2018 - 8 Day Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle
4 & 5 Star Vacation - 7 Nights /13 Meals
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Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle 8 Day Tour
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Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Killarney during a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.
  • Savour your first glimpse of the majestic Dromoland castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. Luxuriate in plush, sink-in sofas in front of large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires. Cocktails in Dromoland’s Library Bar are sublime, so go on and treat yourself.

Trip Highlights:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • King John's Castle
  • Ring of Kerry Tour
  • Skellig Experience

Dining Experiences:

  • Five dinners including a lively medieval castle banquet, Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney, and dinner and traditional show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.

Hotels:

  • Limerick Strand Hotel
    Limerick (1 night)
  • The Brehon Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Dromoland Castle Hotel
    Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)
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Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Limerick & Medieval Castle Banquet
Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Limerick hotel. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touchscreen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle where you’ll dine with lords and ladies at a medieval-style banquet.
(D)


Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Jaunting Car Ride
Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax on the ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary, and travel along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and see how these great machines changed the world of travel. Discover the story behind Irish coffee and sample this authentic warming drink. Head to Killarney National Park where you’ll view Ross Castle from a traditional jaunting car ride. Later, enjoy free time before dinner.
(B, D)


Day 3: Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops to capture photos of Ireland’s natural beauty. Cross to Valentia Island to visit Skellig Experience, where you’ll learn about the offshore island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and the filming of scenes from the film “Star Wars VII.” Passing through Waterville and the village of Sneem, stop at Moll’s Gap for views of the mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Experience farm life at a nearby farm and watch specially trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award-winning Rozzers Restaurant at The Killeen House.
(B, D)


Day 4: Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre
Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to the Cobh Heritage Centre where you can trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past.
(B, D)


Day 5: Waterford Crystal & 6th Century Glendalough
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to an elegant Victorian mansion overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour – your hotel for the night. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub while enjoying a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)


Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin. Highlights include elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors, the River Liffey, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and Ireland’s national cemetery which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and dine on your own. Use your independent open-top bus tour voucher to visit one of the featured attractions.
(B)


Day 7: Dromoland Castle Hotel
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the imposing and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairytale castle. Savor a delicious farewell dinner in the oak-paneled dining room – a fitting way to spend the last evening of your Irish tour.
(B, D)


Day 8: Tour Ends At Dromoland
Your tour ends after breakfast. Depart from Shannon Airport
(B)


B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

 

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