Irish Spirit – Tour IE105

Irish Spirit
Stay at the Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Ireland.

The Irish Spirit Tour traverses some of Ireland’s most spectacular countryside, seaside cliffs and vibrant towns on this comprehensive tour. Enjoy 350 acres of beautiful grounds as you stay in the Lodge at Ashford Castle. Tour classic film locations in the bucolic village of Cong. Visit the Jameson Distillery Midleton and learn about the origins of Irish Whiskey.

 

8 Nights / 9 Days – Departs Thursday & Saturday. March through November.

 

Day 1. Dublin Tour & GPO Witness History Centre

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Meet your guide and set off on a tour of central Dublin. Highlights include the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, and a drive long the wide O’Connell Street. Visit the GPO Museum and enjoy a welcome drink before dining independently at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

 

Day 2. Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal

Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to the city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Immerse yourself in its rich history through its collection of portraits and artefacts. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled glass blowers and cutters during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a local guide to learn about the region’s history. (B, D)

 

Day 3. Jameson Experience & Blarney Castle

Head out to County Cork to Midleton for a tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up, treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills Then visit the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. After dinner, you may want to explore town on your own, perhaps sampling a lively pub or two. (B, D)

 

Day 4. Ring of Kerry & Irish Night

Start your day with a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. Cross over to Valentia Island and learn about the island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and where scenes from the film “Star Wars VII” were filmed. Stop in the charming village of Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening, head out for an Irish night of dinner and a traditional show. (B, D)

 

Day 5. Cliffs of Moher & The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax as you travel through the Burren and on to Cong where your hotel sits within the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in the Lodge. You may choose to explore the beautiful gardens and grounds, or the castle itself, which is open to guests as long as there are no special events taking place. (B, D)

 

Day 6. “The Quiet Man” & Connemara

In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for “The Quiet Man”, the classic film made in the village in 1952 and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddie’s of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara and the crossroads known as the Maam Cross. Return to the Lodge at Ashford so that you may enjoy many of the facilities it has to offer. (B,L)

 

Day 7. Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

Head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city. Finish up your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

 

Day 8. Independent Day Dublin

Enjoy a day in Dublin with an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or GPO Witness History. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.  (B)

 

Day 9. Dublin

Program ends today after breakfast. (B)

 

The Irish Spirit Tour Includes:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Jameson Experience
  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle
  • 8 breakfasts B, 1 lunch L, 5 dinners D including a fun Irish Night in Killarney, 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 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
Irish Spirit
2020 Irish Spirit 9 Days

 

The Irish Spirit Tour Hotels:

  • Ashling Hotel or Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (1 night)
  • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle Cong ( 2 nights)
  • Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin (2 nights)

Book 2020 tours at 2019 pricing! Book by Sept 30, 2019.

Price per person in USD: (Scroll right for more dates.)

 

 

Single room supplement $940

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