2018 - 12 Day Irish Odyssey
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Irish Odyssey 12 Day Tour
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Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Discover local lore on a walking tour of Cong (“The Quiet Man” tour) with a local guide.
  • Enjoy a drink and chat with locals at a traditional Irish pub.
  • Relax as you take in a special step dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.

Trip Highlights:

  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Blarney Castle
  • Boyne Valley Visitor Centre
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Russborough House
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Titanic Belfast

Dining Experiences:

  • Nine dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub with live show, a local venue in Dingle, the Walled City Brewery Restaurant, and Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner.

Hotels:

  • Herbert Park Hotel
    Dublin (2 nights)
  • The River Lee Hotel
    Cork (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa
    Galway (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry
    Derry (2 nights)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel
    Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort
    Trim (1 night)
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    Itinerary

     

    2018 IRISH ODYSSEY 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

    Day 1: DUBLIN TOUR & KILMAINHAM GAOL
    Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

    Day 2: RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE & TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK PUB
    Take in the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains as you head to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures of art and photography. The afternoon is free for independent activities and to explore on your own. In the evening, head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
    (B, D)


    Day 3: FARMHOUSE VISIT & HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL
    Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople through the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of pieces to make them sparkle. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner and overnight stay.
    (B, D)


    Day 4: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
    Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colourful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep.
    (B, D)


    Day 5: JAUNTING CAR RIDE & DINGLE PENINSULA
    Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel on to discover the beauties of the scenic Dingle Peninsula and experience views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. There will be frequent stops at strategic locations to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner in the charming town of Dingle before returning to Tralee.
    (B, D)


    Day 6: CLIFFS OF MOHER
    Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that soars 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Join a local guide for a drink in Seans Bar Athlone.
    (B, D)


    Day 7: "THE QUIET MAN" & CONNEMARA
    Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch, then the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining.
    (B, L)


    Day 8: BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & BELLEEK POTTERY
    Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die." The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. At Belleek Pottery, watch craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces. Follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.
    (B, D)


    Day 9: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK
    Visit the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city centre. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
    (B, D)


    Day 10: TITANIC BELFAST & CABRA CASTLE STAY
    Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.
    (B, D)


    Day 11: MEGALITHIC TOMBS & HISTORIC DROGHEDA WALK
    Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Continue to Drogheda for a leisurely stroll around the historic town and sample locally brewed beer in a traditional pub. Drive to the historical town of Trim to enjoy a farewell dinner.
    (B, D)


    Day 12: DEPART FOR HOME

    (B)


    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

     

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