A Taste of Ireland
Join us for a unique tour of the Emerald Isle of Ireland.
We will visit the attractions of Dublin, the pubs of Galway, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the scenic drive that is the famed Ring of Kerry.
Included meals: B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner -
Day 1- Sunday Nov. 8th - Arrive Dublin & City Sightseeing Welcome to Dublin.
Day 2: Monday Nov. 9th - Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Day 3: Tuesday Nov. 10th - Blarney Castle & Killarney
Kiss The Blarney Stone Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)
Day 4: Wed. Nov. 11th - Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
The Ring of Kerry Tour - One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.
Stop at Kells to meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks and see different breeds of sheep. Drive through the village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the nearby rocky islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions. Sit down to a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant. Stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are grouped around a central green. Pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town. (B, L)
Day 5: Thursday Nov. 12th - Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet - The evening begins with a mead reception in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle, followed by a four-course meal with wines. Entertainment is provided by the world renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers accompanied by harp and violin.
Day 6: Friday Nov. 13th - Dublin via Galway
Day 7: Saturday Nov. 14th - Depart from Dublin. Your program ends after breakfast today and then an included transfer to the Dublin airport. (B)
Do wish to stay one more night in Dublin. One optional post tour night in Dublin is available upon request for only $88 with a roommate or $132 single occupancy (not including transfer to the airport. Transfer to the airport on this day is available for an additional $30 per person. )
Enjoy the very best of fresh Irish food followed by entertainment with one of Ireland’s leading traditional Irish music groups, The Merry Ploughboys, and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
The evening begins with a mead reception in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle, followed by a four-course meal with wines. Entertainment is provided by the world renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers accompanied by harp and violin.
Sheep farming is an important part of country life and watch a farmer with his working dogs control a flock of sheep. See how agile dogs obey various commands to round up sheep, especially useful in mountainous regions.
Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.
One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.
This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features to give it a unique charm. Standard rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling. The Brasserie Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. Tom’s Bar is a great place to relax with a drink or a snack.
This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
This hotel is named for the famous Bunratty Castle, just across the road. Originally a Georgian mansion, the hotel offers the perfect place to relax in a traditional atmosphere and decor. All guest rooms are spacious and equipped with everything for a comfortable stay. The traditional pub is a great place for a drink or casual food. Only 8 miles from Shannon Airport, the hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly's Pub and shops at the Bunratty Village Mills. Hotel parking.
This modern and centrally-located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spacious and comfortable, including the large reception and lobby area, Sir Harry's Bar & Bistro, Oscar's Restaurant and Abacus Asian Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi throughout hotel. Located on Cathal Brugha Street, just off O'Connell Street, one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Within easy walking distance of Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, shops, galleries and pubs. Parking nearby.
Trip cost : $1015 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned
Optional single room supplement: Only $295.
A $250 deposit is due within 7 days of Booking. This is refundable if cancelled by July 30th and non refundable if cancelled after July 30th. Balance payment is due August 14th and is non-refundable.
Passengers should book their own air arriving Dublin November 8th and returning from Dublin November 14th
When booking your air, please note the following for your included transfers:
Transfers to the hotel in Dublin operate on the arrival day Nov. 8th between 7 am -12 noon.
The departure transfers from the hotel arrive at the airport on Nov. 14th at either 6 am 10 am or 12 noon. (so book your flight not any earlier than say 8:30am)