2020 Jewels of Ireland – 15 Days/14 Nights OR 14 Days/13 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Visit Beleek Pottery to discover how the distinctive fine china, beloved by collectors worldwide, has been made since 1857.
  • Stroll the street of historic Kinsale, a picturesque harbor town that is a haven for foodies and art lovers.

Dining Experiences:

  • 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L)) and 10 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock and a medieval castle banquet.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blasket Centre
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Donegal Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Hillsborough Castle

Hotels:

  • The Gibson Hotel, Dublin (2 nights) 
  • Actons Hotel, Kinsale (1 night) 
  • Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney (2 nights) 
  • Oakwood Hotel, Shannon (1 night) 
  • Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights) 
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights) 
  • Jurys Inn, Belfast (1 night) 
  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night) 
  • Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort, Trim, County Meath (1 night) 
  • Croke Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night) 

ITINERARY

2020 Jewels of Ireland 15 Days / 14 Nights / 25 Meals

Day 1: Dublin Panoramic Tour & Dublin?Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Experience a panoramic tour of the capital city of Dublin. Then take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries, and see the State Apartments. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently this evening.

Day 2: Independent Tour of Dublin & Irish Night

Enjoy touring Dublin independently, on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Plus choose a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. Enjoy a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
(B, D)

Day 3: Kinsale Walk & Free Time
Head south to Kinsale, a picturesque old fishing town now renowned for sailing, art galleries, and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. Then take some time to explore Kinsale on your own before returning to your hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens.  Travel to Killarney for some free time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore Slea Head to view the heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and green landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands. Enjoy some free time in Dingle. Visit the South Pole Inn and sip a creamy Irish coffee while hearing about the daring exploits of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who left his explorer days behind to open the pub. Continue on to Killarney for a free evening and independent dining.
(B)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening, head to a castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories.
(B, D)

Day 7: Sheepdog Trials & Galway
Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Stop in a charming Burren village to explore independently. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions – the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Enjoy free time to explore before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise (seasonal only) of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Travel on to see Kylemore Abbey and enjoy lunch in this majestic setting. Spend a free evening in Galway.
(B, L)

Day 9: Belleek Pottery & Donegal Castle
Travel north through County Mayo. Stop in County Fermanagh and visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create their renowned fine china. Visit Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th century and restored in the 1990s after falling into ruin for centuries. Have dinner in your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Triona Design Demonstration
Enjoy a coastal drive to view the Slieve League, Europe’s highest sea cliffs. Continue on to visit Triona Design for demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 11: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Meet with a local guide for a walking tour to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim before heading to Belfast.
(B, D)

Day 12: Titanic Belfast & Hillsborough Castle
Tour Belfast and see a city filled with grand Victorian buildings. Visit Titanic Belfast and discover the city’s rich maritime history including the shipyards where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Hillsborough Castle, the residence of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland. Drive to Kingscourt to Cabra Castle Hotel, built in 1760, and enjoy free time there. After dinner, experience a lively step-dancing display.
(B, D)

Day 13: Neolithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner
Visit Brú na Bóinne to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, with a visit to one of the tombs. Enjoy a free afternoon before having a farewell dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 14: Independent Dublin Sightseeing
Explore Dublin independently. Guests who have not used their vouchers on Day 2 may use them today to do the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour and choice of attractions. Otherwise, this vibrant city is yours to discover as you like. In the evening, dine independently at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dublin has to offer.

Day 15: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

14 DAYS

ITINERARY

2020 Jewels of Ireland 14 Days / 13 Nights / 24 Meals

Day 1: Dublin Panoramic Tour & Dublin?Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Experience a panoramic tour of the capital city of Dublin. Then take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries, and see the State Apartments. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently this evening.

Day 2: Independent Tour of Dublin & Irish Night
Enjoy touring Dublin independently, on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Plus choose a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. Enjoy a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
(B, D)

Day 3: Kinsale Walk & Free Time
Head south to Kinsale, a picturesque old fishing town now renowned for sailing, art galleries, and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. Then take some time to explore Kinsale on your own before returning to your hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the gardens.  Travel to Killarney for some free time and a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore Slea Head to view the heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and green landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands. Enjoy some free time in Dingle. Visit the South Pole Inn and sip a creamy Irish coffee while hearing about the daring exploits of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who left his explorer days behind to open the pub. Continue on to Killarney for a free evening and independent dining.
(B)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930s and 1940s. Drive to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening, head to a castle for a medieval-style banquet with traditional songs and stories.
(B, D)

Day 7: Sheepdog Trials & Galway
Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch skilled dogs round up sheep. Stop in a charming Burren village to explore independently. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions – the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Enjoy free time to explore before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise (seasonal only) of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Travel on to see Kylemore Abbey and enjoy lunch in this majestic setting. Spend a free evening in Galway.
(B, L)

Day 9: Belleek Pottery & Donegal Castle
Travel north through County Mayo. Stop in County Fermanagh and visit Belleek Pottery to see craftspeople create their renowned fine china. Visit Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th century and restored in the 1990s after falling into ruin for centuries. Have dinner in your hotel this evening.
(B, D)

Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Triona Design Demonstration
Enjoy a coastal drive to view the Slieve League, Europe’s highest sea cliffs. Continue on to visit Triona Design for demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel for dinner.
(B, D)

Day 11: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Meet with a local guide for a walking tour to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim before heading to Belfast.
(B, D)

Day 12: Titanic Belfast & Hillsborough Castle
Tour Belfast and see a city filled with grand Victorian buildings. Visit Titanic Belfast and discover the city’s rich maritime history including the shipyards where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Hillsborough Castle, the residence of the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland. Drive to Kingscourt to Cabra Castle Hotel, built in 1760, and enjoy free time there. After dinner, experience a lively step-dancing display.
(B, D)

Day 13: Neolithic Tombs & Farewell Dinner
Visit Brú na Bóinne to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, with a visit to one of the tombs. Enjoy a free afternoon before having a farewell dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 14: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Start End Price
Sunday Apr 12, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Apr 26, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$4380
Sunday Apr 19, 2020 from Dublin Sunday May 3, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$4445
Sunday May 3, 2020 from Dublin Sunday May 17, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5212
Sunday May 24, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jun 7, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5277
Sunday May 31, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jun 14, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$6252
Sunday Jun 7, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jun 21, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5394
Sunday Jun 14, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jun 28, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5173
Sunday Jun 21, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jul 5, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$6148
Sunday Jun 28, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Jul 12, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5173
Friday Jul 10, 2020 from Dublin Friday Jul 24, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5173
Friday Jul 17, 2020 from Dublin Friday Jul 31, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$6369
Sunday Aug 2, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Aug 16, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$6434
Sunday Aug 9, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Aug 23, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5173
Friday Aug 14, 2020 from Dublin Friday Aug 28, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5108
Sunday Aug 16, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Aug 30, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5394
Sunday Aug 30, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Sep 13, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5459
Sunday Sep 6, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Sep 20, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5459
Friday Sep 25, 2020 from Dublin Friday Oct 9, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$4757
Sunday Sep 27, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Oct 11, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$5732
Friday Oct 2, 2020 from Dublin Friday Oct 16, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$4588
Sunday Oct 4, 2020 from Dublin Sunday Oct 18, 2020 to Dublin 15 Days C$4471