Dublin – Wicklow – Powerscourt – Glendalough – Kilkenny – Rock of Cashel – Dingle Peninsula – Blasket Island Centre – Gallarus OratoryCliffs of Moher – Burren – Galway – Aran islands – Dunaengus – DrumcliffeDonegal – Grianan Of Aileach – Antrim – Dunluce – Giants Causeway Carrick a Rede Bridge – Belfast – Carrickfergus – Culturlann Bective Abbey – Tara
September 26 – October 9, 2018 (14 days)
Day 1 Wed, September 26
CANADA - DUBLIN
Departure for Ireland.
Day 2 Thu, September 27
ARRIVAL IN DUBLIN
On arrival at Dublin Airport we meet with our driver and guide before transferring to our hotel in Dublin City. Enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure in Dublin before dinner. (D)
Day 3 Fri, September 28
TOUR “DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY”
The tour will introduce you to the principal sites, which you may then revisit at your leisure. You will visit the sophisticated Georgian squares, famed for their history, colourful doors and elegant shops. We’ll pass Trinity College, where the long room houses 200,000 books, and the world-famous 8th century Book of Kells is on display. We’ll also spot St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest Cathedrals, and notably its former dean was Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels.” We’ll also pass by Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Norman’s in 1172 to replace an earlier Church built by the Vikings in 1038, on our way to the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe, home to many monuments including the Papal cross. We’ll return to the city centre via the Quays, passing by the Guinness brewery, and Collins Barrack, now part of the national museum, before arriving back into O’Connell Street and the city centre.
The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s
largest stout-producing brewery and home to
the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904,
the Storehouse was an operational plant for
fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it
houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to
the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what
goes into the making a pint of Guinness - the
ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the
craft and the passion. The exhibition shows
how the brew has been marketed and how it
is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the
tour has finished, the guest is invited to the
Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness.
OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY
The Old Jameson Distillery Smithfield Village is located in the heart of Dublin city centre. This old barley storehouse, once the centre of distilling in Dublin, was renovated in 1998 and converted into a museum where all the secrets of Irish whiskey’s distillation will be revealed. An audio-visual show will introduce the history of this spirit and it is followed by a guided visit which will take visitors through the various stages of whiskey distilling from grain intake to malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation and finally bottling. The visit culminates in an opportunity for all to taste the signature drink at the Jameson bar. During the visit a number of volunteers are selected to take part in a tasting session to compare aJameson whiskey with a Scotch whisky and an American bourbon. Participants will receive a diploma for their achievement.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure for some personal
sightseeing or shopping. This evening, we’ll be
treated to dinner and traditional entertainment at
the Abbey Tavern. (B,D)
THE ABBEY TAVERN
An authentic 16th Century tavern with original
stone walls, gas lights and blazing turf fires
located in the old fishing village of Howth,
overlooking Dublin Bay. The Tavern is known
for the evenings of traditional Irish food, music
and song which they’ve hosted since the 1960s,
so we can look forward lively performances
from the world-famous Abbey Tavern Singers
and the very best of Irish dancing.
Day 4 Sat, September 29
DUBLIN - KILKENNY
TOUR THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS
Today we travel to the “Garden of Ireland”.
County Wicklow, south of Dublin, is home to
the great houses and gardens of Powerscourt,
Mount Usher and Russborough, to name a
few. In the rolling hills of the county’s heart are
nestled the idyllic villages of Enniskerry and
Avoca, while the coastline sports charming sea
resorts such as Bray and Greystones. Discover
the romantic and quiet beauty of its woods
and lush fields, moors carpeted in heather and
bright accents of Spring’s yellow gorse.
POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS
Powerscourt House & Gardens comprise
one of the most beautiful estates in Ireland.
An important 12th century Anglo-Norman
strategic site in the mountains of Wicklow,
Powerscourt was home to the Wingfield family
for 350 years. In the 18th century the renowned
architect Richard Castle radically expanded
the house, constructing a Palladian mansion
around the core of the 14th century castle,
and it’s to this state that the house has been
restored since it was gutted by fire in 1974.
A small exhibition brings to life the rich history
of the estate and visitors may also enjoy a
visit to Tara’s Palace on the upper floor of the
House. Now offering a selection of fine gifts,
clothes, and furniture in the Avoca Stores and
the Interiors Gallery, the house, exhibition,
shops and terrace café are all available for you
Set at the foot of the Wicklow mountains,
Powerscourt Gardens were established in
1745 and are today a magnificent example
of aristocratic gardens from the 19th century.
