2018 Best Of Ireland 10 Days

Ravishingly beautiful and enchanting to explore, you'll soon learn why the Irish say if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough… Visit the Connemara region, an unspoilt part of Western Ireland featured in John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man'. See the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan and beautiful Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages.

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal
  • See the Cathedral of Galway
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Donegal Castle
  • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING
Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures.
We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. Irish history
takes centre stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local
Specialist where we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome
Reception of drinks and canapés with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN – CO. WICKLOW – NEW ROSS – WATERFORD
Meander through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross - the
ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants
who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to ee
the potato famine before arriving in Waterford, where we'll
stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of int
glass creations during a Cultural
Insight tour at the House of Waterford Crystal where we'll see talented master craftsmen at work.
HOTEL Dooley's/Fitzwilton
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 3 - WATERFORD – YOUGHAL – BLARNEY – CO. KERRY (2 NIGHTS)
Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, and pursue the 'gift of the
gab' at Blarney Castle where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Co. Kerry for a two night
stay.
HOTEL Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 4 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Ireland's breathtaking Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its
mountains, lakes and lush green countryside - unquestionably one of the most magical and varied places in
Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the shing
village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley,
whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 5 - CO. KERRY – ADARE – BUNRATTY – LIMERICK
Meandering through the windswept countryside with rugged landscapes, we arrive in Adare, one of the
prettiest villages in Ireland. Enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th century King
John's Castle at the heart of Limerick during your orientation tour. Delve into Ireland's fascinating day-to-day
of life in the 18th and 19th centuries during an included visit this afternoon to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park,
before continuing to your hotel.
HOTEL Radisson/Greenhills
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 6 - LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)
We journey to the magnicent
Clis
of Moher and see the history of these imposing sheer cliffs
that plunge
into the Atlantic waters below, brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway enjoying some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.
HOTEL Connacht
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 7 - CONNEMARA EXCURSION AND HIGH TEA AT WESTPORT HOUSE
Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who
described its "wild mountainous splendour" as magnicent.
Admire the views on this scenic drive to Kylemore
Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most
romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden. Our journey takes us to Westport
House where we'll indulge in a memorable Be My Guest afternoon tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and
enjoy Banoee
and Baileys avours
in the Old Kitchens of this stately 16th century home.
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining Dinner

DAY 8 - GALWAY – KNOCK – DONEGAL – SLIGO
Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an
Apparition of Our Lady in 1878. We continue to Drumcli
to see the nal
resting place of the beloved Irish poet
W.B Yeats set against the backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains - his simple headstone inscribed with a selfpenned
epitaph. Our next stop is in Donegal to view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell
Clan. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.
HOTEL Clayton
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 9 - SLIGO – DUBLIN
Meandering south to Dublin, we enjoy some free time to enjoy the village atmosphere of this lively
multicultural city. Walk down Grafton street and admire the colourful street performers, stroll along the Liey
and cross the Ha'penny Bridge. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining
our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
HOTEL Clayton
MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

DAY 10 - DEPART DUBLIN
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish
holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

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