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Castles & Manors (Boutique Journey)

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Summary
Dining
Sightseeing
Inclusions
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Take in the highlights of the Emerld Isle on a Boutique Journey. Traveling with no more than 24 guests, you will see some of the main sights in Dublin, circle the Ring of Kerry, gaze out from the Cliffs of Moher, and find many of the famous “forty shades of green” Ireland is known for. Plus, the smaller group size allows for a more intimate experience than you have with a larger group. You’ll visit the Irish National Stud to learn about Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, taste triple-distilled Jameson whiskey at the Old Midleton Distillery, and visit romantic Kylemore Abbey with its glorious walled Victorian garden.

Inclusions
Dining
  • Airport transfers in Dublin on Days 2 and 9
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar, all with private facilities; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
  • Free WiFi available on the coach and in all hotels (conditions apply)
  • 7 full breakfasts; a Be My Guest lunch; and 6 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine, 4 three-course dinners and a Farewell Dinner with wine
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Must-see sightseeing, surprise extras, and scenic highlights; Insider Experiences
  • Headsets for sightseeing
  • Hidden Treasure - a unique experience provided by your Travel Director
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Sightseeing

Vacation Highlights Include:

  • Dublin
  • Killarney
  • Connemara
  • Donegal

Countries visited:

  • Ireland
Vacation Highlights
Vacation Code: BRCM
Vacation Style: Guided Vacations, Ireland Vacations
Type of Traveler: Cultural, Small Group
Vacation Pace: 2
The Vacation Pace is the pace the vacation moves from a scale of 1 to 5. One being the slowest, five being the fastest-moving.
Operated By: Brendan Vacations
Discounts Available: Refer to Dates and Rates for applicable discounts and promotions.

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$ 3,075. 00 pp

Castles & Manors (Boutique Journey) Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart from the USA
Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
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Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Dining:
Hotel Name: None
Class: None
City: None
DAY 2
Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
Welcome to Dublin, the lively Irish capital! Transfer to your hotel, then get ready for your afterno...
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Welcome to Dublin, the lively Irish capital! Transfer to your hotel, then get ready for your afternoon guided walk. See Dublin Castle, ruins of medieval buildings, and the vibrant, modern city. Raise a mug of the “black stuff” and drink in Dublin views at the Gravity Bar, located at the popular Guinness Storehouse. Later, savor free time and a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Brooks Hotel
Class: None
City: Dublin
DAY 3
Dublin / Killarney
Head across the rolling countryside. In County Kildare, visit the Irish National Stud for a unique v...
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Head across the rolling countryside. In County Kildare, visit the Irish National Stud for a unique view into the world of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey, and taste the triple-distilled, twice-as-smooth whiskey, a Local Specialty. Continue to charming Killarney.

Dining:
Hotel Name: The Malton
Class: None
City: Killarney
DAY 4
Ring of Kerry Excursion
A splendid morning of spectacular scenery! Drive 'round the Ring of Kerry, taking in views of coast ...
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A splendid morning of spectacular scenery! Drive 'round the Ring of Kerry, taking in views of coast and sea, hills and green fields. At Torc Waterfall, you might wish to join a leisurely guided hike. NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours

Dining:
Hotel Name: The Malton
Class: None
City: Killarney
DAY 5
Killarney / Connemara
See the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic. Next, head to Galway for a vis...
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See the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic. Next, head to Galway for a visit to the cathedral. Then continue through lovely Connemara to the extraordinary Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, an Authentic Accommodation.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Class: None
City: Connemara
DAY 6
Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Excursion
Relax over a leisurely breakfast at Ballynahinch. Later, head out through the scenic landscapes of C...
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Relax over a leisurely breakfast at Ballynahinch. Later, head out through the scenic landscapes of Connemara, taking in views of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes, and endless shades of green. Stop for a visit to Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. The extensive walled Victorian garden is a delight to the senses! Enjoy lunch at the Abbey before returning to your castle hotel.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Class: None
City: Connemara
DAY 7
Connemara / Sligo / Donegal
Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by po...
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Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by poet William Butler Yeats, you will be treated to a 45th Anniversary Celebration for Brendan with a visit to a private home for a bit ‘o food, fun and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live at Broc House, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is a Local Expert on Yeats. Delicious food, fine company and the poetry of Yeats come together for a heart-warming feast. Then head to Donegal and the splendid 15th-century Lough Eske Castle hotel, an Authentic Accommodation.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Class: None
City: Donegal
DAY 8
Donegal / Dublin
Go behind the scenes at Belleek Pottery, where you’ll watch skilled craftsmen create the intricate a...
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Go behind the scenes at Belleek Pottery, where you’ll watch skilled craftsmen create the intricate and timeless white porcelain china during a personally guided tour. Back in Dublin, relish a Farewell Dinner.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
Class: None
City: Dublin
DAY 9
Depart Dublin
Transfer to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes.
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Transfer to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes.

Dining:
Hotel Name: None
Class: None
City: None

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