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Grand Tour of IRELAND

Visiting: Burren, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, Galway City, Giant's Causeway, Guinness Brewery, Kilkenny, Ring of Kerry, St Patrick's Cathedral, The Rock of Cashel, Trinity College

  • Tour 1: 3 - 10 August
From € 1,338 per person

Thursday 3 August

We meet at the airport at 10.25 am for Lufthansa flight departing at 12.25 pm to Frankfurt in order to take the connection with Lufthansa flight at 04.05 pm for Dublin. We should arrival at destination at 05.10 pm local time. Pick up and a private coach will transfer us to our first 4* Hotel in Dublin – Citywest Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel

Friday 4 August

After breakfast we will proceed towards Kilkenny. Our first stop is to Kilkenny Castle; a 12th century castle remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830s’ splendor as well as the beautiful Long Gallery. The old Castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer. A suite of former servants’ rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

 We continue to the Rock of Cashel, which was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It was visited by St. Patrick in 450 and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the tenth century. Granted to the church in the twelfth century by the O’Brien clan king, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop and it was at this time that Cormack’s Chapel was built. Today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, the cathedral, a twelfth century Romanesque chapel, high crosses and other structures.

We will be accommodated in Abbey Hotel 3* in Kerry. Dinner included at the Hotel.

Saturday 5 August

Breakfast and today we will explore the ‘Ring of Kerry’, 170 km of some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. The Ring of Kerry offers magnificent panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline of southwest Ireland contrasting with the rich and varied vegetation nurtured by the Gulf Stream The route takes you through many small villages such as Sneem, famous for its multi-colored houses, and through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View, which offer superb views of the famous lakes of Killarney.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Sunday 6 August

Breakfast and we proceed towards our next destination Limerick. En route we will visit the famous towering Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 230 meters above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 8 km along the rugged coastline, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. A walk along the cliffs is not to be missed.

We continue our journey travelling through the magnificent landscape of the Burren. This fascinating lunar like landscape is an area of sedimentary limestone and shell. The unusual geological formation has produced an astonishing botanic variety harboring some 2000 species of rare plants and flowers, some unique to the Burren.

Dinner and overnight in Maldron Hotel (3*) in Limerick.

Monday 7 August

Breakfast and today we will  travel to Galway city; a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture. The center of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably.

We will return back to Dublin, accommodated in a 4* Hotel – Kingswood Hotel Citywest. Tonight, one can opt to join the Tour Leader for an Irish Night at the Arlington Hotel, found in the heart of Dublin (extra and payable at our offices). Due to this optional excursion we will not have dinner at the Hotel.

Tuesday 8 August

After breakfast, we will head North to the famous Giant’s Causeway, one of the world’s most spectacular sights (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Its unique rock formations of 40,000 polygonal basalt columns  have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the crushing seas. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire and are steeped in Irish mythology.

We will continue to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. Near the North Antrim Coast Road, amid unrivaled coastal scenery, the 30-meter deep and 20-meter wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge that was traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross from the cliffs to the rocky island (which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest) are rewarded fantastic bird-watching and splendid uninterrupted views to Rathlin and the Scottish islands.

Return to Dublin for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday 9 August

Breakfast and off to the city of Dublin and discover all the highlights of this vibrant city on a panoramic Dublin City Tour. See the famous Georgian quarter of Dublin, which incorporates some of Dublin’s loveliest 18th-century streets, squares, and landmarks – most famous the colorful doors of Dublin. See the Parliament Building and other landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church, O’Connell Street with its many statues and the Phoenix Park. You will visit Trinity College, the most famous university in Ireland founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1ST of England and the scholarly home to many classical and contemporary Irish writers. Here you will see the world famous BOOK OF KELLS, an early Christian illuminated manuscript, handwritten and beautifully decorated by Irish monks. The magnificent old library hall “The Long Room” will also impress you. You will also visit the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a 12th century Cathedral which was once the home of Dean Jonathan Swift.

This afternoon, we will be having an optional excursion to visit the worlds famous  Guinnes Brewerywhere you will explore THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE. This is a unique experience where the visitor will discover what goes into making a pint of Guinness. Glass walled lifts whisk you from floor to floor, through a fascinating exhibition that uses words, music, images, sounds and smells to bring to life the rich splendor of the Guinness story. The best part of the visit is always the tasting – the lift passes through the ceiling to deposit you in the literally breathtaking view of the GRAVITY BAR, the highest bar in Dublin, which gives a 360 degree panoramic view across Dublin and its surroundings.

 Dinner at the Hotel.

Thursday 10 August

Packed breakfast for today and a private coach will transfer us to the Dublin Airport to catch our 5:55 am  Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. At around 1.25 pm we the fly from Frankfurt to Malta arriving at around 3.55 pm.

PRICE per person

Tour 1
Adults: Triple €1,388
Adults: Twin €1,402
Single €1,554
Children (2-11yrs) €1,178

Quad rooms are not available in this Tour
Triple and single rooms are limited for this tour and subject to availability.

Price Includes

  • Lufthansa flights – Malta/Frankfurt/Dublin/Frankfurt/Malta
  • Air Taxes, Fuel Surcharge & Service Charge
  • Transfers as indicated in the programme
  • 7 nights in 4 and 3* Hotels in Dublin, Kerry and Limerick
  • Daily Irish Breakfast
  • Daily Dinner (except for the 5th night – optional of the Irish Night)
  • Service of a Tour Leader
  • Local Guide

Entrances to:

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-a-ride
  • Trinity Collage
  • St Patrick’s Catedral

EXTRAS

Insurance €25 Adults (till 69 yrs) and €17 Children (2-15 years)
Guinness Storehouse - €35 Adults €25 Children ( minimum of 15 participants)
Irish Night at Arlington Hotel, Dublin - €75 Adults €65 Children

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