11 DAY IRELAND EXPLORER
SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 6, 2020
HOSTED BY NANCY SHAW
When you travel with RIT, you know that you are getting the best in quality, reliability and value. Their First Class Coach Tours are built with the sole purpose of giving you the best possible experience as you travel throughout the Emerald Isle. Rest and relax every night in one of our selection of distinctive hotels, each one full of character and charm. Hosted by Nancy Shaw, CEO of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.
WHAT'S THE COST?
per person based on double occupancy – taxes included
Early Bird Discount – Book by February 28, 2020 & Save $100 per person
- 9 Nights Accommodations
- Full Irish Breakfast daily
- Welcome Drink in Dublin
- Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus tickets in Dublin
- 6x table d’hote dinners
- Special Dinner & Entertainment @ Merry Ploughboy
- Visit to Cahir Castle, Belleek Factory, Crumlin Road Gaol & Battle of the Boyne
- Sheepdog Performance at Kissane Sheep Farm
- Visits to the Giant’s Causeway & Cliffs of Moher
- Entrance to the Titanic Experience in Belfast
- Visit to Dublin Liberties Distillery & Dunbrody Famine Ship
Day 1 | Saturday, September 26 | Welcome to Dublin
Welcome to Dublin! Your driver and guide will meet you in the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport. Today is at leisure as we gather at our hotel in Dublin. Enjoy a welcome drink and introduction to your fellow travelling companions before dining independently in one of Dublin’s restaurants or lively pubs.
Overnight – Gresham Hotel, Dublin
Day 2 | Sunday, September 27 | Dublin’s Fair City
The full day is yours to explore ‘Dublin’s Fair City’ Using your Hop On/Hop Off pass you can check out the famous streets, squares, magnificent buildings, beautiful parks & great shopping. Tonight, we visit the Merry Ploughboy for a traditional dinner followed by some rousing Irish music and dancing.
Dinner/Overnight – Gresham Hotel, Dublin
Day 3 | Monday, September 28 | Kildare & Kilkenny
After breakfast, a visit to the Dublin Lilberties Distillery, where you will hear stories of mystery, mayhem and magic from the historic Liberties. We then depart Dublin and head South and follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board a replica of the sailing vessel Dunbrody at the quayside in New Ross, before arriving in medieval Kilkenny.
Dinner/Overnight – Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny
Day 4 | Tuesday, September 29 | Tipperary & Blarney
Today we discover why Ireland is also called the Emerald Isle as we travel thru’ the lush pasturelands of the Golden Vale. We visit Cahir for a tour of one of Ireland’s best-preserved castles, then continue south to County Cork and the village of Blarney to shop for handcrafts and a chance to kiss the famous ‘stone of eloquence’ at Blarney Castle (optional). We continue over the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, home for next 3 nights.
Dinner/Overnight – Riverside Hotel, Killarney
Day 5 | Wednesday, September 30 | Ring of Kerry
A leisurely tour around the Iveragh Peninsula reputed to be the most scenic 100-mile drive in Europe. Travel via Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville on Ballinskelligs Bay and the quaint village of Sneem. In the afternoon we visit Kissane Sheep Farm for a truly memorable sheepdog performance.
Dinner/Overnight – Riverside Hotel, Killarney
Day 6 | Thursday, October 1 | Cliffs of Moher & Galway City
This morning we travel through Adare where thatched cottages line the main street. Followed by traversing the Burren region of Clare to view the mighty Cliffs of Moher enroute to Galway. Enjoy free time in Galway before checking into our hotel.
Dinner/Overnight – Ardilaun Hotel, Galway
Day 7 | Friday, October 2 | Ben Bulben & Belleek
Today we learn about the fascinating success story of Foxford Woollen Mills before heading to the romantic domain of W. B. Yeats via Drumcliffe where the poet is buried. After some free time in Sligo we travel on to Mullaghmore for views of Donegal Bay. In the afternoon we visit Belleek, home of the renowned porcelain factory.
Overnight – Abbey Hotel, Donegal
Day 8 | Saturday, October 3 | Derry & Giant’s Causeway
A local guide will tell the ‘Story of Derry’ on a walking tour of this historic walled city before we depart for Belfast along the north Antrim coast. View the roofless ruins of Dunluce Castle perched on a cliff edge and visit the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage site and one of the wonders of the natural world. We continue via Ballycastle and past the green Glens of Antrim arriving in Belfast late afternoon, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the Northern Capital.
Overnight – AC Marriott, Belfast
Day 9 | Sunday, October 4 | Belfast & Titanic
After breakfast we start the day at the world famous Titanic Belfast for a leisurely tour. Next, experience what life was like for a prisoner in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol. Followed by a panoramic tour of the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road – a unique cultural experience.
Dinner/Overnight – AC Marriott, Belfast
Day 10 | Monday, October 5 | St. Patrick & Boyne Valley
Bidding farewell to Belfast we head south to Dublin. Heading through the majestic Mountains of Mourne into St. Patricks Country we visit the grave of Ireland’s Patron Saint and the Saint Patrick Centre which tells his story. Afterwards we travel around the Cooley Peninsula and into the rich pasturelands of the Boyne Valley to visit the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne. Tonight, we have one last dinner with your travelling companions at the luxurious Dunboyne Castle.
Dinner/Overnight – Dunboyne Castle, Meath
Day 11 | Tuesday, October 6 | Tour Ends
Your tour ends this morning after a final hearty Irish breakfast and a transfer back to Dublin Airport for your flight home.
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