2018 Irish Twist Pub & Heritage Tour 8 days
Combine Ireland’s magnificent beauty, music & folklore on this lively 7 night tour. Explore the famous Guinness storehouse, the mighty Cliffs of Moher; enjoy the views of the wild Atlantic Way. Wander the cobblestone streets of Galway by day and take in some Irish song and music by night. The Twist will leave you with the spirit of Ireland for years to come.
- Guinness Storehouse
- Cliffs of Moher
- Kylemore Abbey
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Services of an experienced driver & local touring guide
- 7 nights first class ensuite accommodation in feature hotels
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- 4 table d’hôte evening meals
- Farewell Irish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Lunch at Nancy Hands - a classic Irish bar in Dublin
- An evening of music, song and dance at ‘Trad on the Prom’, Galway
- Tour and tastings at the following: Guinness Storehouse, Midleton Distillery & Franciscan Well Brewery
- Visits and admissions to: Rock of Cashel, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher
- Baggage handling charges
Welcome to Dublin
After arrival at Dublin Airport this morning, a short drive takes us to the Phoenix Park and Nancy Hands Bar for refreshments before we head off to the medieval city of Kilkenny – famous for both its castle and cathedral and contains an absolute treasury of well-preserved medieval buildings.
Dinner/Overnight—Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
Cashel & Cork
Some time this morning to explore Kilkenny before we depart for Cork. Rising dramatically out of the Tipperary plain is the Rock of Cashel which was the seat of the Kings of Munster for over 600 years until it was handed over to the church in the 12th century. In Cork we visit the English Market – a bustling social hub, trading since 1788. Before checking in at our hotel we visit The Franciscan Well Brew Pub.
Dinner/Overnight—Imperial Hotel, Cork
Cobh & Midleton
Cobh and Midleton, east of Cork City, are our destinations today for very contrasting reasons. Cobh was the last port of call of the ill-fated Titanic. Old Midleton Distillery is home of the largest pot still in the world which you will see on a tour as well as the giant waterwheel. A sampling of the internationally renowned Jameson Whiskey is to be enjoyed at the end. Next up is the village of Blarney with the 15th century castle, a mecca for first-time visitors hoping to win the ‘gift of eloquence’.
Overnight—Imperial Hotel, Cork
Killarney & Limerick
Bidding farewell to Cork we travel west and view the majestic Lakes of Killarney We then head north to the lovely village of Adare, where thatched cottages line the broad main street. In Limerick you will view the Treaty Stone and 13th century King John’s Castle on a panoramic tour of the city’s heritage precinct before arriving in Ennis, a town renowned for its painted shop fronts and folk music, abounding in ‘singing’ pubs and traditional music shops.
Dinner/Overnight—Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
Morning at leisure before heading for the mighty Cliffs of Moher that stretch for over 8km along the Atlantic Ocean and the vast limestone plateau in northwest Clare known as The Burren. This evening you can sample some of Galway’s great pubs such as The Quays, The King’s Head, The Crane, Roisin Dubh or Taaffes to mention just a few.
Overnight—Connemara Coast, Galway
Galway & Connemara
Connemara remains the wildest, the most secretive and the most romantic place in Ireland. We travel along the shores of Galway Bay via Spiddal with the Aran Islands to view out into the Atlantic. We continue thru’ Maam Cross to Leenane on Killary Harbour which is Ireland’s only true fjord. A photo stop at Kylemore Abbey before returning to Galway via Clifden. After dinner this evening enjoy ‘Trad on the Prom’ celebrating the passion of Ireland’s past with a contemporary production of world class music, song and dance.
Dinner/Overnight—Connemara Coast, Galway
Dublin's Fair City
Today we travel from Galway Bay to Dublin Bay, a journey across the central plains of Ireland through counties Westmeath, Offaly and Kildare. On arrival in Dublin we visit the world famous Guinness Storehouse. The afternoon is free for shopping or exploring Dublin’s ‘Fair City’. Tonight we visit the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner followed by some rousing Irish music and dancing.
Dinner/Overnight—Camden Court, Dublin
Your tour ends after a final hearty Irish breakfast in your Dublin hotel.
Prices are land-only per person in Canadian dollars
Arrival & departure transfers included for those who have air booked in conjunction with tour
Note: Trad on the Prom does not operate in April or October