8 Day/7 Night Group Tour - Best of Ireland South - July 13- July 20, 2019
$2,199 per person including 4* hotels, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, transportation, tour guide and many many sightseeing activities
Book early and save! Place $250 non-refundable deposit by december 20, 2018 and you will save 5%. Discounted rate $2,089.05
Day 0/ July 12: flight to Dublin
Arrange flights departing US July 12 and arriving Dublin July 13. If you wish to be a part of a group flight, please indicate so when placing the deposit. The price for flight tickets will be posted 6 months prior to departure (budget $600- $900 per person).
Day 1/ July 13: Arrive Dublin & Independent Sightseeing
Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Take a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and enjoy a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions - Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. This bustling city has plenty of museums, shops, and parks you may also enjoy visiting. In the evening, you are free to dine at one of the many restaurants and pubs that Dublin has to offer.
Day 2/ July 14: Book of Kells & Taylors Three Rock Pub
Enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further independent sightseeing with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before heading to Taylors Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show.
Day 3/ July 15: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.
Day 4/ July 16: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away”. Travel to Slea Head for awesome Atlantic views. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay. Next, a very special CIE Tours exclusive - visit Muckross Schoolhouse for an immersive experience showing rural Irland in the 1930s. Smell the turf, learn about school life, watch a butter-making demo and more, before enjoying dinner in the schoolhouse.
Day 5/ July 17: Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour.
Day 6/ July 18: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Later, take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs.
Day 7/ July 19: Irish National Stud & Dublin
Relax as you enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see immaculately-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin.
Day 8/ July 20: Tour ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast today. Transfers to the airport will be arranged. Have a safe trip home!
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
What’s Included in $2,199?
-Transfers between Dublin Hotel and Dublin Airport
-7 nights at 4* hotels
-7 breakfast and 5 dinners
-All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
-Welcome get-together drink with your group (we will be a part of a larger group with travelers from all over the world!)
-Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
-Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
-All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
-Orientation tour of Dublin City Center
-Irish dinner and a lively show at Taylors Three Rock Pub
-A taste of Irish farm life and enjoy tea with scones at a sheep farm
-A kiss to the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at the Blarney Castle
-Cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views
-A traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate
-Panoramic tour of Limerick
-Guided walking tour of the old city of Galway
-A walk at the top of the cliffs of Moher
-Medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies serenade you with music and songs
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (2 nights)
Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)
Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin or Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport (1 night)
Tour Cost Per person: $2,199. Book by 12/20/18 and safe 5%
Single Supplement: $430 (1 person per hotel room)
Travel Protection: $239 (due at the time of deposit)
Deposit Due: $250 on February 1, 2019 or 12/20/18 for early booking discount
Mid-payment due: $1,000 on March 15, 2019
Final payment due: $949 on May 1, 2019