2022 Irish Legends - 9 Days/8 Nights 9-night small group tour starting at $1995.00 per person
Day 1: Dublin Arrival | Malahide Castle
Tour begins at 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle. (We strongly recommend you arrange an airport transfer when you book your tour). Head to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome get-together drink with your group before dinner.
Day 2: National Stud | Kilkenny Walking Tour
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you'll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Take a walk around the grounds to see St Fiachra's Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens. Enjoy a casual lunch at the Kilkenny Design Centre, housed in the former stables of Kilkenny Castle. Take a walking tour of Kilkenny with a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the cities main street to see buildings dating back as far as the 13th century. The evening is free for independent dining.
Day 3: House of Waterford Crystal | Dunbrody Famine Ship
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner; see skilled artisans create crystal masterpieces on a factory tour. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about Waterford's long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town at your leisure, then head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine to transport emigrants to North America.
Day 4: Cobh Heritage Centre | Blarney Castle
Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic and where many places associated with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House before travelling to Killarney.
Day 5: Killarney | Dingle Peninsula
Visit Moriarty's, a CIE Tours prefered shopping partner, in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. Afterwards discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an early explorer who braved the South Pole. Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy a drink, dinner and entertainment at Foley's Bar and Restaurant before returning to Killarney.
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher | Galway Panoramic
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs; on a clear day you can see great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep. Enjoy tea and home made scones at the farm. Head to Galway for a panoramic city tour.
Day 7: Aran Islands | Dun Aengus Fort
Set out across Galway Bay for Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a huge prehistoric fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Explore Kilronan, the island's main village and enjoy a casual lunch before returning by ferry.
Day 8: Clonmacnoise | Abbey Tavern
Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes, walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean's Bar for an Irish coffee (CIE Tours Exclusive). This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD and is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest pub in Europe. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. In the evening, head to Dublin's Abbey Tavern for an Irish dinner and lively show.
Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Same Price as Booking 2022 Irish Legends - 9 Days/8 Nights Direct
As always, Enchanting Ireland works directly with all tour operators therefore our rate is theirs and there are no additional fees. All tour operators pay a commission to travel agencies however, if you book 2022 Irish Legends - 9 Days/8 Nights direct, they keep this commission rather than passing it along to you - so our prices are the same as booking it yourself. We will, however, charge in USD, handling the currency conversion to save any transfer fees as well as make your pre-post travel plans at no additional charge.