2019 Irish Myths & Legends – 8 Days/7 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Compete with your fellow travellers as you cook a traditional Irish meal with a local chef.
  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with his highly skilled dogs to control a flock of sheep.
  • Cruise to Spike Island to see a fort where 2,300 prisoners were held in Victorian times and enjoy a personalized picnic lunch.

Dining Experiences

  • 3 dinners (D) including dinner in a Pullman Railway car
  • 3 lunches (L) plus afternoon tea and scones
  • 7 daily hot breakfasts (B)

Trip Highlights

  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Rathbaun Farm visit with a sheepdog demonstration and tea with scones
  • Aran Islands cruise and Dun Aengus Fort
  • Hands on cooking experience
  • Viking Splash Tour
  • Blarney Castle
  • Galway Walking Tour

Hotels – 7 Nights

  • Johnston House Hotel, Meath (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork (2 nights)
  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Clayton Limerick Hotel, Limerick (1 night)

ITINERARY

Day 1DUBLIN ARRIVAL & MEATH

After landing at Dublin Airport, travel to the beautiful countryside of County Meath. Arrive at the Johnstown Estate, a beautiful 18th-century Georgian manor, and meet your tourdirector and travel companions over a welcome drink. (D)

 

Day 2DUBLIN CITY & COOKING EXPERIENCE

Drive into Dublin for a Viking Splash tour to see the highlights of the city byland and by water including Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Roll up your sleeves and cook your own lunch with a professional chef. Return to Meath and relax. (B, L)

 

Day 3BLARNEY CASTLE & BBQ

Head south through the countryside to Cork. Take a walk with a guide around the stunning grounds of Blarney Castle, home of the famous stone that promises the gift of the gab toall who kiss it. Climb the battlements and kiss the stone, or just enjoy the view. Browse aroundthe village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green before heading to the ClaytonHotel Silversprings, located just outside the center of Ireland’s second-largest city, where you will enjoy dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 4SPIKE ISLAND & KINSALE

Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently,afterwards enjoy a personalized picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time inthe historic fishing town of Kinsale before returning to your hotel. (B, L)

 

Day 5CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY

Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coastline of County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above thechurning Atlantic. Travel through the Burren, a unique region of limestone hills where many rareflowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Continue to Galway for a gentle walking tour to see themedieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and the narrow streets. Enjoy dinner in a PullmanRailway car, and you will see two original carriages from the Agatha Christie film, ”Murderon the Orient Express.“ (B, D)

 

Day 6ARAN ISLAND TOUR & DUN AENGUS FORT

Take a ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, renowned for traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patternedfishermen’s sweaters originated. Head to Dun Aengus Fort, a huge prehistoric fortress perched onsheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Enjoy lunch and free time in Kilronan,the main town, before returning to Galway with time to relax. (B, L)

 

Day 7RATHBAUN FARM & LIMERICK

In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque 150-year old farmhouse with a variety of animals. Learn about traditional farming practices, watch a sheepdog demonstration, andenjoy homemade tea and scones. Continue to the historic city of Limerick and check into your hotel.Take a walking tour along the Shannon River in Limerick, passing the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)

 

Day 8 TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Start End Price
Saturday May 25, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Jun 1, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3290
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Jun 29, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3160
Saturday Jun 29, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Jul 6, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3675
Saturday Jul 13, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Jul 20, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3415
Saturday Aug 3, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Aug 10, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3415
Saturday Aug 17, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Aug 24, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3415
Saturday Sep 7, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Sep 14, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3855
Saturday Sep 21, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Sep 28, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$3160
Saturday Oct 12, 2019 from Dublin Saturday Oct 19, 2019 to Shannon 8 Days C$2770