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
September 2 & 9, 2020
Round Trip Airfare
7 Nights Accommodations featuring 2 Nights in Galway, 2 Nights in Killarney, 1 Night in Cork & 2 Nights in Dublin
13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts & 6 Dinners featuring an Evening of Entertainment at Merry Ploughboys Pub
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Ring of Kerry, Muckross Gardens, Kinsale, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, St. Patrick Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, and Jameson Distillery
Services of a Local Professional Conway Tour Manager
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/New Jersey.
Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges for checked baggage. This information will be given with final documents.
Travel Insured International Protection Plan is available at $194pp Double/Triple and $242 Single.
PASSPORT REQUIRED: Passports are required for this tour at your expense. We require at least 6 months validity for a passport from date of return home. 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
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 Killarney Plaza Hotel*.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 Park and explore it's 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 Maldron South Mall Hotel in Cork**.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.
*Note: Dromhall Hotel will be used on the September 9th departure in place of the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
**Note: The Imperial Hotel will be used on the September 9th departure in place of the Maldron Hotel South Mall Hotel.
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
Nestled in the heart of delightful Killarney Town is the impressive 4-star Killarney Plaza Hotel. With its ideal location near the gorgeous Ring of Kerry, historic Muckross House and the Gap of Dunloe, our accommodations will serve as the perfect base for exploring the incredible countryside. Guest room accommodations feature flatscreen TV, free WiFi, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, coffee & tea making facilities and a hairdryer. Additional on-site amenities include a sauna, steam room, hot tub, swimming pool and many dining options. Enjoy good food and spirits at the Café du Parc, savor a meal at the recently rennovated Tan Yard which overlooks the National Park, experience fine dining at the main restaurant or a night cap at The Piano Bar. This hotel is the perfect place to retreat to during our two-night stay in this iconic Irish town.
Our two-night stay in Killarney brings us to the Dromhall Hotel - situated just minutes from the town center and right in the middle of some of Ireland's most beautiful countryside. Upon entering the ideally located lodgings, guests will surely be impressed by the elegant and welcoming lobby. The refined details can be found throughout, including all 72 luxurious guest rooms. Enjoy in-room amenities such as satellite TV, telephone, Free WiFi, hairdryer and coffee/tea making facilities. Relax and unwind at the sauna, pool, steam room or the award-winning restaurants located right on the hotel grounds.
The 4-star Maldron Hotel is situated in the heart of Cork and overlooks the River Lee. Surrounded by 17th century alleys, rows of brightly colored homes, eclectic eateries and so much more, it's the ideal retreat for our one-night stay in what locals call the "real capital of Ireland". You'll find modern finishes throughout and guest rooms with a flat screen TV, free WiFi, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, iron & ironing board and a hairdryer. Two restaurants, featuring locally sourced food, serve up delicious regional fare and the Red Bean Roastery brews quality coffee, breakfast and lunch options sure to delight.
Commonly referred to as the "Grand Dame" of Cork, the Imperial Hotel is steeped in over 200 years of history and exudes an impressive modern elegance. This superbly rennovated property has an incredible location situated steps away from the world famous English Market and the St. Patrick & Oliver Plunket shopping districts. Guest room interiors are adorned with hues of orange, tan and light blue and are furnished with free WiFi, television, air-conditioning, coffee machine, telephone and a hairdryer. With a variety of dining options available on-site, guests can savor a locally sourced meal at a restaurant, cafe, wine or cocktail bar.
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.
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