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THE IRISH PIONEER

- From $4,499.00 CAD

What is included In your tour price? • Pre-tour get together. • International flights and all taxes from St. John’s to Dublin return. Other Canadian Gateways available, price may vary. Ask for details! • All transportation in Ireland including airport pick-up/drop off •Sightseeing: Visits to Downpatrick, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, W.B. Yeats’ burial place, Knock, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, Blarney, Tramore, Ennis Corthy, Hand weaving mill at Avoca, Glendalough, Orientation drive in Dublin. •Scenic Highlights: Boyne Valley, Mountains of Mourne, Norther Ireland’s Antrim Coast, Donegal Bay, The Burren, Ring of Kerry, Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Wicklow Mountains. • All hotel accommodations, rooms will include private bath/bathrooms, hotel taxes, porterage and tips and service charges. Hotels will be or equivalent. For Dublin, The Regency; Belfast, Jurys Inn; Sligo, The Southern; Ennis, The Auburn Lodge; Killarney, The Killarney Court; Tramore, The Majestic; Dublin, Jurys Inn Parnell Street or The Kingswood. • Private, first class, air conditioned motor coach • Meals daily listed in the itinerary (10-B-breakfast, 7-D-dinner) •Admission/entrance fee for sightseeing as listed in the itinerary •Local Guide for visit to House of Waterford Crystal •2 day Hop On Hop Off in Dublin •Professional Tour Director, Driver and Universal Travel Host. •Tour Director and Driver Gratuities • All airport taxes/fuel surcharges/security taxes (unless airline increase Fuel surcharges or airfare taxes). This is subject to change up until final payment which will adjust overall price of tour.

ESCORTED TOUR - September 10 – 22, 2018

ITINERARY

Sept 10, 2018 - Day 1 - Depart St. John’s for your overnight flight to Dublin.

Sept 11, 2018 - Day 2 - Arrive in Dublin – Transfer from Airport to Hotel - Check into your hotel (Please note: hotel check in time is approx. 3pm). Remainder of day at leisure and free to explore with your two day Hop On Hop Off. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on your own.

Sept 12, 2018 - DAY 3 - Dublin – Day at your leisure – Hop on Hop Off, Lunch and Dinner on your own.

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Sept 13, 2018 - DAY 4 - Dublin, Ireland - Day at your leisure

At 3 pm, meet your traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. End the day with an Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 14, 2018 - DAY 5 - Dublin–Downpatrick, Northern Ireland–Belfast

On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, and on to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, we will join a Local Guide for a “living history” tour, including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience. Lunch and dinner on your own.

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Sept 15, 2018 - DAY 6 - Belfast–Giant’s Causeway–Derry–Drumcliff, Ireland–Sligo

First stop this morning is awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the province’s story unfold as you head for Derry, one of the finest examples of a walled city. Back in the Republic see the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats at Drumcliff before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 16, 2018 - DAY 7 - Sligo–Knock–Galway–Cliffs of Moher–Ennis

South to Knock, a village that has attracted pilgrims from all over the world since the townsfolk saw apparitions. Then, head to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight’s we will experience a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 17, 2018 - DAY 8 - Ennis–Adare–Ring of Kerry–Killarney

Skirting the city of Limerick, head to Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 18, 2018 - DAY 9 - Killarney. Dingle Peninsula Excursion

Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. Back in Killarney, a special adventure as you take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Tonight, we will enjoy a dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 19, 2018 - DAY 10 - Killarney–Blarney–Waterford–Tramore

More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, we will enjoy a pre dinner pub tour which is sure to fun. Lunch on your own.

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Sept 20, 2018 - DAY 11- Tramore -Enniscorthy–Avoca–Glendalough–Dublin

Highlights on your northbound journey: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; a visit to Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca; views of the Wicklow Mountains; and Glendalough with its ruins of a center of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Back in Dublin tonight, celebrate the success of your tour with a dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse. , Lunch on your own.

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Sept 21, 2018 - DAY 12 - Dublin

Day at Leisure - Last day to pick up that piece of Belleck china, Irish Knit sweater or any last-minute souvenirs for that special someone at home. Lunch and Dinner on your own.

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Sept 22, 2018 - DAY 13 – Dublin - Home

Transfer from hotel to Dublin Airport for early morning flight home.

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