Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 16
Dublin, Kinsale, Kilkerry, and Galway
9 Days/9 Nights
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 open water on our "Classic Ireland Tour" from Dublin to Galway!
Private ground transportation
2 night hotel Dublin
3 night hotel Galway
2 night Bed and Breakfast
1 night castle hotel
Dublin walking tour
Boat ride & hiking in Gap of Dunloe
Blarney Castle admission
Cliffs of Moher admission
Kilkenny Castle admission
Early Bird Price: $2995 (expires 4/2)
Base Price: $3095
Land Only: $2195/$2295
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Friday, July 7: Departure
We will depart NYC late evening, arriving in Dublin Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 8-Walking City tour & Dublin Pub Crawl
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.
Sunday, July 9-Guinness Brewery & Open Day Dublin
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!
In the morning before Guinness Brewery and in the afternoon after, you will have an open day for yourself.
Enjoy a day in Dublin at your leisure and soak in the city. 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
Monday, July 10-Kilkenny Castle & Kinsale
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.
Tuesday, July 11-Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry
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 a breath taking drive of the Iveragh Peninsula: the Ring of Kerry.
Overnight Castle Hotel
One wonders, in this place, why anyone is left in Dublin, or London, or Paris, when it would be better one would think, to live in a tent or a hut, with this magnificent sea and sky, and to breathe this wonderful air, which is like wine in one's teen. -J.M. Synge
Wednesday, July 12-Killarney National Park & Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is one of Ireland's most exhilarating day trips! It has some of the best natural scenery seen anywhere in Ireland. Killarney National Park protects the glaciated limestone valley around three lakes. An excellent way to explore this area is the hike-on-boat tour. We will start at Kate Kearney's Cottage where we'll walk 8 miles through the Gap and over the head of the Gap. We will descend down Black Valley and continue to Lord Brandon's Cottage where we can have snacks or lunch. The next part of the journey is a 13 mile boat journey.
Thursday, July 13-Skellig Island & Dingle Peninsula and Cliffs of Moher.
Today we will take one of the most exciting and inspiring trips you can take in Ireland-A voyage to the Skellig Islands. The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. above sea level. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably preserved sixth century monastic settlement. We will also explore the Ring of Skellig, a quiet, scenic though often very steep route around the most westerly promontory of teh Peninsula St. Finan's Bay.
Note: Weather permitting for the ferry ride to Skellig Island, and we will not know if the ferry ride is running, until the day of. This is an optional activity, so you may choose to stay in Dingle town.
After the Skellig Islands, we will visit the seaside town of Dingle, have lunch and explore.
In the late afternoon we will drive toward Galway, stopping at the Cliffs Of Moher (possibly for a sunset view). 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.
Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15-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!
Sunday, July 16-Departure to NYC
We will depart for Shannon airport in the morning, arriving back to NYC on Sunday evening.
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 3 ways:
-Quick Chase Pay (Chase account not required)
-Send check to Circle The World P.O.Box 20484 NY, NY 10011
-Pay online through website (a 3% service fee will be added to total
$1200 April 23
$1195/$1295 May 21 (final payment due)
(if you signed up after sale price, your final balance is $1295)