The Ultimate Irish Journey
Explore Ireland's gorgeous scenery and rich history on this comprehensive Irish tour that hits every corner of the island.
|May 31, 2024||from $5,595 CAD per person||Per Person|
|1||Fri May 31||Dublin City Tour | Kilmainham Gaol|
|2||Sat Jun 1||EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum | Taylors Three Rock Pub|
|3||Sun Jun 2||Farmhouse Visit | House of Waterford Crystal|
|4||Mon Jun 3||Cork | Blarney Castle | Killarney|
|5||Tue Jun 4||Jaunting Car Ride | Dingle Peninsula | Sheepdog Demonstration|
|6||Wed Jun 5||Cliffs of Moher | Galway|
|7||Thu Jun 6||Lough Corrib Cruise | Kylemore Abbey | Galway|
|8||Fri Jun 7||Ballintubber Abbey | Belleek Pottery | Derry|
|9||Sat Jun 8||Giant’s Causeway | Derry Walking Tour | Walled City Brewery|
|10||Sun Jun 9||Belfast Walking Tour|
|11||Mon Jun 10||Titanic Belfast | Long Meadow Cider | Farewell Dinner|
|12||Tue Jun 11||Tour Ends in Kingscourt|
Day 1 Dublin City Tour | Kilmainham Gaol
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Dublin hotel. Take a panoramic tour of the
city’s highlights and view Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the GPO. Tour
Kilmainham Gaol, built in 1796, and hear stories of Ireland’s revolutionary leaders.
Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2 EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum | Taylors Three Rock Pub
Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and discover the story of the 10 million
people who have left Ireland over the last 1,500 years – and their impact on the
world. Your afternoon is free to explore Dublin. Later, enjoy dinner and
entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub.
Day 3 Farmhouse Visit | House of Waterford Crystal
Visit a traditional farmhouse and learn about country life while enjoying tea and
scones. At the House of Waterford Crystal, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner,
watch skilled artisans cut crystal into sparkling masterpieces. Continue along the
coast to Cork city for dinner at your hotel.
Day 4 Cork | Blarney Castle | Killarney
Take a brief walking tour of Cork city with a local guide. Perhaps stroll through the
English Market, where vendors have been selling local and artisanal foods since
1788. Visit Blarney Castle to climb the winding stairs and kiss its famed stone, or
stroll the gardens. Enjoy the scenery as you head to colorful Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s
Gap for marvelous views on your way to Killarney.
Day 5 Jaunting Car Ride | Dingle Peninsula | Sheepdog Demonstration
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate
and see Lough Leane, the largest of Killarney’s lakes. Visit Moriarty’s, a CIE Tours
preferred shopping partner, in the Gap of Dunloe. Travel to the scenic Dingle
Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and rocky
headlands. Enjoy a demonstration of highly-skilled sheepdogs herding sheep at a
local farm. Enjoy dinner at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry while you hear a fun talk on
Day 6 Cliffs of Moher | Galway
Visit the family pub of the late famed playwright, John B. Keane for some tea and
scones. One of Ireland’s most beloved writers, he wrote many works in a room
behind the bar. Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and drive
along the coast of County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above
the Atlantic, and enjoy views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Proceed on to
vibrant Galway and join a local guide for a walking tour of the city’s historic heart.
Day 7 Lough Corrib Cruise | Kylemore Abbey | Galway
Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering
lakes. Take a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib and sip some creamy Irish coffee
(seasonal). Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through this elegant mansion, set
beside a tranquil lake. Return to Galway, where the rest of your day is free for
independent sightseeing and dining.
Day 8 Ballintubber Abbey | Belleek Pottery | Derry
Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland’s only royal Abbey.
Known as “the Abbey that refused to die”, it has been in continuous use for more
than 800 years. Visit Belleek Pottery, then follow the Atlantic Shore to Donegal
town, where you’ll visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Triona Design.
Continue on through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry.
Day 9 Giant’s Causeway | Derry Walking Tour | Walled City Brewery
Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal columns formed over 60 million
years ago. Back in Derry, join a local guide for a walk around this historic city’s
medieval walls; take a walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the
Walled City Brewery Restaurant. In a CIE Tours exclusive, enjoy a flight of the
brewery’s craft beers with your dinner.
Day 10 Belfast Walking Tour
Visit the historic city of Belfast, taking a panoramic tour to see grand government
buildings, the peace wall, and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912.
Take a walking tour of the city with a local guide to learn an insider’s perspective.
Then, the rest of the day will be yours to explore this fascinating city as you wish.
Day 11 Titanic Belfast | Long Meadow Cider | Farewell Dinner
Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a high-tech attraction that will immerse you in the
story of the doomed liner. Next, go to Long Meadow Cider, an award-winning family
orchard, for a tour and tasting followed by a picnic lunch. Travel to Kingscourt and
enjoy some free time in your luxury castle hotel, built in 1760 and set on 100 acres of
gardens and parklands. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your group. (B, L,
Day 12 Tour Ends in Kingscourt
Your program ends after breakfast.
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