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May 8th: Depart Chicago O’Hare for Ireland
May 9th:  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 the Camden Court Hotel for an overnight stay. This evening you will regroup with your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome dinner in your hotel. (Dinner)

May 10th:  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 Handweavers (the oldest in Ireland). You’ll enjoy a guided tour of 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 11th:  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 cobblestone 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 12th:  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 the beautiful town of Killarney for a two-night stay in the Killarney Plaza Hotel. This evening you will have dinner in your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 13th: 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 lived in Ireland many years ago. From here you continue through the wild and rugged landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula which has some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline. You will stop in the picturesque town of Sneem where you will have lunch in the Old Bank House, a privately owned Georgian house filled with antiques and old-world charm. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 14th:  Tralee – Shannon Ferry – Cliffs of Moher – Dromoland Castle
This morning, you bid farewell to Killarney and travel to Tralee, capital town of County Kerry and famous for The Rose of Tralee Festival. You continue to Tarbert where you board the Shannon Ferry, which crosses the Shannon Estuary to Killimer. From here you take the coast road 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 continue to the luxurious Dromoland Castle for an overnight stay. The castle 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 dinner in the elegant surroundings of the castle’s “Earl of Thomond Restaurant” (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 15th:  Connemara – Kylemore Abbey – Galway
This morning you depart Dromoland Castle and travel to Galway. Your first stop this morning will be in Moycullen where you will visit the family owned Connemara Marble Factory for a guided tour and some optional shopping. From here your tour continues through Connemara, made up of mountains, lakelands and boglands. Because of its wild and rugged beauty it has been the location for many films, “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O Hara and in more recent times “The Field” starring Richard Harris. The scenery is magical and is a paradise for artist and photographer alike. You will stop at Kylemore Abbey, built 1866 and from 1920 to 2008 was home to the Benedictine Nuns. You then continue to Galway City where you will check into the Galmont Hotel for an overnight stay. As you wander through the charming old cobbled stone streets of Galway City, you will experience the history and appreciate the blend of past and present with modern day shops housed in century old buildings. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 16th:  Cong – Sligo – Donegal
This morning you depart Galway 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 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 statue. 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 in the Mill Park Hotel. This evening you will enjoy dinner in your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 17th:  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 CityNorth Hotel. This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner in your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

May 18th:  Depart Dublin Airport
After breakfast you will travel to Dublin Airport (20 minutes approx.) for your flight home with fond memories, newly acquired accents and many stories to relate to friends and family. Beannacht Dé agus go n’éirí on bothair libh. (Translation: May the blessing of God be with you.) (Breakfast)


“I had to write to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip to Ireland. Everything the trip included was well worth the money.

It seemed we were back in time although everything was modern and up to date.

The colors of the countryside, the clouds and sky were brighter. I felt like I was in another world. The people were so kind and helpful. It really was a dream come true.”

Thank you, we're glad you had a great time! 

Visits & Admissions

Guinness Storehouse

Shannon Ferry

Kylemore Abbey

Kerry Bog Village

Queenstown Story

Avoca Handweavers

Blarney Woolen Mills

Belleek Pottery Factory

Blarney Castle & Gardens

House of Waterford Crystal

Powerscourt House & Gardens

Glendalough Monastic Site & Visitor Center

Cliffs of Moher and Atlantic Edge Experience

Quiet Man Museum and Walking Tour

The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
The Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
The Trident Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
The Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)
The Galmont Hotel, Galway (1 night)
The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (1 night)
The CityNorth Hotel, Meath (1 night) 

Enchanted Ireland Adventure 

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