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Taste of Iceland and Ireland

  • 2019 Taste of Iceland & Ireland 10 Days / 9 Nights
Starts Reykjavik
Ends Dublin
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  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Taste of Iceland & Ireland 10 Days / 9 Nights / 14 meals

Combine two magnificent destinations in one: Iceland and Ireland are two nations rich in cultural heritage, folklore and spectacular scenery.

AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

  • See some of Ireland’s most scenic landscapes on the famous Ring of Kerry drive.
  • Tour the famed Golden Circle, Iceland’s most popular tourist route, for a wonderful introduction to Iceland’s beauty and heritage.
  • You may see the Northern Lights from September to April – Iceland is one of the best places in the world to spot this beautiful solar phenomenon.

HIGHLIGHTS

DINING EXPERIENCES

  • 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) including lunch at Fridheimar Tomato Farm in Iceland, and 3 dinners (D) including a medieval castle banquet in Ireland.

HOTELS

  • Fosshotel Reykjavik | Reykjavik (3)
  • Clayton Hotel | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel | Bunratty (1)
  • Academy Plaza Hotel | Dublin (1)

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Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

Description:

This stylish 16-floor hotel provides great city and sea views. Offering a fitness center and restaurant, Fosshotel Reykjavík is just down the block from Laugavegur shopping street. Flat-screen TVs with cable channels, a desk and a private bathroom with shower are standard at Fosshotel. Haust Restaurant offers guests a fine dining experience and a sleek, modern setting with designer décor. A beer garden, guest lounge and tour desk are also found on site.

Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin

Description:

Opening in November 2018, Clayton Hotel Charlemont is a luxurious four-star hotel situated in the heart of the city, along Dublin’s Grand Canal. The hotel merges the historic with the modern, with the restoration of 18th-century Georgian buildings integrated into the modern setting.  The hotel offers a range of dining options including a bar, restaurant and coffee dock, and also includes complimentary access to a fitness suite for guests.

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Description:

Nestled in the very heart of the quaint and beautiful Killarney town, this hotel offers you a range of modern and comfortable facilities. The hotel also features the lively O’Donoghues pub, an atmospheric bar which serves excellent cuisine during the day and has live traditional music every night. Guest can enjoy The Leisure Club, which offers a sauna, a steam room, a swimming pool, and a newly refurbished gym.

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty Description:

Nestled in the heart of the historic countryside of Bunratty, this hotel is an ideal base for visiting and touring the cultural West of Ireland. There is a wide selection of dining options from which to choose, including Kathleen’s Bar and Fibber McGee’s Steakhouse Restaurant. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Pub and the shops at the Bunratty Village Mills.

Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin

Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin Description:

This modern and centrally located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spacious and comfortable, including the large reception and lobby area, Sir Harry’s Bar & Bistro, Oscar’s Restaurant and Abacus Asian Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel, which is located on Cathal Brugha Street, just off O’Connell Street, one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green, Temple Bar, shops, galleries and pubs are all within easy walking distance.

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik & Hallgrimskirkja
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM to take a city sightseeing tour and begin exploring Iceland’s 1000-year-old history in its beautiful capital city. You’ll be charmed by its mix of modern and traditional architecture and the beautiful brightly colored rooftops. Tour Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church, the largest in Iceland, which stands above the city and offers stunning views from the top. Dine independently this evening.

Day 2: Thingvellir National Park & Gullfoss
Head out to spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a meeting place of old Icelandic clans and the home of the Icelandic Parliament from its foundation in 930 AD until 1798. It is also where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet above ground. Journey to the Secret Lagoon: smaller and more intimate than the Blue Lagoon, it’s a place savvy travelers go to enjoy the Icelandic spa experience. Enjoy a unique light lunch at the greenhouse of Fridheimar Farm, surrounded by the tomato plants that have provided the food. Then it’s on to the famous Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes or so. Stop at the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall – fed by Iceland’s second-biggest glacier, the falls are majestic.
(B, L)

Day 3: Reykjavik & The Blue Lagoon Spa
Enjoy a free day in the capital city Reykjavik and explore on your own some of the city’s historic places. In the evening, travel to the Blue Lagoon, a large man-made lake surrounded by a lava fi eld which is also a geothermal spa. One of the 25 wonders of the world, you can also see the midnight sun in summer or perhaps the Northern Lights in winter, weather permitting, as you share in a farewell drink with your Icelandic group. (B)

Day 4: Independent Sightseeing in Dublin
Fly to Dublin. Enjoy your afternoon with an independent Dublin Hop-on, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. Dine independently this evening.  (B)

Day 5: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College; rows of Georgian houses with colorfully painted doorways; and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(B, D)


Day 6: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant you’ll continue your scenic drive. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.
(B, L)

Day 8: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful historic setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.)(B, D)

Day 9: Dublin Extension via Galway
Drive north to Galway city for a panoramic tour, and take some time to look around the city before traveling out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal, where the locals still speak the Irish language. Then drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how locally quarried marble is made into attractive products and enjoy tea and scones. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area, or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 10: Depart from Dublin
Tour ends after breakfast today.
(B)

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Thursday Feb 21, 2019 from Reykjavik Saturday Mar 2, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days $2939 Book Now
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