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The Best of Ireland & Ashford Castle

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Summary
Dining
Sightseeing
Inclusions
Reviews 
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Begin in Dublin where St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College greet you with their architectural splendor. Then visit Killarney, home to some of Ireland’s most vibrant pubs, complete with a cheery Irish atmosphere. Then, enjoy a royal experience spending a night in Ireland’s deluxe 13th century Ashford Castle.

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; 1 lunch; a Be My Guest afternoon tea; and 5 dinners, including a Welcome Dinner with Irish beer or wine and 4 three-course dinners
  • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges; headsets for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide's commentary; a Hidden Treasure - a unique experience provided by your Travel Director
Sightseeing

Vacation Highlights Include:

  • Dublin
  • Killarney
  • Connemara
  • Cong

Countries visited:

  • Ireland
Vacation Highlights
Vacation Code: BRAC
Vacation Style: Guided Vacations, Ireland Vacations
Type of Traveler: Cultural, Luxury
Vacation Pace: 3
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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$ 2,175. 00 pp

The Best of Ireland & Ashford Castle 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 the Emerald Isle! Enjoy a Dublin city tour with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a cha...
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Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Enjoy a Dublin city tour with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a chance to admire the colorful doorways of stately Georgian Squares, and a stroll along the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. Tonight, raise a glass during a Welcome Dinner.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Clyde Court
Class: None
City: Dublin
DAY 3
Dublin / Blarney / Killarney
Visit the Rock of Cashel, a storied pre-Christian fortress perched atop a hill. Continue to Blarney ...
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Visit the Rock of Cashel, a storied pre-Christian fortress perched atop a hill. Continue to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Blarney Stone and come away with “the gift of the gab.” Finally, head west to Killarney, the lively town on the lakes and gateway to the spectacular Ring of Kerry.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Killarney Plaza
Class: None
City: Killarney
DAY 4
Ring of Kerry Excursion
Have your camera ready as you head 'round the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of beaches, lakes, mounta...
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Have your camera ready as you head 'round the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of beaches, lakes, mountains and medieval ruins. At Torc Waterfall you can join a leisurely guided hike. If you don't want to join this countryside amble, return to Killarney, where the rest of the day is free. NOTE: The hike travels over wooded paths. 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: Killarney Plaza
Class: None
City: Killarney
DAY 5
Killarney / Cliffs of Moher / Connemara
Stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, the iconic bluffs that rise 700 feet above the pounding A...
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Stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, the iconic bluffs that rise 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. Drop in for a Be My Guest afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm. Next tour Galway, including impressive Galway Cathedral, then on to Connemara.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Connemara Coast Hotel
Class: None
City: Connemara
DAY 6
Connemara Excursion
Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes and bogs to be the real emerald of ...
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Discover why some consider this rugged realm of mountains, lakes and bogs to be the real emerald of Ireland. Visit Kylemore Abbey, beautifully located on a lake, and the Connemara Marble Factory, crafters of Connemara marble for generations.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Connemara Coast Hotel
Class: None
City: Connemara
DAY 7
Connemara / Ashford Castle (Cong)
Celebrate Brendan’s 45th Anniversary aboard The Isle of Inisfree on an exclusive cruise of ...
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Celebrate Brendan’s 45th Anniversary aboard The Isle of Inisfree on an exclusive cruise of Loch Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle’s Expert Historian, will share his local knowledge as you glide through the waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, an Authentic Accommodation. Tonight, have a seat in the castle’s sumptuous dining room for an elegantly royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket).

Dining: (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket)
Hotel Name: Ashford Castle, Cong
Class: None
City: Cong
DAY 8
Cong / Dublin
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. The balan...
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. The balance of the day is free for last-minute shopping, sightseeing on your own, or a pint in a colorful pub.

Dining:
Hotel Name: Clyde Court
Class: None
City: Dublin
DAY 9
Depart Dublin
You will be transferred to the airport (conditions apply), where your vacation ends.
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You will be transferred to the airport (conditions apply), where your vacation ends.

Dining: (conditions apply)
Hotel Name: None
Class: None
City: None

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