Irish Spirit

2012 – 8 Day Irish Spirit Tour

First Class Hotels – 7 Nts/12 Meals

Operator -Cie Tours

 

Highlights:
Abbey Tavern Traditional Show
Book of Kells at Trinity College
Guinness Storehouse & a Pint
Ring of Kerry & Connemara
Cliffs of Moher
Catamaran Cruise
Kiss the Blarney Stone

 

Tour Includes

  • transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 7 nights in hotels listed above
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • 4 dinners (D) including:
  • – Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
  • – 3 table d’hote dinners
  • Lunch at the Bridge Bar on the Ring of Kerry (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Tea & scones at Rathbaun Farm
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise (Mar 18 – Oct 28 departures)
  • Visit and a pint at Guinness Storehouse
  • Dublin open-top bus tour
  • Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

Itinerary

Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Trinity College
Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join your group and a local guide for an introductory look around central Dublin. See fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view Dublin’s famous elegant Georgian squares and pause at the evocative figures at the Famine Memorial. Walk through Trinity College to the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. Back at your hotel meet with your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink and discuss your itinerary.

Day 2 : Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, pausing for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Continue your drive south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs or take a walk around the village green. Drive into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more rugged to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. In the evening you may like to check out the many “singing” pubs around town. (B, D)

Day 3 : Ring of Kerry & Pub Lunch
View the highlights of Ireland’s natural scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry route. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Lunch at the Bridge Bar in Portmagee before taking the Bridge to Valencia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived in early Christian times. Today the islands form a protected bird sanctuary. Stop in the attractive village of Sneem and also at Moll’s Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy some free time to browse around Killarney before dining in your hotel. (B, L)

Day 4 : Cliffs of Moher & Irish Farm Life
Drive north and past Limerick to reach Bunratty Village for free time to shop at the Bunratty Woollen Mills or visit Durty Nelly’s Pub. Head to the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay to Rathbaun Farm. See traditional farming methods as well as lots of cute farmyard animals roaming freely. Sample home-baked scones with tea or coffee. Take a short orientation tour of Galway city before checking in to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5 : Connemara & Catamaran Cruise
Today explore another of Ireland’s famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Travel alongside Galway Bay to Spiddal, where most locals speak the Irish language, and on to Leenane and Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Take a short catamaran cruise to see pristine mountain areas (Mar 18 – Oct 28 departures). You can see traces of pre-Famine fields on the hilly slopes and also thriving salmon and mussel farming. Drive to Clifden for a look around the attractive town. At the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory watch skilled craftsmen cut crystal and learn about the symbolism of the motifs before returning to Galway for leisure time. (B, D)

Day 6 : Guinness Storehouse & Abbey Tavern
This morning drive across to the east coast to reach Dublin once again and check in to a different hotel, located on the south side of the city. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about this legendary black stout which has been brewed for over 250 years. Learn how it is created and then sample a pint of creamy draft Guinness in the rooftop bar where you can enjoy great views of central Dublin. Finish up your tour at the famous Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and an Irish coffee followed by a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 7 : Dublin City Tour
The entire day is at leisure so you may schedule sightseeing as you wish. Use your open-top bus tour voucher to explore Dublin – you may get on and off at any of the 23 stops along the route, which include Dublin’s most popular attractions. (B)

Day 8 : Tour Ends Dublin Airport
Take a taxi transfer to Dublin Airport in good time for your flight home. (B)

B: Breakfast; D: Dinner; L: Lunch

 

