01, Wednesday: U.S. to Ireland.
U.S. for overnight flight to
Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
02, Thursday: Dublin. Early
morning arrival in Dublin where we are met
by our Celtic Tours driver/guide after clearing customs. Depart DublinAirport and transfer to our Dublin hotel. Some free
time to rest or independently enjoy the city center attractions and stores.
Overnight in Dublin.
03, Friday: Cashel - Blarney - Killarney. Morning departure from Dublin. We travel
southwest via the horse racing and breeding County of Kildare to County
Tipperary and the historic Rock of Cashel, an ancient castle fortress of the
Kings of Ireland. After a photo stop we continue on to Blarney. Optional visit
to the BlarneyCastle to kiss the famed
Blarney Stone or shop at Blarney Woollen Mills for tweeds, knitwear, crystal and
china. Continue on to Killarney for dinner and overnight. Optional pub
entertainment tonight in Killarney.
Day 04, Saturday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula. A delightful day takes us along the
Kerry coast to the DinglePeninsula, which offers
magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the BlasketIslands, the last outpost of
full day tour returning to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
05, Sunday: Killarney - Galway. Morning
departure from Killarney. We travel via Ennis to Ardrahan in County Galway where we pause for
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 our Galway hotel for dinner and overnight.
Optional pub entertainment tonight in Galway.
06, Monday: Galway - Athlone - Kells - Kingscourt. Departing
travel via Loughrea where we visit St. Brendan's Cathedral. Constructed in 1897,
it contains outstanding examples of stained glass by various Irish artists. We
travel onwards via CountyMeath and Kells to our
hotel for dinner and overnight.
07, Tuesday: Kingscourt - Dublin - Kingscourt.
we travel south to Dublin where we take a
tour of historic Kilmainham Jail, which covers some of the most heroic and
tragic events in Irish history from 1780 to the 1920's. We visit the nearby
Guinness Brewery Storehouse for a short tour and a sample brew. Our tour ends
approximately 12:45 pm. Free time in downtown Dublin. At 3:30 p.m. we
board our coach and return to our hotel in Kingscourt arriving at approximately
5:00 p.m. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
08, Wednesday: Dublin Airport -
U.S. After breakfast we have a leisurely
departure for nearby Dublin Airport where our tour
ends approximately 9:30am. Ample time allowed for last minute duty-free shopping
before boarding our flight home. We arrive back in the US
the same day.