Day 12 - Wednesday, after a full Irish breakfast, we’ll check out The Blarney Golf & Spa Hotel at 10 am and head to Dublin. We will stop for a private, guided tour at, The Rock of Cashel. A seat of secular power from 450 when St. Patrick acknowledged Aengus as High King to1101 when King Muircheartac O’Brien “gifted” it to the Catholic Bishops and it formally became a seat of both secular and ecclesiastic power. The church was in use until 1749 when the Anglican Archbishop of Cashel, Arthur Price had the roof removed which destroyed the building. The complex consists of several buildings in various stages of restoration and a cemetery with Celtic High Crosses.
Day 1 – Saturday, today we fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland. People that take advantage of the opportunity to book their own airfare, will unite with the group on Sunday Morning in Malahide. Malahide is less than 6 miles from the airport, about a 7 dollar cab ride.
This Tour Includes:
* Roundtrip airfare to Dublin Ireland, (If you select the air option).
* Land transportation on a Luxury Coach by a professional driver.
* A seasoned knowledgeable Guide (Anne). Anne will share her knowledge of Ireland's recent and ancient history.
* A full Irish breakfast every morning except day of arrival.
* Dinner every evening.
* Lunch and a pint at ‘Sean’s Bar’ the oldest Pub in the whole world!
* Admission and private guided tour of Malahide Castle.
* Admissions to Malahide’s Walled Garden.
* 2 Nights in Tullamore.
* Admission and private guided tour of Clonmacnoise Monastic site
* Tour Tullamore Distillery and enjoy free samples.
* Admission to ‘Charleville Castle’ Most Haunted Castle in Ireland.
* 2 Nights in Sligo.
* Admission to Donegal Castle.
* A stop at Yeat’s grave.
* Dinner at, 'Fiddler's Creek' in Sligo.
* 2 Nights in Westport, County Mayo.
* Pub hopping and shopping in Westport Town.
* Shopping stop at Foxford Woolen Mills.
* Entrance to ‘Museum of Country Life’ and grounds of Turlough Park.
* Admission to ‘Ballintubber Abbey’ and private guided tour.
* A stop to visit Seamus at Boland's Bar in Swinford.
* A visit to the Shrine at Knock
* Sightseeing ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ by coach on Achill Island.
* Dinner on Achill Island.
* View Ireland's largest pyramid in County Mayo.
* A stop in Cong, the filming location for ’The Quiet Man’.
* Time to shop in Galway.
* Admission to the ‘Cliffs of Moher’.
* 1 Night in Ennis.
* An evening at 'Knox's Bar in Ennis.
* 2 Nights in Killarney.
* Free time to explore the quaint town of Killarney.
* A day trip to Dingle.
* A stop at 'Inch Beach'.
* A visit to The Blarney Woolen Mills.
* An option to 'Kiss the Blarney Stone'.
* 1 Night in Blarney.
* Climb the 'Rock of Cashel'
* Dinner and a show at, 'Taylor's 3 Rocks' or 'The Merry Plowboys'.
* 1 Night at The Clayton Hotel, South Dublin.
* Transportation to Dublin Airport.
12 Nights 13 Days.We limited the time on the bus with this Tour!
You get more time actually in Ireland and less time in the coach (Bus).
Day 12- Continued. We check in to the Clayton Hotel, freshen up and head to Taylor’s Three Rocks for dinner and the best Irish Cabaret in Ireland. The singers, dancers and musicians give Broadway quality performances in one of the biggest, thatched-roof venues in Ireland! Look up when entering the building to spot the wicker foxes and hounds “dancing” along the ridge of the roof.
Day 11 - Tuesday, after a full Irish breakfast, we’ll check out of, 'The Brehon Hotel and enjoy a late start! At 10:30 we head to Blarney. We will be given the option to kiss the Blarney Stone and learning about the Lords and Ladies of Blarney Demesne. If your interest is gardens you will be in heaven roaming the 60 acres with seven different gardens including the Poison Garden of deadly plants and the benign, Seven Sisters which tells a mythological story.
You can also do some final shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills. Tonight we will be staying at Blarney Golf & Spa Hotel, but dinner will be at the nearby, family-owned Blairs Inn. Tourists have not discovered Blairs Inn which makes it is one of our favorite restaurants! Dinner is at 6:30.
Day 6 - Thursday, after a full Irish Breakfast, we will check out of, The Sligo Park Hotel about 10 am and head south to, 'The Wyatt Hotel' in the lovely town of Westport, County Mayo. * Our first stop will be the Foxford Woolen Mills' where you can find great buys on area products and learn the inspiring
center is complete with artifacts and audiovisual presentation of the history. Our private, guided walking tour of the site is approximately 30 minutes. Clonmacnoise has a tea room and gift shop: perfect for a snack or lunch.
