Gems of Ireland 2016
May 14 - 29, 2016
- Fran’s Famous Hosted Cocktail Parties nightly
- 14 Nts Deluxe 4-Star Hotels
- Daily Breakfast & 8 Dinners
- Visit Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Cliffs of Mohr
- 2 Nights in a Castle! Cabra Castle
- 3-nights Stays in Killarney, Cork
- Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
- Includes tips for Driver/Guide
$2,599* Land Only
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Day 1: USA / Dublin: Depart today on Overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland.
Day 2: Upon arrival you will shuttle to the hotel for a rest and overnight. HOTEL: Radisson Blu Dublin Airport Hotel, Breakfast.
Day 3: After Breakfast, we will check out and head to the city center of Dublin to enjoy an driving tour of St. Patrick’s, Phoenix Park, Georgian Doors, and much more You will have time for lunch and then afternoon is free to have lunch and then we will drive through the magnificent scenery to Cabra Castle. Situated on lovely grounds with golf course, this converted castle has been extensively refurbished. Warm yourself ‘with an Irish coffee in the lovely "old world" bar or intimate lounge by the inviting open fire. Enjoy dinner in the splendid restaurant with its unique collection of beautiful antiques and paintings.
Hotel: Cabra Castle, Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 4: After a hearty Irish breakfast, we explore the Midlands, which is the cradle of Irish civilization and the Celt's spiritual home. This area was settled during the Stone Age and became the most important center of habitation in the country; the remains of ancient sites from this early Civilization fill the area. We will visit Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. We will continue on to visit New Grange and have time for lunch. We will return to the Castle with time to rest or golf or stroll around the breathtaking grounds.
Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 5: After breakfast, we depart and drive to Waterford to visit the world famous glass works. After our included tour, we drive to Cork. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city set on the River Lee, which divides into two branches through the city center. In the city center you may like to join the busy shoppers along Mac Curtain and Patrick Streets and see the Crawford Art Gallery and Paul Street, known for its trendy restaurants and shops of all types. Hotel: River Lee, Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 6: We will leave Cork and drive just a few miles to Blarney where you will have time to kiss the famed "stone of eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, which have an excellent range of Irish products. The shopping capital of Ireland! Lunch on your own and then return to Cork. Hotel: River Lee, Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7: This morning we will drive a short distance to the east of Cork to Cobh, the harbor town for large ships. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which depicts the varied history of emigration from Ireland and many European countries to the United States over the past 150 years. Cobh was the last port of call for the "Titanic" and many liners that carried emigrants to the New World. This informative display is housed in the rail station through which all of the Irish emigrants had to pass.
Next we will proceed to Kinsale, a popular yachting center and an attractive town with brightly painted houses and flowers. In the center see the Old Courthouse, now a regional museum Kinsale is renowned as a gourmet capital and the town abounds with excellent restaurants and cafes, mostly located on Main Street. Time for lunch and then return to Cork, Hotel: River Lee, Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 8: After breakfast; we will checkout and drive to Killarney. That afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the elegant 19th century Muckross House on the shores of Muckross Lake and surrounded by mountains. The House has many rooms with period furnishings and the basement contains workshops for traditional crafts of Kerry. After dinner at your hotel, walk in the center of Killarney, where your hotel is located. It is a very lively place in the evening. Hotel: Killarney Plaza, Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 9: After breakfast we will drive out to the town of Dingle and on to Slae Head at the western tip of the peninsula. This excursion will give you breathtaking views of the mountains and coastline all along the peninsula. See the early settlement of the monks stone houses. Return to Killarney for time on your own. Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Breakfast.
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Kenmare returning to your hotel after lunch. Afternoon at leisure with time to stroll around Killarney, maybe visit the impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral near our hotel. Hotel: Killarney Plaza Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 11: After breakfast, depart Killarney and drive north to the village of Adare, well known for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. Stop for a stroll through the village and take some photos. Continue through the city of Limerick, noted for its many Georgian houses. Stopping for lunch before we check into your hotel. This evening join in the fun and feasting at a Medieval Castle, this Medieval banquet is served in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle during which you will be entertained with Irish songs and ballads Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Breakfast & Medieval Dinner.
Day 12: After breakfast we will drive to Lahinch on the coast. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, they rise 700 feet above the sea and extend five miles along the coast. Continue to Lisconner for lunch and return to your hotel. This evening join in the fun and feasting at a Medieval Castle, this Medieval banquet is served in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle during which you will be entertained with Irish songs and ballads Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Breakfast
Day 13: After breakfast, depart for the grand city of Galway including a scenic drive with highlights of the city with a stop at the famous Cathedral of Galway before checking into your seaside hotel. Dinner is on your own. Hotel: Radisson Blu Galway, Breakfast.
Day 14: Today you will travel to the unspoiled region of Connemarra and you will have a chance to visit the famous marble factory. The area is famous for their hearty breed of ponies. In the afternoon we will visit Cong and see where the “Quit Man” was filmed and walk in John Wayne’s footsteps before returning to Galway. Dinner is on your own Hotel: Radisson Blu Galway, Breakfast
Day 15: We will depart on a relaxing drive for Dublin. Afternoon at Leisure to further explore the City. Hotel: Radisson Blu Dublin Airport Hotel, Breakfast.
Day 16: After breakfast, RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES: Sadly, today your Irish vacation has come to its final day.
All Sightseeing Subject to Change
*Prices are per person, Land only. Minimum of 20 passengers required, subject to availability.