Day 01, Tuesday: Overnight flight to Ireland
Depart the U.S. for your overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on board.
Day 02, Wednesday: Dublin - Athlone
Early morning arrival at Dublin Airport where you are greeted by your Celtic Tours professional Irish driver/guide. Depart Dublin Airport and travel to the nearby Man O'War restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, we depart and travel the short journey via County Kildare to Athlone, situated along the scenic Shannon River. Check into our hotel with free time to rest. Your afternoon is free to relax and stroll around this small midlands town. We enjoy a welcome cocktail reception before we enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 03, Thursday: Athlone - Roscommon - Longford - Mullingar - Kilbeggan
Today we enjoy sightseeing in Roscommon Town where we visit the Roscommon Castle and the Dominican Abbey. The castle is a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle, built in 1269 by Robert de Ufford. The castle was the object of many sieges and it was once considered one of the finest castles in Ireland. It burned down in 1690 and gradually fell into the ruins that remain today. The Abbey was founded in 1253 by the Provincial King of Connacht Felim O'Connor. The principle ruins of the priory today are the ruins of its church, but at one time it was a far more extensive monastic complex, representative of the important medieval settlements of the past. Continue via Longford and Mullingar to Kilbeggan for a visit to the old Kilbeggan Distillery founded over 260 years ago, this is an exceptional experience to visit this working distillery. We return to Athlone and our hotel. Evening is free to dine on your own at a local restaurant.
Day 04, Friday: Athlone - Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch - Killarney
Departing Athlone this morning we travel west via Loughrea to County Clare and the scenic Cliffs of Moher where we pause for a photo op. Continue south along the western coast to Lahinch, famous for surfing and golfing. Optional stop in Lahinch for lunch. Continue on via Limerick to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 05, Saturday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula
A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Today in Dingle, we enjoy a pub lunch. There we have an opportunity to enjoy some coastal favorites. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we are free to enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in Killarney.
Day 06, Sunday: Killarney - Cashel - Dublin
Leaving Killarney we travel this morning via Counties Cork and Tipperary to the historic rock of Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op of the stately partially restored castle, seat of the ancient Munster High Kings. Continue on to the capital city of Dublin, where tonight we will enjoy dinner and an Irish Cabaret show. Overnight at our deluxe 5-star hotel.
Day 07, Monday: Dublin
Morning sightseeing in Dublin includes a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and St. Patrick's Cathedral. After, we visit Trinity College and the 8th century Book of Kells. Our afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the capital city of Dublin. Dinner is on your own this evening. Why not enjoy one of the many Michelin star rated restaurants Dublin has to choose from? Overnight in Dublin.
Day 08, Tuesday: Dublin - U.S.
Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Flights to the U.S. arrive home the same day.