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Irish Odyssey Guided Tour | Escorted

Join Lara Barnhouse in  Ireland ! – the land of green fields, ancient sites and castles, stirring music, lamb stew, Guinness®, and friendly folks.

We begin in Dublin (check out Grafton Street for souvenirs, the Book of Kells, and St. James Gate). Journey south towards the seaside town of Cork. Visit the home of Waterford Crystal and kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Experience a sheepdog demonstration, a farmhouse meal and some Irish pubs. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, the Island of Aran, and town of Derry on walking tours and special trips. Explore Titanic history in Belfast and luxurious Kingscourt before returning to Dublin and your flight home. 

Tour Dates: Oct. 9-20, 2022 · 12 Days

$3,691 per person, land tour only, double occupancy*

Singles $825 extra · Travel Protection Insurance $259 per person (optional)*

*See terms & conditions.

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Map of Itinerary

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Day-to-Day Highlights

Day 0 – (Oct 8) – Flight from the US to Dublin, Ireland

Day 1 – (Oct 9) – Tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel: city highlights such as Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the GPO. Tour Kilmainham Gaol, built in 1796, and hear stories of Ireland’s revolutionary leaders. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2 – (Oct 10) – Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, the world’s only fully digital museum, and discover the story of the 10 million people who have left Ireland over the last 1,500 years. Your afternoon is free to explore Dublin. Enjoy dinner and entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub. (B, D)

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Ross Castle

Day 3 – (Oct 11) – Visit a traditional farmhouse for talk, tea and scones. At the House of Waterford Crystal, watch skilled artisans cut crystal into sparkling masterpieces. Continue along the coast to Cork city for dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 – (Oct 12) – Take a brief walking tour of Cork city with a local guide. This may include the English Market, where vendors have been selling local and artisanal foods since 1788. Visit Blarney Castle to climb the winding stairs and kiss its famed stone, or stroll the gardens. Then head to colorful Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for marvelous views on your way to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 5 – (Oct 13) – Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle, Kenmare Estate, and Lough Leane. Travel via Gap of Dunloe to the scenic Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy a demonstration of highly-skilled sheepdogs herding sheep at a local farm. Enjoy dinner at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry and hear a fun talk on Gaelic sports. (B, D) 

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Blarney Castle

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Sheepdog Guarding his Sheep

Day 6 – (Oct 14) – Visit the family pub of the late famed playwright, John B. Keane. Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher. Proceed to  Galway and a walking tour. (B, D)

Day 7 – (Oct 15) – With a minimum of 10 passengers, our group will enjoy a day trip to explore the Aran Islands‡. Return to Galway, where the rest of your day is free for independent sightseeing and dining. (B). 

Day 8 – (Oct 16) – Travel north to Claremorris to visit 780 yr.-old Ballintubber Abbey. Visit Belleek Pottery, then onto Donegal town. Continue on through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)

Subject to change if participant level not reached.

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Giant’s Causeway

Day 9 – (Oct 17) – Explore the Giant’s Causeway. Join a local guide for a walk around Derry’s historic medieval walls, across the Peace Bridge, and onto the Walled City Brewery Restaurant. In a CIE Tours Exclusive, you’ll enjoy a drink with your dinner and a flight of 4 of the brewery’s beers to taste. (B, D)

Day 10 – (Oct 18) – Visit the historic city of Belfast. See the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a high-tech attraction that will immerse you in the story of the doomed liner. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish (B)

Day 11 – (Oct 19) – Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre to learn about and visit one of the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Travel to Kingscourt in the afternoon and enjoy some free time in your luxury castle hotel, built in 1760. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your group. (B, D)

Day 12 – (Oct 20) – Your tour ends after breakfast. (B) It’s off to the airport and flight home!

Inclusions

  • 19 Meals, including 11 daily hot breakfasts (B)

  • 8 Dinners (D), including Taylor’s Three Rock Club & Live Show

  • 11 Hotel Nights

  • Welcome Reception Drink with Group

  • Luxury Coach Sightseeing with professional Tour Director

  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches

  • All on-tour transport such as shuttles and ferries

  • Complimentary deluxe documents wallet and backpack

  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, and handling for one suitcase per person

  • Flight of locally drafted beers at the Walled City Brewery in Derry

  • And more …

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As a homeschooling mom I feel one of the best ways for my children to learn about our beautiful country and world is to experience it hands on. I know the stresses that can go along with any family or educational trip. This is where I step in. I am happy to suggest the best locations and hands on experiences for your family.

I am also a mother of a child with special health care needs. This alone can be stressful, let alone planning a trip that would keep them safe and still allow them to enjoy themselves. I have learned over the years how to plan for my child to have all the wonderful experiences the rest of us have and still keeping him safe. I am happy to help you find the right style of trip, tours, restaurants, resorts/cruises that will allow you and your family to have a relaxing and enjoyable time all while meeting the right health care needs of your loved one.

I have personally been to several countries including Honduras and Jamaica along with many of our beautiful 50 states which includes a fun filled educational trip with my children driving across country along route 66.

Travel and helping people make memories is my passion. So regardless of where you want to travel, or what is on your bucket list let me help you make the best memories possible.

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*Terms & Conditions:  Tour pricing is in USD, per person, for double occupancy. For single occupancy, add $825. Travel protection insurance, international flights, and items of a personal nature are not included in the fare. Travel protection insurance may be purchased separately at $259 per person. Tour is not considered booked until a $250 non-refundable deposit per person is received. (Credit card payment only is accepted.)  CIE Tours terms and conditions apply, please inquire. Other restrictions may apply.

For full details on this tour, please contact Lara Barnhouse or your travel professional at this agency.
This agency reserves the right to correct any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this publication at any time without notice.

OFFER ID: CIE1022