Celtic Dream - Escorted Motorcoach Tour - CDB 13-Day Option

Highlights

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Our premier tour offers you an updated itinerary in 2010. This tour has added attractions for 2010 and 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: Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Kilkenny Castle, Cobh Heritage Center, Blarney, Dingle Peninsula, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Rathbaun Farm, 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 12-Day Option - Tour CDA

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Itinerary

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

Day 02, Sunday: 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. (Individual passengers arriving after 10:15 am will be required to transfer to the hotel at your own expense.) Check into our Dublin hotel, with free time to relax. Depart hotel at 12:45 pm 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 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. Return to our hotel where the evening in free. Overnight in Dublin - Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane

Day 03, Monday: Dublin. Enjoy the morning free to shop or browse in Dublin. 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.

Day 04, Tuesday: Dublin - Kilkenny - Cobh - Cork. Morning departure from Dublin. We travel south to historic Kilkenny for a visit to Kilkenny Castle. 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 05, Wednesday: Cork - Blarney - Killarney. Leaving our Cork Hotel we travel 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 Kenmare and the Lakes of Killarney before descending to Killarney town for dinner and overnight. Optional pub entertainment in Killarney tonight - Killarney Plaza Hotel.

Day 06, 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 07, Friday: Killarney - Foynes - Limerick. After breakfast we depart Killarney and travel via Tralee and Listowel, home to the late playwriter 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 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 at The George Hotel. Tonight enjoy a Medieval Castle Banquet.

Day 08, Saturday: Limerick - Galway - Ballina. 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 and visit the Crystal Showroom and Galway Bay before reaching our hotel in Ballina, at the Downhill House Hotel, for dinner and overnight.

Day 09, Sunday: Ballina - Sligo - Donegal. Morning departure from Ballina. We travel north via Sligo, birthplace of W.B. Yeats to County Donegal where we cross over the border for a visit to the Belleek Pottery Factory. After a short stop, we continue on through Donegal town to Glenveagh Castle and National Park. Watch out for the Golden Eagles who have returned here to nest. Then on to our Redcastle Hotel, overlooking Lough Foyle, for dinner and overnight.

Day 10, Monday: Donegal - Buncrana - Inishowen Peninsula. 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 Norsemen, the Anglo Normans and the Flight of the Earls. We continue on via Clonmany, Ballyliffi n and Carndonagh where we view the 7th century St. Patrick's Cross. Our tour continues 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 briefl y to visit the Moville Pottery Factory. Return to our Redcastle Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 11, 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. Visit the Giants Causeway 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, The Dunadry, for dinner and overnight.

Day 12, Wednesday: 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 to Dublin arriving at our hotel, Maldron Cardiff Lane, around 4:00 pm. Tonight we are free to dine on our own.

Day 13, 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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