Day 01, Friday:
U.S. to Ireland.
for our overnight flight from the U.S. to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly
Day 02, Saturday: Dublin - Galway.
arrival at DublinAirport. Our driver/ guide
greets us as we exit Irish customs and escorts us to our awaiting motorcoach.
Leaving the airport we head across the central plains of Ireland to Galway. Our drive takes us through County Kildare, Westmeath and along the borders
of Offaly and Roscommon. The towns on our route include Kinnegad, Athlone on the
River Shannon and Ballinasloe. We arrive into Galway in the late morning. Check into our hotel where we
are free to rest, relax or independently explore. Dinner and overnight in
Day 03, Sunday: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Limerick. Today, after a hearty Irish
breakfast, we drive along GalwayBay through the charming villages of
Kinvara and Ballyvaughan and the coast line of County Clare. A visit to the mighty Cliffs of
Moher. Continue on through the seaside resort of Lahinch which its great natural
golf links; inland via the market town of Ennis and then south to historic
Limerick. Limerick is a bustling city situated
at the mouth of the mighty Shannon River. Before checking into our hotel, see
reminders of its historic past, King John's Castle, the Treaty Stone and its
fine monuments and Georgian squares. Dinner and overnight in Limerick.
Day 04, Monday: Limerick - Killarney. Leaving Limerick today we travel
via the old world village of Adare known for it's gentle ruins and
thatched cottages. Onto the Limerick coast we travel to the town of Foynes. Foynes gained
prominence as the transatlantic stop for the fi rst 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. Our route takes us via the
market towns of Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Castleisland to the beauty and
charm of Killarney town. Check into our hotel, where we are free to rest, relax
or independently explore. Dinner and overnight at our Killarney hotel.
Day 05, Tuesday: Killarney - 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
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 - Cashel - Dublin. After
breakfast we bid farewell to Killarney's lakes and fells and board our coach and
travel eastward into County Cork and along the River Blackwater,
through Mallow and Cashel, we see the mighty Rock, ancient seat of the High
Kings of Munster. On through the counties of Laois and Kildare into Dubllin.
Tonight we will enjoy dinner and Irish entertainment at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Overnight at our Dublin Hotel.
Day 07, Thursday: ST. PATRICK'S
breakfast, we are transferred to the parade route where we can enjoy the
festivities. Remainder of the day is free to browse, visit some of the famed
Dublin pubs or
visit the theatre. Overnight in Dublin.
08, Friday: Dublin Airport - U.S. After
breakfast we transfer to Dublin Airport for our return flight home. Ample
time allowed for last minute duty free shopping before boarding our flight home.
We arrive home the same day