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Gems of Ireland 2019

May 6 thru May 21, 2019

  • Fran’s Famous Hosted Cocktail Parties 
  • 14 Nts Deluxe 4-Star Hotels
  • Daily Breakfast & 8 Dinners
  • Visit Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway,
    Killarney & More
  • 2 Nights in a Castle! Cabra Castle
  • 3-nights Stays in Killarney, & Cork
  • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet 
  • Includes tips for Driver/Guide

 

$2,699* Land Only

Hosted by Fran!

 
 
Cabra Castle

Day 1: May 6: USA / Dublin: Depart today on Overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland. 

Day 2: May 7: Upon arrival you will shuttle to the hotel for a rest and overnight. Hotel: A Dublin Airport Hotel

Day 3: May 8: After Breakfast, we will check out and head to the city center of Dublin to enjoy an driving  tour of St. Patrick’s, Phoenix Park, Georgian Doors, and much more  You will have time for lunch and then  afternoon is free to have lunch and then we will drive through the magnificent scenery to Cabra Castle. Situated on lovely grounds with golf course, this converted castle has been extensively refurbished. Warm yourself ‘with an Irish coffee in the lovely "old world" bar or intimate lounge by the inviting open fire. Enjoy dinner in the splendid restaurant with its unique collection of beautiful antiques and paintings. Hotel: Cabra Castle, Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4: May 9: After a hearty Irish breakfast, we explore the Midlands, which is the cradle of Irish civilization and the Celt's spiritual home. This area was settled during the Stone Age and became the most important center of habitation in the country; the remains of ancient sites from this early Civilization fill the area. We will visit Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. We will continue on to visit New Grange and have time for lunch.  We will return to the Castle with time to rest or golf or stroll around the breathtaking grounds. Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 5: May 10:  After breakfast, depart for the grand city of Galway including a scenic drive with highlights of the city with a stop at the famous Cathedral of Galway before checking into your seaside hotel. Dinner is on your own. Hotel: Radisson (or similar),  Breakfast.

Day 6: May 11: Today you will travel to the unspoiled region of Connemarra and you will have a chance to visit the famous marble factory. The area is famous for their hearty breed of ponies. In the afternoon we will visit Cong and see where the “Quiet Man” was filmed and walk in John Wayne’s footsteps before returning to Galway. Dinner is on your own. Hotel: Radisson (or similar), Breakfast

Day 7: May 12: After breakfast, depart Galway and drive south to Bunratty. Afternoon at leisure Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel. Breakfast

Day 8: May 13: After breakfast we will drive to Lahinch on the coast. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, they rise 700 feet above the sea and extend five miles along the coast. Continue to Lisconner for lunch and return to your hotel. This evening join in the fun and feasting at a Medieval Castle, this Medieval banquet is served in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle during which you will be entertained with Irish songs and ballads. Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Breakfast & Medieval Dinner.

Day 9: May 14: After breakfast; we will checkout and depart for Killarney, driving south to village of Adare. Well known for its attractive main street of thatched roof houses, and colorful gardens. Check into your hotel.  Hotel: Killarney Plaza, Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 10: May 15: After breakfast we will drive out to the town of Dingle and on to Slae Head at the western tip of the peninsula. This excursion will give you breathtaking views of the mountains and coastline all along the peninsula. See the early settlement of the monks stone houses. Return to Killarney for time on your own. Hotel: Killarney Plaza Hotel, Breakfast.

Day 11: May 16 Sightseeing tour of Kenmare.  Afternoon at leisure with time to stroll around Killarney, maybe visit the impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral near our hotel  Hotel: Killarney Plaza Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 12: May 17: After breakfast, we depart for Cork. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city set on the River Lee, which divides into two branches through the city center. In the city center you may like to join the busy shoppers along Mac Curtain and Patrick Streets and see the Crawford Art Gallery and Paul Street, known for its trendy restaurants and shops of all types. Hotel: River Lee, Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 13: May 18: We will drive just a few miles to Blarney where you will have time to kiss the famed "stone of eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, which have an excellent range of Irish products. The shopping capital of Ireland! Lunch on your own and then return to Cork. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional tour to the town Youghal for sightseeing and dinner. Hotel: River Lee, with Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14: May 19: This morning we will drive a short distance to the east of Cork to Cobh, the harbor town for large ships. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which depicts the varied history of emigration from Ireland and many European countries to the United States over the past 150 years. Cobh was the last port of call for the "Titanic" and many liners that carried emigrants to the New World. This informative display is housed in the rail station through which all of the Irish emigrants had to pass.

Next we will proceed to Kinsale, a popular yachting center and an attractive town with brightly painted houses and flowers. In the center see the Old Courthouse, now a regional museum Kinsale is renowned as a gourmet capital and the town abounds with excellent restaurants and cafes, mostly located on Main Street. Time for lunch and then return to Cork. Hotel: River Lee, Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 15: May 20:  After breakfast we depart for Dublin, stopping in Waterford along the way.  Afternoon at Leisure to further explore the City. Hotel: A Dublin Airport Hotel, Breakfast.

Day 16: May 21: After breakfast, RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES: Sadly, today your Irish vacation has come to its final day.  

All Sightseeing Subject to Change