April 26th-May 6th, 2024
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Day 1: Our Journey Begins
We’ll depart our scheduled pick-up locations before flying out of Chicago.
Day 2: Arrive Dublin – City Tour – Guinness Storehouse
Following arrival at Dublin Airport, you will be met by your Driver/Guide and escorted to your awaiting motorcoach. This morning you will enjoy a tour of Dublin City, founded as a Viking settlement and has been home to the Irish Parliament since the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. On your tour, you will see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Phoenix Park (biggest town park in Europe), statue filled O’Connell Street and the fashionable Grafton Street. You will also see Trinity College which houses the Book of Kells. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. Here you will enjoy a self-guided tour and a pint of Guinness in the 360-degree roof top bar while enjoying some spectacular views of Dublin City. This afternoon you will check into your hotel for an overnight stay. This evening you will regroup with your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel.
Day 3: Powerscourt House and Gardens – Glendalough – Avoca – Waterford
This morning you depart Dublin and travel south to County Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland. Your first visit this morning will be to Powerscourt House and Gardens. This Palladian Mansion built in 1730 was badly damaged by fire in 1974. It was re-roofed in 1996 and opened to the public. The gardens at Powerscourt were first laid when the house was built in 1730 and a century later the 6th Viscount Powerscourt instructed his architect, Daniel Robertson, to draw up new schemes for the gardens. From here, you continue to Glendalough (Valley of Two Lakes) where you travel back in time while enjoying a guided tour of this early 7th century monastic settlement. Your tour continues through the beautiful Vale of Avoca to the Avoca hand weavers (the oldest in Ireland) and in a guided tour experience this very old craft. From here, you travel to Waterford for a one-night stay in The Granville Hotel. This evening you will enjoy dinner in your hotel. Overnight: The Granville Hotel.
Day 4: House of Waterford Crystal – Cobh – Kinsale
This morning you will visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a guided tour. You will see highly skilled local craftsmen demonstrate crystal blowing and cutting in the new state of the art visitor center. You will also have some time to visit the retail store before departing. From here you travel along the southern coastline to Cobh, one of the main points of emigration during the great famine and also the last port of call of the Titanic. Here you will visit “The Queenstown Story” which portrays the hardship of life on board ship as it sailed to the “New World”. Annie Moore, the first ever emigrant to be processed on Ellis Island when it officially opened on 1st January 1892, left from Cobh with her two brothers. Following your visit, you continue to Kinsale where you check into the Trident Hotel overlooking Kinsale Harbour. Kinsale is a historic fishing town on the southern coastline of County Cork. It has some old cobble stone streets and many interesting shops and pubs. It is renowned for its restaurants and is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland. This evening you will have dinner in the hotel’s Pier One Restaurant while enjoying the view over Kinsale Harbour. Overnight: The Trident Hotel.
Day 5: Blarney – Killarney
This morning you depart Kinsale and travel to Blarney where you will visit Blarney Castle and Gardens. The castle was built in 1446 and today you will have an opportunity to climb the spiral stairs to the top of the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone said to bestow the gift of eloquence on those who dare. As you make your way through the castle grounds, you can also visit the Castle Gardens and Rock Close. This will be followed by some free time to visit The Blarney Woollen Mills which carries a wide range of sweaters, tweeds, china and crystal. From here you continue to beauty’s home Killarney for a two-night stay in The Killarney International Hotel. This evening you will have dinner in your hotel. Overnight: The Killarney International Hotel.
Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Today, you embark on one of Ireland’s most famous tours – The Ring of Kerry. Your first stop this morning will be the Kerry Bog Village where you can visit little thatched cottages and see how people would have lived in Ireland many years ago. Your tour continues through the wild and rugged landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula which has some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline. You will pass through the towns of Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen and Waterville to Sneem. Your tour then winds its way through the mountains taking in some fine views of the Lakes of Killarney and the Ladies View before returning to Killarney. The remainder of the evening is free to enjoy Killarney at your leisure. You may choose to have dinner in one of its many restaurants or simply wander around its bustling streets and let the sound of Irish music draw you into one of the town’s lively pubs. Overnight: The Killarney International Hotel.
Day 7: Tralee – Shannon Ferry – Cliffs of Moher –Dromoland Castle
This morning, you will travel in traditional style on board an Irish Jaunting Car to the Killarney National Park. Your journey winds its way through some of the oldest oak forests in Ireland and by the famous Lakes of Killarney to Muckross House and Gardens. You will have a guided tour of this Victorian Mansion which was built in 1843 and is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. After some free time to view the gardens, you bid farewell to Killarney and travel to Adare. The main street of Adare is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, and a picturesque village park. The mix of centuries is blended into everyday life as some of the thatched cottages are home to arts and crafts shops. Following some free time for lunch you travel to luxurious Dromoland Castle where you will check-in for a two-night stay. The castle was built in the 16th century was once the royal seat of the O'Brien clan. It was refurbished and transformed into a luxury hotel in 1962 and retains priceless reminders of the castle's historic past. Splendid woodcarvings, stone statuary and fine antique furnishings surround you during your stay. This evening you will enjoy a private dinner in the elegant surroundings of the castle’s Terrace Room. Overnight: Dromoland Castle.
Day 8: Cliffs of Moher – Free time at Dromoland Castle
This morning you will journey to Ennis and then head toward the coast to the majestic Cliffs of Moher which rise to a height of 600 ft over the Atlantic Ocean. Following some free time to view the cliffs, you will journey through part of the Burren, which takes its name from the Irish word 'bhoireann' meaning, 'a stony place' or 'a rocky place', which is a good description for this 350 sq. kilometres limestone plateau. From here your tour winds its way back to Dromoland Castle. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy some of the castles many activities which includes golf, fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery and horseback riding. You may also like to try out the luxurious health spa with six treatment rooms and an outdoor hydro spa. This evening you may wish to dine at leisure in the castle’s Earl of Thomand Restaurant or The Gallery Restaurant. Overnight: Dromoland Castle.
Day 9: Cong – Sligo – Donegal
This morning you bid farewell to Dromoland Castle and travel to Cong one of the main locations for the Quiet Man film. You will visit the Quiet Man Cottage Museum, followed by a walking tour of Cong. You will see many of the locations for the film such as the Dying Man’s House, Pat Cohan’s Bar, the Reverend Playfair’s House, the courting scenes, the fight scenes and the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara commemorative statute. Departing Cong your tour continues northwards passing by the Knock Shrine, now an internationally recognized Marian Shrine with one and a half million pilgrims visiting annually. You travel to Drumcliffe in County Sligo, set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountain. It is best known as the final resting place of one of Ireland’s great poets W.B. Yeats. Found in the churchyard, his grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, "cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by." From here it’s on to Donegal for an overnight stay. This evening you will enjoy dinner in your hotel.
Day 10: Belleek – Toombridge
This morning you depart Donegal and travel to Belleek on the banks of the River Erne, most famous for the fine Parian China produced here at Belleek Pottery, the oldest in Ireland. The china is valued by collectors from all over the world. Following a guided tour, you continue along the banks of Lough Erne to Omagh and from here to Toomebridge where you will stop at Crosskeys Inn for lunch, a traditional Irish pub dating back to 1654 and said to be Ireland’s oldest thatched pub. From here you continue south to the City North Hotel. This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner in your hotel. Overnight: The City North
Day 11: Depart Dublin Airport
After breakfast you will travel to Dublin Airport for your flight home with fond memories and newly acquired accents and many stories to relate to friends and family.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
17 meals (9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, & 7 Dinners)
Transportation to and from the Airport
Activities as Described
Gratuities for the Driver/Guide in Ireland
Gratuities for Timi's Tours Directors
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