2013 - 9 Day Irish Legends Tour
Superior & First Class Hotels - 8 Nts/15 Meals

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Highlights:

  • Taylor’s Three Rock Irish Night
  • Dingle Peninsula & Brewery
  • Jerpoint Farm & Lost Medieval Village
  • Titanic Walking Tour
  • Aran Islands Tour
  • Dunboyne Castle Farewell Dinner

Hotels:

Superior & First Class

  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dublin (2 nights)
  • Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel
    Kilkenny (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel
    Galway (2 nights) or
    Connemara Coast Hotel
    Furbo (2 nights) Jul 26 Departure
  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel
    Dunboyne (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 8 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 7 dinners (D) including
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Farewell dinner with entertainment at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Tea and scones at Jerpoint Park Farm
  • "Titanic" walking tour of Cobh
  • Day tour to Inis Mor, largest of the three Aran Islands
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb, Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Dingle Brewing Company, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus Fort and Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum
  • 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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    Itinerary

    9 Day Irish Legends Tour

    Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
    Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. At 2:00 pm a local tour guide will introduce you to Dublin’s River Liffey, wide O’Connell Street, tranquil St. Stephen’s Green, the Irish Famine Memorial, Leinster House and other public buildings. See some of the elegant Georgian houses and visit Kilmainham Gaol to see where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned while striving to create an independent nation. Enjoy a welcome get-together drink with your tour director and discuss your itinerary.

    Day 2 : 5,000-year-old Boyne Valley Tombs & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
    This morning drive north of Dublin to the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the passage burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old. Visit one of the tombs to see how primitive people managed to align these buildings precisely with the sun or the moon. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is at leisure. You may use your voucher for an open-top bus tour with a visit to either Guinness or Jameson. In the evening drive to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a dinner with Irish specialties. Then sit back with an Irish coffee to watch a lively show with music, songs and step-dancing.
    (B, D)

    Day 3 : National Stud & Farm Visit
    Depart Dublin this morning and travel to Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud. As a nation, the Irish are very interested in horses and the Stud will tell you about the valuable breeding industry. See magnificent horses before walking around the delightful Japanese Gardens, established a century ago. Drive through the Irish countryside to County Kilkenny for a stop at a farm in Jerpoint for tea and home-made scones. Chat with the owners about farming and also see one of Ireland’s best examples of a deserted 12th century town. Drive to the attractive city of Kilkenny and check in to your hotel. Before dinner you may like to browse around the compact city to see its medieval streets and huge castle.
    (B, D)

    Day 4 : Waterford Crystal, Titanic Tour & Blarney Castle
    Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and cutting and see one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Travel along the south coast to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. A walking tour will reveal many of the places associated with emigrants as they left Ireland. At Blarney Castle climb the ramparts to gain the “Gift of Eloquence.” You may visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which offer excellent Irish-made products. Drive through Macroom to Killarney and check in to your hotel.
    (B, D)

    Day 5 : Dingle Peninsula & Brewery
    Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies that showcased the scenery – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop in the town of Dingle to tour the Dingle Brewing Company to watch brewing processes and sample some of the local brew. Return to Killarney and enjoy free time to take a jaunting car ride or walk around town. After dinner you may like to visit local pubs featuring live music.
    (B, D)

    Day 6 : Foynes Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher
    Drive north through Listowel and along by the River Shannon to Foynes to visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Travel through the outskirts of Limerick and look around Bunratty Village. Head to 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. Drive through the Burren and take a short orientation tour of central Galway. Check in to your hotel, overlooking Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
    (B, D)

    Day 7 : Aran Islands & Dun Aengus
    Take a short ferry ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintained traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately-patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely. Take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Take a look around Kilronan, the main town, before returning to the mainland by ferry.
    (B, D)

    Day 8 : Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum
    Visit Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. There are three parts to see – the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum, which explains the circumstances of the 1840’s Great Irish Famine through a combination of original documents and images. Drive to the village of Dunboyne, on the outskirts of Dublin. Check in to Dunboyne Castle Hotel and relax for a while before a farewell dinner with entertainment.
    (B, D)

    Day 9 : Return Home from Dublin
    Complimentary group transfers to Dublin Airport are provided to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon so that you can check in for your flight home.
    (B)

    B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

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