Ireland resonates with a rich history, proud people and breathtaking landscapes. Magical settings unfold that will never be forgotten. This 12-day tour of Ireland is a journey of discovery, highlighting not only the many renowned sights, but going off the beaten track as well with adventures that take you from Dublin to parts of Ireland's Ancient East, over to the the Wild Atlantic Way and up to the North West coast to Belfast, and back to Dublin.Walk on the historic Walls of Derry, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the Storehouse visitor center. Enjoy two overnights at the historic 5-star luxury Dromoland Castle. Other highlights include touring the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Garnish Island, Gap of Dunloe and a Black Taxi tour of Belfast. All around are hidden delights waiting to be experienced, captivating you with their beauty and charm. This Brand g Irish Odyssey tour is designed to make the most of Ireland.
Early booking available until August 31, 2018.
|Sep 1||Sun||1||Dublin, Ireland||You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Dylan Hotel. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse is the visitor center of the Guinness Brewery, a warehouse of the original brewery (founded in 1759) that has been transformed into a hi-tech visitor center covering 6 floors. The visit culminates with a pint in the Gravity Bar on the 6th floor (Dublin's highest pub), where you can also enjoy 360-degree views over the city. Continue with an afternoon walking tour of the 2,00 year old city with a local expert. (L/D)|
|Sep 2||Mon||2||Glendalough||This morning, head to the monastic ruins of Glendalough. Established by St. Kevin in the 6th Century, its ruined churches are scattered around two lakes. One of Europe's finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a Cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses. This afternoon, visit Ballyknocken Farm and Cookery School, home to celebrity chef Catherine (Byrne) Fulvio. Here, you'll have the opportunity to prepare your own lunch in a hands-on cookery class, using one key ingredient: Guinness. Return to Dublin for a dinner together at Beef & Lobster restaurant. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 3||Tue||3||Cork, Ireland||After breakfast, travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny. Kilkenny's rich medieval heritage is evident in the city's treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, exemplified by the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is arguably the pre-eminent medieval city in Ireland, However, the city's origins predate the medieval landmarks existing today. Saint Canice founded a monastic settlement in Kilkenny in the sixth century. Strongbow, the legendary Norman invader, built a fort in the twelfth century on the site where Kilkenny Castle stands today. The parliament, known as the Confederation of Kilkenny was founded in 1641. One of the parliament's main objectives was to unite resistance against English persecution of Irish Catholics. Transfer to Cork, where you will enjoy the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure. Overnight at the River Lee Hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 4||Wed||4||Killarney||Today's touring includes Garnish Island, located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its beautiful gardens known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world. Enjoy a traditional pub lunch en route to Killarney. Enjoy three exclusive overnights at the Ross Hotel. Dinner tonight in the Cellar One restaurant. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 5||Thu||5||Killarney||Today, enjoy a full-day Ring of Kerry Tour. Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all of Ireland. You can choose an optional excursion to meet a local specialist for a half day of hiking. Enjoy a beautiful walk out of Killarney to follow an old "Butter Road" and climb Torc Mountain and soak in the incredible views. Return to Killarney. Evening and dinner is at your leisure. (B/L)|
|Sep 6||Fri||6||Killarney||Today's activities include a bus ride to Kate Kearney's Cottage, then a journey of 7 miles (11.2 km) by jaunting car through the Gap of Dunloe a glaciated valley. You'll pass five small lakes and descend into The Black Valley to Lord Brandon's Cottage, where a barbecue lunch will be prepared for us. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains near Killarney. Tonight, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Jarvey's Rest, an award-winning Irish Pub, a perfect venue for a genuine pub experience, with gastro pub style food, a choice of Irish drinks and live entertainment. This famous Irish pub still contains original wooden floors, stonewalls, beamed ceilings and open fires. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 7||Sat||7||Shannon / Dromoland Castle||After breakfast at the hotel, travel toward Shannon with a stop in Adare Village for a traditional Irish lunch. After lunch, head to historic 5-star luxury Dromoland Castle, where you will stay the next two nights. When you arrive to Dromoland Castle there is a very special treat in store for you. Waiting at the gates will be your horse and hounds. As the coach pulls in to the gates of the Castle, the horse and hounds will ride along side you. This is without a doubt one of the most impressive ways to arrive at any venue. This afternoon, take in one of the many daily activities offered on the grounds. Dinner tonight onsite at The Golf Club House.(B/L/D)|
