Shades of Ireland
April 23 - May 2, 2020
Stay: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Meals: 13 Meals - 8 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal or tour the renowned Medieval Museum. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
Roundtrip air from Pittsburgh International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers are included.
For more information, contact Collette at 1-800-581-8942. Refer to booking #962966.
Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. Visit Limerick, Killarney, Waterford and Dublin as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.
Dinner - Cabra Castle
Kingscourt or Staffran, Ireland - Tour Begins
Soak in the landscape of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. This Irish adventure truly begins with dinner at your castle and an overnight stay on the very same regal grounds.
Breakfast - The George Hotel Limerick
Kingscourt/Staffran - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Limerick
You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the “city of the violated treaty.”
Breakfast & Dinner - The George Hotel Limerick
Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick
Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner in a local restaurant.
Breakfast & Dinner - Killarney Towers
Limerick - Adare - Killarney
Travel south through forty shades of green to Adare, Ireland's prettiest village, for some leisure time. Continue to County Kerry and the Gap of Dunloe to shop for local artison-made crafts. Once in Killarney, hop on a traditional jaunting car* for a ride through the national park. Board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants.
Breakfast - Killarney Towers
Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. This afternoon see border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture.
Breakfast & Dinner - Granville Hotel
Killarney - Blarney Stone - Waterford
Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Arrive in Waterford and embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. Then, it’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
Breakfast - Croke Park Hotel
Waterford - Kilkenny - Dublin
Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Later, arrive in Dublin, Ireland’s rollicking capital city. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to independently explore more of this charming city.
Breakfast & Dinner - Croke Park Hotel
Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening including regional cuisine. Toast the end of a fabulous trip!
Dublin - Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Dublin.