7 Day Best of Ireland South – Tour D

 

<big>Best of Ireland Tour</big>

 

This Best of Ireland Coach Tour is 7 days/6 nights

Your Best of Ireland Coach Tour Highlights:
Blarney Castle Best of Ireland 7 day
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Cliffs of Moher
Dingle Peninsula
Irish National Stud & Gardens
Jaunting car ride in Killarney
King John’s Castle
Sheepdog Demonstration

 

Hotels:
Superior & First Class
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (1 night)
Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)
Grand canal Hotel for Sat Departures and Ballsbridge
Hotel,Dublin for Thurs Departures (1 Night)

 

Your Best of Ireland Coach Tour Includes:

Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
Five dinners including a fun night at Taylors Three Rock Pub, a lively medieval
castle banquet, and a local venue in Dingle.
Welcome get-together drink with your group
Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

 

<big>Tour Pricing</big>  

 

Best of Ireland Coach Tour Pricing

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:

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.

Burren Birds of Prey Centre Bird of Prey

The Centre is home to one of the largest collections of Birds of Prey in Ireland with scheduled flying displays daily

 

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.

Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast and is dominated by the Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches provide spectacular views.

Irish National Stud and Gardens National Stud

Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud promotes the development of Irish bloodstock and is the only Irish stud farm open to the public where visitors can see some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. The Japanese Gardens were created in the early 20th century and symbolize the ’Life of Man’ while St. Fiachra’s was created to celebrate the Millennium with a strong focus on rock and water.

Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney Killarney Jaunting cars 2

Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.

 

King Johns Castle King John's Castle

King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooking the majestic River Shannon. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The interpretative center contains an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the Castle.

Sheepdog Demonstration SheepdogTrials

Sheep farming is an important part of country life and watch a farmer with his working dogs control a flock of sheep. See how agile dogs obey various commands to round up sheep, especially useful in mountainous regions.

 

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