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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Breakfast; D: Dinner