2020 Irish Myths & Legends – 8 Days/7 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Compete with your fellow travelers in a cook-off led by a local chef at Cook’s Academy.
  • Visit a working farm with a 250-year-old cottage, watch the sheepdog tend his flock, and enjoy delicious tea and scones
  • Cruise to Spike Island to discover how this beautiful spot has been variously home to monks, soldiers and prisoners since the sixth century

Dining Experiences

  • 6 dinners (D)
  • 2 lunches (L) plus afternoon tea and scones
  • 7 daily hot breakfasts (B)

Trip Highlights

  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Farm visit with a sheepdog demonstration and tea with scones
  • Hands on cooking experience
  • Viking Splash Tour
  • Blarney Castle
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Private Chocolate Tasting

Hotels:

  • The Johnstown Estate Hotel & Spa | Co. Meath (2 nights) 
  • The Imperial Hotel | Cork (2 nights) 
  • Raheen Woods Hotel | Galway (2 nights) 
  • Clayton Hotel Limerick | Limerick (1 night) 

ITINERARY

2020 IRISH MYTHS & LEGENDS - 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 1 DUBLIN ARRIVAL & MEATH

After landing at Dublin Airport, your tour begins in your hotel at Johstown Estate in County Meath, a beautiful 18th-century Georgian manor. Spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying the 120 acres of parkland and dedicated kids’ swimming pool. Meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 2 DUBLIN CITY & COOKING EXPERIENCE

Drive into Dublin, where you'll board an amphibious vehicle for a Viking Splash tour of the city, passing Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Next, roll up your sleeves and get cooking, as you compete with other families in a fun cook-off with a professional chef at Cooks Academy. Return to your hotel in Meath and relax before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 BLARNEY CASTLE

Head south through the countryside to Cork. Take a walk with your tour director around the stunning grounds of Blarney Castle, home of the famous stone that promises the gift of the gab to all who kiss it. Climb the battlements and kiss the stone, or just enjoy the view. Browse around the village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green, before heading to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 SPIKE ISLAND & KINSALE

Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island – a beautiful spot that has served as a monastery, a fortress and, during Victorian times, was the largest prison in the world. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale – now a picturesque haven for foodies and art-lovers - before returning to your hotel. (B, L)

Day 5 CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAY

Leave Cork and travel to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, with its old stone buildings and thatched cottages. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic. Travel through the Burren, a unique region of limestone hills where many rare flowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Continue to Galway, where you will have dinner in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 6 CHOCOLATE TOUR AND GALWAY

Visit Hazel Mountain Chocolate, bean-to-bar makers of chocolate, for a special private experience: discover how the bean is roasted, cracked, winnowed, stoneground and tempered into a chocolate bar, and then enjoy a tasting. Afterwards, take a child-friendly walking tour of Galway - and then enjoy free time in this vibrant city, with its buzzing atmosphere, medieval architecture, and popular street performers. Have dinner with your group in a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 7 RATHBAUN FARM & LIMERICK

In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a welcoming place with its 250-year-old thatched cottage and many sheep. Learn about traditional farm life, watch the farm’s sheepdog hard at work herding his flock, and enjoy 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 the 13th-century King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner in a local pub. (B, D)

Day 8 TOUR ENDS IN SHANNON

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Start End Price
Saturday Apr 25, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 2, 2020 to Shannon 8 Days C$2430
Saturday May 9, 2020 from Dublin Saturday May 16, 2020 to Shannon 8 Days C$2521
Saturday Jun 27, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 4, 2020 to Shannon 8 Days C$3028
Saturday Jul 11, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Jul 18, 2020 to Shannon 8 Days C$3275
Saturday Aug 15, 2020 from Dublin Saturday Aug 22, 2020 to Shannon 8 Days C$3275