October 12-20, 2018
Arranged by Travel Outlet
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018
TORONTO / DUBLIN
We depart Toronto for Dublin, Ireland. Overnight flight via Air Transat Wide Body Airbus 300, who boast of having the newest Trans-Atlantic Airbus Fleet. Inflight service includes hot meals, imported wines and the most current inflight movies and music. Headsets, drinks, duty free liquor can be purchased on the flight to Ireland. You must use a credit card for any in-flight purchases.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
DUBLIN - GRESHAM HOTEL - BREAKFAST
We land in Dublin this morning. After going through immigration and customs we are met by our Driver/Guide for the week. Upon departing Dublin Airport we travel approximately 20 minutes to downtown Dublin there we will have a panoramic Tour of “Europe’s Fastest growing Capital City”. We will see the General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, Kilmainhan jail, to name a few.
After our morning tour you will have the balance of the afternoon to explore Dublin and its many sights. Maybe you may want to visit the Guinness Brewery or the Jameson Distillery. You may be interested in visiting Trinity College and the “Book of Kells” or Temple Bar, Dublin’s Left Bank and entertainment district. The choice of Pubs and restaurants are endless. Don’t miss the Brazen Head Pub, Ireland’s oldest pub.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018
DUBLIN – GRESHAM HOTEL - BREAKFAST
After our first Irish breakfast of eggs, sausage, toast, scones, bacon, cereal, coffee, tea, etc., we will be on our way south traveling through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains to the Village of Glendalough. Here you will visit the 6th Century monastic settlement of St. Kevin. You won’t want to miss the ancient cemetery with its many Celtic Cross Headstones and you will see some round towers. Enjoy an Irish lunch in Glendalough before our picturesque ride back through the Wicklow Mountains returning back to Dublin. The rest of the day is yours to tour and shop in the city of Dublin and visit the places you didn’t get to on your first day in Dublin. Dinner’s on your own this evening in Dublin with many choices available.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018
KILLARNEY - KILLARNEY PLAZA - BREAKFAST / DINNER
On our third day in Ireland we head Southwest to our 1st stop the “Rock of Cashel” a stately limestone outcrop topped with medieval ruins. This sacred place was inauguration palace for the Irish Munster Kings where Brian Boru was crowned King Munster over 1000 years ago.
Depart Cashel we travel southwest to County Cork into the small magical town of Blarney. Here you have a the opportunity to visit Blarney Castle to receive the “gift of eloquence” for all those who partake. You will have the opportunity to visit the world famous Blarney Woolen Mills and give you an opportunity for great buys on crystal, Belleek, tweeds, linens and knitwear. Leaving Blarney, County Cork we head north to Killarney Plaza our hotel for the next two nights situated right in the center of town. Arriving in Killarney, we check into our hotel. Dinner will be included this evening in the hotels dining room.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018
KILLARNEY / DINGLE PENINSULA - KILLARNEY PLAZA - BREAKFAST
After breakfast our tour today takes us along the Kerry Coast to the Dingle Peninsula. Out first stop will be Inch Beach where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed. On to Dingle Town for a time to explore this seaside town. Here you can get the “Best Fish & Chips in all Ireland” at HARRINGTON’S. Our tour takes us to the Bee Hive Huts, Neolithic Age, 4000 year old monuments, Gallarus Oratory as we travel to Slea Head at the tip of the peninsula. We continue on to Conor Pass on our way back to Killarney.
Dinner is on your own and you may want to do a Killarney Pub Crawl. Don’t miss Danny Manns, The Laurels, Murphy’s Bar, O’Meara Pub, O’Donoghe’s, they are all within a short walk.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018
KILLARNEY / GALWAY - IMPERIAL HOTEL - CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
After breakfast we will be heading North to seaside port of Galway. Our first stop will be the quaint Town of Adare noted for its thatched roof cottages and known as the wedding capital of Ireland. As we continue to make our way to Bunratty Village, home of Bunratty Castle and the Bunratty Woolen Mills and Durty Nellies, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. Here we stop for lunch and shopping.
After leaving Bunratty we will visit the unbelievable Cliffs of Moher. These magnificent cliffs rise to height of 700 feet above the Atlantic and stretch for a distance of 5 miles along the coast. After the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher we are off to Galway.
Our next two nights will be spent in this vibrant city. Upon arriving in the late afternoon we will be given a panoramic tour…. Seeing such sights as Galway cathedral with its mosaic of JFK, Eyre Square which was renamed Kennedy Square after his 1961 visit; the Spanish Arch and the seaside resort of Salthill located on Galway Bay.
Tonight you may wish to go to McDonough’s Seafood Restaurant for what is Galway’s best fish & chips.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018
GALWAY / CONNEMARA - IMPERIAL HOTEL - CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
After a leisurely breakfast we spend the morning in this delightful town. In the last morning we will take a scenic tour of the Connemara Region, which is noted for its Gaelic speaking people. We travel along Galway Bay via Kylemore Abbey for a photo stop. Continuing on via the scenic country side complete with the sheep crossing stops. We have the opportunity to visit the Connemara Marble factory and see how this beautiful green marble is quarried and polished. We also travel through the charming Village of Cong which is the location for the 1952 movie, The Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. We arrive back in Galway City in late afternoon.
Tonight why not explore Ireland’s “Youngest and most Vibrant City” and stop in at some of Galway’s best pubs, “The Quays”, An Pucan & Rabbitt’s to name a few.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018
GALWAY / DUBLIN - FINNSTOWN CASTEL HOTEL - DINNER / BREAKFAST
This morning we will travel east back to the Dublin area. Our last night will be spent in a special hotel Finnstown Castle hotel. The hotel is located a short distance out of Dublin. Upon arrival at the hotel you may want to use the pool and relax in the leisure center. Dinner will be served in the dining room at the hotel.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
DUBLIN / TORONTO / USA
After breakfast we transfer to the Dublin airport. We will have the opportunity to do some last minute shopping at the famous duty free shop at the DUBLIN AIRPORT, we sadly bid farewell to the mystical land they call IRELAND.
…itinerary subject to minor changes…