2014 Taste of Wales & Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights
Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a 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 through the lovely Wicklow
Mountains for a guided tour around stately Russborough House, noted for its art
and photography collections. In the evening discuss your itinerary with your
tour director over a welcome drink and dine independently.
Take a short ferry ride across the Irish Sea from Dublin to
Holyhead. Stop in Conwy, a compact medieval town which is dominated by its huge
castle with ramparts and towers. Take a walk around the narrow streets with
ancient houses and take a look at Britain's smallest house on the docks. Drive
to your hotel in Caernarfon, another delightful town with a huge castle, and you
may like to take a walk before dinner.
Tour North Wales, starting with a train ride on a
narrow-gauge steam train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog to admire the
beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. View Mount Snowdon, the
highest peak in Wales, and drive by coach through more of the park. Pause in the
village of Betws-y-Coed before heading to the National Slate Museum which
relates the tough working conditions of this region's slate industry, developed
in Victorian times.
Today experience the magnificent Welsh coastline as you
travel south. Visit the mighty Harlech Castle, one of the “Iron Ring Castles”
that were built along the coast by the English in the 13th century to control
the unruly Welsh. Take a look around the attractive Georgian town of Aberaeron.
Continue to the picturesque town of Tenby, featuring a little harbor, a castle
and town walls. Check in to your hotel and take a ghost walk after
Today take a drive around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region
of gentle rolling hills and indented coastline. Tour Pembroke Castle, an
imposing 12th century fortress to explore the labyrinth of passageways and
towers and enjoy views from the Great Keep. Watch the ancient Welsh tradition of
hand carving at the Lovespoon Workshop before returning to Tenby mid-afternoon
and the evening is free for independent dining.
Journey through colorful coastal villages on the way to
St David's, the smallest city in Britain. Visit the imposing 12th century St
David's Cathedral, named for the patron saint of Wales, to view the magnificent
carvings and take a look through the nearby art galleries, craft shops and tea
rooms. From Fishguard take a ferry ride to Rosslare and head to your hotel in
Waterford in time for dinner.
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass
blowing and cutting and admire one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Then see the historic
city on a gentle stroll with a local guide. Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the
famous “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the nearby Blarney Woollen Mills. Then
journey west through rugged countryside to Killarney and settle in to your
hotel. See Killarney's lakes in the traditional manner as you take a jaunting
car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, picturesquely set
on Lough Leane.
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, famous
for scenic views of mountains and coastline. Drive to the westernmost tip and
tour the Blasket Centre overlooking the Blasket Islands. See displays on the
rugged lifestyle of the islands which were inhabited until 1953. Stop in the
town of Dingle to view brewing techniques and sample local beer at the Dingle
Brewing Company. Enjoy a pub lunch before returning to Killarney for free time
to browse around the town.
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary to visit
the Cliffs of Moher, majestic walls of rock, which extend five miles along the
coast. Drive through the Burren and stop in Caherconnell to watch trained dogs
herding sheep. Continue to your hotel on the outskirts of Limerick. In the
evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast while the
lords and ladies serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle
Transfer to nearby Shannon Airport at
either 7:30 am or 10:30 am.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner