IRELAND

April 23 - May 2, 2022

This is a Collette tour organized just for our club and our sister club.

 

We're going to Ireland again!! For me, this was one of our most memorable trips of 2019, and I can't wait to get back. We wandered the narrow streets of quaint villages, visited the Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry and so much more!

Image by Jason Murphy

Included: 

  • Round trip air from Nashville to Dublin

  • First class accommodations 

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners 

  • 1 Castle stay

Highlights:

  • Travel the spectacular Ring of Kerry

  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone

  • View the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher

  • Stay the night in Cabra Castle

 

Costs:

Double: $3,649 

Single: $4,149

5-day / 3-night London pre-tour extension: $749 plus air London to Dublin (about $120)

4-day Edinburgh, Scotland post-tour extension: $699 plus air Dublin to Edinburgh (about $130)

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Overnight Flight 

 

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. Today dinner will be included. 

 

Day 3: Dublin Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Today breakfast will be included. 

 

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. 

 

Day 5: Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. Enjoy a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park before boarding a boat* and sailing through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice…choose your included dinner from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. 

 

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture. Today breakfast will be included. 

 

Day 7: Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Limerick Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Continue to Limerick, where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." Today breakfast will be included. 

 

Day 8: Limerick - Galway - Limerick Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes”. Return to Limerick to relax over dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. 

 

Day 9: Limerick - Tullamore - Kingscourt You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. 

 

Day 10: Kingscourt - Tour Ends Your journey ends in Kingscourt. Today breakfast will be included.

Image by Thomas Verleene
Trip Photos
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Ireland Itinerary

We'll be seeing a great deal of this fascinating country during our 10 day exploration.

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Cabra Castle

We'll be spending our last night at Cabra Castle. The original castle, built around 1699, was confiscated by Cromwell.

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Cliffs of Moher

We'll be spending our last night at Cabra Castle. The original castle, built around 1699, was confiscated by Cromwell.

Dublin

Dublin has it all - pubs, museums, oh and pubs.

Library of Trinity College

Be sure to check out the original Book of Kells in this ancient library.

Quaint Villages

Every day you'll visit a different village, or Limerick, or Galway - or the Waterford plant!