SHADES OF IRELAND - 2017
SHADES OF IRELAND - 2017

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. Soak in the landscapes of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.

Day 2: Dublin - Tour Begins
Open your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening.
Today Dinner is included.

Day 3: Dublin
Today you decide how you want to explore Dublin. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, you may select a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to explore more of charming Dublin on your own.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Travel to Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely paced walking tour of this unique city.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Today, journey to historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. This afternoon, decide how you would like to explore charming Killarney. You may enjoy a time-honored jaunting car ride* to beautiful Muckross House. Set out on a tour of this stately home and its gardens and get a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a scenic jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle; then, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their local knowledge and ‘craic’ (amusing nature). This evening its Diner’s Choice…tonight your dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy spectacular ocean scenery as you pass through picturesque villages. Continue on through rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View” where you will see breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture.
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 7: Killarney - Limerick
Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where you will enjoy a city tour showcasing King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone while learning about the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty."
Today Breakfast is included.

Day 8: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick
A most interesting day is ahead of you. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside into Galway, where a brief city tour introduces “The City of Tribes.” Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 9: Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Kingscourt
Start your day with a cross-country journey to Irish Whiskey territory. The ancient towns of Tullamore and Kilbeggan have long been associated with the whiskey industry. Become engaged in the process of whiskey making and enjoy a tasting of the final product during a visit to one of these historic distilleries. Your day is then topped off with an overnight stay on the magnificent grounds of Cabra Castle, where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.
Today Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Kingscourt.
Today Breakfast is included.

 

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Highlights...

Dublin • Kilkenny Waterford Crystal • Blarney Castle Muckross House Jaunting Car Ride* • Ring of Kerry Gap of Dunoe Killarney • Molanna Farm Visit • Limerick Cliffs of Moher • the Burren Galway •Tullamore • Cabra Castle

10 Days • 13 Meals:
8 Breakfasts • 5 Dinners

CALL FOR PRICES*

*Starting from $1,799 per person, land only, double occupancy.
Call for airfare from your gateway.


YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1
Overnight Flight
DAYS 2 - 3
The Gresham Hotel, Ashling Hotel or Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
DAY 4
Tower Hotel, Waterford
or Granville Hotel, Waterford
DAYS 5 - 6
Killarney Avenue, Killarney Towers or Killarney Plaza Hotels, Killarney
DAYS 7 - 8
Absolute Hotel, George Hotel or Savoy Hotel, Limerick
DAY 9
Cabra Castle or similar, Kingscourt

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.


Unique Experiences

  • Enjoy a rousing night of traditional Irish entertainment accompanied by a hearty dinner.
  • Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal routes.
  • Meet an Irish family during a visit to a working Irish farm. Sample homemade tea and scones while they explain their everyday life.
  • Behold the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Overnight on the grounds of a castle and experience old Ireland at its finest.

Experience It! Cabra Castle

Cabra Castle stands on 100 acres of gardens and parkland, with delightful views over the Cavan countryside, famous for its beautiful lakes. Formerly known as Cormey Castle, the history of the castle dates back to the pre-Cromwellian times of the 16th century. The property was bought in the early 19th century by Colonel Joseph Pratt who rebuilt it, renaming it as Cabra Castle. Its long legacy lends a mature, cultured air to the castle which can be felt by strolling through the castle’s magnificent hallways and stairwells. Experience this history when you enjoy an overnight stay on the castle grounds. The rooms are outfitted to the highest standards with every comfort and modern facilities. The bar and restaurant offer views of the countryside famous for its lakes and fishing, as well as Dun a Ri Forest Park.


For more information call Pam Adair at 216.751.8301 or 888.878.8187


Please Note:
• To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing airfare from us with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
• *Jaunting car ride is included, weather permitting. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Our air passengers will arrive and depart from Dublin airport. All our transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport.
• On day 10, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel. Return flights should not be booked prior to 9:00 AM. This itinerary includes activities where moderate to heavy walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes.
• Days of features are interchangeable.
• This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
• Passport is required.

 

Vacation updated: 12/27/2016 1:40:33 PM