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Southern Intimate Ireland

A Small Coach Escorted Tour

(Limited to 12 Passengers)

Our Intimate Ireland is limited to 12 passengers. Enjoy the Hidden Back Road Treasures of Southern Ireland in the luxury of our Mercedes Midi Coach. Stay in all four and five star hotels with three dinners included.

Day 1
Thursday

USA-Shannon. Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.

Day 2
Friday

Shannon-Limerick. Arrive Shannon. Make your way on own via taxi to nearby Limerick City. The rest of the day you are free to explore Limerick, Ireland’s 3rd largest city and home to author Frank McCourt who wrote Angela’s Ashes. Limerick is an area steeped in history. The origin of Limerick city dates back to the 9th century a site settled by the Vikings. Limerick City is known as "City of the Broken Treaty", due to the treaty which was signed surrendering the city to William. The terms of the treaty included respect for the rights of Catholics were immediately breached. The treaty was signed on the Treaty Stone which can still be seen today. King John’s Castle is a fortified 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick. The castle overlooking the river Shannon opens an exciting window on the lives and stories of the people through political upheaval, war and famine. Archaeological excavations open to the public roll back the mists of time to pre-Norman houses which predate the castle by 100 years, as well as siege mines, garrison and soldiers quarters and sallyport all found under the level of the present courtyard. The castle itself features an imaginative exhibition spanning the castle’s history. (Afternoon tour of Cliffs of Moher for arriving passengers) Overnight Limerick Strand or Clarion Hotel.

Day 3
Saturday

Limerick-Killarney. We continue south to Killarney. Sites of interest in the town reflect its strong religious and educational history. Killarney was a monastic settlement from the 5th or 6th Century and house settlement began here from around 1500. Explore colorful laneways, a fine cathedral and experience the ambience of busy streets in the town centre. Nestled amidst deep, lake filled valleys with astounding sights such as the famous Ladies' View (Named after Queen Victoria's Ladies' in Waiting) and the MacGillicuddy Reeks - Ireland's largest mountain range, home of Carrauntoohil the country’s largest peak. Upon arrival we visit Victorian Muckross House in Killarney National Park. Dinner and overnight Malton Hotel

Day 4
Sunday

Dingle. 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 the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in Europe. Overnight at The Malton Hotel

Day 5
Monday

Killarney- Glengarriff-Bantry-Skibbereen-Clonakilty-Kinsale-Cork. After breakfast we depart Killarney. We then head to Glengarriff. Its sheltered position nurtures luxuriant Mediterranean flowers such as fuchsia and arbutus. Bantry sits at the head of one of Ireland’s most beautiful bays with a harbor that reaches right into the town center. Skibbereen is rightly known as the capital of West Cork. It is the "hub" from which the many "sparkling jewels" of the area can be reached. Eight miles southwest the little fishing village of Baltimore is located. It is onto Clonakilty where castles dot the shores of the bay and The Catholic Church is fine example of gothic architecture. Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf Driving into Cork City, we are able to get some of the best seafood of the world, and shop the artistic streets alive with authentic Irish music pubs and shops. Time permitting we may visit nearby Blarney. Dinner and overnight Hayfield Manor.

Day 6
Tuesday

Cork-Dublin. After breakfast we depart Cork. We travel via Cashel, where legend has it St. Patrick crowned the High Kings of Ireland in the 5th century for a photo op!. We continue to the Medieval City of Kilkenny, where we enjoy a visit to The Kilkenny Castle which has been completely refurbished in recent years. The impressive Victorian building was erected in the mid-19th century when it served as a home to the Hackett family. We continue into County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. We visit Glendalough, monastic settlement of St. Kevin in the 6th century. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel. (Upon arrival at the hotel, we bid farewell to our driver guide who has become like a member of the family)

Day 7
Wednesday

Dublin. I would suggest a Hop On Hop Off Dublin Bus Pass. You will be sure to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where writer Jonathan Swift gave his sermons, The G.P.O. on O’Connell Street scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where the bullet holes still remain to this day. Drive through famous Phoenix Park where the Pope said Mass in late 70’s and finally Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago. Why not visit Guinness Storehouse for a peek at the makings of this world famous brew. Make sure to visit Dublin’s oldest Pub this afternoon, The Brazen Head. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam, Intercontinental or Westin Hotel.

Day 8
Thursday

Dublin-Dublin Airport. This morning we make our way to Dublin Airport via taxi for our flight onwards. In the true Irish tradition we wish you a “Safe Home”

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Your Distinguished Small Group Tour Includes:

  • Professional Blue-Badged Certified Irish Driver Guide with Luxury Mercedes Midi Coach w/ leather seating from Day 3 depart Shannon till arrive Dublin Day 7
  • Accommodations for 6 Nights as follows or similar
    Limerick-Strand Hotel or Clarion Hotel-1 Night ****
    Killarney-The Malton Hotel-2 Nights **** www.themalton.com
    Cork-Hayfield Manor-1 Night ***** www.hayfieldmanor.ie
    Dublin-The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin, Intercontinental or Westbury Hotel-2 Nights *****
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner at Limerick Hotel (1) Malton Hotel Killarney(1) Hayfield Manor(1)
  • Admission to Cliffs of Moher, Muckross House, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All Driver’s Expenses
  • Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)

Not Included:

  • Any items of a personal nature.
    Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in

Tour Dates & Rates

"Southern Intimate Ireland"
"A Small Coach Escorted Tour Begins and ends in Dublin"

PLEASE NOTE DEPARTURE DATE FROM USA IS FIRST DATE

DATES Rates Per Person Sharing Single Supplement TOUR CODE
February 16-23, 2017 $2035 $929 II0213
March 16-23, 2017 $2035  $929 II0312
April 13-20, 2017 $2159 $1049 II0409
May 11-18, 2017 $2199 $1049 II0507
June 15-22, 2017 $2255 $1049 II0611
July 13-20, 2016 $2255 $1049 II0709
August 17-24, 2017 $2255 $1049 II0813
September 14-21, 2017 $2255 $1049 II0910
October 19-26, 2017 $2199 $1029 II1015
November 9-16, 2017 $2099 $929 II1105

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