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Treasures of Ireland

Starting at 11,500 Vacation Club Points
9 Days | 12 Meals

Scenery and history abound as you uncover the treasures of the ‘Emerald Isle’ on this 9-day journey. Visit the bustling city of Dublin and dine in Ireland’s oldest pub. Kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Venture to the picturesque Ring of Kerry and view the Atlantic from the Cliffs of Moher. Meet a local farming family to learn about their livelihood. Learn how whiskey is made and enjoy a taste!

Tour Highlights

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    Explore Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
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    Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads.
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    Stay at Castlemartyr, a grand manor once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Itinerary

11,500 Vacation Club Points | 9 Days | 12 Meals

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Days of yore and old-world elegance sparkle as you explore the Emerald Isle. Stay in some of Ireland’s most luxurious estates, interact with its charming locals, and take in the inspiring beauty that has made Ireland a timeless destination.

Day 2: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

There is no better place to begin your journey than Dublin, Ireland’s dynamic capital city. Discover a city brimming with history and warmth. End your day at a rollicking “Irish Night” complete with traditional entertainment.

Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Dublin

Today opens with a choice of two cultural experiences. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park – originally established as a royal deer park in the 17th century. Or, perhaps you’ll choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. With the remainder of your day at leisure, unwind near your hotel or continue to independently discover Dublin’s countless cultural offerings.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Dublin - Kilkenny - Farmhouse Lunch - Castlemartyr

Leave Dublin behind to visit the country’s medieval capital – Kilkenny. Meander its historic streets and soak up the unique sights of the city built on both banks of the River Nore. Visit a family-run farm and enjoy lunch while hearing about the traditions of Irish farming. Later, rejuvenate with a relaxing evening in the country at the Castlemartyr Resort. This grand manor house, which once belonged to Sir Walter Raleigh, is like something out of an ancient tale. You will even find dramatic 800-year-old castle ruins on the grounds.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Castlemartyr - Blarney - Killarney

With a leisurely morning at Castlemartyr, there are endless possibilities. Indulge in a spa treatment; cycle or stroll around the estate’s 220 stunning acres. Later, a short drive brings you to the Old Midleton Distillery where an expert will lead you through while regaling you with the extraordinary story of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Stop at historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Arrive in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Today, travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world – the Ring of Kerry. This world-famous trail is part of an unspoiled region of Ireland that boasts beautiful beaches, plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery for which the Emerald Isle is known. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Make your way through picturesque villages and traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View” to gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Killarney - Foynes - Cliffs of Moher - Dromoland Castle

Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum which recalls the history of aviation travel between North America and Europe. Foynes is also where Irish coffee was invented, so drink up! Then, journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. As you are whisked through gorgeous countryside, arrive at stately Dromoland Castle.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Dromoland Castle

Live the life of a royal as you enjoy an entire day at leisure at Dromoland Castle. Or, perhaps take an optional excursion which starts at the Burren, Ireland’s rocky and windswept region, to experience a traditional sheepdog demonstration before heading to Galway – the ancient “City of Tribes.” There, enjoy some free time to explore this historic city before returning to Dromoland Castle. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the castle* and toast the end of an unforgettable trip! 

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Dromoland Castle - Tour Ends

Your journey comes to a close in Shannon.

Today breakfast will be included.

Tour Options (USD)

Galway and the Sheepdogs of the Burren $50

City: Galway

Venture to the Burren, Ireland’s rocky and windswept region stretching across northern Clare. Find yourself in the heart of this the stark, yet beautiful, limestone landscape where you’ll experience a traditional sheepdog demonstration. Discover the Irish farmers’ centuries-long tradition of keeping sheepdogs to maintain control over their flocks of sheep. Learn how they are an essential part of a farm's function and get to know the surprising skills, superior intelligence and unwavering obedience of a well-trained sheepdog. Then it’s on to Galway, one of Ireland’s most popular and historic cities. Savor your free time and explore the bustling streets and charming shops. Be sure to stop and reflect at historic Eyre Square, where President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech. Take a stroll down Kirwan’s Lane, one of the few remaining medieval lanes in the city. Perhaps you’ll search for a Claddagh ring, an iconic piece of jewelry with deep roots to Galway. Join us on this excursion where the sheepdogs of the Burren will astound you and the city of Galway will capture your heart.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 10 is required.

Duration: approximately 5 hour(s).

Brazen Head Pub Lunch & The Guinness Storehouse $65

City: Dublin

Step back in time and enjoy a traditional pub lunch at the Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub. Dating back to 1198, pub patrons have included James Joyce, Wolfe Tone, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins. Enjoy homemade traditional Irish fare and perhaps enjoy a pint of “the black stuff.” After lunch, continue on to the nearby Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage and discover the technique needed to pour the perfect pint! Classic Guinness ads and memorabilia create a nostalgic ambience as you indulge in a complimentary pint and learn about a different, yet key part of Ireland's history.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 3.5 hour(s).

Medieval Banquet $95

City: County Clare

In a beautiful land of rolling green fields, ancient battlefields and medieval fortresses once inhabited by generations of clansmen, you can conjure up a world filled with lords and ladies, knights and damsels as you experience a true medieval banquet hosted in a real castle! The 15th century magically comes 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.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

Medieval Banquet $95

City: County Clare

In a beautiful land of rolling green fields, ancient battlefields and medieval fortresses once inhabited by generations of clansmen, you can conjure up a world filled with lords and ladies, knights and damsels as you experience a true medieval banquet hosted in a real castle! The 15th century magically comes 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.

Your transportation is included

Please Note a minimum of 15 is required.

Duration: approximately 4 hour(s).

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Tour Upgrades

Order Type Description No of Nights Price (USD)
Pre Hotel Hotel: InterContinental Dublin 0 $320
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Know Before You Go

Passport & Visa Information

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details.

IMPORTANT

We recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Destination Facts & Stats

Electricity

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

Please Note

Days of features are interchangeable.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Triple rooms are not available.

*Gentlemen are required to wear jackets for dinner at Dromoland Castle.

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.

Air passengers will arrive into Dublin and depart from Shannon. All transfers will arrive into and depart from these airports.

Pace

This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.