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Day 1: Sunday, June 27th, 2021, Today we board our coach and depart for DC Dulles or Philadelphia Airport and our overnight flight on American Airlines to Shannon Airport, in the West.
Day 2: Monday, June 28th, 2021, We'll arrive at Shannon Airport at 8:55 am local time. After collecting your luggage and clearing customs we will board our 1st class coach. We’ll be able to stretch our legs and fill our lungs with sea air at our first destination- the majestic Cliffs of Moher- the most visited tourist spot -over a million people a year. Lookout at the Atlantic from atop the 702' sea cliffs formed about 320 million years ago at the edge of the Atlantic ocean. There is a restaurant, gift shop, coffee shop and public toilets at the visitor center. Next, we head south to Fonyes Flying boat & Maritime Museum- One of the many unique museums on this tour. It is the home of a full-scale replica of the Boeing 314 Clipper ship that made transatlantic flights in the ’30s and ’40s. You’ll envy the luxury of air travel from that time. Also, the Classic Irish Coffee was first made here and you’ll learn the history of why. Our last stop will be The Eviston House Hotel in the heart of Killarney. Dinner tonight will be at 6:30 pm at the hotel.
Day 3: Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, – After a well-needed sleep-in and a full Irish breakfast we’ll set off at 9:30 am for the Dingle peninsula and the quaint fishing harbor of Dingle Town. Be sure to bring your camera! It is a full-day adventure to Dingletown and you may ask, “Why go there?” “National Geographic” answered that when they once called the Dingle Peninsula, “the most beautiful place on Earth”. The drive along the Dingle peninsula has been compared to the spectacular, “Ring of Kerry” drive, but without the hundreds of tour coaches and boring parts. On our way, we’ll take a break to enjoy the beauty of Inch Beach. Inch Beach is a cinematically beautiful, sandy beach that stretches for 3.5 miles into the waters that separate Castlemaine Harbor from Dingle Bay. It was the setting for the beach scene in the notable film, “Ryan’s Daughter”. When we arrive in Dingle town, you will have time to explore the town, have lunch and a pint. If you scan the harbor, you might see the national Irish pet, Fungi. Fungi is a dolphin who adopted the harbor 30 years ago and still accompanies all manner of boats coming and going in the harbor to the delight of tourists.
Then to The Prehistoric and Celtic Museum. It is owned by an American ex-pat and is one of the most interesting and eclectic museums in Ireland; you can see the head and tusks of a Wooly Mammoth found in the North Sea alongside rare and ancient artifacts from 2400 BC. Dinner location tonight T.B.D.
Day 5: Thursday, July 1st, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast, we check-out of the Eviston House Hotel and leave Killarney about 10:30 for the thriving seaport city of Cork. Cork is second only to Sydney, Australia as a commercial seafaring port. It is the second-largest city after Dublin and it is one of the island’s oldest cities starting with a monastic settlement in the 6th century. The Vikings established the precursor to the modern city of Cork in the 10th century and it has been evolving and expanding ever since. Cork is several marshy islands that have filled in over the centuries and are connected by a series of twenty bridges-it is very pedestrian-friendly.
We’ll do a short drive through Cork to see the covered English Market (best food), main shopping area on St. Patrick’s St. and St. Anne’s Church and the Shandon Bells Tower. We then have a guided tour of Blackrock Castle before checking into the Muldron Hotel, South Mall. Dinner will be at 7 pm at the hotel.
Day 6: Friday, July 2nd, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast we’ll explore the history and lure of Kinsale and Cobh. Cobh features the famous statue of Annie Moore and her brothers who look to America as the First to immigrate to America during the famine and the same statue is at Ellis Island facing Ireland. Then we are on to Kinsale. Kinsale is most noted as the scene of a watershed moment in Irish history when the Irish lost the final battle against England in 1601 at the end of, 'The Nine Years War' which led to The Flight of the Earls. There will be time to snack and shop in this beautiful harbor town. Dinner tonight is included. The restaurant is to be decided.
Day 7: Saturday, July 3rd, 2021, after a full Irish breakfast you will be free to enjoy all the city of cork before we leave for a short drive to Blarney Castle and Gardens and shopping at the World Class Blarney Woolen Mills. For those who are fit and adventuresome, it will be an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone for the “gift of gab.” Dinner tonight will be, “just down the road a piece” at Blairs Inn one of our favorite, real country inns.
Day 4: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, After a sleep in and a full Irish breakfast we are off the County Kerry’s premier tourist attraction - Muckross House and Garden We’ll have a guided tour of the grand country house nestled in the 26,000 acre Killarney National Park.
After spending the morning at Muckross House and Gardens, we’ll be back in Killarney so you can be on your own to roam, shop & pub-hop. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel at 7 pm.
Patrick's Custom Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment, hotels and other features when they cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.
Day 8 Sunday, July 4th, 2021, Happy 4th of July! You will be spending your day in the only country in the world that genuinely likes Americans! You will have a day to explore Cork! You will wander through the many shops and friendly pubs and chat with the locals. You might get a taste of the 18 century by touring the ‘English Market’. Where Traders sell organic and locally produced food in an 18th-century covered market. Dinner tonight is included and the location is to be determined!
