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Irish Legends

  • 2019 Irish Legends – 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Visit the South Pole Inn and learn the thrilling story of its original owner – a brave early explorer of the Antarctic.
  • Explore Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel that carried Irish refugees to North America in the 1840s.

Dining Experiences

  • 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D) including Dunboyne Castle Hotel welcome dinner, a drink with dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern.

Trip Highlights

Hotels – 9 Nights

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)
  • Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • North Star Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne Description:

This 18th-century mansion has been lovingly restored and carefully expanded to create a spacious, modern property for a pleasant stay. Large guest rooms are designed for a tranquil night’s rest. Guests can enjoy full Irish breakfasts and fine dining in the elegant restaurant or relax in one of the cozy bars. The spa and leisure center offers excellent facilities. Located beside Dunboyne village, just 15 miles from Dublin Airport and 14 miles from Dublin city center.

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny Description:

This hotel combines the best traditions of Irish hospitality with modern facilities, dedicated professionalism and friendly service. Set on 20 acres of parkland, the hotel has a rural atmosphere. There is a wide range of dining options, including the Dove Bistro. Relax in one of the 129 superior guest rooms and enjoy the extensive health club facilities. Newpark is located on Castlecomer Road on the outskirts of this compact medieval city. 20 minutes walk to center. 75 miles SW of Dublin city. Hotel parking.

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.

Salthill Hotel, Galway

Salthill Hotel, Galway Description:

Modern amenities, a spectacular setting and luxurious interiors combine with traditional Irish hospitality and personalized service to create a great experience. Classically decorated guest rooms provide a simple, comfortable base for today’s discerning guest. Choose from the Amber or Prom Restaurants for dining and relax in the Blackrock Lounge. Fitness and spa facilities add to your stay. Salthill Hotel is situated on the spectacular Salthill Galway promenade, with panoramic views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills, just two miles from Galway city center. Hotel parking.

North Star Hotel, Dublin

North Star Hotel, Dublin Description:

This newly refurbished hotel is supremely located in the heart of Dublin and within walking distance of a host of tourist attractions. The property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay to each guest. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated, warm, inviting and designed to international standards. The extensive buffet selection offers both a Continental breakfast choices or a traditional hot Irish buffet using only the highest quality of freshly cooked products and is sure to satisfy every taste.

Itinerary

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Irish Legends 10 Days / 9 Nights / 17 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle. Ensure you book an appropriate transfer to Dunboyne Castle as there is no public transportation service there. Head out to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2National Stud &Kilkenny Walk

Visit the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Take a walk around the grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the main thoroughfare to see historic streets and buildings. The evening is free for dining on your own. (B, L)

Day 3 Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about the Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, and head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine to transport emigrants to North America. (B, D)

Day 4Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle

Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 5Killarney & Dingle Peninsula

Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town with an ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Take a group photo amidst the scenic landscape. Stop at the South Pole Inn to learn about Tom Crean, an early Irish explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley’s Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 6Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs where on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd sheep. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour. (B, D)

Day 7Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort

Set out across the Galway Bay for Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below.Explore Kilronan, the main town, and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry. (B, L)

Day 8Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Sean's Bar

Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate High Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show. . (B, D)

Day 9 Independent Bus Tour

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 10Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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