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Taste of Wales & Ireland Tour (10 day/9 night or 12 day/11 night)
Your Escorted Coach Tour of Wales & Ireland Includes
10 days/9 nights/16 meals or 12 days/11 nights/19 meals
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 9 or 11 nights in hotels listed
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 7 or 8 dinners (D) including
- - Welcome dinner in Chester
- - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
- - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show (12 day tour only)
- - 5 table d'hote dinners
- 1 lunch (L)
- Welcome get-together drink
- Walking tours of Chester, Conwy, Tenby and Waterford
- Sheepdog trials in North Wales
- Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia
- Ferry transportation from Wales to Ireland and across the River Shannon
- Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
- Walking tour of Galway and Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre (12 day tour only)
- Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (12 day tour only)
- Visits and admissions to Chester Cathedral, National Slate Museum, Harlech Castle, Pembroke Castle, Lovespoon Workshop, St David’s Cathedral, House of Waterford Crystal, Bishop’s Palace, Blarney Castle, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk Park
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
Your Hotels (Superior First Class):
Stay at the following (or similar):
- Queen Hotel, Chester (1 night)
- Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon (2 nights)
- Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby (2 nights)
- Granville Hotel,Waterford (1 night)
- Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)
- Grand Canal Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Dublin (2 nights – 12-day tour only)
The iconic House of Waterford Crystal in the heart of Waterford city, comprises of a brand new manufacturing facility, visitor centre and retail outlet. Visitors can enjoy all aspects of the manufacturing process through the factory tour and learn about both historical and contemporary production techniques through direct interaction with the craftsmen and the audiovisual materials. The manufacturing facility contains a brand new continuous melt tank furnace that has been tailor-made to Waterford Crystal’s specifications, and produces two tonnes of molten crystal every day, which produces 45,000 high-end crystal pieces per year. It uses leading edge technology to deliver molten crystal of the highest quality for skilled master blowers to hand-shape and hand-blow into Waterford Crysta...read more
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Rathy River. From here The Earl ruled over his Chiefdom and entertained lavishly, in fact he was famous for his hospitality. Join the Earl of Thomond in the splendour of the main guard of Bunratty Castle for a dinner experience not to be missed! Bunratty Castle, was built in 1425 by the Earl of Thomond. Following his tradition of hospitality, the world renowned Bunratty Medieval Banquet is held twice nightly throughout the year. Since 1963, the Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, have welcomed guests from the four corners of the globe to dine at The Earl's Banquet at Bunratty Castle. The entertainment provided by the world renowned Bunratty Singers is a fit...read more
The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the ruin, also known as the Cliffs of Coher from the Irish: Mhothair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of The Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Ireland's High King Brian Boru, in 18...read more
Pembroke Castle (Welsh: Castell Penfro) is a medieval castle standing beside the River Cleddau in Pembroke, West Wales. It has a long and fascinating history, for it was around 1093 that Arnulf de Montgomery built the small inner bailey standing at the end of the promontory. The late 12th century keep is both an outstanding feature and architectural novelty, for it has a massive cylindrical tower with an unusual stone dome....read more
This little town is world-famous due to its exquisite location beside lakes and mountains.Take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park to Muckross House and Gardens. Tour the house with a local guide to learn about the history and lifestyles of previous owners and perhaps stroll through the gardens on the shores of Muckross Lake. As well as being a perfect location from which to explore the south western region of Ireland, for centuries the Killarney Valley has been recognised far and wide as Ireland's most beautiful destination - being aptly titled as "Heaven's Reflex". It inspired Poet Laureate Alfred Austin to write - "If mountain, wood and water harmoniously blent, constitute the most perfect and adequate loveliness that nature presents, ...read more
The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and is, according to the Guiness Storehouse Web site, Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction. Since opening in November 2000, Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from every corner of the globe. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness. On the ground floor the massive exhibit introduces you to the four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a pint of Guinness. Visitors are also introduced to the fifth and vital ingredient, Arthur Guinness himself. As the visitor moves up through the building, they next encounter an exhibition on the history of...read more
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle ...read more
Ireland was wonderful. I had a fantastic time. Even though it rained every day, it didn't dampen our spirits. It was much better than I could have imagined.
Bunratty was beautiful. Our other hotels were more than adequate. Our last hotel was gorgeous! I thought I was in Buckingham Palace. Our dinner there was a fantastic affair. It was fit for a king. They spared no expense to make our stay a more than memorable one. And the Irish Stepdancers! They were the icing on the cake.
Aer Lingus was A-1. They got us there on time with no problems, and returned us to the USA on time as well.
When I arrived at Bunratty, they were very nice. They said it was too early to go to my room, but they would do their best to get a room ready for me.
Then in the afternoon I went out and had a bite to eat at the Creamery. The food was delicious. Then I toured Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park.
I can't wait for my next trip to Ireland and I will start saving right away. I would definitely travel with you again.
Thanks again, Liz,
Joan McDermott, New York NY