The Best of Ireland:
A 9 Day Tour
Tight on time? The Heart of Ireland in 8 Days — starts in Ennis (just down the road from Shannon Airport) and ends in Dublin. Each day along the way, you'll be amazed at all you'll experience in a mere week of touring the Emerald Isle: historical sites, charming towns, music-filled pubs, artisan visits, and walking tours — the Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Friary, Adare Village, Dingle Town, the Dingle Peninsula, the Great Blasket Centre, crystal cutting, whiskey tasting, a "Catch, Cook and Eat" cooking experience...and more. Join us for our Heart of Ireland adventure !
Your Tour Includes:
- All Hotel Accommodations
- Hot Irish breakfast every morning
- Day trips listed
- Services of a tour director 24/7
- Services of local historians/guides
- 3 dinners PLUS....
- A "Catch, Cook and Eat" cooking class
- A complimentary "Hop on and Off" bus pass in Dublin
- And more...
Note that lunches and some dinners are not included. Nor are all museum entrance fees.
Your Adventure Awaits:
Day 1: Travel day
We’ll see you on the other side of the Atlantic.
Day 2: Ennis or Limerick (The early September trip starts in Limerick, the second in Ennis)
We'll meet mid afternoon. at our Ennis hotel for a walking tour with the local historian, along with a visit of the Friary. Ennis is neat as a pin, rich in history and hearty Irish food.
In the evening, we'll share dinner together to get to know each other better, then it's up to you if you wish to rest, or enjoy the local Pub culture: music, stories, and perhaps a pint of Guinness.
For those of you who arrive early, feel free to walk around our first home base.
Day 3: Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Dingle
After a hot Irish breakfast, "we'll pack up and board our bus, setting the course for Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. En route we'll stop and visit the dramatic Cliffs or Moher, where you'll find yourself leaning into the wind, teetering on the very edge of Europe, more than 600 feet above the churning waters of the North Atlantic and County Limerick's lovely village of Adare for lunch break. At the end of our drive, we'll arrive in the pastel painted, quintessential Irish harbor town of Dingle". Tonight we'll enjoy dinner together in a lively pub. Sleep in Dingle (3 nights) Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.
Day 4: Dingle, Slea Head Drive
We'll start the day and hop aboard our bus to follow the famous Slea Head Drive (voted the most beautiful road in Ireland). We'll stop at the strikingly situated Great Blasket Center where we'll get a close look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. Working up a thirst we'll find relief with an Irish whiskey tasting and a crystal cutting demonstration from a master craftsman, then" Enjoy the evening on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.
Day 5: Free morning and "Catch, Cook and Eat"
Today is a special day: free morning to do as you please, a nearby golf course might entice you... later on we will experience a "Catch, Cook and Eat meal" together. We will go out to the bay area with experienced fishermen, and catch the main course of our meal. Be ready for cool temperatures, and your rain slicker...just in case. After our plentiful catch, we will go to the Cooking School to prepare our meal together. For those of you Minnesotans who are used to filet fish, this will be a breeze. Local produce will complete the rest of our meal, let's enjoy the surprises our local chef has for us as we share in this adventuresome day. Free evening of singing in the pub of your choice.
Day 6: Cobh
It's time to say goodbye to the Dingle Peninsula and its 500,000 sheep and head to the 'Cove of Cork': Cobh (pronounced Cove), and once called Queenstown in the 1800"s because of Queen Victoria's visit.. This seaside little town will charm you. We'll arrive there in time for lunch. Then it's off to the Titanic Experience: a fun, guided, interactive, educational opportunity. You will be given the name of a real passenger who boarded Cobh on that fateful voyage, and you will see at the end of the experience if you survived or not. You will also have time to explore the Heritage Center. If you are of Irish origins, they offer genealogy services starting at 50 euros an hour. The Heritage Center focuses on several things: the Immigration of the Irish during the potato famine, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the sinking of the Titanic. This is a self-guided visit. The elaborate Cobh cathedral is just up the hill from our hotel, and there is no entry charge. Dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.
Day 7: Dublin
Today we will bid goodbye to Cobh as our bus transports us to Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin, we'll meet our local guide to soak in some of Dublin's history: from Vikings raids to British occupation, remarkable literacy legacy, and modern day city of today. Evening dinner on your own. Let yourself be surprised, the Pub culture is alive and well in Dublin. (Stay in Dublin: 2 nights) Walking: light. Bus: 3 hours.
Day 8: Dublin
Today we will take the "Hop On and Off bus", with your complimentary pass you'll have a chance to stop and explore all the main sights: Guinness, Jamison museum, Trinity College... Go at your own pace, make all the stops you want, and stay as long as you wish. We'll get together for a farewell dinner and evening of music.
Day 9: Return home
Time to bid your newfound friends goodbye.
See you soon on another adventure abroad!
Self guided extension possible.
September 23-October 1, 2019
Cost: $2,150 plus airfare
*Land package based on double occupancy, airfare is additional.