Celtic Dream - Escorted Motorcoach Tour

Highlights

  • Round-trip *airfare or land only as selected.
  • Early booking discount! First 16 passengers receive an EXTRA $50 OFF PER PERSON from regular sale price! (Must be on deposit at least 120 days prior to departure.)
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges included when airfare is booked with Celtic Tours.
  • First Class and Superior First Class hotels throughout.
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • Dinner each evening except for one night in Dublin, including a medieval 16th century castle banquet and traditional Irish entertainment and dinner in Dublin.
  • Full sightseeing by Deluxe Touring Motorcoach.
  • Professional Irish Driver/Guide to escort you throughout your tour.
  • Tour of Rathbaun Farm to see an actual working farm - including coffee/tea and Irish Farmhouse Scones.
  • Visits to: KilkennyCastle, Waterford Crystal Factory, Cobh Heritage Center, Blarney Woollen Mills, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Rathbaun Farms, Belleek China Factory, Fort Dunree, Moville Pottery, Giants Causeway, Titanic Docks and Pump House.
  • Lough Foyle Ferry.
  • 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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*Airfare 'from' price is based on Aer Lingus gateway JFK. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities are also available.

Itinerary

Day 01, Friday: USA to Ireland

Depart USA for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner and cocktails are served on board.

 

Day 02, Saturday: Dublin.

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. Having cleared Irish customs we are greeted by our Celtic Tours driver/guide. Transfers from Dublin Airport are at 8:15 am and 11:15 am to our Dublin hotel. Your afternoon is free to explore Dublin on your own. Dublin offers many fine dining options, the theatre and night-life to enjoy. Overnight in Dublin.

 

Day 03, Sunday: Dublin - Waterford - Cork.

Early morning departure from our hotel, we travel south via CountyKildare to Kilkenny Town where we pause to visit Kilkenny Castle, ancestral home of the Butler Clan. We continue on to the nearby Crystal City of Waterford to visit the famed Crystal Factory. Our tour continues south to Cork City for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 04, Monday: Cork - Cobh - Blarney - Killarney.

Morning visit to Cobh HeritageCenter, which documents the history of Irish emigration and the story of the ill-fated superliners--the Lusitania and the Belfast-built Titanic. We continue on to Blarney for an optional visit to Blarney Castle where we have a chance to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, said to bestow eloquence on all who dare. Optional shopping for tweeds, knitwear, crystal and china at Blarney Woollen Mills. We travel over the scenic Cork and Kerry Mountains to Killarney for dinner and overnight. Tonight we have an optional visit to the lively pubs in Killarney.

 

Day 05, Tuesday: Ring of Kerry - Killarney.

Today, we depart on one of Ireland's most popular and beautiful drives, the Ring of Kerry. Traveling from Killarney we come to the town of Killorglin, famous for "Puck Fair," and from here we commence the ring tour. Our drive is along the coastline of the broad Iveragh Peninsula, through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Sneem. The scenery is spectacular as wind-swept cliffs, still lakes, lost valleys and rocky mountains blend in awesome beauty. As one looks around it is easy to agree with the old Irish saying, "Even if a man has only a small bit of earth here, he has a lot of the heavens." From Sneem, we continue via "Ladies View" back to Killarney. Dinner and overnight at our Killarney hotel.

 

Day 06, Wednesday: Killarney - DinglePeninsula - Bunratty.

Departing Killarney, we drive along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. We continue on via Limerick to Bunratty and check-in to our hotel. Tonight we visit BunrattyFolk Park for a traditional Irish night of home cooked food, excellent wine and some of the finest singers, dancers and musicians from local villages.

 

Day 07, Thursday: Bunratty - Galway.

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 Farm. 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 City. Dinner and overnight in Galway.*

 

Day 08, Friday: Galway - Sligo - Donegal.

Morning departure from Galway. We travel north via Sligo, birthplace of W.B. Yeats to CountyDonegal where we cross over the border for a visit to the Belleek China Factory. After a short stop, we continue on through Donegal town and Ballybofey and along the coast of Lough Foyle to the Carlton Redcastle Hotel & Spa for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 09, Saturday: Donegal - Buncrana - InishowenPeninsula.

Today have your cameras ready as we tour the historic and scenic Inishowen Peninsula. We travel via Buncrana, the principal town and resort of the peninsula to Dunree where we visit the military fort with scenic views over Lough Swilly. The fort has an array of large guns and artifacts from the 20th century. The fort and lough below is of immense historic interest which dates back to the Norseman, the Anglo Normans and the Flight of the Earls. We continue on via Clonmany, Ballyliffin and Carndonagh where we view the 7th century St. Patrick's Cross. Our tour continues via Malin to Malin Head, a spectacular headland on Ireland's most northerly point. Leaving Malin Head, we travel via historical Culdaff and the fishing port of Greencastle to Moville where we stop briefly to visit the Moville Pottery Factory. Return to our Redcastle Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 10, Sunday: 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 15 minute cruise across Lough Foyle to Northern Ireland. We continue via Coleraine to Portrush on the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the GiantsCauseway Museum before we are transferred by a small bus to the 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* for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 11, Monday: Belfast - Titanic Tour - Newry - Dublin.

This morning we depart on a historical tour of Belfast and its harbor and dock area 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 via Newry to Dublin arriving at our hotel at approximately 3:30 pm. Tonight we enjoy an Irish Cabaret show and dinner at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Overnight in Dublin.

 

Day 12, Tuesday: Dublin. TOUR CDA: Dublin - U.S.

Passengers on the 12-day tour (CDA) have an early morning departure for DublinAirport arriving at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am for your return flight home to the U.S. You arrive home the same day.

TOUR CDB - Stay an additional day! Passengers that opt for the 13-day tour - Depart our hotel at 9:15 am for a half-day city tour of Dublin, including a visit to historic Kilmainham Jail, which covers some of the most heroic and tragic events in Irish history from 1780 to the 1920's. Next, we visit the famed Guinness Brewery Storehouse to learn about the world famous Irish beer and enjoy a sample brew in the rooftop bar. Have your camera ready for some magnificent panoramic views of Dublin City. Your half-day sightseeing tour ends in central Dublin, where you are free to shop or browse or you may stay on board and return to our hotel.

 

Day 13, Wednesday: Dublin - U.S. (CDB option only)

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.

 

*On Day 07 - Four departures (May 15, May 22, May 29 and July 24) will overnight in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as opposed to Galway. On Day 11 - Two departures (May 01 and May 08) will overnight at the Europa versus the Dunadry in Belfast.

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