11 Day Elegant Ireland – CIE
2017 Elegant Ireland 11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take a short ride to historic Dalkey Village, now an upmarket suburb for a gentle guided walk through the village. Visit the imposing Dalkey Castle and see the newly re-furbished Writers’ Gallery. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip and he will help you choose a restaurant to dine independently.
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Abbey Tavern
Take a guided tour of Dublin to see the most prominent buildings and memorials. View rows of elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors. Drive past the Bank of Ireland and General Post Office as well as the modern financial district. Join a student guide on a brief walk through Trinity College’s campus to view the Book of Kells. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher with a visit to Guinness or General Post Office. Drive to the Abbey Tavern in Howth for dinner followed by a great show with Irish music.
Day 3: Strokestown Park House & Galway
Visit Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. Tour the furnished 18th century mansion and the Famine Museum, which explains conditions during the 1840’s Great Irish Famine. Stroll through the four-acre walled Victorian garden with its long herbaceous border. Drive to Galway city and take a walking tour with a local guide to explore the narrow medieval streets. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated. Check in to your hotel in time to relax before dinner.
Day 4: Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara
Near Galway embark on the Corrib Princess for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee. Then drive through Connemara to admire granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Ennis
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Continue to your hotel in Ennis and take a walking tour around this charming town and visit Ennis Friary.
Day 6: Flying Boat Museum & Killarney
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride and drive along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Walk through a replica of a Clipper and see memorabilia in the museum. Stop in Listowel for a look around and lunch on your own before heading to your hotel in Killarney, located a few miles outside the town in glorious scenery. Dine in Killeen House Restaurant, renowned for a warm welcome and excellent food.
Day 7: Ring of Kerry & Killarney’s Jaunting Car
Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where traditional buildings are brightly painted. Join the Ring of Kerry route at Moll’s Gap for great views of mountains and valleys. Drive to the Gap of Dunloe Industries for an opportunity to shop, have some lunch or stroll through the gardens. Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the Gap of Dunloe to admire scenery at a gentle pace and hear local tales from the driver. Enjoy spectacular views of mountains and lakes for which Killarney is famous. Return to your hotel for free time before dinner.
Day 8: Bantry House & Cork Coastline
Today travel across the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula to discover glorious coastal views and quaint villages of County Cork. Visit Bantry House, a charming, privately-owned mansion dating to the 1760’s. It is set in a glorious coastal location with magnificent Italian gardens and an eclectic collection of antiques and artefacts. Continue your drive along the coast to the town of Clonakilty before heading to Kinsale, renowned for medieval sea trade, fishing and yachting. Join a local guide to visit the huge Charles Fort and take a walking tour through the town before driving to nearby Cork city.
Day 9: Cork Harbour Cruise & Blarney
Start the day with a short walking tour through central Cork before taking a short drive to Cobh to embark on a cruise of Cork Harbour. View places associated with RMS Titanic; see the spire of St. Coleman’s Cathedral overlooking the town and pass Haulbowline, home of the Irish Naval Service. Drive to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. If you don’t fancy climbing to the top of the castle, take a stroll through the peaceful parklands and admire the colorful gardens. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof.
Day 10: Rock of Cashel & Dunboyne Castle
Drive north to visit the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing church ruins that date back to the 12th century. See the huge skeleton of the cathedral as well as the tiny Cormac’s Chapel. Take a look around the town of Cashel before driving to your luxurious castle hotel, located on the outskirts of Dublin. This property blends the elegant old mansion with state-of-the-art designed guest rooms. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions.
Day 11: Tour Ends at Dunboyne Castle
Your tour ends after breakfast. The hotel is about 15 miles from either Dublin Airport or Dublin city center.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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- The Abbey Tavern Traditional Show
- Lough Corrib Cruise with Irish Coffee
- Cliffs of Moher
- Jaunting Car through Gap of Dunloe
- Kiss The Blarney Stone
- Rock of Cashel
Superior First Class
- Herbert Park Hotel
Dublin (2 nights)
- Radisson Blu Galway Hotel
Galway (2 nights)
- Old Ground Hotel
Ennis (1 night)
- The Dunloe
Killarney (2 nights)
- Imperial Hotel
Cork (2 nights)
- Dunboyne Castle Hotel
Dublin (1 night)
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 10 nights in hotels listed
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 8 dinners (D) including
– Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
– Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney
– Dunboyne Castle farewell dinner
– 5 table d’hote dinners
- 1 Lunch (L)
- Welcome get-together drink
- Walking tours of Dalkey, Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway, Ennis, Kinsale and Cork
- Tour of Dublin with your tour director
- Corrib Princess Cruise and Cork Harbour Cruise
- Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
- Ferry ride across the River Shannon
- Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
- Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
- Visits and admissions to Dalkey Castle, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Friary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Bantry House & Gardens, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills and Rock of Cashel
- 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