From ancient castles and historic Dublin to less-traveled roads and charming villages, this adventure brings together the best of the Emerald Isle. Come to know the culture and welcoming hospitality of the Irish in Dublin, Ireland's rollicking capital city, with a choice of ways to explore. Tour Kilkenny's Medieval castle. Step off the beaten path in the seaside village of Kinsale, known as Ireland's 'gourmet capital.' Make yourself at home as an Irish family welcomes you for a homestay. Discover the windswept terrain of West Cork's Wild Atlantic Way before arriving in charming Killarney. Travel through the tranquil countryside of the Ring of Kerry. Explore the Neolithic site of Newgrange. Feel like special guests of royalty when you spend two incredible nights in an elegant historic castle. Experience farm to table cuisine. Raise a glass and celebrate a journey through the many sides of Ireland.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2017
- 9 Days
|Day 1||Dublin||Overnight Flight: This is your chance to experience a seldom-explored side of Ireland. From the vaults of Christ Church Cathedral to the bewitching forests of Killarney National Park, we'll bring you back to your Irish roots (even if you don't have any).|
|Day 2||Dublin||Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins: Welcome to Dublin, Ireland's cosmopolitan capital. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private tour and welcome reception featuring canapes and cocktails in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.* Within the medieval walls of the city's oldest structure, surrounded by nearly 1,000 years of Irish myths and legends, toast the start of an incredible adventure.|
|Day 3||Dublin||Dublin - Choice on Tour: Today it's your choice! Set out on a drive with a local guide to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and see St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street and Phoenix Park. Or, join a walking tour of the city's historic center and meander its winding streets as you follow in the footsteps of Vikings. This evening we put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class at one of Dublin's premier culinary institutions.|
|Day 4||Dublin||Dublin - Irish National Stud - Midleton - Kinsale: Take to Ireland's country roads. Tour the Irish National Stud, an area of incredible natural beauty and home to some of the world's most magnificent horses and gardens. Next, head south to the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Give it a go with a tasting of the distillery's production. Continue on to the quaint coastal village of Kinsale and join a local expert on a walking tour. This evening, it's Diner's Choice in Ireland's gourmet capital! Choose the perfect spot from a 'menu' of Kinsale's great restaurants.|
|Day 5||Kinsale||Kinsale - Choice of Cobh or Relaxing in Kinsale: It's your choice! Visit the seaside town of Cobh, the last stop of the RMS Titanic. Follow a local expert on a tour of this historic port from which 2.5 million Irish people left their native land for new frontiers. Or, spend a leisurely day in Kinsale and enjoy its many galleries, shops and cafes.|
|Day 6||Kinsale||Kinsale - Garnish Island - Killarney: Embark on the drive of a lifetime on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. You'll fall in love with the quaint towns and charming villages found along this iconic coastal route. Board a ferry and sail to Garnish Island, a place that has to be seen to be believed. Sheltered in the Glengarrif harbor of Bantry Bay, this hidden island is home to one of Ireland's most beautiful gardens. Continue over the Cork and Kerry mountains to Killarney via the breathtaking Caha Pass.|
|Day 7||Killarney||Killarney National Park or Ring of Kerry: Today is yours to explore one of Ireland's most remarkable regions - County Kerry. It's your choice! Join a local expert and explore the rugged mountains, lakes and lush forests of Killarney National Park; cruise through Killarney's lakes to Lord Brandon's Cottage, where a guided walk on the 'Kerry Way' takes you through seldom explored and enchanting scenery. Or, travel on the world-famous Ring of Kerry, an unspoiled trail boasting stunning beaches, plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery.|
|Day 8||Killarney||Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Aran Islands (Inisheer): Leave the rugged southern coast behind and embark on a life-changing adventure. Board a ferry bound for Inisheer, the smallest of the three Aran Islands.** Take in unrivalled views from the Wild Atlantic Way before sailing beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Upon arriving in Inisheer's ethereal landscape, take a private tour through the labyrinth of stone walls blanketing the island. Learn about the island's 250 inhabitants, their livelihoods and devotion to traditional culture and customs. As the last ferry leaves for mainland Ireland, settle in to your island abode*** for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience amid desolate yet magnificent beauty.|
|Day 9||Killarney||Aran Islands (Inisheer) - Ennis: Enjoy a relaxed morning among Inisheer's ancient sites and picturesque stone walls as you soak up the island's timeless beauty. Dive into local culture during a knitting workshop and learn traditional methods and stitches used to make the famous Aran sweaters. Don't worry if you're not a knitter, you'll be a pro before you know it! Next, experience the traditional craft of making the St. Brigid's Cross. Throughout the country you will see these crosses, symbol of the patroness of Ireland, affixed in homes to ward off evil and danger. This evening, after ferrying back to the mainland, join your fellow travelers and toast the end of an incredible adventure!|
|Day 10||Ennis||Ennis - Tour Ends: Your journey comes to a close today, leaving you with the spirit of Ireland in your heart forever.|
- Tigh Ruairi Inis Oirr, Ireland
- Old Ground Hotel Ennis, Ireland
- Killarney Plaza Hotel Killarney, Ireland
- Actons Hotel Kinsale, Ireland
- Hampton Hotel Dublin , Ireland
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.