November 14 - 19, 2016

6-Day Ireland Tour

 Only $1398*

Includes:

  • Roundtrip Airfare from New York
  • Transfers to/from Dublin Airport
  • 4 Nights Deluxe Hotel Stays
  • Guided Touring
  • Breakfast at Hotel each day
  • 2 Dinners
  • & Much More!
*Does not include tips for guide & driver.

Itinerary

Day 1: Monday 14th November - Depart from the USA

Day 2: Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Welcome to Ireland

Arrive at Dublin Airport and meet with your driver/guide

Depart for Galway

Enjoy the sites of Clonmacnoise
Situated in the wilds, on the banks of the Shannon, sixth century Clonmacnoise is nowadays partly in ruins. Clonmacnoise is the most important monastic site of Ireland. The heritage centre presents the development and history of Clonmacnoise as well is the life of the early Christian Church in Ireland. During the tour you will admire original Celtic crosses, high towers, the eleventh century cathedral and wonderful artefacts.
Lunch under own arrangements

Lunch under own arrangements

Continue to your hotel in Galway and check in. 
*Please note it may not be possible to check in prior to 15h00

Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast in your Galway hotel

Day 3: Wednesday 16th November – The West of Ireland

This morning you will enjoy breakfast and then depart for the un-spoilt Connemara region

Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south ~ a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emotions. 

Visit Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey is stunningly located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area.  The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. They established a private school for young girls, which was the renowned Kylemore Abbey International School. The school eventually closed in 2010. Facilities at Kylemore include a visitor centre, an exhibition housed in the main reception rooms of the house and a video which takes the visitor through the history of the house and its occupants. The Gothic church is available to visit and as a venue for choir groups to sing in. If time allows guests can also visit the Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden was laid out in 1867 and took three years to complete. A bus service provided from the front door of the Abbey directly to the garden and is the only permitted means of access.

Continue to the town of Knock and visit Knock Shrine & Museum
This little town is an important pilgrimage centre and has been famous for over a century as the site of visions, apparitions, and miraculous cures. The story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. Fifteen people, young and old witnessed the apparition. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine. The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually.  

Return to Galway

Dinner under own arrangements

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your Galway hotel

Day 4: Thursday 17th November 2016 – Travel to Dublin

Depart your hotel for Dublin via the picturesque town of Kilkenny

Visit Kilkenny
Capital of County Kilkenny, the town of Kilkenny is often referred to as  “the Marble City”. It is the most interesting and best preserved of the medieval Irish cities.  It owes its immense charm to the various impressive historical monuments. A medieval city of 24,000 people it is characterised by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways ~ it is small and compact, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants.  The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th century monk St Canice.  A native of the area, St Canice built a monastic enclave on the site where today we find the beautifully restored 13th St Canices Cathedral. The town is dominated by 12th century Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans on their arrival in this part of Ireland. 

Visit Kilkenny Castle
One of the most instantly recognised buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.  Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. A suite of former servant's rooms is now the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The Parade Tower is the Castle's conference venue.

Lunch under own arrangement

Continue to Dublin and check into your hotel.
*Please note it may not be possible to check in prior to 15h00

Dinner under own arrangements

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your Dublin hotel.

Day 5: Friday 18th November 2016 – Dublin’s Fair City

This morning after breakfast depart for a tour of Dublin city

Enjoy panoramic tour of Dublin, discovering the north side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found (today owned by an American College), its colourful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen’s Green, in Kildare St., you will see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. This part of the city is also dominated by the students of Trinity College, where the famous book of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. The university is facing the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found.

End of guiding services

Lunch under own arrangements

Visit Trinity College with the Book of Kells
Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st on grounds confiscated from an Augustinian priory and is the oldest University in Ireland. The Campanile, erected in 1852, was built on what is believed to be the centre of the monastery.  Built to further the education of the ruling Anglo-Irish families, restrictions were imposed to prevent Catholic from attending courses. These restrictions were not fully lifted until the 1970’s. Trinity however admitted women in 1902, earlier than most British universities.  Most of the main buildings off the main square were built during the Georgian period, some of which replaced older buildings.  Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th Century edifices. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett who later became a lecturer in French at the university.  The Inter-denominational Church is very much worth a visit, should it be open during your visit.

Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick’s is the National Cathedral of Ireland and is built on the site where St Patrick preached. There was a small church on the site which was still in existence when the when the Anglo-Normans arrived. This church was replaced with a stone church in 1191 and it was further remodelled in 1225 to the same design as Salisbury Cathedral. Ireland's first university was founded at St. Patrick's in 1320 and intermittently operated for 200 years. St Patrick’s is Gothic in style and it’s splendid interior, is adorned with funeral monuments, such as The Boyle Family Memorial and the grave of Dean Jonathan Swift. Swift was dean here until his death in 1745. The Chancel has ornate stained-glass windows, and spectacular choir stalls, once used by the knights of St Patrick adjoin the Altar. The massive west towers, houses a large peal of bells whose ringing tones are so much part of the character of Dublin

Return to hotel

Overnight dinner, bed and breakfast at your Dublin hotel.

Day 6: Saturday 19th November – Farewell

After a final breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home.