With many rare plants and wonderful views
of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain, the gardens
feature a Triton pool with a 30m fountain,
Bamberg Gates to the walled garden, and
American, Italian and Japanese gardens. The
family pet cemetery is a touching addition,
with headstones dedicated to the family dogs.
GLENDALOUGH MONASTIC SETTLEMENT
We proceed via Roundwood to Glendalough
Monastic site, which was founded in the 6th
century by St. Kevin, son of the king of Leinster.
The English name Glendalough originated
from the Irish “Gleann Dá Locha”, which
translates as “The valley of the two lakes”.
The site grew famous as a centre of learning
throughout Europe, and today the largely 10th
to 12th-century ruins include a cathedral, stone
churches, exquisitely decorated crosses and the
distinctive 34m high round tower. Beautifully
scenic walking trails take visitors on a circular
route by the lakes. An excellent visitor’s centre
offers a very comprehensive exhibition on
Glendalough detailing the history, archaeology
and wildlife of this area of Wicklow.
Continue to our hotel in Kilkenny, check in and enjoy dinner. (B,D)
Day 5 Sun, September 30
KILKENNY - KERRY
This morning we visit Kilkenny Castle.
One of the most instantly recognized buildings
in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an
important site since it was built by the AngloNormans
in the 12th century. Three of the
original four towers built in 1260 survive to
this day. The Butler family, Marquesses and
Dukes of Ormonde, bought the Castle in 1391
and lived there continuously until 1935, after
which it lay in ruin until it was given to the
nation in 1967 and restored to its Victorian
Set in extensive parklands, the Castle’s restored
central block now includes a library, drawing
room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s
splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery.
A suite of former servants’ rooms is now the
Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently
changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
Depart Kilkenny for the Rock of Cashel and Kerry.
ROCK OF CASHEL
We then continue to the Rock of Cashel,
possibly the most photographed site in Ireland.
Perched on a 200ft high limestone escarpment
over the town, the fortress was once the seat of
the Kings of Munster and because of its signal
importance in history a guided tour is strongly
recommended. St. Patrick visited the rock in
450 CE, and Brian Boru was crowned the 1st
high King of Ireland here in the 10th century. It
was granted to the church in the 12th century
by the O’Brien clan and became the seat of
the archbishop of Cashel. Sacked in 1647 by
Cromwellian forces, today the impressive stone
walls enclose a round tower, High Crosses, the
12th century Romanesque Cormac’s Chapel,
and the 13th century Gothic cathedral and
Archbishop’s palace. The 15th century Vicar’s
Choral at the entrance to the Rock has been
recently restored and houses a small museum
of the site’s artifacts. One of the leading visitor
attractions in Ireland, in 2011 it was visited by
Queen Elizabeth II on her historic first visit to
the Republic of Ireland.
We end the day in Kerry area. (B,D)
Day 6 Mon, October 1
KERRY - DINGLE PENINSULA - KERRY
Today enjoy a tour of the Dingle Peninsula.
DINGLE PENINSULA TOUR
We begin today with some of Ireland’s finest coastal scenery, as we take the spectacular road around the Dingle Peninsula, most northern of the West Kerry Peninsulas. Famed for its Celtic pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches, it is also a ‘Gaeltacht’ (Irish speaking) area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. The road around the Peninsula is truly spectacular, passing through a chain of mountains called Slieve Mish. From Inch, a long beach bordered by dunes and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter,” we can admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing community and offers wonderful opportunities for shopping or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbour. We’ll drive around the coast to Slea Head, from which we can see the deserted Blasket Islands, and the rocky Skellig islands, home to the ruins of an early Christian Monastery. The Dingle Peninsula will charm you with its villages painted in bright colours and bewitch you with the dramatic beauty of its landscape.
BLASKET ISLAND CENTRE
The Blasket Centre in Dún Chaoin, located on
the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, is a fascinating
heritage centre honouring the unique culture of
the once vibrant Blasket Island settlements. The
Centre illuminates the community’s struggle for
existence, their traditional island life, language
and culture centred on subsistence fishing
and farming on the remote islands until their
evacuation in 1953. Their way of life and the
extraordinary literary legacy they left behind
are explored, classics such as ‘The Islandman’,
‘Twenty Years A-Growing’ and ‘Peig’ amongst
them. Their story is engagingly related through
a variety of means: exhibitions, artifacts,
interactive displays, audio visual presentations
Gallarus Oratory is an impressive dry stone
monument which has withstood the passage
of over 1200 years. Built in the shape of an
upturned boat, the oratory comprised part of
a larger early Christian monastic site and was
used as a place of prayer and reflection. With
its small entrance doorway and round-headed
east-facing window, it is an excellent example
of dry stone construction. The visitor centre
offers visitors the opportunity to explore the
Oratory and learn more about the surrounding
area via an audio-visual presentation.
