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Irish Cities, Landscapes & Castles

SAMPLE ITINERARY - DUBLIN TO SHANNON

 

Land package from $4,110* per person

 

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your private chauffeur. This afternoon, your voyage of discovery begins with a tour of Ireland's capital city. Visit stately St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded in 1190, tour Dublin's Georgian squares with their brightly colored doors, and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to its unique world treasure, the ornate 8th-century Book of Kells. The rest of the day is free.

 

DAY 2 | BOYNE VALLEY EXCURSION

Travel to the Boyne Valley in County Meath. This river valley was the cradle of Irish civilization, and it supported a sophisticated society in Neolithic times. Witness this when you stop at the Brú na Bóinne Center to visit one of the Megalithic Passage Tombs at Newgrange or Knowth. These stunning structures predate both the Pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge. After your visit, return to the city, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

 

DAY 3 | DUBLIN / WATERFORD

Heading out of Dublin, stop to visit Powerscourt Estate's glorious formal gardens. Originally created in the 1740s, the superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary, ornamental lakes, rambling walks, and walled gardens are a magnificent sight to behold. Next, visit Glendalough, the "Valley of the Two Lakes," famous for its early monastic ruins and scenic setting. Be sure to find St. Kevin's Cross. Legend holds that those who can wrap their arms around it will receive their wish. Continue to the ancient town of Waterford with colorful terrace houses, cafés, and bars overlooking the quayside. Enjoy a night in the intimate Cliff House Hote with dinner in their Michelin-star restaurant.

 

DAY 4 | WATERFORD / KILLARNEY

Your day starts with a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Stroll through its grounds with gardens, arboretums, and waterways. If you dare, enter the Poison Garden - just don't touch the plants! Cross to Blarney Woollen Mills to shop for fine traditional knitwear and crafts. Then continue on to the charming town of Killarney, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry.

 

DAY 5 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

Admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas along the famous Ring of Kerry, and delight in traditional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. This unspoiled land has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Returning to Killarney, the rest of your day is free.

 

DAY 6 | KILLARNEY / DROMOLAND CASTLE

Travel to the Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves and stretching 5 miles along the coast. Visit the interpretive center, a huge, domed, underground building with images, exhibits, and displays, a delight for young and old alike. Then on to bask in the royal glow of Dromoland Castle. This baronial estate has ties to the High King of Ireland as far back as the 11th century. Today it is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

 

DAY 7 | DROMOLAND / DEPART SHANNON

You will be transferred to Shannon Airport, where your vacation ends. Slán go fóill - goodbye until we meet again.

 

YOUR HAND-SELECTED HOTELS

 

 

Dublin | Merrion Hotel
Waterford | Cliff House Hotel
Killarney | Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Newmarket-on-Fergus | Dromoland Castle 
 *Daily hotel breakfasts are included. 

 

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Terms & Conditions: *Price is per person, land only, based on double occupancy; varies by inclusions and travel dates. Subject to change. CST#2084503-20

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