Irish Legends Escorted tour
First Class Escorted Tour featuring our favorite Ireland vacation spots including the Aran Islands. Our tour takes you off-the-beaten-track, to a land where a warm welcome is found at every corner, every doorstop and every pub. This is one of the cheap ways to travel to Ireland - by escorted tour.
Day 1: Dublin Tour Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Ensure you book an appropriate transfer to Dunboyne Castle as there is no public transportation service there. Head out to visit Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)
Day 2: National Stud & Medieval Kilkenny Depart Dublin this morning and travel to Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud. As a nation, the Irish are very interested in horses and the Stud will tell you about the valuable breeding industry. See magnificent horses before walking around the delightful Japanese Gardens, established a century ago. Drive through the Irish countryside to County Kilkenny for a stop at a farm in Jerpoint for tea and home-made scones. Chat with the owners about farming and also see one of Ireland’s best examples of a deserted 12th century town. Drive to the attractive city of Kilkenny and check in to your hotel. Before dinner you may like to browse around the compact city to see its medieval streets and huge castle. (B, D)
Day 3 Waterford Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about the Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Explore more of the town with time for lunch on your own, and 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. (B, D)
Day 4: Titanic Tour & Blarney Castle Travel south pausing for photos at the Rock of Cashel, a collection of magnificent ruins perched on a rocky outcrop. In Cobh take a “Titanic” walking tour to discover places, including the docks, associated with the famous liner, which made its last scheduled stop here. Drive to Blarney to climb the ramparts of Blarney Castle and gain the “Gift of Eloquence.” You may visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which offer excellent Irish-made products. Drive through Macroom to Killarney and check in to your hotel. (B, D)
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula Tour Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies that showcased the scenery - “Ryan's Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies that showcased the scenery – “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop in the town of Dingle to tour the Dingle Brewing Company to watch brewing processes and sample some of the local brew. Return to Killarney and enjoy free time to take a jaunting car ride or walk around town. After dinner you may like to visit local pubs featuring live music. (B, D)
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher Travel through the outskirts of Limerick and look around Bunratty Village. Head to the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O'Brien's Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and take a short orientation tour of central Galway. Check in to your hotel, overlooking Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. (B, D)
Day 7: Aran Islands & Dun Aengus Take a short ferry ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintained traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately-patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely. Take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Take a look around Kilronan, the main town, before returning to the mainland by ferry. (B, D)
Day 8: Clonmacnoise Visit 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. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. 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. (B, D)
Day 9 : Dublin Sightseeing
Spend a full day in Dublin to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) and a visit to either Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery to learn how these renowned products are created and enjoy a sample. The bus stops at all the principal city center attractions and you may alight at each stop or stay on the bus to do the complete tour.(B)
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Day 10 : Depart for Home
Use your included taxi voucher to travel to Dublin Airport by taxi in good time to check in for your return flight.(B)
Price per person sharing a twin or triple room. ONLY ONE TRIPLE ROOM IS AVAILABLE PER DEPARTURE - BOOK EARLY. Save 10% per person on coach land tour prices if you are 8 & under 17 and traveling with at least one full fare paying passenger.
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