Scenic Ireland

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Day 1 - Arrive in Shannon, Ireland - Limerick. Cead mile failte"a hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel's leisure amenities or explore the city. This evening, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Clifden. Drive to the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, a special treat: at RATHBAUN FARM, watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy your morning coffee. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. Call at the Joyce family's MARBLE WORKSHOP before spending the night at Clifden, a small fishing town in the far west. (B,D)
Day 3 - Clifden - Kylemore - Westport - Knock - Bundoran. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY this morning, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns, and see the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport before continuing on to Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions. Overnight is in Bundoran, the popular seaside resort in County Donegal. Before dinner, you might want to join an optional excursion to a local pub. (B,D)
Day 4 - Bundoran - Belleek, Northern Ireland - Derry - Giant's Causeway - Belfast. A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits you today. First, visit the BELLEEK POTTERY factory, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china. In Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a Local Guide, and after lunch, pass Dunluce Castle before visiting awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY. Hear how millions of years ago, the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the next two nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland's seat of government. (B)
Day 5 - Belfast. This morning's "Living History" tour in the company of a Local Guide will take you past all the city's attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. In the afternoon, join your guide for a tour of HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and home of the Secretary of State. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] AFTERNOON TEA in one of the elegant State Rooms with views overlooking the glorious grounds and gardens. (B)
Day 6 - Belfast - Knowth, Ireland - Dublin. Drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne back into the Irish Republic, and at Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne), one of the world's most important archaeological landscapes, visit KNOWTH, where your guide explains the fascinating passage-grave dating from the Bronze Age. For a first taste of the Irish capital, join an optional cabaret evening with dinner and entertainment. (B)
Day 7 - Dublin. An orientation drive in the "Fair City" includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)
Day 8 - Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford. Vistas of the Wicklow Mountains unfold as you head for a special visit to BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE, a typical Irish family-run farm guesthouse. Your host will present an entertaining [LF] BAKING DEMONSTRATION, and then serve coffee and scones fresh from the oven. Travel on to the pretty county town of Kilkenny, then to Waterford for a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. You may also want to join an optional excursion to a local pub. After dinner at your hotel, enjoy an [LF] IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)
Day 9 - Waterford - Blarney - Cork. The first of the day's highlights is an entertaining walk through Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, in the company of a Local Guide. Then, visit BLARNEY CASTLE, renowned for its magical KISSING STONE. Overnight in Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. An optional suggestion would be a visit to Cobh's Queenstown Story, which tells of the transatlantic liner route between Liverpool and North America and last port of call for the Titanic. (B)
Day 10 - Cork - Garinish Island - Killarney. This morning, board a private boat for the short crossing to GARINISH ISLAND in Bantry Bay, whose warm waters attract colonies of seals. Follow the winding paths between the strong-scented flowering trees and shrubs of this lush tropical island garden. Then, head over the mountains into County Kerry. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner and tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)
Day 11 - Killarney. Dingle Excursion. Enjoy panoramic views on Dingle Peninsula on the way to the BLASKET ISLANDS CENTRE. Learn about the way of life and unique literary achievements on the string of remote offshore islands evacuated by the last inhabitants in 1953. Visit Dingle, then return to Killarney. (B,D)
Day 12 - Killarney - Adare - Limerick. A final morning at leisure in Killarney with time for an optional excursion by horse-drawn jaunting car. In the afternoon, drive via quaint Adare, renowned for its pretty thatched cottages, to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)
Day 13 - Limerick. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Scenic Ireland
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    13 Days
  Start City:   Shannon
  End City:   Limerick
  Price From   USD $2,599.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

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2017-04-15 USD $2,599.00 See in Cart
2017-04-22 USD $2,749.00 See in Cart
2017-04-29 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
2017-05-06 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
2017-05-09 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
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2017-05-23 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
2017-05-27 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
2017-06-03 USD $2,769.00 See in Cart
    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:
    $568

    Triple room reduction per person:
    $46

    Extra nights per person in Limerick:
    Pre tour: in single room $118-$127, in twin $77-$87, in triple $73-$83
    Post tour: in single room $95-$158, in twin $66-$126, in triple $64-$123
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • LIMERICK
    Welcome dinner
    CLIFFS OF MOHER
    Savor the spectacular views
    RATHBAUN FARM
    See the farmer at work and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse
    GALWAY
    Orientation
    CONNEMARA
    Visit a marble workshop
    KYLEMORE
    Visit the Benedictine abbey
    WESTPORT
    Visit this heritage town
    KNOCK
    Visit the religious site
    BELLEEK
    Guided tour of the pottery factory
    DERRY
    Guided walking tour
    COUNTY ANTRIM
    Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant's Causeway
    BELFAST
    Guided "Living History" tour, visit the Titanic Experience, guided tour of Hillsborough Castle and enjoy [LF] Afternoon Tea in one of the State Rooms
    BOYNE VALLEY
    Guided tour of the Bronze Age passage-grave at Knowth
    DUBLIN
    Orientation drive
    BALLYKNOCKEN HOUSE
    [LF] Baking demonstration and morning coffee and scones
    KILKENNY
    Explore this pretty county town
    WATERFORD
    [LF] Enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration; guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal; guided walking tour
    BLARNEY
    Visit the famous castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
    GLENGARRIFF
    Private boat to Garinish Island
    RING OF KERRY
    Take pictures of the Lakes of Killarney
    DINGLE PENINSULA
    Visit the Blasket Islands Centre and the town of Dingle
    ADARE
    Admire the thatched cottages
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 09/13/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full Irish breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Limerick
  • Title
  • Scenic Ireland
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; private boat to Garinish Island. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
 
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