Introduction to Ireland
This vacation is ideal for first-time visitors to the Emerald Isle who have limited time to spare. Begin in Dublin with an overnight and an orientation drive that includes O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Heading west, stop in Kildare at the Irish National Stud, in St. Patrick’s Cashel, and in Tipperary, made famous in the wartime marching song. On to Limerick for an orientation drive, then stop in Ennis for two nights. From here, an included excursion showcases stunning views from the Cliffs of Moher. Also enjoy Irish hospitality at Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see a farmer shear a sheep and use a sheep dog to maneuver his flock. Next, ferry across the Shannon estuary and travel around the famed Ring of Kerry. Spend the night in Killarney and stop in Blarney, famous for its magical Kissing Stone. In Waterford, visit the House of Waterford Crystal, see Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca, cross through the Wicklow Mountains, and take a guided tour of St. Kevin’s 6th-century Centre of Irish Christianity in Glendalough. Return to Dublin for the conclusion of your Irish journey.
DUBLIN Orientation drive; welcome dinnerKILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National StudROCK OF CASHEL Take photographs of this famous landmarkLIMERICK Orientation driveCLIFFS OF MOHER Savor the spectacular viewsGALWAY OrientationRATHBAUN FARM [LF] Visit and Afternoon TeaKILLIMER–TARBERT Cross the Shannon estuary by ferryRING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula driveKILLARNEY Visit the popular resort townBLARNEY Visit the famous villageWATERFORD Guided tour of the House of Waterford CrystalAVOCA [LF] Guided tour of the handweaving millGLENDALOUGH Guided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity
DUBLIN Clarion IFSC (SF)ENNIS Temple Gate (F)KILLARNEY Killarney Avenue (SF)WATERFORD Granville (F)DUBLIN Hilton Kilmainham (SF)
Full Irish breakfast (B); 3 three-course dinners (D) with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner in Dublin
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry across the Shannon estuary