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IR0061 JUN 08 to JUN 19, 2020

Day 1 Overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland
From local joining points, you will board our own shuttles for Pearson International Airport and then board an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day 2 Dublin, Ireland
Arrive at Dublin airport, Ireland’s capital city in the morning. You will be met by a professional Irish guide and private motor coach who will take you on a sightseeing tour of this classic European city that was first settled by the Vikings – see Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Halfpenny Bridge and more. Included highlights will be your visit to Trinity College and the outstanding Book of Kells, an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Celtic monks around AD 800. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive the medieval period and has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination. It contains the four gospels of the Bible in Latin, along with prefatory and explanatory matter decorated with numerous colourful illustrations and illuminations. Additionally, included is a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of Dublin's three cathedrals. Here St. Patrick supposedly baptized the first local converts beside a ''Holy Well''. (L,D)

Day 3 Dublin, Ireland
Morning transfers and admission to the Guinness Storehouse, a Guinness-themed tourist attraction at St. James's Gate Brewery. Since opening in 2000, it has received over four million visitors. The Storehouse covers seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces you to the beer's four ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast, and the brewery's founder, Arthur Guinness. Other floors feature the history of Guinness advertising and include an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar with views of Dublin and where visitors may drink a pint of Guinness included in the price of admission. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at leisure. Suggestions could be The Dublin Writers Museum, Christ Church Cathedral, The Irish National Museum, The George Bernard Shaw Birthplace and of course plenty of shops and pubs. (B)

Day 4 Dublin, Ireland
A short journey out of the city takes us back over 5,000 years to visit Bru na Boinne and specifically we aim to visit Newgrange. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Return to Dublin to taste a few Irish whiskies at The Irish Whiskey Museum, the first Irish whiskey museum in the world. Independent from the drinks industry, the museum offers a whiskey tasting for each of its guests. This makes it a proper thing to do in Dublin, that is, if you want a true Irish experience! Before your tasting experience, first learn the interesting history of whiskey, from its humble beginning, inevitable downfall, and current revival. The rest of the day is free. (B,D)

Day 5 Cork, Ireland

Our Irish tour director joins us as we begin our journey in to Ireland green fields. Pause to view The Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic Cathedral and 15th century Castle. Continuing south we reach the coast at the small town of Cobh and visit The Queenstown Story to learn about Irish emigration and the towns association with the ill-fated RMS Titanic – at this her final port of call before departing on her Trans-Atlantic sailing. (B,D)

Day 6 Killarney, Ireland
Begin this morning by visiting Blarney Castle - Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words. Afternoon tour of The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to give it its correct name) is part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question. The Ring of Kerry has some of the finest beaches in Europe and above all the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. (B,D)

Day 7 Killarney, Ireland
Tour Dingle Peninsula once cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by the National Geographic; was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. Visit the Gallarus Oratory that was built between the seventh and eighth century and is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. Standing handsomely amid farmland on the Dingle Peninsula, it was the place of worship for early Christian farmers of the area. Shaped like an upside-down boat, the simple dry-stone structure has remained waterproof and in near-perfect condition to the present day. Free time in Killarney in the afternoon. (B)

Day 8 Galway, Ireland
Travel north following what is known as the Wild Atlantic Way before we cross the mouth of the “broad majestic River Shannon” before reaching county Clare and The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. Atlantic Edge is the exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience. Housed at the centre of the underground building a huge domed cave contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike. Heading towards Galway we pass through the unusual landscape known as “The Burren”. (B,D)

Day 9 Galway, Ireland
Weather permitting, we board a sturdy vessel for journey out in to the Galway Bay section of the North Atlantic Ocean. We dock at Inish More the main island of these fascinating islands where Gaelic is still spoken and is the origin of the famous sweaters. Our minibus tour of the island includes a visit to the amazing pre-historic hill fort of Dun Aengus. (B,D)

Day 10 Galway, Ireland

Full day exploring Connemara National Park. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland. We visit Roundstone Music and Craft Shop that lies within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. It is a fine Craftsman's Craft shop, Music, fashion and coffee shop. The shop is owned and managed by ''Malachy Bodhran''- Ireland's only full time Bodhran maker. Continue to Kylemore Abbey. Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area. The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. They bought the house in 1920, having fled their convent in war-torn Belgium in 1914. They established a private school for young girls, which today is the renowned Kylemore Abbey International School for young girls. (B,D)

Day 11 Liffey Valley, Ireland
Crossing the green heart of Ireland, we reach and visit The Irish National Stud that actually belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous Japanese gardens to be found anywhere in the world. Our final night in Ireland will be a highly entertaining evening involving Traditional Irish food, music and dance with escorted transfers and say farewell to our tour manager. (B,D)

Day 12 Flight Dublin to Toronto
Today the motor coach will transfer the group to Dublin Airport for your farewell to The Emerald Isla and your return flight to Toronto. (B)

Cost Includes

  • Round trip airfare Toronto to Dublin and return
  • Three nights accommodation in Dublin
  • One night accommodation in Cork
  • Two nights accommodation in Killarney
  • Three nights accommodation Galway
  • One night accommodation Liffey Valley
  • Coach transportation for all of the included touring
  • Luggage handling – one per person at all hotels
  • Nine Breakfasts, One Lunch and Eight Dinners
  • Local guides in Ireland
  • Admission to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Admission to Book of Kells
  • Guinness Storehouse tour
  • Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre Admission
  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Rock of Cashel viewing
  • Queenstown Story Admission
  • Blarney Castle Admission
  • Ring of Kerry Tour
  • Dingle Peninsula Excursion
  • Shannon Ferry Crossing
  • Roundstone Musical Instruments Demonstration
  • Cliffs of Moher Admission
  • Dun Aengus Admission
  • Ferry Boat to & Tour of Aran Islands
  • Connemara National Park Admission
  • Kylemore Abbey & Walled Garden Admission
  • Gallarus Oratory Admission
  • Irish National Stud Admission
  • Air Taxes
  • Services of a Hanover Holidays Tour Director\

Price (Cdn) per person
Available March 1, 2019
HST does not apply to this tour.

Save $100.00 per person if booked by August 1, 2019!

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