|Day 1||Sunday, 9/16/2018 - Fly to Dublin |
Your journey begins as you fly to Dublin.
|Day 2||Monday, 9/17/2018 - Dublin |
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers.
|Day 3||Tuesday, 9/18/2018 - Dublin / To Galway |
This morning’s Dublin sightseeing includes a visit to Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells. Also, view St. Stephen’s Green, Phoenix Park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. After time for lunch on your own, continue westward to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition and a cultural center for the west of Ireland. Stop at Galway Cathedral and then continue to see the medieval city walls and colorful streets between the River Corrib and Eyre Square. Enjoy free time for a stroll in this bohemian town.
|Day 4||Wednesday, 9/19/2018 - Day Trip to Connemara |
Today, enjoy a full day excursion into the Irish countryside. Travel west towards Clifden before a visit to Kylemore Abbey in the heart of Connemara National Park. There, admire the lakes, mountains, and calm shades of green for which Ireland is renowned.
|Day 5||Thursday, 9/20/2018 - Cliffs of Moher / To Killarney |
Begin with a drive south from Galway Bay through the rugged plateau known as the Burren and view the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that towers some 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Next, visit Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, offering a unique insight into Irish life around the turn of the century. A drive through the pretty town of Adare brings you at last to scenic Killarney.
|Day 6||Friday, 9/21/2018 - Ring of Kerry |
Today’s sightseeing begins with a tour through Killarney National Park and the world-famous “Ring of Kerry,” perhaps the most picturesque locale in all of Ireland. Pass by the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, which are full of traditional colorful houses. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon. Try the optional Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) excursion through the peaceful green countryside. Tonight, choose to experience the optional Gaelic Roots Live Show, an exciting Irish show bringing together all that is great from the culture and traditions of Ireland.
|Day 7||Saturday, 9/22/2018 - Blarney / Waterford Crystal |
This morning, drive through scenic south Ireland to visit the 15th-c. Blarney Castle, where you will have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Enjoy free time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before stopping at the world-famous Waterford Crystal showroom for a factory tour to see the collection of exquisite glassware in its city of origin.
|Day 8||Sunday, 9/23/2018 - Kilkenny / To Dublin |
Today, head for Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore. Enjoy the sights of this historic town, and view the 12th-c. Kilkenny Castle. This afternoon, return to Dublin for your Farewell Dinner with lively traditional entertainment.
|Day 9||Monday, 9/24/2018 - Full Day Dublin |
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Dublin independently. Spend time visiting famous sites throughout the city, including Dublin Castle and the National Gallery, where both Irish and European art is beautifully displayed. Perhaps shop for souvenirs on Grafton Street, the city’s stylish and popular shopping district. In the evening, stop by one of the lively pubs in the Temple Bar district beside the River Liffey.
|Day 10||Tuesday, 9/25/2018 - Return Home |
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Dublin (1+2) - Mespil Hotel
Galway (1) - Ardilaun Hotel
Killarney (2) - Killarney Plaza Hotel
Waterford (1) - Granville Hotel
Note: similar hotels may be substituted