I just booked a single lady on an escorted tour with Trafalgar. She’s taking the “Irish Experience” tour.
We’ve booked direct flights from Toronto to Dublin return with Air Canada, on a guaranteed departure. By booking the air with Trafalgar, she is also able to take advantage of a special promo they have, and her tour price is reduced by $250. We have a couple of nights tacked on at the end for her to do some customized touring of Dublin.
Here’s the itinerary. It should be an awesome trip!
Irish Experience 2011
Overnight flight to Dublin.
Welcome to Dublin and Ireland! After hotel check-in there is time to relax or explore. Later, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
Hotel: Mespil (F)
This morning your included guided sightseeing tour includes a visit to Trinity College. Here see the ancient Book of Kells which is an illuminated manuscript renowned for its extravagance and complexity. Views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park are also enjoyed. Then leave Dublin and drive to the Boyne Valley, site of the famous battle. Later arrive in Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Jurys Inn (F)
Your morning sightseeing tour shows you the City Hall, Queen’s University and Stormont Castle. Continue your journey on the beautiful Antrim coast road and on past the scenic Glens of Antrim to Ballycastle. Next stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giants Causeway which is made up of huge basalt columns rising from the sea. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant. (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Hotel: Everglades (SF)
After breakfast this morning your walking tour with a local expert guide takes you along the city walls, some of the best preserved in Europe. Then make your way to the 17th century St. Columb’s Cathedral with its tower. From here continue on to the quay where Irish emigrants sailed to the New World and then you will have free time to consider an excursion to the Inishowen Peninsula. (Full Breakfast)
This morning’s journey takes you via Strabane and Omagh, stopping to visit the Ulster-American Folk Park en route to Lough Erne in Ireland’s Lake District. Stop at Belleek in County Fermanagh to visit the famous pottery factory. Next continue your drive through Yeats country to your hotel in Ballina for dinner and an overnight stay. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Downhill House (F)
Today travel to Connemara via the pretty town of Westport. Later see Kylemore Abbey renowned for the beauty and tranquility of both the surroundings and gardens, before driving along the shores of Lough Corrib to Galway. Here enjoy a tour of the city and scenic views of Galway Bay before arriving at your hotel. (Full Breakfast)
Hotel: Maldron (F)
Your first stop is Limerick where an orientation shows you St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. A stop will then be made in scenic Adare which is known as one of the prettiest Irish villages complete with thatched cottages! Killarney is your final destination. (Full Breakfast)
Hotel: Eviston House (F)
Today spectacular scenery awaits you on your drive around the ‘Ring of Kerry’. Plunging cliffs, lush lakeland, granite mountains, and a jagged coastline are all part of this photographers’ delight. See Dingle Bay, the South Kerry Mountains and Ladies View before returning to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a delicious ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in an Irish farm house where you are entertained with unique story-telling! (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest dinner)
Today drive into County Cork stopping to visit Blarney Castle so that you can kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’! Then pass through Cork on your way to the fishing village of Youghal where Moby Dick was filmed, and along the scenic coast to reach the Waterford Crystal Showroom for an included factory tour and showroom visit. Here see beautiful displays of this sparkling crystal. (Full Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Treacys Hotel (F)
Your first stop is at medieval Kilkenny, then continue to the Irish National Stud Farm where you will enjoy a walking tour and also visit the Japanese Garden. Return to Dublin before enjoying a celebratory Farewell Dinner together with your Tour Director and travelling companions. (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Hotel: Maldron (F)
This morning it is time to bid farewell as your Irish tour comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (Full Breakfast)