Tour Itinerary

Day One

“Welcome to Ireland!”

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

  • Tour Adare Village
  • Arrive at Dunloe hotel and check in
  • Jet Lag Recovery Day
  • Relax at Spa and explore the 13th century Dunloe castle tower and the 60 acres of parkland outside the hotel

DUNLOE-HOTEL-EXTERIOR-FINAL  The restores castle at The Dunloe Hotel, Killarney. Picture by Don MacMonagle   dunloe pool

Evening

  • 6-7 Happy Hour at The Dunloe
  • Welcome Reception with Hot Buffet Meal and Irish Traditional Music and Dance Entertainment

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Day Two

  • ” A Dingle Day!”
  • 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.”

  • Relax at Spa

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Evening

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day Three

  • “A Kenmare Day!”
  • Kenmare, Molls Gap, Kissane Sheep Farm, Ladies View Ring of Kerry tour

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 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 Hotel at approximately 4:00pm.

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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

Optional golf at the nearby Killarney Golf Club, site of the 2010 and 2011 Irish Open, and Individual tours may be scheduled through the hotel front desk concierge.   Horseback riding, fishing and tennis are complimentary at the hotel, but riding times or equipment must be reserved through the hotel front desk concierge.   Reserve Spa appointments directly with the Spa

  • Relax at Spa

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Evening

  • 7-11 Group Dinner, Irish Music Entertainment, and Dancing
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day Five

  • “A National Park ~ Muckross House Day!”
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through National Park with stops at Muckross Abbey and Muckross House Estate

 

Evening

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

 

Day Six

  • “A Killarney Day!”
  • Escorted guided tour of Killarney and tour of Killarney Brewing Company with craft beer tastings.

 

Evening

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

 

Day Seven

“Medieval Ireland Day”

Travel to Bunratty, County Clare for last night in Ireland

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 group dinner, Wednesday group dinner, and Saturday evening group dinner  included in package.

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.

6. Some short, moderate walks are done on this tour.   Guests have the option of participating in the walks or staying on the bus during the tour.   Likewise, in the towns that we visit, guests have the option of strolling around the towns or relaxing in a pub or restaurant instead. 

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