2014 - 10 Day Taste of Wales & Ireland Tour
Superior First Class Hotels - 9 Nts/16 Meals

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Highlights

  • Snowdonia Train Ride
  • Welsh Castles & Scenery
  • Ghost Walk of Tenby
  • St David's Cathedral
  • Waterford Crystal
  • Killarney’s Jaunting Car
  • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Hotels:

Superior First Class

  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)
  • Celtic Royal Hotel
    Caernarfon (2 nights)
  • Fourcroft Hotel
    Tenby (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel - Limerick
    Limerick (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L) on Dingle Peninsula
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Round trip ferry transportation between Wales & Ireland & across the River Shannon
  • Walking tours of Conwy and Waterford
  • Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia
  • Tenby ghost walking tour
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Visits and admissions to Russborough House, National Slate Museum, Harlech Castle, Pembroke Castle, Lovespoon Workshop, St David’s Cathedral, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Dingle Brewing Company 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

Itinerary

2014 Taste of Wales & Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights

Day 1: Dublin & Russborough House
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.

Day 2: Ferry to Wales & Conwy
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.
(B,D)


Day 3: North Wales & Snowdonia Train
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.
(B,D)


Day 4: Harlech Castle & Tenby
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 dinner.
(B,D)


Day 5: Pembroke Castle & Lovespoons
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.
(B)


Day 6: St David's & Waterford
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.
(B,D)


Day 7: Waterford Crystal & Killarney
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.
(B,D)


Day 8: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Brewing Company
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.
(B,L)


Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Banquet
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 Ages.
(B,D)


Day 10: Depart Shannon Airport
Transfer to nearby Shannon Airport at either 7:30 am or 10:30 am.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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