We return to Kerry for the night. (B)
Day 7 Tue, October 2
KERRY - GALWAY
This morning depart Kerry for Galway.
SHANNON CAR FERRY
We take the Shannon car ferry from Tarbert to Killimer, crossing the Shannon estuary between Clare and Kerry. Passengers can enjoy great views of the surrounding landscape from the upper deck and drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board during the 20-minute journey.
CLIFFS OF MOHER
We then continue to where the Burren area
meets the edge of the Atlantic at the spectacular
Cliffs of Moher. One of Ireland’s most iconic
locales, on a clear day the Cliffs boast amazing
views as far as the Aran Islands in Galway Bay
and the valleys and hills of Connemara. To the
south of the cliffs is Hag’s Head, once the site
of a castle. The 8km of cliffs reach their highest
point (230m) just north of O’Brien’s Tower,
constructed by a descendant of Brian Boru
(who defeated the Vikings in battle). Adjacent
to the Tower, the Breanan Mór seastack stands
70m above the waves and is home to wonderful
examples of the Burren’s wildlife.
Then we travel through the unusual limestone
karst formations of the incredible Burren
region, a wild area covering about 300 square
kilometres of County Clare. Containing dozens
of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and the ruins
of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, a portion
of this exotic landscape is National Park. Its
limestone pavements have been eroded to a
distinctive pattern and crisscrossed by cracks
known as grykes in which grow a myriad of
wild flora. A mix of Arctic and Mediterranean
flora, rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and
bloody cranesbill thrive. There are also vast
underground caves and rivers, dozens of small
villages abandoned during the Famine, and
green roads on which you can walk for miles
without ever seeing a car. The Burren is truly
an exceptional part of Ireland.
Continue to Galway, where we check in. (B,D)
DUNGUAIRE MEDIEVAL BANQUET
An evening of superb music, song and storytelling awaits you at Dunguaire Banquet on the majestic shores of Galway Bay, one of Ireland’s most picturesque locations. Echoing the tradition of medieval ‘King Guaire’, guests are welcomed by the butler and ladies of the castle with a goblet of Mead, a traditional honey wine. After a short history of the castle and musical introduction guests climb the stairs to the Banquet Hall. A delicious four-course dinner with wine is followed by a 40 minute entertainment program of music, song and dance including excerpts from famous literary writers associated with the Galway region, such as Yeats, Synge, Gogarty and Shaw. The castle’s superb artists inspire you with selected stories and excerpts to lighten the heart in this intimate setting.
Day 8 Wed, October 3
GALWAY - ARAN ISLANDS- GALWAY
It is a short 30-minute ferry trip from Connemara
to Inishmore, but a huge step back in time.
Life on the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands has
resisted today’s technology, and fishing and
tourism are the main sources of employment.
We begin with a minibus tour of the island,
followed by a walk to Dún Aengus fort, one of the
finest prehistoric monuments in Western Europe.
ARAN ISLANDS TOUR
The three Aran Islands, Inisheer, Inishmaan and
Inishmore, standing out in the Galway bay,
are formed from a mass of limestone similar
to the Burren. These islands are the last real
“Gaelthacht” of the modern Ireland, where the
inhabitants remain strongly attached to Gaelic
traditions. On Inishmore, the largest of the Aran
Islands, old stone walls and little fields connect
its 14 tiny villages. On the West Coast of the
island, majestic cliffs drop into the wild Atlantic
Ocean. This area is dominated by Dún Aengus,
one of the most impressive Neolithic forts in
Europe. A trip to the islands offers a fascinating
journey through time, as well as an encounter
with the old Ireland of myth and legend.
Dún Aengus is a huge prehistoric Fort built on the edge of a 300ft cliff on Inishmore. It covers 11 acres and is comprised of three concentric enclosures defended by stout walls of dry masonry, all well-preserved. The majesty and breathtaking views from the site make the 20-minute walk to the fort worthwhile.
We return to the village with time to enjoy lunch on your own, and some free time to explore. In the late afternoon we return to Rossaveal and the mainland, and thence to Galway. (B)
Day 9 Thu, October 4
GALWAY - DERRY
Depart Galway and journey to Derry.
