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  • International airfare & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
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Overview

This 11-day escorted tour, gives you the opportunity to enjoy hotels which capture the spirit of Ireland, savour the local cuisine and take the time to explore on your own.

Enjoying iconic experiences such as the Titanic museum in Belfast and the sights of Dublin, you will also travel off the beaten track to step back in time at the Bunratty Folk Park & Castle and follow a walking tour of the quaint coastal village of Kinsale. Your hotels will include an authentic guesthouse stay in the rural Kilkenny area and a two night stay in 17th century Bellingham Castle (C)

Highlights:

  • Welcome dinner one of Ireland’s oldest pubs – the Brazen Head
  • City tour, Irish evening and leisure time to enjoy the captivating city of Dublin
  • Visit Old Midleton Distillery home of Jamesons Irish Whiskey
  • Take a local train from the bustling city of Cork to the small coastal town of Cobh
  • Discover the personal stories behind the Irish immigrants who started new lives around the world at the Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Marvel at the coastal vistas of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry
  • Discover the life of yesteryear at the Bunratty Folk Park & Castle
  • Visit the Titanic museum in Belfast
  • Live like royalty for two nights at the 17th century Bellingham Castle

Details

Day 1

Overnight flight

Fly overnight for a warm welcome on the Emerald Isle

Day 2

Dublin

Your tour begins this evening in Dublin when you will enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Ireland’s oldest pubs the Brazen Head with your fellow travellers.

Dinner included

Day 3

Dublin

In the morning you will be able to orientate yourself in Dublin with a city tour, seeing the sights such as  Phoenix Park, St Patricks Cathedral , O’Connell Street & Grafton Street. You have the afternoon at leisure to explore this charming city, and either imerse yourself in its history or soak up its infamous hospitality.

Breakfast included

Day 4

Dublin – Midleton - Kinsale

Leave the bright lights of Dublin for the country roads of Ireland, travelling south to the ancient Rock of Cashel and onto the home of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey – Old Mildeton Distillery. Continue to the quaint coastal village of Kinsale, considered to be the gourmet capital of Ireland. You’ll spend two nights here and this evening you have dinner included but can choose from a selection of Kinsale’s renowned restaurants.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5

Kinsale – Cork – Cobh - Kinsale

The day gets off to a lively start with a visit to the bustling city of Cork. From here you will take a local train journey to the small coastal town of Cobh. Here you will visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and will discover the personal tales of the many Irish immigrants who left their native land. Return to Kinsale where you will join a local guide for a walking tour of this historic village. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy browsing the quaint shops and sampling the local fare.

Breakfast included

Day 6

Kinsale – Bantry – Kenmare - Killarney

This morning set off on one of the worlds most stunning coastal routes – West Corks Wild Atlantic Bay, visiting en route the quaint seaside villages of Tiimoleage and Skibbereen. Enjoy a facinating tour of Bantry House, a historic estate  where the White family have lived for nine generations. Continue to County Kerry and enjoy time to browse the boutiques and cafes of the charming resort town of Kenmare. Finally head to Killarney where you will spend two nights. This evening enjoy a cooking demonstration of the town’s “farm-to-table” recipes and dinner at one of Killarney’s best restaurants

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7

Killarney – Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Today you will need your camera at the ready as you drive across Moll’s gap into Killarney National Park, and take in Ladies View and the sight of the Lakes of Killarney. You will continue onto the Ring of Kerry, where the views become ever more spectacular. Return to Killarney for a relaxed evening at your own pace.

Breakfast included

Day 8

Killarney – Adare – Bunratty – Guesthouse stay

Leave the spectacular southern coast behind you and travel to Adare in County Limerick known as Irelands prettiest village. Take the short drive to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park where you will step back in time. The castle was built in 1425 but restored last century and now contains wonderful furniture, tapestries and works of art dating back through the centuries. The Folk Park is an open-air museum with original cottages, dwellings and shops from yesteryear. Overnight you will stay in an authentic guest house and enjoy a traditional home cooked dinner.

Breakfast included

Day 9

Inn at Dromoland – Galway – Cnoc Suian - Westport

Leave County Clare for Galway, and enjoy a walk through the winding cobbestone streets of the “City of Tribes”.  Then travel to the restored 17th century Connemara hill village of Cnoc Suian, where you will learn about the ancient Irish culture through music, stories and poetry. You will hear Gaelic spoken and learn a Ceili – a traditional folk dance. Travel to the charming town of Westport where you will stay for the next two nights

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 10

Guesthouse stay – Kilkenny – Bellingham Castle

Head north to the tiny medieval city of Kilkenny, where you will have a tour of the beautifully restored Kilkenny Castle with its elegant halls and galleries. Afterwards travel to Castlebellingham where you will end your tour on a high note with a two-night stay at the historic 17th century castle.

Breakfast included

Day 11

Castlebellingham – Belfast - Castlebellingham

Drive north for your final iconic visit to the Titanic museum in Belfast. Before you even enter you will be amazed at the striking archicture, and inside you will be enthralled with this interactive and insightful telling of the Titanic story. You will also enjoy a city tour with a local guide who will bring alive the history of this interesting city. This evening you will enjoy a memorable farewell dinner at the magnificent Bellingham Castle.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 10

Dublin

Your tour comes to an end today in Dublin

Breakfast included

What's Included:

  • International airfare, round trip airport transfers
  • 14 meals
  • 9 nights accommodation: Dublin 2 nights Schoolhouse Hotel; Kinsale 2 nights Actons Hotel; Killarney 2 nights Plaza Hotel; Kilkenny area 1 night guesthouse stay; Castlebellingham 2 nights Castle Bellingham (On some dates alternate hotels may be used)
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Sightseeing as described in the above itinerary

With offices in Florida, Dublin, Kerry and London we have the experience and resources to provide you with the very best vacation, partnering only with the most reputable coach operators to ensure you have a truly great touring experience.

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