2020 IRISH MYTHS & LEGENDS - 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Your tour begins in your hotel at Johnstown Estate, Co. Meath. Arrive at the Johnstown Estate, a beautiful 18th-century Georgian manor and enjoy a leisurely afternoon enjoying the 120 acres of parkland and dedicated kids’ swimming pool. Meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink and dinner. .
Drive into Dublin, where you'll board an amphibious vehicle for a Viking Splash tour of the city, passing Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Next, roll up your sleeves and get cooking, as you compete with other families in a fun cook-off with a professional chef at Cooks Academy. Return to your hotel in Meath and relax before dinner.
(B, L, D)
Head south through the countryside to Cork. Take a walk with your tour director around the stunning grounds of Blarney Castle, home of the famous stone that promises the gift of the gab to all who kiss it. Climb the battlements and kiss the stone, or just enjoy the view. Browse around the village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green, before heading to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner.
Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island – a beautiful spot that has served as a monastery, a fortress and, during Victorian times, was the largest prison in the world. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale – now a picturesque haven for foodies and art-lovers - before returning to your hotel.
Leave Cork and travel to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, with its old stone buildings and thatched cottages. Visit 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, where you will have dinner in your hotel.
Visit Hazel Mountain Chocolate, bean-to-bar makers of chocolate, for a special private experience: discover how the bean is roasted, cracked, winnowed, stoneground and tempered into a chocolate bar and then enjoy a tasting. Afterwards, take a child-friendly walking tour of Galway - and then enjoy free time in this vibrant city, with its buzzing atmosphere, medieval architecture, and popular street performers. Have dinner with your group in a local restaurant.
Visit Ardrahan to see a traditional farm, a welcoming place with its 250-year-old thatched cottage and many sheep. Learn about traditional farm life, watch the farm’s sheepdog hard at work herding his flock, 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 the 13th-century King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner in a local pub.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.