Day 9: Monday, July 5th, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast, we’ll check-out of the Mulron Hotel and be on the road to Cashel. We will drive through the, “Golden Vale” of Tipperary on our way to Cashel! Saint Patrick crowned Brian Boru the first High King of Ireland on the grounds of the windswept Rock of Cashel. After a guided tour of this Tenth Century monastic settlement, we’ll head northeast to the Irish Sea and the lovely town of Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. We’ll check into, The Royal Marine Hotel where we will have dinner tonight and be given an orientation to this lovely town where you might enjoy a stroll down to the water for ice cream and view of the Irish sea. Dinner tonight will be at ‘The Royal Marine Hotel’.
Day 10: Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast we will venture into the hustle and bustle of Dublin. Your tour includes your admission to, “The Guinness Storehouse” at St. James Gate’. You are free to spend the day at Guinness. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin. But if you are not a fan of the creamy black beer, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll around Dún Laoghaire. A step out of the Royal Marine Hotel places you in one of Ireland's friendliest towns. You may want to visit Joyce’s Tower or just chill with a lunch at the National Irish Yacht club or visit the Maritime Museum housed in the first church specifically for mariners in Ireland located just next to our hotel. Tonight we will have dinner at one of Irelands great restaurants, 'The Church Pub' in Dublin.
Day 11: Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast, we will spend time at the new EPIC Museum of Irish Emigration. You will have leisure time to visit the shops, pubs, and churches of Dublin at your own pace. Anne will give you useful ideas. She will direct you to places like Carrolls. Carrolls is one of the best places to get tee-shirts and Irish music CDs, and inexpensive gifts to take home for the postman, etc. Tonight we do a short trip to Rathfarnham to enjoy dinner and a show at ‘Taylor's 3 Rocks’. You will enjoy the best Irish show in Ireland. It is staged at the largest, thatched-roof venue anywhere-be sure to look-up and catch the foxes running along the roof ridge
Our Last Day: Friday, July 9th,2021, After a full Irish Breakfast at The Royal Marine Hotel, you can take a final view of the quaint harbor before heading to the airport. We will supply you with transportation from your Dublin hotel to the Airport. Our American Airlines flight leaves Dublin Airport at about 11:30 pm, we need to check in several hours before the flight. We will clear customs and immigration while in Ireland at the Dublin Airport. This afternoon we will fly home to the land of the free and the home of the brave. We will take with us a hundred thousand memories that will last a lifetime. The coach (Bus) that brought you will pick you up at Dulles or Philadelphia Airport and take you back to where you were picked up in Baltimore.
This Tour Also Includes:
4 Nights at ‘The Royal Marine Hotel’ on The Irish Sea, Dublin.
Admission to 'The Guinness Storehouse'.
Dinner at, ‘The Church Pub’.
Admission to 'The James Joyce Tower'
Dinner and The Irish Show at, 'Taylor's 3 Rocks'.
A 24 hour pass for the Dublin Hop-On ~ Hop-Off Bus.
A Day Trip to the seaside town of Bray
Time to roam and be on your own in Dublin.
Transportation to Dublin Airport. Transportation from DC Dulles
or Philadelphia Airport to where you left your car in Baltimore County.
Day 12: Thursday, July 8th, 2021, After a full Irish breakfast, we'll take a 2-minute walk and catch the 'Dart Line'. The Dart Line is a train that runs along the Irish Sea from Dublin to Bray in the South. We will be taking it to Bray. Bray is a seaside town at the southern end of the Dart Line. In Bray, you will have the chance to remove your shoes and walk barefooted in the Irish Sea or take a chance an gamble in their casino! Patrick will be happy to buy you a libation at the Hibernia Inn. Tonight will be our last dinner in Ireland. Tonight is a farewell dinner at, 'The Royal Marine Hotel'. The person you voted for as ‘the Most Pleasant’ will receive a gift certificate for a future Patrick's Tour!
The 2021 Play Among the Leprechauns
& Grand Tour of Southern Ireland
This Tour Includes:
Round-trip Transportation from Baltimore County to DC Dulles or Philadelphia
Airport to Ireland. (With the Full Package)
Land transportation on a Luxury Coach by a professional driver in Ireland.
A seasoned knowledgeable Guide (Anne). Anne will share her knowledge
of Ireland's recent and ancient history.
Admission to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.
A stop at Foynes Flying Boat Museum
3 Nights in Killarney
Our Hotel in Killarney The Eviston House Hotel
Admission and Guided Tour of 'The Muckross House and Gardens'.
A day trip to Dingle Town.
A stop at 'Inch Beach'.
The Celtic Prehistoric Museum in Dingle
Time to roam in and be on your own in Killarney.
A full Irish breakfast every morning.
Dinner every evening.
4 Nights in Cork.
Our Cork Hotel Maldron Hotel South Mall
A day trip to Kinsale
Admission to The Cobh Heritage Museum
Free time in Cork City.
Pub hopping and shopping in Cork.
A Dinner at Blairs Inn
Shopping stop at ‘The Blarney Woolen Mills’
Entrance to ‘Blarney Gardens’
Admission to ‘Kiss the Blarney Stone’.
Admission and Guided Tour of The Rock of Cashel
Admission to 'EPIC' the Irish Emigration Museum.