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9 Day Irish Legends Tour 2012

 

 

9 Day Irish Legends Tour 2012

Highlights:

  • Taylor's Three Rock Dinner/Show
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands Day Tour
  • Dunboyne Castle Farewell Dinner

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. At 2:00 pm a local tour guide will introduce you to Dublin's River Liffey, wide O'Connell Street, tranquil St. Stephen's Green, the Irish Famine Memorial, Leinster House and other public buildings. See some of the elegant Georgian houses and visit Kilmainham Gaol to see where many of Ireland's leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned while striving to create an independent nation. Enjoy a welcome get-together drink with your tour director and discuss your itinerary.
Day 2: Boyne Valley Tombs & Taylor's Three Rock
This morning drive north of Dublin to the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the passage burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old. Visit one of the tombs to see how primitive people managed to align these buildings precisely with the sun or the moon. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is at leisure. You may use your voucher for an open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness or Jameson. In the evening drive to Taylor's Three Rock Pub for a dinner with Irish specialties. Then sit back with an Irish coffee to watch a lively show with music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 3: National Stud & Waterford Walk
Depart Dublin this morning and travel to Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens. As a nation, the Irish are very interested in horses and the Stud will tell you about the valuable breeding industry. See magnificent horses before walking around the delightful Japanese Gardens, established a century ago. Stop in the attractive city of Kilkenny to see its medieval streets and huge castle. Drive to your hotel in central Waterford and, after dinner, take a walking tour around historic Waterford with a local guide. (B, D)
Day 4: Waterford Crystal, Titanic Tour & Blarney Castle
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and cutting and see one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Travel along the south coast to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. A walking tour will reveal many of the places associated with emigrants as they left Ireland. At Blarney Castle climb the ramparts to gain the “Gift of Eloquence.” You may visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which offer excellent Irish-made products. Drive through Macroom to Killarney and check in to your hotel. (B, D)
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula Tour
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies that showcased the scenery - “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop for a while in Dingle before continuing to the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy families who eked out a living by farming and fishing. Return to Killarney and enjoy free time to take a jaunting car ride or walk around town. After dinner you may like to visit local pubs featuring live music. (B, D)
Day 6: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher
Drive north through Listowel and along by the River Shannon to Foynes to visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel during the 1930's and early 1940's. Travel through the outskirts of Limerick and look around Bunratty Village. Head to the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O'Brien's Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and take a short orientation tour of central Galway. Check in to your hotel, overlooking Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. (B, D)
Day 7: Aran Islands & Dun Aengus
Take a short ferry ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands (Apr 13 - Oct 19 departures). These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintained traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately-patterned fishermen's sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely. Take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. In Kilronan, the main town, visit the Aran Heritage Centre to learn about unique local customs before returning to the mainland by ferry. For departures outside the dates above, there will be a “Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong and a drive around Connemara, stopping in Leenane and Clifden. (B, D)
Day 8: Strokestown Park House & Dunboyne Castle
Visit Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. There are three parts to see - the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum, which explains the circumstances of the 1840's Great Irish Famine through a combination of original documents and images. Drive to the village of Dunboyne, on the outskirts of Dublin. Check in to Dunboyne Castle Hotel and relax for a while before a farewell dinner with entertainment. (B, D)
Day 9: Return Home from Dublin
Complimentary group transfers to Dublin Airport are provided to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon so that you can check in for your flight home. (B)
Your Hotels
Superior & First Class:

  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Salthill Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne (1 night)

Tour Includes:

  • Group transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 8 nights in hotels listed below
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • 7 dinners (D) including:
    - Dinner and traditional entertainment at Taylor's Three Rock Pub
    - Farewell dinner with entertainment at Dunboyne Castle Hotel
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • “Titanic” walking tour of Cobh
  • Day tour to Inis Mor, largest of the three Aran Islands (Apr 13 - Oct 19 departures) or Connemara tour with a “Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb, Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus Fort, Aran Heritage Centre and Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum
  • Deluxe flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

Dates & Rates:
Tour leaves Dublin Friday and returns to Dublin Saturdays.
April 6 & 13: $1478
April 27: $1628
May 4 – September 21: $1778
September 28: $1628
October 5 & 19: $1478
October 26: $1368
November 9 & 16: $1258

All rates in US Dollars, per person, based on double occupancy.

Single Supplement: $498

 

 

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