a place of great antiquity, great fun, and as you will discover home to wonderful Irish hospitality. Our first stay is at Trim in County Meath. Trim is perfectly picturesque and it’s no wonder the creators of the movie ‘Braveheart’ chose Trim and its surroundings as the location for their epic film. One look at Trim Castle’s stony outline against a dramatic Irish sky and images of valiant warriors and timid monks spring to life. Guaranteed early check-in. Enjoy breakfast and then relax or go explore the town. Welcome to Ireland session at our hotel tonight.
Overnight: Trim Castle Hotel, Trim (B, D)
May 18th – After breakfast depart Trim. We will stop in Enniskillen to take a cruise on Lough Erne. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view as we cruise along beautiful unspoiled waterways passing alongside historic landmarks such as Enniskillen Castle, Portora Royal School and Boat Club, Old Portora Castle, Waterways Ireland Headquarters, and Cole’s Monument. Check out the abundance of waterside wildlife and see if you can spot the fast and colorful Kingfisher as it flies low to the water near the nesting site. Check-in to our hotel this afternoon with time to explore town before dinner together back at the hotel.
Overnight: Kee’s Hotel, Co. Donegal (B, D)
May 19th – After breakfast we will visit Slieve League. Swooping down from the mountain of Slieve League, these cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. From the highest point on the cliffs, it’s a staggering 609m (1,998 feet) drop into the swirling Atlantic Ocean below. Before coming to the cliffs themselves, we’ll come across the Slieve League Cliffs Centre. Inside, this family-run centre is packed full of local history and culture. The craft shop stocks locally made knitwear and artworks.
Overnight: Kee’s Hotel, Co. Donegal (B, D)
May 20th – On our way to Co. Donegal we will stop at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre. Here we will learn how the famous pottery is made. Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Nestling on the banks of the River Erne this imposing building is home to the world-famous Belleek Fine Parian china and to one of Ireland’s top five visitor attractions. Continue our journey to Westport through Co. Sligo, with the dramatic backdrop of Ben Bulben Mountain, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands. Much of the landscape of Sligo is featured in the poetry of W.B. Yeats and the poet is buried, as he wished, in Drumcliffe, north of Sligo town. We’ll continue to Westport after a stop at Yeat’s Grave. We will arrive in the afternoon with time to enjoy the unique and charming heritage town of Westport. Westport is nestled safe at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay and its enchanting islands. Following check in, we’ll enjoy time on your own to discover why The Irish Times in 2012 voted Westport “Best Place to Live” in Ireland. Then return to the hotel for fine dining and a fun-filled evening of music.
Overnight: Castlecourt Hotel, Westport (B, D)
May 21st – After a lively night on the town we’ll take a quiet morning today to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we discover spectacular Achill Island where every turn reveals another “Kodak Moment”. Our drive today will feature some of the most picturesque touring in the Northwest. Starting at Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, we will continue via Newport and across the Curraun Peninsula to reach Achill Island. We will meander along the Atlantic drive to capture the wild and wonderful scenic views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean, all the while being entertained with lore’s & legends by our entertaining driver. Near Slievemore you will be able to see the Deserted Village, which is home to the remains of nearly 100 abandoned stone cottages. The terrain in this region varies from windswept bogland to golden beaches. The drive will conclude back in Westport. Tonight, we’re on our own for dinner and to catch a local music session in this lovely harbor town.
Overnight: Castlecourt Hotel, Westport (B)
May 22nd – Today we travel south with Galway City in our sights. Our first stop will be at the Coffin Ship Famine Memorial just a bit outside Westport. Then a stop at the legendary Kylemore Abbey, a stunning lakeside property and the most photographed spot in Ireland. This former private residence (believe it or not), later served as an abbey, then a girl’s boarding school. There are formal gardens and a picture postcard setting not to be missed. We’ll arrive in Galway – City of Tribes – in time for a night of music and pubbing and good “craic” in this lively bohemian town.
Overnight: Jury’s Inn, Galway (B, D)
May 23rd – Just outside Galway, we’ll visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Return to the city for an orientation tour onboard the coach. This afternoon enjoy a stroll through the cobbled stone streets and maybe have lunch in Galway’s Latin Quarter “Quay Street and Kirwins Lane”. Music session in nearby Monroe’s Irish Pub.
Overnight: Jury’s Inn, Galway (B)
May 24th – After leaving Galway we’ll spend some time in the heritage town of Athenry, famous for the song “Fields of Athenry”, before continuing to Clonmacnoise, located at Shannonbridge, on the banks of the River Shannon. This is one of the most famous monastic sites in the world. Clonmacnoise began as an isolated monastery founded by St. Ciaran in 545 A.D. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour around Dublin City. We will see elegant Georgian squares and houses, colorful parks, and bustling shopping areas. This afternoon we’ll continue on to the Guinness Storehouse where we can explore exhibits with over 250 years of creative history. The tour ends in the Gravity Bar with a pint of Guinness and a great 360-degree view of Dublin. Farewell to Ireland session at our hotel tonight.
Overnight: Camden Court, Dublin (B, D)
May 25th – Arrive Dublin Airport with time for last minute Duty-Free shopping before return flight to Charlotte. (B)
Weather and circumstances beyond our control may suggest or require changes to the itinerary.
This tour is subject to the terms and conditions listed on www.isleinntours.com. Mobility requirement is moderate.