2018 TASTE OF IRELAND (TOUR B) 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
- Blarney Castle
- Cliffs of Moher
- Ring of Kerry Tour
- Sheepdog Demonstration
- Skellig Experience
- Three dinners including a Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and show, and a lively medieval castle banquet
- Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Dublin (2 nights)
- Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney (2 nights)
- Bunratty Castle Hotel
Bunratty (1 night)
- Academy Plaza Hotel
Dublin (1 night)
- 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: ARRIVE DUBLIN & CITY SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy your day with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.
Day 2: DUBLIN & MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city centre. Highlights include the main thoroughfares of O’Connell Street and Nassau Street, the shopping streets and lovely public parks. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
Day 3: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Relax and enjoy the picturesque midlands of Ireland, with its many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains forming a backdrop.
Day 4: RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCE
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way. Enjoy a casual lunch before crossing the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian monks on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly-painted houses and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to one of the town’s many lively pubs.
Day 5: CLIFFS OF MOHER & BUNRATTY CASTLE
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet (200m) above the Atlantic surf. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the charming town of Ennis to Bunratty. In the evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable experience. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music.
Day 6: GALWAY & CONNEMARA MARBLE FACTORY
Explore Galway city before heading out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Irish language. Travel across the boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. Quarried in Connemara, the soft green shades of the marble echoes the colors of the countryside from which it is cut. Enjoy tea and scones before traveling across the country to Dublin. This evening you are free to explore the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experience one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
Day 7: DEPART FROM DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast today.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner