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CIE Tours 2017 - 12 Day Irish Odyssey

4 Star Vacation - 11 Nights - 21 Meals
Overnights: 2 Dublin, 1 Cork, 2 Killarney, 2 Galway, 2 Derry, 1 Kingscourt, 1 Drogheda
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-ODA-17-12D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,928

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub: Taylor’s Three Rock Pub 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.
  • Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney: Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney 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.
  • Glorious Dingle Peninsula: Glorious 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.
  • Farmhouse Tour with Tea & Scones: Farmhouse Tour with 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.
  • Kylemore Benedictine Abbey: Kylemore Benedictine Abbey This Abbey is home to an order of Benedictine Nuns. See the fairy tale castle and Abbey set in an area of great natural beauty in Connemara. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance.
  • 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.
  • Cabra Castle Hotel Stay: Cabra Castle Hotel Stay Dating from 1760, this castle hotel is set in 88 acres of parkland with a 9-hole golf course. Well-appointed guest rooms, gourmet dining and gracious public rooms combine for a great stay.

Hotels:

Superior First Class

Herbert Park Hotel: Dublin (2 nights)
The River Lee Hotel: Cork (1 night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel: Killarney (2 nights)
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa - Galway: Galway (2 nights)
City Hotel, Derry: Derry (2 nights)
Cabra Castle Hotel: Kingscourt (1 night)
The D Hotel: Drogheda (1 night)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 11 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
    • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
    • Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
    • 6 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
  • Farmhouse visit for tea and scones
  • Walking tours of Cork, Galway and Derry with local guides
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • J. B. Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea and scones
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • "The Quiet Man" walking tour of Cong
  • The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre turf-cutting, tea and scones
  • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
  • Sample local beer at Clarke’s Bar in Drogheda
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Museum of Country Life, Belleek Pottery Factory, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb
  • 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 Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your Dublin City guide at your hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and travel companions over a welcome drink.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures of art and photography. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum. Head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 3: Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal
Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse to meet the owners and learn about country living while enjoying tea and freshly-baked scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople create all the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of pieces to make them sparkle. View magnificent trophies in the showrooms where you may also purchase stemware and other items. Continue along the south coast to Cork for an overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of the city and the English Market. A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types. Drive through Counties Cork and Kerry to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience 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. Return to the town of Dingle and enjoy a light lunch before returning to Killarney. The evening is free. (B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Travel north and cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast of County Clare. Here view the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower to get views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Continue to Galway for a walking tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. (B, D)

Day 7: "The Quiet Man" & Connemara
Drive to Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (B, L)

Day 8: Country Life Museum & Belleek China
Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time most people were self-sufficient and produced nearly everything they needed on their farms. Travel through County Sligo and around Donegal Bay. Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces and stop in Donegal town. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)

Day 9: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. See turf cutting at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre and return to Derry for free time. (B, D)

Day 10: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay
Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 11: Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk
Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to the historic town of Drogheda for a leisurely stroll with your tour director and sample locally-brewed beer in a traditional pub. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at The Glyde Inn, a traditional family run pub & award winning restaurant . (B, D)

Day 12: Tour Ends in Drogheda
Your tour ends after breakfast. Drogheda is 30 miles north of Dublin Airport so ensure you have appropriate transfer arrangements made. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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