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CIE Tours 2018 - 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 Trim
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-ODA-18-12D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,045

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

Discover local lore on a walking tour of Cong (“The Quiet Man” tour) with a local guide.  Enjoy a drink and chat with locals at a traditional Irish pub.  Relax as you take in a special step dancing display at the Cabra Castle Hotel.  

Trip Highlights:

Ballintubber Abbey and its environs exude an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity that accommodates and integrates into its setting a range of human activity and interests- spiritual, historical, educational. These include retreats, tours, weddings, concerts, liturgical celebrations, Tóchar walks, guided tours and time for quite reflection and prayer.

Belleek Pottery Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery was established to provide employment in the areaby making household fixtures. Later the company started production of place settingsand ornamental pieces in fine Parian china and you can see production from clay to finish on a factory tour.

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.

Boyne Valley Visitor Centre Brú na Bóinne or Boyne Valley Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange,Knowth or Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber atNewgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth.

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.

Giant's Causeway The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcaniceruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one ofIreland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about themighty giant, Finn McCool.

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.

Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here.

Kylemore 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.

Russborough House Set in Blessington, to the south of Dublin city, this magnificent Palladian mansion is set in spacious groundsand is filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections.

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.

Titanic Belfast Opened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconicship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conceptionand construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.

Dining Experiences:

Nine dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub with live show, a local venue in Dingle, the Walled City Brewery Restaurant, and Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner. 


Herbert Park Hotel -  Dublin (2 nights)
The River Lee Hotel -  Cork (1 night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
The Galmont Hotel & Spa -  Galway (2 nights)
City Hotel, Derry -  Derry (2 nights)
Cabra Castle Hotel -  Kingscourt (1 night)
Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort -  Trim (1 night)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin 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. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Take in the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains as you head 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 for independent activities and to explore on your own. In the evening, head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople through the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of pieces to make them sparkle. Continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Enjoy the scenery in Counties Cork and Kerry as you head to the colourful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. (B, D)

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Travel on to discover the beauties of the scenic Dingle Peninsula and experience views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. There will be frequent stops at strategic locations to admire the views and take photos. Enjoy an early dinner in the charming town of Dingle before returning to Tralee. (B, D)

Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. View the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that soars 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Galway for a walking tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. (B, D)

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. 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, then the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (B, L)

Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as "the Abbey that refused to die." The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland's only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. At Belleek Pottery, watch craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces. Follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal for some free time. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)

Visit the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city centre. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. (B, D)

Head 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. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)

Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange or Knowth. Continue to Drogheda for a leisurely stroll around the historic town and sample locally brewed beer in a traditional pub. Drive to the historical town of Trim to enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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