Ireland Adventure


Date: Wednesday, October 16-Saturday, Oct 26,2019
Departs: 7pm from Boston
Returns: 7pm

Price: $3199

Ireland Adventure

Ireland Adventure
Featuring Waterford, Killarney, Galway, Dublin
Includes airfare from Boston
10 days
October 16-26, 2019
$3199.00 double per person, $897.00 single supplement
Avoca Dunbrody Famine Ship House of Waterford Crystal Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry Dingle Excursion, Killarney Jaunting Car Ride through Killarney National Park, Cliffs of Moher,Rathbaun Farm including tea, coffee and scones, Connemara Excursion, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Marble Factory, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Trinity College and the Book of Kells Epic Ireland Emigration Museum,Newgrange or Knowth (Subject to availability at time of booking)
$500.00 deposit at time of booking. Final due Jul 31, 2019
Hotels: 9 nights’ hotel accommodation in the following confirmed hotels: Waterford – 1 night, 4-Star Superior Dooley’s Hotel ;Killarney – 3 nights 4 star Killarney Towers ; 2 nights 4-Star Scotts Hotel Galway ; Dublin – 3 nights, 4 star Ashling Hotel
Meals: Breakfast each morning, except day of arrival 5, three-course dinners including dinner and storytelling in Dublin’s oldest pub the Brazen Head
Call Valerie at Gourmet Traveler at 401-823-9620 or book on line at www.gourmettravelertours.com.
Itinerary
DAY 1 USA / DUBLIN, IRELAND: Depart on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. DAY 2 ARRIVE DUBLIN / AVOCA / WATERFORD: Welcome to Ireland! After collecting your bags, you will meet with your driver in the arrival’s hall at Dublin Airport. Shortly afterwards, depart and start your journey south towards Waterford. Stop to visit the birthplace of the Avoca experience, and the origin of the company's name, Avoca Hand weavers. Visit the visitor Centre which tells the story since 1723 and enjoy a Mill Tour where you meet the weavers at work. Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, Avoca is said to be the oldest extant manufacturer in Ireland and, indeed, one of the world's oldest. Afterwards, continue on to visit Dunbrody Famine Ship. Centered on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience. Onwards to Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Learn about their special glass blowing and cutting process and to see their one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Overnight and dinner in Waterford. (D) DAY 3 WATERFORD / COBH / BLARNEY / KILLARNEY: After breakfast, depart from Waterford and head south west towards Killarney. In Cobh pause to visit the Cobh Heritage Centre. Here you will view a dramatic exhibition of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh. Cobh is situated on the southern shore in one of the world’s finest natural harbors. Between 1848 and 1950, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in the country. Cobh was the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic. Afterwards, continue on to visit Blarney Castle with its magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. Later, continue on to bustling Killarney. The town on the lakes is famous for its lively pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere, full of what the Irish call “craic!” – Gaelic for fun. Overnight and dinner in Killarney. (B/D) DAY 4 RING OF KERRY / KILLARNEY GHOSTS: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Afterwards, travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as The Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all Ireland. Here mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. A number of stops will allow you to marvel at the spectacular scenery; walk around the colorful village of Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for amazing views of the Lakes of Killarney. Later, return to Killarney for dinner. After dinner, enjoy a special Killarney Ghost tour! (B/D) DAY 5 DINGLE PENINSULA EXCURSION: This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a Jaunting Car ride through Killarney National Park. Afterwards, travel out to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This peninsula is a Gaeltacht, a unique area where the Irish language is preserved. We'll drive to the Gallarus Oratory - a tiny stone church - built between the 6th and 9th century, which preserved Christianity in Ireland; Slea Head; beehive huts; view of the Blasket Islands; harbors; beaches; all spectacular! Later, return to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B/D) DAY 6 KILLARNEY / ADARE / CLIFFS OF MOHER / GALWAY: Depart from Killarney and start your journey towards Galway. Stop in the beautiful village of Adare. Continue on to the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. From the cliffs on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. This afternoon, a special treat at Rathbaun Farm where you learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and scones, fresh from the oven. Continue to Galway for overnight. (B) DAY 7 CONNEMARA EXCURSION: After breakfast, depart on a full-day excursion in Connemara. Whitewashed cottages are scattered over a land of rocky mountains, sparkling brooks and rivers. Pause Ros Muc for a photo stop. It was here that Patrick Pearse, writer, educator, and leader of the 1916 Rising built a cottage for himself on the shores of Loch Oiriúlach in 1909. Afterwards, head out to the westernmost point of County Galway, Slyne Head. Onwards to Clifden for free time to enjoy lunch. Stop for to visit the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied since 1920 by the Irish Benedictine community of Nuns. Onwards to visit the Connemara Marble Factory before returning to Galway where your evening is free. (B) DAY 8 GALWAY / CLONMACNOISE / DUBLIN: Enjoy breakfast before departing from Galway and heading towards Dublin. Stop in Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. Afterwards, continue to Dublin for overnight. (B) DAY 9 DUBLIN: This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour, introducing Dublin’s grand architectural treasures, beautiful Georgian squares and history stretching back more than 1,000 years. Stop at Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. Afterwards, visit Epic Ireland the Irish Emigration Museum which tells the dramatic story of how Irish people have spread around the globe, and how they changed the world. Through 20 state-of-the-art galleries, visitors immerse themselves in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are free in Dublin. (B) DAY 10 BOYNE VALLEY & HOWTH: This morning, depart to visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely with the movements of the sun. Afterwards, travel back towards Dublin. Pause in the seaside town of Howth. Enjoy some free time for lunch before returning to Dublin. This evening, experience an enchanting evening of Irish folklore and storytelling while enjoying a candlelit traditional Irish dinner in a local Dublin Pub. (B/D) DAY 11 DUBLIN / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to Ireland as transfers begin to Dublin airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)




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