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CIE Tours 2017 - 7 Day Irish Heritage

4 & 5 Star Vacation - 6 Nights - 11 Meals
Overnights: 1 Limerick, 2 Killarney, 1 Waterford, 2 Dublin
From Shannon to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-HEA-17-7D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,558

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Medieval Castle Banquet: Medieval Castle Banquet Whether you go to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle, you will be transported back in time for medieval-style dining with a mead reception, a four-course feast and good wine. The entertainment is provided by your gracious hosts, the Lords and Ladies, and enhances the feast.
  • Gourmet Killeen House Restaurant: Gourmet Killeen House Restaurant Geraldine and Michael and all their wonderful staff at Rozzers Restaurant provide a warm welcome and a great dining experience. Head Chef Paul O’Gorman and his team have carved out an enviable reputation for the sheer quality of the food.
  • Sheepdog Trials: Sheepdog Trials Sheep farming is an important part of country life and watch a farmer with his working dogs control a flock of sheep. See how agile dogs obey various commands to round up sheep, especially useful in mountainous regions.
  • Merry Ploughboy Dinner & Show: Merry Ploughboy Dinner & Show Enjoy the very best of fresh Irish food followed by entertainment with one of Ireland’s leading traditional Irish music groups, The Merry Ploughboys, and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
  • Irish National Stud & Gardens: Irish National Stud & Gardens Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud promotes the development of Irish bloodstock and is the only Irish stud farm open to the public where visitors can see some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. The Japanese Gardens were created in the early 20th century and symbolize the ’Life of Man’ while St. Fiachra’s was created to celebrate the Millennium with a strong focus on rock and water.
  • Stay at 5* Dromoland Castle Hotel: Stay at 5* Dromoland Castle Hotel One of Ireland’s premier hotels, this castle property offers guests every imaginable facility and comfort. Guest rooms are furnished to a high standard of comfort. The lovely public rooms are spacious and filled with antiques. Fine cuisine is enhanced by impeccable service. Relax in the state-of-the-art spa and health facilities or play a round of golf on the lovely landscaped grounds.

Hotels:

Deluxe & Superior First Class

Limerick Strand Hotel: Limerick (1 night)
The Brehon Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel: Waterford (1 night)
Royal Marine Hotel: Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 7 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 5 dinners (D) including
    • Knappogue or Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    • Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    • 2 table d'hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum and an Irish coffee
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Walking tour of Waterford
  • Tour of Dublin with your tour director
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to King John’s Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Cobh Heritage Centre, House of Waterford Crystal, Russborough House, Glasnevin Museum and Irish National Stud & Gardens
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Limerick & Medieval Castle Banquet
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Limerick hotel. Limerick is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Depart for a short drive around Limerick and visit the huge King John’s Castle, built in the 13th century on the banks of the River Shannon to safeguard the city. Join your tour director for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet. (D)

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Jaunting Car Ride
Drive through Ennis to see the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and travel along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Learn how to make a perfect Irish coffee as this was where the drink was first created and sip a warming sample. Drive to Killarney, a small town situated in one of the loveliest locations in Ireland. Drive through the Killarney National Park by traditional jaunting car to view Ross Castle set on the shores of Lough Leane with mountains forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, for great views of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. Enjoy plenty of breaks to admire the natural beauty and take photos. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience and learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived and where some of the “Star Wars VII” movie was filmed. Pass through Waterville and the attractive village of Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for great mountain vistas. See more spectacular views at a nearby sheep farm as well as demonstrations of shearing and trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney and in the evening head to the award-winning Killeen House Restaurant for a warm welcome and superb cuisine. (B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre
Depart Killarney and drive to Blarney. Visit the famous Blarney Castle and either climb to the top to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made goods. Visit the town of Cobh, last port of call for RMS Titanic, to tour the Cobh Heritage Centre where a docent will tell you about travel conditions for the many emigrants on early sailing ships and steam vessels. Follow the coastal route to Waterford and check in to your hotel. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past. (B, D)

Day 5: Waterford Crystal & Russborough House
This morning tour the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and view one-of-a-kind masterpieces being created. Drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Blessington. Take a guided tour around the stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections. Continue to your next hotel, an elegant Victorian mansion, which overlooks Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub, followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Museum
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin, originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago. See elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors and cross the River Liffey to view the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum. Dine on your own this evening. (B)

Day 7: Dublin Departure
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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