|Sep 8||Sun||8||Cliffs of Moher||Today we start with a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, a recreated 19th century village complete with houses (from a small laborer's cottage to a grand manor house), shops, a pub and a school. Following our visit to Bunratty, enjoy an included lunch at Vaughan's in Liscannor. After lunch, visit the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, which are Ireland's most visited natural attraction. With a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year, the Cliffs are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Next, the Burren is an area of karst landscape in County Clare. The word "Burren" comes from an Irish word "Boreann" meaning a rocky place. Tonight, dine at the internationally renowned Earl of Thomond Restaurant. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 9||Mon||9||Donegal||This morning includes a stop at Westport House, undoubtedly one of Ireland's best loved heritage attractions. With over 30 rooms on show, immerse yourself in life as far back as the 16th century when Grace O'Malley the Pirate Queen of Connacht ruled the land and seas around the estate. Built upon the foundations of one of her many castles which can still be toured in the dungeons today. The original Westport House was built in 1650 by Colonel John Browne and his wife Maud Burke, Grace O'Malley's great-great-granddaughter. Following the Wesport House, stop for lunch in town before arriving in Donegal and checking in at Harvey's Point. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 10||Tue||10||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Our first stop today is at the walled city of Derry. A walk around the walls in Derry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene. This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The next stop is at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which is suspended almost 100 ft above sea level. If you are bold enough to cross the bridge, stretching from the mainland to Rocky Island, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast. Next, explore the unique Giant's Causeway. For centuries the Giant's Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Climb the Shepherd's Steps and take a hike along the cliff-top trail for bird's eye views of the causeway coastline. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at Deanes Meat Locker, before settling into the 5-star Merchant Hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 11||Wed||11||Dublin, Ireland||This morning, enjoy a Black Taxi Tour of the city, including Shankill and Falls Road, and learn of how things were during "The Troubles". See the wall murals that are known all over the world. Every mural tells a story, which will be explained in great detail. Then, the tour the famous peace wall that separates the Protestant and Catholic communities, where you'll get a chance to sign your name on the wall. After morning touring, we stop for lunch en route to Dublin at Tankardstown House. This afternoon, tour the Neolithic ruins of Newgrange, constructed over 5,000 years ago. Return to Dublin for check-in at the Merchant Hotel, before dinner tonight at Peploes restaurant. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 12||Thu||12||Dublin, Ireland||They say all good things come to an end, and this morning your wonderful Ireland experience concludes. After another delicious breakfast, you will be taken to Dublin Airport for your onward journey or return home.|
Early booking available until August 31, 2018.
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On an exclusive Victorian street, the Dylan Hotel is nestled in the heart of Dublin city center's most sophisticated quarter. This 5 star boutique city center hotel is located 10 minutes walk from Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green, the Aviva Stadium and the RDS and is in the epicenter of Dublin's happening cultural scene. The luxury boutique hotel is steps away from the chicest Dublin restaurants, shopping and night life and houses the award-winning Dylan Restaurant.
Set on a picturesque bend in the river, just a short walk from Cork city center, The River Lee Hotel occupies a unique position in this charming, historic city. The River Lee is one of Cork's leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations, to casual get-togethers in the hotel's highly popular Weir Rooms including the Weir Room Restaurant, Bar and Terrace on the Weir; a key location in Cork's growing food scene. Resident guests also have complimentary access to the hotel's in-house health and fitness club, with a 20m swimming pool and spa.
One of the most modern, luxurious and historic hotels in Killarney is home to twenty-nine stylish Rooms and Suites. Enjoy delicious and fulfilling bites in the renowned Cellar One Restaurant and the Lane Cafe Bar, where you can idle the time away sipping the best of Killarney cocktails. Located in the heart of Killarney town, the hotel is close to nature and the multitude of Killarney tourist activities that you can indulge in, all at your own pace. Trip Advisor has recently named Killarney as the #1 Destination in Ireland.
Dromoland Castle Spa Hotel has developed an international reputation of excellence over the years. It is located just 15 minutes from the Shannon Airport. From luxury to beauty and high-end services, Dromland Castle hotel has been made to offer you everything. The massive structure was erected in the 16th century and is reminiscent of the Renaissance style. Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of the Royal O'Brien Clan, direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. Today Dromoland is a 5-star hotel overlooking a beautiful lake and wooded estate.
Harvey's Point hotel offers lakeside tranquility and natural beauty combined with calm seclusion and the finest in cooking and accommodation - all this in a modern, gleaming family-owned property.
The AA 5-Red-Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city center's historic Cathedral Quarter and a is short distance from a host of Belfast attractions, including Victoria Square shopping center, the Ulster Museum, the Titanic Quarter and The Waterfront Hall. The grandeur of the original building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing. The hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gym with panoramic city views, and a fabulous jazz bar. The Grade A listed building was built in the 1850s and is one of the most historical hotels in Belfast.
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