The Emerald Isle bids you a warm welcome on our one-week Ireland tour. Hospitality, history and incredible beauty highlight a fascinating trek through this charming country. You’ll visit castles and quaint towns, view magnificent coastal vistas and enjoy Irish entertainment on this exhilarating sojourn.
9 Days / 7 Nights
Sept. 5 & 12, 2018
Rates include $390 per person in air transportation taxes, fees & fuel surcharges- subject to change. All rates are based out of Boston and New York.
Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges for checked baggage. This information will be given with final documents.
TravelSafe Travel Protection Plan is available at $175pp.
PASSPORT REQUIRED: Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Passports must be valid 6 months after the return date of the tour. Travelers that are not US citizens are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for visa information.
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Fly overnight to Shannon or Dublin, Ireland.
Upon arrival in Shannon or Dublin your first taste of Ireland is a visit to the majestic Cliffs of Moher. From here the only land one could reach is the eastern seaboard of the United States. Later you‘ll arrive in Galway, the City of Tribes where accommodations for the next two nights are provided at the Menlo Park Hotel.D
Today we discover the beauty of the Connemara region, home to windswept mountains, sparkling lakes and a dramatic Atlantic coastline. See the gothic revival lakeside castle, the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. The stone mansion dates back to the 19th century when it was built as a private residence. It is now home to an order of the Benedictine nuns who have run a girls boarding school for years. We will also explore the beautiful Victorian Gardens, the largest of their kind in Ireland. Back in Galway, don’t forget to explore Eyre Square and the Latin Quarter. (B, D)B, D
This morning we visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Built in 1480, Bunratty Castle offers a wonderful insight into the life of these times. You’ll view tapestries and furniture hundreds of years old. Your journey continues through the beautiful thatched village of Adare, past Limerick and on into Killarney, where you will stay for the next two nights. Impressive hotel accommodations are provided at the Randles Hotel located in the heart of the downtown area.B, D
The spectacular sights and sounds of the Ring of Kerry are included today, the center piece of Killarney National Park. See the famous Gap of Dunloe and take time to soak up the scenery at "Ladies View," one of the most beautiful view points along this famous route. This afternoon visit the 19th century Muckross House and enjoy a personal guided tour of the classic interior before exploring the beautiful limestone gardens that sweep down to the banks of Muckross Lake.B
Today you’ll head for the village of Blarney where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at the top of Blarney Castle. It is said that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Time is allowed for shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills before traveling to the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale. Here enjoy a walking tour of this lovely town as well as free time to savor one of it’s many cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Later check into the Trident Hotel in Kinsale.B, D
This morning discover Cork’s English Market before traveling to the Old Jameson Distillery in Midleton for a fabulous tour of the famed Irish whiskey brand. You’ll love the tasting opportunity here. This afternoon visit the historic Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick preached. Accommodations are provided for the next two evenings at the Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin.B, D
This morning enjoy the sights and sounds of Dublin as your tour director takes you on a guided tour of the city. You’ll see Trinity College and the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the National Gallery. The remainder of the day is free for you to continue exploring the city on your own. This evening enjoy one of Dublin’s best evenings of Irish food and entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy Music Pub.B, D
Today you’ll be transferred to Dublin airport for your return journey home.B
Galway is known as Ireland's Cultural Heart and the Menlo Park Hotel is ideally situated to provide a great base for exploration of this remarkable city. The family-owned property is built on the land where they once lived and a few suites are even named after some local characters. Each of the 70 guestrooms are spacious and classically designed complete with complimentary Wifi, flat screen televisions with satellite TV, hypo-allergenic duvets, hairdryer and iron. From this 4-star location you'll discover the Connemara region and be just a short distance from the Latin Quarter - a vibrant, pedestrian friendly spot with cobblestoned streets, shops, cafes and more.
Dining & Bar
The historic town of Kinsale is famous for its picturesque harbor, vibrantly painted shops and medieval heritage. The four-star Trident Hotel will be our welcome retreat during our one-night stay here on the south west coast of Ireland. Situated on the water's edge overlooking Kinsale Harbor, the hotel offers views and amenities sure to delight guests. Rooms are tastefully decorated and have large windows with either partial or full harbor views, en-suites bathrooms, television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Two on-site restaurants provide fresh and local fare that showcase the country's heritage as well as modern, gourmet options.
Celebrating over 170 years of continuous service, Wynn's Hotel is a true Dublin landmark. Witness to countless historical events, the property effortlessly blends its rich past with all of the contemporary amenities guests have come to expect. Featuring WiFi, a television, telephone, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair-dryer and domplimentary tea & coffee - all rooms provide the ultimate in comfort. Ideally located in Dublin's downtown center, this 65 room boutique hotel boasts an authentic decor and rich hues throughout providing a centuries-old, incredibly welcoming atmosphere.