2017 Ireland Adventure
LEGENDS OF THE CELTS'
Join Steve & Barb for another unforgettable tour of Ireland! We know the places and the people, so you’ll experience the real Ireland that most tourists never see. This well-planned itinerary presents the best of the south, at a leisurely pace. Excellent hotels, top-class visits and plenty of craic (fun!), ensure a memorable journey. From the moment you set foot on Irish soil you will feel like you have come home. Experience the warmth and charm of the Irish people and immerse yourself in the richness of ancient Celtic heritage. ‘Tis sure to be the trip of a lifetime!
April 7 - 16, 2018
Land Price: $2,895.00 (per person sharing)
Roundtrip air from MSP (Minneapolis) $400.00 (or ask us for airfare from your local airport)
Single Room Supplement: $625.00 Travel Protection Plan (optional but recommended): $209.00 per person
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
- Round-trip, non-stop air travel from Minneapolis-St Paul on United Airlines
- Transport by luxury motor coach with a professional driver/guide
- Superior hotel accommodation for 8 nights
- 7 Dinners & 9 Breakfasts (including breakfast upon arrival)
- Walking tours of Kilkenny & Kinsale
- Traditional Irish night in Dublin Dinner & Entertainment at Foley’s Bar, Inch
- Visits to Newbridge Silverware, Smithwicks Brewery, Rock of Cashel, Cobh Heritage Centre, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle, Birr Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College & Book of Kells,
- Hotel porterage, all service charges, and all local and government taxes
- Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and strap
- No Hidden Extras!
HOTELS: Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny (2 nights), Trident Hotel, Kinsale (2 nights),
Benners Hotel, Dingle (2 nights), Davenport Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
For more information contact Steve Hand, Legends of the Celts, Hayward, WI (715) 634-0901
or call NACTA Travel toll-free at 866-622-2244
LEGENDS OF THE CELTS’ IRELAND ADVENTURE ~ ITINERARY
Sat, Apr 7 – U.S. to DUBLIN Depart the US from Minneapolis St. Paul (or your local airport)
Sun, Apr 8 - DUBLIN, KILDARE & KILKENNY After landing at Dublin Airport, our CIE Tours driver/guide will welcome us to Ireland and escort us to the coach. After breakfast at a local venue, we travel to County Kildare to tour Newbridge Silverware. Newbridge has been designing and producing quality giftware and tableware for the past 70 years. Then we drive a short distance to Kilkenny and enjoy time to relax before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Mon, Apr 9 - KILKENNY & SMITHWICKS BREWERY This morning, take a guided walking tour through the medieval city of Kilkenny. The humorous and informative guide will show us many historical sites. Then, we visit the Smithwick's Experience to uncover the history of Smithwick's ale. After a wee sample, the afternoon is free for individual pursuits. Tonight, we dine in the hotel restaurant.
Tue, Apr 10 - ROCK OF CASHEL & COBH HERITAGE CENTRE Today, we head to the Rock of Cashel for a guided tour of these majestic church ruins, which are clustered high on a limestone hill. Then its on to the Cobh Heritage Center, which depicts the varied history of emigration from Ireland 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. Then we drive to Kinsale, where we check into our hotel for dinner and our overnight stay.
Wed, Apr 11 - KINSALE & CHARLES FORT This morning, take a brief walking tour with a local guide to learn the history of Kinsale, a quaint little seaport town, and a favorite for artists who love the steep, narrow streets, quirky shopfronts and fine Georgian houses. Then we visit Charles Fort, which was constructed in the late 17th century and has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. After your visit, you are free to explore and shop before dinner in our hotel.
Thur, Apr 12 - BLARNEY & DINGLE BREWING COMPANY Leaving Kinsale, drive to Blarney, where you can climb the battlements of the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eloquence. Continue to county Kerry where, at the base of Conor Pass, we stop at the Dingle Brewing Company. Learn about the brewery's rich and varied past before sampling a pint. Then we check into our hotel in the center of town and enjoy time to relax before dinner in the hotel restaurant. Tonight, we’ll surely ramble to a few local pubs where traditional Irish music is played.
Fri, Apr 13 - DINGLE PENINSULA & FOLEY’S BAR Today, discover the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, once described by the National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth.” We drive along the south shore of the peninsula for plenty of vistas of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach, stunning green landscapes and rocky headlands. Continue on to Slea Head at the western tip of the peninsula for spectacular views of mountains and coastline. Then head to Inch for an early dinner at the family-owned Foley's Bar. Tonight, we’ll continue our quest for the best pub in Dingle!
Sat, Apr 14 - ADARE & BIRR CASTLE Depart Dingle and travel to the village of Adare, famous for its attractive main street of thatched houses and colorful gardens. Continue to the picturesque Birr Castle, with it’s water features, beautiful scenery and impressive plant collection from around the world. Then it’s off to Dublin to check in to our hotel and relax before a dinner of Irish specialties followed by a lively show of traditional Irish music, songs and dancing.
Sun, Apr 15 - KILMAINHAM, BOOK OF KELLS & DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Set off with a local guide who will show us around Dublin. Visit Kilmainham Gaol and see what punishment there was like from 1796 to 1924. Learn about political prisoners, especially from the 1916 Rising, detained here because of their efforts to shape Ireland’s history. Next, visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, an 8th century illuminated manuscript of the gospels and see the Old Library. The rest of the day is free to sightsee, shop and dine on your own.
Mon, Apr 16 - RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES Transfer to Dublin Airport to check in for your flight. Enjoy last minute shopping at the Duty Free stores. Then clear U.S. Immigration before boarding your aircraft and flying westward to the United States.