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CIE Tours 2018 - 13 Day Irish Classic

4 Star Vacation - 12 Nights /22 Meals Save 5% - Use Code EARLY2018
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 2 Belfast, 1 Derry, 2 Westport, 1 Bunratty, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 2 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-CLA1-18-13D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,420

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  • Book Early & Save: See details: 
  • Save 5% - Use code EARLY2018U: Save 5% on our just-released 2018 holidays! The best prices of the year are available on many 2018 tours including our most popular options and our new smaller group tours! And take our word: they’ll sell out fast!
  • TERMS & CONDITIONS: Book by September 15, 2017. Use promotion code EARLY2018U and pay a £300 per person deposit. Prices are land only, per person, based on double occupancy for 2018 departures. Prices will vary by departure date, not combinable with any other CIE Tours offers or discounts, and not available for group travel. Discount valid on new bookings only, subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. Other conditions may apply. Call 0800 680 0611 for details.: 
  •  : Authentic Local Experiences:Visit the iconic John B Keane’s Pub in the heart of Listowel to see where he penned some of his most famous works sitting by a blazing fire in a room behind the bar. Sip a creamy Irish coffee as you enjoy a music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan. Discover the colorful histories of Belfast, Derry, Westport, and Waterford on walking tours with local guides.
  • Trip Highlights:: 
  • Blarney Castle: Blarney Castle Built nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarney to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Cliffs of Moher One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.
  • Crumlin Road Gaol: Crumlin Road Gaol HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland since 1996. It is affectionately known as the Crum.
  • Donegal Castle: Donegal Castle Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family.
  • Down Cathedral: Down Cathedral This has been a religious site since around 750 A.D. The site has been used by Augustinian and Benedictine monks, attacked several times by Vikings, was the burial place of St Patrick and is now a Church of Ireland Cathedral.
  • Dunbrody Emigrant Ship: Dunbrody Emigrant Ship The present ship is a reconstruction of the Dunbrody, built in Quebec in 1845. The original was a 458 tonne three-masted barque, designed to carry cargo but adapted to carry passengers desperate to escape harrowing conditions during the Famine years.
  • Giant's Causeway: Giant's Causeway The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty giant, Finn McCool.
  • Titanic Belfast: Titanic Belfast Opened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconic ship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conception and construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.
  • Westport House: Westport House This stately mansion was designed by Richard Cassels in 1731. Today visitors can see 30 elegant rooms filled with family portraits and priceless furnishings, silver and porcelain. The house is enhanced with lovely gardens overlooking Clew Bay.
  • Dining Experiences: : Eight dinners including a festive medieval castle banquet, and dinner with traditional entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub

Hotels:


City North Hotel: Dublin (1 nights)
Hilton Belfast Hotel: Belfast (2 nights)
City Hotel, Derry: Derry (1 night)
Hotel Westport: Westport (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel: Bunratty (1 night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Royal Marine Hotel: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 night)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & DUBLIN CASTLE
Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and before dinner. (D)

Day 2: ST. PATRICK’S GRAVE & CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL
Visit Down Cathedral with St. Patrick’s historical burial site marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Next, explore the Crumlin Road Gaol to see what prison life was like through the ages and discover the dark secrets that lies within. Head to central Belfast with time to relax before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: TITANIC BELFAST & WALKING TOUR
Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own. (B)

Day 4: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK
Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This scenic region is the location for “Game of Thrones.” Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. (B, D)

Day 5: DONEGAL CASTLE & WESTPORT
Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Head to Westport for a gentle walking tour of this historic town. (B, D)

Day 6: SHEEP HERDING & WESTPORT HOUSE
Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick as you head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and enjoy a light lunch and guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean, contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy free time in Westport. (B, L)

Day 7: BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & CLIFFS OF MOHER
Visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die." The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 200m above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Tonight enjoy an evening at Knappogue Castle with a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)

Day 8: LITERARY TEA WITH SCONES & DINGLE PENINSULA
Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula as far as Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in the town of Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 9: JAUNTING CAR RIDE & RING OF KERRY
Enjoy a scenic traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music. (B, L)

Day 10: BLARNEY CASTLE & TRADITIONAL MUSIC
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Dungarvan, enjoy an Irish coffee and informal traditional music session at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city. (B, D)

Day 11: WATERFORD & DUNBRODY’S FAMINE SHIP
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by master glassblowers and carvers at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to the New World during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy an evening at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 12: TOUR ENDS OR DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Spend the day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to either Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Dublin’s many pubs or restaurants. (B)

Day 13: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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