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Shades of Ireland

Join us for an Irish experience you will never forget! This special itinerary has been custom designed by Art Jamieson and is based on more than 10 years of experience leading tours through Ireland. Highlights include a city tour of Dublin, an Irish House Party, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway Bundoran, Donegal Town, Derry, Belfast, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, Belleek Pottery, Waterford Crystal, the Giant's Causeway and an overnight on the grounds of a castle.

13 Days
September 9 - 21, 2014

Your Tour Includes

Round trip air from Ottawa

Transportation to/from Ottawa Airport (within 100km radius)

Hotel transfers, air taxes and fuel surcharges of $546 (subject to increase until paid in full)

All accommodation and ground transportation in Ireland

An evening of fun with traditional Irish entertainment

Travel the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's most beautiful coastal routes

Visit to a working Irish farm

Overnight on the grounds of Cabra Castle

11 Full Irish breakfasts and 8 multicourse dinners (including a Medieval Banquet Dinner)

Any entrance fees listed in itinerary

Porterage for one suitcase on tour

Escorted by Art Jamieson

Tour guide in Ireland

Tour Pricing
Double (2 per room) - $4140 per person
Single (1 per room) - $4540 per person
Triple (3 per room) - $4110 per person
(All prices are in Canadian $)

NOTE: Save $250 per person if booked before March 11, 2014 !

Insurance
Deluxe Cancellation and Full Medical flat rate Insurance of $320 per person. Cancellation only is $245 per person. (Regardless of age).

Booking Details
A deposit of $250 per person plus insurance (if purchasing) must be provided by March 11, 2014. Bookings made after this date are subject to availability and change in price. Balances are due July 9, 2014.

Map of Ireland

Optional Scotland Extension
Join our Discover Scotland Tour on September 22nd for an additional $3099 per person (double occupancy) or $3699 per person (single occupancy). Fly home from Edinburgh, Scotland on October 1, 2014.


Itinerary

DAY 1 - Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Overnight Flight
The Emerald Isle, a land renowned for its “forty shades of green,” is filled with rolling hills, warm people, stately castles and rollicking fun. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and hospitable culture. Tonight, we board our overnight flight to begin our tour to Ireland.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Dublin. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers at a fun filled Irish evening complete with traditional Irish entertainment. Today, Dinner will be included.

DAY 3 - Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dublin
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and see the city's magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. Today, breakfast will be included

DAY 4 - Friday, September 12, 2014
Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford
Travel to Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely-paced walking tour of this unique city. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 5 - Saturday, September 13, 2014
Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney
Journey to historic Blarney Castle where you can take the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. In Killarney you will be treated to a time-honoured Irish jaunting car ride*. A tour of Muckross House and Gardens offers a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry. Explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion or stroll in the lush gardens, spectacularly adorned with blooms. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 6 - Sunday, September 14, 2014
Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy spectacular ocean scenery as you pass through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View”. From this spectacular vantage point, one of ireland's finest, gaze upon breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight, use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture. Today, breakfast will be included.

DAY 7 - Monday, September 15, 2014
Killarney - Limerick
Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue to Limerick where you will enjoy a city tour showcasing King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." Tonight, enjoy a true medieval banquet hosted in a real castle! The 15th century comes magically to life the moment you enter the castle. Sip honey-rich mead and admire the ornate tapestries and royal furnishings before sitting down for a sumptuous four-course meal and some fine wine suitable for toasting the royal court. Spirits run high with delightful song and dance performances reminiscent of this unique period. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 8 - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Bundoran
An exciting day awaits. Journey to the stunning, 700 ft. high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Stand tall as the ocean winds blow in from half a world away. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside into Galway, where a brief city tour introduces "The City of Tribes". Your day ends at the seaside resort of Bundoran. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 9 - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Bundoran - Belleek - Donegal Town - Derry
Today's activities begin with a visit to Belleek Pottery, internationally known for its highly decorative Parian China. Then, take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its many quaint craft and woolen shops. Then, it is on to the city of Derry, famous for its turbulent political history. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 10 - Thursday, September 18, 2014
Derry - Inishowen Peninsula - Derry
This morning, a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the old city featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral and the Guildhall. Later, enjoy an excursion to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Passing through Malin village, you will arrive at Malin Head, Ireland's northernmost point with its beautiful panoramic view of the North Atlantic Ocean. Return to Derry via the Slieve Snaght hills. Today, breakfast will be included.

DAY 11 - Friday, September 19, 2014
Derry - Giant's Causeway - Glens of Antrim - Belfast.
See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant's Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobbled road leading into the sea. Then, lose yourself in the outstanding natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Antrim Glens whil making our way to Belfast - the capital of Northern Ireland. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 12 - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Belfast - Kingscourt
Get ready for a guided tour of Belfast - the capital of Northern Ireland. Hear of the struggles in this great city's history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See "Samson" and "Goliath", the cranes that built the Titanic. Next, you're off to Kingscourt as you cross back into the Republic of Ireland. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle, where you will toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. Today, breakfast and dinner will be included.

DAY 13 - Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kingscourt - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Kingscourt. OR you may wish to join us on our 10-Day Discover Scotlan Extension. Today, breakfast will be included.