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This fast-paced jaunt is great for first-timers. See Ireland’s top highlights: the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. Itinerary includes: Dubline, Killarney, Bunratty and Dublin

DATES: Valid for travel from 5 Jan - 13 Dec 2020
DURATION: 6 nights
PRICE: $1,385 per person twin share
STARTING: Dublin
FINISHING: Dublin
SPECIALS: Save $154 - See below

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Includes:

  • 6 NIGHTS 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 3 dinners including a night at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a traditional show, and a medieval castle banquet
  • Panoramic city tours of Dublin and Galway
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Tours of Dublin Castle and Blarney Castle
  • Sheep dog demonstration
  • Entrances to the Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Ferry crossing at Shannon
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Touring with professional driver/guide
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adaptor and rain poncho

Highlights:

Day 1: Arrive Dublin & Independent Sightseeing 

Your tour begins with a day of independent touring in Dublin. Take a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and enjoy a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. Dine independently this evening. Overnight: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Day 2: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub 

Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Your city tour starts at 2:00 PM from the hotel lobby with a local guide for a panoramic tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, rows of Georgian houses with colourfully painted doorways and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group. In the evening, head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. Overnight: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin (B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney 

Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins of the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Overnight: Killarney Towers Hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience 

Embark on Ireland’s most popular 100-mile scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breath taking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. There will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cosy restaurant, you’ll continue your scenic drive to Valentia Island where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a demonstration of a sheepdog herding flocks, a shearing demonstration (seasonal), and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town. Overnight: Killarney Towers Hotel (B, L)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet 

Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is near Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast of excellent traditional dishes and wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of the middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.) Overnight: Bunratty Castle Hotel (B, D)

Day 6: Dublin via Galway 

Drive north to Galway for a panoramic tour of the city with some free time on your own to explore. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants. Overnight: Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (B)

Day 7: Depart from Dublin 

Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B)

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