Ireland Panorama Escorted Vacation

A panoramic tour of Ireland, its emerald landscapes, sparkling waterways, castles, and monuments. You will drive along the scenic Ring of Kerry and the plunging Cliffs of Moher, take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney Park, see the Burren, Galway, and breathtaking Connemara and have the opportunity, in Dublin, to view the stunningly beautiful Book of Kells.

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 35 participants. Scheduled departures - 8-day/7-night tour visiting Dublin, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway & Connemara. Includes accommodation at superior tourist and first class hotels with breakfast daily, 2 dinners, arrival & departure transfers, a ferry ride across the Shannon River, a Lough Corrib cruise, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Ferry or hydrofoil tickets
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Dublin – Arrival

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to explore Dublin. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. (D)


Day

2

Dublin – Blarney Castle – Kerry

Today, depart Dublin for County Kerry, stopping en route at Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle, famous for the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Indulge in some shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. (B) 


Day

3

Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park

Today, enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Take in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then on to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Arrive at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses, before arriving back in Killarney. Next, enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a Jaunting Car as your Jarvey (the driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. (B)


Day

4

Kerry – Cliffs of Moher – the Burren – Limerick

In the morning, travel to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the Shannon River to Killimer. Drive along the coast to the majestic Cliffs of Moher for a sublime view stretching to the Aran Islands and the mountains in Connemara. Tour the limestone landscape of the Burren, rugged and yet blessed with the most diverse flora in Ireland. Continue to Limerick. We recommend an optional medieval banquet dinner at Bunratty Castle. (B) 


Day

5

Limerick – Galway City

In the morning, depart for Galway City and visit the impressive Galway Cathedral. Embark on a leisurely cruise along the Corrib River, enjoying Irish coffee and scones as you drift past castles and monuments to picturesque Lough Corrib. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. (B,D)


Day

6

Galway City – Connemara

Today, travel through wild, romantic Connemara, a land of shimmering lakes, soaring mountains, and tiny hidden villages. You will have some time at leisure in scenic Connemara National Park and then visit tranquil Kylemore Abbey, originally a castle, with a miniature Gothic cathedral and Victorian walled garden. (B)


Day

7

Galway – Dublin

Depart for Dublin and visit Clonmacnoise on the way, an early Christian site on the banks of the Shannon River. Arrive in Dublin and visit Trinity College, home to Ireland’s greatest medieval treasure – the exquisite Book of Kells. The rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend an optional evening entertainment at Taylor's Three Rock. (B)


Day

8

Dublin – Return

You will be transferred to Dublin airport for your return flight home. (B)