Shades of Ireland – Sept 2 – 11, 2017 – 10 Days – 13 Meals

We know you have options when it comes to touring Ireland from the Midwest, so when you are deciding to take your once in a lifetime vacation to Ireland, why settle for mediocre.  Shades of Ireland will show you this breathtaking country at a level you only dream of.  Excite and Collette partner to bring you a magical journey to Ireland you will never forget!

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  • Double – including airfare
    $3,699pp
  • Single – including airfare
    $4,099pp
  • Triple – including airfare
    $3,669pp
DAY 1

Sep 02, 2017: Overnight Flight

Travel to the magical Emerald Isle. Soak in the landscape of rolling hills and feel the warmth of an Irish welcome. Visit Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick as this comprehensive tour introduces Ireland’s natural beauty, rich history and most importantly, its hospitable culture.

DAY 2

Sep 03, 2017: Dublin, Ireland – Tour Begins

Open your tour in Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for some traditional entertainment during a fun-filled Irish evening including regional cuisine.

Included Meals
  • Dinner
DAY 3

Sep 04, 2017: Dublin

Today you decide how you want to explore Dublin. You may choose to set out with a local guide on a drive to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park. Or, perhaps you will choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or set out to independently explore more of charming Dublin.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
DAY 4

Sep 05, 2017: Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford

Travel to Kilkenny to explore the medieval atmosphere of this city situated on the banks of the River Nore. Then, arrive in the historic city of Waterford and visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Enjoy a fascinating factory tour and browse the retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Complete your day with a leisurely paced walking tour of this unique city.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
DAY 5

Sep 06, 2017: Waterford – Blarney Stone – Killarney

Today, journey to historic Blarney Castle and embrace the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. This afternoon you decide how you would like to explore charming Killarney. You may enjoy a time-honored jaunting car ride* to beautiful Muckross House; set out on a tour of this stately home and its gardens and get a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the Victorian gentry as you explore the perfectly restored rooms of this magnificent mansion. Or, perhaps you’ll choose to enjoy a scenic jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle; then, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman known for their local knowledge and ‘craic’ (amusing nature). This evening its Diner’s Choicetonight’s dinner is included and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a ‘menu’ of Killarney’s great restaurants.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
DAY 6

Sep 07, 2017: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney

Travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry.At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Enjoy pristine ocean scenery as you move through picturesque villages. Continue on as you traverse rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View.” From this spectacular vantage point, one of Ireland’s finest, gaze upon the Lakes of Killarney. Tonight you may use your leisure time to sample a true taste of Irish culture.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
DAY 7

Sep 08, 2017: Killarney – Limerick

Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the “city of the violated treaty.”

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
DAY 8

Sep 09, 2017: Limerick – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Limerick

An exciting day awaits. Journey to the stunning, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside into Galway, where a brief city tour introduces “The City of Tribes.” Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
DAY 9

Sep 10, 2017: Limerick – Tullamore/Kilbeggan – Kingscourt

Start your day with a cross-country journey to Irish whiskey territory. The ancient towns of Tullamore and Kilbeggan have long been associated with the whiskey industry. Become engaged in the process of whiskey making and enjoy a tasting of the final product during a visit to one of these historic distilleries. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
DAY 10

Sep 11, 2017: Kingscourt – Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Kingscourt.

Included Meals
  • Breakfast

Please Note

Book Now rates valid until Mar 03, 2017, valid on air inclusive packages only.

Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

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

*Jaunting car ride and/or boat cruise are included, weather permitting.

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 prescheduled times.

Days of features are interchangeable.

Air passengers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport. All transfers will arrive into and depart from Dublin airport.

On day 10, due to flight schedules, you may require an early morning departure from your hotel.

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.

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.

 

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