Garden Club Tour Itinerary

Day One

“Welcome to Ireland!”

Arrive at Shannon Airport and travel through scenic areas of Clare, Limerick, and Kerry to Killarney

  • Visit Adare Village and Moanwing Gardens en-route to Killarney
  • Arrive at the hotel and check in
  • Jet Lag Recovery Day
  • Relax at Spa and explore the lakes and parkland surrounding the hotel

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Evening

  • 6-7 Happy Hour at The Europe
  • Welcome Orientation and Group Dinner, and Irish Traditional Music and Dance Entertainment

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Day Two

  • ” A Dingle Day!”
  • Visit Tralee Rose Gardens
  • Dingle & Slea Head tour

The Dingle Peninsula, green, rugged, and untouched, and Dingle Town are two favorite Ireland places to tour. Dingle still feels like the fish and the farm actually matter. Fishing boats still sail from Dingle, offering visitors an escape into pure Ireland. Irish dreams have been set here on this sparse but lush peninsula where locals are fond of saying, “The next parish is Boston.”

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Evening

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day Three

  • “A Kenmare Day!”
  • Kenmare Gardens, Derreen Gardens, Molls Gap, Kissane Sheep Farm, Ladies View on the Ring of Kerry

Kenmare, an Irish “Tidy Town”, Molls Gap, Kissane Sheep Farm, and Ladies View, as Recommended by Rick Steves. Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel.  He has produced more than 50 guidebooks on European travel. Check out what he has to say about Kissane Sheep Farm by clicking the link Recommended by Rick Steves .  Kenmare is also one of the Irish villages featured in Christopher Fitz-Simon’s book The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.

We depart at 9:30 a.m. from The Europe Hotel parking lot and travel to Kenmare, County Kerry. The lovely and interesting town of Kenmare, home of the Kenmare Lace Museum is a short bus ride from our hotel. The unique beauty and charm of the town has remained unchanged from its founding in 1670. It has received the Ireland Tidy Town Award for 2013 and has the title of Kerry’s first Heritage Town Award. We have time in Kenmare to explore the Kenmare megalithic stone circle and have a leisurely lunch, a meal or “pub grub” in one of the numerous fine restaurants and pubs.  The stone circle at Kenmare has to be one of the easiest monuments to visit. It is located just a five minute walk from the centre of Kenmare Town.  From Kenmare, we travel through Molls Gap, where the viewing point at the gap affords sweeping views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill – 3,414 feet high. Continuing from Molls Gap, we stop at Kissane sheep farm to experience a real working sheep farm with sheep shearing demonstrations and sheep dog trials.  Then it’s on our way back to Killarney.  Along the way, we experience far-reaching views over the broad valley of the Killarney Lakes. Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting were so enthralled by this view that it was promptly named in their honor: “Ladies View”. Between Ladies View and Killarney, the coach will pass through The Muckross Estate and return to The Dunloe Hotel at approximately 4:00pm.

  • Relax at Spa

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Evening

  • Irish Genealogy Talk
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day Four

  • “A Free Day!”
  • Free Day, On Your Own

Individual tours may be scheduled through the hotel concierge. Horseback riding and tennis are complimentary at the hotels, but riding times or equipment must be reserved through the hotel concierge. Reserve Spa appointments directly with the Spa

  • Relax at Spa

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Evening

  • Group Dinner, Irish Music Entertainment, and Dancing

Day Five

  • “A Muckross Gardens Day!”
  • Horse Carriage Trip through the Killarney National Park
  • Visit the 15th Century Muckross Abbey
  • Visit the Muckross House Grounds and Gardens

The Killarney National Park has long been famous for its beauty with mountains, lakes and woodlands.

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Evening

  • Happy Hour
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day Six

  • “A Killarney Day!”
  • Visit Dhu Varren Gardens

Dhu Varren Garden, owned by Mark and Laura Collins, began its development in 2001. Since then it has grown to contain one of the largest and most diverse plant collections of any private garden in Ireland. This continues to grow as new and exciting plants are sourced from around the world. It has been described by visitors as ‘Kerry’s Botanical Garden’.
 

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Evening

  • Happy Hour
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

Day Seven

“A Limerick Day”

En-route to Shannon, County Clare for last night in Ireland, we visit the following County Limerick gardens:  Boyce’s Garden, Ballynacourty Gardens, Coolwater Gardens, Terra Nova Gardens, and Knockpatrick Gardens

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Tour Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Day Eight  “Departure Day” Departure for most from Shannon Airport to return home.

Notes:

1. Breakfast included, 7-10 AM; Lunch and Dinner are optional and on own except Sunday welcome reception and Wednesday Banquet.

2. Individual tours may be scheduled through hotel concierge for any day.

3. Horseback riding and tennis are complimentary at the hotel, but riding times or equipment must be reserved through Concierge.

4. Reserve Spa appointments directly with Spa.

5. Tour Itinerary subject to change as circumstances dictate.