10 Day Tour: August 15-24, 2023
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $720 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
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Places to see
before you die
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- Jerpoint Abbey
- Blarney Castle
- Ring of Kerry
- Ashford Castle Stay
- Cliffs of Mohor
- Titanic Museum
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners (including dinner at Ashford Castle)
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball,
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We fly to the land of leprechauns, the Emerald Isle—the land of enchantment or more important the home of Guinness. We will circle the whole of Ireland on this journey through one of the most beautiful and scenic countries in Europe. We will see Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at its best.
Day Two We land in the capital of the Republic of Ireland today. Dublin is one of the friendliest and accessible cities you’ll ever visit. We tour the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, walk the Half Penny bridge, see the Parliament building where Ireland’s turbulent history played out and we will marvel at its historic core.
Day Three We begin our circle journey with our first stop at the Jerpoint Abbey. This is an outstanding example of a Cistercian monastery with a magnificent, sculptured cloister arcade. We continue south to learn about the Irish emigrant story. Ireland’s #1 export over the centuries has been its people and the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience tells that story like no other. We will also visit the Kennedy homestead and learn about the family of Ireland’s most famous son.
Day Four We begin the day touring the world famous Waterford Crystal factory. See craftsmen blow glass and create the trophies, home crystal and the Times Square ball. This is Irish skill at its best. We continue to the most famous Castle in Ireland—Blarney Castle. Do you dare to kiss the stone and get the gift of gab (no surprise—Bill kisses the stone and look at him.)
Day Five Its one of the top 3 most scenic drives in all of Europe—the Ring of Kerry. This is a drive with mountains, crystal clear streams, waterfalls, green meadows and lots and lots of sheep. Bill has plenty of surprises and wonderful stops and we spend the day in nature’s best.
Day Six Today we head to another natural wonder of Ireland—the famous Cliffs of Moher. These fabulous cliffs are not only beautiful but one of the nesting sites for many rare seabirds. On the way to the cliffs, we will visit the Ennis Friary. This incredible 13th century stone church has many 15th and 16th sculptures to marvel at. This afternoon you will reach one of the highlights of this tour—a stay at Ashford Castle. Former home of the Guinness family, this 13th century castle, now a 5 star hotel, rates as the best resort in the world! Tonight’s dinner is so special, men are required to wear a suit jacket (yes, you get to see Bill in a suit—a rare occurrence indeed). Ashford Castle and the village next door were the setting for the Quiet Man starring John Wayne. That is just too cool.
Day Seven We have a late start so you can enjoy the estate. Sounds cool to be staying at an estate, yes? We continue north and east today as we cross into Northern Ireland. On the way to Belfast, we will visit two very different sites. The first takes us back to Ireland’s prehistoric times as we explore the largest megalithic cemetery with over 60 tombs framed by giant boulders. Then in Northern Ireland, we’ll tour Castle Coole, a stately grand 18th century manor set in a beautiful wooded landscaped park. It is a neo-classical home built for the Earl of Belmine during the time we were fighting for independence.
Day Eight We begin the day touring the amazing Titanic Museum. Set in the shipyard that built her, this is one of the best museums ever. It covers the construction, how she functioned including reproduced rooms, what happened that day and how she was rediscovered. There is no other museum like it. This afternoon we’ll tour the city leaving some free time to get a last-minute souvenir, check out a museum or just enjoy one of the prettiest cities in Ireland.
Day Nine We head back south today ready to complete our circle. On the way to Dublin, we’ll visit and go inside a giant mound tomb from Ireland’s earliest days. The Longhcrew tomb also known as the Little Hills of the Witch dates to 3000 BC—nearly the time of the pyramids. Our final stop will be the Hill of Tara – early Ireland’s power base. We get back to Dublin in time for some final free time in the capital city. A final farewell dinner brings our Irish circumnavigation to a close.
Day Ten We head home today full of wondrous thoughts about leprechauns, shamrocks, giant mound tombs, impressive castles and cathedrals, scenic wonders and an overnight stay in a grand castle.