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Irish Highlights Preview 2014

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The Temple Bar in Dublin, IrelandTrinity CollegeRing of KerrySt Mary's Cathedral
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College
Ring of Kerry
St Mary's Cathedral
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Discover Ireland’s history and breathtaking panoramas! Dublin’s delights include the ancient Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. Embrace the Emerald Isle’s rural beauty at the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Killarney. Be captivated by famous castles at Blarney and Kilkenny.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Guide. This evening, board your canal boat for a leisurely cruise along Dublin’s 200 year old Grand Canal; get to know your companions and Travel Director at an on-board Welcome Reception which includes a light evening meal and drinks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2


    Travel through the lush countryside of County Wicklow – known as the Garden of Ireland. Then on through County Wexford before arriving in the town of New Ross. See the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown 50 years ago in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, and gain an Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800’s. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Local Speciality demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 3


    This morning, visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. Visit Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ then travel through the colourful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, once the gateway to Macroom Castle it is now almost all that remains. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Follow the Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, characterised by plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and rugged coastlines. See a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland as you wind your way through Killorglin (of Puck Fair fame), Cahirciveen, Waterville and Moll’s Gap in the Black Mountains.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Take the ferry across the River Shannon estuary to scenic County Clare. A picturesque coastal drive through the beautiful villages of Kilrush and Lahinch brings you to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. This afternoon visit Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. In Limerick, view King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    This morning, view Galway cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city before continuing to Dublin. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 7


    Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy dinner with a local Irish family who have lived in the Dublin area for generations.Hear their family history as you dine on delicious food made with mouth-watering locally sourced ingredients. A fitting and authentic celebration of your discovery of Ireland and it’s friendly people.
  • Local Guide in Dublin.
  • Unique Insight Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800’s.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • DublinSee St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College with your Local Guide.
  • New RossVisit the ancestral hometown of President Kennedy and visit the replica famine ship Dunbrody.
  • YoughalVisit this Irish Heritage port.
  • Blarney CastleKiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’.
  • Ring of KerryEnjoy the spectacular natural beauty of County Kerry on this scenic drive.
  • Cliffs of MoherView the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre.
  • LimerickView St. Mary’s Cathedral and King John’s Castle.
  • BunrattyVisit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • GalwayView Galway Cathedral.


  • 6 full Irish breakfasts.

  • 3 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Reception in Dublin on board a canal boat, which includes a light evening meal and drinks.
  • 1 three-course dinner.
  • Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in Dublin.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio HeadsetsProvided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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