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CIE Tours 2018 - 9 Day The Irish Pub Tour

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights /14 Meals Small Group Departures Available
Overnights: 1 Dublin, 1 Kilkenny, 2 Killarney, 1 Spanish Point, 1 Westport, 2 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-PUA-18-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,645

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:


Enjoy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole. Discover the rich history of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile as you explore with a local guide.  

Trip Highlights:


Ailwee Cave Located in the heart of the Burren In County Clare. Forty minutes from both Galway and Shannon. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountain side with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay.

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.

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.

Guinness Storehouse & a Pint This building was constructed in 1904 to house the fermentation process.In November 2000 it opened as a tourist attraction where you can followthe various stages of producing Guinness on five floors before ending inthe rooftop Gravity Bar to sample a pint of draft Guinness.

Smithwick's Experience Teeling Distillery Located in the heart of Dublin city centre, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the only operational distillery in Dublin, the first of its kind to open its doors in over 125 years. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is Dublin’s newest destination for whiskey fans or for anyone with an interest in Dublin’s long, historical association with Irish whiskey.

Dingle PeninsulaDingle 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. 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.


Dining Experiences:


Six dinners including Irish night Kate Kearney’s Cottage, and 12th Century Brazen Head Pub folk dinner.  

Hotels:


Ballsbridge Hotel -  Dublin (1 night)
for Saturday departure or Croke Park Hotel -  Dublin (1 night)
for Wednesday departure 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)

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Guinness Storehouse
Tour starts 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. 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 after pulling your own pint enjoy views of Dublin from the rooftop bar. Back at the hotel, enjoy a welcome drink with your group and then dine on your own at one of Dublin’s many restaurants or pubs.

Day 2: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Smithwick’s Experience
Explore Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. Head to Kilkenny for a walking tour through Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to view merchants’ houses and historic pubs. Visit Smithwick’s Experience brewery for a tour and enjoy a sample. Spend some free time browsing the charming city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: House of Waterford Crystal & Blarney Castle
Head to the ancient port of Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Pass through County Cork to Killarney where you’ll have free time to explore some of the lively musical pubs. (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Kate Kearney’s Cottage Dinner
Head to the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery. Visit the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. Enjoy some time and lunch on your own in the town of Dingle. In the evening head 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
Embark on a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the top of the cliffs for views across Galway Bay, of Connemara and the Aran Islands. A short drive will bring you into Doolin for lunch at McGann’s Pub. Next visit Aillwee Cave for a guided stroll through the underground caverns. Travel to Spanish Point, named after the ships of the 1588 Spanish Armada that were wrecked there. Enjoy a drink at Johnny Burke’s Pub at the Armada Hotel before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Galway & Westport Walk
Drive around the shores of Galway Bay and stop in Galway for some leisure time to explore independently. 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 and enjoy a drink while taking a pub walking tour of this attractive estate town built in 1780, with buildings steeped in history and traditional pubs, many with live music. (B, D)

Day 7: Teeling Distillery & 12th Century Brazen Head Pub
Enjoy the scenery of central Ireland as you head to Dublin on the east coast. Visit Teeling Distillery, a 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
Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the 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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11/10/2018 $1,645.00
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