It may come as a surprise that the beloved Irish tune “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” was written by a trio of American songwriters. That’s the moving influence of this enchanting and captivating land. So, when are Irish eyes smiling? At every moment on this undiscovered tour of Ireland – as you stroll down the lively streets of Dublin, sip Guinness in a boisterous pub on the Dingle Peninsula, take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the Killarney countryside, and even bake scones on a quaint Irish sheep farm near Galway. By way of the most dramatic coastal and pastoral scenery, this tour of Ireland leads you to the lesser-known gems of the Emerald Isle as well as the cliffs, castles, and famous crystal you’ve long heard of. As you hum along the winding Ring of Kerry and the rocky Aran Islands, this tour of Ireland “will steal your heart away.”
|September 22, 2023||from $3,829 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Fri Sep 22||ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND|
|2||Sat Sep 23||DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–CASTLEBAR|
|3||Sun Sep 24||CASTLEBAR–KYLEMORE–GALWAY|
|4||Mon Sep 25||GALWAY|
|5||Tue Sep 26||GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK|
|6||Wed Sep 27||LIMERICK–FOYNES–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY|
|7||Thu Sep 28||KILLARNEY|
|8||Fri Sep 29||KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD|
|9||Sat Sep 30||WATERFORD–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN|
|10||Sun Oct 1||DUBLIN|
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
CÉAD MILE FÁILTE—A HUNDRED-THOUSAND WELCOMES!
Day 2 – DUBLIN–KILDARE–STROKESTOWN–CASTLEBAR
TRIUMPHS & TRAGEDIES
KILDARE Visit the Irish National Stud.
STROKESTOWN Guided tour of the 1740s mansion and gardens at Strokestown House and the Famine Museum.
Day 3 – CASTLEBAR–ACHILL ISLAND–KYLEMORE–GALWAY
WILD ATLANTIC WAY AND IRISH ROSES
ACHILL ISLAND Enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way with time in the remote village of Keel.
KYLEMORE Visit the Benedictine Abbey.
Day 4 – GALWAY. EXCURSION TO THE ARAN ISLANDS
ISLANDS OF SAINTS & SCHOLARS
GALWAY Ferry crossing to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
INISHMORE Stop in for a light lunch at Globus Local Favorite Joe Watty’s pub and hear from a local who shares stories about life on Inishmore Island. A minibus tour of the island with a local guide-driver includes a visit to the prehistoric clifftop fort of Dun Aengus.
Day 5 – GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK
SHEEP, SCONES & ANCIENT STONES
RATHBAUN Visit Rathbaun Farm and Globus Local Favorite try your hand at scone baking, learn about sheep herding, and enjoy coffee and scones.
CLARE COAST See the rocky landscapes of The Burren and stop to take photos of the prehistoric megalith at Poulnabrone Dolmen.
CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit the 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
LIMERICK Free time this evening.
Day 6 – LIMERICK–FOYNES–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY
DARING YOUNG MEN & FLYING MACHINES
FOYNES Take a guided tour of the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, followed by Irish coffee demonstration and tasting.
DINGLE PENINSULA Enjoy a scenic drive on Slea Head promontory.
Day 7 – KILLARNEY. EXCURSION TO RING OF KERRY
A JAUNTING GOOD TIME
RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland’s southwestern peninsula.
KILLARNEY Take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride through the national park
Day 8 – KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD
FINE CRYSTAL & THE GIFT OF GAB
KILLARNEY Cross the Kerry Mountains into County Cork.
BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.
WATERFORD Take a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal.
Day 9 – WATERFORD–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN
MOUNTAIN LOUGHS & MEDIEVAL MONKS
GLENDALOUGH Stop at the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.
DUBLIN Free time this afternoon.
Day 10 – DUBLIN
SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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