SEPTEMBER 17 – 25, 2021
On this tour of Ireland, you’ll get off the beaten track and explore stunning, authentic locations that are often overlooked by more ‘touristy’ tours. Enjoy unique and boutique accommodations including impressive manor houses and a two night stay in a magnificent castle hotel. Revel in a range of unique Irish experiences, including a Traditional Jaunting Car Ride, an evening of storytelling about Irish Folklore, a stop at the Burren Perfumery, a Irish Food Trail Experience with a local guide and much more!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021, ARRIVE DUBLIN IRELAND
Your tour includes a luxurious private transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel. Once you have collected your luggage, proceed through to the Arrivals Hall, and look for your driver . He/She will be holding an iPad with your name thereon, and will quickly escort you outside, where your ride awaits. Tonight, discover how Irish people lived in times past while enjoying a traditional candlelit dinner in O’Sheas Pub. The evening unfolds in an intimate setting above the pub. As you relax between courses, be taken back in time by renowned storytellers, to the fascinating world of Ireland long ago, when the culture was one of the mind, spirit and imagination.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, DUBLIN FOOD TRAIL EXPERIENCE
This is your chance to be immersed in Irish Culture, meet locals, and make new friends – all while enjoying an indulgent, culinary experience! The Irish Food Trail Experience is Dublin’s No.1 Food Tour and is the perfect way to experience everything Irish. Not only is it a fun and exciting walking tour of Dublin City, this tour allows you to explore Dublin’s hidden restaurants, pubs and cafes. What better way to experience Dublin than getting to try local produce and traditional Irish dishes? In the company of a local tour guide, this informative tour is an experience to remember from your visit to Dublin!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, TOURING TO CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY
Today you will be collected from your hotel to being the touring portion of your vacation. We’ll stop at scenic areas and points of interest along the way. Maybe a stop at Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland! Tonight is Abbeyglen Castle Dinner. The Castle Restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food, offering the very best local seafood, live lobster , and of course, delicious Connemara lamb. Relax, sit back and enjoy live music, friendly staff and beautiful views. An A La Carte and extensive Table d’Hôte menus are available, and change daily. The Chefs at Abbeyglen are more than happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements you may have. Tuesday night is Irish night at Abbeyglen. An Irish menu, written in Gaelic is provided, serving a number of traditional dishes. All accompanied by a wonderful evening of traditional Irish music and song. The Abbeyglen Castle Restaurant has the distinction of 2 Rosette Awards from the AA (Irish Automobile Association) for great food and attentive service. Enjoy!
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY
Today we visit Kylemore Abbey. Set in the Connemara mountains is Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle. Given it’s picture-perfect location, Kylemore is often touted as Ireland’s most romantic castle. Built by the English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, visitors to the three reception rooms in the Abbey are touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. Kylemore Castle was sold to Benedictine nuns ﬂeeing war-torn Belgium in 1920 and the Castle became an Abbey. Mitchell Henry built the recently re-opened Neo-Gothic Church between 1877 and 1881 as a memorial to his wife following her untimely death. The Church, a ‘Cathedral in Miniature’, is a centre of reﬂection and prayer for many visitors. Visitors can explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magniﬁcent restored buildings. Discover woodland walks, lakeshore walks & nature trails throughout the 1,000 acre estate. Also included is a visit to Quiet Man Cottage. The Quiet Man Cottage Museum is a novel concept which offers visitors a complete Quiet Man experience – as if you were actually ‘on-set’! The Cottage is located by the river at Circular Road, Cong – between actual locations used during ﬁlming. The ground ﬂoor of the cottage has been designed as an exact replica of ‘White O’Morn’, the ancestral cottage bought by Sean Thornton on his return to Ireland, as the original White O’Morn cottage is unfortunately now in ruin. Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts and costumes are authentic reproductions.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, CLIFFS OF MOHER, DOOLIN COUNTY CLARE
The Cliffs of Moher stand at 214m (700 ft) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres (5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. On a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins & Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, KILLARNEY, COUNTY KERRY
Rings of Kerry, Ross Castle and much more! Your tour includes a true step back in time to enjoy Irish tradition at its best. Come on board a horse and carriage jaunting car , and take a unique tour of some of Killarney’s most scenic and historic highlights. Your eye will ﬁrst be drawn to the majestic high spire of St Mary’s Cathedral. This tour through history, legend & folklore then rambles its way through magniﬁcent Killarney National Park, before arriving at Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Léin. Your journey takes you through areas where no motor trafﬁc is permitted, allowing you to experience a peaceful paradise, where the excess and noise of our modern world is blessedly absent. A short stopover at the restored 15th Century castle, allows for a real glimpse of ancient Ireland at its ﬁnest. Ross Castle was home to the legendary Gaelic Chieftain O’Donoghue Ross and the last Irish fortress to fall to Cromwell in 1652.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23, CORK, COUNTY CORK
Historic Blarney Castle is most famous for its Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as ‘pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending.’ The Stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. Many treasures are to be found on the grounds of the castle. The Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The entire Blarney Castle Estate has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Tonight your dining experience will take to Hayﬁeld Manor’s exclusive restaurant Orchids, overlooking beautiful private gardens. Orchids Restaurant really is the premier choice for ﬁne dining in Cork City, making any occasion special. Soft lighting and ﬂickering candles create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a spectacular meal prepared by award winning Head Chef Graeme Campbell. Contemporary Irish Cuisine created using the freshest ingredients is served by attentive staff, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24, COUNTY CORK
One of the most visited sites in Ireland, The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on a rocky outcrop of limestone, looming above the town of Cashel, County Tipperary. There is a 12th Century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the Hall of the Vicars. Long before the Norman invasion, The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster , although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the Rock was gifted to the Church. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25
Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin
Included Authentic Experiences:
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer
Food, Folklore & Fairies
Abeyglen Castle Dinner
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
The Quiet Man Cottage Museum
Cliffs of Moher Exhibition Centre
Blarney Castle & Rock
2 day hop-on hop-off Dublin Tour
Irish Food Trail Experience
Killarney Jaunting Car to Ross Castle
Dinner at Orchids Restaurant
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cobh Private Walking Tour
Rock of Cashel
COST : Double Occupancy $3,348
Airfare NOT included