2017 - 10 Day Taste of Wales & Ireland
3 & 4 Star Vacation - 9 Nights - 17 Meals

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Highlights

Taste of Wales & Ireland 10 Day Tour
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Highlights

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

Hotels:

Superior First Class

  • Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester
    Chester (1 night)
  • Celtic Royal Hotel
    Caernarfon (2 nights)
  • Fourcroft Hotel
    Tenby (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Inn at Dromoland
    Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 7 dinners (D) including
    - Welcome dinner in Chester
    - Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Walking tours of Chester, Conwy, Tenby and Waterford
  • Sheepdog trials in North Wales
  • Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia
  • Ferry rides from Wales to Ireland and across the River Shannon
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Visits and admissions to Chester Cathedral, National Slate Museum, Harlech Castle, Pembroke Castle, Lovespoon Workshop, St David’s Cathedral, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk Park
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Itinerary

2017 Taste of Wales & Ireland 10 Days / 9 Nights

Day 1: Manchester Arrival & Chester
Your trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Chester hotel. Chester is about 30 miles from Manchester Airport so ensure that you have arranged a transfer. Set out on a walking tour to see medieval streets with lovely half-timbered houses and shops. Walk along part of the city walls and view Roman ruins. Also visit Chester Cathedral, which dates back to 660 AD. Discuss your itinerary with your tour director and guide over a welcome drink and dinner.
(D)


Day 2: Sheepdogs & Conwy
Cross into Wales and drive to Llangollen and across the scenic Horseshoe Pass. Visit a farm to watch trained dogs herding sheep and stop for photos of 13th century St Asaph’s Cathedral. Drive to Conwy, a compact medieval town which is dominated by its huge castle. Take a walk around Conwy’s narrow streets with ancient houses and see Britain’s smallest house on the docks. Drive to your hotel in Caernarfon.
(B, D)


Day 3: North Wales & Snowdonia Train Ride
Tour North Wales, starting with a train ride on a narrow-gauge steam train to admire the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. Pause for photos of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and take a look around the typical Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed. Tour the National Slate Museum, which relates the tough working conditions of this region’s slate industry, developed in Victorian times. Back in Caernarfon you may like to explore the old walled town.
(B, D)


Day 4: Harlech Castle & Tenby Walking Tour
Today experience the magnificent Welsh coastline. Visit the mighty Harlech Castle, one of the “Iron Ring Castles” that were built along the coast by the English in the 13th century. Take a look around the attractive Georgian town of Aberaeron. Continue to the picturesque coastal town of Tenby, featuring a little harbor, castle ruins and defensive town walls. After dinner, join a local guide for a walk to hear many humorous tales and traditions associated with Tenby.
(B, D)


Day 5: Lovespoon Workshop & Pembroke Castle
Drive around scenic Pembrokeshire, a region of gentle rolling hills and indented coastline. Watch the ancient Welsh tradition of hand carving at the Lovespoon Workshop. Tour Pembroke Castle, an imposing 12th century fortress to explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers. Return to Tenby mid-afternoon and dine independently in one of the many restaurants near your hotel.
(B)


Day 6: St David’s Cathedral & Ferry to Ireland
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 close to the cathedral. From Fishguard take a 3-hour 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 Waterford’s ancient buildings on a gentle stroll with a local guide. Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Journey on to Killarney and admire the famous lakes on a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, picturesquely set on Lough Leane.
(B, D)


Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with mountains and coastal views. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes the austere lives of early Christian monks on the nearby islands and savor a casual lunch. Pause at Moll’s Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney.
(B, L)


Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval 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 part of the Burren and continue to your hotel. Visit Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages and farm buildings from different parts of Ireland. Feast medieval-style at Bunratty or Knappogue Castle while the lords and ladies serenade you with song and harp music. (B, D)
(B, D)


Day 10: Depart Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, meals, visits and attractions) for 2017 are subject to change until finalized in September 2016.
(Updated March 29, 2016)

 

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