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Ireland: Dublin and the Emerald Isle - Itinerary
DATES & COST 

August 16 - 25, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights 
Tour starts in Dublin 
and ends in Shannon

$3,880 per person/ double occupancy
$1,660 optional single supplement
$520 additional night (single or double), includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour may be combined with
the London and the English Countryside tour to England (UK) (August 7 - 15, 2019) 
and Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands 2 tour Scotland (UK) (August 2019)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

This tour starts on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2:00PM in Dublin
Please assure that your flight arrives before 12:00PM

Day 1: Historical Walking Tour of Dublin 

Cead mile failte! After a private transfer from the airport and checking into our luxury boutique hotel in the center of Dublin, our Irish adventure will start with welcome drinks, followed by a visit to Trinity College, one of the oldest centers of learning in Europe. The Trinity Old Library is home to the world-renowned 9th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript with improbably intricate and colorful medieval artwork. Afterwards, we'll take a historian led walking tour of Dublin, and in the evening, we'll enjoy a leisurely welcome dinner, where we'll have a chance to get to know each other and talk about our upcoming Irish adventure.
Meals: D
Accommodations: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Day 2: Newgrange, Knowth and Irish Dancing 
After a full Irish breakfast, we'll venture outside of the city into the green, peaceful Valley of the Boyne and visit the ancient burial mounds of Newgrange and Knowth, sacred prehistoric sites devoted to a Sun God ritual and one of the archaeological wonders of western Europe, dating to 3200 B.C. We'll return to Dublin in the late afternoon, and enjoy dinner, followed by an Irish dancing performance, a dynamic production of traditional Irish song and dance.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Day 3: Glendalough, Powerscourt Manor and Irish Storytelling 
Today, we'll travel south from Dublin. As we traverse through the mesmerizing County Wicklow, known as "the Garden of Ireland" and the imposing Wicklow Mountains, we'll stop to tour the Powerscourt Manor and Gardens, a magnificent Palladian-style country estate. Afterwards, we'll continue to Glendalough, an isolated 5th century monastery founded by St. Kevin. The historical significance of this monastic site competes with its sheer beauty and its setting around two dark lakes, surrounded by brooding forests and shrouded by mists. We'll return to Dublin in the late afternoon, and enjoy dinner accompanied by Irish storytelling and traditional Irish music. Afterwards, we may decide to experience a quintessential part of Irish culture: a pub crawl in the Temple Bar area where each pub is a monument to Irish music and a shrine to the Irish spirit and craic.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations:
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Day 4: Dublin to Killarney via Rock of Cashel 
In the morning, we'll leave Dublin and travel towards the west coast, through the legendary Irish countryside lit by shafts of sunlight and frequent rainbows and dotted with ruined castles, prehistoric monuments and lovingly restored manor houses. We'll stop at the Rock of Cashel, the most historic and evocative sight in Ireland, once the seat of the ancient Munster kings, where St. Patrick baptized King Aengus in the year 450 AD. In the afternoon, we'll arrive at Killarney's Dunloe Castle Hotel & Resort overlooking the Gap of Dunloe. The afternoon will be free to enjoy the hotel's gardens, indulge in horse riding or just take a walk through the picturesque area around the hotel, before a gourmet Irish dinner.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Dunloe Castle Hotel & Resort, Killarney

Day 5: Mucross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park 
We'll spend the full day exploring the Killarney National Park, with its magnificent scenery, bathed in translucent light and in shimmering mists. We'll start the day with a visit to the Victorian Muckross House and Gardens set against an iridescent, mysterious backdrop, then we'll explore the three Killarney Lakes by boat and on foot, stop for tea at Dinnis Cottage, and take in the imposing sight of Ross Castle. When we tire of the sights, we'll retreat to our hotel to enjoy the spa or the complimentary horse riding, take a stroll in the gardens, relax on the terrace overlooking the mountains or in the lively pub before a leisurely dinner at the hotel's intimate restaurant.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Dunloe Castle Hotel & Resort, Killarney

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula 

Today's adventure features the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. The area is not only the most visually spectacular in Ireland, but also shrouded in myth and legends, rich in history and literature and with a very distinct personality. In the morning, we'll drive along the Dingle Peninsula, across its mountains and past dramatic beaches, extensive prehistoric ruins with ring forts, beehive huts and stone crosses. We'll visit several small, Gaelic speaking villages that have developed their own character, the Dunbeg Fort, Beehive Huts, Coumeenole Beach (with views of the Blacket Islands), and Gallarus Oratory. In the evening, we'll enjoy another memorable Irish dinner.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Dunloe Castle Hotel & Resort, Killarney

Day 7: Killarney to Galway via Cliffs of Moher and Burren 

On the way to Galway today, we'll travel through the stone-clad Burren region with its numerous Stone Age burial monuments and Iron Age ring forts, stopping to see stone dolmens, ring forts, churches, crannogs, monasteries and holly wells, as well as the Kilfenora Cathedral, the Caherconnell Stone Fort and at the Poulnabrone Tomb. Around noon, we'll arrive at the iconic and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher that stand 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch at an atmospheric pub in Doolin, we'll arrive at The Park House Hotel in Galway in the afternoon, and after some time to relax and enjoy our beautiful home for the next three nights, we'll enjoy a traditional Irish dinner.
Meals: B, L, D
Accommodations: The Park House Hotel, Galway

Day 8: Aran Islands 

After breakfast today, we'll journey off the west coast of Ireland to the edge of the ancient world, as we take a ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands, where we'll experience the unique island lifestyle in the hauntingly beautiful barren landscape. Weathered by the wild Atlantic waves, this great rocky outcrop of fissured limestone is a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, and is unique in its geology, archaeology and history. We'll tour the 5th century Christian site of the Seven Churches, the remarkable geological formation at the Worm Hole and Dun Aengus, and the most dramatically situated Celtic stone fort in Europe. We'll return to our hotel in the late afternoon, and enjoy a free evening to enjoy the vibrant city surroundings before dinner.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: The Park House Hotel, Galway

Day 9: Connemara, Clifden Castle, Kylemore Abbey 

Today, we'll explore the desolate beauty and the rugged landscape of Connemara with its vast boglands, dark lakes and jagged mountain ranges. We'll also be able to appreciate the rich heritage of Connemara with stops at the fairytale Kylemore Abbey and the picturesque market town of Clifden with its historic church spires, and along the way, we'll discover natural wonders such as Killary Harbour, Ireland's only natural fjord and the Quartzite cone of Diamond Hill. We'll return to Galway in the evening, and celebrate our Irish adventure with a farewell dinner.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: The Park House Hotel, Galway

Day 10: Ballyvaughan to Shannon Airport - Departures 

Sadly, we'll have to say good-bye to Ireland today, although we'll be left with beautiful memories of our time here. After an early breakfast, we'll have a group transfer to Shannon airport, where we'll arrive at 9:30AM. Please make sure to schedule your return flight after 11:30AM
Meals: B

The tour ends at 9:30AM on on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Shannon Airport. 
Please schedule your return flight no sooner than 11:30AM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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