SOUTH OF IRELAND ESCAPE
If you think a 6-day holiday in Ireland without the typical crowds and high-season prices costs a pot of gold, think again. Travel through Ireland’s rugged landscapes and welcoming locales during the off season and see your luck change! From Limerick to Dublin, you’ll experience the beauty and charm of the Emerald Isle. Take an excursion from Limerick to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Explore the buzzing harbor city of Galway, and be amazed at the 100-mile panoramic drive on the Ring of Kerry. From the town of Killarney, travel to Blarney and get a chance to kiss The Stone of Eloquence. Enjoy free time in the picturesque fishing-port town of Kinsale. Take in the old-world charm of Kilkenny, then continue to Dublin’s “Fair City” for an orientation drive to see O’Connell Street’s statues, red-brick townhouses of the Georgian squares, Trinity College, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Find the luck of the Irish on an off-season escape and guided tour of Ireland.
Travel Dates: From 03/11/2019 to 20/12/2019
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Breakfasts Included: 5
Lunches Included: 0
Dinners Included: 2
1 ARRIVE IN LIMERICK, IRELAND.
Cead mile failte-a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
2 LIMERICK. WEST COAST EXCURSION.
This morning's orientation drive takes you past all the city's attractions, including St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Then, drive through lush green country side of the Shannon region towards Ireland's spectacular Atlantic coastline and the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, visit RATHBAUN FARM, and watch the farmer maneuver a flock of sheep with the help of a sheep dog. Try your hand at SCONE BAKING and then enjoy them fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee. Later this afternoon, stop in Galway, a buzzing seaside destination before returning to Limerick. Tonight's suggestions for a very special night out: attend an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle. (B)
3 LIMERICK-ADARE-RING OF KERRY-KILLARNEY.
A day full of splendid scenery as you head south and stop at quaint Adare with its pretty thatched cottages. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the famed RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. There is plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Travel on to the popular resort of Killarney for an overnight stay. Top the day with an optional pub tour: join the locals in a bit of 'craic' and enjoy two drinks of your choice while listening to some typical Irish music and songs. (B)
Across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork, the route brings you to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. There is time here for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. This afternoon, arrive at your overnight destination of picturesque Kinsale. Enjoy free time to walk along the waterfront and admire the yacht-filled harbor, winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops, and houses. (B,D)
Today drive to Kilkenny, one of Ireland's prettiest towns with medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm. You will have time to discover the town on your own, visit the castle or the Design Centre or simply wander through the charming streets and be part of the Irish day-today life. Then, travel to the "Fair City" of Dublin for an orientation drive that includes statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colourful doors and wrought irondecorated windows, Oscar Wilde's Trinity College, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Tonight, as a fitting farewell to Ireland, consider an optional evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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