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Scenic Ireland 2014

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: This leisurely trail winds through the Emerald Isle, from Dublin's 16th century botanical gardens to the utterly remote Dingle Peninsula, the country's westernmost point. It's Insider moments like… tucking into homemade Kerry Lamb Stew and soaking up its rich gravy with bread fresh from the oven. You eat by the glow of an oil lamp and to the smell of turf burning in the open fires at Quills Farmhouse. And you join Andrew to learn the secrets of traditional Irish cooking. With views over the lakes of Killarney, you chat to farmers going about their business. You are transported back to 1930s Ireland: a time before electricity had reached the countryside and when a trip to the well was a daily chore.

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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 Expert. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director over a traditional Irish meal with drinks at your Welcome Reception in a local pub.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Trinity Capital

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Founded in 1795 and dedicated to conservation, education and science, the gardens are now home to over 15,000 species of plant. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Leave the capital city and drive through scenic countryside to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel. This is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. Its rich heritage is reflected in the picturesque complex of fortified town houses, a medieval monastery and a Gothic Cathedral. It also has one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab'! Dine tonight at your hotel in Killarney.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Killarney Plaza

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Today experience a breathtaking excursion round the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland’s most westerly point. The peninsula features ring forts and ancient ruins as well as verdant hill, magnificent mountains and sandy beaches. It was also the setting for the 1970s movie Ryan’s Daughter.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. Pass through Cahirciveen and Waterville. Later the landscape is dramatic as you pass through Molls Gap and see the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest farmhouse experience which also includes a cooking demonstration.

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

  • Day 6


    Enjoy a full day to do as you please. Killarney National Park offers an exciting range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horse riding or golf on championship courses overlooking the Killarney Lakes. Alternatively, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings - find a quiet spot, put your feet up, and admire the views.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Follow scenic roads through the beautiful Irish countryside to Dublin. View the thatched cottages in the village of Adare, voted the prettiest village in Ireland. Visit St. Brigid's Cathedral in Kildare. St. Brigid is one of Ireland's patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner in Dublin and raise a toast to your newfound friends and scenic Ireland!

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Trinity Capital

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    After a hearty breakfast, say farewell to this beautiful country and your companions at the end of a magical holiday on the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest farmhouse experience in Killarney.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert in Dublin.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Irish Botanical Gardens with over 15,000 species of plant.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Dublin.
  • Orientation of Adare and Kildare.
  • Visit Botanical Gardens Dublin, Cormac Chapel at Cashel, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab' and St Bridget's Church in Kildare.
  • View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, The Rock of Cashel, the statue of Charlie Chaplin, Molls Gap and Ladies View on the Ring of Kerry, and the thatched cottages of Adare.
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry and the rugged Dingle Peninsula.


  • 7 full breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

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

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  • Hotels are subject to change.
  • * 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. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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