December 16, 2012
Superior & First Class Hotels
6 Nights / 11 Meals
Starts in Shannon / Ends in Dublin
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Taylor's Three Rock Pub Evening
Cliffs of Moher
Killarney Jaunting Cars
Kiss the Blarney Stone
Irish Coffee & Traditional Music in Dungarvan
7 Day Irish Fling Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Shannon & Medieval Banquet
Your tour starts at Shannon Airport with a group transfer to your nearby hotel, available between 7:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. If your flight arrives later than 12:00 Noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 PM take a drive to the coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, an awesome wall of rock that plunges into the Atlantic Ocean.
Return to your hotel where you’ll have free time to take a stroll through the Bunratty Folk Park or visit the 200-year-old Durty Nelly's Pub. Join your tour director for a welcome drink before heading to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a jolly medieval-style dinner where the Lords and Ladies serenade you with favorite songs.
Overnight at Bunratty Castle Hotel. (D)
Day 2 : Flying Boat Museum & Dingle Peninsula
Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and alongside the River Shannon to visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum. The museum recreates the early days of flight, during the 1930s and early 1940s. Irish coffee was first created here.
Journey into the mountains of County Kerry and out along the Dingle Peninsula for glorious scenic views of mountains and sandy beaches. Stop for a while in the town of Dingle to browse around on your own before heading to Killarney and check in to your hotel.
Overnight at Killarney Plaza Hotel. (B, D)
Day 3 : Jaunting Car Ride & Moll’s Gap
Take a traditional Killarney Jaunting Cars to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where traditional buildings are brightly painted and enhanced with flowers.
Join the Ring of Kerry route at the vantage point of Moll's Gap, where you get great views of mountains and valleys. Pause at Ladies' View to see the Three Lakes of Killarney with the town in the background. Return to Killarney for free time to look around the town, go shopping or use the leisure facilities in your hotel.
Overnight at Killarney Plaza Hotel. (B, D)
Day 4 : Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session
Travel through the mountains of Kerry to Blarney Stone & Castle to climb the ramparts and gain the “Gift of Eloquence.” Also take a look at the Blarney Woollen Mill.
Next visit Cobh Heritage Centre, located in the old train station through which all travelers passed when emigrating to the United States. Displays show the many hardships that people endured in the search for a better life. Drive to Dungarvan to sample a creamy Irish coffee at the Marine Bar and listen to a local group of musicians play an informal traditional music session.
Continue to Waterford and check in to your hotel, once the home of Thomas Francis Meagher, first governor of Montana. After dinner, take a Waterford Walking Tour for a stroll around the historic city.
Overnight at The Granville Hotel. (B, D)
Day 5 : Waterford Crystal & National Stud
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how skilled craftsmen form molten glass and then cut it by hand. View priceless trophies and a wide range of glassware in the showrooms.
In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to the U.S. during the 1940’s Famine. Stop at the nearby J.F.K. Homestead where the ancestors of President Kennedy lived. In Dublin, this evening’s destination is Taylor's Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
Overnight at Royal Marine Hotel. (B, D)
Day 6 : Explore Dublin City
Today you are free to tour Dublin as you wish. Use your independent open-top city bus tour voucher, which is valid for a 48-hour period. You may stay on the bus for the entire loop of the city’s places of interest or get off at 23 stops near major attractions.
We also include admission to either the Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery to see stout and whiskey production techniques and enjoy a drink of the finished product.
Overnight at Royal Marine Hotel. (B)
Day 7 : Tour Ends Dublin Airport
Use your taxi transfer to arrive in Dublin Airport in ample time to check in for your flight. (B)
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner