- Cliffs of Moher
- Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
- Glasnevin Museum
- Ring of Kerry Tour
- Skellig Experience
- Five dinners including a fun Jarvey's Irish Night, and a traditional Irish dinner and show at Abbey Tavern.
- Ashling Hotel
Dublin (1 night) on Thursdays departures or
Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel - Dublin
Dublin (1 night) for Saturdays departures
- Dooley's Hotel
Waterford (1 night)
- Killarney Towers Hotel
Killarney (2 nights)
- The Lodge at Ashford Castle
County Mayo (2 nights)
- Grand Canal Hotel
Dublin (2 nights)
2018 IRISH SPIRIT - 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Day 1: DUBLIN TOUR & GLASNEVIN MUSEUM
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Meet your guide and set off on an orientation tour of central Dublin. Highlights include the shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares and a drive along the wide O’Connell Street. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. Then join your group for a welcome drink and to chat about your itinerary. Enjoy dinner independently in one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs this evening.
Day 2: KILKENNY CASTLE & WATERFORD CRYSTAL
Enjoy the Irish countryside as you head to the city of Kilkenny where you’ll visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Immerse yourself in its rich history through its collection of portraits and artifacts. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by skilled glass blowers and cutters during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. After dinner, take a gentle walking tour of Waterford with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.
Day 3: JAMESON EXPERIENCE & BLARNEY CASTLE
Head to County Cork to Midleton for a tour of the Jameson Experience, a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey complete with a sample at the end. Next up, the famous Blarney Castle with a climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or enjoy a walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Then it’s off to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. After dinner you may want to explore the town on your own, perhaps sampling a lively pub or two.
Day 4: RING OF KERRY & IRISH NIGHT
Start your day with a jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set out Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry. Cross to Valentia Island and learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael home of early Christian monks and the filming of scenes from “Star Wars VII” movie. Stop in the attractive village of Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening head out for an Irish Night of dinner and a traditional show.
Day 5: CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY BAY
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. Relax as you travel through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay to Galway city. Before dinner, take a short walking tour around the city center with a local guide to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square.
Day 6: LOUGH CORRIB CRUISE & "THE QUIET MAN" WALK
On a scenic cruise of Lough Corrib on board the Corrib Princess enjoy an Irish coffee as you watch a step-dancing demonstration. Take a walking tour of Cong with a local guide to visit locations of “The Quiet Man” movie, filmed in the village in 1952. Dine on a casual lunch at Eddie’s of Clonbur, a traditional pub. Explore scenic Connemara before stopping at Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee or tea and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts. Return to Galway where the evening is free for you to explore and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 7: CLONMACNOISE MONASTIC SITE & DUBLIN’S ABBEY TAVERN
Head to the center of the country to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and enjoy the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city, Finish up your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
Day 8: INDEPENDENT DAY IN DUBLIN
Spend an additional day in Dublin 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 dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.
Day 9: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner