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House of Waterford Crystal
Ring of Kerry
Cliffs of Moher
Titanic Museum, Belfast
The emerald landscapes of Ireland are legendary. Visitors find scenic and cultural gorgeous sites around every bend. Sculpted cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean, harbors, lakes, basalt giants that march into the sea at the Giant’s Causeway, castles, crystal, Parian pottery, and gorgeous woolens from the sheep are just the beginning of the treasures to be found. Dublin has numerous places that chronicle Irish history, literature and art. This heritage trip will explore the Christian history with a daily devotional.
Our Irish Guide will show us highlights including Dublin, Glendalough, Waterford, Cobh Harbor and Heritage Center, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Belleek Pottery, Donegal Castle, the Giant’s Causeway. We will then go to Belfast to see the Titanic Museum and later visit to Causey Farm and see sheep herded, make soda bread followed by a final authentic Irish dinner that evening with entertainment.
Click on the map to see a larger version. The numbers refer to overnights in these locations.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Flight
We will depart the USA on our flights to Dublin, Ireland. (IF)
Day 2: Dublin
On arrival in Dublin, we will meet our expert guide and board our bus. After meeting up with the early arrivals, we will have a guided city tour, including Epic Ireland, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells. We will also see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the 18th century Georgian houses. The hotel is very centrally-located and we’ll have time in the afternoon to explore at our leisure. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Glendalough, Waterford
After breakfast, we will travel to Glendalough in the scenic Wicklow Mountains. This is an important monastic site, founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. We can have a stroll to see the picturesque ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses. In the afternoon, we will visit the House of Waterford Crystal. We will have dinner in our hotel in Waterford. (B/D)
Day 4: Cobh, Killarney
Cobh is located in one of the world’s finest natural harbors. Between 1848 and 1950 almost half of those who emigrated from Ireland left through this port. We will learn about their stories at the Cobh Heritage Center. It was the final port of call of the Titanic and we’ll hear about that on our walking tour. We will continue on to Killarney, where we will be based for two nights. (B/D)
Day 5: Ring of Kerry
Today we embark on one of Ireland’s most famous tours – The Ring of Kerry. We will travel the wild and rugged landscape of the Iveragh Peninsula, which has some breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline, in a horse drawn jaunting car. The highlight of the day will be a visit to Muckross House and Gardens, one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. We will also see a number of skilled craft workers using traditional skills in the crafts of weaving, bookbinding and pottery in the adjacent walled garden center. We will return to our hotel in Killarney in the evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher, Galway
This morning, we bid farewell to Killarney and travel to the majestic Cliffs of Moher standing 702 feet at their highest point. They stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coastline. We will have fabulous views from the vantage point of O’Brien’s Tower. Following some free time to view the cliffs, we will travel through the lunar type landscape of the Burren to Galway. (B/D)
Day 7: Belleek Pottery, Donegal
Today we will visit the world-famous Belleek Pottery, founded in 1857. The company’s pearly-colored china is known as Parian ware, as it resembles the famous Parian marble from Ancient Greece. We will spend the night in the stunning 5 star Lough Eske Castle near Donegal. (B/D)
Day 8: Giant’s Causeway, Belfast
We will travel to the northern coast today and explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. We will also hear the legend of the giant, Finn MacCool. We will end the day in Belfast. (B/D)
Day 9: Belfast
We will tour Titanic Belfast, Winner of Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction (World Travel Awards, 2016). Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore Belfast. (B)
Day 10: Causey Farm, Dublin
We will cross the border from Northern Ireland and visit Causey Farm for a fun afternoon of learning how to dance the ceili, bake Irish bread, and watch a sheepdog at work. We’ll end the trip with a meal in our spa hotel. (B/D)
Day 11: Depart
We will depart Ireland after breakfast. (IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
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