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Ireland’s 'fair' capital kick-starts your exhilarating encounter with the 'Emerald Isle'. After check-in, don’t resist the youthful energy of Dublin and take to its streets in search of its characteristic craic. You’ll join your Local Specialist later for a sightseeing tour which includes views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Tap into Dublin’s effervescent spirit and head to Temple Bar or Grafton Street on your own this evening. There’s a colourful pub on every corner, with happy locals and tourists spilling out on to the pavements. You could be one of them. Sláinte!
It seems almost impossible that a place as arrestingly beautiful as Ireland exists, but it does. Its famous countryside glows green and gold as you venture west, every turn in the road revealing yet another magnificent view. There’s no better way to admire this enchanting scenery than on an Optional Experience cruise along the Shannon River, the longest river in the British Isles. Later, view the ruins of the 12th-century Boyle Abbey before arriving in Knock. It was here in 1879 that villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady and today pilgrims the world over visit the village’s Marian Shrine. Later, head to your hotel in Ballina where you’ll dine tonight. Maybe opt to join in a chorus or two at a cosy pub with the locals.
Cross the border into Northern Ireland this morning for a visit to the Belleek Pottery Centre. Its elegant fine porcelain has been gracing dining tables all over the world for over a century and you’ll have an opportunity to buy a Shamrock-adorned memento for yourself during your visit. Head to Donegal next where you’ll view its 15th-century castle. See the self-penned epitaph on his simple headstone urging the horseman to 'pass by'. Then continue past the harbour town of Mullaghmore, before returning to your hotel in Ballina.
Discover why Westport on Ireland’s west coast justifiably earns its title as Ireland’s most liveable town. It certainly is one of the prettiest as you’ll see first-hand when you travel through it and the breathtaking coastal landscape of Connemara, captured in John Wayne’s acclaimed 'The Quiet Man'. Visit Galway next to see the cathedral and a stroll around Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Our orientation drive through Limerick includes views of the city’s medieval-era St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John's Castle. Tonight you can dine like lords and ladies at a medieval banquet Optional Experience in the great hall of a castle. A court jester and the castle’s musicians will keep you entertained in the manner to which you’ve become accustomed. More mead, anyone?
Peer over the edge of the emerald-topped cliffs to the crashing waves of the Atlantic below. The rugged and wild Cliffs of Moher have been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason. Spot the curious colourful-beaked puffins that have settled along this western coast and visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher exhibition, before continuing to Limerick, where the rest of your day is free. Take a step back to the 19th century with an Optional Experience to Bunratty Folk Park exploring its village dotted with thatched cottages and the 15th-century castle.
Leave Ireland’s first 'City of Culture' behind for a journey across stunning landscapes in the wild west. Keep your camera at hand as your scenic drive around the 'Ring of Kerry' passes colourful villages, deserted beaches and quiet fishing harbours. Later arrive in Tralee in County Kerry, where the Rose of Tralee International Festival attracts Irish women from around the world to compete for the crown of 'Rose'. You’re in for a spectacular performance of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians should you choose to join this evening’s Optional Experience.
Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab' on your visit to Blarney Castle this morning. Then it’s time to return to Dublin where you’ll put your silver tongue to good use during an evening optional dinner and Irish show that will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. It will be time well spent with new friends after a memorable holiday.
And just like that your enchanting exploration of the 'Emerald Isle' has come to an end. You’ve seen ancient churches, castles and towering cliffs, had your fair share of the craic and seen beautiful landscapes that many only encounter in pictures. All that’s left is to say a fond slán go fóill as you prepare for your return journey home. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.
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.
Available on Day 2
The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon is immortalized in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river to discover its beauty with your own eyes, traveling through the scenic countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.
Adult Price: € 33
Available on Day 2
Enjoy famous Irish hospitality in a cozy local pub, making your travel dreams a reality as you experience the folk tradition. Kick back with a pint or drink of your choice while the locals sing classic songs and play music for you to enjoy.
Adult Price: € 27
Available on Day 3
Treat yourself to a unique travel experience, with an evening of fine dining in a classic Irish setting. We’ll travel by coach to an award-winning restaurant in a quirky 19th Century neo-gothic manor, where you’ll be served authentic, locally sourced food in an elegant setting.
Adult Price: € 56
Available on Day 4
Enjoy a unique holiday experience you won't soon forget, as we travel to the stunning Great Hall of an Irish castle to enjoy a banquet and watch medieval entertainment. The court jester will be sure to make an appearance, as will the caste's musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – making for one truly memorable evening.
Adult Price: € 77
Available on Day 5
Join us for a tour of the 15th Century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. Led by your Local Specialist, you'll experience an Ireland of the past as you venture out through the folk park to explore thatched cottages and smoky turf fires, uncovering how the other half lived. In the village, enjoy free time to check out quaint shops and relax in the local tearoom.
Adult Price: € 23
Available on Day 6
Travel is all about immersing yourself in local culture – and no tour of Ireland is complete until you've experienced the thrill of a spectacular Irish music, song and dance show. Watch in awe as champion dancers and musicians showcase the authentic culture of Kerry and beyond. This is an unforgettable evening!
Adult Price: € 36
Available on Day 7
Take your tour of Ireland to the next level, with an evening of fine food and toe-tapping fun in the vibrant city of Dublin. Watch as Ireland’s history unfolds before your eyes with comedy, song and dance in an interactive Irish Show. After indulging in a delicious dinner, you’ll top off the evening with a quintessential travel experience: drinking an Irish Coffee.
Adult Price: € 72
Famous for its heritage buildings and authentic local culture, Dublin is a charm-filled city for travelers to explore – and what better way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Irish capital than with an evening in one of the most locally loved restaurant-pubs? You'll enjoy dinner and experience the charming hospitality for which this part of the world is known.
Adult Price: € 51
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