October 1, 2023
Experience an authentic Celtic Custom Vacation, hand - crafted by our local Irish experts
Irish icons come together on this incredible eight-night itinerary – from the cityscape of Dublin to the wild Cliffs of Moher and into the island’s famous emerald green countryside. Enjoy a cooking class, kiss the Blarney stone and tour the Waterford Crystal Factory. Experience a fascinating Titanic Walking Tour in the town of Cobh and learn how Guinness is produced from start to finish and how to pour the perfect pint. You’ll marvel at the breathtaking Ring of Kerry and stay at the spectacular Dromoland Castle, which has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. Please join us and experience the Best of the Emerald Isle!
*Rates are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. Rates, itinerary, hotels, events, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Arrive Dublin – Oct 1, 2023 and Depart Shannon – Oct 9, 2023 for included transfers. AAA Member Benefits are valid for passengers who book through AAA Travel only. Benefits listed may be substituted/eliminated and have no cash value. This tour includes moderate physical activity, walking slightly longer distances, upstairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Passports are required for US citizens (Passport must be valid 6 months beyond return date.) Passport fees are not included. Cancellation and change fees apply. Other restrictions may apply. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the promotion of this tour.
Today, we’ll travel to the city of Waterford. Our route will take us through scenic County Wicklow where our treat will be a visit to Ballyknocken Country House Culinary School. Here we will enjoy a private cookery school class followed by a sumptuous lunch.
On arrival in Waterford, we’ll have a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory and showrooms before continuing to our delightful Faithlegg Country House Hotel for overnight. (B, L)
Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club – 1 night
After breakfast, we’ll travel to County Cork and the colorful town of Cobh. Here, experience the fascinating Titanic Walking Tour. This interesting guided walking tour explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour. It was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. The tour recounts many interesting facts about the Titanic, the Titanic’s history and its association with Cobh, from when it departed on its last fateful journey nearly 100 years ago.
After this visit, we will head through Cork city and the River Lee to Blarney Castle, the home of the Blarney stone, which bestows the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Visit the beautiful castle gardens and the Blarney Woolen Mills before continuing to Co. Kerry and the vibrant and friendly town of Killarney with its abundance of restaurants, stores and lively pubs.
Our stay will be at the town’s most historic Great Southern Hotel right in the center of town. Tonight, indulge in a memorable “Kate Kearneys Irish Night” dinner followed by a night of Irish music, song and dance all performed by talented locals. Enjoy an evening of fun, food and merriment! (B, D)
Great Southern Hotel – 2 nights
Todays planned tour is the Magnificent Ring of Kerry, one of the most magical places in Ireland and as we like to call it “The place that God designed when he was in a good humor “ Here, mountains, lakes, valleys and ocean blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Plenty of time will be available for photo ops and lunch en route.
A special culinary treat awaits us as we visit the Muckross Farm during the day. See the working farms of Muckross taking you back to a time of traditional farming where you’ll tour the farms, meet the families who ply the land, learn how to churn butter and dine in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney. Remainder of the evening is on own. (B, D)
After a delicious breakfast we will drive through County Limerick and the village of Adare, noted as the prettiest village in Ireland with its thatched cottages and Tudor style houses. Our next romantic stop is a 15th century Bunratty Castle in County Clare. Visit the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Walk through the streets of the Folk Park, recreating everyday life as it was in rural Ireland some 100 years ago. It contains houses, a pub, fully operational blacksmith’s forge, a printers shop and a draper’s.
This afternoon, we’ll continue through Galway to the wild and beautiful Connemara region. This evening, enjoy a 3-3.5 hour culinary walking tour of Galway. You will get an overview of some of the gourmet delicacies this great city has to offer. Meeting Point Griffins Bakery on Shop Street During the tour you will meet artisan producers and sample some of their products with local guides. (B, D)
G Hotel & Spa Galway – 2 nights
Our final transfer will take us to nearby Shannon International Airport for your onward journey. (B)
AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- 8 night hotel accommodations
- Roundtrip transfers between airports and hotels**
- Dublin walking tour
- Private tour of the Guinness Brewery
- Waterford Crystal Factory
- Ballyknocken Country House Culinary School with private cookery class
- Cobh and Titanic Walking Tour
- Tours of Blarney and Bunratty Castles
- Ring of Kerry
- Galway Culinary Walking Tour
- Cliffs of Moher
- Dromoland Castle
- Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Welcome Reception, 1 Lunch, 6 dinners
- Services of professional Tour Director & Driver
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