September 24- October 4, 2012
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|Mon, Sep 24
UNITED STATES TO DUBLINDepart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy inflight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.
|Tue, Sep 25
DUBLIN ARRIVAL & SIGHTSEEING
After landing at Dublin airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. Then your CIE driver/guide will welcome you to Ireland and escort you and your luggage to the coach.
Board the coach and travel along the original road to Belfast stopping for breakfast at the ‘Man O War’ public house, which has been recorded in deeds dating back to 1595. Enjoy breakfast, in the same place many travelers stopped at since 1732. Wolfe Tone enjoyed breakfast here in July 1792 as well as Dr. John Gamble and Austin Cooper to name a few. Then take an orientation drive around Dublin city center. Dublin is one of the liveliest capitals in Europe but there are plenty of historical places also. See the main thoroughfares of O’Connell Street and Nassau Street, the shopping streets and some lovely public parks. Stop to visit the Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. Then drive to your hotel and check in. After you settle into your room you may like to rest or explore some of the city on your own.
This evening drive to the town of Rathfarnham to the ‘Merry Ploughboy Pub’ for dinner followed by a lively show of traditional Irish songs, dancing and music.
OVERNIGHT: BURLINGTON HOTEL, DUBLIN
|Wed, Sep 26
Set off with a local guide who will show you around the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Dublin is an ancient settlement, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. The city has been molded through the centuries with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and artistic influences. The afternoon and evening are free for independent activities, sightseeing, shopping, dining, pubs and much more
OVERNIGHT: BURLINGTON HOTEL, DUBLIN
|Thu, Sep 27
COBH HERITAGE CENTER & KINSALE
See a variety of scenery today as you depart Dublin and drive through rich farming areas and bustling towns of the central part of Ireland. Pass the Rock of Cashel and continue southward to Cobh, the harbor town for large ships. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which depicts the varied history of emigration from Ireland and many European countries to the United States over the past 150 years. This informative display is housed in the rail station through which all of the Irish emigrants had to pass. Then motor along the south coast to Kinsale and take a brief walking tour with a local guide to learn the history. The town traces its origins back to 1177 when the Anglo-Normans founded a town in a small walled area close to the water. It grew as a port town during the 18th century and today the harbor is favored by yacht owners.
After your tour, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time before dinner.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: CARLTON HOTEL & SPA, KINSALE
|Fri, Sep 28
BLARNEY CASTLEToday drive a few miles outside of Cork to Blarney to climb to the battlements of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which has an excellent range of Irish products of all types. You will also have time to browse around the village, charmingly set around a large village green. Return to Kinsale where your afternoon is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping before dinner.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: CARLTON HOTEL & C SPA, KINSALE
|Sat, Sep 29
CLONAKILTY, SKIBBEREEN & KILLARNEYDepart Cork and travel along the south coast of Ireland this morning. Stop for some free time in the small fishing town of Clonakilty which has been designated West Cork's Heritage Town by Board Failte. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town's busy trading and industrial past. Then continue along the coast for some leisure time in Skibbereen. The name Skibbereen means "little boat harbor." The advance of commercialism hasn't yet reached Skibbereen which means that the town still retains its local, colorful and friendly feel. Then travel through Glengarriff, which is renowned for sheltered bays where sub-tropical plants flourish. Cross the Caha to Kenmare and on to Moll’s Gap for views of Killarney, its three lakes and mountains. Arrive in Killarney and check into your hotel.
This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, which is picturesquely situated at the entrance to what must be the most beautiful glaciated valley in Ireland, the Gap of Dunloe. The Irish night consists of a superb meal and traditional entertainment, which includes songs and musicians playing a wide array of instruments along with costumed dancers doing the jig and other traditional sets.
OVERNIGHT: KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL, KILLARNEY
|Sun, Sep 30
RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCEToday admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches on Ireland’s most popular drive. See a variety of natural beauty as you drive 100 miles around this scenic route. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience, which describes the way of life of early Christian monks who built their monastery on one of the offshore islands. Also learn about the many birds that nest in the Skelligs. A number of stops will allow you to admire the spectacular scenery and take a brief walk around the colorful village of Sneem. Head back to Killarney through Moll’s Gap with stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL, KILLARNEY
|Mon, Oct 1
CLIFFS OF MOHER & GALWAYDepart Killarney and travel north through the village of Listowel to Tarbert. Take a 20-minute ferry ride across the River Shannon estuary and drive along the coastline of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, one of the country’s most magnificent rock formations that rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Pass through the Burren Country, an area of rocky limestone hills where a number of unique flowers thrive. This region also contains many dolmens, prehistoric monuments formed by large limestone slabs. Drive around Galway Bay before arriving at your hotel in Galway. Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure to relax or do some exploring on your own before joining your group for dinner.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: HOTEL MEYRICK, GALWAY
|Tue, Oct 2
CONNEMARA & KYLEMORE ABBEYToday tour Connemara and admire the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. Stop in the quaint village of Spiddal, which retains the Irish language and many traditional lifestyles. As you drive along you will see many sheep that graze freely and also tracts of bogland where some people hand-cut peat for home heating. Stop to visit Kylemore Abbey, a 19th century neo-Gothic mansion overlooking Kylemore Lake. Originally a private residence, it is now a prestigious girls' school. Visit the chapel and the restored Victorian gardens, which have won awards. Return to Galway and enjoy some time at leisure before dining in your hotel.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: HOTEL MEYRICK, GALWAY
|Wed, Oct 3
ENNIS & FREE TIME
Depart Galway and drive around the shores of Galway Bay and past the rounded limestone hills of the Burren country. Then check into your hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure for independent sightseeing. Then after joining your fellow travelers for dinner, enjoy an evening of music, fun and laughter.
OVERNIGHT: TEMPLE GATE HOTEL, ENNIS.
|Thu, Oct 4
RETURN TO THE UNITED STATESSadly, today your Irish vacation has come to its final day. Transfer to Shannon Airport in good time to check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores. Then clear U.S. Immigration before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.
|Details are subject to change.|
- 2010 TOUR OF IRELAND
- 2010 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2010 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’ - PANAMA
- 2009 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2009 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2008 IRELAND -TOUR
- 2008 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2008 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’ – PACIFIC/MEXICO
- 2007 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2007 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2006 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2006 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2005 SCOTLAND & IRELAND TOUR
- 2005 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2005 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2004 IRELAND - TOUR
- 2004 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2004 ANDY COONEY’S – ‘CRUISE OF THE STARS’
- 2003 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2003 PHIL COULTER’S – ‘TRANQUILITY CRUISE’
- 2002 TOUR OF IRELAND
- 2002 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2002 PHIL COULTER'S -'TRANQUILITY CRUISE’ - CARIBBEAN
- 2001 TOUR OF IRELAND
- 2001 AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
- 2001 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2001 PHIL COULTER'S - 'TRANQUILITY CRUISE’ - CARIBBEAN
- 2000 SUPER BOWL CRUISE
- 2000 PHIL COULTER'S -'TRANQUILITY CRUISE’- CARIBBEAN
- 1999 IRELAND TOUR
- 1998 IRELAND TOUR
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