Day 1: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Days of yore and Old World elegance sparkle as you explore the Emerald Isle. Stay in some of Ireland’s most luxurious estates, interact with its charming locals, and take in the inspiring beauty that has made Ireland a timeless destination.
Day 2: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins
There is no better place to begin your journey than Ireland’s dynamic capital city. Arriving in Dublin, discover a city brimming with history and warmth. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Thursday, July 17, 2014
*Set off today to truly embrace Dublin – the “Fair City” – on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. See St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park – originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century. View the city's magnificent rows of elegant Georgian town homes which boast colorful doors that lend vibrancy and charm to Dublin’s aesthetic palette. After your tour, step back in time when you visit the Casino Marino, designed by a Scottish architect for the first Earl of Charlemont. Intended as an aristocratic pleasure house, the casino is considered one of the most important Neo-Classical buildings in Europe. Next Enjoy a traditional pub lunch at the Brazen Head Pub, Ireland’s oldest pub, established in 1198, where you will soak up the atmosphere of days gone by. After lunch, continue on to the nearby Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage and discover the technique needed to pour the perfect pint! Classic Guinness ads and memorabilia create a nostalgic ambiance as you indulge in a complimentary pint and learn about a different yet key part of Ireland's history. End your day at an exciting, fun-filled “Irish Night” complete with traditional entertainment.
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Day 4: Friday, July 18, 2014
Dublin - Kilkenny - Farmhouse Lunch - Castlemartyr
Leave Ireland’s gorgeous capital behind today to visit the country’s medieval capital – Kilkenny! Meander its historic streets and soak up the unique sights of the city built on both banks of the River Nore. An Irish family welcomes you to their farmhouse for a traditional lunch! Learn about the local agriculture and what daily life entails for farmers in modern-day Ireland. Later, rejuvenate with a relaxing evening in the country at the Castlemartyr Resort. This grand manor house, which once belonged to Sir Walter Raleigh, is like something out of an ancient tale. You will even find dramatic 800-year-old castle ruins on the grounds.
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Day 5: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Castlemartyr - Blarney - Killarney
With a leisurely morning at Castlemartyr, there are endless possibilities. Indulge in a spa treatment, cycle, or walk a little of the estate’s 220 stunning acres! Later, a short drive brings you to the Old Midleton Distillery, where an expert leads you through while regaling you with the extraordinary story of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Stop at the historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Arrive in Killarney, your home for the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 6: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Today, travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world – the Ring of Kerry. This world-famous trail is part of an unspoiled region of Ireland that boasts beautiful beaches, plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery for which the Emerald Isle is known. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Make your way through picturesque villages and traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View” to gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney.
Day 7: Monday, July 21, 2014
Killarney - Adare - Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Cong
Travel to Adare and discover why they call it “Ireland’s prettiest village.” A city tour of Limerick showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Learn the fascinating history of the “City of the Violated Treaty.” Then, journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Learn about our Collette Foundation project that benefits over 470 children in the local community. Travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. As you are whisked through gorgeous countryside, arrive at Ashford Castle. Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest hotels, your home for the next two days truly seems like something out of the pages of a fairytale. This evening, attend a formal dinner in the castle and toast your unforgettable voyage through Ireland. (B, D)
Day 8: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Spend the entire day at Ashford Castle living like royalty! Dating back to 1228, Ashford Castle was once the country home of the Guinness family. Today, it is revered as one of the great estate hotels of Europe. With a full day to independently explore, you may choose to stroll the grounds, play a round of golf, fish, or even cruise along the lake on the property. There is also an optional full day excursion to Connemara. This day is yours to spend however you would like.
Day 9: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Cong - Galway - Dublin Area
En route to the Dublin area, visit Galway, the ancient “City of Tribes.” This afternoon, tour Castletown House. Built in the 18th century for William Conolly, the wealthiest commoner in Ireland, it remains the country’s largest Palladian style mansion. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an elegant private farewell dinner as you toast the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)
Day 10: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Dublin area - Tour Ends
Your journey ends in Dublin today.