7 Day Taste of Ireland – Winter

 

<big>Taste of Scotland &  Ireland</big>

 

7 Day Taste of Ireland – Winter

Highlights: Winter taste of ireland

Blarney Castle
Cliffs of Moher
Dublin Castle
Ring of Kerry
Sheepdog demonstration
Ferry ride across the River Shannon
Connemara Marble Factory
Skellig Experience

 

Hotels:

Superior First Class

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin (2 nights)
Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional tour director
Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
1 lunch
3 dinners including:
Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and show
Durty Nelly’s Pub
1 table d’hote dinner in Killarney
Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum.
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Welcome get-together drink
Audio headsets
Free Wi-Fi on coaches
Deluxe documents wallet and backpack
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

 

 

<big>Tour Pricing</big>  

 

Start End Price (Land Only)
Dublin Dublin Twin pps
Sun Dec 17, 2017 Sat Dec 23, 2017 €1,049
Sun Feb 4, 2018 Sat Feb 10, 2018 €1,005
Sun Feb 11, 2018 Sat Feb 17, 2018 €1,049
Sun Feb 18, 2018 Sat Feb 24, 2018 €1,049
Sun Feb 25, 2018 Sat Mar 3, 2018 €1,049
Sun Mar 4, 2018 Sat Mar 10, 2018 €1,137
Fri Mar 9, 2018 Thu Mar 15, 2018 €1,137
Sun Mar 11, 2018 Sat Mar 17, 2018 €1,181
Fri Mar 16, 2018 Thu Mar 22, 2018 €1,181
Sun Mar 18, 2018 Sat Mar 24, 2018 €1,137
Sun Mar 25, 2018 Sat Mar 31, 2018 €1,225
Fri Mar 30, 2018 Thu Apr 5, 2018 €1,225

 

<big>Tour Itinerary</big>

 

TASTE OF IRELAND WINTER 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & CITY SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 2: DUBLIN & MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
Spend a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Highlights include the main thoroughfares of O’Connell Street and Nassau Street, the shopping streets and lovely public parks. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Relax and enjoy the picturesque midlands of Ireland, with its many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Get a taste of farm life at Robert Power Dualla House for Sheepdogs with a sheepdog demonstration. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue into County Kerry to the charming town of Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, forming a backdrop.
(B, D)

Day 4: RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCE
Discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant continue your scenic drive. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island, and was featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to one of the town’s many lively pubs.
(B, L)

Day 5: CLIFFS OF MOHER & BUNRATTY CASTLE HOTEL
Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. See magical vistas, overlooking the shimmering Atlantic Ocean along with Ireland’s Western coastline. Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous on your way to Bunratty. You’ll stay at Bunratty Castle Hotel, a short stroll to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening enjoy dinner at Durty Nelly’s, one of Ireland’s landmark pubs.
(B, D)

Day 6: GALWAY AND DUBLIN
Explore Galway city before heading out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Irish language. Travel across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. Quarried in Connemara, the soft green shades of the marble echoes the colors of the countryside from which it is cut. See how it is made into many decorative items. Enjoy tea and scones before traveling across the country to Dublin. This evening you are free to spend the final night of your tour exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experience one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 7: DEPART FROM DUBLIN
Your program ends after breakfast today.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

<big>Tour  Includes</big>

 

Blarney Castle Blarney Castle

Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.

 

Dublin Castle Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and has been the site of many fortifications. The magnificent State Apartments were built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court. They are now the venue for Ireland’s Presidencies of the European Community, Presidential Inaugurations and State Functions.

Ring of Kerry Ring of Kerry

One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.