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 -
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 -
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
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 -
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 -
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
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
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.