CIRCLE IRELAND TOUR

Day 1 

Aer Lingus departs Boston at 6:20 PM

Passports are required.

1 Piece of checked luggage per person is included.

 

Day 2: June 21 Dublin

Good Morning flights arrive in Dublin at 5:15 am. Breakfast will be served before leaving the plane. It will take approximately an hour and a half to clear customs and claim luggage.  Hotel rooms are seldom ready before 3:00 PM, but we will always request an early check in.  On the way to the hotel your guide will provide a Dublin orientation tour.  After a chance to freshen up you will continue your tour of Dublin.  See fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view Dublin's famous elegant Georgian squares with imposing townhouses and pause at the evocative figures at the Famine Memorial. Walk through the campus of Trinity College to the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. Visit the Kilmainham Gaol notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners. Tonight your tour director will welcome you to Ireland with a Welcome dinner. For those that are up for it your tour director will take you to the Temple Bar Area filled with Irish Pubs and nightclubs. Your home for the next two nights will be the Burlington Hotel Dublin. Breakfast on Plane Dinner.

 

Day 3:June 22 Dublin

A hot breakfast will be served to get you off to a great start. We will depart the hotel at 9:00 for a tour that will take you to Dublin Bay just outside the capital. Wander through the beautiful estate of Malahide Castle and enjoy a guided tour. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze and breathtaking views of Dublin Bay. There will also be time to unwind with a cup of tea in the pleasant castle surrounds. Soak in scenes of Irish daily life and feed the native seals as your tour explores a picturesque fishing village before retuning to Dublin. The afternoon One of the highlights for most travelers is the spectacular view from the top of the Guinness Brewery. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about this legendary black stout, which has been brewed for over 250 years. Learn about how it is created and then sample a pint of creamy draft Guinness in the rooftop bar where you can enjoy great views of central Dublin. A stop will also be made at the Jameson Distillery where you will discover what makes Irish whiskey different from other Whiskeys. Tonight we will feature a traditional night of Irish Food and Song at the Abbey Tavern. Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 4 June 23 Dunbrody Famine Ship & Waterford Crystal

After breakfast we depart Dublin for New Ross and to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship. This is a replica of a sailing vessel built in 1845 to transport emigrants away from Ireland to a better life. The visit will give you an insight as to what life on board ship was like as well as filling you in on the history of the 1840's Famine. In nearby Waterford tour the House of Waterford Crystal for a demonstration of glass blowing and cutting and see some magnificent trophies on display. Continue along the south coast for your next overnight stay in Cork. At the Imperial Hotel Breakfast and Dinner

  

Day 5 June 24 Blarney & Killarney

Our first stop this morning will be to the town of Blarney where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous “Stone of eloquence.”  It is said that if you climb the castle ramparts lie on your back and kiss the stone you will be given the gift of eloquence.  For those that are not interested in kissing the stone, the Blarney Woolen Mills are near by where you can often find good deals on Irish made goods. View the highlights of Ireland's natural scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry route. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy's Reeks Mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen, cross by bridge to Valencia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived in early Christian times. Today the islands form a protected bird sanctuary. Along the way we will stop for a ride in a horse drawn Jaunting car.  Stop at Moll’s Gap for a panoramic view of the three Lakes of Killarney and continue along the Ring of Kerry into Killarney. Tonight after dinner we will feature a visit to one of the singing pubs for a night of Irish entertainment.  Breakfast and Dinner included

 

Day 6  June 25 Dingle Peninsula.

We travel a short distance out of Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula where the movies “Ryan Daughter “and “Far Away” staring Tom Cruise, were filmed. On your tour see the Burnham House - Former home of the late Lord Ventry and home to the famous Ogham Stones. See Esk Tower – also called Burnham Tower, Ventry Harbour and Village - A traditional Irish speaking area. Drive by Dunbeg Promontory Fort - an Iron age fort overlooking Dingle Bay and see the beehive huts. Learn about the Blasket Islands - Many of Ireland's great Gaelic literary figures were born and raised on the great Blasket Island. Learn about Coumineol Strand- This tiny strand lying below the Slea Head Route is an unspoiled, cove, and the site where four of the Spanish Armada ships were wrecked in 1588. In the late afternoon return to Killarney Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 7 June 26 Flying Boat Museum and the Cliffs of Moher

On our way to Galway we will visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum where you will learn about air travel in the 1930’s to the 1940’s when the flying boats flew across the Atlantic to the Shannon Estuary. You will have the opportunity to board a reconstructed flying boat and see the equipment used in a bygone era. We continue up the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700ft above the Ocean. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O'Brien's Tower for great views. Travel through the outskirts of Limerick to Bunratty Village. Have some free time to shop or visit Durty Nelly's. In the afternoon visit the town of Bunratty and the Bunratty Folk Park a reconstructed traditional Irish village with cottages, a forge and working blacksmith, weavers and pie-makers. There’s a complete village street with a post office, pub and small cafe. Tonight we will feature a Medieval banquet at Bunratty castle. We overnight at the Strand Hotel Limerick. Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 8 June 27 Galway

