9 Night BEST of Ireland Tour Small Group Tour
Average Group size 18
Limited Availability - 4 spots available - Call to Book!
Travel with your tour hosts: Sandy Lidka and Joe Fahy
9 Night Further Afield Exclusive Small Group Tour
|Dingle Peninsula||Galway City Tour|
|Ring of Kerry||Visit Galway Cathedral|
|Sheep Dog Demonstration||Kylemore Abbey|
|Jaunting Car Experience||Doolough Valley|
|Pint Pulling Competition||Achill Island|
|Killimer-Tarbert Ferry Crossing||Foxford Woolen Mills|
|Cliffs of Moher||Cabaret Dinner Show|
|Burren Region||Glenveagh National Park and Castle Tour|
|Dromoland Castle||Ulster American Folk Park|
|Teelings Distillery||Evening Pub Tour in Dublin|
|Powerscourt Estate||City Tour of Dublin|
|Guiness Storehouse||Farewell Dinner - Irish music, dance and comedy show|
Depart Toronto on an overnight flight to Dublin
Arrive Dublin and begin your Ireland experience. As we make our way towards Killarney, experience one of the prettiest drives along the Dingle Peninsula. The coastline of the Dingle peninsula consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches. We will stop in Dingle, a thriving Irish language community and know for their rich musical tradition. Check into the Lake Hotel and join your group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Tour the Ring of Kerry – rugged, majestic landscapes; part of the mystical and un-spoiled region of Ireland. The road takes you through 10,000 years of dramatic history, from deep forest to the crashing waters of the Atlantic. Learn about the peat bogs and stop for an Irish coffee. If you ever wondered how sheep dogs were trained, we have a special visit to the Kells Sheep Centre to learn about the art of sheep herding and demonstration. Before our day is complete, visit Murphy’s Pub for a ‘Pull-your-own-pint’ competition amongst your fellow travellers. Evening at leisure (note: sheep dog herding demonstration is weather dependent). (B)
Depart this morning, making our way to the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s natural attraction – 700 feet above the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the West of Ireland. As we continue our journey making our way to Co. Clare, we visit one of the most stunningly unique natural heritage regions – 259 square kilometres of dramatic limestone karst know today as the Burren Region. This area of Ireland was largely sculpted over the last two million years by glaciers, through the exposure and submergence of its landscape to ice, ocean and the plate movements of the earth. Tonight, feel like a prince or princess as you stay in Dromoland Castle, (B)
Dromoland Castle – "It is built entirely of dark blue limestone, and in fine chiseled workmanship; the ornamental grounds and woods extend over more than 1,500 acres of land. Savour your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland. Under glittering antique chandeliers descend grand staircases and meander through elegant hallways and beautifully furnished rooms. Luxuriate in plush, sink-in sofas in front of large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires. (B)
ACCOMMODATION: Dromoland Castle (1 night)
Depart for Galway city - where you can wander the cobble-stoned streets and feel yourself stepping back to medieval times. Heading west from Galway City, visit the diverse landscape of Connemara, a colourful road map of communities and hidden gems. Next, we visit Kylemore Abbey – a Benedictine monastery found on the grounds of the Kylemore Castle. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality.
As we continue making our way to Westport, we travel across the scenic Doolough Valley (one of Ireland’s most poignant drives). Learn of the Great Famine which occurred in Ireland during the mid 19th century, marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. As we come into Westport, you will see Croagh Patrick which overlooks Clew Bay and considered the holiest mountain in Ireland, renowned for its Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick. (B)
ACCOMMODATION: Knockranny House Hotel (1 night)
Set off this morning to Achill Island, another one of Ireland’s spectacular and beautiful places. Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain. Achill’s rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. Continue our day, making our way to Donegal, located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. Overshadowed by the Bluestack Mountains, the town centre of Donegal is a hub for music, poetic and cultural gatherings. Visit the award winning Foxford Woolen Mills. Learn of the origins of the mill from the late 1800’s right through the working mill as it is run today, where you can see first-hand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship. Tonight is a special evening of fun with a Cabaret Dinner show. (B, D)
ACCOMMODATION: Harvey’s Point Hotel (2 nights)
Today visit Glenveagh National Park -16,540 hectares (40,873 acres) of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a herd of red deer. A Scottish style castle built in the years 1870 – 1873, is surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings. (B)
Visit the Ulster American Folk Park and immerse yourself in the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Wander through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts and tell you a few stories. Depart Ulster and make our way to Dublin. Visit Teelings Distillery, the first new whiskey distillery to have opened in Dublin. This evening, join Joe and Sandy (your local guide and tour director) for a tour of Dublin Pubs. (this is a walking tour, drinks are on your own account) (B)
ACCOMMODATION: Iveagh Garden hotel (3 nights)
Begin today with a city tour of Dublin, voted twice the friendliest city in Europe, as well as being crowned UNESCO City of Literature. We take a short drive to the County Wicklow and visit Powerscourt Estate. The house and gardens overlook the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountains and has been voted #3 in the world by National Geographic for their well-kept aristocratic gardens. This afternoon, explore Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction and home of the Black Stuff. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse Guinness’s long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. This evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner with traditional Irish entertainment. (B, D)
Leisure day. (B)
Depart Dublin, arrive home same day (B)
Pricing is quoted in Canadian Dollars per person (all inclusions as outlined in the itinerary).
(per person based on double occupancy)
Single Room Supplement
(limited single rooms)
Prices are based on a minimum of 14 passengers
|Deposit||$ 1000 per person|
|Balance Due||June 28, 2019|
Please enquire for rates departing from other cities.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend cancellation/interruption and out of country health coverage. Individually quoted.
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