There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: the Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. A number of other places are on the tentative list, for example the Burren, the Ceide Fields and Mount Stewart.
Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle. Historically important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, which are maintained as national monuments in the Republic of Ireland.
Dublin is the most heavily touristed region and home to several of the most popular attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Book of Kells. The west and south west, which includes the Lakes of Killarney and the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry and Connemara and the Aran Islands in County Galway, are also popular tourist destinations.
Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Arrive at Dublin Airport and proceed through immigration and pick up your baggage. Go to the CIE Tours desk in the Arrivals Hall where personnel will arrange a group transfer to your hotel, located near TrinityCollege, between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide for a half‐day guided tour of Dublin to seeelegant Georgian squares with colourful doorways, O’Connell Street and the evocative statues of the Famine Memorial. VisitTrinity College’s campus and the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Back at your hotel,enjoy a welcome drink and a briefing on your tour. You are free to dine independently this evening.
Day 2: 6th Century Glendalough& Waterford Walk
This morning leave Dublin to see the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough. Learn about St.Kevin’s 6th century monastery in the Glendalough Visitor Centre and walk through the site to see its round tower, churchruins and Celtic crosses. Continue your drive south to Dunbrody where walk through a reconstructed Famine Ship willdemonstrate the harsh conditions that emigrants endures during the 19th century. Drive toWaterford and check in to your city centre hotel. Before dinner take a brief walking tour around the narrow streets of thehistoric city centre with a local guide. (B,D)
Day 3: Titanic Walk & Blarney
Travel along the south coast via Dungarvan to the port town of Cobh, the last scheduled stop of the Titanic. Awalking tour will reveal many of the places associated with emigrants as they left Ireland to head to the New Worlds. Drivethrough the outskirts of Cork city to get to the Blarney Woollen Mills, which stocks an excellent range of Irish goods allunder one roof. While Blarney Castle is not included in your tour, you will have time to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” onyour own. Then journey west through rugged countrysideto Killarney, widely celebrated for its setting overlooking lakes and mountains. Settle in to your centrally‐located hotel orwalk around the town. (B,D)
Day 4: Ring of Kerry &Skellig Experience
Enjoy the highlights of Ireland’s natural scenery on the Ring of Kerry route. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’sReeks Mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Start by viewing the Essence of Kerry audio visual showat the Gap of Dunloe and then drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen to cross by bridge to Valencia Island. Visit theSkellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived in early Christian times. Today the islands forma protected bird sanctuary. Stop in the colourful village of Sneem and also at Moll’s Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy some free time in Killarney before dining in your hotel.(B,D)
Day 5: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher
Drive north through Listowel to Foynes to visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, duringthe 1930’s and early 1940’s, when Pan Am Clippers from the United States and Europe landed here. Travel through the outskirtsof Limerick and have a look around Bunratty Village before heading to the coast of County Clare. View the Cliffs of Moherrising to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells and walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay. Take a short orientation tour around central Galway before checking in to your hotel. (B,D)
Day 6: Yeats’ Grave & Derry Walk
Head north to visit the pilgrimage town of Knock, one of the world’s leading shrines. See the church where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879. Travel through County Sligo and stop to view W. B. Yeats’ grave inDrumcliffe Churchyard, in the shadow of Ben Bulben Mountain. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to Donegal town and past thelovely Blue Stack Mountains to Derry. On arrival in Derry take a brief drive around the city, includingtheBogside area, before meeting a local guide fora walking tour of the medieval walls, which date from 1613 AD and encircle the old city centre. (B,D)
Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Abbey Tavern
Today explore the north coastline, stopping for photos at the sprawling ruins of Dunluce Castle. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue south to experience wonderful views of mountains, valleys and bays along the “Nine Glens ofAntrim.” Take a drive around Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built,and the Falls Road and Shankill residential areas. Continue south to check in to another hotel in Dublin. This evening drive to the popular Abbey Tavern for a hearty dinner and an evening of entertaining traditional Irish songs and step‐dancing. (B,D)
Day 8: Leisure Day in Dublin or Depart for Home
For clients booked on our 8‐day tour, complimentary group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00am or 12:00 noon. If you have booked our 9‐day tour you may plan out your day in Dublin as you wish, using your independentDublin open‐top bus tour pass to get around (valid for 24 hours) and visit to Guinness or Jameson for a tour and a complimentary drink. In the evening you are free tochoose from the many restaurants near your hotel and in the Temple Bar area. (B)
Day 9: Depart Ireland
Today take a taxi transfer to Dublin Airport allowing plenty of time to reach the airport and for check‐in formalities.You will then have time to shop at the duty free shops before boarding your flight home (B)
- Return airfare
- 8 nights stay
- 6 dinners
- Intercity transfers by coach
- Airport Taxes