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11 Days • 10 Nights • 18 Meals
Sep 6-16 | Sep 13-23 in 2016
Depart/Return: Chicago, IL (*Air/Land Tour)
Price Per Person: Double: $3,297; Single: $3,665
Land-Only*: PLEASE CALL
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $178/night
*Land-only pricing available. Please call.
About the Tour
From the traditional food, music and dancing to the breathtaking scenery and bustling cities, this route through Ireland and Northern Ireland is nothing short of magical. Hold your breath as you travel along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the 60 million-year-old “lunar” landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Take a historical tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, offering awe-inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. Relive the days of colorful chieftains and kings at historic Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famed Blarney Stone for luck. Equally wonderful are encounters with the many folks proud to share their skills, stories and local traditions, from baking and weaving to glass-cutting and woolcraft.
It’s an unforgettable introduction to the cultural traditions of the Emerald Isle – high and low, north and south, urban and pastoral, but always uniquely Irish.
Itinerary & Info Sheet
- Visit Dublin’s lush Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest city park, plus Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells
- Be "Irish for a Day" with folks at Causey Farm, sharing delicious regional foods, traditional Irish music, hurling and jig dancing!
- Experience Burren National Park, noted for its fascinating lunar-like landscapes, walking trails, megalithic tombs, 12th century ruins, and remarkable plant diversity
- Tour Old Jameson's Distillery and visit Belfast's remarkable new Titanic Experience
- Visit master manufacturers of world-famous Irish crafts including Parian China and Kenmare Lace
- Relish gorgeous pastoral scenery – rolling hills, crystal-clear streams and lake-lapped valleys – of Sligo, Connemara, Galway and Killarney
- Watch skilled sheepdogs work and try your hand at shearing at Kissane Sheep Farm
- Enjoy a tasty, hands-on baking lesson at the Ballyknocken Cookery School
Average Temp high 61°/low 50° (September)
Time Zone +6 hours from Central Time
Arrival Time Available 90 days prior to departure.
Departure Time Available 90 days prior to departure.
Airport-Hotel Shuttle Pre/Post-Tour hotel offers complimentary 24-hour shuttle service.
Vehicle Parking Free parking is available during the tour at our hotel in Chicago with a pre or post tour night booked.
Walking Distance Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
Currency Euro in Ireland; British Pound in Northern Ireland
Hotel Amenities Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, internet access, and spa services available at hotels.
Travel Protection Available?: Yes, see About Travel Protection.
Terms & Conditions: Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.
Groups: Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.
Additional Information Flight time from Chicago to Dublin is 8.2 hours, Dublin to Chicago 9.5 hours. Dress on tour is casual.
Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Land Only Tours begin one day later.
Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/IRC
Adapted and excerpted from Around Ireland in 2012 blog by R. Loesche
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