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Departure Dates

  • Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017

TOUR RATES FROM: $2,945

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Ireland Wonders

SMALL GROUP JOURNEY – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 20 participants. Scheduled departures – 8-day/7-night tour visiting Dublin, Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara & Galway. Includes accommodation at superior first class hotels with breakfast daily, 4 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & departure transfers, a ferry ride across the Shannon River, a Cliffs of Moher cruise, a smoked salmon tasting, touring by minivan or small motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

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Conrad Dublin
Discover an oasis of contemporary elegance at the award-winning Conrad Dublin, just moments from restaurants, music venues, cafes and bars on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar and the famous-name boutiques of Grafton Street. If you are looking for cultural inspiration, the National Concert Hall, National Gallery and The National Museum are close by.

Muckross Park Hotel and Spa
A 9-minute walk from the shores of Lough Leane, this posh 18th-century hotel within Killarney National Park is 6 km from the Ross Castle.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138 acre estate on the edge of Southern Ireland’s largest lake Lough Corrib, the 5* newly refurbished Glenlo Abbey offers the discerning traveler a warm personable and luxurious base during their travels to Galway, along the Wild Atlantic Way and the West of Ireland.

The Marker Hotel
With an ultra-modern checkerboard facade, this hip hotel overlooks Grand Canal Square in the trendy Docklands business district, directly opposite Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Dublin – Arrival
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, meet your guide for a walking tour of Dublin. Enjoy some time at leisure before meeting your fellow travelers for a welcome drink at the hotel before dinner. (D)

Superior First Class : Conrad Dublin

Day 2 : Dublin – Co Wicklow – Dublin
This morning, visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest University, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Visit the ancient library, containing over 20,000 manuscripts and home to the 9th century Book of Kells. Next, travel to County Wicklow. Enjoy lunch at Ballyknocken House. This charming Victorian farmhouse is home to TV chef and food writer, Catherine Fulvio. Before returning to Dublin, visit Russborough House, built in 1740. (B,L)

Superior First Class : Conrad Dublin

Day 3 : Dublin – Rock of Cashel – Killarney
Today, depart Dublin and travel to Co Kerry. Stop at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud is the only stud farm in Ireland that is open to the public. Set within the same site are the magnificent Japanese Gardens of Tully which were created between the years 1906 and 1910. Next, visit the Rock of Cashel which towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone. Continue to Killarney. (B,D)

Superior First Class : Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

Day 4 : Killarney & Ring of Kerry
Today, tour the famous Ring of Kerry. Visit the Skellig Experience which is a heritage center dedicated to life on the Skellig Islands. The Skellig Islands are found 7.5 miles off the coast of Kerry. The larger island, Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a monastic site occupied from the 6th until the 12th century. More recently the island has been used to shoot scenes for the Star Wars Film, The Force Awakens. Continue along the Ring of Kerry until you are back in Killarney. Visit Muckross House & Gardens. Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion, built in 1843 and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes beautifully situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. Next, enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a Jaunting Car as your Jarvey (the driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. (B)

Superior First Class : Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

Day 5 : Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway
This morning travel northwards to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the mouth of the Shannon River to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to Doolin where you will take a cruise to view the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean and extend for over 4 miles. Return to the mainland and continue to the Burren Smokehouse and learn about the smoking process. You will also have the opportunity to sample some smoked salmon. Continue to Galway. Tonight, enjoy dinner aboard a restored train at your hotel. (B,D)

Superior First Class : Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Day 6 : Galway – Connemara – Galway
Today, tour the Connemara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. Visit Dan O’Hara’s Cottage for a bread making demonstration. Next, visit Kylemore Abbey. One of Kylemore Abbey’s most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Return to Galway where you will have the evening at leisure. (B)

Superior First Class : Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Day 7 : Galway – Dublin
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Galway, followed by some free time in the city. Depart Galway and stop in Offaly to visit the Tullamore Dew Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and then raise a glass of complimentary Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Return to Dublin. Tonight, join for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Superior First Class : The Marker Hotel

Day 8 : Dublin – Return
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dublin airport for your return flight home. (B)