We sold tickets to our trip so fast last time that Joe at Hammond Tours said we set the record for selling a trip out (less than three weeks!). And we still had 12 people left over on the waiting list! So we decided we need to do another trip to some of our very favoritest spots - Killarney, Blarney Castle, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Dublin, to name just a few highlights. It will be a reprise of that first magical trip we took in 2014! Many of you missed the chance to come with us and have asked for a chance to relive those great moments. Here's our itinerary and we do hope you can make this magical trip!
Our overnight flight leaves for Ireland from JFK and we get to fly into the future . . . five hours ahead. Dinner is served while in flight.
Day 2: Sunday, April 15 - Arrive in Dublin
We arrive in the morning at Dublin Airport where you are greeted by your Driver/Guide. Leaving the airport we travel to a nearby venue where everyone will have an opportunity for their first Full Irish Breakfast (on own expense). Since our hotel checkin is not till the afternoon we travel into Dublin Town where we will enjoy a panoramic tour of this 1000-year old city. We then see statue filled O’Connell Street, The General Post Office (scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising), as well as Georgian Square; Our group will then enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery. We will then be dropped off on Nassau Street for some free browsing time. Check into our hotel LATE AFTERNOON. Dinner is on your own, suggestions will be provided. Overnight Dublin at The Camden Court or similar.
Day 3: Monday, April 16 - Dublin-Blarney-Killarney
We enjoy a fabulous full Irish breakfast this morning. It is on through Naas, home of the Irish National Stud Farm where many of the world’s famous thoroughbred horses are raised. We continue south to Blarney with its famous 14 century kissing stone and plentiful woolen mills. During this drive you will undoubtably see fields patched with stone walls filled with grazing sheep - the quintessential Irish lanscape. After Blarney we continue over The Kerry and Cork Mountains (of "Whiksey in the Jar" fame) to Killarney. Known for its beautiful lakes, Killarney is nestled at the foot of the magestic mountains which contain Ireland's highest peak - MacGillucuddy. After dinner you will have some time to explore this quaint town with its plentiful shops and pubs. Overnight Killarney at The International Hotel or similar. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast we depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head along a scenic coastal road where the coast of Ireland seems to fall off into the setting sun. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12 century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula. Dinner and overnight Killarney International Hotel.
Day 5: Wednesday, April 18 - Killarney-Burren Tour-Galway
Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s stony place - the Burren Bhoireann). Quite frankly - it is a moonscape and the amazing thing is people somehow found a way to live here. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. Continue on and gaze at the majestic awe of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. O'Brien's Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands as well as The Twelve Pins of Connemara and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north. We then continue to one of Ireland's gems - Galway! Overnight Imperial Hotel. Dinner is on your own.
After enjoying breakfast, we depart from our city center Galway Hotel. Today we take in the magnificent views of the Connemara region, Ireland’s treasure of wild, natural beauty where, in some places, Gaelic remains the only spoken language. We travel first to Clifden. Situated on the west coast of Ireland against the backdrop of the 12 Ben Mountains and beautiful rugged coastline, the town is known locally as the Capital of Connemara. Connemara made a deep impression on Alexander during his first stay in Ireland and he couldn't wait to show Danylo what he considers the most beautiful place in all of Ireland during their "scouting trip". The Scythian lads may be out late the night before, but they'll be dragging themselves out of bed early to make this day trip! Overnight Imperial Hotel. Dinner is at our hotel.
Day 7: Friday, April 20 - Galway-Athlone-Dublin
After a hearty breakfast, we travel via Irish midlands. We continue to Athlone in the center of Ireland. In 1120 the Connaught king built the first of six successive wicker or wooden bridges, and in 1129 a castle to defend it. Bridge and castle were destroyed on behalf of the Meath kingdom and rebuilt by the Connaught kings successively over the next 40 years. In 1168 the Annals of the Four Masters record a residence in Athlone for the King of Connaught. The Cluniac priory was founded on the west bank in 1150. This trip will take us straight across the country and will your last chance to breath in the Irish countryside and let it be written in your mind. We then arrive in Dublin for our final night of celebrating before returning home - older, but no wiser! Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel.
Day 8: Saturday, April 21 - Return home
After breakfast we transfer to Dublin Airport for our flight home where you will have your last chance to drink a Guinness since they let you drink at the gate. We arrive home the same day and in the words of the song "Those Were the Days", we'll arrive "older but no wiser, for in our hearts the dreams they're still the same." These will be the days my friends!
Your tour package includes the following:
~ Roundtrip airfare from NYC (Flights announced 90 days prior to departure)
~ Six (6) nights accomodations as follows or similar
- Dublin Camden Court Hotel - 1 Night ***
- Killarney Plaza Hotel - 2 Nights ***
- Galway Imperial Hotel - 2 Nights ***
- Dublin Camden Court Hotel - 1 Night ***
~ Two Dinners: 1 in Killarney and 1 in Galway
~ Admission to Guinness Factory and Cliffs of Moher as per itinerary
~ Touring by Deluxe Touring Motorcoach
~ Services of professional Irish Driver/Guide throughout
~ Services of Hammond Tours escort throughout
~ Taxes and service charges except gratuity to driver/guide
~ Professional portfolio of travel documents
Please visit Hammond Tours for their official itinerary and see payment schedules and cancellation policies.
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