Enchanting Ireland Trip
May 9-22, 2015


Sunday, May 10, 2015  [nominal Day 1 of tour]

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel


Monday, May 11, 2015 [nominal Day 2 of tour]

The Shelbourne Dublin

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We arrive in the intimate, and beautiful, Irish capital today and check in at our hotel located right on St. Stephen’s Green. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Shelbourne Dublin

Day 3 of tour: Dublin This morning’s city tour includes a visit to Trinity College, home of the stunning 8th-century Book of Kells illuminated manuscript; and to St. Patrick’s, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. This afternoon is free to explore this enchanting capital as we wish. After dinner on our own we embark on an informal walking tour (led by our tour director), passing some of the haunts and hiding places of Ireland’s beloved literary sons. B  [Note: visit the “long room” at Trinity College]


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Day 4 of tour: Dublin/Galway 

The Twelve Hotel, Bearna Village, Galway, Ireland


Dublin/Galway We leave Dublin this morning for Galway in the West, the region some consider to be the “most Irish part of Ireland.” En route we stop for tea and coffee at Tyrrellspass Castle then continue on to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, Ireland’s most important early monastic site. After lunch on our own we resume our journey, reaching Galway City this afternoon. We dine at our hotel located in the village of Bearna just outside the city. B,D


Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Twelve Hotel, Bearna Village, Galway

Day 5 of tour: Galway/Connemara.  A day of scenic highlights is in store as we travel through western County Galway in the legendary region known as Connemara, a rugged, silent landscape of mountains, glacial lakes, endless roads, and uninhabited bog lands. Our first stop is at beautiful Kylemore Abbey, built as a private home in 1861 and one of Ireland’s most photographed castles. We continue on through this singular landscape, stopping for lunch en route. Tonight we enjoy dinner with traditional Irish entertainment at Padraicins overlooking Galway Bay. B,D


Friday, May 15, 2015

The Twelve Hotel, Bearna Village, Galway

Day 6 of tour: Galway/Aran Islands Today we embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the fabled Aran Islands, whose unique culture and history has been an inspiration to artists, writers, and film-makers. Sitting across Galway Bay in the midst of the Atlantic, the islands feature primitive stone forests, early Christian churches, and medieval castles – as well as shops, galleries, and restaurants. An islander guides our tour here, imparting local lore along the way. We stop at Dun Aenghus Fortress, the three prehistoric stone walls crowning the tallest cliffs of Inismor; have lunch in a local pub; and enjoy some free time before returning to the mainland and our hotel late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in the village of Bearna. B,L,D


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day 7 of tour: Galway/County Clare/Killarney 

Killarney Royal Hotel, College Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: 011-353-646-631853; Fax: 011-353-646-634001



Galway/County Clare/Killarney Another day of breathtaking scenery as we leave Galway for Killarney, traveling south along the fabled coastline of County Clare. We visit the Cliffs of Moher, the majestic flat-topped “mountains” that rise vertically from the sea and stretch for five miles from north to south. And we pass through The Burren, the 116-square mile “rocky place” of craggy gray karst (limestone) formations that stretch endlessly in all directions. After stopping at a local restaurant for lunch on our own, we cross by ferry into County Kerry, arriving in Killarney, set in beautiful Killarney National Park, late this afternoon. This evening we enjoy dinners in local family-run B&Bs. B,D


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Killarney Royal Hotel, College Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 8 of tour: Killarney Our exploration of this attractive town, founded as a resort in the 18th century, begins with a jaunting-cart ride from the center of town to 15th-century Ross Castle, the last strong­hold to fall to Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1652. Then we travel by boat to Muckross House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor with the Kerry Folklife Centre show­casing the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. We tour the elegantly furnished rooms, as well as the informal garden. Lunch is on our own here before we return to Killarney mid-afternoon. B


Monday, May 18, 2015

Killarney Royal Hotel, College Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 9 of tour: Killarney/Ring of Kerry Today we expe­rience one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile route connecting Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara peninsulas. This is the Ireland of postcards and pictures, with tiny villages dotting the breathtaking landscape; we stop in one of them for an Irish sheep dog demonstration and in another for lunch. We return to Killarney late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this charming town. B,L


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 10 of tour: Blarney/Cashel/Kilkenny

The Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Ireland


Blarney/Cashel/Kilkenny On our way to Kilkenny this morning we stop in the small town of Blarney to visit the ruins of the 15th-century castle, with its celebrated Blarney Stone believed to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. We also visit the Blarney Woolen Mills, housing an excellent selection of Irish crafts as well as knits and woolens of all kinds. After lunch on our own in Blarney, we continue on to the Rock of Cashel, the celebrated – and beloved – archaeological complex (c. 432 ce) of medieval ruins atop a limestone outcropping that presides over the surrounding plain. Late this afternoon we return to Kilkenny and our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,D


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny, Ireland

Day 11 of tour: Kilkenny Today is devoted to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval city known as Ireland’s cultural capital – and the country’s smallest city. We tour 12th-century Kilkenny Castle, considered one of the country’s most beautiful, then embark on an informal walking tour of Kilkenny itself, noting the many buildings of “black” or Kilkenny marble, quarried locally. After lunch together at a local pub, the remainder of the day is at leisure. B,L


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Finnstown Castle Hotel: Newcastle Road Lucan, Co. Dublin Ireland

Phone: 011-353-1-601-0700


Day 12 of tour: Kilkenny/Dublin We leave Kilkenny this morning to visit the National Stud Farm, the center of Ireland’s horse racing industry. Mid-afternoon we reach our hotel outside Dublin; tonight we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner. B,D


Friday, May 22, 2015 

Fly home