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 Arrival
Land in Dublin airport, proceed to the CIE Tours desk to arrange a group transfer to your hotel between 07:00am and 12:00noon. In the evening meet your tour director for a welcome drink.
Day 2: Book of Kells & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Take a morning tour around central Dublin, with spacious Georgian squares and streets, landmark public buildings and graceful townhouses. Tour Trinity College to see the campus and view the Book of Kells in the OldLibrary. The afternoon is free and you may take an open‐top bus tour with a Guinness or Jameson visit. Enjoy dinner atTaylor’s Three Rock Pub followed by an upbeat show with Irish music and dance. (B,D)
Day 3 Rock of Cashel and Killarney
Depart Dublin and drive south through pleasant farming country. Visit the Rock of Cashel, where Brian Boru was crowned Kingof Munster in 977. See the 12th century highly‐decorated Cormac’s Chapel, the large cruciform cathedral and a round tower.Continue to the famous town of Killarney and check into your lovely centrally‐located hotel with stateof‐ the‐art pool and spa facilities. (B,D)
Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Embark on the Ring of Kerry tour for constantly changing vistas of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. As youtravel, enjoy plenty of breaks to admire the natural beauty. View the Essence of Kerry audio visual show near the Gap ofDunloe. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about early Christian monks who created a community on the rocky offshore islands and about the prolific bird lifetoday. Stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views before returning to Killarney. (B,D)
Day 5: Blarney Castle & “Titanic” Walk
Visit the famous Blarney Castle this morning and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Travel through theoutskirts of Cork city to Cobh, the port town which was the last scheduled stopping place for the “Titanic.” Take a briefwalk with a local guide to see places associated with that fateful journey. Drive along the south coast via Youghal toWexford for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 6: Ferry to South Wales & Bath
It’s an early start today as you depart Wexford for a short drive to Rosslare to catch the ferry to South Wales. Journey through pleasant farming country and along the southern part of Wales, passing former coal mining valleys and the built‐up areas around Cardiff. Drive across the River Severn Bridge into Englandto Bristol. Check into your hotel, located in the heart of the city and relax before dinner. (B,D)
Day 7: Roman Baths & Stonehenge
This morning explore Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in fashion in the 18th century Regency period. Visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room, wonderfully preserved after twomillennia and drive around the stately mansions of the Royal Crescent and Queen’s Square. Drive to Salisbury Plain to viewthe prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. Continue into London and check in to your hotel once again. (B)
Day 8: London Sightseeing.
Today, you may join your open top sightseeing bus whenever you wish. Stop at many of London’s famous landmarks. (CB)
Day 9: Depart for Home
As today is departure day, travel to Heathrow Airport by group coach transfer and allow plenty of time for check in formalities. Transfers to and from Gatwick Airport can be arranged at additional cost. (C,B)
- Return airfare
- 8 nights stay
- 5 dinners
- Intercity transfers by coach
- Airport Taxes