Celtic Dream - Escorted Motorcoach Tour - CDA 12-Day Option

Highlights

Premier Escorted Motorcoach Tour!

Our premier tour continues to bring you the best of Ireland, with an updated itinerary for 2012! With two options to choose from. This tour features most of the major historic and scenic attractions of Ireland. The Celtic Dream is acknowledged by visitors and Travel Agents as being the best value tour offered to Ireland.

Your Celtic Dream 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 and traditional Irish entertainment and dinner in Dublin.
  • 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: Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Kilkenny Castle, Cobh Heritage Center, Blarney, Dingle Peninsula, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Rathbaun Farm, Knock Shrine, Galway Crystal Factory, 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.

This tour is also offered as a 12-day tour - see Celtic Dream 13-Day Option - Tour CDB

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Itinerary

CDA Option: Day 01, Sunday: U.S. to Ireland. Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on board.

Day 02, Monday: Dublin. Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. Having cleared Irish customs we are greeted by our Celtic Tours driver/guide. Transfers from Dublin Airport to our hotel are available at approximately 7:30 am and 10:30 am. All passengers: early afternoon departure for a panoramic tour of Dublin which shows us statue filled O'Connell St., elegant Georgian Houses and Trinity College

where we view the priceless 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. This evening enjoy an Irish Cabaret show and dinner at the Merry Ploughboy. Overnight in Dublin.

Kilkenny Town, IrelandDay 03, Tuesday: Dublin - Kilkenny - Cobh - Cork. Morning departure from Dublin. We travel south to historic Kilkenny for a visit to Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy some free time to browse in this quaint town before we continue south to County Cork and visit to Cobh Heritage Center , which documents the history of Irish emigration and the story of the ill-fated superliners—the Lusitania and the Belfast-built Titanic. Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic, before she crossed the Atlantic. Dinner and overnight in Cork. Rochestown Park Hotel.

Day 04, Wednesday: Cork - Blarney - Killarney. Leaving our Cork Hotel, we travel to Blarney for an optional visit to Blarney Castle where we have a optional 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 Kenmare and the Lakes of Killarney before descending to Killarney town for dinner and overnight. Optional pub entertainment in Killarney tonight. - Killarney Towers.Killarney Lakes, Killarney, Ireland

Day 05, 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 06, 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.

Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, IrelandDay 07, 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 Rathbaun Farms, Ireland

Day 08, 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 09, 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 10, 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 11, 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 12, 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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