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KILLARNEY AREA

Introduction to Ireland

Some of the tour’s sights.

TRINITY COLLEGE

POWERSCOURT GARDENS

CLONMACNOISE MONASTERY

ARRAN ISLANDS

CLIFFS OF MOHER

ROSS CASTLE, KILLARNEY

WATERFORD CRYSTAL

An introduction to the island of Ireland designed to give you a chance to visit some of the most iconic places in Ireland. Visit and explore the cities and the towns of Dublin and Killarney and enjoy the unique scenery of The Ring of Kerry and The Connemara National Parks.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Dublin Arrival

Arrive in Dublin and meet with your local Irish tour manager in the airport before enjoying a panoramic city tour on the way to your hotel and check-in. Relax with your fellow tour guests. Overnight Dublin

 

Day 2 – Dublin

This morning visit the 16th Century Trinity College to view the medieval manuscript known as The Book of Kells and St Patrick's Cathedral. The morning ends with a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and a pint of "the black stuff" for those who wish. The afternoon is free to explore the city centre, to perhaps walk along Grafton and O'Connell Streets, cross the River Liffey on the Halfpenny Bridge or find out more about Temple Bar or Dublin Castle. Overnight Dublin

 

Day 3 – Wicklow Mountains

This morning travel by coach through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to visit Powerscourt House and Gardens and to Glendalough to visit the 7th Century monastic settlement. Overnight Dublin

 

Day 4 – Galway

Leave Dublin this morning and drive west through farming country and small market towns in to the heart of Ireland. Visit the 6th Century Clonmacnoise Monastery on the banks of the River Shannon before arriving in Galway city for a walking tour. Overnight Galway

 

Day 5 – Connemara National Park

After breakfast embark on a tour of the wild and rugged Connemara National Park. Pause to learn about Irish traditional instruments at Roundstone Music, pause in the pretty hillside village of Clifden and visit Kylemore Abbey - a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting against a mountainous backdrop still home to Irish Benedictine Nuns with a unique tradition dating back 300 years. Overnight Galway

 

Day 6 – Arran Islands

Travel to a nearby port and board a ferry in to the Atlantic to Inishmore, the largest of the Arran Islands. Explore the island by mini-bus including the 2000 year old coastal hill fort of Dun Aengus. These islands are still largely Gaelic speaking and maintain many traditional customs suited to the harshness of these remote islands, home of the famous sweater and Father Ted !! Overnight Galway

 

Day 7 – Bunratty Castle

This morning drive in to the countryside, stopping at Rathbaun Farm, a traditional Irish working farm to tour the thatched farm building to have morning coffee with homemade scones and traditional porter cake. Continue for an afternoon visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Ireland's most complete and authentic medieval castle. Dinner tonight will be a medieval banquet in one of the local castles. Overnight Galway

 

Day 8 – Cliffs of Moher

Today journey in to County Clare and experience the strange lunar landscape of The Burren en route to the edge of the Atlantic. We include admission to the visitors centre so we can fully enjoy the Cliffs of Moher rising directly out of the ocean. Cross the mouth of the broad majestic River Shannon by ferry to arrive in County Kerry. Overnight Killarney

 

Day 9 – Ring of Kerry

After breakfast tour the world famous Ring of Kerry. Poets, painters, writers and musicians have all tried to covey the beauty of this area famed for the regions mountains, lakes and coastal scenery. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy Killarney town or to perhaps take a short journey on one of the local horse drawn buggies known as Jaunting Cars to visit the magnificent Victorian mansion of Muckross House. Overnight Killarney

 

Day 10 – Blarney Castle

Leave Killarney this morning and drive through the Kerry and Cork countryside to Blarney Castle where those that wish to can bend over backwards and kiss the famous stone. Continue to the coast and visit the highly emotive village of Cobh / Queenstown. This was the last port of call of RMS Titanic and for thousands of emigrants was the last site they had of the "Old World" before heading off for the "New Worlds" of the USA and Canada. The day finishes with a well earned glass of Irish whiskey after a tour of The Old Midleton Distillery. Overnight Waterford

 

Day 11 – Waterford Crystal

This morning visit the home of the famed Waterford Crystal and follow the inland route via the medieval city of Kilkenny. Visit the castle in the heart of the city and see some of the best Irish craft and design in the Kilkenny Design Centre. Tonight enjoy a farewell evening of traditional Irish music, singing and food.

Overnight Dublin

 

Day 12 – Departure

An executive motor coach is provided for the transfer to the airport.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

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