2018 SOUTHERN GEMS 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Trip Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Blasket Centre
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Dublin Castle
  • Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
  • Russborough House

Dining Experiences:

  • 4 dinners including a night out at Taylors Three Rock for dinner and a show, and a festive medieval castle banquet.

Hotels:

  • The Gibson Hotel
    Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel
    Kinsale (1 night)
  • Cahernane House Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel
    Ennis (1 night)

Tours Include:

  • Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

Day 1: DUBLIN CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. Take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries. See the State Apartments, where many state functions are held in the richly decorated chambers. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2: RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE & TAYLOR'S THREE ROCK 
Head to Blessington for a guided tour of Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art, and early photography collections. Enjoy your afternoon with an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. Head to Taylors Three Rock for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show.
(B, D)

Day 3: BLARNEY CASTLE & KINSALE WALK
Pause for photos at the Rock of Cashel as you travel to Blarney Castle. Climb the ramparts to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Head to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around the historic streets.
(B, D)

Day 4: WEST CORK COASTAL DRIVE & KILLARNEY
Journey along the rugged western coastline of Cork via Clonakilty and Skibbereen, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Travel to Killarney for some leisure time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and a free evening in Killarney.
(B, D)

Day 5: SCENIC DINGLE PENINSULA & BLASKET CENTRE
Explore the Dingle Peninsula and embark on a boat trip of Dingle Harbor and Bay for scenic views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and stunning green landscapes. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Enjoy free time in Dingle and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before returning to Killarney for a free evening for independent dining.
(B)

Day 6: CLIFFS OF MOHER & MEDIEVAL CASTLE BANQUET
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Travel inland to the charming town of Ennis. Head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet, songs, and stories.
(B, D)

Day 7: TOUR ENDS IN ENNIS
Your program ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

7 days Dublin to Shannon
Start
Dublin
End
Shannon
Price (Land Only)
Twin Sharing
Fri Mar 30, 2018 Thu Apr 05 2018 C$1840
Sun Apr 15, 2018 Sat Apr 21, 2018 C$2054
Sun Apr 22, 2018 Sat Apr 28, 2018 C$2054
Sun May 06 2018 Sat May 12, 2018 C$2275
Sun May 20, 2018 Sat May 26, 2018 C$2275
Fri May 25, 2018 Thu May 31, 2018 C$2275
Fri Jun 01 2018 Thu Jun 07 2018 C$2275
Fri Jun 08 2018 Thu Jun 14, 2018 C$2275
Fri Jun 15, 2018 Thu Jun 21, 2018 C$2275
Sun Jun 17, 2018 Sat Jun 23, 2018 C$2275
Sun Jun 24, 2018 Sat Jun 30, 2018 C$2275
Sun Jul 01 2018 Sat Jul 07 2018 C$2275
Fri Jul 06 2018 Thu Jul 12, 2018 C$2275
Fri Jul 13, 2018 Thu Jul 19, 2018 C$2275
Fri Jul 20, 2018 Thu Jul 26, 2018 C$2275
Sun Jul 22, 2018 Sat Jul 28, 2018 C$2275
Fri Aug 10, 2018 Thu Aug 16, 2018 C$2275
Sun Aug 12, 2018 Sat Aug 18, 2018 C$2275
Sun Aug 19, 2018 Sat Aug 25, 2018 C$2275
Sun Aug 26, 2018 Sat Sep 01 2018 C$2275
Sun Sep 02 2018 Sat Sep 08 2018 C$2353
Fri Sep 07 2018 Thu Sep 13, 2018 C$2353
Fri Sep 14, 2018 Thu Sep 20, 2018 C$2353
Sun Sep 16, 2018 Sat Sep 22, 2018 C$2353
Fri Sep 28, 2018 Thu Oct 04 2018 C$2178
Sun Sep 30, 2018 Sat Oct 06 2018 C$2178
Fri Oct 05 2018 Thu Oct 11, 2018 C$1950
Fri Oct 26, 2018 Thu Nov 01 2018 C$1950