Irish Spirit - 9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel.
Meet your guide and set off on a tour
of central Dublin. Highlights include the
shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau
Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares,
and a drive along the wide O’Connell Street.
Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s
national cemetery, which is a who’s who of
modern Irish history. Then join your group
for a welcome drink and to chat about your
itinerary before dining independently at one
of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.
Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to
the city of Kilkenny to visit Kilkenny Castle,
which was the principal residence of the
powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.
Immerse yourself in its rich history through its
collection of portraits and artifacts. Witness
the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled
glass blowers and cutters during your visit to
the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner,
take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a
local guide to learn about the region’s history.
Head out to County Cork to Midleton for a
tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey
through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up,
the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to
the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or
enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and
gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made
goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before
heading to Killarney, a small town that’s big
on glorious scenery. After dinner you may
want to explore town on your own, perhaps
sampling a lively pub or two.
Start your day with a jaunting car ride
through the Killarney National Park to Ross
Castle for views of Lough Leane and the
Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set
out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive,
the Ring of Kerry. Cross to Valentia Island
and learn about the off-shore island of Skellig
Michael, home of early Christian monk and
the backdrop of scenes from the film “Star
Wars VII.” Stop in the attractive village of
Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic
mountain views. In the evening head out for
an Irish night of dinner and a traditional show.
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across
the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the
spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher,
soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf.
Relax as you travel through the Burren and
onto Cong were your hotel sits within the
magnificent 350 acre estate of Ashford
Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in the
Lodge at Ashford.
Enjoy a scenic cruise of Lough Corrib on
board the Corrib Princess. Take a walking tour
of Cong with a local guide to visit locations
of the movie “The Quiet Man,” filmed in the
village in 1952. Dine on a casual lunch at
Eddie’s of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore
scenic Connemara before returning to the
Lodge at Ashford so that you may enjoy some
of the many facilities it has to offer.
Head to the center of the country to visit
Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was
founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set
on the banks of the mighty River Shannon.
See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated
with biblical scenes. Continue your journey
to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of
Howth on the north side of the city. Finish up
your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a
hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional
music, songs and step-dancing.
Enjoy your day with an
independent Dublin open-top bus tour and
a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions –
Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC
Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.
In the evening dine at one of the many
restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner