14 DAY “JEWELS OF IRELAND”

DAY 1 DUBLIN CASTLE AND CITY TOUR

Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 a.m. and 12 noon. If your flight arrives later than 12 noon. transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 p.m., tour Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, Trinity College, St Stephen’s Green, the Famine Memorial and O’Connell Street. Visit the State Apartments of Dublin Castle, which contain magnificently furnished chambers. Back at your hotel enjoy a welcome drink and then dinner at your hotel. (D)

DAY 2 NATIONAL STUD AND TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK

In Kildare, visit the Irish National Stud to see many lovely horses and learn about breeding and racing. Also, walk through the charming Japanese Gardens, laid out over 100 years ago to represent life from the cradle to the grave. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is free for an independent open-top bus tour, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery or other sightseeing options. Off to The Brazen Head (said to be Dublin’s, and possibly, Ireland’s oldest pub) for dinner with traditional music, songs, step-dancing and storytelling. (B,D)

DAY 3 WATERFORD CRYSTAL AND KINSALE WALK

Travel south to the ancient port of Waterford. At the House of Waterford Crystal watch skilled craftspeople blow and cut crystal to create elegant tableware and special trophies. Drive through Cork to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town which is renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. Later, enjoy a fine dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

DAY 4 THE BEARA PENINSULA AND MOLLY GALLIVAN’S

Drive to Glengarriff, where we’ll begin a circuit of the incredible Beara Peninsula, enjoying views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. A visit to Molly Gallivan’s Traditional Cottage will offer the opportunity to experience 5000 years of history in a 500 meter walk. We’ll see how life on an Irish farm was for a young widow, enjoy a poitin (Irish moonshine) demonstration and relax over a traditional dinner, followed by a unique presentation depicting “An American Wake”, complete with music, song, dance and storytelling. Later, check into your hotel in Killarney, a lively and attractive town. (B,D)

DAY 5 DINGLE AND GALLARUS ORATORY

Today discover the glorious Dingle Pensinula made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far and Away”. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Fungie, the resident dolphin of Dingle Bay! Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip and tour the Blasket Experience to learn about the Blasket Islands. Visit Gallarus Oratory, a small church dating from the 6th to 9th centuries. Travel through the Slieve Mish Mountains for sweeping views before returning to Killarney. (B,D)

DAY 6 CLIFFS OF MOHER AND BANQUET

Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of flying during the 1930s and 1940s. Travel to Bunratty to your hotel near Durty Nelly’s and Bunratty Folk Park. At 2:30 p.m. depart for the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Drive a few miles to 15th century Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style banquet with entertainment. (B,D)

DAY 7 BURREN DISPLAY CENTER AND GALWAY

In Kilfenora visit the Burren Display Center to learn about the Burren, an area of rounded limestone hills with a rich archaeological past. Then view the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a Neolithic burial place dating to 4000 B.C. Take a look around the village of Ballyvaughan and drive to your hotel overlooking Galway Bay and The Burren. (B,D)

DAY 8 “QUIET MAN” WALK AND CATAMARAN

Drive to Cong for a guided walk around the village where “The Quiet Man” was filmed in 1952. Drive through the lovely scenery of Connemara to embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour. Enjoy an Irish coffee as you view traces of pre-Famine potato “lazy beds”. Make a brief stop at Kylemore Abbey Visitor Center before heading toClifden, a delightful market town and then return to Galway. (B,D)

DAY 9 BELLEEK CHINA AND DONEGAL CASTLE

Drive north into County Mayo to visit the pilgrimage town of Knock and in Sligo view W.B Yeats’ Grave. Tour the Belleek Pottery Factory, founded in the mid-19th century, to see craftspeople create the renowned Parian china. Drive to Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century. Check into your nearby hotel. (B,D)

DAY 10 SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS AND DONEGAL

Drive along the coast of Donegal to view Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe reaching 1,972 feet. The cliffs drop straight down to the wild Atlantic waves creating marvelous views. Enjoy coffee or tea with home-baked scones before driving through Glengesh Pass to Adara to visit Triona Design for demonstrations of spinning and knitting. Stop in Donegal town for free time before returning to your hotel for dinner. (B,D)

DAY 11 DERRY WALK AND GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Take a walking tour with a guide from the award-winning Martin McCrossan’s City Tours to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond and St Columb’s Cathedral. Pause for photos at Dunluce Castle before visiting the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue along the scenic coastal drive of the “Nine Glens of Antrim” to your stylish hotel in Belfast, close to the waterfront and city attractions. (B,D)

DAY 12 TITANIC BELFAST AND CABRA CASTLE

Tour Belfast to see Victorian buildings and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the newly-opened Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays before taking an afternoon drive south past the Mourne Mountains to Kingscourt to your lovely castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive in time to enjoy the facilities, including a 9-hole golf course. After dinner, youthful dancers will display intricate Irish step-dancing. (B,D)

DAY 13 BATTLE OF THE BOYNE CENTER AND LEISURE TIME IN DUBLIN

Outside Drogheda, visit the Battle of the Boyne Center to learn about the 1690 conflict between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II. Then travel to Dublin, to your well-located hotel in the city. The balance of the day is free so you may choose to take an open-top bus tour and visit Guinness or Jameson, or stroll the lovely streets of Dublin. Dinner is on your own in the exciting capital city of Dublin. (B)

DAY 14 TOUR ENDS AT DUBLIN AIRPORT

Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. or 12 noon. (B)

DELUXE AND SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS HOTELS INCLUDE:
Davenport Hotel, Dublin (2)
Carlton Hotel, Kinsale
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2)
Bunratty Hotel, Bunratty
Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2)
Central Hotel, Donegal (2),
Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast
Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt
The Burlington Hotel, Dublin
or similar

ALL OF THIS IS INCLUDED!
* Airport transfers at start and end of tour
* Sightseeing by luxury coach
* Professional tour director
* 13 nights in Superior class hotels
*25 meals
* Full breakfast daily, except on Day 1
* 11 dinners including

Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
Cabra Castle farewell dinner and music session
8 hotel dinners

* Welcome get-together drink
* Tours of Dublin and Belfast
* Walking tours of Kinsale and Derry with local guides
*Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
* “The Quiet Man” walking tour in Cong
* Killary Fjord catamaran cruise with an Irish coffee
* Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones and coffee or tea
* Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, House of Waterford Crystal, Muckross House and Gardens, Blasket Experience, Gallarus Oratory, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Burren Display Center, Poulnabrone dolmen, Kylemore Abbey Visitor Center, Knock shrine, W.B Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Donegal Castle, Triona Design, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast and the Battle of the Boyne Center.
* All local taxes, hotel service charges and baggage handling for one suitcase per person.
MARCH and APRIL from $2438
MAY through OCTOBER from $2798
LAND ONLY