Day 3 - Monday, after a well-needed rest and a full Irish breakfast at The Bridge House Hotel, you will have the remainder of the morning to explore the town or just relax until our scheduled guided tour and tasting at Tullamore D.E.W. distillery. The distillery was built on, The Grand Canal”, a Public Works Project started in 1757 to provide Guinness Brewery and other merchants in Dublin a cheap means of access to the Shannon River and distribution of goods to the west of Ireland. Then it’s a very short coach ride through the oldest, deepest forests of Charleville Demesne to the Most Haunted Castle in Ireland, Charleville Castle. We have a private, guided tour of the castle and thank goodness the summer days stay light ‘til late because even the guides won't stay after dark! Charleville Castle has a reputation as the “most haunted castle and grounds in Europe”. It appeared on Living TV's “Most Haunted “and Fox's, “Scariest Places on Earth”. It also was featured on,” Ghost Hunters International”.The most frequently seen of these ghosts is that of a little girl called Harriet, who died after a fall in a staircase. Whether it was a fall or whether she was thrown is the source of why she still appears. It has also been visited by numerous paranormal investigators and psychics. Dinner tonight we take a short walk around the corner from our hotel to the award-winning, ‘Sirocco’s Restaurant’. It’s the best Italian restaurant we have ever found in Ireland.
Day 4 - Tuesday, After a full Irish Breakfast we’ll check out of, The Bridge House Hotel' and we’re off to the Unesco World Heritage sight of Clonmacnoise. It is a 1500 year old monastic and Christian settlement founded by St. Kiernan founded by St. Kiernan which overlooks the River Shannon. Pope John Paul II thought it a significant enough site to visit during his trip to Ireland in 1979. The visitor
Day 4 - Continued, Then from the sacred to the secular, we indulge spirits of a different sort at Sean’s Bar in the medieval town of Athlone, a city at the geographic center of Ireland. Athlone’s location made it a seat of secular and ecclesiastic power through a thousand years: Brian Boru, founder of the O’Brien Clan
was crowned High King of Ireland here in 1002.
Your tour guide, Anne, will buy you lunch and a drink at, Sean's Bar.
During lunch, you ’ll be regaled, educated, amused and mesmerized by Tim (the senior man in management) who entertains everyone with his lively explanation of how they invented whiskey right on the spot you’re standing. We reluctantly leave Sean’s and head north to, 'The Sligo Park Hotel' in Sligo. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel at 6 pm.
Day 7 - Friday, after a full Irish breakfast at, 'The Wyatt Hotel', we will have time to relax and wander through the lovely town of Westport. We will leave the Wyatt Hotel about 1 pm and go to ‘The Museum of Country Life’. The museum is on the beautiful grounds and gardens of Turlough Park estate. It's a must for those of us with an interest in rural, Irish living conditions from the days of ‘The Famine’. The Museum of Country Life has exhibitions spread over four floors, you’ll see how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. By contrast, the original 19th century, Irish Gothic manor house shows us how the landowners lived. You may also want to visit the Victorian greenhouse, gift shop and café for a scone and tea. This afternoon when we leave ‘The Museum of Country Life’ we will go to Achill Island for dinner. We will have a photo opportunity on Achill. We will stop to take photos on The Atlantic Drive on Achill with the Atlantic in the background. We will return to Westport in time to enjoy the music at local Pubs.
$2,454.00 Per Person Sharing for the Land only Package.
$2,209.00 Per Child Sharing Under 13 Sharing for the Land only Package.
$3,681.00 Per Person Sharing for the Full Package including airfare.
$3,129.00 Per Child Sharing Under 13 Sharing for the Full Package including airfare.
$769.00 Single Supplement
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Day 9 - Sunday, after a full Irish breakfast, we check out of the Temple Gate Hotel. Our first stop is the charming, little thatched-roof village of Adare on our way to Killarney, our final destination. We plan to stop for a quick lunch along the way. We check into The Brehon Hotel in Killarney where we will be for the next two days. There will be time before and after dinner to walk about the town and maybe find a pub or two. Dinner will be at the Brehon Hotel tonight at 6 pm.
Day - 10 Monday, after a full Irish breakfast at, 'The Brehon Hotel' we’ll set off at 9 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”. Both Nat Geo and Trip Advisor still list Dingle Peninsula in the top 100 “must-see” destinations in the World. 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.
It is worthy to note that there are 24 different species of whales and dolphins who call the waters around Ireland home since 1991 when the Irish government declared their waters a European sanctuary for sea life. Dinner tonight will again be at The Brehon Hotel at 7 pm.
