Irish Legends – Tour IE108

The Irish Legends TOur is great way to immerse yourself in traditional favourites and explore some hidden gems, including the Aran Islands and a castle stay. Visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, and discover this stronghold of traditional Irish culture and language. You’ll visit Aengus, a prehistoric fort on the edge of a 100 meter cliff. Explore Irish emigration of the Dunbrody Famine Ship, A replica of a vessel that carried Irish refugees to North America in the 1840’s.

 

9 Nights / 10 days – Departs Tuesday & Friday. March through October.

 

The Aran Islands – hidden gems of Ireland

Day 1. Dublin & Malahide Castle

Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Ensure you book an appropriate transfer to Dunboyne Castle as there is no public transportation service there. Head out to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

 

Day 2. National Stud & Kilkenny Walk

Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the city’s main road to see historic streets and buildings. Enjoy lunch in the Kilkenny Design Centre. The evening is free for dining on your own. (B, L)

 

Day 3. Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about the Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, and head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine to transport emigrants to North America. (B, D)

 

Day 4. Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle

Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

 

Day 5. Killarney & Dingle Peninsula

Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (B, D)

 

Day 6. Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd sheep. Enjoy tea and homemade scones at the farm. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour. (B, D)

 

Day 7. Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort

Set out across the Galway Bay for Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Explore Kilronan, the main town, and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry. (B, L)

 

Day 8. Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Sean’s Bar

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show. (B, D)

 

Day 9. Dublin Independent Bus Tour

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 10. Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Includes:

2020 Irish Legends 10 Day Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands Excursion
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland
  • Dun Aengus Fort
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Irish National Stud & Gardens
  • 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D) including Dunboyne Castle Hotel welcome dinner, a drink with dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern.
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wifi 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

Hotels:

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)
  • Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Book 2020 Tours at 2019 pricing! Book by Sept 30.  

 

Price: Per person in US$: (Scroll right to see more dates.)

 

Single room supplement $500

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