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CIE Tours 2017 - 10 Day Elegant Ireland

4 & 5 Star Vacation - 9 Nights - 19 Meals
Overnights: 2 Dublin, 2 Galway, 1 Ennis, 2 Killarney, 2 Cork, 1 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-LIA-17-10D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,088

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • 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.
  • Lough Corrib Cruise with Irish Coffee: Lough Corrib Cruise with Irish Coffee Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a cruise on the all-weather Corrib Princess. As you cruise on Lough Corrib, Ireland’s 2nd largest lake enjoy unsurpassed views as you pass castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest.
  • 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.
  • Jaunting Car Ride: Jaunting Car Ride Drive through part of the extensive Killarney National Park at a leisurely pace to enjoy wonderful lake and mountain views and stop for photos. All the while your driver entertains you with local folklore and history of the area.
  • 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.
  • Kinsale Walking Tour: Kinsale Walking Tour Get to know the highlights of the historic seaport town of Kinsale by taking a walking tour with local guides, Don Herlihy or Barry Moloney. Both men use an historic chart to illustrate the various phases of Kinsale’s history and to relate it to the town today.Stay in the Undiscovered Gem of Rosscarbery


Deluxe & Superior First Class

Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel - Dublin: Dublin (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa - Galway: Galway (2 nights)
Old Ground Hotel: Ennis (1 night)
Aghadoe Heights Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
Celtic Ross Hotel: Rosscarbery (2 nights)
Dunboyne Castle Hotel: Dublin (1 night)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub traditional Irish dinner/show
    • Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney
    • 6 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Walking tours of Dublin’s Trinity College, Galway, Ennis and Kinsale
  • Tour of Dublin with your tour director
  • Corrib Princess Cruise with an Irish coffee
  • Rathbaun Farm sheepdog trials with tea and scones
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Irish coffee at Murphy’s Bar, Castlemaine
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Friary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Blasket Centre, Drombeg Stone Circle, Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills
  • 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 Arrival & Book of Kells
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take a guided tour of Dublin to see the most prominent buildings and memorials. View rows of elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors. Drive past the Bank of Ireland and General Post Office as well as the modern financial district. Join a student guide on a brief walk through Trinity College’s campus to view the Book of Kells. In the evening join your tour director over a welcome drink and head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner with a lively show. (D)

Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to Galway city and take a walking tour with a local guide to explore the narrow medieval streets. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated. Check in to your hotel in time to relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara
Near Galway embark on the Corrib Princess for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee. Then drive through Connemara to admire granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city on your own. (B, L)

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Ennis
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Continue to your hotel in Ennis and take a walking tour around this charming town and visit Ennis Friary. (B, D)

Day 5: Flying Boat Museum & Killarney
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride and drive along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930s and early 1940s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Walk through a replica of a Clipper and see memorabilia in the museum. Stop in Listowel for a look around and lunch on your own before heading to your hotel in Killarney, located a few miles outside overlooking Lough Leane and the mountains. Dine in Killeen House Restaurant, renowned for a warm welcome and excellent food. (B, D)

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre
Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience wonderful views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Stop in the town of Dingle to browse around a little and choose a restaurant for lunch on your own. In Castlemaine, birthplace of the “Wild Colonial Boy,” stop at the charming, old-fashioned Murphy’s Pub to savor an Irish coffee before returning to your hotel in Killarney. (B, D)

Day 7: Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Cork Coastline
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the peaceful Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Stop at the mighty Ross Castle to admire the unspoiled scenery all around. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around on your own. Then drive across the Beara Peninsula and through Glengarriff, renowned for its palm trees and mild weather. Continue along the lovely County Cork coast and through the towns of Bantry and Skibbereen. Check in to your hotel in Rosscarbery. (B, D)

Day 8: Charles Fort & Historic Kinsale
Travel along the coast to view Timoleague Franciscan Friary, founded in 1240 by two prominent families, MacCarthys and de Barrys. Today view the picturesque ruins of the church and living quarters. Then head to Kinsale, renowned for medieval sea trade, fishing and yachting. In Kinsale, join a local guide to visit the huge Charles Fort on the coast before taking a gentle stroll through the town to see many old buildings and learn about the long history of trade and shipping with mainland Europe. A short drive will bring you back to your hotel where you will have time to relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Blarney Stone & Dunboyne Castle
Journey to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. If you don’t fancy climbing to the top of the castle, you may admire the colorful gardens. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof. Head north, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing church ruins. Arrive at your luxurious castle hotel, located on the outskirts of Dublin. This property blends the elegant old mansion with state-of-the-art designed guest rooms. Enjoy a farewell dinner – a fitting end to your vacation. (B, D)

Day 10: Tour Ends at Dunboyne Castle
Your tour ends after breakfast. The hotel is about 15 miles from either Dublin Airport or Dublin city center. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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