Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland Fáilte go Éireann! Upon arrival transfer to your hotel (under own arrangements). Explore Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City, enjoy a panoramic tour discovering the north and south side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found & it’s colourful doors, along with Grafton Street. Not so far from St. Stephen Green you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous Books of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elisabeth I, most of the main buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced older buildings. Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th century edifices. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Becket who later became a lecturer in French at the university. Tonight why not enjoy a night of entertainment at leisure in Temple Bar or alternatively, pre-book The Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl. Overnight: Dublin area (full Irish breakfast)

Day 2 – Dublin to Westport Travel to Wesport, Co. Mayo via the Midlands. Visit Strokestown Park & Famine Museum built by Thomas Mahon on lands which had been granted to his grandfather, Nicholas, in the latter half of the 17th century for his support in the British colonial campaign. The house provides a fascinating glimpse into the AngloIrish ascendancy. Many rooms are on show including a schoolroom and a child/s bedroom, complete with 19th century toys and mirrors. The Famine Museum is located in the original Stable Yard and was designed to commemorate the history of The Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s and in some way to balance the history of the “big house”. Whereas the landlord class had the resources to leave an indelible mark on the landscape, the Irish tenants lived in poverty and nothing of a physical nature has survived to commemorate their lives.
Enjoy an evening of music in Matt Molloy’s pub under own arrangements. Overnight: Westport area (full Irish breakfast)

Day 3 – Connemara
This morning you will leave Westport for Galway via Leenane and the Killary fjord and Clifden. Journey through Connemara, the most romantic part of Ireland full of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. A land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. You can also visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey – a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting against a mountainous backdrop. One of the most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Originally built as a private home in 1868, it became home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns who still live there today. Visitors can explore the visitor centre, part of the house and the beautifully restored Victorian walled garden. Continue to Galway City for an evening of music in a local pub under own arrangements. Overnight: Galway area (full Irish breakfast).

Day 4 – Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region This morning you will explore the Burren Region. The Burren, part of which forms the 100 square km Burren National Park, is a unique place. It contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the Burren is a mixture of Artic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. Continue onto Doolin, a charming small seaside village on the north-west coast of Co. Clare. Traditionally a fishing village, is now renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Continue to the Cliff of Moher, situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren Area. A spectacular 5mile long cliff, which rises almost 200m above sea level. On a clear day is possible to see the Aran Islands as well as the valley and the hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’Brien Tower, built by a descendant of Brian Boru, he who defeated the Vickings in battle. County Clare is synonymous with Irish traditional music and is home to Ireland’s oldest Céili Band, The Kilfenora Céili Band that was born a century ago in the tiny village of Kilfenora. The Glor Irish Music Centre in Ennis provides a forum for Irish musicians and artists to showcase their work to local, national and international audiences. Enjoy an evening of music in a local pub in Ennis under own arrangements. Overnight: Ennis area (full Irish breakfast).

Day 5 – Bunratty Castle & Folk Park This morning depart Ennis for Dingle. En route why not visit the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park,
one of the most complete and authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Built in 1425 and restored in 1954, contains 15th and 16th century furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and the style of the times. The castle hosts evening medieval banquets and takes the participants back to the time that the castle entertained its visitors with fine food, wine and song. Within the grounds of the castle is the Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a “living” village and rural setting. Try lunch at Durty Nellie’s - one of Ireland’s most famous pubs.

Continue on for Dingle via Limerick. Why not visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and try the Irish Coffee, invented in the airport restaurant by the Chef Joe Sheridan in 1942 to warm up some damp and miserable passengers. Since then the Irish Coffee has become one of the most popular welcoming drinks in the world. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Dingle in one of the local pubs including McCarthy’s or O’ Flaherthy’s, famous for Traditional Irish Music. Overnight: Dingle area (full Irish breakfast)

Day 6 – Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head This morning you will explore the Dingle Peninsula. Famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches. It is also a “Gaeltacht” – Irish speaking area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbour. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted with beehive huts, forts and church sites. Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top promontory with a sheer drop to the Atlantic and had four outer walls of stone. Inside are the remains of a house and a beehive hut as well as an underground passage. Beehive huts are circular stone buildings shaped like a beehive which was lived in by the Kerry monks. Enjoy your lunch at Sammy’s Restaurant on Inch Beach – a long beach bordered by dunes and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter”. Admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. Overnight: Dingle area (full Irish breakfast)

Day 7 – Kenmare Bay & Ring of Kerry This morning leave Dingle and drive to Kenmare via Ring of Kerry and Lakelands of Killarney. Enjoy a short stop at two of the Ring of Kerry’s most spectacular beauty spots

Highlights:  Dublin City  Trinity College  St. Patrick’s Cathedral  Guinness Storehouse  Old Jameson Distillery  Connemara & Kylemore Abbey  The Burren  Cliffs of Moher  Dingle Peninsula  Ring of Kerry  Bunratty Castle & Folk Park  Rock of Cashel  ‘Traditional Irish Experience’

Price Includes:  9 nights sharing a double/twin room at specified properties (Pre-booked Accommodation)  Heritage Island Guide  Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates

Accommodations (or Similar):  Dublin – 4* Ballsbridge Hotel  Westport – 3* Milltimes Hotel  Galway – 3* Connaught Hotel  Clare – 3* Treacy’s West County Hotel  Dingle – 4* Dingle Skellig Hotel  Kenmare – 4* Kenmare Bay Hotel  Kinsale – 4* Trident Hotel

Notes:  Please advise all clients that they should check-in to their hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm.  Child Policy: Supplements apply when a child between 2 & 11 years incl. is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2 years incl. are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.

PRICES

 

LOW SEASON

MID SEASON

HIGH SEASON

PEAK SEASON

 

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NOV- DEC

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DOUBLE

$1029

$1165

$1370

$1469

SINGLE

$1479

$1889

$2100

$2299

TRIPLE

$979

$1120

$1260

$1380

CHILD *based on 1 child 3 – 12 years sharing with 2 adults

$570

$570

$570

$570

OPTIONAL EXCURSION PACK

$350

$350

$350

$350