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Deluxe Guided Vacations and Cruises Since 1989!
Ancient & Wild Ireland     NEW!
The Emerald Isle
Travel with a small group to explore Ireland

11 Day Package
Tour Dates: September 16 - 26, 2023
16 Meals Included
AIRFARE is Included


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Price Per Person:

$5535.00 Double Occupancy
$6430.00 Single Occupancy

For Air and Cruise Tours: Price shown is based on departure from Chicago. Price will vary for other departure cities. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's code sharing partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Activity Level:

Faster pace- climbing stairs and prolonged standing- potential of energetic activities along with walking measurable distances (up to two miles) over varied landscapes- longer days with possible evening activities.

Tour Highlights:

Enjoying accommodations with full Irish breakfasts each morning
Savoring delicious and unique dinners and lunches
Exploring historic sites and charming communities
Taking in views of rugged coastlines and scenic panoramic vistas
Lunching with the Lord of Huntington Castle
A sensation for your taste buds – Food Exploration at Manning’s Food Emporium in Ballylickey
Walking tours of Waterford
Experiencing a Hawk Walk – falconry adventure at Waterford Castle
Taking the River Shannon and Inis Oirr ferries
Home pick up and return
Guidance of a Professional Tour Manager
Round Trip Airfare

Daily Itinerary:


Day 1- September 16
 
  • Your adventure begins! Sit back and relax on your ride to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland

Day 2- September 17 (L,D)
 
  • “Beannacht lá maith!” (Irish “Good day”). Upon arrival in Dublin, we’ll meet our driver/guide
  • Traveling south to Huntington Castle, we’ll enjoy lunch with Alex, the current Lord, and direct descendent of the original Castle owners
  • Next, our Ireland exploration will take us to Waterford for a walking tour of Ireland's oldest city
  • After a long day of travel, we’ll enjoy dinner together prior to turning in tonight for our first of two nights at the Waterford Granville Hotel (or similar accommodation)

Day 3- September 18 (B,L)
 
  • We start our day with a visit to the fishing village of Dunmore East with its unique character, charm and spell-binding beauty
  • Traveling along the UNESCO Geopark known as the Copper Coast, we’ll enjoy stunning sea views
  • Returning to Waterford, we’ll have a truly unique experience with our visit to Mayfield Birds of Prey. Here we'll view firsthand “The Sport of Kings” when watching amazing hawks, owls and falcons take flight. This is a perfect photo opportunity as you may be able to handle one of these incredible birds
  • Enjoy a free evening exploring Waterford restaurants and pubs

Day 4- September 19 (B)
 
  • This morning, we’ll enjoy a private tour of Mount Congreve's beautiful gardens
  • We then make our way to historic Lismore – with Lismore Castle as a stunning backdrop - for a walking tour with a local guide(including a tour of the 6th century St. Carthage Church)
  • Our afternoon journey continues south to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale, where the evening is yours to enjoy prior to turning in at the Kinsale Trident Hotel (or similar accommodation)

Day 5- September 20 (B,L,D)
 
  • Departing Kinsale, we’ll journey west through County Cork to the town of Ballylickey
  • A true joy for our taste buds awaits us at Manning’s Food Emporium. We’ll get a taste of West Cork with a platter of good food with local cheese for lunch, followed by a visit to a local chocolate maker
  • Scenic beauty will surround us as we travel over the Caba Mountains to Kenmare and along the interior of the Ring of Kerry over Molls Gap
  • Tonight, we’ll dine together prior to turning in for the first of our two-night stay at the Benners Hotel, Dingle (or similar accommodation)

Day 6- September 21 (B)
 
  • Exploring the Dingle Peninsula is a perfect way to spend the day, with its monastic and ancient sites
  • Enjoy free time wandering through the Dingle shops and the evening enjoying the pubs and restaurants for dinner on your own

Day 7- September 22 (B,D)
 
  • For our next adventure, we’ll ferry across the River Shannon
  • After arriving in Killimer, we’ll travel to Kilrush along the Clare coastline with a visit to St. Tola Goat Cheese Farm before heading through the limestone landscape of the Burren
  • Our dinner and restful overnight – the first of two - will be at the Ballyvaughan Hylands Hotel (or similar accommodation)

Day 8- September 23 (B)
 
  • This morning we’ll take the ferry across to the smallest of the Aran lslands, lnis Oirr, to enjoy exploring the Island known for its unique culture and warm and outgoing spirit
  • Upon our return to the mainland, breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher will welcome us
  • The evening is yours to enjoy the local Ballyvaughan restaurants and pubs

Day 9- September 24 (B)
 
  • Today, we’ll travel along the shores of Galway Bay, where we’ll enjoy free time in the historic city of Galway
  • We’ll head to Dublin, where the afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy exploring and dining at one of the many pubs or restaurants
  • Our overnight will be the first of two nights at the Dublin Ashling Hotel (or similar accommodation)

Day 10- September 25 (B,D)
 
  • We’ll start our day with a panoramic tour of Dublin, followed by a free afternoon to visit local landmarks of interest to you or maybe some shopping
  • This evening, a special treat – a farewell dinner at Nancy Hands, with traditional Irish music and dancing

Day 11- September 26 (B)
 
  • Today we say a fond “slán” (Irish “Goodbye”) to the Emerald Isle as we transfer to the Dublin Airport for our flight to Chicago
  • Upon disembarking from the plane at Chicago O’Hare Airport, you will be greeted by your transfer driver for your return trip to your chosen departure location
  • Welcome home with wonderful memories to last a life-time

Additional Tour Information:

Deposit: $800 per person. Travel protection is optional, but highly recommended and should be purchased at the time the initial tour deposit is made. Your local agent can help you secure coverage

Final Payment due July 18, 2023

Cancellation Policy: 120 days or more prior to departure: Admin Fee (25% of deposit) forfeited;  119- 75 days prior to departure: deposit forfeited; 74- 30 days prior to departure: 50% of tour price forfeited;  29 days or less: no refund. Cancellation / Interruption Protection could protect you from these charges. Protection payment is non refundable. Please read Protection terms: http://www.tripmate.com/wpTPD30
 

Prices in our brochure and on our website were effective on April 1, 2021. At the time you purchase your air tour or cruise, prices may be higher because of an increase in carrier charges. For current prices, please call us at 800-421-3330.
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