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CIE Tours 2017 - 9 Day The Irish Pub Tour

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights - 14 Meals
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 1 Kilkenny, 2 Killarney, 2 Westport, 2 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-PUA-17-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,558

CIE Tour Highlights:

Discover Ireland's Legends & Folklore

Ireland's Legends & Folklore Ireland has a rich tradition of mythology and folklore, full of stories of legendary warriors and mischievious fairies. You’ll hear about giants such as Finn McCool, tiny leprechauns hiding pots of gold and banshees foretelling death. Also hear about St. Patrick, Ireland’s national saint, and the many myths associated with places all around Ireland. 12th Century Brazen Head Pub Folk Dinner The Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub and the venue for “Food, Folk & Fairies”. Here you will savor a great dinner, which is followed by an evening of story-telling with many of Ireland’s popular myths.

Sheepdog Trials 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.

Smithwick's Brewery Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night Nestled at the Gap of Dunloe lies Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year-old family-run establishment. Enjoy excellent food with traditional dishes, entertainment with songs, musicians playing guitar and other stringed instruments and a display of costumed Irish dancers featuring reels and jigs.

View Cliffs of Moher by Boat Take a boat trip from the village of Doolin to view the famous Cliffs of Moher from the sea and gain a different perspective as you gaze up at the immense walls of rock.

Hotels: Superior & First Class Ballsbridge Hotel -  Dublin (1 night)
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel -  Kilkenny (1 night)
International Hotel -  Killarney (2 nights)
Armada Hotel -  Spanish Point (1 night)
Wyatt Hotel -  Westport (1 night)
Ashling Hotel -  Dublin (2 nights)

Tour Includes:

Sightseeing by luxury coach Professional driver/guide 8 nights in hotels listed Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1 6 dinners (D) including - Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish night - Food, Folk and Fairies dinner/show at the Brazen Head Pub - 4 table d'hote dinners Welcome get-together drink Tour of Dublin with a local guide Tour and a pint at Guinness Storehouse Tours with tastings at Smithwick’s Brewery and Teeling Distillery Walking tour of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and Galway Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn Sheepdog trials on Dingle Peninsula Ferry ride across the River Shannon Cliffs of Moher boat trip Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Book of Kells, General Post Office Museum or EPIC Ireland Visits and admissions to Glasnevin Museum, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Aillwee Cave and Westport House 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 & Guinness Storehouse
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your guide at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. See elegant Georgian squares with the famous brightly-painted doors and the peaceful St. Stephen’s Green. Cross the River Liffey to drive along the wide O’Connell Street and view the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s “black beer” and enjoy a creamy pint in the rooftop bar with panoramic views of Dublin. Your tour director will host a welcome drink and advise where to dine independently.

Day 2: Glasnevin Museum & Medieval Kilkenny Walk
Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny and check in to your centrally-located hotel. Take a walking tour through Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to view merchants’ houses and historic pubs. Visit Smithwick’s Brewery and enjoy a sample. Enjoy free time to browse around the compact city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Blarney
Drive south to the ancient port of Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. See how skilled craftspeople transform molten glass into elegant tableware and magnificent trophies of all types. Travel along the south coast to visit Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Do some shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a break in the pub hidden between the shops! Pass through County Cork and on to Killarney to your hotel in the center of town. In the evening explore some of the lively pubs where traditional Irish music is played. (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Kate Kearney’s Cottage Dinner
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Visit the cozy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole with “Scott of the Antarctic.” Meet a farmer whose skilled dogs herd sheep and drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop in the town of Dingle for a look around and something to eat. In the evening drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner and traditional Irish entertainment with songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Aillwee Cave
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Next stop at the Aillwee Cave for a gentle guided stroll through the underground caverns. The walk will take you over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall. Travel south to the village of Spanish Point, named after the ships of the 1588 Spanish Armada that were wrecked there. The village has many enticing pubs to check out before or after dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Galway & Westport House
Drive around the shores of Galway Bay and stop in Galway for a walking tour of the compact city center. Continue through Connemara with its hills, lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. 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. Tour the stately Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings, paintings, books and silver. (B, D)

Day 7: Teeling Distillery & 12th Century Brazen Head Pub
Drive from the west coast through the gentle scenery in center of Ireland to Dublin on the east coast. Visit Teeling Distillery, Dublin’s newest distillery in the heart of the city, and sample the aged whiskey. Head to the Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dating back to 1198 for an evening of “Food, Folk and Fairies” where story-telling will reveal Ireland’s myths and beliefs in times past. (B, D)

Day 8: Independent Bus Tour in Dublin
Spend an additional day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to either the Book of Kells or General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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