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"Truly a wonderful experience"
Excellent accommodations throughout the tour. The stops were well thought-out, sights were truly well worth seeing, with enough free time to explore the local pubs and shops as we wanted.
Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland's capital city—the springboard for our in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. 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. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick's Cathedral and the colorful Georgian Squares. Spend some time at leisure exploring Dublin's pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish flavors.
We traverse picturesque landscapes to Kildare. Dive into culture and delve into Ireland's thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. We'll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Our journey south brings us to the haunt of St. Patrick and the spectacular Rock of Cashel, where we will view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist. We continue to Killarney and enjoy an evening at leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of one of Ireland's friendliest towns. Our home tonight is Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago.
Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries.
The beautiful views continue as we visit the Cliffs of Moher that rise imposingly from the Atlantic, over 655 feet above the waters below. Continue to County Galway and visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop, where you'll dive into culture and witness first-hand how this famous green jade-like marble is carved. Your home for the next two nights is the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle.
Drive through the 'savage beauty' of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region's craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden, before returning to your castle accommodations for a delicious dinner.
Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll connect with locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest lunch with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. We continue to Roscommon, where our hotel this evening is Kilronan Castle Hotel, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and legendary Colonel King Tenison. A leisurely afternoon could see you take a relaxing cruise on the Shannon River.
Our first stop today is Strokestown where we'll dive into culture and gain insights into Ireland's tragic potato famine history. Learn about the plight of starving Irish tenants, many of whom died or emigrated to the New World in the 1840s. This evening we return to Dublin for a Farewell Dinner celebrating an intimate encounter with the natural beauty and fascinating heritage of Ireland.
We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 am, 9 am and 11 am. Conditions apply.
12 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.
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|5 Jul 19||12 Jul 19||$3,300pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|19 Jul 19||26 Jul 19||$3,300pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Request Quote Book Now|
|9 Aug 19||16 Aug 19||$3,300pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Sep 19||13 Sep 19||$3,300pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Request Quote Book Now|
|13 Sep 19||20 Sep 19||$3,300pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Request Quote Book Now|
|4 Oct 19||11 Oct 19||$3,200pp||AARP members save an additional $100||Request Quote Book Now|
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.
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.
Adult Price: €65
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.
Adult Price: €21
Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.
Adult Price: €36
The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: €31
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