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Brendan Vacations Enchanting Emerald Isle Summer 2017 (BRED)

8 Days starts and ends in Dublin Print
Tour Style: Country Explorer
Europe & Britain First Class 2017
Visits: Dublin, Strokestown, Ballina, Kylemore, Galway, Ardrahan, Killarney, Lahinch, Killimer, Tarbert (Co. Kerry), Blarney, Kilkenny, Thomastown, Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Cliffs of Moher, Torc Waterfall, Iveragh Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Blarney Stone, Kilkenny Castle, Trinity College, Ireland

Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from Dublin's Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. See the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint founded in the 12th century and visit a traditional Irish farm for tea, fresh scones and a bit of sheep herding.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall
  • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Rathbaun Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College

Dining Highlights

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Shannon estuary
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Brendan Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing
Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. View the colourful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christchurch Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artefacts, and altar-pieces.Welcome Reception
Day: 2 Dublin – Strokestown – Enniscrone
Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world's best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s, where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Enniscrone set on the River Moy.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 3 Enniscrone – Connemara – Galway
Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the "City of Tribes". View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back to only 1965.Full Breakfast
Day: 4 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (2 Nights)
Gain a Cultural Insight into the life of a sheep farmer on a stop at a traditional Irish farm. Sip a cup of morning tea and enjoy a freshly baked scone, then watch the farmer herd sheep with the help of his dog. Afterward head to the coast and the rugged Cliffs of Moher. There's time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney.Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day: 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion
Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries. This afternoon enjoy free time in Killarney or stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Please Note: This leisurely paced walk meanders over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. Walkers should wear good walking shoes for a stroll through picturesque surrounds.Full Breakfast
Day: 6 Killarney – Blarney – Kilkenny
Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the "gift of the gab". Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale while relishing a Be My Guest dinner, before arriving at your hotel in Kilkenny.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day: 7 Kilkenny – Dublin
Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore, with a Local Specialist. In the castle basement you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Later return to Ireland's capital where you visit Trinity College to admire the Book of Kells. Toast the Emerald Isle with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Irish pub.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day: 8 Depart Dublin
Slan abhaile or "safe homeward" as you transfer to the airport where your holiday ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Full Breakfast

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Guaranteed Departure 07/02/2017 $1,625.00
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Guaranteed Departure 10/22/2017 $1,575.00
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