Irish Discovery Small Group6-night small group tour starting at €2027.00 per person
On our Ireland tour, you will experience old-world Irish charm and elegance while staying in top class Irish hotels. On this tour you will stay in Ireland's most lively towns and villages and experience traditional Irish culture. A favorite Irish Vacation and our small groups are limited to 15 people!
- Airport transfers according to schedule
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Driver/professional guide throughout
- First-class accommodations for 6 nights; room with private bath
- 6 hearty Irish breakfasts (B), special pub lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)
- Tea and scones at a farmhouse
- Baggage handling
- All taxes and service charges
- All sightseeing and entrance fees. Some highlights:
- Book of Kells at Trinity College
- "Ballykissangel" and Guinness Brewery & Pub visit
- Kilkenny Castle and Waterford Crystal Factory & Showroom
- Blarney Castle
- Killarney by pony and trap and Ring of Kerry tour
- Muckross Traditional Farm
- Passport Case with "What You Need To Know Before You Go"
- Irish song-sheet for our on board sing alongs
Departures: May - November
Saturday - DEPART FROM HOME - Your Irish vacation begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: IRELAND.
Sunday - DUBLIN - Arrive in Dublin, Ireland's capital, which has retained its Georgian elegance, and transfer to your hotel. ur afternoon to of Dublin takes you to Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells, and St. Patrick's, Ireland's national cathedral. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of old Dublin, where you sample Ireland's most famous creamy stout. The evening is free to enjoy this bustling city and friendly people -- maybe you'll want to visit one of Dublin's famous singing pubs! (B)
Monday - DUBLIN/WICKLOW "BALLYKISSANGEL" - Tour to Avoca, the mythical "Ballykissangel", to visit the handweavers who capture the subtle hues of heather and fields in their fabric. The rest of day is free to relax and explore Dublin's parks and Georgian squares. Its brick row houses are famous for their glass laced doors. Afternoon shopping on your own. Optional: Storytelling, dinner and traditional music in a candelit Dublin pub: The scene is set in one of Dublin's oldest pubs. As early as the 1600's, it was a popular haunt. The Seanachi, the Irish word for storyteller, entertains with oral tales of fairies, Celtic warriors and legendary deed-doing. Tales are told and songs sung and everyone is made to feel welcome. With turf fire glowing a perfect setting in which to take you back through the romantic mists of time. History comes alive tonight!(B)
Tuesday - KILKENNY/WATERFORD - Kilkenny CastleThe relaxed pace of Ireland, the land of bogs and turf fires, rich farmlands and scenic countryside awaits you as you travel through the Curragh, the horse breeding center of Ireland. You visit Kilkenny Castle, followed by a pub lunch. Kilkenny, with its cobbled streets, is one of the finest examples of an Irish medieval town. You continue to Waterford. Tour the Waterford Glass Factory to see the famous crystal being made. (B,L,D)
Wednesday - BLARNEY/COBH/KILLARNEY - Irish countryside This morning you take the scenic route traveling to Cobh, originally a small fishing village, and then the base for the British Navy. Cobh was the departure point for many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, and is associated with the loss of the Titanic and Lusitania. Visit Blarney, with a chance to kiss "The Stone". Travel through landscapes of the rarest green, where herds of black and white cows peek from every hill on the way to Killarney. (B,D)
Thursday - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION - An incredible day awaits! The scenic and spectacular Ring of Kerry offers unrivaled views of County Kerry's magnificent shoreline, one of nature's masterpieces. Traveling via Killorglin you see beautiful mountain vistas and rugged landscapes along the way. Travel through Killarney by pony and trap. Have your camera ready! A musical pub evening is in store for us tonight, complete with local entertainment. (B,D)
Friday - ADARE/SHANNON - Visit Muckross Traditional Farm for tea and scones, where you will see villagers practicing ancient farming techniques. Then travel to Adare, a town of thatched cottages. - CASTLE UPGRADE AVAILABLE! . See Below. Optional and highly recommended: A night like no other. Medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. You'll be transported back in time as you sip the traditional mead in the great banquet hall and don bibs to eat authentic recipes with your fingers! Madrigal singers, and musicians bring the era to life.(B)
Saturday - HOMEWARD - he tour ends with a transfer to Shannon Airport. (B) Transfers and hotels available in Dublin available at added cost.