Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle – Tour IE104

The Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour
Go back in time in Bunratty, County Clare.

The Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour encompasses all the classic sights on this very popular Irish tour. Luxuriate at the elegant, five-star Dromoland Castle. Enjoy authentic local experiences whilst taking in the grandeur of Southern Ireland. Take in the scenery of Killarney during a horse-drawn ride to Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Meet the 300 resident goats and learn about traditional cheesemaking on a 65-acre farm.

 

7 Nights / 8 Days – Departs Monday’s. March through October.

 

Day 1. Monday – Limerick & Medieval Castle Banquet

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Limerick hotel. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touchscreen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle where you’ll dine at a medieval‐style banquet. (D)

 

Day 2. Tuesday – Cliffs of Moher & River Shannon Ferry

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Travel to a local goat farm to learn all about the making of goat cheese before sampling. Relax on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary, and travel on to Killarney. Enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 3. Wednesday – Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials

Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops to capture photos of Ireland’s natural beauty and some of the locations from the film “Star Wars VII.” Passing through Waterville and the village of Sneem, stop at Moll’s Gap for views of the mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Travel via jaunting car to Ross Castle & Killarney Estate. Experience farm life at a nearby farm and watch specially trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award-winning Rozzers Restaurant at The Killeen House. (B, D)

 

Day 4. Thursday – Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre

Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish‐made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head to the Cobh Heritage Centre where you can trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past. (B, D)

 

Day 5. Friday – Waterford Crystal & 6th Century Glendalough

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to an elegant Victorian mansion overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour ‐‐ your hotel for the night. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub while enjoying a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

 

Day 6. Saturday – Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Begin your day with a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery and its museum. It’s the world’s first cemetery museum and it tells the story of the 1.5 million people buried there. It’s a fascinating insight into Irish history and the people who lived it. Spend the afternoon touring independently, with your tickets to the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of three of Ireland’s most popular attractions: Guinness Storehouse, the GPO Museum, or EPIC Ireland. (B)

 

Day 7. Sunday – Irish National Stud & Dromoland Castle Hotel

Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately‐bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the imposing and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairytale castle. Savor a delicious farewell dinner in the oak‐paneled dining room ‐‐ a fitting way to spend the last evening of your Irish tour. (B, D)

 

Day 8. Monday – Dromoland Castle Hotel

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

 

The Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour Includes:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Goat Farm Visit
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • King John’s Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney Castle
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners including a lively medieval castle banquet, Rozzers Restaurant at Killeen House in Killarney, and dinner and a traditional show at Merry Ploughboy Pub. Guests will also dine at the exclusive Dromoland Castle.
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

The Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour

 

The Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour Hotels:

  • Clayton Hotel, Limerick (1 night)
  • The Brehon Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

 

Price per person in US$. Book 2020 Tours at 2019 Prices! Book by Sept 30, 2019.

 

Single room supplement $775

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