We travel North toward Sligo to visit a small
churchyard at the foot of the impressive
table top mountain Benbulben. Drumcliffe is
best known as the final resting place of the
great poet, dramatist & Nobel Prize-winning
author, W.B Yeats. The church, in which Yeats’
grandfather had been rector, was built on
the foundations of St. Columba’s 6th century
monastery, of which a magnificent High Cross
and round tower ruins remain.
We travel to Donegal and enjoy some time at
Next we enjoy some time winding leisurely
through Donegal, a county famed for the
beauty of its coastline punctuated by deep
bays, islands, high cliffs and long beaches
inhabited only by sea birds. Its northwesterly
location has kept Donegal secluded and
wild. Narrow roads offer time to soak in the
unspoiled beauty of the northern county’s
mountains, lakes and heather-tinted bogs. The
Irish consider it to be the most diverse and
beautiful county in Ireland.
We travel on to Derry, check in and dine. (B,D)
Day 10 Fri, October 5
DERRY - INISHOWEN PENINSULA - DERRY
We travel to the Inishowen Peninsula this morning, which stretches out into the Atlantic and Ireland’s northernmost point: Malin Head. With Lough Foyle to the east and Lough Swilly to the west, the landscape is typically Donegal: rugged, desolate and mountainous, fringed with wonderful beaches and dotted with ancient sites. The peninsula is a European Special area of Conservation and home to over 100 species of migrating and indigenous birds.
GRIANAN OF AILEACH
We’ll visit the windswept hilltop fort of
Grianan of Aileach. Likely built on an earthen
rath, Grianan has been a silent witness to the
history of Ireland. It offers spectacular views of
the entire peninsula and the glistening waters
of Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly from its eyrie
800ft above sea level.
We return to our hotel in Derry for the night. (B)
Day 11 Sat, October 6
DERRY - BELFAST
This morning we depart Derry for Belfast, travelling the Antrim Coast and visit Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. County Antrim forms the northeast corner of Ireland, where a channel only 20km wide separates Torr Head from the Scottish coast. To the east, a magnificent coastline runs north from Larne and curves around the base of steep headlands, through which the beautiful glens of Antrim open to the sea.
Dunluce Castle is situated on the Antrim
Coast, 5 kilometres east of Portrush and 3.5
kilometres west of Bushmills. The roofless ruins
are breathtaking, particularly at dusk, or in the
sunshine with the white chalk cliffs of Portrush
close by. It was the former home of the clans
McQuillan and MacDonnell. Dunluce Castle
stands in as the House Greyjoy in HBO’s
production of the Game of Thrones.
THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY
The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site often referred to as the ‘Eighth
Wonder of the World’. It was formed more
than 60 million years ago when lava, cooled
quickly by the sea, crystallized into the
40,000 basalt polygonal columns. There’s a
wealth of knowledge in the new Visitor Centre
which opened in 2012, with audioguides,
various interactive exhibits and short video
presentations on the geology and ecology,
including a spectacular visualization of the
eruption which created the site. The Centre
also explores the rich mythology and culture
developed around the site, and we learn the
legend of Finn McCool, the giant who laid the
“stepping stones” in order to challenge the
Scotland’s giant Benandonner.
The walks and trails around the site have been
upgraded and a new cliff top walk accessible
for families and people with disabilities has
been added. In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler
magazine included hopping the stones of the
Giant’s Causeway as one of the ‘50 things to do
in Europe before you die’.
CARRICK-A-REDE ROPE BRIDGE
Next we’ll visit the amazing Carrick-a-Rede
rope bridge, which spans a chasm 30 metres
deep and 20 metres wide. Originally a seasonal
working bridge for fishermen to bring ashore
salmon caught off the island, it once consisted
of a single rope handrail and widely-spaced
slats. Its spare construction has led some
visitors to make the return journey by boat, but
today’s less intimidating double-railed bridge
offers visitors bold enough to cross fantastic
views. Underneath the bridge are large caves,
which often served as a safe haven for fishing
trawlers escaping winter storms.
We proceed to our hotel in Belfast. (B,D)
Day 12 Sun, October 7
BELFAST CITY TOUR
We start with an orientation tour of Belfast to see great landmarks like the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower (Ireland’s answer to the Tower of Pisa), Opera House, City Hall, The Crown Bar (1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Shankill and Falls Road will give the visitors an indication of what life was like in Belfast during the Troubles.
