The Jewels of Ireland – Tour IE101

The Jewels of Ireland Tour circles both Ireland and Northern Ireland. First we head to Blessington, tour Dublin Castle, kiss the Blarney stone of eloquence. Tour through Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Killarney National Park. Take a boat trip of Dingle Harbour and Bay, view the cliffs of Moher and finish with a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories. Enjoy Lynch’s castle in Galway, drive through Connemara to Killary Harbour a fjord. Travel north through County Mayo and view Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. See Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Explore the Giant’s Causeway. Tour Belfast and Visit Brú na Bóinne.

 

Book 2020 tours at 2019 pricing with early bird discount!

 

13 Nights/ 14 Days
Visit: Dublin, Blessington, Cashel, Blarney, Kinsale, Skibbereen, Killarney, Dingle, Foynes, Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, Caherconnell, Galway, Spiddal, Leenane, Connemara, Belleek, Donegal, Slieve League, Ardara, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Kingscourt, Bru na Boinne, Trim

 

2019 Itinerary – There will be slight variations to the 2020 Itinerary please inquire

 

Day 1 Russborough House & Dublin
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Head to Blessington for a guided tour around Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art, and early photographic collections. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently this evening.

 

Day 2 Dublin Castle, Dublin Tour & Taylors Three Rock
Tour central Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries, and see the State Apartments. Your afternoon is free to enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. Later, head to Taylors Three Rock for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (B, D)

 

Day 3 Blarney Castle & Kinsale Walk
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head south to Kinsale, an old fishing town now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. (B, D)

 

Day 4 West Cork Coastal Drive & Killarney
Journey along the rugged western coastline of Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for some free time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle and Killarney Estate. Stop for a group photograph. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and a free evening in Killarney. (B, D)

 

Day 5 Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore the Slea Head Drive and embark on a scenic boat trip of Dingle Harbour and Bay to view the heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and green landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands. Enjoy some free time in Dingle and visit the South Pole Inn before continuing to Killarney for a free evening and independent dining. (B)

 

Day 6 Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Travel inland to Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories. (B, D)

 

Day 7 Sheepdog Trials & Galway
Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Stop in a charming Burren village to explore independently. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions – the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Enjoy free time to explore before dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 8 Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Homestead Visit
Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. At Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, experience farm life and see Connemara ponies, donkeys, and chickens. Savor a farmhouse lunch before heading to Standun in Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on Irish crafts. Spend a free evening in Galway. (B, L)

 

Day 9 Belleek Pottery & Donegal Castle
Travel north through County Mayo. In County Fermanagh, visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create the renowned fine china. Head to Donegal Castle before departing for your hotel for dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 10 Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass
Enjoy a coastal drive to view Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. There enjoy traditional tea and scones before continuing through Glencolmcille to the majestic Glengesh Pass to Ardara. Visit Triona Design for demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel for dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 11 Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Meet with a local guide for a walking tour to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim before heading to Belfast. (B, D)

 

Day 12 Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle
Tour Belfast and see a city filled with grand Victorian buildings. Visit Titanic Belfast and discover the city’s rich maritime history including the shipyards where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Hillsborough Castle, the residence of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland. Drive to Kingscourt to Cabra Castle Hotel, built in 1760, and enjoy free time. After dinner, enjoy a lively step-dancing display. (B, D)

 

Day 13 Neolithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner
Visit Brú na Bóinne to learn about the 5,000-year old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Enjoy a free afternoon before enjoying your farewell dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 14 Depart for Home
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

 

Includes:

  • Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole InnMap
  • Relax as you take in a special step-dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.
  • 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 10 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock and a medieval castle banquet.
  • Blasket Centre
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Donegal Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Hillsborough Castle

 

Hotels:

  • The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
  • Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night) Oakwood Hotel, Shannon (2020)
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast (1 night) Jury’s Inn, Belfast (2020)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim, County Meath (1 night)

2019 Price Per Person in USD: 

  • Friday Oct 4 Dublin $3699
  • Sunday Oct 6 Dublin $3599 Guaranteed
  • Friday Oct 18 Dublin $3599 Guaranteed

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

 

2020 Price Per Person in USD: (Scroll right for more dates.)

 

 

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