Jewels Of The Emerald Isle
7 nights. September 2018. From £929.00.
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This is the perfect holiday for those wanting to experience as much of the beauty and variety that the Emerald Isle has to offer, in one tour. The holiday has been carefully planned to ensure that you see as much as possible without feeling rushed from place to place. And of course, wherever you go, the one constant throughout is the people, who go out of their way to make their visitors feel welcomed and at home.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Tour the famous lakes and mountains paradise of the Ring of Kerry
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of, and time to explore, lively, historic Dublin
Marvel at the views from Slieve League - some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe
Visit vibrant, colourful Galway City
Tour beautiful Killarney National Park
Cruise on idyllic Lough Gill
Explore bustling Donegal and the 'island' town of Enniskillen
Seven nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at hotels in Mullingar, Sligo, Limerick/County Clare and the Ring of Kerry
Outbound flight to Dublin, returning from Cork
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Following your flight to Dublin you will be met by your Tour Manager for the coach transfer to the Bloomfield House Hotel (approximately one-and-a-half hours). The rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure, perhaps exploring the hotel's parkland or making the most of the spa and leisure facilities. (To avoid possible disappointment, please pre-book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to departure).
Alternatively you may like to visit the interesting nearby town of Mullingar (about half a mile away).
Dublin - the city of Shaw, Joyce and Yeats, as well as U2 and 'Riverdance', beckons today. Your visit starts with a short panoramic tour taking in the main sights, including Trinity College, St Patrick's Cathedral and the National Gallery. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure, perhaps visiting historic Trinity College, home to The Book
of Kells, the Old Jamestown Distillery or the Guinness Storehouse.
Shoppers will find they're spoilt for choice, and of course there's a myriad of pubs and bars as well as coffee shops and trendy restaurants when you're ready for a break.
It's off to Sligo today, one of Ireland's most picturesque areas, which provided endless inspiration to its most famous sons, brothers poet William Butler and artist Jack B. Yeats. Our first stop en route is in the pretty town of Enniskillen, on its 'island' setting beneath the turreted 17-century castle. From here we travel to Lough Gill to enjoy a short cruise around the idyllic island in the middle of the lough, which was the subject of Yeats' most famous work.
From here it's a short drive to The Riverside Hotel in Sligo.
Today we head to historic Donegal town, at the mouth of Donegal Bay. Centred on its ancient marketplace, the 'Diamond', Donegal has a rich history, nowhere more reflected than in its imposing Jacobean castle, which sits above the River Eske.
During your visit and especially on a fine day, the 70-minute waterbus trip (payable locally) around scenic Donegal Bay offers another perspective on this attractive town - see the seal colony on Seal Island, the Bluestack Mountains and the many islands dotted around the bay. Back ashore, there's no shortage of pubs and restaurants in which to grab a spot of lunch.
During the afternoon we will head along part of the famous 'Wild Atlantic Way' through the wonderfully named resort of Killybegs to the magnificent Slieve League, some of Europe's highest sea cliffs. The views from the top on a clear day are simply breathtaking.
We head south today, taking in picturesque and historic Galway City. The old centre surrounds ancient Lynch's Castle and a pedestrianised thoroughfare leads down to the thriving waterfront, from which pleasure cruisers ply their trade.
Join our tour manager for a guided tour before exploring at leisure. You may like to enjoy lunch in one of the countless restaurants, bars and cafes, take a harbour cruise, explore the city's cobbled-stoned streets or visit the great stone cathedral built
We continue to our overnight hotel in the Limerick/County Clare area.
Today we head south to the Killarney National Park, home to spectacular lakeland scenery looked over by Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range.
During the day, you'll discover the three lakes - Leane, Muckross and Upper - and the surrounding Mediterranean-like scenery, as well as having time to explore the town of Killarney itself. Although invariably busy, this lively, popular resort town still retains its charm and character and is a delightful place to explore.
From here we continue to our final hotel, situated in Sneem on the Ring of Kerry.
Perhaps saving the scenic best till last, the final day's excursion is the 110-mile, circular route of the Ring of Kerry, taking in the sublimely beautiful lakes and mountains' paradise of the Iveragh Peninsula. A beguiling mix of breathtaking views, charming towns, forests and rugged landscapes, tumbling waterfalls and the raging waters of the Atlantic, this is a roller coaster of scenic wonder.
During a wonderful day you'll cross the magnificent Coomakista Pass, with its views of the Kenmare River, catch sight of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap and the monastic marvel of Skellig Michael out in the Atlantic, and have the chance to explore places like genteel Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen.
Sadly we take our leave of Sneem today as we head to Cork Airport for your flight home.Back to top
AccommodationEmerald Isle Touring Hotels
You will be staying in four comfortable hotels on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The bedrooms at all the hotels will have private facilities, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one and a half hours.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
We are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around GBP2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around GBP3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of GBP1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around GBP2 for services such as hairdressing.
**The World Cup Offer discount applies to new bookings only made between 14th June and 16th July 2018. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and exclusions include fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus and River Cruising by air. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top