Looking for a unique Ireland vacation that allows you to meet the Irish people, enjoy Irish hospitality, and the marvelous sights and beautiful scenery of Ireland. If you are inclined, a bed and breakfast home stay vacation covers it all including visits to Dublin, Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry, Muckross House, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty, and Galway.
The most interesting feature of this type of vacation is accommodations include stays in professionally ran Bed & Breakfasts in the homes of real Irish folk that host you in their B&B for the night. You will be treated to a home cooked Irish breakfast each morning, and if you participate in the tour enjoy the services of a professional driver and guide while traveling by luxury motor coach throughout Ireland where you really get to meet the Irish people face to face and enjoy their culture in style.
A Friendly Welcome in Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin Ireland a professional bus driver and guide, meets and transfers you to a charming Irish bed and breakfast, which will be home for the next two nights. Each B&B used provides a cozy atmosphere, traditional Irish breakfast, and a wonderfully warm welcome by the friendly Irish local hosts. After arrival, you should have time for some much-needed relaxation or window shopping and strolling the friendly streets of Dublin.
Exploring Dublin's Sights and Sounds
As you start the second day you will find Dublin is packed with interesting sights to see, including The Guinness Storehouse and Distillery, world famous St Patrick's Cathedral, lovely Trinity College that house the beautiful Book of Kells, the Old Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, and Dublin Castle. Hop On, Hop Off city tour tickets are included as part of this tour of Ireland, and include live commentary and a ninety minute circuit of great places to see. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Dublin.
Southward bound to beautiful Killarney
Today you would be bound for Killarney to visit the historic town of Cashel, famous for the wonderful medieval buildings clustered together on the Rock of Cashel, a scenic limestone outcrop set in picturesque Golden Vale. Highlights of this visit include the Romanesque Chapel, High Cross and Round Tower (all from the twelfth century), a magnificent Gothic Cathedral from the thirteenth century, a castle from the fifteenth century, and the painstakingly restored fifteen-century Hall of the Vicars Choral. Once everyone's memories (and photo memory cards!) are full, the group continues on to Killarney, passing through the scenic counties of Cork and Tipperary on the way. A charming hotel in Killarney will be home for the next two nights.
Today the scenic landscapes of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry
What would an Ireland vacation be without a visit to the scenic breathtaking Ring of Kerry? The morning of day four is spent travelling through this lovely area, passing through several quaint towns and villages (Cahiriciveen, Waterville, Killorglin Sneem, and Moll's Gap) and marveling at views of the black Macgillycuddy Reeks Mountains. After lunch, you head to Killarney National Park to explore Muckross House, with its period furnishings, historical exhibitions, and traditional displays of the crafts and lifestyles of Kerry's people. The Park itself is very beautiful, and covers 10,000 hectares of lakes, mountains, and woodlands.
The dramatic Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Cliffs of Moher
From Killarney, you journey northwards again, passing Tralee and Listowel before arriving at Tarbert to take a ferry across the Shannon River. Next comes a scenic drive along the Atlantic coastline, before arriving at Lahinch and the popular Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs - towering 700 feet above the Atlantic - provide magnificent photographic opportunities before the group heads to Bunratty for the next two nights. Accommodation in Bunratty is at a locally run B&B with tasty home-style breakfasts, and friendly Irish hosts who love to pass on traditional local tales.
Sightseeing in Galway the City of the Tribes
Galway (known as the 'City of the Tribes' after the fourteen merchant families who ruled the city in Norman times) is today's destination. With a history dating back to 1124, Galway has plenty to offer visitors and on a guided tour all the key sites, including Eyre Square (home to a JFK memorial), Salmon Weir Bridge, the Court House, and more. Next, drive along the scenic Galway coast, with photo stops at Furbo or Bearna, before returning to Bunratty for the night.
A Fond Farewell to Ireland as You Depart from Shannon
Your meet the Irish vacation ends after breakfast today with a transfer to Shannon Airport. Those who cannot bear to say goodbye to Ireland and her people so soon might like to consider extending their stay in order to explore Limerick and surrounds. Another option is to spend a few nights at the magnificent Dromoland Castle Golf & Spa Resort, to experience five star luxuries, play a few rounds of golf, get a massage, do some shopping, and head home feeling like royalty!
Tips and comments:
If you are Irish, an Irish history buff or just want to see Ireland and meet the locals, you will love this unique type of vacation, a wonderful way to meet the Irish people to be enjoyed with family, friends, group travel mates or your Irish Heritage club. Most group tour managers and group travel consultants know you need to work with a reputable tour operator when planning group tours and a local in-country tour operator is usually best for handling group travel arrangements.
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