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CIE Tours 2018 - 7 Day Best Of Ireland South - Tour D

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 6 Nights /11 Meals Small Group Departures Available
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 2 Newmarket-on-Fergus, 1 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-ISA-18-7D2   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,475

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

A scenic cruise on Dingle Bay is enhanced by stories of local lore and history. Keep your eyes open – you might spot a dolphin or two.  Enjoy fresh baked scones with tea during a visit to a local farmhouse.  Discover the rich history of Dublin’s Trinity College as you embark on a walking tour with a local guide.  

Trip Highlights:

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 Blarneyto kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one ofIreland’s greatest treasures.

Burren Birds of Prey Centre The Centre is home to one of the largest collections of Birds of Prey in Ireland with scheduled flying displays daily.

Cliffs of Moher One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extendfor 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’sTower 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.

Dingle PeninsulaDingle 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. 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.

Jaunting car ride in Killarney Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountainviews and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.

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.

Sheepdog Demonstration 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.

Dining Experiences:

Five dinners including a fun night at Taylors Three Rock Pub, a lively medieval castle banquet, and a local venue in Dingle.


Talbot Hotel Stillorgan -  Dublin (1 night)
Scotts Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland -  Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)
Grand Canal Hotel -  Dublin (1 night)
for Saturday departures or Ballsbridge Hotel -  Dublin (1 night)
for Thursday departures 

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Take a guided tour of Trinity College and view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show. (D)

Day 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Relax and enjoy the picturesque midlands of Ireland, with its many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney. (B, D)

Day 3: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around. Enjoy dinner at a local venue before spending the remainder of the evening free exploring Tralee. (B, D)

Day 4: Jaunting Car Ride & Medieval Castle Banquet
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick visit King John’s Castle, which has guarded the River Shannon and access to the interior of the country for over 800 years. In the evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style feast. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music. (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 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. Visit the Burren Birds of Prey Centre where you will see dynamic flying displays and learn about raptor conservation. Join a local guide in Galway for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city and before spending some time on your own. (B, D)

Day 6: Irish National Stud & Dublin
Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin. (B)

Day 7: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B) B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

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