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July 2018 Classic Ireland Tour

Classic Ireland Tour – July 24-August 2, 2018

This coming July, an incredible tour of Ireland awaits. Everything from the culture, scenery and the people combine for an incredible touring experience. This is a great summer time tour at an amazing price.

Itinerary:

July 24 – Fly to Dublin, Ireland!

July 25 – Take a deep breath as you leave the terminal at Dublin airport and breathe in the fresh Irish air for the first time. You’re in the capital of Ireland and this veritable melting pot of culture and tradition is a joy to explore. Busy streets packed with Dubliners from all over the world show that the “Céad Míle Fáilte” (“a hundred thousand welcomes”) is still strong here. You know you’re in Ireland when you pass by homely Irish pubs adorned with the artistic handiwork of John Gilroy – creator of the iconic 1930/40’s Guinness adverts. “My Goodness my Guinness”, you’ll have to fit in a pint or two of the “black stuff” while you’re here.
First stop is Trinity College & Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
Next Stop EPIC Ireland Museum. EPIC tells the dramatic story of the people who have left the island of Ireland, how these people spread around the globe, and how they influenced and shaped the world. It is a story of rich and poor, destinations near and far. It is a story of 10 million epic journeys. Overnight in Dublin.

July 26 – After full Irish breakfast continue to Glendalough in Co. Wicklow. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. Next Stop Powerscourt House & Gardens in Co. Wicklow is one of the world’s great gardens and is located 20km south of Dublin City Centre. Set against the backdrop of the great Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is stunning in every season. Continue to your hotel to check in. (Breakfast)

July 27 – This morning depart Dublin and on arrival to Galway, enjoy a relaxing guided tour of the city. Hear the Legends of the Claddagh, Spanish Arch & St. Nick’s Church. See Castle and the Old City Walls with stories to tell. Continue to enter the wild Connemara region through the hidden Lough Nafooey route, where you will experience the stark beauty of the valleys of Connemara before arriving at the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Killary Fjord. Next stop is Kylemore Abbey, where you can take breath-taking images & use its café and shop facilities. (Breakfast)

July 28 – Travel to majestic Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometers (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. Continue to Doolin traditionally a fishing village, Doolin is now renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Home to thousands of international visitors each year, Doolin is many things to many people. For some it is a place to experience rousing music sessions nightly in the pub and for others it is a place of solitude and tranquility where one can refresh their spirits away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. (Breakfast)

July 29 – Enjoy the Ring of Kerry today. As part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to give it its correct name) is the Kerry tourist trail – the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The scenery today will be spectacular. (Breakfast)

July 30 – The Dingle Peninsula, on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. Inland are rolling hills and mountains, including 952m Mount Brandon. The region’s an officially recognized bastion of Irish language and culture. Dunmore Head, mainland Ireland’s easternmost point, has views of the Blasket Islands, famous for Irishlanguage memoirs documenting rural life in the 1800s and 1900s. (Breakfast)

July 31 – Your first stop of the day is Blarney Castle, which was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. (Breakfast)
Next stop Kinsale, one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland. Enjoy some enjoying its beautiful architecture. Visit Charles Fort, is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602. (Breakfast)

August 1 – Today, travel to beautiful Watford via Tipperary. First Stop First Stop Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Attractions include an audio-visual show and exhibitions.
Next stop at Waterford Crystal and see how it is made. Nothing compares with the atmosphere of the blowing room, the heady mix of heat, noise and bustling activity makes this experience all the more breath-taking as you edge closer to the 1400 c furnace. (Breakfast)

August 2 – Say goodbye today to beautiful Ireland and fly back to the USA.

 

Optional Dinners
Dublin

The Merry Ploughboys
Live in Concert is widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin and also as a must see for any visitors to Dublin city.
The show kicks off at 8.00 pm and is a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish Music, Song and Irish Dancing.
From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
Rate: €50 pp (3 course meal + show)

Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies at the Brazen Head
The evening takes place in an intimate candlelit setting above Dublin’s oldest Pub. As you relax between courses of a traditional Irish Dinner, our renowned storytellers take you into a world of the imagination with wonderful insights and mystical tales about Irish life in times past. Guests are seated together in a relaxed friendly atmosphere which allows them to get to know each other and often share stories of their trip to Ireland well into the night.
Rate: €48 pp (3 course meal + entertaintment)

Killarney

Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night
Ceol, Craic agus Bia!
At Kate Kearney’s we host a Traditional Irish Night which consists of dinner, traditional music and costumed dancers.
The night is presented for groups either in our Restaurant or specially customised ‘Barn’. The ambience and fine food of this night has earned Kate Kearney’s various awards and a worldwide reputation.
Rate: €50 pp

 

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Tour with airfare from Salt Lake City (other cities available) – Double Occupancy – $2899 per person (includes tour, air and taxes)

Single Supplement – additional $595

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to final payment – pay by check to avoid it)

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1200 per person

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
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