2018 IRISH MYTHS & LEGENDS - 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
After landing at Dublin Airport, travel to Kildare, prime horse-breeding country. Arrive at the K Club and meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink before dinner.
Drive into Dublin for a Viking Splash tour to see the highlights of the city by land and by water including Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Roll up your sleeves and cook your own lunch with a professional chef, and then burn off the calories with a bike ride through Phoenix Park, the largest walled park in Europe. Return to Kildare and relax before dining in the hotel restaurant.
(B, L, D)
Board a train headed to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. Enjoy first class service on board as you wind through the Irish countryside. Climb the battlements of Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or take a walk through the stunning grounds Browse around the village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green before heading to the exquisite Castlemartyr Resort where you will enjoy a BBQ dinner.
Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, afterwards enjoy a personalized picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale before returning to your hotel for dinner.
(B, L, D)
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coastline of County Clare. Enjoy a private tour with a ranger of the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic. Travel through the Burren, a unique region of limestone hills where many rare flowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Continue to Galway for a gentle walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and the narrow streets. Enjoy dinner in a Pullman Railway car, where you will see two original carriages from the Agatha Christie film, “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Take a ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, renowned for traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. Cruise to Aran Island for a tour of the island and visit Dun Aengus Fort, an ancient fortress perched on sheer cliffs. Enjoy lunch with your travelling companions followed by free time in Kilronan, the main town, before returning to Galway with time to relax before dinner.
(B, L, D)
In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque 150-year old farmhouse with a variety of animals. Learn about traditional farming practices, watch a sheepdog demonstration, and enjoy homemade tea and scones. Continue to the historic city of Limerick and check into your hotel. Take a walking tour along the Shannon River in Limerick, passing the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner