Ireland: July 20 – 30, 2017 = $1946** 10 day tour

Ireland

July 20 – 30, 2017

**$1946. MRTA Member Price if booked by Nov. 29th, 2016, is $1946.*

Other dates available.

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

 

Single $2248, Triple $1873
Insurance is $189.

Cliffs of Moher

Please call 314.223.1224 to complete your reservation. 

Vacation Overview

Enjoy an incredible journey through Ireland’s bustling cities and lush countryside. Begin in Dublin with an overnight and orientation drive that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Heading west, stop in Kildare at the Irish National Stud, then north to Longford’s Strokestown House for a tour of the mansion and an insight into the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s. Travel to the pilgrimage village of Knock, and drive along the beautiful coastline, visiting Kylemore Abbey and a marble workshop. The 2-night stay in the port city of Galway features an included excursion to the Aran Islands, famous for their linguistic and cultural heritage, where you enjoy a guided tour of the highlights and a light lunch at Ti Joe Watty’s pub. Also on the agenda: a genuine Irish farm experience with morning coffee and fresh scones, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, King John’s castle in Limerick, and Foynes Flying Boat museum, where you can explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world. Enjoy a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the Ring of Kerry, then a horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney. Blarney, the House of Waterford Crystal, Avoca handweaving mill, and St. Kevin’s Centre of Irish Christianity at Glendalough are the final highlights before you return to Dublin for your last overnight on the Emerald Isle!

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Dublin, Ireland

Céad míle fáilte! A hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)

Day 2Dublin–Kildare–Strokestown–Knock–Claremorris

Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford for a visit to STROKESTOWN HOUSE for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Stop in Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions, then arrive in Claremorris, in the heart of beautiful County Mayo, for your overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 3Claremorris–Kylemore–Galway

Via Westport, head for the unspoiled region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit KYLEMORE ABBEY, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their MARBLE WORKSHOP before arriving in the port city of Galway. Tonight’s recommendation: an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where the intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme. (B)

Day 4Galway. Excursion to The Aran Islands

At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation on life on Inishmore by an island historian. After [LF] a light LUNCH at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/Local Guide’s commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop DUN AENGUS, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening. (B,L)

Day 5Galway–Cliffs of Moher–Limerick

A real Irish farm experience at RATHBAUN FARM this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and dog whistling. Afterwards, enjoy [LF] COFFEE and your SCONES, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At the CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Tonight’s optional excursion is a traditional Irish night, a fun ceili of song and dance in the setting of a village barn at Bunratty. (B)

Day 6Limerick–Foynes–Killarney

On this morning’s Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral, and visit KING JOHN’S CASTLE in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the FLYING BOAT MUSEUM. Board and explore the only Boeing B314 “Clipper” full-size replica in the world, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre. (B)

Day 7Killarney. Ring of Kerry Excursion

Join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn [LF] JAUNTING CAR RIDE through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle. (B,D)

Day 8Killarney–Blarney–Waterford

Across the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. (B,D)

Day 9Waterford–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

Today’s agenda: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your Local Guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your traveling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 10Dublin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Highlights

 

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner; orientation drive

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

STROKESTOWN HOUSE
Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens

KNOCK
Visit the religious site

KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey

CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop

GALWAY
Orientation

ARAN ISLANDS
Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, [LF] enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus

RATHBAUN FARM
[LF] See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

LIMERICK
Orientation drive, visit King John’s castle

FOYNES
Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

KILLARNEY
[LF] Horse-drawn jaunting car ride

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

NOTE:

  • Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.

Ireland

Meals

Full Irish breakfast; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin

 

 Vacation Highlights

DUBLIN
Welcome dinner; orientation drive

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

STROKESTOWN HOUSE
Guided tour of the house and Famine Museum, and visit the gardens

KNOCK
Visit the religious site

KYLEMORE
Visit the Benedictine abbey

CONNEMARA
Visit a marble workshop

GALWAY
Orientation

ARAN ISLANDS
Ferry to and from Inishmore, hear a presentation on life on the island by a local historian, [LF] enjoy lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, take a minibus tour with a driver-guide, visit Dun Aengus

RATHBAUN FARM
[LF] See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy morning coffee in the farmhouse

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

LIMERICK
Orientation drive, visit King John’s castle

FOYNES
Guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

KILLARNEY
[LF] Horse-drawn jaunting car ride

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
Guided tour of the handweaving mill

GLENDALOUGH
Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity

NOTE:

  • Due to the adventurous style of the Aran Islands excursion we recommend you bring suitable outdoor wear and comfortable shoes.

Meals

Full Irish breakfast; 1 lunch at a local pub; 4 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin

Hotels

Dublin

 

Hilton Dublin City

Superior First-Class

Stay at the Hilton Dublin hotel and admire stunning views over the beautiful, historic Grand Canal. Set in the heart of Dublin city, this Dublin hotel is situated on the green LUAS line and is close to a wealth of local attractions and business corporations. Discover stylish wine bars and gourmet bistros just a short walk from the hotel on Grafton Street and the famous St. Stephen Green area. Unwind in one of this Dublin hotel’s bright and modern Guest rooms.

Claremorris

 

McWilliam Park Hotel

First-Class

The McWilliam Park offers 1001 beautifully decorated bedrooms. Every bedroom offers the highest standard of comfort & style with enchanting colors, rich textures & furnishings that creates an atmosphere of peace & tranquility.

Galway

 

Radisson Blu Galway

Superior First-Class

You are guaranteed the best of all worlds when you stay at the luxury 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway. One of the finest Galway Hotels with scenic Galway Bay views, luxury city center hotel accommodation, excellent food and world class spirit one spa & leisure facilities.

Limerick

 

Limerick Strand Hotel

Superior First-Class

The Limerick Strand Hotel is an award winning four star hotel ideally located on O’Callaghan Strand in the heart of Limerick City Centre. With stunning vistas of The River Shannon and a birds-eye view of every landmark in the historical city. It is within walking distance of the city’s business and shopping center and its attractions: King John’s Castle, the famous Treaty Stone and the Hunt Museum are all nearby. Tom Flavin and his culinary team pride in serving the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce with all the food traceable and where possible an emphasis on using locally produced products. Tom also operates an in-house bakery selection making freshly baked breads and muffins daily. In addition they have a multi-award winning ‘The Strand Pantry Range’ including homemade chutneys and jams. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Energize Health Centre features a 20 meter swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool, Urban Escape Beauty Rooms offer treatment throughout your stay.

Killarney

 

Riverside Hotel

First-Class

A modern contemporary interior with tasteful furnishings, giving a warm relaxed atmosphere; the perfect Business Retreat.

Waterford

 

Tower Hotel

First-Class

Traditional 4-story Hotel situated along the Quay, opposite historic Reginald’s Tower (1003 A.D.).

Dublin

 

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

Superior First-Class

Towering elegantly over one of Dublin’s oldest addresses, the 4 Star Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Hotel is perfectly positioned on the most accessible edge of the city center: close enough to be there within minutes – yet peacefully removed.

Single room supplement:
$359

Triple room reduction per person:
$16

Extra nights per person in Dublin:
in single room $175, in twin $120, in triple $116

 

 

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