Irish Explorer - Dublin/Dublin 2020 (10 Days)

Irish Explorer

Dublin/Dublin 2020 (10 Days)

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Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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Start your discovery of the Emerald Isle with a stay at Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin! Stay two nights in most locations – Donegal, Galway Killarney and Dublin. Highlights include Slieve League Sea Cliffs, Connemara region, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Savor home-baked scones and Irish coffee along the way.

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Destination & Sightseeing

Authentic Local Experiences

  • See Donegal’s spectacular Slieve League cliffs. More remote than the Cliffs of Moher, they’re three times higher!
  • Gain unique insight into the history and heritage of the stunningly beautiful west of Ireland at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, and enjoy a farmhouse lunch.
  • Enjoy a pint and see the handcrafted “Game of Thrones” door carved from the trees of the Dark Hedges at Blakes of the Hollow Pub.

Dining Experiences

  • 9 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D) including a welcome dinner, Nancy’s Bar in Ardara, and Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show.

Trip Highlights

  • Belleek Pottery
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Abbey Tavern
  • Dan O’Hara’s Homestead
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Florence Court House
  • Whiskey Experience in Killarney
  • Blakes of the Hollow Pub – a CIE Tours exclusive
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Slieve League Cliffs

Hotels

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel | Dublin (1)
  • Mill Park Hotel | Donegal (2)
  • Hotel Meyrick | Galway (2)
  • IE-KER-KPL | Killarney (2)
  • Herbert Park Hotel | Dublin (2)

ITINERARY

Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Clontarf Castle Hotel lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport and a few miles to the north of Dublin city center. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, a fascinating who’s who of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel.(D)

Florence Court House & Blakes Pub
Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Next, a CIE Tours exclusive: visit Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a Victorian bar that retains many features original to its founding in 1887. Famed author John McGahern, a regular visitor, described it as “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland”. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds. (B, D)

Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh
Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe.Enjoy a CIE Tours Exclusive experience: sip an Irish coffee as you take in the view from these impressive cliffs. Travel along the coast then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys to Donegal Town, a busy shopping town that was once a Viking port. Watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving at a local woolen shop. Enjoy an early dinner with a drink and music at the popular Nancy’s Bar in Ardara. (B, D)

Belleek Pottery & Galway Cruise
Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and take a relaxed cruise on Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland (seasonal). Enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Homestead
Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes, and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy an evening free for independent dining and exploration. (B, L)

Cliffs of Moher & Killarney
Drive through Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Country Clare, which is dotted with ruined castles. Enjoy lunch on your own in a coastal village. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney andenjoy the Celtic Whiskey Bar experience with dinner that includes a chocolate tasting. (B, D)

Ring of Kerry Tour
Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. Immerse yourself in farm life with a demonstration of sheepdogs herding flocks. Continuing on the scenic drive, pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. In Killarney, have dinner at your hotel then enjoy free time to discover some of the lively pubs. (B, D)

Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (B, D)

Independent Bus Tour
Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. (B)

Your Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.(B)

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