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Limerick – Killarney – Waterford – Dublin – Newmarket-On-Fergus
Arrive at Shannon Airport and pick up your Hertz rental car. Head into Limerick city, where your hotel is on the banks of the River Shannon. Visit King John’s Castle and immerse in 800 years of dramatic local history. This evening visit another authentic castle for a medieval style banquet. (D)
Drive through the austere beauty of the Burren, with its unique limestone landscape formed over 300 million years ago, when the entire area was underwater. Look closely at this sensitive landscape – it’s home to 1100 species of plants. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Walk along the cliffs for thrilling views. Travel on to the friendly town of Killarney, where there are plenty of shops and pubs to explore. Dine in your hotel this evening. (B,D)
Travel via jaunting car to Ross Castle & Killarney Estate. You might choose to visit Moriarty’s, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner, in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive the Ring of Kerry. You will have plenty of photo stops along the route, which features some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery and some of the locations from the Star Wars films. Passing through Waterville and Sneem, stop at Molls Gap for views of the mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award winning Rozzers Restaurant at Killeen House. (B, D)
Visit the famous Blarney Castle and climb the winding steps to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Head to the Cobh Heritage Centre where you can trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford, where you will dine in your hotel this evening. Explore the rich Viking and medieval heritage of this port city, the oldest in Ireland. (B, D)
Watch skilled artisans create sparkling masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Travel through the stunning scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to your hotel in Dublin. This evening dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub while enjoying a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (B, D)
Take a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, and see all the city’s highlights with the freedom to stop off to explore further as you please. Your Hop On Hop Off bus ticket also gives you admission to the Little Museum of Dublin, an old Georgian townhouse with a fantastic collection of 5,000 objects telling the story of the city. Plus you will have a voucher to admit you to one of Dublin’s top attractions. Choose from the Guinness Storehouse, a seven storey attraction telling the story of Dublin’s iconic brew, complete with a pint at the Gravity Bar on the top floor, Teeling Distillery, the first new whiskey distillery to open in Dublin in 125 years, EPIC The Irish Emmigration Museum, telling the story of the people who left Ireland and how they shaped the world (winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2019), or the GPO Museum, innovatively detailing the fascinating story of the 1916 Rising, the pivotal event that led to Ireland’s independence. (B)
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see impeccably-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the majestic and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairy-tale castle. Savor a delicious dinner in the oak-panelled dining room. (B, D)
Your tour ends after breakfast. Drive to Shannon Airport and drop off your rental car. (B)
*Breakfast is not included on Day 1
Explore all the spotlights on this excellent tour of Ireland. Stay overnight at the distinguished Dromoland Castle. Stop by House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, and take a jaunting car ride.
Overnight stays include Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, Dublin, and Newmarket-On-Fergus.
Accommodation – Ireland offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels. Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget. Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
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