Irish Rose - Escorted Motorcoach Tour

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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 throughout.
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • 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 through out.
  • 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 documents.

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Itinerary

Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, IrelandDay 01, Tuesday: U.S. to Ireland. Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on board.

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.

Day 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

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 Blu Hotel. Rathbaun Farms, Ireland

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 Rathbaun Farms . 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 Park

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 Redcastle Hotel, overlooking Lough Foyle, for dinner and overnight.

Day 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. Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Ireland

WB Yeats Statue, Sligo, IrelandDay 08, 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 Titanic Tour, Belfast, Irelandtravel 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 own.

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 day.

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