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Enchanting Ireland

May 20-June 1, 2018

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited


Activity Level: Moderate

It’s a beautiful, magical land, where the gentle green landscape dazzles and the people delight. From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland’s many charms – both old and new – to our small band of UW travelers.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart U.S.

Day 2
Arrive Dublin, Ireland

Arrive in the intimate, and beautiful, Irish capital. Tonight you’ll meet your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 3
Dublin

Today’s city tour includes a visit to Trinity College, home of the stunning 8th-century Book of Kells illuminated manuscript; and to St. Patrick’s, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland.

Day 4
Dublin/Galway

Leave Dublin for Galway in the West, the region some consider to be the “most Irish part of Ireland.” En route you’ll stop for tea and coffee at Tyrrellspass Castle then continue on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s most important early monastic site. Tonight you’ll dine at your hotel located in the village of Bearna just outside the city.

Day 5
Galway/Connemara

A day of scenic highlights is in store as you travel through western County Galway in the legendary region known as Connemara, a rugged, silent landscape of mountains, glacial lakes, endless roads, and uninhabited bog lands. One of today’s stops is at beautiful Kylemore Abbey, built as a private home in 1861 and one of Ireland’s most photographed castles.

Day 6
Galway/Aran Islands

Embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the fabled Aran Islands, whose unique culture and history has been an inspiration to artists, writers, and film-makers. You’ll stop at Dun Aengus Fortress, the three prehistoric stone walls crowning the tallest cliffs of Inismor; have lunch in a local pub; and enjoy some free time before returning to the mainland and our hotel late this afternoon.

Day 7
Galway/County Clare/Killarney

Another day of breathtaking scenery as you leave Galway for Killarney, traveling south along the fabled coastline of County Clare. You’ll visit the Cliffs of Moher, the majestic flat-topped “mountains” that rise vertically from the sea and stretch for five miles from north to south. You’ll also cross by ferry into County Kerry, arriving in Killarney, set in beautiful Killarney National Park.

Day 8
Killarney

Your exploration of this attractive town, founded as a resort in the 18th century, begins with a jaunting-cart ride from the center of town to 15th-century Ross Castle, the last strong­hold to fall to Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1652. Then you’ll travel by boat to Muckross House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor with the Kerry Folklife Centre show­casing the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving.

Day 9
Killarney/ Ring of Kerry

Experience one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile route connecting Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara peninsulas.

Day 10
Blarney/Cashel/Kilkenny

This morning you’ll stop in the small town of Blarney to visit the ruins of the 15th-century castle, with its celebrated Blarney Stone believed to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. You’ll also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, housing an excellent selection of Irish crafts as well as knits and woolens of all kinds.

Day 11
Kilkenny

Today is devoted to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval city known as Ireland’s cultural capital – and the country’s smallest city. You’ll tour 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, considered one of the country’s most beautiful, then embark on an informal walking tour of Kilkenny itself, noting the many buildings of “black” or Kilkenny marble, quarried locally.

Day 12
Kilkenny/Dublin

On your way to Dublin, you’ll visit the National Stud Farm, the center of Ireland’s horse racing industry. Tonight you’ll celebrate your adventure over a farewell dinner.

Day 13

Depart for U.S.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Spend four days and three nights in Belfast.

Program itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $3,895
With Group Air from Seattle: $5,072
Single Supplement: $1,195

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Awesome trip, with great attention to all the details. Clearly a lot of research was done in planning, and it showed in the quality of the hotels and bus, and how smoothly everything ran. So nice to just show up and not have to worry about anything at all!
Sue Tritz, Friend

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