10 Day Hosted Shades of Ireland Tour
CruisePlus Hosted Journey
April 7, 2020
Collette Land Tour
Join your host Dave Graham, morning radio personality from Parksville’s 88.5 The Beach, as he embarks on an incredible tour of Ireland with CruisePlus Travel & Tours and Collette! From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal or tour the renowned Medieval Museum. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone! Also, join Dave as your host on your exclusive tour of the Guinness Storehouse and sample a pint of the world-famous beverage that is as much a part of Ireland as the people.
Born in Victoria, BC a bit before the Beatles took off, I have been lucky enough to have lived in many places. My career as a radio broadcaster has taken me to a few choice spots between Vancouver Island and Halifax and as a kid, we moved a lot including spending 4 years in England. That experience awoke in me an appreciation for history and travel that has stuck with me to this day. During that time, we ventured up and down England and well into Europe many times, but we never got to Ireland. Now’s the time! Well, April of 2020. I’m hoping you can join me on this incredible tour of Ireland as we explore this fascinating county together. We are going to come home with a lifetime’s worth of stories!
Highlights & Nearby Attractions
- Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle
- Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads
- Jump into Ireland’s vibrant capital city — Dublin
- See sheepdogs in action when you visit a working farm
- Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher
- Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
- Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment
- Taste the “water of life” during an Irish whiskey tasting
- Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle!
- EXCLUSIVE: Join your Host Dave Graham, morning on-air personality from the Beach 88.5, on a tour of the world-famous Guinness Storehouse
What we are Including
- Roundtrip air from Vancouver
- 9 nights accommodation including an extra pre-tour night in Dublin
- 10 days of scenic touring
- 8 breakfasts and 5 dinners
- Expert local guides with you who takes care of all the details
|Tour from Vancouver|
Day 1: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Overnight FlightAnticipation mounts as you wind your way toward the Emerald Isle and its many wonders. Rich history, rolling hills and warm smiles lie ahead in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Limerick. With tomorrow comes quintessential Ireland.
Day 2: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Arrive Dublin, IrelandEnjoy your day(s) of leisure.
Day 3: Thursday, April 9, 2020 Dublin, Ireland - Tour BeginsYour journey begins today! Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travellers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.
Day 4: Friday, April 10, 2020 DublinToday, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic centre, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. This afernoon, you will go to the Guinness Storehouse and Cleaver East. This culinary and cultural adventure begins at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Explore the brewing process behind this beloved beverage and learn how to pour the perfect pint. At its spectacular Gravity Bar, enjoy a sweeping 360º view of Dublin as you savour a complimentary pint. Next, we step inside Cleaver East, situated in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar in The Clarence Hotel famously owned by Bono and The Edge from U2. Here, they use only the freshest, local ingredients to create a menu that is bold with playful touches. Your dinner explores “New Irish Cuisine” at its best and showcases a wealth of artisanal products that come together to create culinary magic.
Day 5: Saturday, April 11, 2020 Dublin - Kilkenny - WaterfordStep back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendour of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
Day 6: Sunday, April 12, 2020 Waterford - Blarney Stone - KillarneyLive the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breath-taking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included, and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants.
Day 7: Monday, April 13, 2020 Killarney - Ring of Kerry - KillarneyTake in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture.
Day 8: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Killarney - Adare - LimerickStart your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park. Travel to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for some time at leisure. 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." .
Day 9: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - LimerickToday brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 10: Thursday, April 16, 2020 Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - KingscourtYou don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. 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.
Day 11: Friday, April 17, 2020 Kingscourt - Tour EndsYour journey ends in Kingscourt.
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