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Amazing Ireland

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Temple Bar, Dublin
Tour Style: First Class
15 Days from $2,858 per person

Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose ‘causeway' enjoys World Heritage Site status. Dance your way through the cities of Belfast and Dublin, learn about Ireland's traditional Smithwick's beer, in Kilkenny.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Embrace the warm welcome of the Emerald Isle. The charismatic capital of Dublin is our first stop on this epic journey. Spend the day soaking up its palpable charm before joining your Travel Director and travel companions on a canal boat for an unforgettable Welcome Reception on Dublin's 200-year old Grand Canal.

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  3. Belfast beckons today as we journey to Northern Ireland for some time at leisure in this vibrant city, whose streets we will have an opportunity to explore with a Local Specialist. View the historic murals splashed across the walls of the nationalist and loyalist areas, and visit Queen's University and City Hall. A Cultural Insight offers a new perspective into the world's most famous ship and the tragedy that befell it and its passengers at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center. This evening we dine in our hotel.
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  4. Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool – his geometric Giant's Causeway more the stuff of legends than the result of ancient volcanic activity that left its unique mark on the Northern Irish coast.
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  5. Traversing Northern Ireland, we arrive at the old walled city of Londonderry on River Foyle, where we join a Local Specialist who will take us to its most iconic sights. Delving into the former struggles of the region, we visit the People's Gallery in Bogside to view its poignant murals.
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  6. Visit the village of Belleek where you will enjoy a fascinating Cultural Insight into the local handcraft of Irish pottery. Then it's on to Donegal for an afternoon of exploration, perhaps visit the ancient Donegal Castle, once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.
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  7. In the pilgrimage town of Knock, our first stop today, we'll visit the beautiful Marian Shrine where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and John the Evangelist are said to have made an appearance to the townsfolk in 1879. We continue to the harbor city of Galway.
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    hotel:Maldron
  8. The untamed landscapes of Connemara, set against rugged mountains and tranquil loughs, provide a breathtaking backdrop for your scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey. We return to Galway this evening where we'll dine in our hotel.
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  9. Our encounter with the rugged beauty of Ireland continues as we see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher plunging into the wild Atlantic 700 feet below. This evening is yours to spend as you wish in Killarney, but perhaps we can tempt you with a bit of craic at a traditional Irish ceilidh to soak up the town's festive atmosphere?
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  10. Circle the mystical Ring of Kerry – among Ireland's most enchanting landscapes along which we'll have an opportunity to view the island's ancient history. Travel through Moll's Gap and take a moment to view the marvelous natural scenery at Ladies View. This evening is at leisure.
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  11. Your ‘gift of the gab' secured after kissing the Blarney Stone this morning, we venture to Cork where we spend some time exploring the cosmopolitan city that rivals Dublin in its energy and charisma. Our final stop today is in medieval Waterford where we'll spend the next two nights.
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    hotel:Waterford Marina
  12. A leisurely start to your morning could see you amble along Meagher's Quay, before you visit the House of Waterford for a Cultural Insight into the art of creating the exquisite crystal that bears the city's name. From fine art to fine brews, we head to Kilkenny for a visit to the Smithwick's Experience. This Cultural Insight of a brewery-turned-brewery-tour sheds light on the medieval origins of brewing Ireland's oldest beer. We spent the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Waterford though you may wish to consider joining an Optional Experience trying your hand at Ireland's national sport ‘hurling'.
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  13. Traverse beautiful County Wexford to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum. We leave the enchanting outdoors behind and take a step back in time to the 1800s as we visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody for a Cultural Insight into the tragic potato famine. This evening, we join the Fulvio family for a spectacular Be My Guest Dinner of Irish fare with an Italian twist served at their Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin.
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  14. We wander through Dublin this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a superb sightseeing tour that will see us view Trinity College, the magnificent Georgian Squares and tranquil green spaces. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your terms. This evening, let the rousing sounds of a traditional Irish cabaret tempt you for an Optional Experience that will have you dancing your way through the Dublin streets.
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  15. Our memorable journey through Ireland is at its end. All that's left to say is slán abhaile to newfound friends as you prepare to depart home. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 am, 9 am and 11 am. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $680 p.p.

Triple Discount: $20 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $136 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

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Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 full breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story

Cultural Insight

  • Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world, and the House of Waterford Crystal. And visit Smithwick's, Kilkenny's medieval brewery, to learn about the origins and brewing of Ireland's oldest beer brand

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Belfast, Londonderry, Dublin
  • Orientation of Donegal, Galway, Cork, Waterford
  • Visit the Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Waterford Crystal
  • View the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, the Marian Shrine in Knock, Trinity College, the Georgian Squares in Dublin
  • See City Hall in Belfast, the Cathedral of Galway
  • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

Reviews

Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : Every time I have called them, they are happy to help. Also, you get to speak to a person quickly - not an extensive number of push this, push that like so many companies. It is unusual today to have a company that actually wants to allow customers to interact with human beings - and theirs are very helpful, pleasant, and a delight to work with.
Vacation : Loved the itinerary. Great picture of all of Ireland, including crossing the border into Northern Ireland. By carefully reading the description I was able to see the things in Dublin that weren't covered by the included tour. All other tours and optionals were excellent.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Our travel agent (Barbara Gardner) was professional and kept in contact with us right up to departure. She listened to our preferences and made flight arrangements that met our requests. The hotel arrangements were excellent, our travel guide (Stephanie) was excellent regarding the history of the area and considerate of the passengers. Our coach driver (Mike) was excellent.
Vacation : After choosing Ireland and packing your suitcase all you need to do is enjoy the flight, meet your fellow travelers, enjoy hotel accommodations where your luggage is delivered to your room and taken to the coach on departure. Otherwise, you are free to enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Ireland while you ride in comfort and meet new and interesting passengers.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
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Service rating : From beginning to end everything was well planned. We had only to sit back and enjoy our time in Ireland. Our guide Allie and driver Mike were the best we could hope for.I would highly recommend staying for the two weeks. It was so nice to spend 2 days in the different locales.We have a lifetime of great memories.
Vacation : I'm still waiting on my Belleek the prices were great and shipping was very minimal. Love my Irish house wools as well and am going to order more for Christmas presents.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland.

  • The currency in the republic of Ireland is the Euro (€) and in Northern Ireland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Ireland is famous for its stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. Other popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.

  • The weather in Ireland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Belfast

Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

Adult Price: £38

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.

Donegal

Evening at a Locally-Acclaimed Restaurant

Adult Price: € 55

Travel to the little village of Mount Charles, where we’ll dine at the Village Tavern with Irish Fare and craft beer. We’ll be met by ‘Enda’, a renowned Chef, who will explain their menu and the source of the locally-produced food. While dining, we’ll enjoy music and storytelling.

Dublin

Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Adult Price: € 20

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.

Galway

Galway Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 67

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.

Kilkenny

Sports and Music - Irish Style

Adult Price: € 27

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling over a drink at the pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, a drink and live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: € 21

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Adult Price: € 65

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

Londonderry

The Story of Emigration

Adult Price: £26

Take a drive across the border to visit the award-winning folk park in Omagh, where you'll stroll through three centuries of emigration. Explore old-style thatched cottages from Ireland. Exit an emigrant ship to the New World and visit the homes and paddocks of the settlers. There is also a themed indoor exhibition centre.

Waterford

An Evening of Irish Entertainment with a Pub Supper

Adult Price: € 48

Tonight, we’ll travel by coach to a local pub for an evening of Irish entertainment with local musicians/singers, including a good hearty Pub supper.

Explore Waterford's Viking History

Adult Price: € 17

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

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