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Highlights...  

Dublin ● Irish Evening ● Kilkenny ● Waterford ● Choices on Tour ● Blarney Castle ● Killarney ● Ring of Kerry ● Farm Visit ● Jaunting Car Ride* ● Limerick ● Cliffs of Moher ● Galway ● Castle Stay


From $2549 per person

10 Days ● 13 Meals: 8 Breakfasts ● 5 Dinners 

COLLETTE EXPERIENCES 
★Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle. 
★Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's great coastal roads. 
★See sheepdogs in action when you visit a working farm. 

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS 
★Jump into Ireland's vibrant capital city — Dublin. 
★Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher. 
★Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. 

CULINARY INCLUSIONS 
★Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment. 
★Taste the "water of life" during an Irish whiskey tasting. 
★Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle! 

Itinerary


Day 1: Overnight Flight
Anticipation mounts as you wind your way toward the Emerald Isle and its many wonders. Rich history, rolling hills and warm smiles lie ahead in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. With tomorrow comes quintessential Ireland.

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins
Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travellers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Dublin
Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic centre, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendour of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.


Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included, and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Killarney - Adare - Limerick
Start your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park. Travel to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for some time at leisure. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." Today breakfast will be included.


Day 8: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick
Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner in a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Kingscourt
You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends
Your journey ends in Kingscourt. Today breakfast will be included.


Experience It! ________________________________ Cabra Castle 
Cabra Castle stands on 100 acres of gardens and parkland, with delightful views over the Cavan countryside, famous for its beautiful lakes. Formerly known as Cormey Castle, the history of the castle dates back to the pre-Cromwellian times of the 16th century. The property was bought in the early 19th century by Colonel Joseph Pratt, who rebuilt it and renamed it Cabra Castle. Its long legacy lends a mature, cultured air to the castle which can be felt by strolling through the castle's magnificent hallways and stairwells. Experience this history when you enjoy an overnight stay on the castle grounds. The rooms are outfitted to the hightest standards with every comfort and modern facilities. The bar and restaurant offer views of the countryside and Dun an Ri Forest Park.
 
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham
Day 4 Granville Hotel
Days 5, 6 Killarney Avenue Hotel or Killarney Towers Hotel or Killarney Plaza Hotel
Days 7, 8 Absolute Hotel or George Hotel or Savoy Hotel
Day 9 Cabra Castle
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

Departure dates: July and August 2019
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020

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