Day 1: Depart USA
Your trip begins with an overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin. Relax and enjoy the in-flight meal service and onboard entertainment. (Flight not included)
Day 2: Dublin Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in DublinMeals: Dinner
Upon arrival at Dublin airport, collect your luggage and proceed to the arrivals hall. Transfer to the hotel (own arrangements) You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 3: Dublin - Killarney Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Killarney or Kerry regionMeals: Breakfast
Today meet with your coach and English speaking driver/guide and depart Ireland's Capital and travel to County Kerry. En route stop in the town of Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you'll never again be lost for words. Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. It was bought in 1976 by a former worker and has been transformed into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. Continue to your Kerry hotel.
Day 4: Killarney Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Killarney or Kerry regionMeals: Breakfast
Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery - mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. Next today enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey (driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town.
Day 5: Killarney - LimerickOvernight: 4 Star Hotel in LimerickMeals: Breakfast
Travel northwards to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the mouth of the river Shannon to land on Clare's shore at Killimar. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher. The most majestic cliffs in Ireland rise from the Atlantic Ocean and extend for over seven kilometers. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands, the Connemara Mountains and the many sea birds that colonise this place to nest in spring. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange and unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee. Continue to Limerick (B)
OPTIONAL EVENING: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. From here the Earl ruled over his chiefdom and was known for his generosity and his lavish entertainment and banquets. For over 40 years the ladies of Bunratty Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, have welcomed guests from the four corners of the globe to join them at The Earl's Banquet. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers and is a fitting compliment to the lively mead reception, a four-course meal and of course good wine. Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendor of this magnificent castle. A true step back in time to Medieval Ireland.
Day 6: Limerick - GalwayOvernight: 4 Star hotel in GalwayMeals: Breakfast & Dinner
This morning travel to Galway city and get oriented with this beautiful place which has attracted many musicians and artists. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largets and most impressive buildings in Galway built between 1958 and 1965. Next enjoy a cruise on Lough Corrib (not available on the March tour - an Irish coffee making demonstration will be included instead) . Visitors are provided with wonderful views of the historic monuments and scenery, which is what make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 7: GalwayOvernight: 4 Star hotel in GalwayMeals: Breakfast
Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs and mountains. Enjoy some time at leisure in Connemara National Park. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature, the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920.
Day 8: Galway - DublinOvernight: 4 Star Hotel in DublinMeals: Breakfast
Depart Galway for Dublin today. En route visit Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon. Explore the visitors center and take a tour to see the high towers, the 11th century cathedral and the wonderful high crosses. Continue on to Dublin to discover Dublin's Fair City. The North side of the ciy offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O'Connell Street and the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The city's south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares and is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle and two Anglican Cathedrals. Visit Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university and home to the Book of Kells.
OPTIONAL EVENING: Evening Entertainment at Taylors Three Rock (or similar)
Taylor's Three Rock is a lively pub located in Rathfarnham, 30 minutes from Dublin city center. It hosts a fine restaurant and an excellent Irish night of music and dance. Guests are encouraged to dine early and be ready for the music, which starts at 9:00pm. A ballad group (4 musicians typically) will regale visitors with ballads both happy and sad and will (after a few pints) have visitors singing along with them. The music is interrupted for a short while to allow guests to catch their breaths and enjoy the best of Irish Dancing - guaranteed to get feet tapping. A final song or two from the musicians will send the visitors into the night with fond memories of a memorable night in a Dublin Pub.
Day 9: Dublin/USA Meals: Breakfast
After a final breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home (own arrangements). (Flight not included).
Please Note: The hotels listed on the escorted tours may be subject to change up until 07 days prior to departure.