Escorted Motorcoach Tour!
A Celtic Tours favorite! A fresh itinerary for 2012, with added attractions.
Enjoy the Dingle Peninsula, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Medieval Castle Banquet,
Galway Bay, Glenveagh Castle, Inishowen Peninsula, Giants Causeway, Belfast and
the Titanic Tour.
Your Irish Rose Tour includes:
- First Class and Superior First Class hotels
- Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of
- Dinner each evening except for two nights in
Dublin, including a traditional medieval castle banquet.
- Full sightseeing by Deluxe Touring Motorcoach.
- Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you
- Visit to Rathbaun Farm to see an actual working
farm, including coffee/tea and Irish Farmhouse scones.
- Lough Foyle Ferry.
- Visits to: Dingle Peninsula, Foynes Flying Boat
Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Rathbaun Farm, Knock Shrine, Belleek Pottery Factory,
Glenveagh Castle and National Park, Fort Dunree, Moville Pottery, Giants
Causeway, Titanic Docks & Pump House.
- Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person.
- Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the
driver/guide not included.
- Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel
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Day 01, Tuesday: U.S. to Ireland.
Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on
board.and the Boeing 314
“Yankee Clipper.” Irish coffee was first introduced here in 1942 by the
restaurant Chef Joe Sheridan. From Foynes, we travel to nearby Limerick for
overnight. Tonight enjoy a Medieval Castle Banquet. Radisson
Day 02, Wednesday: Shannon-Killarney. Morning
arrival at Shannon Airport. Having cleared Irish customs we are greeted by our
Celtic Tours driver/guide. Travel via the old world village of Adare to
Killarney. Some free time to rest. Dinner and overnight in Killarney. Optional
pub entertainment tonight.
Day 03, Thursday: 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
and drive up the Conor Pass for panoramic views before returning to Killarney.
Enjoy dinner at our hotel tonight. Overnight in Killarney.
04, Friday: Killarney - Foynes - Limerick. 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. Our visit includes a tour of the Foynes
Flying Boat Museum
Day 05, Saturday: Limerick - Bunratty - Galway -
Claremorris. Morning departure from our Limerick hotel. We travel via
Ennis to the scenic Cliffs of Moher, where we stop for a photo-op. Continue to
Ardrahan in County Galway, where we pause for morning tea/ coffee and scones at
Here, we will see a farming family carry out everyday chores, including sheep
shearing and watch as the sheepdogs maneuver the flock. We continue on to
Galway and scenic Galway Bay before reaching our Claremorris, Co Mayo
Hotel for dinner and overnight. McWilliam
Day 06, Sunday: Claremorris - Knock Shrine - Sligo -
Beleek - Donegal. This morning we travel to nearby Knock Shrine, where
we have approximately 75 minutes free timne to explore and visit the old church,
the cathedral and grounds. Knock is Ireland's National Marian Shrine. Departing
Knock, we travel via Sligo, birthplace of W.B. Yeats to County Donegal where we
cross over the border for a visit to the Belleek Pottery Showroom. After a short
stop, we continue on through Donegal town to Glenveagh Castle and National Park.
Watch out for the Golden Eagles that have returned here to nest. Then on to our
Hotel, overlooking Lough Foyle, for dinner and overnight.
07, Monday: Donegal. Have your cameras ready as you tour
scenic and historic Donegal. Visit Glenveagh Castle and National Park. Watch out
for the Golden Eagles. Continue on via Rathmullen and scenic Lough Swilly
to Buncrana, where we stop and visit the old military fort, Dunree
Fort . Enjoy scenic
views over Lough Swilly. Historical interests here fo back to the Norsemen, the
Angle Normans and the "Flight of the Earls." The fort has many artifacts and
large guns dating from the 20th century. Return to our Redcastle Hotel for
dinner and overnight.
Tuesday: Donegal - Coleraine - Giants Causeway - Belfast. Morning
departure from our Donegal hotel. We travel just a few miles to the ferry that
will take us on the short cruise across Lough Foyle to Northern Ireland. We
continue via Coleraine to Portrush on the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the Giants
Causeway Museum, before we are transferred by a small bus to the Giants
Causeway and its volcanic
columns, which were formed over 60 million years ago. Our tour continues along
the scenic Antrim Coast to our Belfast hotel, The
Dunadry, for dinner and overnight.
Day 09, Wednesday:
Belfast - Titanic Tour - Newry - Dublin. This morning we depart on a
historical tour of Belfast and the Titanic
Dock and Pump House where the Titanic and
her sister ships, Britannic and Olympic, were built. The Titanic keel was laid
here in 1910. We will tour the Thompson and Alexandra docks and see the HMS
Caroline, one of the last remaining ships from WWI. Inside the pump house, we
will see the pumps, old workshops and view an audio visual display of how the
ship was built and the people involved. The tour will end at the visitor center.
We then travel on and enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Belfast. Departing
Belfast, we travel south to Dublin arriving at our hotel, Maldron
Cardiff Lane, around 4:00 pm. Tonight we are free to dine on our
Day 10, Thursday: Dublin - U.S. Morning transfer to
Dublin Airport. Ample time allowed for check-in and duty free shopping before
boarding your flight home. Arrive home in the U.S. the same
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