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.
Celtic Dream 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 and traditional Irish
entertainment and dinner in Dublin.
- 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: 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
- 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
This tour is also offered as a 12-day tour - see
Celtic Dream 13-Day Option - Tour CDB
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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.
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
Collegewhere 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
Day 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
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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 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 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
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