Day 1: USA to Ireland
Depart USA for our overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner and a continental breakfast are served on board.
Day 2: Shannonside - Limerick
Morning arrival at Shannon Airport, where after clearing Irish customs we are met by our friendly driver/guide. We travel the short distance to Limerick, where we have some free time to rest. Late afternoon sightseeing tour of the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Limerick.
Day 3: Limerick - Galway
Morning departure from our Limerick hotel. We travel via Ennis to Ardrahan in County Galway where we pause for morning tea/coffee and scones at Rathbaun Farm - here we will see a farming family carry out everyday chores including sheep shearing and watch as the sheepdogs maneuver the flock. We continue on to Galway City and visit the famed Royal Tara China Factory. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Gaelic speaking Connemara region. Dinner and overnight in Clifden, Galway.
Day 4: Galway - Knock - Sligo - Donegal
We depart Clifden and travel via Kylemore Abbey, monastic home of the Benedictine Nuns. We continue on to the village of Knock, where we pause for approximately 60 minutes to allow time for lunch and perhaps an optional visit to the Apparition Shrine. Departing Knock, we travel via Sligo, birthplace of W.B Yeats to Donegal for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Donegal
Our tour today shows us some of the most scenic areas of Ireland - long beautiful coastlines can be seen as we travel high up on majestic mountains overlooking deep glens, surrounding quaint little villages and lakes. We travel through the picturesque town of Glenties by Glenveagh Castle and National Park. Dinner and overnight in Donegal.
Day 6: Donegal - Armagh - Dublin
We depart Donegal and travel east via scenic Lough Erne to the historic and ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh. We visit St. Patrick's Train for a journey of historical discovery, including the life and work of St. Patrick who came to Armagh in the 5th Century. The Armagh story exhibition dates from pre-historic times. The Train also houses an exhibition of Jonathan Swifts "Gulliver's Travel." Departing Armagh, we continue south to Dublin. Tonight we enjoy dinner and a cabaret show at our hotel. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 7: Dublin-Sightseeing
Morning sightseeing in the Irish capital shows you statue-filled O'Connell Street - the Post Office, scene of the Easter Rising in 1916, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College, home of the world-famous Book of Kells, dating back to the 8th century. Afternoon and evening are free. Tonight optional visit to the theatre or enjoy the fun at some of Dublin's famed singing pubs. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 8: Dublin - USA
Morning departure for nearby Dublin Airport. Ample time allowed for last minute duty free shopping before boarding our flight home. We arrive home the same day.
Please Note: Passport is required.
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