Irish Odyssey Tour – 12 Days

Your Escorted Coach Tour of Ireland Includes
12 days/11 nights/21 meals

Hotels:

Superior First Class

  • Alexander Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
  • The River Lee Hotel Cork (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
  • Galway Bay Hotel Galway (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry Derry (2 nights)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel Kingscourt (1 night)
  • The D Hotel Drogheda (1 night)

 

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Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional driver/guide
11 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 8 dinners (D) including
- Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
- Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
- 6 table d’hote dinners
2 Lunches (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tours of Dublin, Galway and Belfast
Farmhouse visit for tea and scones
Walking tours of Cork, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
Sheepdog trails on Ring of Kerry
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Ferry ride across the River Shannon
“The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse
Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Tower Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb
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

 

Tour Pricing:

2015 Land prices only
March 6th- March 27th from €1309 pps
April 3rd – April 24th from €1469 pps
May 1st – May 29th from €1699 pps
June 5th – Sept 25th from €1739 pps
Oct 2nd – Oct 30th from €1529 pps
Nov 6th – Nov 13th from €1309 pps
 Departure Day is Fridays

 Notes:

Single Room supplements from: €457

 

Tour Itinerary: 

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour guide at your Dublin hotel. Set our on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Famine Memorial. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus voucher with a visit to Guinness or Jameson. Head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3: Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal
Travel through Kildare, known for horse-breeding, a popular pastime and industry in Ireland. Visit a traditional farmhouse to meet the owners and learn about country living while enjoying tea and freshly-baked scones. Drive south to Waterford for a tour around the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople create all the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of magnificent trophies. Continue along the south coast to Cork and take a brief walking tour of the city with a local guide.
(B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Sheepdogs
A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements 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 Counties Cork and Kerry to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 5: Dingle Peninsula Tour & Killarney
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to the town of Dingle and enjoy a light lunch before returning to Killarney. The rest of the day is free.
(B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel north and cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast of County Clare. Here view the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower to get views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Continue to Galway for a panoramic tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. After dinner, some local musicians will play especially for you and your fellow travelers.
(B, D)

Day 7: ”The Quiet Man” & Connemara
Drive to Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and return to Galway where you are free to explore the city in the evening.
(B, L)

Day 8: Country Life Museum & Belleek
Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.
(B, D)

Day 9: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Visit the award-winning Tower Museum. Stop for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Return to Derry for free time.
(B, D)

Day 10: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle
Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 11: Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk
Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to Drogheda to join a local guide for a walking tour to see the head of St. Oliver Plunkett, the first Irishman to be canonized in 700 years, and 14th century St. Laurence Gate in the medieval walls. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub, located in a former brewery.
(B, D)

Day 12: Tour Ends Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner