2018 IRISH HERITAGE & DROMOLAND CASTLE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Trip Highlights:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • King John's Castle
  • Ring of Kerry Tour
  • Skellig Experience

Dining Experiences:

  • Five dinners including a lively medieval castle banquet, Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney, and dinner and traditional show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.

Hotels:

  • Limerick Strand Hotel
    Limerick (1 night)
  • The Brehon Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Dromoland Castle Hotel
    Newmarket-on-Fergus (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: LIMERICK & MEDIEVAL CASTLE BANQUET
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Limerick hotel. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touch screen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle where you’ll dine with lords and ladies at a medieval-style banquet.
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Day 2: CLIFFS OF MOHER & JAUNTING CAR RIDE
Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet (200m) above the Atlantic surf. Relax on the ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and travel along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and see how these great machines changed the world of travel. Discover the story behind Irish coffee and sample this warming drink. Head to Killarney National Park where you’ll view Ross Castle from a traditional jaunting car ride. Later, enjoy free time before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: RING OF KERRY TOUR & SHEEPDOG TRIALS
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops to capture photos of Ireland’s natural beauty. Cross to Valentia Island to visit Skellig Experience to learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and the filming of scenes from “Star Wars VII” movie. Passing through Waterville and the village of Sneem, stop at Moll’s Gap for views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Experience farm life at a nearby farm and watch specially trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award-winning Killeen House Restaurant.
(B, D)

Day 4: BLARNEY CASTLE & COBH HERITAGE CENTER
Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to the Cobh Heritage Center. Trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past.
(B, D)

Day 5: WATERFORD CRYSTAL & 6TH CENTURY GLENDALOUGH
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. Explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to an elegant Victorian mansion overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour - your hotel for the night. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub, with a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 6: DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING TOUR & GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin. Highlights include elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors, the River Liffey, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and dine. Use your independent open-top bus tour voucher to visit one of the featured attractions.
(B)

Day 7: DROMOLAND CASTLE HOTEL
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the imposing and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairytale castle. Savor a delicious farewell dinner in the oak-panelled dining room – a fitting way to spend the last evening of your Irish tour.
(B, D)

Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON
Your tour ends after breakfast. Depart from Shannon Airport
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

8 days Shannon to Shannon
Start
Shannon
End
Shannon
Price (Land Only)
Twin Sharing
Mon Mar 26, 2018 Mon Apr 02 2018 C$2795
Mon Apr 23, 2018 Mon Apr 30, 2018 C$3355
Mon Apr 30, 2018 Mon May 07 2018 C$3335
Mon May 07 2018 Mon May 14, 2018 C$3335
Mon May 14, 2018 Mon May 21, 2018 C$3855
Mon May 21, 2018 Mon May 28, 2018 C$3335
Mon May 28, 2018 Mon Jun 04 2018 C$3340
Mon Jun 04 2018 Mon Jun 11, 2018 C$3870
Mon Jun 18, 2018 Mon Jun 25, 2018 C$3350
Mon Jul 02 2018 Mon Jul 09 2018 C$3445
Mon Jul 23, 2018 Mon Jul 30, 2018 C$3870
Mon Jul 30, 2018 Mon Aug 06 2018 C$3350
Mon Sep 03 2018 Mon Sep 10, 2018 C$3445
Mon Sep 17, 2018 Mon Sep 24, 2018 C$3870
Mon Sep 24, 2018 Mon Oct 01 2018 C$3350
Mon Oct 08 2018 Mon Oct 15, 2018 C$2730
Mon Oct 22, 2018 Mon Oct 29, 2018 C$2730