Irish Exporer

Irish Explorer

9 Day's from Dublin to Dublin

Prices Starting at $949.00

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Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

Visits to Downpatrick, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Donegal, W.B. Yeats’ burial place, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, Blarney, Tramore, handweaving mill at Avoca; orientation drive in Dublin

Guides:

Local Guide for visit to House of Waterford Crystal; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:

Boyne Valley, Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast, Donegal Bay, The Burren, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Wicklow Mountains

 Meals

Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with choice of menus

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. End the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 2 DUBLIN–DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND–BELFAST

On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, and on to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour, including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience?

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Day 3 BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–DONEGAL, IRELAND–DRUMCLIFF–SLIGO

First stop this morning is awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches, and stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination.

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Day 4 SLIGO–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK

Travel farther south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet.

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Day 5 LIMERICK–ADARE–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY

Start your day with a stroll through Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Then, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney.

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Day 6 KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

At Killorglin, join the RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

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Day 7 KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE

More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, an optional pub tour might be fun.

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Day 8 TRAMORE–AVOCA–DUBLIN

On the last leg of your journey, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, and enjoy views of the Wicklow Mountains on your way to Dublin. An optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter would be an exciting finale to your vacation.

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Day 9 DUBLIN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

DUBLIN Regency Hotel (ST) or Jurys Inn Parnell Street (F) or Kingswood (F)
BELFAST
Jurys Inn Belfast (F)
SLIGO Great Southern Hotel (SF)
KILLARNEY Holiday Inn Killarney (F) or Killarney Court Hotel (F)
TRAMORE Majestic Hotel (ST)

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
$440
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Dublin:
pre tour: in single room $122-$132, in twin / in triple $79-$88
post tour: in single room $131-$137, in twin / in triple $83-$90

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