Day 5 - Wednesday, after a full Irish Breakfast at the Sligo Park Hotel, we'll board our luxury coach and enjoy a day trip to the market town of Donegal. Our first activity will be a private, guided tour of the restored 'Donegal Castle' ancestral home of the powerful O’Donnell clan.
After the tour, your guide, Anne, will orient you to Donegal town and points of interests you may want to visit while exploring the little shops and friendly pubs. Donegal town is known for its fine, traditional Irish woolen clothes. On the way back to Sligo town, we'll stop in Drumcliff. In the shadow of the Fairy Mountain, Ben Bulben and Celtic High Crosses, we can pay our respect at the grave of William Butler Yeats. In a land of literary giants, he is one of Ireland’s best loved poets and winner of the 1923 Noble Prize for literature. Dinner will be at 6:00 at Fiddler's Creek Restaurant & Bar with a view of the adjacent Garvogue River.
Day 13 – Thursday, after a full Irish breakfast, we say goodbye to Ireland with a brief drive to the Dublin airport to catch our flight. We clear Emigration and US Customs in Ireland. We will arrive in the States late afternoon the same day taking with you a, “100,000 memories”.
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Day 8 - Saturday, after a full Irish breakfast, we'll check out of The Wyatt Hotel. We’ll board our coach about 9 AM and travel south to the university city of Galway. On the way, we will pass through Neale, home of Ireland’s only pyramid. You will view it from the coach. It was built in the eighteenth century by the first Baron of Kilmaine, John Brown to remember his dog or his brother Sir. George (there is still speculation if he built it for his dog or his brother!). (We’ll arrive in Cong about 10 am). Cong is an ancient village with a modern claim to fame: ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Your guide will lead a casual, walking tour of the old Abbey grounds for those who are interested in its history. (We’ll leave Cong at 11:15 pm) Then it’s off to the hustle and bustle of Galway City. With Saturday's traffic we’ll arrive in Galway about 12:30 pm. We each will enjoy 2 hours on our own to discover the uniqueness of Galway. Again, your guide will orient you to the numerous sights to see in Galway which include: “Shop St”, three blocks of “pedestrians-only” wandering in traditional, Irish specialty shops; Galway City Market (Church La. Off of Shop St) visit the local artisans stalls or grab lunch at the unique, centuries old, open-air market; Galway City Museum (admission is free) - learn more about Galway’s history; or find a good pub for lunch like, 'The King’s Head'. We’ll leave Galway about 3:00 pm we will travel through Gort to avoid the traffic in the Burren. We’ll arrive at the ‘Cliffs of Moher’ between 4:30 and 5 pm. With the proper mix of the wind and the sea, you will witness breath-taking views of Mother Nature from 702 feet above the sea. Mother Nature will decide how long we stay at the cliffs! Today’s final destination is an hour away. Our final destination is, 'The Temple Gate Hotel' in Ennis. Dinner tonight is at our hotel or if available, 'Knox’s Bar/ Storehouse Restaurant' for tasty food and good Craic!
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Day 2 - Sunday, we arrive in Dublin. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, we will board our 1st class coach and go to the nearby town of Malahide. We are scheduled for a private, guided tour one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, Malahide Castle and Walled Garden. You may decide to lunch at the Castle or in the town of Malahide. We will enjoy the quaint town of Malahide while waiting for our late arrivals who are flying on another flight. After lunch, we'll drive west to the city of Tullamore, the home of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey. For the next two nights, we'll stay at, The Bridge House Hotel a 4-star hotel. Dinner tonight is at the Bridge House Hotel at 6 pm.
story of the woman who founded the woolen mill in 1892. Then a short stop at the nearby, 'Holy Shrine at Knock' and a bite of lunch. * In the Afternoon we will stop in Swinford and buy a drink at Boland’s Bar. Boland's is what the Irish call a, “Local”. Boland’s is a Pub that, "With the right reasons", could become an Irish habit! Hint, Patrick has visited Boland’s annually since 1960. Being a true, traditional Irish pub, food hasn’t and isn’t served, but the Guinness is perfect! * Eight miles away is, 'Ballintubber Abbey', “The Church that refused to die!” Catholic mass has been said here daily since its founding in 1216. However, 800 years earlier St. Patrick baptized the Irish at a pagan Druidic well. The well is still in existence. We’ll have a private, guided tour and watch a short video about the Abbey’s fascinating history. * A short drive to Westport and we check into the Wyatt Hotel. Just a very short walk is, 'Matt Molloy's' Pub'. It’s a must for music lovers! Matt Molloy won several 'Grammy's' playing the flute with the 'The Chieftains'. If you have the luck of the Irish, you may actually meet Matt who does frequent the pub. Dinner is at the Wyatt hotel tonight at 6:30.
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Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. - William Butler Yeats