2014 - 14 Day Jewels Of Ireland Tour
Superior First Class Hotels - 13 Nights/25 Meals

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Highlights:

  • Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
  • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub Dinner/Show
  • Sheepdog Trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Farewell Irish Night at Wm Cairnes Gastro Pub
  • Benners Manor House Hotel Stay in Dingle
  • Overnights in Historic Kinsale & Cabra Castle Hotel

Hotels:

Superior First Class

  • Davenport Hotel
    Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel
    Kinsale (1 night)
  • Dingle Benners Hotel
    Dingle (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel
    Ennis (1 night)
  • Galway Bay Hotel
    Galway (2 nights)
  • Mill Park Hotel
    Donegal (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel
    Belfast (1 night)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel
    Kingscourt (1 night)
  • The D Hotel
    Drogheda (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 13 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 10 dinners (D) including
    - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    - Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
    - 7 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L) on Dingle Peninsula and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin & Belfast
  • Walking tours of Kinsale, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Coffee and talk at Standun of Spiddal
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones with coffee or tea
  • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Knock Shrine, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Triona Design, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, St. Patrick Centre and Battle of the Boyne Centre
  • 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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Itinerary

2014 Jewels of Ireland 14 Days/13 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Castle & City Tour
Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm drive around central Dublin and tour Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. Back at your hotel enjoy a welcome drink.

Day 2: National Stud & Taylor’s Three Rock
In Kildare visit the Irish National Stud to see many lovely horses and learn about breeding and racing. Also walk through the charming Japanese Gardens. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is free for an independent open-top bus tour 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: Waterford Crystal & Kinsale Walk
Travel south to the ancient port of Waterford. At the House of Waterford Crystal watch skilled craftspeople blow and cut crystal to create special trophies. Drive through Cork to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town, which is now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets.
(B,D)


Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney’s Jaunting Car
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish goods. Travel to Killarney and take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. Drive along the Dingle Peninsula and stop for an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before continuing to your hotel in Dingle, a lively and attractive town.
(B,D)


Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore the Dingle Peninsula to enjoy mountain and shoreline views. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to Dingle and enjoy a casual pub lunch. The rest of the day is free to browse around this charming town.
(B,L)


Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Check in to your hotel in the marketing town of Ennis. At 2:30 pm depart for the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Drive a few miles to 15th century Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style banquet with entertainment.
(B,D)


Day 7: Sheepdog Trials & Galway
Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs work with a farmer to round up sheep. Stop for a look around the coastal village of Ballyvaughan and take a short drive around Galway before checking in to your hotel set on Galway Bay.
(B,D)


Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Head to Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk. Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour to view great scenery and traces of pre-Famine potato fields. Tour Kylemore Abbey, a splendid mansion set on a peaceful lake with a lovely chapel. Enjoy lunch and stroll through the Victorian gardens before returning to Galway.
(B,L)


Day 9: Belleek China & Donegal Bay
Drive north into County Mayo to visit the pilgrimage town of Knock and in County Sligo view W. B. Yeats’ Grave. Tour the Belleek Pottery Factory, founded in the mid-19th century, to see craftspeople create the renowned fine china. Stop in Donegal town for free time before driving to your hotel two miles outside the town.
(B,D)


Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Donegal Castle
Drive along the coast to view Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. The cliffs drop straight down to the wild Atlantic waves. Enjoy coffee or tea with home-baked scones. Visit Triona Design in Ardara for demonstrations of spinning and knitting. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and return to your hotel.
(B,D)


Day 11: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Take a walking tour with a local guide to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Pause for photos at Dunluce Castle before visiting the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue along the scenic coastal drive of the “Nine Glens of Antrim” to your hotel in Belfast.
(B,D)


Day 12: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle
Tour Belfast to see Victorian buildings and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Learn about Ireland’s patron saint in the St. Patrick Centre before driving to Kingscourt to your lovely castle hotel, built in 1760. After dinner, watch a step-dancing display.
(B,D)


Day 13: Battle of the Boyne Centre & Drogheda
Visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre to learn about the 1690 conflict between King William III and King James II. Then travel into Drogheda for a walking tour around the historic town. Check in to your centrally-located hotel and in the evening enjoy dinner in the Wm Cairnes Gastropub with live musical entertainment.
(B,D)


Day 14: Tour Ends Dublin Airport
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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