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6 Day Taste Of Ireland (Tour D) – CIE

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Itinerary

2017 & 2018 Taste of Ireland (Tour D) 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Arrive in Dublin. Your tour starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(D)

Day 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. Drive through the village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the off-shore islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how they were used as one of the locations for “Star Wars VII” movie. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant continue your scenic drive. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.
(B, L)

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
(B, D)

Day 5: Dublin Extension via Galway
Drive north to Galway city for a panoramic tour and take some time to look around the city before traveling out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Irish language. Then drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how locally-quarried marble is made into attractive products and enjoy tea and scones. Travel across the country to Dublin and check in to a different hotel. This evening you are free to spend the final night of your tour exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experience one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 6: Depart from Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast today.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


  • Departure Dates and Pricing 2018

    Departure Dates and Pricing 2018

    Start Dates End Dates Twin
    Price
    Single
    Price
    Tour Enquiry
    Apr 2, 2018 Apr 7, 2018 AU $1595
    Apr 5, 2018 Apr 10, 2018 AU $1545
    Apr 7, 2018 Apr 12, 2018 AU $1935
    Apr 9, 2018 Apr 14, 2018 AU $1545
    Apr 12, 2018 Apr 17, 2018 AU $1595
    Apr 14, 2018 Apr 19, 2018 AU $1545
    Apr 19, 2018 Apr 24, 2018 AU $1545
    Apr 21, 2018 Apr 26, 2018 AU $1595
    Apr 23, 2018 Apr 28, 2018 AU $1595
    Apr 28, 2018 May 3, 2018 AU $1735
    Apr 30, 2018 May 5, 2018 AU $1735
    May 3, 2018 May 8, 2018 AU $2315
    May 5, 2018 May 10, 2018 AU $1925
    May 7, 2018 May 12, 2018 AU $1925
    May 12, 2018 May 17, 2018 AU $1925
    May 14, 2018 May 19, 2018 AU $1925
    May 17, 2018 May 22, 2018 AU $1975
    May 19, 2018 May 24, 2018 AU $1925
    May 26, 2018 May 31, 2018 AU $1975
    May 31, 2018 Jun 5, 2018 AU $1925
    Jun 2, 2018 Jun 7, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 4, 2018 Jun 9, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 7, 2018 Jun 12, 2018 AU $1925
    Jun 9, 2018 Jun 14, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 18, 2018 Jun 23, 2018 AU $1925
    Jun 21, 2018 Jun 26, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 23, 2018 Jun 28, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 25, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 AU $1975
    Jun 30, 2018 Jul 5, 2018 AU $1925
    Jul 2, 2018 Jul 7, 2018 AU $1975
    Jul 5, 2018 Jul 10, 2018 AU $2315
    Jul 7, 2018 Jul 12, 2018 AU $1975
    Jul 12, 2018 Jul 17, 2018 AU $1975
    Jul 19, 2018 Jul 24, 2018 AU $1925
    Jul 21, 2018 Jul 26, 2018 AU $1925
    Jul 23, 2018 Jul 28, 2018 AU $1975
    Jul 26, 2018 Jul 31, 2018 AU $1975
    Jul 28, 2018 Aug 2, 2018 AU $1975
    Aug 4, 2018 Aug 9, 2018 AU $1975
    Aug 16, 2018 Aug 21, 2018 AU $1975
    Aug 18, 2018 Aug 23, 2018 AU $1975
    Aug 20, 2018 Aug 25, 2018 AU $1925
    Aug 23, 2018 Aug 28, 2018 AU $1925
    Aug 25, 2018 Aug 30, 2018 AU $1925
    Aug 27, 2018 Sep 1, 2018 AU $1925
    Aug 30, 2018 Sep 4, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 1, 2018 Sep 6, 2018 AU $1925
    Sep 6, 2018 Sep 11, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 8, 2018 Sep 13, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 10, 2018 Sep 15, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 13, 2018 Sep 18, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 15, 2018 Sep 20, 2018 AU $1925
    Sep 17, 2018 Sep 22, 2018 AU $1975
    Sep 20, 2018 Sep 25, 2018 AU $1925
    Sep 22, 2018 Sep 27, 2018 AU $1925
    Sep 24, 2018 Sep 29, 2018 AU $1925
    Sep 27, 2018 Oct 2, 2018 AU $1740
    Sep 29, 2018 Oct 4, 2018 AU $1740
    Oct 1, 2018 Oct 6, 2018 AU $1740
    Oct 4, 2018 Oct 9, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 6, 2018 Oct 11, 2018 AU $1560
    Oct 8, 2018 Oct 13, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 11, 2018 Oct 16, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 13, 2018 Oct 18, 2018 AU $1560
    Oct 15, 2018 Oct 20, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 18, 2018 Oct 23, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 22, 2018 Oct 27, 2018 AU $1605
    Oct 25, 2018 Oct 30, 2018 AU $1560
    Oct 27, 2018 Nov 1, 2018 AU $1560
    Oct 29, 2018 Nov 3, 2018 AU $1560
    Nov 5, 2018 Nov 10, 2018 AU $1405
    Nov 12, 2018 Nov 17, 2018 AU $1405
    Nov 19, 2018 Nov 24, 2018 AU $1405
    Nov 26, 2018 Dec 1, 2018 AU $1755
    Dec 3, 2018 Dec 8, 2018 AU $1305
    Dec 10, 2018 Dec 15, 2018 AU $1270
    Departure Dates and Pricing 2017

    Departure Dates and Pricing 2017

    Start Dates End Dates Twin
    Price
    Single
    Price
    Tour Enquiry
    Nov 27, 2017 Dec 2, 2017 AU $1229
    Dec 11, 2017 Dec 16, 2017 AU $1159

Highlights:

Hotels:

Superior & First Class

Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 5 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 3 dinners (D) including
    –  Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
    –  Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    –  1 table d’hote dinner in Killarney
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Tea and scones at Connemara Marble Factory
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

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