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Escorted Tour: Ireland Tour

6 Nights / 7 Days tour package for USD 1099 per person
Destinations Covered: Dublin - Killarney - Ennis - Waterford (GR) / 2013
 
This vacation is ideal for first-time visitors to the Emerald Isle who have limited time to spare. Begin in Dublin with an overnight and guided sightseeing that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Heading west, stop in Kildare at the Irish National Stud, in St. Patrick’s Cashel, and in Tipperary, made famous in the wartime marching song. On to Limerick for an orientation drive, then stop in Ennis for two nights. From here, an included excursion shows off stunning views from the Cliffs of Moher. Also enjoy Irish hospitality at Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see a farmer shear a sheep and use a sheep dog to move his flock. Next, ferry across the Shannon estuary and travel around the famed Ring of Kerry. Spend the night in Killarney and stop in Blarney, famous for its magical Kissing Stone. In Waterford, visit the House of Waterford Crystal; see Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca; cross through the Wicklow Mountains; and take a guided tour of St. Kevin’s 6th-century center of Irish Christianity in Glendalough. Return to Dublin for the conclusion of your Irish journey
 

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

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
10 Mar 2013 16 Mar 2013 USD 1099
17 Mar 2013 23 Mar 2013
21 Mar 2013 27 Mar 2013
 
24 Mar 2013 30 Mar 2013 USD 1139
 
31 Mar 2013 06 Apr 2013 USD 1219
04 Apr 2013 10 Apr 2013
07 Apr 2013 13 Apr 2013
11 Apr 2013 17 Apr 2013
14 Apr 2013 20 Apr 2013
18 Apr 2013 24 Apr 2013
21 Apr 2013 27 Apr 2013
25 Apr 2013 01 May 2013
 
28 Apr 2013 04 May 2013 USD 1399
 
05 May 2013 11 May 2013 USD 1419
09 May 2013 15 May 2013
16 May 2013 22 May 2013
19 May 2013 25 May 2013
23 May 2013 29 May 2013
 
26 May 2013 01 Jun 2013 USD 1419
30 May 2013 05 Jun 2013
06 Jun 2013 12 Jun 2013
09 Jun 2013 15 Jun 2013
13 Jun 2013 19 Jun 2013
16 Jun 2013 22 Jun 2013
20 Jun 2013 26 Jun 2013
23 Jun 2013 29 Jun 2013
27 Jun 2013 03 Jul 2013
30 Jun 2013 06 Jul 2013
04 Jul 2013 10 Jul 2013
07 Jul 2013 13 Jul 2013
11 Jul 2013 17 Jul 2013
14 Jul 2013 20 Jul 2013
 
18 Jul 2013 24 Jul 2013 USD 1399
21 Jul 2013 27 Jul 2013
25 Jul 2013 31 Jul 2013
28 Jul 2013 03 Aug 2013
01 Aug 2013 07 Aug 2013
04 Aug 2013 10 Aug 2013
08 Aug 2013 14 Aug 2013
 
15 Aug 2013 21 Aug 2013 USD 1419
 
18 Aug 2013 24 Aug 2013 USD 1439
25 Aug 2013 31 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013 04 Sep 2013
01 Sep 2013 07 Sep 2013
05 Sep 2013 11 Sep 2013
08 Sep 2013 14 Sep 2013
12 Sep 2013 18 Sep 2013
15 Sep 2013 21 Sep 2013
19 Sep 2013 25 Sep 2013
22 Sep 2013 28 Sep 2013
26 Sep 2013 02 Oct 2013
 
29 Sep 2013 05 Oct 2013 USD 1419
06 Oct 2013 12 Oct 2013
13 Oct 2013 19 Oct 2013
20 Oct 2013 26 Oct 2013
 
27 Oct 2013 02 Nov 2013 USD 1399
 
10 Nov 2013 16 Nov 2013 USD 1219
24 Nov 2013 30 Nov 2013
 
08 Dec 2013 14 Dec 2013 USD 1189
   
Hotels:

Dublin: Clarion IFSC / Hilton Kilmainham (SF))

Ennis: Temple Gate (F)

Killarney: Holiday Inn (F)

Waterford: Granville (F)

 
Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
On arrival at the Dublin, Ireland check in at the hotel. At 3 pm, meet the Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight stay in Dublin with a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2: Dublin – Kildare – Limerick – Ennis
Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUDIO at Kildare, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Lots more to see: the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached; Tipperary, made famous in a wartime marching song; and Limerick, where an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight’s suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle. Overnight stay in Ennis.(B)

Day 3: Ennis - West Coast Excursion
Today day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF Moher, where you savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. A scenic route across the limestone plateau of The Burren takes you to Galway, a vibrant city with a great seafaring tradition where you hear about the infamous Lynch Stone, commemorating the day Mayor James Lynch Fitzstephen hanged his son for murder. Drive into the unspoiled region of Connemara and at Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP. This afternoon, a special treat: at RATHBAUN FARM, watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog. Then, enjoy a traditional tea in the 150-year-old thatched farmhouse. Overnight stay in Ennis.(B)

Day 4: Ennis – Ring of Kerry – Killarney
After a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer, cross the Shannon estuary by FERRY. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take your photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View, then spend the night in the popular resort of Killarney. (B,D)

Day 5: Killarney – Blarney – Waterford
Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, and look forward to a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. Before dinner, join an optional pub tour and overnight stay in Waterford. (B,D)

Day 6: Waterford – Avoca – Dublin
An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; the Wicklow Mountains; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. Overnight stay in Dublin.(B)

Day 7: Dublin
The vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 2 nights in Dublin
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Ennis
Welcome dinner in Dublin
Accommodation for 1 night in Killarney
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Waterford    
 
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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