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CIE Tours 2018 Irish Myths & Legends

4 & 5 Star Vacation - 7 Nights /17 Meals Guided Family Vacation
Overnights: 2 Kildare, 2 Cork, 2 Galway, 1 Bunratty
From Dublin to Shannon
Tour Code #: IE-IEF-18-8D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,490

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


Compete with your fellow travellers as you cook a traditional Irish meal with a local chef. Scenic guided bike ride in Phoenix Park where the President of Ireland has lived since 1750. Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with his highly skilled dogs to control a flock of sheep. Cruise to Spike Island to see a fort where 2,300 prisoners were held in Victorian times and enjoy a personalized picnic lunch. 

Trip Highlights:


Private tour of the Cliffs of Moher with a Ranger Rathbaun Farm visit with a sheepdog demonstration and tea with scones Aran Islands cruise and visit Dun Aengus Fort Train ride through the countryside Hands on cooking experience Viking Splash Tour Blarney Castle Galway Walking Tour  Dining Experiences:7 dinners and 4 lunches including a night out in a 1620's era pub, dinner in a Pullman Railway car, plus afternoon tea and scones 

Hotels:


The K Club -  Kildare (2 nights)
Castlemartyr Resort -  Cork (2 nights)
Glenlo Abbey Hotel -  Galway (2 nights)
Limerick Strand Hotel -  Bunratty (1 night)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Kildare
After landing at Dublin Airport, travel to Kildare, prime horse-breeding country. Arrive at the K Club and meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Dublin City & Bike Tour
Drive into Dublin for a Viking Splash tour to see the highlights of the city by land and by water including Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Roll up your sleeves and cook your own lunch with a professional chef, and then burn off the calories with a bike ride through Phoenix Park, the largest walled park in Europe. Return to Kildare and relax before dining in the hotel restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Train Ride & Blarney Castle
Board a train headed to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. Enjoy first class service on board as you wind through the Irish countryside. Climb the battlements of Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or take a walk through the stunning grounds Browse around the village of Blarney, charmingly set around a large village green before heading to the exquisite Castlemartyr Resort where you will enjoy a BBQ dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Spike Island & Kinsale
Drive to Cobh and take a short cruise to Spike Island. The local guide will share the history of the island as you make your way to the Fortress to explore independently, afterwards enjoy a personalized picnic lunch with your family. In the afternoon spend free time in the historic fishing town of Kinsale before returning to your hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coastline of County Clare. Enjoy a private tour with a ranger of the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic. Travel through the Burren, a unique region of limestone hills where many rare flowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Continue to Galway for a gentle walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle, and the narrow streets. Enjoy dinner in a Pullman Railway car, and you will see two original carriages from the Agatha Christie film, “Murder on the Orient Express.” (B, D)

Day 6: Aran Island Tour & Dun Aengus Fort
Take a ferry from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, renowned for traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. Head to Dun Aengus Fort, a huge prehistoric fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Enjoy lunch and free time in Kilronan, the main town, before returning to Galway with time to relax before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Rathbaun Farm & Limerick
In Ardrahan visit Rathbaun Farm, a picturesque 150-year old farmhouse with a variety of animals. Learn about traditional farming practices, watch a sheepdog demonstration, and enjoy homemade tea and scones. Continue to the historic city of Limerick and check into your hotel. Take a walking tour along the Shannon River in Limerick, passing the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle, followed by a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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