- Following the footsteps of Leopold Bloom on a walking tour of James Joyce’s Dublin
- A delightful seafood dinner at Gaby’s in Killarney
- A full day tour of Connemara including a specially prepared picnic lunch
- A private a la carte dinner at Dromoland Castle
Day 1 Depart USA
You board your flight for the overnight trip to the charming country of Ireland, a place across the ocean from the United States but, in many ways close in culture as millions of Irish immigrants and their descendants can attest.
Day 2 Welcome to Dublin
A thousand welcomes to the Emerald Isle. Your guide will be waiting for your arrival and facilitate your speedy transfer to your waiting car. On the way to the city, your guide will brief you on some of the events we have arranged for you and listen to any suggestions you might have. Soon you will arrive at your hotel, considered to be Dublin's finest. You have a chance to relax or take stroll before enjoying a private dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 The Literary and Musical Heritage of Ireland
This morning you are met by your guide who both by car and on foot will introduce you to the historic and cultural portions of Dublin. You'll visit St Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College a renowned center of knowledge and repository of the Book of Kells. After a pub lunch you will embark on a literary tour that will show you areas of the city associated with Ireland's great writers. You'll also spend some time following the trail of Leopold bloom from James Joyce's Classic Ulysses. This evening you'll join two talented musician guides who will both entertain you and introduce you to a number of well known Dublin pubs.
Day 4 Kilkenny, Waterford and Cork
After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you out of the city and into the Irish countryside. You are headed to the South of Ireland with your first stop will be in the County and city of Kilkenny, a vibrant place combining history going back to medieval times and a thriving crafts industry. While in the city you will see the Black Abbey so named because it was founded by Dominican monks who wore black garments. You will then visit Kilkenny Castle, an 800 year old castle situated on a high point of the city. Built in the 12th Century it was the home of the Butler family, the Dukes of Ormonde from 1391 until 1935. The 19th Century picture gallery is 135 feet long and contains fine tapestries, and portraits of the Butler family through the ages. After your visit you head to the County of Waterford stooping for lunch along the way. Waterford the city was founded on the banks of the River Suir. Waterford is a charming city known for its waterside charm but perhaps most famous for the Waterford Crystal Center which you will visit. After your visit you will head to Cork, Ireland's second largest city.
Day 5 A Poignant Remembrance and the Gift of Loquaciousness
Your morning starts with a visit to the English Market, a foodie's delight. Then you are off to the Cobh Heritage Center where you view the history of the Irish migration to the new world through the nearby port of Queenstown. It is from here that the Titanic made her last contact with land heading for New York, tragedy and immortality. After a somber moment, the mood changes as you head for Blarney Stone where your "inner tourist" will probably build up the courage to bend over the ramparts of the castle to kiss the Blarney stone thus assuring a future life with the gift of the gab. Telling stories to your guide in a mock Irish accent you arrive in the delightful town of Killarney surrounded by lakes. Your hotel is considered the best in town with a kitchen to match.
Day 6 The Ring of Kerry and an Evening at Gaby’s
After breakfast your guide will be ready to take you on a scenic tour around the Ring of Kerry which affords a journey through some of Kerry's most outstanding scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. During your day you will travel through Killorglin, by Caragh Lake and Glenbeigh where you get your first view of the Atlantic at Rossbeigh. You will visit Dingle Bay, Kells and Cahersiveen where Valentia Island is visible offshore. Stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot you continue on to Ballinskelligs and Coomakista Pass before arriving in Kenmare. On your way back to Killarney you get superb views of the lakes from Moll's Gap and Ladies view before arriving back in Killarney. This evening, be our guest at Gaby's an outstanding seafood restaurant on Killarney's high street and one of our favorites.
Day 7 Limerick, Galway and “The Quiet Man” Country
Leaving Killarney, you head north stopping first in the quant town of Limerick before heading to Galway a delightful city located on the shores of Galway Bay. You'll have lunch in town before visiting Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church. During the Middle Ages, Galway was one of the most important Atlantic ports and it was only natural that its main church should be dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra who, although better known to us today as Santa Claus, was also the patron saint of mariners. The church was founded in 1320, and remains one of the best-preserved and best-maintained of Ireland's medieval town churches. Leaving Galway you travel through hauntingly beautiful countryside that seems to represent your expectations of Ireland. This is probably because this area was the location of John Ford's classic "The Quiet Man". You will drive by some of the locations on your way to Ashford Castle the former country house of the Guinness family.
Day 8 The Rugged Grandeur of Connemara
Today you will have full day in Connemara, one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. Its craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced networks of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland. Connemara is not a town or County and you won't find it by name on a map. The name is given to the western portion of County Galway which lies between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic. Dominated by the Twelve Bens mountain range, dotted with lakes and fringed by the Atlantic coastline, its innumerable creeks, bays and little harbors make it one of Ireland's most memorable touring areas.
Day 9 The Cliffs of Moher and a Gourmet Finale
After breakfast your guide will be waiting to take you into County Clare on the last leg of your journey. You will drive along the famous Cliffs of Moher where Ireland meets the Atlantic ocean. Stretching for five miles and rising over 600 feet above the sea, the cliffs are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds and one of Ireland's top visitor attractions. From the cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the mountains in Connemara and Loop head to the South. You'll stop at the coastal town of Lahinch before arriving at Dromoland Castle one of Ireland's and the World's premier resort hotels. You have some free time to enjoy the Castle's 480 acre grounds before enjoying a private a la carte dinner in the Castle's renowned restaurant.
Day 10 Return to USA
In the morning you will be driven to Shannon airport for your return flight to the US arriving back that same afternoon.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Cong, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Additional Pricing Information
- 1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Baggage handling at all hotels
- All applicable taxes and service fees
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- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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