Classic Ireland

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Classic Ireland
Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 29
Dublin, Kinsale, Kilkerry, Dingle, and Galway

 

Travel the "Emerald Isle"-one of Europe's gems, a scenic extravaganza of lakes, mountains, cliffs, and sea that's  gorgeous enough to make your jaw drop!  Join Circle The World as we take you deep into the heart and spirit of Ireland. See castles (and stay overnight in one!), vast land of green mountains, classic pubs, and majestic coastlines  on our "Classic Ireland Tour" from Dublin to Galway!

 

Included
Small Group-max 12pp
International non-airfare (EWR or JFK)
Local driver throughout entire trip
Private ground transportation/airport transfers
2 night hotel Dublin (central located)
3 night hotel Galway (central located)
2 night Bed & Breakfast
1 night castle hotel
8 breakfasts
Dublin walking tour
Ross Castle buggy & boat tour
Admission to: Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher , and Kilkenny Castle

 

Pay-in-Full $2995 (until 4/14)
Early Bird Price $3095 w/airfare OR $2395 w/out airfare (until 4/14)
Base Price after APRIL 14: $3295 w/airfare or $2595 w/out

$800 deposit to reserve your spot!
*See below for payment due date and procedure*

Friday, September 20: Departure
We will depart NYC late evening, arriving in Dublin Saturday morning.

Saturday, Sept 21-Walking City Tour & Dublin Pub Crawl (optional)
We will land in Dublin in the mid morning and drop our luggage off at the hotel before we start our Dublin's Highlights and Hidden Corners Walking Tour.  This exceptional tour will take in hidden gems and surprises that visitors often miss.  We'll start from Dublin's main street, O'Connell Street, traveling North to South, this 1.45min stroll will take in many Dublin icons such as the General Post Office, Henry Street shopping district, the early 18th century St. Mary's Church (now famous cafe/bar), the Italian Quarter, the River Liffey, the Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle, and the 18th century former Houses of Parliament.

After an early dinner, we will start our night off at a Dublin Pub Crawl (cost extra).  This evening pub crawl will lead you to the best pubs in Dublin, where we'll learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, get a free pint on arrival, speak some Gaelic, enjoy some traditional Irish music, get amazing drink specials, and free VIP entry to a late bar/night club.
Overnight Hotel Dublin

 

Sunday, Sept 22-Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Guinness Brewery & Open Day Dublin
In the morning, we'll get a guided tour of the Kilmainham Gaol Museum (one of the top attractions in Dublin!).  Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.  This tour will give us a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.

 

At noon, we'll head to the Guinness Brewery.  Dublin's number one visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous Guinness beer.  You will explore the seven floors of this historical building, bringing the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins.  The tour ends on the seventh floor with fabulous views of the city and a free Guinness beer, fresh from the tap!

After visiting the Guinness Brewery (and it's optional) the group will have an open day to explore Dublin on there own.
Below are some options for you to explore.
Jameson Distillery, Hop On/Off Bus, Live music at Temple Bar area, Custom House, Christ Church, Comedy Crunch
Overnight Hotel Dublin

 

Monday, Sept 23-Kilkenny Castle & Kinsale "Seaside Small Town"
After breakfast, we will start our drive to Kinsale in the southern Ireland.
Kilkenny Castle is one of the most popular castles to visit in Ireland.  A 12th century castle, completely remodeled inside and out during the 18th and 19th century.  It became the principal residence for the Butler family for almost 600 years until 1971 when it was given to the people of Kilkenny for a token sum of 50 pounds.

After our tour of the castle, we will drive to the seaport town of Kinsale, known as the "culinary capital" of the southwest.
Overnight B &B Kinsale

Tuesday, Sept 24-Blarney Castle, Killarney, & Ross Castle Tour
After breakfast we'll drive to "Kiss" the Blarney Castle.  This fifteenth-century tower house stands almost 90ft. in height and set in attractive grounds.  In southwest Ireland it became popular to kiss the Blarney Stone.  It is said to give the gift of eloquence.  We'll spend some time exploring the magnificent grounds before heading out.

In the afternoon we will go on drive to Killarney town to explore and have lunch.  After lunch we'll take a unique ride on a traditional Jaunting Car (horse carriage) through the National Park to Ross Castle, the driver, known, as a “jarvey” is both a guide and a storyteller.  Next, we'll tour the lovely Ross Castle.  Ross Castle is a 15th-century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan, later associated with the Brownes of Killarney  Our tour will finish on beautiful Killarney lake cruise which offers a spectacular experience, cruising in the scenes of gentle low land, scattered islands in the shadow of the towering ruggedness of the McGillcuddy Reeks Mountain Range.
Overnight B&B Dingle

Wednesday, Sept 25-Dingle Peninsula Scenic Drive
After breakfast, we'll begin one of the most popular things to do in Dingle-drive along the scenic Slea Head. The drive will start in Dingle and winds around the outer edges of the peninsula provides some spectacular views.  Get ready for photo opportunities around every corner on this peninsula drive!

In the afternoon upon return from our drive you will have time to explore Dingle town on your own.
Overnight Castle Hotel

Thursday, Sept 26-Cliffs of Moher & Galway
After breakfast, we will drive toward Galway, stopping at the Cliffs Of Moher.  This is one of Ireland's top visitor attractions.  The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard.  O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs.  From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.  The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort "Mothar" which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.

Overnight Galway

Friday, Sept 27 and Saturday Sept 28-Open Day in Galway
The weekend is yours to enjoy on the coastal hip city of Galway.  Known for its festivals, music, and bars, Galway is a vibrant, fun-loving city you will surely enjoy!  You will have two whole days to enjoy this fast growing medieval city.  Many of the pubs retain their original, huge fireplaces and other Gothic features.  Enjoy the long pedestrianized main drag of William, Shop, High and Quay streets as it becomes a boisterous, Mediterranean-style promenade during the summer, lined with pub and restaurant tables.

 

Highly recommended day trip to the Aran Islands!
A day trip to the Aran islands is a great escape exploring one of the last Irish Gaelic speaking islands on the west coast of Ireland. Sitting in the mouth of Galway bay. Great 45min fast ferry to the Aran Islands exploring its limestone landscape a mere 18km long by 5km at its widest point.  Rent a bike or a buggy!
Overnight Galway

 

Sunday, September 29-Departure Home
We will depart for Shannon airport in the morning, arriving back to NYC on Sunday mid afternoon.

Payment Due Dates and Procedures
All payments must be made on time to secure your spot. You may pay the balance in full anytime on/before the first due date

You can pay the balance in either way:
-Zelle or Venmo
-Pay online through website (a 3% service fee will be added to total

Due Dates
$1200 May 19
$1095/$1295 July 14 (final payment due)
(if you signed up after sale price, your final balance is $1295)

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