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Discover the best of Ireland on this premier tour that features some of the most historic and scenic parts of Ireland. Discover Belfast and the Titanic Museum...explore the beauty of Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher and take in the breathtaking sights of the Dingle Peninsula. Plus enjoy 2-nights at a Castle hotel in Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin.
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner will be served shortly after take-off.
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. After clearing Irish customs, we are greeted by our Celtic Tours driver/guide. *Depart Dublin and travel north to Dundalk. Check into our hotel, where we have some free time to rest. Afternoon local sightseeing takes us along Dundalk Bay to the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford Lough. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
*Note - departure from Dublin is on arrival of all International flights booked by Celtic Tours. Due to flights arriving at various times, passengers arriving early may have an extended wait at the airport until all flights arrive. You may want to consider booking a pre-night to avoid a long wait at the airport.
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we depart for Belfast where we enjoy a panoramic city tour with a local guide. Our city tour ends at Belfast's titanic Museum. The world's largest Titanic museum, is located next to where the ill-fated ship was built and contains many of the artifacts recovered from the ship. One of the highlights of the tour, the museum will leave a lasting memory of the Titanic. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Morning departure from Dundalk. We travel via Drogheda, then across the Irish midlands via Athlone, which sits alongside the Shannon River. Continue on via Loughrea, where we pause for an optional visit to St. Brendan's Cathedral, which displays outstanding examples of stained glass by various Irish artists. Continue on to near by Galway for hotel check-in. Optional free time this afternoon or join your group for a panoramic city tour of Galway city. Return to your hotel late afternoon. Enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Galway.
Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along Galway Bay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stop briefly for a photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside; keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen. We stop to visit the Connemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway with dinner on our own this evening. Overnight in Galway.
Morning departure from Galway. We travel south to a local farm, where we see a farming family carry out every day chores. We see sheep shearing, watch the sheepdog maneuver the flock and enjoy some farmhouse scones with tea and coffee. Continue onto the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Onwards to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Killarney.
Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney, where we pause for a visit to Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you have time to enjoy an optional visit to Blarney Castle, and perhaps kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary and Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel. Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your own tonight. Overnight at our castle hotel tonight in Killiney, Co. Dublin**.
Coming into the capital city this morning for sightseeing. We visit the Guinness Storehouse, enjoying panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar, followed by Trinity College and the 8th century Book of Kells. Some time free then to enjoy the capital city independently. Dublin has plenty of shops, cafes, museums and more for you to enjoy. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at our castle hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin.
Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Flights to the U.S. arrive home the same day.
**Our castle hotel is situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, in the prestigious south Dublin suburb of Killiney and overlooking Dublin Bay.
Monday-Friday 9:00AM to 5:00 PM Central Time
202 West Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI, 54956
Air from Chicago $777.00 plus taxes (tax subject to change)
$469 Single Supplement
Optional travel insurance available: please call for details
Accommodations for 8 nights at the following
Dundalk: 2 nights Carrickdale Hotel
Galway: 2 nights Salthill Hotel
Killarney: 2 nights Killarney Towers Hotel
Killiney: 2 nights Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel