TRA Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle 2018 10 Days

Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' across the shimmering Lough Corrib to 13th century Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey which also includes visits to a deserted 12th century town in County Kilkenny, the rugged realm of Connemara and forty shades of green in the Ring of Kerry.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
    SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • City tour in Dublin
  • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Killarney and Galway
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • View Galway Cathedral
  • Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin,
  • Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and
  • Kylemore Abbey

DINING

  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 6 dinners
  • 1 lunch
    (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)
  • 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 (2 NIGHTS)
The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its breathtaking landscapes and
whimsical charm. We kick o
our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt
Gardens - its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs ensure it bets
its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to
know your fellow travellers.
HOTEL Clayton Ballsbridge
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a fascinating city tour to visit St. Patrick's
Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colourful doorways in the stately
Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its
lively performers, stop for a pint of the 'Black Stu'
in Temple Bar or relax in the 'Playground of Dublin',
Phoenix Park.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 3 - DUBLIN – CO. KILKENNY – CORK
We leave the bright lights and warm hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the
history of a 'lost' medieval town - Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander
through its remains that are said to be the nal
resting place of St. Nicholas, before joining the O'Connells at
their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting - the perfect backdrop to a traditional Irish Be
My Guest lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of the locals, we continue south to the lively city of
Cork, enjoying an evening at leisure to discover its sights, sounds and avours.
HOTEL The Kingsley
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 4 - CORK – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)
Head to Blarney in pursuit of the 'gift of the gab'. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting
of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry.
HOTEL Killarney Towers
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Spend a leisurely morning exploring charming Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at
Torc Waterfall, meandering over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry admiring its
famous "forty shades of green" and seeing rst-hand
the breathtaking landscapes that have inspired writers
and poets for centuries. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooden paths and lakeshore
trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surroundings.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 6 - KILLARNEY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)
Our up-close encounter with Ireland's ravishing beauty not yet at its end, we journey north stopping for a walk
along the iconic Clis
of Moher, an iconic feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic clis
that rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic and the endless ocean views you will see from its midst.
We continue to Galway, where we enjoy an orientation tour including views of the stone Cathedral.
HOTEL Maldron Sandy Road
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 7 - CONNEMARA EXCURSION
A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive
through Connemara - an unspoilt region of Western Ireland that was immortalised in John Wayne's 'The Quiet
Man'. We'll visit Kylemore Abbey, and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden, then gain a Cultural
Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, to see the craft of Connemara marble rst-hand.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 8 - GALWAY – ASHFORD CASTLE (CONG)
Enjoy a regal encounter with Ireland today. Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering
Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as you glide
through its peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle
where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested
to wear a jacket).
HOTEL Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodation
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 9 - CONG – DUBLIN
Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire its lavish
interiors before you return to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of
the Irish capital and its old-world charm. This evening, it's time to reminisce over shared memories at a
delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Full Breakfast Farewell Dinner

DAY 10 - DEPART DUBLIN
As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the
Emerald Isle. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

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