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Irish Holiday

8 Nights / 9 Days tour package for USD 969 per person
Destinations Covered: Dublin - Belfast - Ennis - Sligo - Killarney - Tramore 9200
 

Explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. Begin your trip in Dublin, Ireland's capital, with an orientation drive that introduces you to Dublin's major attractions. Then travel north through the Boyne Valley and the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick and via Strangford Lough to Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland. Take the scenic route along the Antrim coast to dramatic Giant's Causeway, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Visit Derry and Donegal, then drive along Donegal Bay on your way to Sligo. Via Knock, where pilgrims from around the world flock to the Marian Shrine, and vibrant coastal Galway, head for the breathtaking 668-foot Cliffs of Moher. Take photographs of the thatched cottages in Adare, then drink in the scenery on the Dingle Peninsula before arriving in the bustling resort of Killarney. More spectacular vistas await you during the coastal drive along the beautiful Ring of Kerry, where you'll see sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with verdant vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney. Next, stop in Blarney, famous for its castle and Stone of Eloquence, and enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Heading north, visit Ireland's oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, and Glendalough with St. Kevin's Irish Christianity Centre ruins. Back in Dublin, your vacation ends with an exciting optional tour.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
21-Mar-2013 29-Mar-2013 USD 969
28-Mar-2013 05-Apr-2013
 
04-Apr-2013 12-Apr-2013 USD 1159
11-Apr-2013 19-Apr-2013
 
18-Apr-2013 26-Apr-2013 USD 1199
 
25-Apr-2013 03-May-2013 USD 1359
02-May-2013 10-May-2013
09-May-2013 17-May-2013
16-May-2013 24-May-2013
23-May-2013 31-May-2013
 
30-May-2013 07-Jun-2013 USD 1359
06-Jun-2013 14-Jun-2013
13-Jun-2013 21-Jun-2013
20-Jun-2013 28-Jun-2013
27-Jun-2013 05-Jul-2013
04-Jul-2013 12-Jul-2013
11-Jul-2013 19-Jul-2013
18-Jul-2013 26-Jul-2013
 
25-Jul-2013 02-Aug-2013 USD 1359
01-Aug-2013 09-Aug-2013
08-Aug-2013 16-Aug-2013
15-Aug-2013 23-Aug-2013
22-Aug-2013 30-Aug-2013
 
29-Aug-2013 06-Sep-2013 USD 1359
05-Sep-2013 13-Sep-2013
12-Sep-2013 20-Sep-2013
19-Sep-2013 27-Sep-2013
26-Sep-2013 04-Oct-2013
 
03-Oct-2013 11-Oct-2013 USD 1329
10-Oct-2013 18-Oct-2013
   
Hotels:

Dublin: Regency (ST)/ Jurys Inn Custom House (F)

Belfast: Jurys Inn (F)

Sligo: Southern (ST)

Ennis: Auburn Lodge (ST)

Killarney: Killarney Court (F)

Tramore: Majestic (ST)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
Check into the hotel. At 3 pm, meet your traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Your Tour Director will have some suggestions for dining tonight.

Day 2: Dublin – Downpatrick, Northern Ireland – Belfast
On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive through the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint. Follow the shores of Strangford Lough to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour including a visit to the fascinating, brand-new Titanic Exhibition. (B)

Day 3: Belfast – Giant's Causeway – Derry – Donegal, Ireland – Sligo
First stop this morning is Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination. (B,D)

Day 4: Sligo – Knock – Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
South to Knock, a village that has attracted pilgrims from all over the world since the townsfolk saw apparitions. Then, to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with cobblestone streets, colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher. Tonight’s optional opportunity: a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (B)

Day 5: Ennis – Adare – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney
Skirting the city of Limerick, head to Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Breathtaking scenery this afternoon on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney. (B,D)

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry Excursion
At Killorglin, join the road known as the “Ring of Kerry” for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. (B)

Day 7: Killarney – Blarney – Waterford – Tramore
More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city. Youghal and Dungarvan are further milestones on your way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. An optional pub tour might be fun this evening. (B,D)

Day 8: Tramore – Enniscorthy – Avoca – Glendalough – Dublin
Highlights on your northbound journey: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; a visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca; views of the Wicklow Mountains; and Glendalough with its ruins of a center of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Back in Dublin tonight, celebrate the success of your tour with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 9: Dublin
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 2 nights in Dublin
Accommodation for 2 nights in Killarney
Accommodation for 1 nght in Belfast
Acommodation for 1 night in Tramore
Accommodation for 1 night in Sligo
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Ennis
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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