We drive through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay to Rathbaun Farm. See traditional farming methods and vintage farm machinery as well as lots of cute farmyard animals roaming freely. Sample some home-baked scones with tea or coffee. Explore another of Ireland's famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Travel alongside Galway Bay to Spiddal, where most locals speak the Irish language, and on to Leenane and Killary Harbor, Ireland's only fjord. Take a short catamaran cruise to see unspoiled mountain areas you can see traces of pre-Famine fields on the hilly slopes and also thriving salmon and mussel farming before checking into the hotel Meyrick Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 9 June 28 Connemara

Our first stop is Clifden a delightful market town set between the Twelve Pinn Mountains and Sandy Bays. Drive to Cong where the 1952 movie “Quiet Man “staring John Wayne was made. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop briefly at Kylemore Abbey Visitor Center At Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory watch skilled craftsmen cut the crystal and learn about the symbolism of the motifs. In the afternoon return to Galway. Breakfast and dinner.

 

Day 10 June 29: Country Life Museum & Belleek

Travel north to Castlebar and the Museum of Country Life, which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. Enjoy free time to relax or take a walk before dinner. Overnight City Hotel Derry Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 11 June 30: Derry Walk & Giant's Causeway

Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb's Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Visit the award-winning Tower Museum. Drive along the north coast, stopping for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant's Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Visit Gleveigh Castle and National Park before returning to your hotel. Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 12: July 1 Belfast Tour & Cabra Castle Stay

Drive direct to Belfast where a guide will show you the highlights of the city with its Victorian buildings, the docks where the Titanic was built and areas around the Malone Road and falls where the struggles of the latter part of the 20th century took place. After a little time on your own, travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy the atmosphere and facilities of this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. Farwell Dinner in the Court Restaurant, followed by a display of intricate Irish step-dancing. Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 13 July 2: Return to Dublin for flight home.

Aer Lingus flight  137 departs Dublin at 2:10 and arrives Boston 4:10 Breakfast

 

Tour Features:

Round trip air on Aer Lingus departing Boston at 6:20 PM

1 piece of baggage per person

travel bag

Meals in Flight

2 Nights Dublin

1 Night Cork

2 Nights Killarney

1 Night Limmerick

2 Nights Galway

2 Nights Derry

1 Night Cabra Castle

Breakfast and Dinner Daily


Dublin City Tour including: Jameson Distillery, Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Malahide Castle, Famine Memorial, Abby Tavern, Book of Kells, Trinity College

 

Cork Area Sightseeing:          Dunbrody Famine Ship & Waterford Crystal

 

Killarney area Sightseeing:   Ring of Kerry, Jaunting cart ride, visit to Singing     

                                                    Pub, Skelling experience, flying boat museum,  

                                                    Dingle Peninsula. Molls Gap

 

Blarney:                                   Blarney Woolen Mills, Kiss the stone of eloquence

 

 

Bunratty:                                  Folk Park Medieval banquet

 

Galway area: Clifs of Moher, Rathburn farm, Kylemore Abbey Visitor Center at 

                         Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

Derry Area sightseeing: Museum of Country Life, Belleek Pottery, Derry Walk, 

                                           Giant's Causeway

 

Belfast Tour

 

Irish driver / guide throughout.

Meet and Greet assistance at Logan

HOTELS (or similar)

Burlington Hotel, Dublin.................................. 2 nights

Imperial Hotel, Cork........................................ 1 night

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney....................... 2 nights

Strand Hotel, Limerick..................................... 1 night

Hotel Meyrick, Galway................................... 2 nights

City Hotel, Derry............................................ 2 nights

Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt........................ 1 night


 

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN

Premium per person ..................................... $179.00

Plan can only be purchased at the time of deposit.  See attached information sheet.

 

PLEASE NOTE

1)      The exchange rate is guaranteed for 2012.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

 

·      Exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver/guide (one person) for 12 days

 

·      Services of a professional Dublin guide for 2 days

 

·      Hotel accommodation based on twin bedded rooms with private bath as listed  11 nights

 

·      Full breakfasts (11)

 

·      Dinners (11):

·      Table d’hôte dinners (9)

·      Dinner and evening entertainment at the Abbey Tavern

·      Medieval banquet at an Irish Castle

 

·      Dingle Peninsula tour

 

·      Scenic tour of the Connemara

 

·      Catamaran cruise on Killary Harbour

 

·      Guided walking tour of Derry

 

·      Guided tour of Belfast

 

·      Visits and admission fees to:

            Irish Famine Memorial

            Kilmainham Jail

            Malahide Castle

            Guinness Storehouse

            Old Jameson's Distillery

            Dunbrody Emigrant Ship

            Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

            Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

            Bunratty Folk Park

            Cliffs of Moher

            Rathbaun Farm

Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory       

Museum of Country Life

Belleek China Factory

Giant’s Causeway

 

 

·      Hotel baggage, service charges and government taxes

 

·      Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and identifying strap


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