Authentic Local Experiences
- Compete with your fellow travelers in a cook-off led by a local chef at Cook’s Academy.
- Visit a working farm with a 250-year-old cottage, watch the sheepdog tend his flock, and enjoy delicious tea and scones
- Cruise to Spike Island to discover how this beautiful spot has been variously home to monks, soldiers and prisoners since the sixth century
- 6 dinners (D)
- 2 lunches (L) plus afternoon tea and scones
- 7 daily hot breakfasts (B)
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Farm visit with a sheepdog demonstration and tea with scones
- Hands on cooking experience
- Viking Splash Tour
- Blarney Castle
- Galway Walking Tour
- Private Chocolate Tasting
- The Johnstown Estate Hotel & Spa | Co. Meath (2 nights)
- The Imperial Hotel | Cork (2 nights)
- Raheen Woods Hotel | Galway (2 nights)
- Clayton Hotel Limerick | Limerick (1 night)
Johnstown Estate Hotel & Spa, Co. 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.
The Imperial Hotel, Cork
The contemporary luxury of this 4 star hotel in Cork City sits comfortably alongside the charm and opulence of a by-gone age. The Imperial hotel Cork boasts luxury accommodation in Cork City offering guests 130 beautifully appointed hotel rooms , tastefully decorated in relaxing and muted colours are spacious and inviting.
Raheen Woods Hotel, Galway
Raheen Woods Hotel is nestled in the world famous Fields of Athenry in a tranquil woodland setting only 15 minutes from Galway City. Offering excellent accommodation and services, Raheen Woods Hotel is an ideal location when visiting the West of Ireland. Your accommodation in Galway is a fresh fashionable blend of sleek design and contemporary luxurious interior with state of the art conference and event facilities, complementary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel and a magnificent leisure center and spa. The many lobby areas and marble halls offer the perfect rendezvous for guests to meet with family, friends or colleagues to enjoy a cozy afternoon tea or drinks.
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.
2020 IRISH MYTHS & LEGENDS - 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1DUBLIN ARRIVAL & MEATH
After landing at Dublin Airport, your tour begins in your hotel at Johstown Estate in County Meath, a beautiful 18th-century Georgian manor. Spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying the 120 acres of parkland and dedicated kids’ swimming pool. Meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink and dinner. (D)
Day 2DUBLIN CITY & COOKING EXPERIENCE
Drive into Dublin, where you'll board an amphibious vehicle for a Viking Splash tour of the city, passing Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Next, roll up your sleeves and get cooking, as you compete with other families in a fun cook-off with a professional chef at Cooks Academy. Return to your hotel in Meath and relax before dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3BLARNEY CASTLE
Head south through the countryside to Cork. Take a walk with your tour director 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 dinner. (B, D)
Day 4SPIKE ISLAND & KINSALE
Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island – a beautiful spot that has served as a monastery, a fortress and, during Victorian times, was the largest prison in the world. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale – now a picturesque haven for foodies and art-lovers - before returning to your hotel. (B, L)
Day 5CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY
Leave Cork and travel to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, with its old stone buildings and thatched 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, where you will have dinner in your hotel. (B, D)
Day 6CHOCOLATE TOUR AND GALWAY
Visit Hazel Mountain Chocolate, bean-to-bar makers of chocolate, for a special private experience: discover how the bean is roasted, cracked, winnowed, stoneground and tempered into a chocolate bar, and then enjoy a tasting. Afterwards, take a child-friendly walking tour of Galway - and then enjoy free time in this vibrant city, with its buzzing atmosphere, medieval architecture, and popular street performers. Have dinner with your group in a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 7RATHBAUN FARM & LIMERICK
In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a welcoming place with its 250-year-old thatched cottage and many sheep. Learn about traditional farm life, watch the farm’s sheepdog hard at work herding his flock, 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 the 13th-century King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner in a local pub. (B, D)
Day 8TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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