Thursday-DEPART HOME Your Luxury Trip to Ireland begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: DUBLIN.
Friday-DUBLIN- FOODIE TOUR OR AFTERNOON TEA
A lilting Irish brogue greets you in Dublin, where your deluxe Ireland tour begins.
Discover Dublin’s burgeoning culinary culture—and visit a number of the city’s characterful eateries—on this small-group walking tour. Be sure to arrive hungry: this lunchtime tour kicks off in the late morning, and includes a number of samples. Try local cheeses and chocolates, drop by bakeries and food halls, and head off the tourist trail when you visit venues that locals love. As you go, learn more about Ireland’s gastronomic history.
Combine a sightseeing tour of Dublin with afternoon tea served on a vintage double-decker bus. The itinerary includes famous landmarks such as the Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, and others. See the sights while enjoying a cup of seasonal tea or coffee along with some delicacies.
Saturday-KILKENNY/WATERFORD-HORSES AND CRYSTAL
Travel through Kildare, the horse-breeding center of Ireland, where you visit the National Stud Farm. Step behind the stable door and see Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds and their youngest sports stars. Then, you are off to medieval Kilkenny, whose castle is both tudor and gothic. Tour the Waterford Exhibition Center, known for its distinctive crystal.
Sunday-CORK-WHISKY & A COOKING SCHOOL MEAL
Become a whisky expert at the Midleton Distillery, before stopping at Cobh, known as the last port of call for the Titanic, and for Irish immigration, too. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Ireland’s premier cooking school, Ballymaloe. The ingredients are locally sourced, taking freshness to a whole new level.
Monday-BLARNEY/KERRY-SEASCAPES AND SPA
Your tour would not be complete without a stop at Blarney Castle to gain "the gift of the gab", and shopping at the Woollen Mills. Your deluxe hotel and spa awaits in the ltown of Parknasilla, where green hillsides spill down to the water. Indulge in some “me” time here. (B)
Surround your senses in the legendary lands of the Ring of Kerry with beaches, coves, and coastal scenes, striking in their beauty. Enjoy a boat trip to see the puffin and gannet islands with their UNESCO listed monastic ruins (weather permitting). Return to the charming town of Parknasilla. (B ,D)
|Did you know? Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
Unveiled in the film's closing minutes, this closely guarded secret ending to Episode 7 was filmed in on Skellig Michael Island near a little village called Portmagee, County Kerry, on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
Wednesday-ADARE-FLYING BOATS AND THATCHED HOUSES
Travel via the lake-strewn town of Killarney, and then to the Flying Boat Museum at Foynes. Here, you enter an authentic Pan Am clipper from the glory days of trans-atlantic travel, and learn to make Irish coffee yourself. Our home tonight is the luxurious Dromoland Castle. (B,D)
Thursday- THE CLIFFS OF MOHER/ASHFORD CASTLE
Rising to almost 800ft from sea level, the Cliffs of Moher is a powerful location. Prepare to be amazed! You travel through Galway, known as the "City of the Tribes". Galway's Judge Lynch defined the term "lynching" when he sentenced his own son to hang here. Your home is Ashford Castle in Cong, fondly remembered as the setting for "The Quiet Man". (B)
Friday - ACHILL ISLAND/CONNEMARA EXCURSION
Cloud-capped mountains and seldom-trod roads line your route through Connemara. Experience Achill Island and the deserted famine village, marked by rugged mountains and peat bogs. See what drove the islanders to flee this area, and what they left behind. Return to Ashford Castle for our casual farewell dinner at Cullen's at The Cottage. (B,D)
Saturday - DUBLIN-STONE AGE HISTORY & CHRISTIANITY
Visit Knowth, the ancient Boyne Valley burial site, older than the Egyptian Pyramids. See Monasterboice, known for its intricate high Celtic crosses. Visit the ruined Trim Castle, too, where Braveheart was filmed. Storytelling dinner with an Irish seanachi (shanakee) tonight at the Brazen Head Pub, a favorite haunt of Irish writers. (B,D)
Sunday-HOMEWARD FROM DUBLIN
After breakfast you depart for Dublin Airport with ample time to duty-free shop before boarding your return flight home. Head homeward with great memories of new found friends.(B)
* Round trip airfare available at added cost.
* Airport transfers.
* Luxury mini-coach with driver/guide throughout.
* Deluxe class accommodations for 9 nights; room with private bath.
* 9 hearty Irish breakfasts (B), 3 dinners including a storytelling dinner & dinner at a cooking school (D).
* All sightseeing and entrance fees. Some highlights:
Book of Kells at Trinity College
National Stud Farm
Waterford Crystal Showroom
Flying Boat Museum at Foynes
Walking tour of Kilkenny
* Baggage handling.
* All taxes and service charges.
* Passport Case with "What You Need To Know Before You Go"
* Lynott Tours Irish song-sheet for our on board sing alongs
Your 5* deluxe Irish hotels:
Dublin-Merrion Hotel (2 nights)
Waterford-Waterford Castle (1 night)
Cork-Ballymaloe (1 night)
Parknasilla - Parknasilla Hotel (2 nights)
Mayo-Ashford Castle (2 nights)
Dublin-Merrion Hotel (1 nighs)
Book now for 2022! Airfare can be booked 11 months in advance
|CASTLES AND COUNTRYSIDE|
|USD per person||$5,862||$5,939||$5,150||$4,887||$4,712|
|Child 5-11 discount||1310|
|CASTLES AND COUNTRYSIDE|
|USD per person||$6,128||$6,209||$5,384||$5,109||$4,926|
|Child 5-11 discount||1369|
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