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BEST OF IRELAND

GUIDED VACATION

10 Days | 1 Country: Ireland | 12 Cities
10 Day Ireland Tour of Dublin, Ring of Kerry and Galway

May 13 - 22, 2022
$3,507* CAD per person
BONUS: Savings of $370 per couple
 

What's Included?
9 NIGHTS
Accommodation

15 MEALS
9 breakfasts, 1 high tea, 5 dinners

ON-TRIP TRANSPORT
All transport shown

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
- Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
- Discover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
- Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
- View King John's Castle in Limerick and the Marian Shrine in Knock
- See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral
- Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Handcrafted Highlights

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ITINERARY 

Day 1
Welcome to Ireland
Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin, joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. Irish history takes centre stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist. Our visit will Make Travel Matter to its efforts to preserve Irish history and we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

 Hotel - Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge
 Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2
Through the Scenic County Wicklow to Waterford
Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, 'The Garden of Ireland', and on to New Ross - the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we Dive Into Culture at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

 Hotel - Fitzwilton/Dooley's
 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Irish Folk Fun
Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: €29.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Explore Waterford's History
Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".
Adult Price: €17.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 3
Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney
Today, we travel through County Cork and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay.

 Hotel - Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride
Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
Adult Price: €22.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Celtic Steps
Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
Adult Price: €36.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Gaelic Roots
A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic Roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: €34.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 4
A Day on the Ring of Kerry
Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside - unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Irish Ceilidh Evening
The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.
Adult Price: €67.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Visit Muckross House and its Gardens
Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons, alongside the shores of the lake. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.

Adult Price: €21.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Kerry Farm Experience
Step back into the past, on a traditional Kerry Farm of the 1930's. We'll meet a local farmer who will show us around the farm yard and tell of times gone by. Enjoy mountain views of the Ring of Kerry as he demonstrates his skills at herding sheep with border collies.
Adult Price: €22.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 5
Onwards to Lively Limerick
We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, we'll enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.

 Hotel - Great National South Court/Greenhills
 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Irish Ceilidh Evening
Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.
Adult Price: €64.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Medieval Castle Banquet
Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.
Adult Price: €77.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 6
Admire the Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Galway
We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 metres into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

 Hotel - Connacht
 Included Meals - Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Galway Castle Banquet
Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.
Adult Price: €72.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
City of Tribes Walk and Dinner
Join us in the centre of Galway for a stroll with our Local Specialist who will enthral us with stories of this bustling medieval port, as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Later we enjoy a hearty three-course meal, with a choice of classic dishes and an included drink.
Adult Price: €49.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 7
A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara
Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its 'wild and mountainous splendour' as magnificent. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden.

 Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Trad on the Prom
The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".
Adult Price: €37.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 8
A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo
Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

 Hotel - Clayton
 Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Scenic Drive And Dinner
This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.
Adult Price: €49.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 9
Return to Lively Dublin
Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we'll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

 Hotel - Clayton Dublin Airport
 Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
Luxurious River Shannon Cruise
The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: €31.00*
* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 10
Farewell Ireland
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end.

 Included Meals - Breakfast


*Terms & Conditions:

Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy, and reflect ALL applicable savings. Airfare extra. Additional conditions apply. Prices were valid at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Promotional offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and Conditions may apply. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. All prices and itineraries are subject to change until all services have been confirmed and paid in full. BN#776064719 | TICO # R50025597 and W50025598. 

Early Booking Discount T&Cs: 
Save 5% with our Early Booking Discount (EBD) on the land portion of select worldwide guided vacations. Valid on new bookings only by June 3, 2021. Deposit is required at the time of booking and full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Offer is not valid for trips departing within 120 days. Savings are not combinable with other land promotions, including Early Payment Discounts, in-market offers, or the Email Sign-up Travel Credit. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Savings may not be valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates (including trip extensions and train, cruise, or Oberammergau portion of trips), subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Other conditions may apply. TICO# R50015870

9 NIGHTS

Accommodation

15 MEALS

9 breakfasts, 1 high tea, 5 dinners

ON-TRIP TRANSPORT

All transport shown


Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist

Discover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway

Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey

View King John's Castle in Limerick and the Marian Shrine in Knock

See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral

Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry