The Best of Ireland & Ashford Castle Tour 2012
Enjoy 9 days touring the best of Ireland on this escorted Brendan Ireland tour. From Just $1,985.
What's Included on Your Brendan Ireland Tour?
- Airport transfers on days 2 and 9
- twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed, or similar; hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
- 7 Breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea at Rathbaun Farm, and 5 three-course Dinners with choice of entree and coffee or tea
- Services of a professional Irish Travel Director
- Private luxury motorcoach with air conditioning, reclining seats, and emergency restroom
- Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges, headsets for sightseeing so you can easily hear your guide's commentary
- Souvenir group photo
Your day-to-day Brendan Ireland Tour itinerary:
Day 1: Depart the USA.
Board your overnight transatlantic flight (call us for competive air add-on rates to these fares).
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
Welcome to Dublin, Ireland. You will receive included transfers from the airport. After an opportunity to freshen up, your tour begins with a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. You'll see the Georgian Squares, and visit Trinity College, walking its cobbled courtyards and stopping in its library to see the 8th Century Book of Kells. This evenig, you'll join your fellow Best of Ireland Tour travelers for a Welcome dinner with wine. Overnight at The Burlington.
Day 3: Dublin / Blarney / Killarney
Your day begins with an included breakfast. Then, we're off for a drive south to the Rock of Cashel, an impressive pre-Christian settlement. Next, we'll continue on to Blarney, where we'll browse through the Blarney Woolen Mills and visit Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Later, you'll head to colorful Killarney and enjoy an included dinner before turning in at the Killarney Towers to rest up for tomorrow.
Day 4: Ring of Kerry
After enjoying an included breakfast, you're off with your guide to travel the road the winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, also known as the Ring of Kerry. You'll stop at Torc Waterfall, with a chance to enjoy a leisurely hike. You will walk by West Meadow Bay and visit Muckross Abbey, which one Travel Advisor writer called a "hidden gem" and a "must see." You will overnight again at Killarney Towers.
Day 5: Killarney / Cliffs of Moher / Connemara
After an included nourishing breakfast, you'll travel north for a stop to walk along the Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs rise 700 fee above the rough and tumble surf of the Atlantic Ocean, Afterwards, you'll drop in for afternoon tea at Rathbaun Farm and meet a local farming family. Next, you're off to tour Galway, with its Galway Cathedral. You will then check in to your hotel in Connemara -- the Connemara Coast Hotel, before ending the day with an enjoyable included dinner.
Day 6: Killary Fjord Excursion
You'll awake to an included breakfast before journeying to Killary Fjord to board a boat for a cruise through the clm waters of the bay. Later, you'll stop at lakeside Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by a Benedictine community of nuns. Relax overnight dinner before turning in for the evening at Connemara Coast Hotel.
Day 7: Connemara / Cong (Ashford Castle)
After breakfast, you will head through Connemara to Cong, where you enter the grounds of majestic Ashford Castle, constructed in the 13th Century. The vast grounds here include golf, equestrian, falconry, and trails. Ashford Castle ranks among the very finest culinary experiences in the world, and you'll dine here on an included dinner. Plesae note that jacket and dress shirt required for men). You'll overnight here at Ashford Castle
Day 8: Cong / Dublin
After a leisurely included breakfast, you'll have time to further explore Ashford Castle. You'll then venture thourh the midlands to Dublin, with free time for the rest of the day. You'll overnight here at The Burlington.
Day 9: Depart Dublin
After your included breakfast, you'll be transfered to the airport with included transfers for your flight back home.
Why Book Your Brendan Ireland Tour with Us?Though our name is Cruise Holidays Luxury Cruise Counselors, we are also specialists in luxury land travel. We work with the most reputable land providers in the industry, including Brendan Worldwide Vacations, Ireland specialists. We are dedicated the the highest levels of client service and satisfaction. Plus, when you book this land tour with us, you will enjoy complimentary roundtrip home to airport transfers (up to a maximum of 40 miles each way). We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. Please call us today to speak to your personal travel consultant: toll free (866) 368-7327.
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- Tour Operator
- Brendan Worldwide Vacations
- 9 Days
- Escorted - Yes
- Difficulty Level
- Difficulty Level - Easy
- Lodging Type
- Total meals - 12
- Breakfasts - 7
- Dinners - 5
- Rates are tour only, exclusive of airfare, and are based on doubled occupancy. Rates are not guaranteed until booked, and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Reduced rate airfare from your departure city may be available; please check with us.