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Irish Spirit

  • 2019 Irish Spirit – 9 Days/8 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • There’s no shortage of “traditional Irish pubs” in Killarney! Head out for an evening and chat with locals over a pint and some music
  • Enjoy an Irish dancing demonstration as you cruise beautiful Lough Corrib in Galway.
  • Visit the Jameson Distillery Midleton and learn the story of Irish whiskey.

Dining Experiences

  • 5 dinners (D) dinners including a fun Irish Night in Killarney, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Abbey Tavern
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 8 breakfasts (B)

Trip Highlights

  • GPO Museum in Dublin

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher

    One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend
    for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s
    Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara.
    The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.


  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

    Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

    This great monastery was founded in 548 by St Ciaran and was a great centre of learning in medieval times.
    Many manuscripts were written there. Today see three high crosses and the ruins of a cathedral,
    seven churches and two round towers set on a mound beside the River Shannon.


  • Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny Castle

    Stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the
    ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations
    have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various
    architectural styles.


  • Ring of Kerry

    Ring of Kerry

    One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in
    Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with
    varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.


  • Skellig Experience

    Skellig Experience

    You can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a
    custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the
    Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry!

  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Hotels – 9 Nights


  • Ashling Hotel

    Ashling Hotel | Dublin | 4*

    This contemporary property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants,
    bar and public spaces. The hotel offers a wide range of services and amenities. Located on the north bank of the River
    Liffey near Phoenix Park, the hotel is well placed for exploring Dublin. It’s a 20-minute walk to the city center and
    Temple Bar or just 5 minutes by Luas tram which stops close to the hotel. Hotel parking.

    or

    Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel | Dublin (1)

    Radisson Blu St Helens Hotel
    Dublin | 5*

    This gorgeous hotel is located on a sprawling estate dating back to 1750. The accommodation is a sumptuous retreat from
    bustling Dublin life. Choose from 151 rooms and suites offering lavish amenities, and be sure to try award-winning cuisine
    at the numerous on-site dining venues. A fitness center, beauty treatments and meeting rooms are all available as well.
    It is located on Stillorgan Road, 5 miles south of Dublin city center and 12 miles from Dublin Airport with good city bus
    services nearby. Hotel parking.

    or


  • Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford (1)

    Dooley’s Hotel | Waterford | 3*

    This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests. It blends its traditional façade and many other
    cozy attributes with updated guest rooms and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or
    the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music at weekends. Set on the waterfront in the heart of Waterford city. Within easy
    walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal. Parking nearby


  • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2)

    Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney | 4*

    This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities.
    An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most
    nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of
    Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.


  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle| Mayo (2)

    The Lodge at Ashford Castle | Mayo | 4*

    Overlooking Lisloughrey Quay, this upscale hotel, built in 1865, is 2.3 km from Cong Abbey and 2.4 km from the
    Quiet Man Cottage Museum. The refined rooms feature en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking
    equipment. Suites add separate living areas and private balconies.


  • Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin (2)

    Grand Canal Hotel | Dublin | 3*

    This contemporary hotel offers 142 spacious rooms equipped with plenty of conveniences, including tea/coffee makers. The Epic
    Restaurant serves international dishes and the Glassworks Bar offers a pleasant atmosphere for a drink with sports programs
    on plasma TVs. A fitness center and free Wi-Fi add to clients’ enjoyment. It is located to the south of the city center near
    the Grand Canal. It’s a 15-minute walk to Grafton Street, Trinity College, National Gallery of Art and many other attractions.
    DART train service nearby. Hotel parking.

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Irish Spirit - 9 Days / 8 Nights

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

 

Day 1Dublin Tour & GPO Museum

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 long the wide O’Connell Street. Visit the GPO Museum and enjoy a welcome drink before dining independently at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

Day 2Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal

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 artefacts. 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. (B, D)

Day 3Jameson Experience & Blarney Castle

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, treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills Then visit 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. Head 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. (B, D)

Day 4Ring of Kerry & Irish Night

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 over to Valentia Island and learn about the island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and where scenes from the film “Star Wars VII” were filmed. Stop in the charming 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.(B, D)

Day 5Cliffs of Moher & The Lodge at Ashford Castle

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 on to Cong where your hotel sits within the magnificent 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle. Take time to relax before dinner in the Lodge.(B, D)

Day 6Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara

Enjoy a scenic cruise of Lough Corrib on board the Corrib Princess. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddies of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara and the crossroads known as the Maam Cross. Return to the Lodge at Ashford so that you may enjoy many of the facilities it has to offer. (B, L)

Day 7Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

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. (B, D)

Day 8Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

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. (B)

Day 9Tour Ends in Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast.(B)

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