IRISH ESCAPE - 2017
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Escape to the lush landscapes, charming cities, and friendly people of Ireland during the low season so you can experience it all without the crowds and, most importantly, without the high-season prices. This Ireland tour is an ideal introduction to the Emerald Isle for first-time visitors who have limited time. You’ll relish in some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery as well as its most famous towns. You’ll start and end in Dublin, and you’ll also have overnights in Ennis, Killarney, and Waterford. Highlights of this tour include the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, where you’ll savor breathtaking views of these sheer cliffs dropping into the ocean, and the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive through rugged and awe-inspiring landscapes. Words cannot capture the magnificence of this natural beauty; it must be witnessed in person!
You’ll also enjoy guided tours of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal; the Avoca hand-weaving mill with its unique, brightly-colored throws, clothes and handicrafts; and Glendalough, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland.
From the scenic beauty to the unique interactions and experiences with the down-to-earth locals, this Ireland tour is sure to delight all of your senses, and at a price you just can’t miss!
Welcome dinner; orientation drive.
- CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savour the spectacular views.
Cross the Shannon estuary by ferry.
- RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive.
Visit the popular resort town.
Visit the famous village.
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
Guided tour of the handweaving mill.
Guided tour of St. Kevin's center of Irish Christianity.
Motorcoach; ferry across the Shannon estuary.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- MYACCOUNT Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Full Irish breakfast (B) daily
2 three-course dinners with wine (D) and choice of menus including a welcome dinner in Dublin.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Cead mile failte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Ireland's capital city. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
The morning's orientation drive in the "Fair City" includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colourful doors and wrought iron-decorated windows, Oscar Wilde's Trinity College, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city further, or you could join an optional excursion to the Guinness Storehouse and learn all about the world famous beer: from how Guinness is made to the ancient craft of barrelmaking in the cooperage. The evening ends with a sample of "The Black Stuff," followed by dinner. (B)
DUBLIN-GALWAY-CLIFFS OF MOHER-ENNIS
Your day begins with a drive to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Then, a scenic route takes you across the limestone plateau of The Burren with its strange and beautiful karst landscape to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savour the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. (B)
ENNIS-RING OF KERRY-KILLARNEY
After a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer, cross the Shannon estuary by FERRY. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Travel on to the popular resort of Killarney for an overnight. (B)
Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork, the route brings you to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. There is time here for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, for a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. The Master Craftsman will demonstrate the traditional methods that are still used to this day and you will learn all about crystal-making, from modern day back to its beginnings in 1783. (B,D)
An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland's oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, where you watch the weavers at work; the Wicklow Mountains; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be an optional evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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