2014 Irish Spirit - 8 Days/7 Nights

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  • Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
  • Priceless 7th Century Book of Kells Manuscript
  • Tea & Scones at Jerpoint Farm
  • Sheepdog Trials at Caherconnell
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Kiss The Blarney Stone


Superior & First Class

  • Ashling Hotel
    Dublin (1 night) on Thursdays departures or
    Ballsbridge Hotel
    Dublin (1 night) for Saturdays departures
  • Dooley's Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Westwood House Hotel
    Galway (2 nights)
    Knockranny House Hotel
    Westport for July 24 departure
  • Grand Canal Hotel
    Dublin (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 7 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 4 dinners (D) including
    - Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
    - 3 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L) on Ring of Kerry and in Connemara
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Tea and scones at Jerpoint Park Farm
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Coffee and talk on Irish life at Standun of Spiddal
  • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
  • Corrib Princess cruise from Galway (Mar 22 - Nov 01 departures)
  • Tour and tasting at Kilbeggan Distillery Experience
  • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, House of Waterford Crystal, Titanic Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • 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
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2014 Irish Spirit - 8 Days/7 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Trinity College
Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join your group and a local guide for an introductory look around central Dublin. See fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view Dublin’s famous elegant Georgian squares and pause at the evocative figures at the Famine Memorial. Walk through Trinity College to the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. Back at your hotel meet with your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink and discuss your itinerary.

Day 2: Farm Visit & Waterford Crystal
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. Continue south to visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is transformed into elaborate and shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. Also view a huge array of stemware in the showrooms. Check in to your hotel in the center of the compact city and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to learn about local history.
(B, D)

Day 3: Titanic Experience & Blarney Castle
Travel along the south coast to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Learn about the people who embarked for the United States aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs or take a walk around the village green. Drive into County Kerry to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. In the evening you may like to check out the many “singing” pubs around town.
(B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Lunch
View the highlights of Ireland’s natural scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry route. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Enjoy lunch before taking the bridge to Valencia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived in early Christian times. Today the islands form a protected bird sanctuary. Stop in the attractive village of Sneem and also at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. Relish some free time to browse around Killarney before dining on your own.
(B, L)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and stop in Caherconnell to watch as trained dogs show their skills in herding sheep. Continue around the shores of Galway Bay to take a short orientation tour of Galway city before checking in to your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 6: Connemara & ”Quiet Man” Walk
Today explore another of Ireland’s famous scenic regions, Connemara, with granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Travel alongside Galway Bay and stop at Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts. In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see places associated with “The Quiet Man” movie which was made in the village in 1952. Head to Eddie’s Pub in nearby Clonbur for lunch before returning to Galway to embark on the Corrib Princess for a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib to the north of the city (Mar 22 – Nov 01 departures)
(B, L)

Day 7: Kilbeggan Distillery & Dublin's Abbey Tavern
This morning enjoy some free time in Galway before driving to Kilbeggan to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, established in 1757 making it the world’s oldest. See how whiskey is distilled on modern equipment in the old buildings and enjoy a sample of the finished product. Continue your journey to Dublin and check in to your hotel. Finish up your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 8: Depart for Home
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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