GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND

Due to the popularity of our last Irish grand tour we are pleased to offer this extended holiday showcasing the highlights of the magnificent Emerald Isle. Staying in a great selection of Irish hotels with many carefully planned inclusions, we tour from the bright lights of Dublin, across to the dramatic west coast before heading down to the romance of southern Ireland. This holiday is a true journey of discovery.

The following hotels have been carefully selected for your enjoyment:

Aspect Hotel Park West, Dublin – 1 Night

The three star standard hotel is modern and conveniently located in a quiet suburb of Dublin. Rooms are designed with comfort and convenience in mind and there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna for your use. This hotel has a lift.

The Harlequin Hotel, Castlebar – 2 Nights

A centrally located four star hotel in lovely Castlebar which boasts chic public areas and excellent cuisine. Rooms are spacious and well furnished and there is a lift for use of guests.

Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Oranmore – 2 Nights

This four star hotel has earned its reputation of being a “home away from home” boasting classical decor and creating a place where you can simply relax. The full leisure facilities include an indoor pool. No lift at this hotel.

Fitzgeralds Woodland House Hotel, Adare – 2 Nights

Located on the outskirts of Adare, this three star family run hotel offers superb hospitality and fantastic facilities including extensive spa facilities. No lift at this hotel.

The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarberry – 2 Nights

A family owned three star hotel set on the West Cork coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way. The historic Cathedral Town of Rosscarbery is just a short stroll away. Bedrooms are furnished to a high standard and there is a lift.

Aspect Hotel Park West, Dublin – 1 Night

The three star standard hotel is modern and conveniently located in a quiet suburb of Dublin. Rooms are designed with comfort and convenience in mind and there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna for your use. This hotel has a lift.

Itinerary

Friday Departing early in the morning from Cornwall we travel to Holyhead where we make the crossing by ferry to Dublin. On arrival in Ireland we travel to our first hotel The Aspect Park West.

Saturday Our journey today will take us accross the Irish countryside towards the west coast. We break our journey with a visit to Strokestown Park, a great attraction incorporating Strokestown Park House; a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, six acres of beautiful walled gardens and the The Irish National Famine Museum which tells a tragic story of Irish History. Later we check into The Harlequin Hotel.

Sunday Today we travel to Foxford Woolen Mills, a working mill dating back to the 1800’s. We learn of its origins and see firsthand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship that goes into each product. We also visit the National Museum of Irelands Country Life and enjoy interactive exhibits showing the real side of life in Ireland between 1850 and 1950. There will be time in Castlebar in the afternoon.

Monday After breakfast we make our way to nearby Westport House, a jewel in the crown of Irish history. Our visit includes a one hour guided train tour and a one hour guided tour of the house. In the afternoon we make our way to Galway and the Oranmore Lodge Hotel.

Tuesday The colourful and compact city of Galway has narrow streets and quaint shop fronts that make you feel like little has changed in years. Our day will include a ninety minute cruise on the Corrib Princess as well as time to explore this city steeped in history.

Wednesday We have a morning drive to the Cliffs of Moher a UNESCO Geo Park. The far reaching views to the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Maunturk mountains are spectacular. We include admission to the visitor experience to learn of the wildlife and heritage of this special place. Later we go to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park where characters, buildings and furnishings bring to life 19th century living. We make our way to Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel.

Thursday Foynes Flying Boat Museum is a unique museum housed in a terminal building that was once the centre of aviation and our visit reveals the amazing story told through a comprehensive range of exhibits. It was also the home of Irish Coffee and we have an Irish Coffee making demo. Our afternoon will be free to enjoy the excellent facilities at our hotel.              

Friday Today we leave to travel south towards West Cork stopping in Killarney National Park for a cruise on Lough Leane. This guided water tour takes in the stunning views of the mountains and countryside before we head into Killarney town. Later we continue to our next hotel the Celtic Ross.

Saturday We have a morning excursion to the gourmet capital of Ireland, Kinsale. The historic port and fishing town is one of the colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets are lined with galleries, gift shops and restaurants and the handsome natural harbour is guarded by a 17th-century fortress. In the afternoon there will be time to enjoy the lovely town of Roscarbery.    

Sunday After checking out of our hotel we travel to Blarney where we include a visit to the castle. Built nearly 800 years ago this magical castle has beautiful grounds and of course the most famous attraction; the legendary Blarney Stone. After time to enjoy the magical and mysterious delights of one of Irelands main attractions we travel to our overnight hotel.

Monday We have an early start and catch the morning ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. We make the journey back to Cornwall arriving home in the evening.

Term

Single rooms available at a supplement of £183 per person

Home pick up available – £12 per person

£100 non-refundable deposit

PHOTOGRAPHIC ID REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR

Balance due 6 weeks prior to travel

Tour subject to loading

Total Price Includes:

Executive coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

Return ferry crossings

10 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Porterage at each hotel

Excursions as detailed

Admission to Strokestown Park

Admission to Foxford Woolen Mills

Admission to National Museum of Ireland

Admission to Westport House & Gardens

Corrib Princess Cruise

Admission to Cliffs of Moher

Admission to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Killarney Watercoach Cruise

Admission to Blarney Castle

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

Friday 22nd September to

Monday 2nd October 2017

11 Day Tour

£975

For more details

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01209 717152