Irish Welcome: 6 Nights/ 7 Days

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.

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Bunratty& Medieval Banquet

Land in Shannon Airport! After immigration control and picking up your baggage, proceed to the CIE Tours desk in theArrivals Hall. CIE Tours staff will arrange a group transfer to your Bunratty hotel. Complimentary Transfers are availablebetween 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later than 12:00 noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense.Spend the day at leisure in Bunratty. There’s plenty to do right beside your hotel – Bunratty Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Puband shopping. This evening meet your fellow travelers over awelcome drink and join in the fun of a medieval banquet at nearby Bunratty Castle. (D)

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Drive to the coast to view the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to almost 700 feet above the wild

Atlantic breakers and stretch along the coast for five miles. Then head south for a short ferry ride across the RiverShannon. Stop in the charming village of Listowel for a stroll around before continuing through the mountainous countrysideto Killarney. Take a lock around this bustling and compact town before checking in to your country home and meeting yourIrish family. In the evening drive to the Gap of Dunlce to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner. Afterwards sit back and enjoytraditional Irish entertainment with popular songs, dances and a lot of laughs. (B,D)

Day 3: Ring of Kerry

Admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive – the 100‐mile Ring ofKerry. Enjoy the variety of scenery as you travel to the westernmost part of the Iveragh Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloeto view the Essence of Kerry, an audiovisual show that highlights the region. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit theSkellig Experience, which explains how early monks lived in harsh conditions on the rocky offshore islands. Today the islandsform a haven for seabirds. Take a brief walk around the colorful village of Sneem and pause atMoll’s Gap for stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney. Return to Killarney and enjoy a home‐style dinner with your

host family this evening. (B,D)

Day 4: Blarney & Titanic Walk

Leaving Killarney, head to the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can fi nd excellent Irish merchandise. You will havetime to walk around the village green or, if you feel energetic, you will have the opportunity to climb Blarney Castle tokiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Drive through the outskirts of Cork to the harbor town of Cobh, the last port of call for theTitanic. Take a guided walk around this picturesque town and the docksidewith a local historian to see places relating to the Titanic’s last scheduled stop. Travel north past theGaltee Mountains and stop for photos at the Rock of Cashel on the way to the charming little city of Kilkenny. (B,D)

Day 5: Kilkenny Castle & Abbey Tavern

This morning tour the massive Kilkenny Castle, home of the Butlers, Earls and Dukes of Ormonde,

who held power over the region for centuries. The castle was fi rst built in 1192 and was constantly remodeled until the 19thcentury. See wonderful paintings and furniture as you learn about the

history of the region. Travel into the metropolitan area of Dublin to your hotel in the upmarket area of Ballsbridge. Driveto Howth on the north side of Dublin to the Abbey Tavern. Here sit down to a

traditional dinner followed by a great show with plenty of Irish music and intricate step dancing. (B,D)

Day 6: Dublin Tour & Dublinia

Take a half‐day guided tour of Dublin, founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago. See elegant Georgian

squares with townhouses and their famous brightly‐painted doors, view the lush vegetation

of St. Stephen’s Green and the stark figures of the Famine Memorial on the banks of the River Liffey, drive along O’ConnellStreet and pass the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Finally visit Dublinia and the Viking World, whichexplains the Viking and Norman influenceson the development of Dublin and shows how people lived during the 13th to the 16th centuries. The balance of the day is atleisure and you may choose to return to your hotel or use your voucher for an open‐top bus tour and visit Guinness orJameson. (B)

Day 7: Depart for Home or Clonmacnoise& Galway Bay

For clients on our 7‐day Holiday, your tour ends today with a group coach transfer to Dublin Airport. Lucky clients on the 8‐day program will leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. Thismonastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the tranquil River Shannon. Drive toGalway city and take a panoramic tour around the city center to see Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch. Thenspend some time on your own before driving to your hotel, which is set on the shores of the famous Galway Bay, from where youcan see theAran Islands and the hills of the Burren country. (B,D)

Day 8: Homeward bound from Shannon

Bid farewell to Galway and take a group transfer to Shannon Airport where your tour concludes at

10:30 am. Check in for your flight in good time and you may like to shop at the duty‐free shops. If you need to arrive atShannon Airport before 10:30 am, your tour director will coordinate an early group transfer once you are on tour. When booking your flights home, it is important to remember that Galway is 60 miles from Shannon and the drive takes 1½ hours. Donot spoil your last night in

Ireland by booking too early a flight. (B)

Inclusions

  • Return airfare
  • 7 nights stay
  • Breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing
  • Intercity transfers by coach
  • Visa
  • Airport Taxes

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