Introduction to Ireland with London


  • 10 days

  • Ireland

  • Active pace

tour : GRE

Overview

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This 10-day escorted tour of Ireland and London is the perfect way to see the Emerald Isle’s most treasured locations. Begin in the fair city of Dublin with guided sightseeing, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. From the capital, you’ll drive across the open plains of the Curragh to thoroughbred county of Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud. Take photos where St. Patrick trod in Cashel and visit the historic town of Limerick on your way to Ennis. You’ll be awed by the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from the 668-foot-high Cliffs of Moher on the Clare Coast. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren en route to Galway to enjoy the cosmopolitan seaside city. Join us to visit our friends at Rathbaun Farm try your hand at traditional scone baking, and hear about sheep shearing and herding on the farm. Cross the Shannon estuary by ferry and on to Killorglin to join the Ring of Kerry for sweeping scenic panoramas along its 100-mile drive. Spend the night in Killarney, then continue on to Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence. Travel through Cork to Waterford, home to the world-famous crystal. Tour the House of Waterford Crystal, and enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration after dinner this evening. You’ll see the battle field of Enniscorthy, and visit Ireland’s oldest hand-weaving mill. Step back into Ireland’s early history in the 15th-century monastic site of Glendalough. We feel quite lucky to share this guided tour of Ireland and introduction to incredible Irish beauty, culture, and history with you! At the conclusion of your Irish tour, board a plane to London for a 3-night stay, plenty of time at leisure, and guided sightseeing, including all the famous landmarks. All services in London, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

Highlights

DUBLIN
Orientation drive; welcome dinner
KILDAREGuided tour of the Irish National Stud
ROCK OF CASHELTake photographs of this famous landmark
LIMERICKOrientation drive
CLIFFS OF MOHERSavor the spectacular views
GALWAYOrientation
RATHBAUN FARMSee the farmer at work, LF bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse
KILLIMER–TARBERTCross the Shannon estuary by ferry
RING OF KERRYScenic peninsula drive
KILLARNEYVisit the popular resort town
BLARNEYVisit the famous village
WATERFORDGuided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal; LF enjoy an Irish Coffee demonstration
AVOCAGuided tour of the handweaving mill
GLENDALOUGHGuided tour of St. Kevin’s center of Irish Christianity
DUBLIN-LONDONBy Air
LONDONGuided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral

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2020 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

Day
1

Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–LIMERICK–ENNIS

Day
2

Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose fine thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Lots more to see: the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached; Tipperary, made famous in a wartime marching song; and Limerick, where an orientation drive acquaints you with St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Tonight’s suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 165 mi / 266 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ENNIS. WEST COAST EXCURSION.

Day
3

Your day excursion along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline begins with a drive to the 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER, where you savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. A scenic route across the limestone plateau of The Burren takes you to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. This afternoon, a special treat at RATHBAUN FARM: try your hand at LF SCONE BAKING, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven.
Today’s Distance: 122 mi / 198 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ENNIS–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY.

Day
4

After a short drive via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer, cross the Shannon estuary by FERRY. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to join the spectacular RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Take photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View, then spend the night in the popular resort of Killarney. Before dinner at your hotel, why not take a horse-drawn jaunting-car ride along the national park to Ross Castle?
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 281 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD

Day
5

Travel across the Kerry Mountains and through County Cork to Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings, for a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL. After dinner this evening, enjoy an LF IRISH COFFEE DEMONSTRATION.
Today’s Distance: 131 mi / 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

WATERFORD–AVOCA–GLENDALOUGH–DUBLIN

Day
6

An exciting agenda today: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, where you watch the weavers at work; the Wicklow Mountains; and GLENDALOUGH, the early Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual Ireland of the Monasteries, then join your Local Guide to see the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.
Today’s Distance: 120 mi / 192 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

DUBLIN–LONDON, ENGLAND

Day
7

Travel to London by AIR. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
8

Morning guided sightseeing of all the famous landmarks, a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays). Optional excursions are available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
9

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LONDON

Day
10

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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