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Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Merry Ploughboy Pub
On arrival at Dublin Airport go through immigration formalities and pick up your baggage. Go to the CIE Tours desk in the Arrivals Hall where staff will arrange a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later than noon, you will transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide who will show you around central Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; Dail Eireann, where the government meets; and rows of Georgian houses with gailycoloured doorways. Stop at Dublin Castle to take a guided tour through the elegant State Apartments, which are filled with elaborate Waterford Crystal chandeliers and portraits of prominent Irish leaders. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening drive to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties, which is followed by a show of traditional Irish songs and intricate stepdancing. (Dinner).
Day 2 : Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the centre of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop to view the stately church ruins atop the Rock of Cashel, which rises high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork; visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can fi nd quality Irish-made goods of all types conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fi ne castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland's highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to take a stroll through the compact town centre and explore one of Killarney's famous singing pubs. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 3 : Ring of Kerry & Muckross Gardens
Today embark on Ireland's most popular scenic drive of 140 kms - the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. Just outside Killarney stop near the Gap of Dunloe to see the Essence of Kerry, an audio-visual presentation about the region. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. Drive through the villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville at the end of the peninsula and stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are grouped around a central green. Stop at Moll's Gap for a view over the Three Lakes of Killarney with the town in the distance. Visit the charming Muckross Gardens, set on the shores of Muckross Lake and with many fi ne trees and plants. Return to your Killarney hotel in time for Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 4 : Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch golf links, one of Ireland's most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located very close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Then take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the middle Ages. (Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 5 : Dublin
Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and through the midland region of Ireland to Kildare. Here visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. You can learn about horse breeding and see some of the valuable animals before touring the lovely Japanese Gardens, considered the best in Europe. They were laid out in 1908 and represent the "Life of Man" through the selection and placement of trees, shrubs and rocks in classical Japanese manner. Drive to the north side of Dublin city where the Coach will drop you at Dublin Airport or Bewley's Hotel close to the Airport at approximately 17:00 


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Traditional Irish Music
Local knowledge means no unwanted surprises
Escorted tour operators have a depth of local knowledge at your disposal, which means you can enjoy the must-see attractions without wasting time figuring out how you’re going to get there! Thanks to the careful planning by your ‘personal concierges’, you know your accommodation, transportation and trips to local highlights will still leave you with lots of time to spare. And with tour companies arranging your itineraries and attraction entrances, you don’t even have to wait in line to get to see the sights and iconic attractions, so there are even more hours free to explore the treasures that await you on the island of Ireland!
Bringing their local knowledge to the fore, your tour director will have intimate insight into the culture, heritage and local folklore of each destination you visit. Sharing their passion and enthusiasm for the island of Ireland is something that comes naturally, and to experience the sights and attractions of the country from a local’s perspective is something that’s hard to beat and equally hard to forget. Regaling tales of the island’s fascinating history and legendary figures, your guide will make sure those memories stay in your mind far beyond your journey home.
Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny
Friendships that will last a lifetime
Whether you prefer to travel with just your family, or as part of a larger group, you can reap rewards by booking an escorted tour. Tour companies offer great rates and group discounts to multi-generational travellers, and they can also pre-arrange personalized tours or departures that fit in with your own travel plans. If you decide to go on a group tour, you are secure in the knowledge that your travelling companions will be other English-speakers from across the globe. Sharing unique experiences along your journey is what escorted travel – especially in Ireland –is all about. Boasting carefully selected local entertainment, adventures and cultural experiences, your bountiful memories will be made all the more special by the new friends you’ll meet along the way. For more information on escorted tours, go to Plan your visit or check out our list of Tour Operators .


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