7 Days – Best of Ireland

 

<big>Best of Ireland Tour</big>

 

This Best of Ireland Coach Tour is 7 days/6 nights and includes 11 meals. Choose an Ireland coach tour for your Ireland vacation!

Your Best of Ireland Coach Tour Highlights:
• Taylor’s Three Rock Irish Night
• Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
• King John’s Castle
• Dingle Peninsula
• Cliffs of Moher
• Farmhouse Tea & Scones
• Sheepdog Trials

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Hotels:
Superior & First Class
Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin (2 night)
Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)

Your Best of Ireland Coach Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional driver/guide
6 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
4 dinners (D) including
– Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
– Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
– 2 table d’hote dinners
1 Lunch (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Walking tours of Trinity College and Galway
Storytelling session in Newmarket-on-Fergus
Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Dingle Brewing Company, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Headsets for walking tours
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

 

<big>Tour Pricing</big>  

 

Best of Ireland Coach Tour Pricing – Choose the best dates for your Ireland Vacation!

Travel Dates Departure Days Price
May 4 – Sept 29 2017 Thurs, Sat €1149
Sept 28 2017 Thurs €1099
Oct 5 – Nov 1 2017 Thurs, Sat €999
Mar 10– Mar 23 2018 Sat €1295
Apr 28 – 28 Sep 2018 Thurs, Sat €1645
Sep 29 – Oct 26 2018 Thurs, Sat €1380
Oct 27 – Nov 2 2018 Sat €1335

*All prices are per person sharing. Single Supplements apply.

 

<big>Tour Itinerary</big>  

 

Best of Ireland Coach Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Dublin & City Sightseeing
Welcome to Dublin. Today you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher to see all the major sights in the city center. You may stay on the bus or get off and on at various attractions. Also included is a visit to Guinness or Jameson for a tour and tasting. These features are valid for 48 hours. Dine independently.

Day 2: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Clients on Tours C & D arrive in Dublin. Those on Tours A & B enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further sightseeing with the included vouchers. Your tour starts at 2:00 pm when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as the General Post Office in O’Connell Street where the 1916 Uprising started. You will see the evocative figures of the Famine Memorial as well as rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish music, songs and displays of step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. Visit a nearby sheep farm for freshly-baked scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Brewing Company
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the Dingle Brewing Company to watch craft beer being made and sample some at the end of the tour. Enjoy a casual lunch in Dingle before returning to Killarney. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. Killarney has a lot of great pubs where impromptu and planned music sessions take place so you might like to check out some of them.
(B, L)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Enjoy local stories by your jarvey and take in the great views of the mountains. Drive north and stop in the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick visit the mighty King John’s Castle, which has guarded the River Shannon and access to the interior of the country for over 800 years. The stunning exhibition brings dramatic local history to life. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing. In the evening travel to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style feast with lots of food, wine and song to carry you off to the Middle Ages in spirit.
(B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, provided that the weather is clear. Drive through the hills of the Burren and around Galway Bay to Galway. Join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city and spend time on your own. Return to your hotel in Newmarket – on- Fergus for dinner in your hotel and, afterwards enjoy the tales of a local storyteller.
(B, D)

Day 7: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your program ends after breakfast today.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

<big>Tour  Highlights</big>

 

Some Highlights from your Best of Ireland Coach Tour:

Book of Kells Ireland Coach Tour - Ireland Vacation
The Book of Kells (Trinity College Dublin MS 58) is celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as “insular majuscule”.The place of origin of the Book of Kells is generally attributed to the scriptorium of the monastery founded around 561 by St Colum Cille on Iona. It is an island off the west coast of Scotland. In 806, following a Viking raid on the island which left 68 of the community dead, the Columban monks took refuge in a new monastery at Kells, County Meath. It must have been close to the year 800 that the Book of Kells was written. Although there is no way of knowing if the book was produced wholly at Iona or at Kells, or partially at each location. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. Since 1953 it has been bound in four volumes. Two volumes are on public view, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script. The volumes are changed at regular intervals.

Cliffs of Moher Ireland Vacation
The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, loom high over County Clare’s west coast. Standing 214 metres at their highest point, the cliffs stretch for 8km along the Atlantic coastline. From the cliffs, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Bens, the Maam Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the south. O’Brien’s Tower, another of Ireland’s most photographed landmarks, guards one prominent headland of these majestic cliffs. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher region of north Clare has been awarded the prestigious designation of membership of the UNESCO supported Global Geopark network at the 10th European Geoparks Conference in Langesund, Norway. This iconic location attracts close to one million visitors per year.
The unusual, underground visitor centre also houses the exciting Atlantic Edge display.
This huge, domed cave contains images, exhibits and displays. The centre also has a gift shop stocking official Cliffs of Moher products, maps, guides, books and DVDs, visitor information and an accommodation booking service. Other facilities of this fully wheelchair accessible premises include a baggage store and ATM. Friendly staff will answer questions, provide assistance, give information on and directions to other attractions in the area.

Blarney Castle  Ireland Coach Tour
This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards, (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. Blarney Castle has long been famous because of the Blarney Stone but the less known Rock Close and castle grounds are well worth a visit in their own right. Many different gardens are to be found around the estate and exploration will be rewarded. There is a fern garden with the atmosphere of a tropical jungle to be found deep in the woods. The Poison Garden, adjacent to the battlements, contains an interesting and educational collection of deadly and dangerous plants from around the world, including caged specimens of deadly nightshade, wolfsbane and poison ivy. The Rock Close is a mystical place where majestic yew and oak trees grow around an ancient druidic settlement. Follow the trail through giant gunnera leaves and bamboo and you will find such features as a dolmen, wishing steps and a witch’s kitchen. A water garden with waterfalls adds the soothing sound of water to the visitor’s experience. There are pleasant walks along the riverbanks where you can sit and contemplate the reflections of the castle. In springtime the castle grounds are filled with thousands of bulbs and the ‘Belgian beds’, hybrid azaleas are in full flower. In autumn the whole place glows as the leaves turn red, amber and gold

Your Best of Ireland Coach Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional driver/guide
6 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
4 dinners (D) including
– Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
– Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
– 2 table d’hote dinners
1 Lunch (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tour of Dublin with a local guide
Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Walking tours of Trinity College and Galway
Storytelling session in Newmarket-on-Fergus
Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Dingle Brewing Company, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Headsets for walking tours
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

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