2018 - 9 Day Irish Explorer
4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights /17 Meals
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Irish Explorer 9 Day Tour
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Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Gain unique insight into the history and heritage of the most beautiful part of the west of Ireland at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, and enjoy a farmhouse lunch.
  • Enjoy a perfectly poured pint or a creamy Irish coffee at Blakes of the Hollow Pub, one of County Fermanagh’s oldest pubs.

Trip Highlights:

  • Belleek Pottery
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Florence Court House
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Slieve League Cliffs

Dining Experiences:

  • Seven dinners including a Clontarf Castle Hotel welcome dinner, Nancy’s Bar in Ardara, Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show.

Hotels:

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel
    Dublin (1 night)
  • Mill Park Hotel
    Donegal (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick
    Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Herbert Park Hotel
    Dublin (1 night)
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Irish Explorer 9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1: Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Tour begins 2:00 PM at Clontarf Castle lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport, and a few miles to the north of Dublin city center. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, a who’s who of modern Irish. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel.
(D)


Day 2: Florence Court House & Donegal
Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Head to Blakes of the Hollow Pub, one of County Fermanagh’s oldest pubs, for a drink with your fellow travelers. Continue your travels north to Donegal, with its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive. Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds.
(B, D)


Day 3: Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh
Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Afterwards, sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea. Travel along the coast then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys to Donegal, renowned for its tweed and knitting industries. Head to Ardera, where you will watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving at a local woolen shop. Enjoy an early dinner in a popular pub.
(B, D)


Day 4: Belleek Pottery & Lough Corrib Cruise
Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and embark on a cruise of Lough Corrib for unsurpassed views of castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest (March 31– October 27 departures).
(B, D)


Day 5: Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Homestead
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
(B, L)


Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower, for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Country Clare, which is dotted with ruined castles. Arrive in Killarney with time to relax or explore before dinner.
(B, D)


Day 7: Ring of Kerry Tour
Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. Look out at Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the film "Star Wars VII." Immerse yourself in farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks. Continue on the scenic drive, pausing for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Return to Killarney for some free time and dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)


Day 8: Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling north. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop with picturesque ruins and continue to Dublin. Head to the Abbey Tavern in Howth, a scenic Dublin suburb, for Irish cuisine, and lively entertainment.
(B, D)


Day 9: Your Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
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B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

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