• Round trip
• English speaking tour director throughout
• Accommodations in First Class and select hotels in twin bedded rooms
with private bath
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary by private, deluxe motor
• Entrance fees for included features
• Taxes, tips and service charges for all included features except tour
escort and driver, guides and items excluded below.
• Baggage handling included throughout the tour for one suitcase per
person, irrespective of air carrier allowance
• Items not specifically mentioned in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature such as passport fees
• Tips to tour escort, driver and guides
• Beverages with dinner
• Additional baggage other than one piece allowed as mentioned in the
• Airport departure taxes, fees and September 11th Security surcharges
• Travel insurance, Visas, etc.
Day 1/ DEPARTURE
Day 2/ IRELAND/ GALWAY
After arriving in Ireland, proceed through the countryside en route
Day 3/ GALWAY
Today, enjoy sightseeing in Galway, which is situated on the northern
shore and and near the head of Galway Bay. Explore the city with its quaint
winding streets, broad quays and medieval houses. Continue through scenic
Connemara, home of the famous ponies. Visit craft stores which are popular
in this region and the Royal Tara China Factory. Your journey will also
include a stop at the Shrine of Knock.
Day 4/ GALWAY/ KILLARNEY
This morning, drive south through Limerick on your way to Killarney.
enjoy a horse-drawn cart ride around the lakes of Killarney. A visit to
the Muckross House folk museum is also on today's agenda.
Day 5/ KILLARNEY/ RING OF KERRY
A full day of touring awaits you as you start off on the popular scenic
drive, The Ring of Kerry. Travel through some of Ireland's highest mountains,
the MacGillycuddy Reeks, and view the wild and scenic Atlantic coastline.
Drive through the charming villages of Cahirciveen and Derrynane. Finally,
head back to Killarney through a mountain pass known as Moll's Gap.
Day 6/ KILLARNEY/ WATERFORD
This morning, you will head east to Blarney Castle to kiss the "Blarney
Stone," which will bless you with "the gift of eloquence." Shop here at
the Woolen Mill for many traditional Irish products. Travel through Cork
on to Cobh. At the Heritage Center, you can trace the history of emigration
from Ireland to the United States.
Day 7/ WATERFORD/ DUBLIN
Visit the Waterford Crystal
Factory to see the cutting and polishing of this world famous product. Of
course, there will be a shopping opportunity before you head north to
Kilkenny. Visit the Castle which dates back to the 12th century. Continue
through County Kildare before arriving in Dublin.
Day 8/ DUBLIN
This morning, enjoy a city
sightseeing tour of Dublin, a great literary city. It has given the world
many famous writers including 3 Noble Prize winners. Visit the 400 year
old Trinity College, the Alma Mater to many of the great Irish writers and
poets. See the book of the Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript fo
the Gospels dating from the 8th century. At Dublin Castle, you will visit
the State Apartments and the Chapel. This afternoon is free to finish your
shopping or perhaps do more sightseeing. This evening, you will have a
very special farewell dinner at the Abbey Tavern, where you will enjoy
traditional Irish music and singing.
DAY 9/ DUBLIN / WALES AREA
On arrival at Holyhead, the
group will be met and transferred to Chester. Upon arrival, we will have
a short walking tour of this historical city with a visit to the 900-year
old Chester Cathedral. The city was founded by the Romans some 2000 years
ago and offers an extraordinary atmosphere and wealth of history, architecture
DAY 10/ WALES
After breakfast, we will go on a full day excursion of North Wales
including a visit to the Snowdonia National Park, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns
which tell the story of Welsh slate and depict the working conditions in
the last century, and Caernarfon Castle. Built for his royal patron in
1283 under Master James of St. George with walls decorated with bands of
coloured stone and polygonal towers like those of Constantinople, the castle
was grandiose in design and was to serve as the seat of English government
in the principality. This evening, there will be a Farewell Medieval Banquet
at Ruthin Castle set on 30 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the
medieval town of Ruthin. The castle was originally a Welsh fortress of wood
and stone, rebuilt and enlarged in 1296 by Reginald de Grey in the service
of Edward I. The banquet allows guest to enjoy the authentic flavour of
medieval living. Wine is quaffed from pewter goblets and mead from clay
cups. Entertainment is provided by harp music and singing of the Ladies
of the Court, who are watched over by the jealous eyes of the Court Steward.
After the dinner, the group will be transferred back to Chester for overnight.
DAY 11/ WALES / USA
Following breakfast, you
will be transferred to the airport for your flight home bringing with you
many fond memories of your fabulous trip.