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Irish Supreme

  • 2019 Irish Supreme – 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Dublin
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit St Tola’s Goat Farm, a working farm and enjoy a goat cheese and wine tasting.
  • Watch skilled dogs perform a sheepherding demonstration on Dingle Peninsula.
  • See the distilling process through the ages at The Jameson Experience, Midleton.

Dining Experiences:

  • 9 breakfasts (B), 1 picnic lunch on Spike Island (L), plus traditional tea and scones at John B. Keane’s Pub and fresh, foraged seaweed delights in Kerry, and 7 dinners (D)including a luxurious farewell dinner.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Irish National Stud and Gardens
  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney National Park
  • Glendalough Valley
  • The House of Waterford Crystal
  • Trinity College Walking Tour
  • The Book of Kells

Hotels:

  • Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, Cork (2 nights)
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Dromoland Castle Hotel, Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)
  • International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg, Co. Clare (2 nights)

Hotels

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Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin Description:

The history of the Shelbourne Hotel goes back to 1824 and the Irish Constitution was drafted here in 1922. The hotel has undergone many major refurbishments to enhance the historic features and charm while providing guest rooms with luxurious touches. Saddle Room Restaurant offers traditional dining experience, Oyster Bar is open to sample local dishes and No 27 Bar & Lounge serves cocktails. The hotel is located right on St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin within easy walking distance of most of Dublin’s restaurants, pubs and attractions.

Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr Description:

The 18th-century classic manor house, set on 220 acres of mature landscape, forms the base of this deluxe resort. Each of the 103 bedrooms is individually appointed with the finest in interior design and comfort. The hotel offers three dining options: the AA Rosette-awarded Bell Tower Restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine, the relaxed Knights Bar and the Clubhouse. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities, including excellent spa and golf facilities, or talk a a 20-minute drive into Cork City.

The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney

The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney Description:

This modern 5-star hotel is in a spectacular setting overlooking Lough Leane, the largest of Killarney’s famous three lakes. The bright and airy public rooms and bedrooms are beautifully furnished with a perfect blend of antiques and modern touches. Enjoy superb views while dining in the restaurant, which features delicious Irish and international cuisine with locally sourced and produced ingredients. The hotel features a leisure center and there are countless opportunities for golf, pony trekking, cycling, hiking and more. The hotel is set in 35 acres of manicured gardens, about five miles south of Killarney town center.

Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus Description:

One of Ireland’s premier hotels, this castle property offers guests every imaginable facility and comfort. Guest rooms are furnished to a high standard of comfort. The spacious public rooms are filled with antiques. Fine cuisine is enhanced by impeccable service. Relax in the spa and health facilities or play a round of golf on the lovely landscaped grounds with a lake and 18-hole golf course. The hotel is located on an estate outside the village of Newmarket-on-Fergus and just 8 miles west of Shannon Airport.

International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg

International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg Description:

Imagine a grand, Irish country house, where the staff welcomes you home. With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation is unprecedented and award-winning cuisine, spa and leisure facilties complete the deluxe experience.

Itinerary

2019 10-DAY IRISH SUPREME

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Trinity College
See the sights of the city of Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. Take a guided walking tour of Trinity College to learn all about the oldest university in Ireland. Visit the magnifi cent Old Library and view Book of Kells dating back to the 9th century. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your group.
(D)

Day 2: Glendalough Visitor Centre
Travel to the scenic Wicklow Mountains to view the stunning landscapes of the Glendalough Valley. Stop in to the Glendalough Visitor Centre to learn about the renowned early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin and now one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin, and dinner on your own.
(B)

Day 3: The Irish National Stud and Gardens & The House of Waterford Crystal
Tour the home of equine royalty, the Irish National Stud, to observe 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. Travel on to the House of Waterford Crystal to witness the centuries’ old traditional creation of crystal masterpieces.
(B,D)

Day 4: Spike Island Ferry and The Jameson Experience, Midleton
Set sail for Spike Island and discover its history as a home to monks, convicts, and rebels. Tour the imposing star-shaped fortress, Fort Mitchel, which served as a defensive fort as well as one of Europe’s largest prisons. Savor a picnic lunch on the island before returning to the mainland visit the Jameson Experience, Midleton, an Irish whiskey museum and historic distillery to see whiskey making up close and where you might even become a “Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster.” Enjoy dinner on your own.
(B, L)

Day 5: Blarney Castle & Jaunting Car Ride
Journey to Blarney Castle and take the opportunity to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or tour the castle’s extensive and inviting gardens. Later, experience a jaunting car ride through breathtaking Killarney National Park to view the grounds that include Ross Castle built in 1410. Enjoy dinner at Rozzers’ Restaurant or Killeen House.
(B, D)

Day 6: Derrynane House & Seaweed Walk
Begin the day with a visit to stately Derrynane House, home of one of Ireland’s important national figures, Daniel O’Connell. The house is now an Irish National Monument and part of a 320-acre National Park along the scenic Kerry Coast. Partake in the Atlantic Irish Seaweed Walk to discover some interesting facts and the delicious flavors of seaweed found along a beautiful Kerry beach.
(B, D)

Day 7: Dingle Peninsula & Sheepherding Demonstration
Visit the Dingle Peninsula for a tour of this rich, historical region and its countless beautiful vistas. Take advantage of some free time to explore on your own. Marvel at the sight of highly-skilled sheepdogs as they perform a sheepherding demonstration. In the afternoon, stop by John B. Keane’s Pub for some traditional refreshment with tea and scones. Then, set out on a ferry across the River Shannon for amazing riverside views where you might even see a dolphin or two. You’ll spend the night at the luxurious Dromoland Castle, situated on a 450-acre estate and dating back to the 16th century.
(B, D)

Day 8: Cliffs of Moher & St Tola Goat Farm
Journey to the Cliffs of Moher, stunning sea cliffs that run 8 miles along the coast and tower nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic. Then take a tour of St Tola Goat Farm, a working farm set on 65 acres. Enjoy a cheese-making demonstration before sampling some of St Tola’s offerings in a wine and cheese pairing.
(B, D)

Day 9: Limerick & Farewell Dinner
Set off for a panoramic tour of the beautiful city of Limerick on the River Shannon to see its compact, medieval old town and Georgian squares. Travel on to Craggaunowen and participate in their Living Past Experience, which recreates Ireland’s history from ancient times to life in a medieval castle and on to the 1970s when a leather-hulled boat sailed across the Atlantic as it is believed St. Brendan did before Columbus. Enjoy a luxurious farewell dinner in your hotel, The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel.
(B, D)

Day 10: Tour Ends
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

 

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4 Reviews


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Service:
Horrible!! The only reason I did not give this trip a 5 star rating was the absolutely horrific booking experience I had. Once I was on the trip it was great (except we had a problem with a substitute tour guide the first day). I loved the regular guide, the sights and locations were excellent and the people were lovely.

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Well planned out tour, beautiful hotels, great bus driver & tour guides, nice size group, attention to detail, beautiful & informative excursions.

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My favorite vacation of all time! Our tour director/driver John Callinan was great! Very professional, great story teller, knowledge of the area and he kept us focused! John became a friend to the group. Highlight was staying at Ashford Castle! Anyone who wants a First Class vacation with a First Class tour guide with a First Class Tour Company, CIE Tours is your company!

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Hotels were mostly great, however would have liked more of an Irish experience. More time at certain sites and at least one evening of Irish song and dance, Please.

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