Day 01, Sunday: U.S. to Ireland.
Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on
Day 02, Monday: Dublin. Morning arrival at Dublin Airport,
having cleared Irish customs, we exit to the arrivals hall where our
driver/guide greets us. Check into our Dublin hotel, with free time to relax.
Afternoon departure for a visit to the Whitefriar Church, which holds the
remains of St. Valentine. In 1835 Pope Gregory XVI decided to make the Church a
gift of St. Valentine's body. The Whitefriar Shrine to St. Valentine has been
and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for those celebrating love, gained or
lost. The Church also has shrines to the Black Madonna and St. Albert. Continue
on a one-hour panoramic tour of Dublin. Overnight in Dublin with dinner on your
own this evening.
Day 03, Tuesday: Dublin - Kilkenny -
Killarney. Depart Dublin and travel south west to Kilkenny town. Enjoy
some free time in this historic town and perhaps visit Kilkenny Castle. Depart
Kilkenny and travel via Clonmel in County Tipperary to Killarney for dinner and
Day 04, Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula.
Enjoy the scenic beauty for which this region is renowned and made famous by
such movies as “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away.” See the long, sandy
stretches of Inch Strand and admire views across the bay to the Iveragh
Peninsula. See beehive huts where early Christian monks lived and visit Gallarus
Oratory, dating from the 8th century. Stop for some free time in Dingle, then
drive up the Conor Pass for panoramic views before returning to Killarney.
Evening is free to dine on your own and enjoy the music in the many local
Day 05, Thursday: Killarney - Foynes - Limerick -
Killaloe. After breakfast, we depart Killarney and travel via Tralee
and Listowel, home to the late playwrite and storyteller John B. Keane. Continue
on to Tarbert and travel along the Shannon River to Foynes, a small seaport on
the Shannon River. Foynes gained prominence as the transatlantic stop for the
first seaplane service between the U.S. and Europe. Optional visit to the Flying
Boat Museum and the Boeing 314 “Yankee Clipper.” Continue on via Limerick to
historic Killaloe, the home of Ireland's most famous High King, Brian Boru.
Dinner and overnight in Killaloe.
Day 06, Friday:
Killaloe. Today enjoy a tour of this historic area and in the afternoon
enjoy a 90 minute scenic cruise* on the Shannon River. Return to Killaloe where
this evening is free to dine on your own. Overnight in
Day 07, Saturday: Killaloe - Cliffs of Moher - Galway -
Sligo. Morning departure from Killaloe, travel via Ennis to the West
Coast and view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, rising 700-feet above the Atlantic
Ocean. Continue onto Galway city and Galway Bay, stopping briefly for a photo-op
at Salthill. Travel onwards via Claremorris and Knock to Sligo for dinner and
Day 08, Sunday: Sligo - Donegal - Sligo.
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Donegal. Our tour takes us north to Bundoran
and along Donegal's Teelin Bay, where we have magnificent views of the Slieve
League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Continue onto Killybegs and Donegal town famous for Irish
Tweeds and hand knit sweaters. Return to our Sligo hotel where the evening is
free to dine on your own.
Day 09, Monday: Sligo -
Dublin. Morning departure from Sligo. We travel south east across
Ireland via Longford to arrive in Dublin in the early afternoon. Afternoon and
evening are free in Dublin to dine on your own or perhaps catch a show in
Dublin. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 10, Tuesday: Dublin -
U.S. Morning departure for Dublin Airport where our tour ends at
approximately 7:00 am. After check-in, time to browse or shop for duty free
items before proceeding to U.S. Customs area. You will clear U.S. Customs in
Ireland. You arrive home the same day and claim your luggage, by passing
*Note: The 90-minute cruise on the River Shannon is seasonal,
and generally operates from April-September. However, weather permitting, it can
operate in October and November. When not operating, it will be replaced by a
traditional Irish night with live entertainment on day 05 at the Lakeside Hotel
- with a free day on day 06.