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Tour Cost – $3389 USD plus airfare and insurance.
Single space is available with payment of a supplemental payment of $1139
Tuesday, 14 June – Depart Dulles airport on United Airlines at approximately 10:00 pm for overnight flight to Dublin.
Wednesday, 15 June – Arrive Dublin at approximately 10:00 am and upon arrival we will meet our Irish driver/guide in the Arrivals Hall. Once everyone has convened, our driver/guide will escort us to our motorcoach to begin our journey off the beaten track to discover some of Ireland’s hidden gems. Our journey will be full of Irish culture, history, and of course the hospitality the Irish are known for. As we make our way to Kilkenny, we will stop at the National Stud, Ireland’s premier horse breeding center and horse museum. We will also visit the near-by Japanese Gardens, which were designed to symbolize the “Life of Man” and are considered the best example of a Japanese garden in Europe. Overnight: Hibernian Hotel, Kilkenny (D)
Thursday, 16 June – This morning after breakfast we will visit the Nicholas Moss Pottery Center located in a beautiful old mill on the banks of the River Nore. See how each individual piece of pottery is handcrafted and hand painted. Next onto Kilkenny Castle for a tour of one of Ireland’s most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history dating back to the 12th century, though much of its present look dates from Victorian times. The remainder of the afternoon and evening will be free to explore Kilkenny. Dinner on our own. Overnight: Hibernian Hotel, Kilkenny (B)
Friday, 17 June – Today we journey to the lovely town of Killarney. Stopping on route at the Rock of Cashel, a large mound of limestone bristling with ancient fortifications including an ancient cathedral, chapel and castle, some of which date back to the 12th Century. After an audio/visual presentation we will stroll the grounds. Arrive in Killarney in the afternoon with some time to explore the town on our own before returning to the hotel for dinner. Maybe take a jaunting car ride through the National Park to Ross Castle or do a little shopping. Overnight: Great Southern, Killarney (B, D)
Saturday, 18 June – After a leisurely breakfast we will embark on a tour of the Dingle Peninsula, home to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. Journey along the spectacular ‘Slea Head’ enjoying dramatic coastal scenery along the way. Stop at the Blasket Center in Dún Chaoin on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula. The center celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders. Stop in the town of Dingle for lunch and some time to explore on your own. Return to Killarney. Tonight, dinner on your own followed by a visit one of the many quaint pubs or just wandering this delightful town. Overnight: Great Southern Hotel, Killarney (B)
Sunday, 19 June – A little time to relax this morning. Depart Killarney at 11.00am. Visit Blarney Castle & Gardens where those energetic enough will have an opportunity to climb the 104 steps to kiss the stone located in the battlements and gain “the gift of the gab.” We will also have time for some shopping in the Blarney Woolen Mills and lunch in the restaurant or pub on the castle grounds. Arrive in Cork city in the late afternoon. Spend some time at leisure in your beautiful surroundings. Dinner tonight is sure to be a treat!
Overnight: Hayfield Manor, Cork (B, D)
Monday, 20 June – After a leisurely breakfast we will travel to the English Market in Cork City. One of Cork’s greatest attractions and Ireland’s oldest indoor food market. It provides local artisans a place to sell their products and customers a well curated space to shop for high-quality food. Next a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal comprises a visitor center and opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. A guided tour will give us firsthand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. Dinner tonight at 1180 the intimate castle Restaurant. Overnight: Kilkea Castle, Kildare (B, D)
Tuesday, 21 June – Travel into County Wicklow to Glendalough for an audiovisual presentation and a tour of the site. This early Christian ecclesiastical settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. Our next stop will be the picturesque village of Avoca, the fictional home of BBC TV’s “Ballykissangel”, for a visit to The Mill at Avoca Village. Tour the mill to see how many of the throws, rugs, and scarves you will find in the Avoca store are made. We will return to Kilkea Castle in the late afternoon. There will be some free time to enjoy the Spa or take a stroll through the grounds before dinner which will be served at Hermione’s Restaurant. Overnight: Kilkea Castle, Kildare (B, D)
Wednesday, 22 June – Today we will journey north to the Boinne Valley to the Bru Na Boinne Visitor Center we will learn about the fascinating Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. We will have a tour of Newgrange or Knowth UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
The afternoon and evening will be at leisure to relax or explore Dublin city on foot. Overnight: The Green Hotel, Dublin (B)
Thursday, 23 June – We will start our day with a panoramic city tour where we will see elegant Georgian squares and houses, buildings of historical importance including The Bank of Ireland at College Green and Dublin Castle as well as the statue of Molly Malone on Grafton Street. Our first stop will be at Kilmainham Gaol, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show and an exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison. Our next stop will be the stunning Christ Church Cathedral. Here we will learn about the rich history of the Cathedral while visiting the Nave, Crypt and have an opportunity to climb up to our Belfry to ring the famous bells. Meet our group this evening for a farewell dinner and Irish entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Overnight: The Green Hotel, Dublin (B, D)
Friday, 24 June – After breakfast we will make our way to the Dublin Airport with time for last-minute Duty-Free shopping. We will depart on United at approximately 1:00 pm arriving Dulles at 4.00 pm (All times approximate, final details to be advised as they become available) (B)
B – Breakfast
L – Lunch
D – Dinner
Admissions Included/Tour Highlights
- 9 nights Accommodation
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- 5 evening meals
- 1 evening of dinner & entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy
- Fully escorted via deluxe motorcoach
- Services of an experienced Irish driver/guide
- Porterage of one suitcase per person
- All service charges and local government taxes