Dates and Prices
Sun Feb 26, 2012 Sun Mar 04 2012 $102 Filling Up Fast!
Sun Mar 11, 2012 Sun Mar 18, 2012 $1198 Sold Out
Sun Mar 18, 2012 Sun Mar 25, 2012 $1198 Sold Out
Sun Mar 25, 2012 Sun Apr 01 2012 $1198
Sun Apr 01 2012 Sun Apr 08 2012 $1298
Fri Apr 06 2012 Fri Apr 13, 2012 $1298
Sun Apr 15, 2012 Sun Apr 22, 2012 $1298
Sun Apr 22, 2012 Sun Apr 29, 2012 $1298
Fri Apr 27, 2012 Fri May 04 2012 $1388
Sun Apr 29, 2012 Sun May 06 2012 $1388
Sun May 06 2012 Sun May 13, 2012 $1498
Fri May 11, 2012 Fri May 18, 2012 $1498
Sun May 13, 2012 Sun May 20, 2012 $1498
Fri May 18, 2012 Fri May 25, 2012 $1498
Fri May 25, 2012 Fri Jun 01 2012 $1498
Sun May 27, 2012 Sun Jun 03 2012 $1498
Fri Jun 01 2012 Fri Jun 08 2012 $1498
Sun Jun 03 2012 Sun Jun 10, 2012 $1498
Fri Jun 08 2012 Fri Jun 15, 2012 $1498
Sun Jun 10, 2012 Sun Jun 17, 2012 $1498
Fri Jun 15, 2012 Fri Jun 22, 2012 $1498
Sun Jun 17, 2012 Sun Jun 24, 2012 $1498
Fri Jun 22, 2012 Fri Jun 29, 2012 $1498
Sun Jun 24, 2012 Sun Jul 01 2012 $1498 Sold Out
Fri Jun 29, 2012 Fri Jul 06 2012 $1498
Sun Jul 01 2012 Sun Jul 08 2012 $1498
Fri Jul 06 2012 Fri Jul 13, 2012 $1498
Sun Jul 08 2012 Sun Jul 15, 2012 $1498
Fri Jul 13, 2012 Fri Jul 20, 2012 $1498
Sun Jul 15, 2012 Sun Jul 22, 2012 $1498
Fri Jul 20, 2012 Fri Jul 27, 2012 $1498
Sun Aug 05 2012 Sun Aug 12, 2012 $1498
Fri Aug 10, 2012 Fri Aug 17, 2012 $1498
Fri Aug 17, 2012 Fri Aug 24, 2012 $1498
Sun Aug 19, 2012 Sun Aug 26, 2012 $1498
Fri Aug 24, 2012 Fri Aug 31, 2012 $1498
Sun Aug 26, 2012 Sun Sep 02 2012 $1498
Fri Aug 31, 2012 Fri Sep 07 2012 $1498
Sun Sep 02 2012 Sun Sep 09 2012 $1498
Fri Sep 07 2012 Fri Sep 14, 2012 $1498
Sun Sep 09 2012 Sun Sep 16, 2012 $1498
Fri Sep 14, 2012 Fri Sep 21, 2012 $1498
Sun Sep 16, 2012 Sun Sep 23, 2012 $1498
Fri Sep 21, 2012 Fri Sep 28, 2012 $1498
Fri Sep 28, 2012 Fri Oct 05 2012 $1368
Sun Sep 30, 2012 Sun Oct 07 2012 $1368
Fri Oct 05 2012 Fri Oct 12, 2012 $1318
Sun Oct 07 2012 Sun Oct 14, 2012 $1318
Fri Oct 12, 2012 Fri Oct 19, 2012 $1318
Sun Oct 14, 2012 Sun Oct 21, 2012 $1318
Fri Oct 19, 2012 Fri Oct 26, 2012 $1278
Sun Oct 21, 2012 Sun Oct 28, 2012 $1278
Sun Oct 28, 2012 Sun Nov 04 2012 $1278
Fri Nov 02 2012 Fri Nov 09 2012 $1128
Fri Nov 09 2012 Fri Nov 16, 2012 $1128
Sun Nov 11, 2012 Sun Nov 18, 2012 $1128
Sun Nov 18, 2012 Sun Nov 25, 2012 $1128
Fri Nov 23, 2012 Fri Nov 30, 2012 $1128
Sun Dec 02 2012 Sun Dec 09 2012 $1028
Sun Dec 09 2012 Sun Dec 16, 2012 $1028

If you choose a land only tour with us, book your flights from North America one day earlier than the tour start date.
If you book our air-inclusive tour, our system will automatically choose a date prior to land start day and based on lowest available prices with one of our preferred airline carriers.

 

Accommodations
Ashling Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Westwood Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Air Fares: For your convenience we can also book your flights, based on lowest available prices, with one of our preferred airline carriers serving Ireland, Britain and Europe.