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CIE Tours 2017 - 9 Day Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights - 15 Meals
Overnights: 1 Ennis, 2 Westport, 2 Stranorlar, 1 Belfast, 2 Dublin
From Shannon to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-IWA-17-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,712

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the Magnificent Scenic West Coast of Ireland: Explore the Magnificent Scenic West Coast of Ireland The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance touring route. It stretches along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork for a distance of 1,500 miles, making it the longest defined coastal drive in the world with breathtaking scenery along the way.
  • Dublin’s Famous Abbey Tavern Evening: Dublin’s Famous Abbey Tavern Evening ’Traditional Irish Night’ offers a 4-course Irish dinner including Irish coffee. The show features the world-famous Abbey Tavern singers and musicians with a lively performance of music, song and the very best of Irish dancing.
  • Giant’s Causeway: Giant’s Causeway To stroll on the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway is to voyage back in time. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire visitors. In 1986 the Causeway was designated a World Heritage site and a comprehensive visitor centre tells about its geology.
  • Kiss The Blarney Stone: Kiss The Blarney Stone 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.
  • Discover the Dingle Peninsula: Discover the 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.
  • Bunratty Castle Banquet: Bunratty Castle 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.

Hotels:

Superior First Class

Old Ground Hotel: Ennis (1 night)
Hotel Westport: Westport (2 nights)
Kees Hotel: Stranorlar (2 nights)
Stormont Hotel: Belfast (1 night)
Ashling Hotel: Dublin (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 8 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    • Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
    • 5 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Walking tours of Galway, Derry and Dublin’s Trinity College with local guides
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Tours of Belfast and Dublin
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Cliffs of Moher, Westport House, Museum of Country Life, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, and Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • 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: Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher
Your Irish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your hotel in Ennis, which is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Get together with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink to discuss your trip before dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Galway & Connemara
Head to Galway for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Journey through Spiddal to the lovely Connemara region with its hills, lakes and open land. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served. (B,D)

Day 3: Achill Island & Westport House
Cross by bridge to Achill Island and follow the Atlantic Drive for great mountain and ocean scenery. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Return to Westport and enjoy a casual lunch before for touring Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views. Take a gentle walking tour of Westport and the evening is free. (B,L)

Day 4: Country Life & Donegal Castle
Visit the Museum of Country Life which features exhibits of domestic goods in daily use during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Drive through Counties Mayo and Sligo and around Donegal Bay to Donegal town. Tour Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive through the Bluestack Mountains to your next hotel in Stranorlar. (B, D)

Day 5: Glenveagh Castle & Grand Atlantic Drive
Travel into the heart of Donegal to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion as you tour the rooms and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Then experience the glorious natural beauty of the Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Stop to admire views and take photos. Return to Stranorlar and relax a little before dinner. (B,D)

Day 6: Derry & Giant’s Causeway
In Derry join a local guide for a walking tour to see medieval city walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Drive along the north coast, pausing for photos at Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Experience wonderful scenery along the coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route and continue to Belfast. (B,D)

Day 7: Titanic Belfast & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Visit Down Cathedral to learn about the history of the place and see the historical burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. Travel to Dublin and check in to your hotel. Head to the popular Abbey Tavern for a hearty dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B,D)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways; pass St. Stephen’s Green and shopping areas around Nassau Street; cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and see the General Post Office where the 1916 Rising started. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the afternoon use your independent vouchers for an open-top bus tour all around central Dublin and a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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