2018 Enchanting Emerald Isle 8 Days

Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from
Dublin’s Georgian Squares to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. See the ‘lost’ town of Newtown
Jerpoint founded in the 12th century.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
    SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • City tour in Dublin and walking tour in Westport
  • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of KerryOrientation of Galway and Killarney
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall
  • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs
    of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Trinity College
    and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

DINING

7 full breakfasts
5 dinners
(including Be My Guest)

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)
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • 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
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING
Embrace the whimsy and charm of Dublin, a multicultural modern city that celebrates its fascinating past and
exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour that will see
us ramble past the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this
evening sees us us enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian
bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine lm
'Educating Rita'.
HOTEL Roganstown

MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN – STROKESTOWN – ENNISCRONE
Journeying through the lush green countryside, we stop at Strokestown Park House, a magnicent
18th century
mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics. In its old stables, we experience a Cultural Insight
at the Irish Famine Museum where we will delve into the stories of the 1840s famine and see the haunting
pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received. We leave the fascinating historical evidence of the potato famine behind and continue and continue onto the town of Enniscrone.
HOTEL Diamond Coast
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 3 - ENNISCRONE – WESTPORT – GALWAY
Travel to the picture-perfect town of Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour. Learn about
the town's heritage, from when it was rst
settled approximately 5,000 years ago, through to modern day
times. Visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore,
and meander through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the 'City of Tribes', where we'll view
Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
HOTEL Connacht
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 4 - GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)
The sheer Clis
of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean providing endless ocean views which we
will have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to
Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend the evening at leisure soaking up some unforgettable Irish
craic or delve into the town's fascinating history and culture.
HOTEL Killarney Towers
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy today as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry - one of the most
scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. See a breathtaking landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for
centuries before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore this quaint town on
your terms. Or stop at Torc Waterfall for a leisurely guided walk with a Local Specialist taking you along the
lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk
meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll
through picturesque surroundings.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 6 - KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – KILKENNY

Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the 'gift of the gab' before browsing through
Blarney Woollen Mills for Irish gifts, warm Aran sweaters and Celtic jewellery. Travelling to County Kilkenny,
we'll discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint, founded in the 12th century and hear about the saint buried
there who inspired the legend of Santa Claus centuries ago. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve
O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, and hear the tale of the 'lost' town before indulging in a delicious Be
My Guest dinner.
HOTEL Kilkenny
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 7 - KILKENNY – DUBLIN
Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore. In the castle
basement, you'll nd
the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin.
Returning to the Irish capital, we'll visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, said to be the world's most
famous medieval manuscript. All that's left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while we enjoy a memorable
Farewell Dinner at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, marking the end of a magnicent
journey through the
Emerald Isle.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

DAY 8 - DEPART DUBLIN
It's time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish holiday. We bid our newfound friends and Travel
Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

AVAILABLE DEPARTURES
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