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Irish Pubs & Folklore
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2016 Rates Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights or 9 Days / 8 Nights

Highlights: 12th Century Brazen Head Pub - Folk Dinner - Sheepdog Trials - Smithwick's Brewery - Kate Kearney’s Cottage - Irish Night - View Cliffs of Moher by Boat

Learn about Ireland’s folk traditions and tales as you explore cozy pubs around the country, including story-telling at Dublin’s Oldest Pub, the Brazen Head, and dinner and music at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Visit Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Guinness Storehouse. Stay in Kilkenny, Killarney and Westport, towns renowned for lots of lively pubs.




Cliffs of Moher - Ireland

 
         
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Teeling Distillery
Start your tour at Dublin Airport and take a group transfer to your hotel. Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet the guide at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. See elegant Georgian squares with the famous brightly-painted doors and the peaceful St. Stephen’s Green. Cross the River Liffey to drive along the wide O’Connell Street and view the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started. Visit Teeling Distillery, Dublin’s newest distillery in the heart of the city, and sample the aged whiskey. Your tour director will host a welcome drink and advise where to dine independently.

Day 2: Glasnevin Museum & Medieval Kilkenny Walk
Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny and check in to your centrally-located hotel. Take a walking tour through Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to view merchants’ houses and historic pubs. Visit Smithwick’s Brewery and enjoy a sample. Enjoy free time to browse around the ancient city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Blarney
Drive south to the ancient port of Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. See how skilled craftspeople transform molten glass into elegant tableware and magnificent trophies of all types. Travel along the south coast to visit Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Do some shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a break in the pub hidden between the shops! Pass through County Cork and on to Killarney to your hotel in the center of town. In the evening explore some of the lively pubs where traditional Irish music is played. (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Kate Kearney’s Cottage Dinner
Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean and see early Christian monastic beehive huts. Meet a farmer whose skilled dogs herd sheep and stop in the town of Dingle. Visit the cozy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole with “Scott of the Antarctic.” In the evening drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner and traditional Irish entertainment with songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Walking Tour & Westport
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast. In Doolin take a boat trip to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher from the sea. Then sit down to a pub lunch in the village of Doolin, renowned for traditional Irish music sessions. Pass the shores of Galway Bay and stop in Galway city for a walking tour of the compact city center to see Lynch’s Castle and the Claddagh area. Drive through Counties Galway and Mayo where many people emigrated from as the land was so poor. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Westport House & Achill Island
Drive around Clew Bay and cross by bridge to Achill Island. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. See the Deserted Village, the remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Westport for a tour around Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings, paintings, books and silver. The evening is free. (B, L)

Day 7: Guinness Storehouse & 12th Century Brazen Head Pub
Drive from the west coast through the gentle scenery in center of Ireland to Dublin on the east coast. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s “black beer” and enjoy a creamy pint in the rooftop bar. Head to the Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dating back to 1198 for an evening of “Food, Folk and Fairies” where story-telling will reveal Ireland’s myths and beliefs in times past. (B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program concludes after breakfast.(B)

If you are on the 9-day tour:
Day 8: Independent Bus Tour in Dublin
Spend an additional day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to either the Book of Kells or General Post Office. (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program concludes after breakfast.

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

CIE Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control. (October 22, 2015) 

 

Price Includes:

  • Group transfer from/to airport
    - arrival and departure
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 7 nights or 8 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 5 dinners (D) including
    - Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish night
    - Food, Folk and Fairies dinner/show at the Brazen Head Pub
    - 3 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Tours with tastings at Teeling Distillery
    and Smithwick’s Brewery
  • Tour and a pint at Guinness Storehouse
  • Walking tours of Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and Galway
  • Sheepdog trials on Dingle Peninsula
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Cliffs of Moher boat trip
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with visit to Book of Kells
    or General Post Office (9-day tour only)
  • Visits and admissions to
    • Glasnevin Museum,
    • House of Waterford Crystal,
    • Blarney Castle,
    • Blarney Woollen Mills
    • and Westport House
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet,
    luggage tags & strap
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

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Irish Pub & Folk

Prices and Dates

Prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation.

Irish Pubs & Folklore Tour
Wed & Sat Departures
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8 D / 7 N 9 D / 8 N
Twin Single Twin Single
4-28 May 2016 1919 2338 2139 2628
1 Jun - 24 Sep 2016 1979 2398 2219 2708
28 Sep 2016 1809 2228 2019 2508
5-22 Oct 2016 1679 2098 1889 2378
29 Oct - 12 Nov 2016 1599 2018 1789 2278