From the traditional food, music and dancing to the breathtaking scenery and bustling cities, this route through Ireland and Northern Ireland is nothing short of magical. Travel along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the 60-million-year-old “lunar” landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Take a historical tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, offering awe-inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. Relive the days of colorful chieftains and kings at world-renown Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famed Blarney Stone for luck. Equally wonderful are the authentic encounters with local craftsmen and farmers.
Welcome to Ireland! You’ll meet up with your tour director at the Dublin airport. Your first view of Dublin will be a picturesque drive including lush Phoenix Park, Europe’s largestand most impressive city park, plus Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university and home to the famous Book of Kells. You’ll enjoy a guided tour through OldJameson Distillery, gift shop and restaurant. Then, we will have a welcomereception and traditional Irish dinner at the hotel. B, D
DAY 3–BELFAST CITY TOUR/TITANIC EXPERIENCE
We’re off to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, for a fascinating city tour offering awe inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, the historic City Hall and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. We’ll be offered insights into the turbulent history of the city and the reconciliation of its people. Then visit the Titanic Experience Belfast, which recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new, iconic, six-floor building right by the historic site of the original ship’s construction. B
DAY 4–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY/CARRICK-A-REDE-ROPE BRIDGE
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll travel to the Antrim Coast to see majestic cliffs and the Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Marvel at the outstanding beauty of the area famous for its local history and legends. We’ll then visit Carricka- Rede Rope Bridge, which spans a chasm some eighty feet deep. Primarily a seasonal working bridge for fishermen, it connects a small island to the mainland. B, D
DAY 5–BELLEEK FACTORY/SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION
Discover how world-renowned Parian China is molded, fired and decorated by artists at the Belleek Factory. Take home a souvenir from the excellent retail shop or grab a bite to eat in the cozy cafe. Overlooking Streedagh Beach and the Benbulben Mountains in County Sligo, visit the Atlantic Sheepdog Farm this afternoon. Experience life on an Irish sheep farm and watch a sheep-herding demonstration. Then it’s on to Sligo for more gorgeous pastoral Irish scenery including rolling hills, crystal-clear streams and lake-lapped valleys. B, L
DAY 6–QUIET MAN MUSEUM/KYLEMORE ABBEY
In the morning visit the Quiet Man Museum and enjoy a walking tour seeing the film locations in Cong such as an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage in the movie. Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts and costumes are authentic reproductions. The four poster bed, the tables and chairs which Mary Kate cherished, the thatched roof, emerald green half door and white washed front combine to charm all those who visit it. Then visit Kylemore Abbey, a neo-gothic site and home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns, famous for its miniature cathedral and Victorian Walled Garden. B, D
DAY 7–CLIFFS OF MOHER/ST. TOLA’S GOAT CHEESE FARM
This morning, explore Burren National Park, which contains ruins going back to the 12th Century and known for the magnificent scenery. The highlight of our visit is a stop at the majestic Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights! Later, visit St. Tola’s goat farm, located in North County Clare. See how Siobhan has grown the business from a local industry to an internationally recognized and award winning brand keeping the traditional hand-made, small batch artisanal quality of theircheese which they are known for. B
DAY 8–MUCKROSS HOUSE & GARDENS/RING OF KERRY
This morning visit Muckross House & Gardens, a 19th Century Victorian mansion set among the beauty of Killarney National Park. Today the rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century landowning class. In the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores. After the tour of the home, stroll through the magnificent gardens. Later, on our way to Killarney, you’ll be mesmerized by breathtaking scenery including Ladies View, Molls Gap and the magnificent Kerry Mountains. Then, stop at the Salmon Smokery, where you learn the traditional smoking method preserved in Kenmare. B
Option: Enjoy live entertainment and dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage tonight. Price Per Person: $78
DAY 9–BLARNEY STONE/WOOLLEN MILLS/WATERFORD
Today journey to historic Blarney Castle, famous for its Blarney Stone. We’ll have a chance to kiss the Stone for good luck. Then on to Blarney Woollen Mills, where the presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The mill continues to operate today, we’ll hear their story and perhaps find a last minute souvenir. After lunch at a local pub, make a stop at Waterford Crystal. A unique highlight of a visit is the factory tour which gives an up close insight into the centuries-old tradition of Waterford Crystal making. Feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen. After the tour browse the world’s most famous crystal store, which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world. B, L
DAY 10–IRISH NATIONAL STUD GARDENS/GLASNEVIN CEMETERY & MUSEUM
Return to Dublin today, but first a stop at the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe. The gardens are far more than simply a treat for the eye. Created between 1906 and 1910 by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolize the ‘Life of Man’. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year. On arrival in Dublin visit Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, the world’s first cemetery museum. Visitors can explore the history and the lives of more than 1 million people that are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel in Dublin. B, D
Enjoy your final Irish breakfast before heading to the Dublin airport. You’ll take home marvelous memories of the Emerald Isle. B
Night 2: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Nights 3-4: Crowne Plaza, Belfast
Night 5: Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Night 6: Oranmore Lodge, Galway
Nights 7-8: Dromhall Hotel, Tralee
Night 9: Granville Hotel, Waterford
Night 10: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Jul 9-19, 2019
Sep 3-13, 2019
Price Per Person:
Double $3,997; Single $4,535
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $238/night
Day 8: Option-Enjoy live entertainment and dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Price Per Person: $78
Average Temperatures high 61°/low 50°
Time Zone +6 hours from Central Time
Arrival Time Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Departure Time: Available 90 days prior to the tour.
Airport Info: Pre/Post Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.
Vehicle Parking: Free parking is offered during the tour at our hotel in Chicago with a Pre or Post tour night booked.
Walking Distance: Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
Currency: Ireland – Euro; Northern Ireland – British Pound Sterling
Hotel Amenities Include Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, internet access, and spa services available at hotels.
Optional Excursions/Extensions Day 8: Enjoy live entertainment and dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage tonight. Price Per Person: $78
Additional Information Flight time from Chicago to Dublin is 8.20 hours, Dublin to Chicago 9.5 hours. Dress on tour is casual. Land Tours begin one day later.Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours.Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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