EMBRACING THE EMERALD ISLE
A First Class 15 Day Escorted Tour of Ireland
Join this exclusive tour to the Emerald Isle. We’ll visit all those familiar places that we’ve heard about in songs and legends; Cork, Blarney, Kerry, Killarney, Derry, Dingle, the Giant’s Causeway, Dublin and Belfast. You will see magnificent scenic landscapes, attractions of historic significance, as well as experience cultural delights. Free time has been created in several locations to enable you to pursue individual interests, mingle with locals and savour the unique Irish foods.
September 9 – 24, 2019
15 Days – 14 Nights
- Double Occupancy: $5,695.00
- Single Supplement: $ 900.00
Includes Taxes & Gratuities
- Transfers to/from Pearson International
- Round Trip Economy Class Airfare Toronto – Dublin
- Modern Touring Coach
- Hotel Porterage
- First Class Hotel Accommodation for 14 Nights
- 14 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 10 Table d’hote Dinners
- Special Medieval Dinner at Bunratty Castle
- Farewell Dinner at The Merry Ploughboy Pub
- All Tour Gratuities
Monday, September 9 – Day 1 | Home Town to Dublin (Inflight Meals)
We embark upon our exciting journey to Ireland today with included transfers to Pearson International Airport where we will board our flight to Dublin. Pick up times and locations to be advised closer to our departure date.
Tuesday, September 10 – Day 2 | Dublin (B, D)
We meet a local professional Irish city guide and private motor coach for a morning panoramic tour of Dublin prior to checking into our hotel for two nights. Tonight we enjoy an early dinner with no formal evening activities after such a long couple of days of travel.
Wednesday, September 11 – Day 3 | Dublin (B)
After our first Irish breakfast we meet our local city guide with admission included to Trinity College to see The Book of Kells. This afternoon we visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Lunch is available here. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may choose to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral or the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting. You will be given a selection of things to see and do at your own pace.
Thursday, September 12 – Day 4 | Dublin – Wicklow Mountains – Wexford (B, D)
We bid farewell to Dublin this morning as we visit Powerscourt Estate with free time to explore the extensive gardens. We continue into the Wicklow Mountains and visit the early monastic site of Glendalough and then leisure time in Avoca where you can explore the local weavers. After lunch we travel the coastal road for a scenic drive to our hotel in Wexford. Dinner tonight at the hotel in Wexford.
Friday, September 13 – Day 5 | Wexford – Waterford – Cork (B, D)
This morning we head for New Ross where we will follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as we board the Dunbrody. A ticket is issued as if it were 1849, and this ticket allocates your space and food rations for the voyage ahead. Afterwards we move on to Waterford where we visit the House of Waterford Crystal where we tour the crystal factory and then onto Midleton for a tour and tasting at Jamieson’s Distillery. After lunch we travel to Cobh and the Queenstown Story and then onto Cork to check into our hotel for one night. Dinner this evening in the hotel.
Sat. September 14 – Day 6 | Cork – Blarney Castle – Killarney (B, D)
This morning we visit Blarney Castle with the opportunity to kiss the ‘stone of eloquence’ and free time to visit the village and the Blarney Woollen Mills. We then return to Cork and visit St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and some free time. We’re then off to Killarney for three nights. Upon arrival we visit Muckross House. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Sun. September 15 – Day 7 Cork – Ring of Kerry – B
This morning we depart for a day on the Ring of Kerry including and a unique stop at Brendan’s Sheep Farm. We make a stop at the Bog Village of Glenbeigh, which will give us a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th Century. We return to Killarney and enjoy a jaunting car ride.
Mon. September 16– Day 8 Dingle Peninsula B, L, D
We begin the day with a morning excursion around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. At the Blasket Islands Centre we’ll learn about conditions that caused the eventual evacuation in 1953. In quaint Dingle we get a feel for Irish village life including an authentic fish & chips lunch today. Enroute we will see Beehive Huts, a hallmark of the area, and visit the Gallarus Oratory, a place of worship for farmers since about 700 AD. Returning to the hotel in Killarney we will experience Killarney National Park. Dinner at the hotel this evening.