Day 01, Tuesday: U.S. to
Evening departure for our overnight flight from the
U.S. to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
Day 02, Wednesday: Killarney -
Dingle Peninsula - Bunratty
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 Bunratty Folk Park for a traditional
Irish night of home cookd food, excellent wine and some of the finest singers,
dancers and musicians of the local villages.
Day 03, Thursday: Limerick
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 04, Friday: Galway -
Sligo - Donegal
departure from Galway. 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 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
Day 05, Saturday: Donegal
- Buncrana - Inishowen Peninsula.
Today have your
camera's ready as we tour the historic and scenic Inishowen Peninsula. We travel via Buncrana, the
principle town and resort of the peninsula to Dunree where we visit the military
fort with scenic views over Lough Swilly. The fort has a large array of large
guns and artifacts from the 20th century. The fort and lough below is
of immerse historic interest which dates back to the Norseman, the Anglo
Norman's 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' 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 06, Sunday: Donegal -
Coleraine - Giants Causeway - Belfast
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
Ireland. We continue via Coleraine to Portrush
on the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the giants
CausewayMuseum before we are
ferried 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
Day 07, 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 shops 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 Dublin.
Day 08, Tuesday: Dublin.
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
Day 09, Wednesday: Dublin - U.S.
transfer to Dublin Airport for arrival at 7:00 am. Passengers who have later
departures can avail of a second transfer to Dublin Airport, arriving at 10:00
am. Ample time allowed for check-in and duty free shopping before boarding your
flight home. Arrive home in the U.S. the same day.
Day 03 - Four departures (May 15, May 22, May 29 and July 24) will
overnight in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as opposed to Galway. On Day 06 - Two
departures (May 05 and 12) overnight at the Europa Hotel,