Authentic Local Experiences
- Cook a traditional Irish meal with a local chef at Cook’s Academy.
- Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with his highly skilled dogs to control a flock of sheep.
- Cruise to Spike Island to see a fort where 2,300 prisoners were held in Victorian times and enjoy a personalized picnic lunch.
- 5 dinners (D) including dinner in a Pullman Railway car
- 3 lunches (L) plus afternoon tea and scones
- 7 daily hot breakfasts (B)
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Rathbaun Farm visit with a sheepdog demonstration and tea with scones
- Aran Islands cruise and Dun Aengus Fort
- Hands on cooking experience
- Viking Splash Tour
- Blarney Castle
- Galway Walking Tour
Hotels – 7 Nights
- Johnstown House Hotel, Meath (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork (2 nights)
- Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Limerick, Limerick (1 night)
Johnstown House, Meath
The Johnstown Estate, found at Johnstown, Enfield, Co. Meath, is where Georgian splendour meets modern day luxury. The 1750’s Georgian Rural Residence is set on 120 acres of parkland, overlooking the river Blackwater nestled between the villages of Johnstownbridge and Enfield. The Johnstown Estate is ideally located for CIE Tours’ guests to explore Dublin’s vibrant city centre or relax in the surrounding countryside. Situated on Ireland’s Ancient East the Estate is also home to Ireland’s premier Spa Resort and Leisure Club with a 20-metre pool and state of the art Gym Facility. The award-winning Spa Resort has 18 treatment rooms with a myriad of treatments that complement any stay. Additionally, the Estate is home to the Fire & Salt Restaurant, set in the original Georgian Manor House. Their Executive Chef sources all ingredients locally with an emphasis on organic and free-range meats, vegetables and fruits.
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork
CIE Tours is proud to partner with the 4-star Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, where stylish, spacious rooms, landscaped gardens, and an à la carte restaurant are on offer. Less than a 5-minute drive from Cork’s center, the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs features an elegant, modern décor, views of the River Lee and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The restaurant serves an à la carte and a fixed price special menu, along with carvery lunches and specialty coffees. With a central feature fireplace, The Lobby Bar provides a bar menu, Irish whiskeys and occasional live music.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway
Located in an 18th-century manor house, this luxurious 5-star hotel is sure to impress. The rooms are elegant and grand, and have marble bathrooms with rain forest showers. Activities available on the estate range from golf and falconry to fishing and cycling. Dine aboard two of the original carriages from the Orient Express, enjoy some afternoon tea, or have a casual meal at the Oak Cellar Bar. The Glenlo Abbey is situated in Galway, in the West of Ireland, and is convenient to both Galway City and Connemara.
Clayton Hotel Limerick, Limerick
With views from the beautiful location on the River Shannon waterfront in Limerick City Center, Clayton Hotel Limerick offers free WiFi throughout and access to the Waterfront Restaurant, Grill Bar and Restaurant and ClubVitae leisure center, featuring a 39 foot indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and sauna. The light and modern rooms offer CIE Tours’ guests a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi and private bathrooms with soft cotton towels, a hairdryer and toiletries. Grill Bar & Restaurant offers locally sourced flame-grilled food with a view and a bar with contemporary designs where guests can enjoy an extensive European lunch and dinner. For a lighter bite indulge in a handcrafted coffee and specialty teas with freshly bakes snacks throughout the day in Red Bean Roastery. The Waterfront Restaurant in the heart of the city feature views of the River Shannon from wrap around glass walls.
2019 Irish Myths & Legends 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1DUBLIN ARRIVAL & MEATH
After landing at Dublin Airport, travel to the beautiful countryside of County Meath. Arrive at the Johnstown Estate, a beautiful 18th-century Georgian manor and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2DUBLIN CITY & COOKING EXPERIENCE
Drive into Dublin for a Viking Splash tour to see the highlights of the city by land and by water including Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Roll up your sleeves and cook your own lunch with a professional chef at Cook's Academy. Return to Meath and relax before dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3BLARNEY CASTLE & BBQ
Head south through the countryside to Cork. Take a walk with a guide around the stunning grounds of Blarney Castle, home of the famous stone that promises the gift of the gab to all who kiss it. Climb the battlements and kiss the stone, or just enjoy the view. Browse around the village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green before heading to your hotel, where you will enjoy a fun dinner. (B, D)
Day 4SPIKE ISLAND & KINSALE
Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, Afterwards enjoy a personalized picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale before returning to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 5CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY
Leave Cork and travel to Adare, a charming village with old stone buildings and cottages. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic. Travel through the Burren, a unique region of limestone hills where many rare flowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Continue to Galway for a gentle walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and the narrow streets. Enjoy dinner in a Pullman Railway car, and you will see two original carriages from the Agatha Christie film "Murder on the Orient Express." (B, D)
Day 6ARAN ISLAND TOUR & DUN AENGUS FORT
Take a ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, renowned for traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. Head to Dun Aengus Fort, a huge prehistoric fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Enjoy lunch and free time in Kilronan,the main town, before returning to Galway with time to relax. (B, L)
Day 7RATHBAUN FARM & LIMERICK
In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque 150-year old farmhouse with a variety of animals. Learn about traditional farming practices, watch a sheepdog demonstration, and enjoy homemade tea and scones. Continue to the historic city of Limerick and check into your hotel .Take a walking tour along the Shannon River in Limerick, passing the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 8 TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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