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  • Summary & Highlights

     

     

    You can save hundreds per couple in comparison with other tour operators.

    Why choose CIE Tours for Ireland & Britain?

    82 Years of Experience

    Over 40 Coach Tours

    Itineraries 5-16 Days

    Fully Inclusive Tours

    1. Sightseeing by luxury coach
    2. Professional tour director
    3. 12 nights in hotels listed
    4. Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
    5. 9 dinners (D) including
      - Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
      - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
      - 7 table d'hote dinners
    6. 2 Lunches (L)
    7. Welcome get-together drink
    8. Day tour to Achill Island
    9. Donegal Bay Waterbus cruise
    10. Tours of Belfast and Dublin with your tour director
    11. Walking tours of Galway, Derry, Kinsale and Trinity College with local guides
    12. Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
    13. Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
    14. Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
    15. Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
    16. Visits and admissions to Cliffs of Moher, Westport House, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park
    17. Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
    18. All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
    19. Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
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  • Itinerary

    2015 Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way 13 Days / 12 Nights

    Day 1: Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher
    Your Irish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour guide at your hotel in Ennis, which is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip before dinner in your hotel.
    (D)

    Day 2: Galway & Connemara
    Head to Galway for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Journey through Connemara with its hills, lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served.
    (B,D)

    Day 3: Westport House & Achill Island
    Visit Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views. See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings and paintings. Cross by bridge to Achill Island and follow the Atlantic Drive for great mountain and ocean scenery. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Westport.
    (B,L)

    Day 4: Country Life & Donegal Bay Cruise
    Visit the Museum of Country Life which features exhibits of domestic goods in daily use during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In Sligo view the grave of one of Ireland’s Nobel Prize-winning writers, W. B. Yeats. Continue to Donegal town and embark on a fun cruise of Donegal Bay. See the seal colony and perhaps other wild life. Drive through the Bluestack Mountains to your next hotel in Stranorlar.
    (B,D)

    Day 5: Glenveagh Castle & Grand Atlantic Drive
    Travel into the heart of Donegal to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion as you tour the rooms and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Then experience the glorious natural beauty of the Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Return to Stranorlar in time for dinner.
    (B,D)

    Day 6: Derry & Giant’s Causeway
    In Derry join a local guide for a walking tour to see medieval city walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Drive along the north coast, pausing for photos at Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Experience wonderful scenery along the coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route and continue to Belfast.
    (B,D)

    Day 7: Titanic Belfast & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
    Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast followed by some time at Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Visit Down Cathedral to see the reputed burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and learn about his life and times at the St. Patrick Centre. Travel to Dublin and check in to your hotel. Head to the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
    (B,D)

    Day 8: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells
    Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways; pass St. Stephen’s Green and shopping areas around Nassau Street; cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and see the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the afternoon use your independent vouchers for an open-top bus tour all around central Dublin and a visit to Guinness or Jameson.
    (B)

    Day 9: Farmhouse Visit & Kinsale
    Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. Visit a nearby sheep farm for freshly-baked scones with tea and find out about country living. Continue south to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town, which is now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets.
    (B,D)

    Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney’s Jaunting Car
    A short drive will take you to Blarney where you may climb Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a look around the village green. Continue to Killarney and see some of the region by horse-drawn jaunting car. At Ross Castle admire views of Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane before enjoying a casual lunch. Then drive to your hotel in Dingle.
    (B,L)

    Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & South Pole Inn
    Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for lovely vistas and see early Christian monastic beehive huts. Stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about the Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean. Return to Dingle town where the afternoon is free. Dine in your hotel.
    (B,D)

    Day 12: : Foynes Flying Boats & Bunratty Banquet
    Learn about the early days of flight, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s, at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Irish coffee was first created here. Drive to Bunratty and visit the Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages. You may like to spend free time in Durty Nelly’s Pub. Head to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet to carry you to the Middle Ages in spirit.
    (B,D)

    Day 13: Tour Ends at Shannon
    Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.
    (B)

    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
     

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