Presenting the history of the world’s most
famous ship, this new 6-storey building sits
beside the site of the Titanic’s construction
at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard. Opened
in April 2012 to mark the centenary of the
launch and tragedy, the self-guided journey
begins in the building’s giant atrium, where
four wings evoking the design of a ship’s hull
house the interpretive centre. As you explore
the nine large galleries of the interactive
exhibition, you will uncover the true story of
the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in
the early 1900s to her famous maiden voyage
and subsequent place in history. Here you
can also view the massive slip-ways from
which the Titanic was launched. The Ocean
Exploration Centre features a Voyage to the
bottom of the Sea section, with live links to
contemporary undersea exploration. Guided
tours are available on request at a supplement.
The site is fully accessible and also includes
an education facility and gallery for temporary
exhibitions, restaurants and the Titanic Store.
Then we move on to Carrickfergus Castle,
which commands the entrance to Belfast
Lough in the small coast town 12km north of
the city, now a city suburb. The Inner Ward
is the oldest part of the castle, dating back to
its foundation in 1177 by the Anglo-Norman
lord John de Courcy. Ireland’s finest Norman
castle, it is dotted with life-size figures and
houses a museum - both serving to illustrate
its important role in Irish history. It was here,
for example, that William of Orange stayed
when he first arrived in Ireland in 1690, prior
to defeating the Catholic James II at the Battle
of the Boyne.
Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Belfast.
This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment at
This cultural immersion is a unique opportunity
to get up close and personal with the
extraordinary Irish culture. Enjoy a delicious
three-course Irish meal, then sit back and enjoy
the sounds of Gaelic songs and music from the
in-house musicians, learn the basics of Céili
dancing or enjoy a display of solo dancing
from some of the most talented and lauded
Irish dancers today. The Cultúrlann centre has
evolved into a shining beacon at the heart of
Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter. Housed in the Old
Broadway Presbyterian Church, constructed in
1896 and deconsecrated in 1982, the Centre
has a welcoming, casual air, where visitors
can engage in local life. This is where culture
comes alive and “The Gaeltacht Experience” is
certainly an authentic taste of Belfast’s urban
Day 13 Mon, October 8
BELFAST - DUBLIN
This morning depart Belfast for Dublin.
Today we’ll be exploring County Meath, an archaeologist’s dream, traditionally known as the “Royal County” because it contained the seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara.
Spend the morning as an Irish farmer! Causey
farm is a working farm in County Meath, which
opens its doors to the visitor and allows the
visitor to see, firsthand, how farmers earn their
living. It is not all work for the visitor though,
and during our visit we will experience how
the Irish traditionally enjoy themselves with
food, sports, music and dance. Opportunities
to learn abound - bread making, the art of
Hurling, Irish Dancing, speaking Gaelic or
becoming an expert in handling sheep and
We’ll stay to enjoy lunch at Causey Farm.
The medieval world of monks and abbeys
brings to mind an ascetic life of isolation,
prayer and scholarly study, but this is only
part of the story. Many Irish monasteries were
thriving and much sought-out enclaves of
cultural creativity. These outposts were literally
beacons in the dark, responsible for preserving
and disseminating precious texts and the
wisdom contained therein, and inthe process
creating some of the world’s most imaginative
and fanciful Christian art. Bective Abbey was
founded in 1147 by Murchadh O’ Melaghin,
King of Meath, for the Cistercians, and was
dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The abbey was
a site of some importance as the Abbot was a
spiritual lord and sat in the Parliament of the
THE HILL OF TARA
Best known as the seat of the High Kings of
Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important
site since the late Stone Age when a passagetomb
was constructed there. Tara reached the
height of its power as a political and religious
centre in the early centuries after Christ.
Guided tours of the site and an audio-visual
show convey the area’s historic significance.
We continue toward Dublin, where we will gather for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Tue, October 9
DUBLIN - CANADA
Transfer to the airport for our flight home. (B)
■ Air Fare Canada – Dublin – Canada.
■ 12 nights at quality 4 star hotels, based on double occupancy.
■ Private bus and guide throughout.
■ All Breakfasts (B); Special Lunch (L) & Dinners (D) per itinerary.
■ Entrance fees/ferries for all sights visited as per itinerary.
■ City Tours with local experts.
■ Porterage for 1 piece of luggage at hotels
■ Travel Insurance.
■ Departure taxes.
■ Gratuities for driver and guide.
■ Drinks and items of a personal nature.
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