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Irish Highlights (Winter 2013/2014)

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Blarney Castle near Cork, IrelandThe scenic Cliffs of Moher in IrelandThe Temple Bar in Dublin, IrelandTrinity CollegeKillarney National Park, IrelandRing of KerryKing John's Castle at dusk in Limerick, IrelandSt Mary's Cathedral
Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland
The scenic Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
The Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College
Killarney National Park, Ireland
Ring of Kerry
King John's Castle at dusk in Limerick, Ireland
St Mary's Cathedral
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Great Britain and Ireland Regionals
  • Description: Immerse yourself in Ireland's incredible history and breathtaking panoramas! Dublin's sightseeing delights include the ancient Book of Kells, St Patrick's Cathedral and views of Christchurch Cathedral from Trinity College. Embrace the Emerald Isle's rural beauty at the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Killarney. Travel the famous Ring of Kerry for spectacular scenery and be captivated by the famous castles at Blarney, Kilkenny, Bunratty and Limerick.

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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 get to know your companions and Travel Director with dinner and drinks at your Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mespil

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • 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)

    Hotel: Waterford Marina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • 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)

    Hotel: Killarney Avenue

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Enjoy a scenic drive around the mystical and unspoilt Ring of Kerry. Enjoy views of Dingle Bay before passing through Cahersiveen where you will see the monument to St. Brendan the Navigator. Later, view the statue of Charlie Chaplin in Waterville.

    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. 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 drive.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    This morning a short scenic drive brings you to Galway. View the 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 / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Mespil

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • 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 (subject to opening).
  • 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 its 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.
  • 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.
  • BunrattyVisit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • LimerickView St. Mary’s Cathedral & King John’s Castle.
  • 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.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 20 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Dublin where you will enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings 'Irish-style'. Experience the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly city at Christmas.
    • The 26 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in County Wicklow. Enjoy the celebrations after a tasty Be My Guest dinner. Toast in the New Year with your newfound friends!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

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 Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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    of booking.
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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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