Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Saturday 9th September – Overnight Flight to Ireland Aer Lingus Flight 134 Depart Boston (BOS) at 7:15pm Arrive Shannon (SNN) at 6:15am (Sunday 10th September)
Depart the U.S. tonight aboard your wide-bodied jet bound for the Emerald Isle. Dinner will be served shortly after take-off, sit back and relax or watch a movie. You will awaken to your first glimpse of Ireland’s forty shades of green.
Day 2 – Sunday 10th September – Arrive Shannon – Shannon to Galway via the Cliffs of Moher
Cead Mile Failte! One hundred thousand welcomes! Arrive at Shannon Airport where you will be met by your Irish Tour Director and escorted to your waiting luxury motor coach. After a hearty Irish breakfast locally we depart for Galway. Our first stop will be at the mighty Cliffs of Moher which rise more than 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and span nearly 5 miles long. This truly is a spectacular sight! You will have ample time to ramble up to O’Brien’s tower where it is said that on a clear day you can see forever. We continue through the “Burren” region. The word “Burren” derives from the Gaelic Boireann. It is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, tranquil valleys and gently meandering streams. Enjoy the tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura as we continue our drive to Galway city. Galway is also known as the “City of Tribes”. The name refers to 14 important Anglo-Norman merchant families, who lived there and dominated the life and trade of the city during the Middle Ages. We will take in a panoramic tour of the city before arriving at the hotel. After check-in you are free to rest for a few hours before we gather in the evening for a welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner in our hotel.
Dinner & Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
Day 3 – Monday 11th September – Kylemore Abbey & Connemara
Today we explore the rugged yet serene Connemara area which John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara made famous in the classic film, “A Quiet Man”. This rocky land of broad-backed mountains and pearl-like lakes is the largest Irish speaking section of the country. The old traditions and way of life are as much a part of Connemara’s attractions as is the scenery. Sit back and relax as we drive along this tranquil route by the shores of Lough Corrib to reach Kylemore Abbey. The Abbey is the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. Built originally as a castle it is one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. We return to Galway in the afternoon and you will be free to explore the city at your own leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
Day 4 – Tuesday 12th September – Corrib Princess Cruise & free time to explore Galway
Our touring this morning will start onboard the Corrib Princess for a leisurely cruise. Sit back and soak up the fabulous views and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a heartwarming Irish Coffee along the way. The cruise takes us along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake providing unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wildlife and the Corrib has a peace and tranquility all of its own. On our return to Galway, the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. You may wish to use this time to go shopping in many of the traditional craft shops & to purchase souvenirs to cherish. This evening you will be free for dinner at your leisure. Why not visit one of the traditional Irish Pubs or restaurants in this wonderful city?
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway
Day 5 – Wednesday 13th September – Galway to Killarney via the Burren Region & Adare Village
This morning after breakfast we bid farewell to County Galway and begin our journey south through Clarinbridge and the charming villages of Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. We will continue our tour travelling through the towns of Ennis & Bunratty. You will also have the opportunity for a short stop at Bunratty Castle & the famous Durty Nelly’s Pub. Here you may wish to visit the Bunratty folk park or shop at the famous Woollen Mills. Now we head to Adare which is regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village. It is a haven for those wishing to escape, unwind and take in its medieval surroundings. We arrive in Killarney in the late afternoon, time to get checked into our hotel before dinner tonight.
Dinner & Overnight: International Hotel, Killarney
Day 6 – Thursday 14th September – Killarney & the Ring of Kerry & traditional Irish Pub night with Sean-nos dance & music
After a leisurely breakfast we have an exciting day of touring as we experience one of the most scenic drives in all of Europe, around the famous Ring of Kerry. As we head along the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Sneem sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views as we circle the mountainous MacGillycuddy Reeks. We complete the tour via the Ladies View back to Killarney. This is Ireland as you have always imagined it! This evening we travel to one of the traditional Irish pubs found in Killarney for Sean-nós Dance & Music evening with your personal Seanachi DB O’Connor. Pub Dinner will also be served on during the evening. You will be sure to be entertained with fascinating stories about Irish myths & legends.
Traditional Pub Dinner - Overnight: International Hotel, Killarney
Day 7 – Friday 15th September – Blarney Castle & Midleton Distillery
Our touring today has us leaving Killarney behind for a time to travel eastward to County Cork. Built on a marsh, Cork city is inter-laced with a winding canal and river giving it a distinctly European air. The River Lee divides the city in two and is lined with architectural development that incorporates the best of old and new. We continue through Cork city to the town of Midleton. Here we will visit the world famous Jameson Whiskey Distillery. You will visit the Jameson Bar for a whiskey tasting session and follow the Old Distillery Trail through the various historic and unique mills, malting houses, corn stores, and still houses. In the early afternoon we return back to Cork City and after a short panoramic tour you will have some free time for lunch. As we travel back to the kingdom of Kerry our last stop of the day will be in Blarney Town. Blarney Castle, one of the oldest landmarks in County Cork, is best known for the famous “Blarney Stone” which as tradition dictates confers the gift of eloquence upon all those who kiss it. Blarney Woollen Mills flagship store is located in this picturesque village and is housed in one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic Woollen Mills. After browsing all the wares & treasures we travel back to Killarney and will arrive in the late afternoon.
Overnight: International Hotel, Killarney
Day 8 – Saturday 16th September – Killarney to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel
Today we bid farewell to the land of the three lakes and continue to our final stop on our tour. We will visit the Rock of Cashel before arriving in Dublin. 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. It is said that St. Patrick himself preached here and stayed within these very walls. In the afternoon we arrive in Dublin. After check you will have some free time before dinner this evening. Later you will be able explore this fair city at your leisure & to enjoy the vibrant Saturday night pub scene.
Dinner & Overnight: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 9 – Sunday 17th September – Explore Dublin City
Today we get to explore the wonderful city of Dublin. Sit back and enjoy a relaxed panoramic sightseeing tour taking in many of the cities wonders and also learning the history of the capital from your friendly Tour Director. He will point out highlights such as Trinity College, O'Connell Street, Molly Malone, the River Liffey, Ha'Penny Bridge, Christ church Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral. We now continue our days touring by paying a visit to Dublin Castle. Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English administration in Ireland for 700 years. The rest of the afternoon is yours to discover and visit the many other attractions this vibrant capital city of Ireland has to offer.
Suggested visits: -
- Kilmainham Gaol
- Jameson Distillery
- Guinness Storehouse
This evening we gather for our farewell dinner where we will enjoy music & traditional entertainment.
Traditional Pub Dinner - Overnight: Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 10 – Monday 18th September – Depart Ireland to US, Aer Lingus Flight 137 Departing Dublin (DUB) at 11:30am Arrive Boston (BOS) at 1:30pm
After breakfast, we bid farewell as we board our coach for transfer to Dublin Airport. Then, it's on board, leaving behind the "land of a thousand welcomes", sparkling in a setting of a silver coastline and decorated with a patchwork of emerald fields.