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Enchanting Emerald Isle

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Killarney National Park
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $1,346 per person

Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland from Dublin's Crypt at Christ Church Cathedral to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore. 

See the ‘lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint founded in the 12th century and visit a traditional Irish farm for tea, fresh scones and a bit of sheep herding.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Dublin. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour. View the colorful doors in elegant Georgian Squares, St. Patrick's Cathedral and more. Later gather for a Welcome Reception and exclusive visit to the Crypt at Christchurch Cathedral. Built in 1172 the underground chambers house memorials, artifacts, and altar-pieces.
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    hotel:Roganstown
  3. Admire the rolling green countryside as you cross from Dublin to Ballina. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world's best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s, where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. After time to view the exhibits, continue to Ballina set on the River Moy.
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    hotel:Diamond Coast
  4. Travel to the pretty town of Westport, then on to Connemara. Visit Kylemore Abbey, once a family home. Strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore, this 19th century neo-Gothic wonder now serves as a Benedictine monastery. After time to see the walled Victorian gardens, continue to Galway, the “City of Tribes”. View Galway Cathedral, an impressive stone church dating back to only 1965.
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    hotel:Connacht
  5. Gain a Cultural Insight into the life of a sheep farmer on a stop at a traditional Irish farm. Sip a cup of morning tea and enjoy a freshly baked scone, then watch the farmer herd sheep with the help of his dog. Afterward head to the coast and the rugged Cliffs of Moher. There's time to take in the endless ocean views before taking the ferry across the Shannon estuary and on to Killarney.
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    hotel:Killarney Towers
  6. This morning enjoy free time in Killarney or stop at Torc Waterfall for a chance to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk, taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th century Muckross Estate. Continue your day traveling around the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. Lakes, mountains, ocean and coast come together in a landscape that has inspired poets, artists and musicians for centuries.
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  7. Your first stop today is at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the “gift of the gab”. Browse through the Blarney Woollen Mills, then travel on to Co. Kilkenny. Here you will discover the 'lost' town of Newtown Jerpoint which was founded in the 12th century before meeting Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House, where the town was unearthed. Hear the tale while relishing a Be My Guest dinner, before arriving at your hotel in Kilkenny.
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    hotel:Kilkenny
  8. Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the River Nore, with a Local Specialist. In the castle basement you'll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland's most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Later return to Ireland's capital where you visit Trinity College to admire the Book of Kells. Toast the Emerald Isle with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Irish pub.
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    hotel:Ballsbridge
  9. Slan abhaile or “safe homeward” as you transfer to the airport where your vacation ends. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 full breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Travel to 12th century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish dinner with the O'Connells and a spot of Eton Mess

Cultural Insight

  • Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum, and see Irish farm-life first-hand at a traditional sheep farm near Galway

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin, Killarney and Kilkenny

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny
  • Visit Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Galway Cathedral, Rathbaun Farm, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Trinity College
  • Scenic cruise across the Shannon Estuary
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara, Torc Waterfall
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry
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St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on this departure.

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: from $330 p.p.

Triple Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at 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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  • 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.

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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.

Ballina

Irish Traditions and Song

Adult Price: € 27

Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

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.

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.

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.

Sligo

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

Adult Price: € 30

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.

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