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CIE Tours 2017 - 6 Day Best Of Ireland South - Tour C

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 5 Nights - 10 Meals
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 2 Newmarket-on-Fergus
From Dublin to Shannon
Tour Code #: IE-ISA-17-6D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,228

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Taylor’s Three Rock Irish Night: Taylor’s Three Rock Irish Night Start with a 4-course dinner including an Irish coffee and the sparkling entertainment show features Noel V Ginnity’s best-loved of all Irish Cabaret acts, plus a host of the top selection of Irish entertainment.
  • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet: Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet The evening begins with a mead reception in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle, followed by a four-course meal with wines. Entertainment is provided by the world renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers accompanied by harp and violin.
  • King John's Castle: King John's Castle King John's Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooking the majestic River Shannon. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The interpretative center contains an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the Castle.
  • 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.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Dingle Peninsula The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland’s south-west coast and is dominated by the Slieve Mish Mountains and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches provide spectacular views.
  • 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.
  • Farmhouse Tea & Scones: Farmhouse Tea & Scones Visit a farmhouse for a slice of Irish country life. Meet the owners and chat about their lives as you sample some fresh home-baked scones with tea or coffee.
  • 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.

Hotels:

Superior & First Class

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan: Dublin (1 night)
Scotts Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland: Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 5 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 4 dinners (D) including
    • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    • 2 table d’hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College and Galway
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, King John’s Castle and Cliffs of Moher
  • 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: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Welcome to Dublin! Your tour starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as the General Post Office in O’Connell Street where the 1916 Uprising started; Leinster House, the seat of government; and rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish music, songs and displays of step-dancing. (D)

Day 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. Visit a nearby sheep farm for freshly-baked scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around and enjoy a casual lunch in Dingle town. Return to Killarney where the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. Killarney has a lot of great pubs where impromptu and planned music sessions take place so you might like to check out some of them. (B, L)

Day 4: Jaunting Car Ride & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Enjoy local stories by your jarvey (driver) and take in the great views of the mountains. Drive north and stop in the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick visit the mighty King John’s Castle, which has guarded the River Shannon and access to the interior of the country for over 800 years. The stunning exhibition brings dramatic local history to life. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing. In the evening travel to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style feast with lots of food, wine and song to carry you off to the Middle Ages in spirit. (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, provided that the weather is clear. Drive through the hills of the Burren and around Galway Bay to Galway. Join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city and spend time on your own. Return to your hotel in Newmarket-on-Fergus for dinner in your hotel and, afterwards enjoy the tales of a local storyteller. (B, D)

Day 6: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your program ends after breakfast today. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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