IRISH SPIRIT

Day 1: Overnight flight from Boston to Dublin. (D)
Day 2: Dublin Tour & Trinity College
Tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. At 2:00 pm join a local guide for an introductory look around central Dublin. Walk through Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells in the Old Library. At your hotel enjoy a welcome drink and discuss your itinerary. (B)

Day 3: Farm Visit & Waterford Crystal
Drive through the Irish countryside to County Kilkenny for a stop at a farm in Jerpoint for tea and scones and see what country life is like. Continue south to visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how elaborate trophies are hand-crafted. After dinner in Waterford take a gentle walking tour to learn about local history. (B, D)
 
Day 4: Titanic Experience & Blarney Castle
Travel along the south coast to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Learn about the people who embarked for the United States aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Visit Blarney to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to Killarney. (B, D)
 
Day 5: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive – the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Visit the Skellig Experience, which explains life on the rocky offshore islands and enjoy a pub lunch. Return to Killarney and enjoy free time. (B, L)
 
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay
Take a ferry across the River Shannon to view the Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock rising above the churning Atlantic Ocean. Drive through the Burren Country and around Galway Bay to your hotel in Galway. (B, D)
 
Day 7: Connemara’s Beauty
Today explore Connemara, a region of hills, lakes and peat bogs. Take a short walking tour around Cong, the village where “The Quiet Man” was filmed in 1952. Then view scenic Lough Corrib on a cruise before returning to your hotel in Galway. (B, D)
 
Day 8: Kilbeggan Distillery & Irish Evening
Enjoy free time in Galway before touring the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience and sample the whiskey created there. Drive to Dublin for leisure time before heading out for a great dinner with a lively traditional show. (B, D)
 
Day 9: Extra Day in Dublin
Stay an additional day in Dublin to explore the city center at their own pace on an open-top bus tour and visit Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery. (B)

Day 10: Back Home from Dublin
Passengers transfer to Dublin Airport in good time to check in for flights. (B)


B: Breakfast; D: Dinner; L: Lunch

Highlights:
Traditional Irish Evening in Dublin

Book of Kells at Trinity College
Book of Kells at Trinity College
Visitors walk through the city-center campus of Trinity College to view this world-famous 9th century gospel manuscript housed in the magnificent Old Library. See the ’Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts in the Treasury and the magnificent 18th century Long Room.

Ring of Kerry Tour & Connemara
Ring of Kerry Tour & Connemara
One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.

Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.

Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

Take a guided factory tour, giving you first-hand access to all areas of traditional crystal production. The new House of Waterford Crystal, comprises an actual living and breathing crystal factory tour, fascinating visitor center and opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Kiss The Blarney Stone

Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Hotels:  Superior & First Class
Ashling Hotel Dublin (1 night) Ashling Hotel Dublin
Recently completely rebuilt, this property offers 225 spacious and well-equipped guest rooms as well as stylish, modern restaurants, bar and public spaces. The hotel is in an excellent location for exploring Dublin, and offers a wide range of services and amenities.Location:On the north bank of the River Liffey near Phoenix Park. It’s a 20-minute walk to the city center and Temple Bar area or just 5 minutes by Luas tram which stops outside hotel. Hotel parking.

Dooleys Hotel Waterford (1 night)
This charming family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests and has been completely renovated, maintaining the traditional facade with an updated and modern interior and facilities. Enjoy delicious and wholesome food in the Ship Restaurant or the Dry Dock Bar, which offers live music at weekends.

HOTEL LOCATION: In the heart of Waterford city on the waterfront. Within easy walking distance of shopping, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal. Parking nearby.

Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Center Killarney (2 nights)

This modern hotel underwent a major refurbishment in 2008 to provide guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. The extensive leisure center offer guests a strenuous workout or a leisurely dip in the pool or sauna session.

HOTEL LOCATION: Right in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs. Also close to the jaunting car stand and the peaceful Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.

Westwood House Hotel Galway (2 nights)

Upper Newcastle

This modern hotel emphasizes personal service and a friendly attention to detail. Relax in one of the spacious conservatories, dine fireside in the intimate Meridian Restaurant or enjoy a relaxing drink in the split-level Westwood Bar. All 58 guest rooms are furnished attractively and provide amenities for a comfortable stay. Leisure facilities nearby.

HOTEL LOCATION: One mile to the west of Galway city center. Convenient to reach the city attractions as well as for touring further afield. Hotel parking.
Grand Canal Hotel Dublin (2 nights)Grand Canal Hotel

Centrally located, the Grand Canal Hotel offers a stay near the shops, museums, and galleries. Dominated by modern touches, this hotel is complete with a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. All 142 spacious rooms come with a working space and tea/coffee maker. The Epic Restaurant serves international dishes and the Glassworks Bar offers plasma TVs.

HOTEL LOCATION: The Grand Canal Hotel is located in the south suburbs of Dublin in the affluent Ballsbridge area on the banks of the Grand Canal. The hotel is a 15-minute walk to Grafton Street, Trinity College, National Gallery of Art and many other central attractions. Grand Canal Dock DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) Station lies opposite the hotel.
 

Tour Includes:
Boston to Dublin Flights Aer Lingus
·        Airport transfers at start and end of tour
·        Sightseeing by luxury coach
·        Professional driver/guide
·        8 nights in hotels listed above
·        Full Irish breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
·        5 dinners (D) including
-            Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
-            4 table d'hote dinners
·        Lunch at the Bridge Bar in Portmagee (L)
·        Welcome get-together drink
·        Tour of Dublin with a local guide
·        Tea and scones at Jerpoint Park
·        Walking tour of Waterford
·        Ferry ride across the River Shannon
·        “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
·        Corrib Princess cruise from Galway
·        Tour and tasting at Kilbeggan Distillery Experience
·        Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
·        Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, House of Waterford Crystal, Titanic Experience, Blarney Castle,  
              Blarney Woolen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
·         All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
 


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