2017 Ireland Adventure
Join Steve & Barb on this marvelous and captivating journey and experience some of the most spectacular scenery in
Ireland. From Donegal to Mayo to Kerry and beyond, this well-planned itinerary incorporates sightseeing, history, culture,
music and craic! (fun) with people who know all the hidden treasures of the Emerald Isle.
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.
March 21-30, 2017
Land Price: $2,395.00 (per person sharing)
Roundtrip air from MSP (Minneapolis) $800.00 (or ask us for airfare from your local airport)
Single Room Supplement: $375.00 (limited availability)
Travel Protection Plan (optional but recommended): $199 per person
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
* 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)
* Foynes Flying Boat Museum with an Irish Coffee
*Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
* Visits and admission fees to Donegal Castle, Hanna Hats, Glenveagh Castle & National
Park, Slieve League Cliffs, Drumcliffe Churchyard, Carrowmore Cemetary, Irish National
Stud & Japanese Gardens, Trim Castle, Battle of the Boyne, Monasterboice
* Hotel porterage, all service charges, and all local and government taxes
*Flight bags, ticket wallets, baggage tags and strap
*No Hidden Extras!
HOTELS: Central Hotel, Donegal (2 nights) Killarney Towers Hotel, (2 nights),
Hotel Westport, (2 nights), D Hotel, Drogheda (2 nights)
Tue, March 21 – US to DUBLIN
Depart the US from Minneapolis St. Paul (or your local airport)
Wed, March 22 - DUBLIN & DONEGAL
After landing at Dublin Airport, our CIE Tours driver/guide will welcome you to
Ireland and escort you to the coach. Enjoy breakfast at a local venue before
traveling to Donegal. Visit the ruins of Donegal Castle, which incorporates the
gabled tower of a 15th century house built by the O’Donnell family. Then visit our
friends at Hanna Hats for a tour and demonstration of the making of their worldfamous
tweed hats. Check into your hotel and enjoy time to relax before dinner.
Thur, March 23 - GLENVEAGH CASTLE & SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFFS
Today, drive through beautiful landscape to visit Glenveagh Castle and National
Park. Tour the castle, a Scottish-style baronial mansion, which contains fine
antique-filled rooms. Continue on to the Slieve League Cliffs, the highest sea cliffs
in Europe. Then travel to Ardara for dinner at Nancy’s Pub which offers a warm
atmosphere and traditional flavor. The balance of the evening is free to explore
the nightlife of Donegal.
Fri, March 24 - DRUMCLIFFE & WESTPORT
Depart Donegal and drive along the scenic shores of Donegal Bay to Sligo. At
Drumcliffe cemetery see the grave of one of Ireland’s most influential poets,
W.B. Yeats, and a display about his life and work. Continue to Carrowmore, the
largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, and the second largest in
Europe where tombs, dolmens, stone circles, and passage graves dot the site.
Then continue on to the town of Westport to check into your hotel. After dinner
we’ll visit some of the best pubs in Ireland including the famous Matt Molloy’s
where the finest traditional Irish music is played.
Sat, March 25pril 18 - ACHILL ISLAND & DESERTED VILLAGE
This morning travel around Clew Bay, on to Newport and across the Curraun
Peninsula to reach Achill Island, joined to the mainland by a bridge. Follow the
Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful and wild scenic views of steeply sloped
mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. View the Deserted
Village which consists of the remains of almost 100 traditional stone cottages
set at the foot of Slievemore Mountain. Then return to Westport, where the rest
of the day and evening is free. Stroll around this charming town, laid out in
1780. You’ll see many Georgian houses and find plenty of pubs and
restaurants for dinner.
Sun, March 26 - FOYNES MUSEUM & KILLARNEY
Leaving Westport, travel south to Foynes and visit the Foynes Flying Boat
Museum. During the 1930s and early 1940s, the port of Foynes was the fulcrum
LEGENDS OF THE CELTS’ IRELAND ADVENTURE ~ ITINERARY
point for air traffic between the United States and Europe. The famous ‘flying
boats’ carried passengers who ranged from celebrities to refugees. Irish
coffee was first created here to warm frozen, weary travelers. Learn how to
make a perfect one and then enjoy a complimentary one. From Foynes, travel
into the mountainous country of Kerry and into Killarney. Upon arrival check into
your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Mon, March 27 - JAUNTING CAR, MUCKROSS HOUSE & DINGLE
Today an old-fashioned horse drawn jaunting car will bring you through the
Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane to Muckross
House, an elegant 19th century mansion set beside the tranquil Muckross
Lake. A guided tour around the 19th century manor house will fill you in on
some local history and the family ties to the United States. Then set off on the
scenic Dingle Peninsula drive. Enjoy spectacular views of mountains and
coast, with new vistas opening up at every turn in the road. On the way back
to Killarney, stop at Foley’s Pub for dinner. Tonight enjoy more great
Irish music in some of Killarney’s best pubs.
Tue, March 28 - NATIONAL STUD FARM & ABBEY TAVERN
This morning travel northeast to Kildare to visit to the Irish National Stud where
you will see magnificent horses and learn the history and current trends of
horse-breeding in Ireland. Then take a walk around the Japanese Gardens
which were established in 1908 and represent the "Life of Man" from cradle to
grave in the traditional Japanese style of gardening. Then drive to Drogheda
and freshen up before tonight’s festivities at the Abbey Tavern where you’ll
have dinner and enjoy traditional Irish entertainment. Built on the site of an
old abbey, this pub has been in business for over 200 years.
Wed, March 29 - TRIM CASTLE & MONASTERBOICE
Today, continue on to visit Trim Castle, which was founded in 1173 by the
Norman, Hugh de Lacy. This castle was seen as the first step towards the
conquest of County Meath before Roderic O'Connor, King of Connaught had
an army destroy it. Travel south to Donore Village to visit the Battle of the
Boyne Centre to learn about the battle fought on July 1, 1690 between King
William and King James. Then visit Monasterboice which dates from the 5th
century and is famous for its collection of Celtic high crosses. Tonight enjoy a
farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Thur, March 30 - 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.
Itinerary is subject to change