Europe & Britain 2013/14 by Insight Vacations

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kiss the stone at blarney castle and you ll never be lost for words day 10 country roads of ireland come join in the `craic on this convivial jaunt around the emerald isle furnished with ruined castles towering cliffs historic towns quiet lakes and natural wonders day 1 ­ in dublin s fair city a f welcome to ireland on arrival at dublin airport transfers leave for the tour hotel at 08:00 11:00 13:30 later your sightseeing tour of dublin includes the elegant squares see the famous o connell street custom house and dublin castle visit the trinity college library to admire the 8th century book of kells its delicate paintings one of the treasures of the middle ages upstairs in the barrel-vaulted long room walk from one magnificent oak bookcase to the next containing 200,000 of the library s oldest books tonight join your tour director for a welcome reception with drink and a light meal wr hotel burlington price includes major hotel upgrade in galway day 5 6 ­ galway connemara the kings of the wild west a a day 2 ­ north to historical belfast heading northwards cross the valley of the river boyne site of the battle of the boyne where william of orange defeated the forces of catholic king james continue to drogheda then cross the border into ulster travel alongside the mountains of mourne to belfast now much in vogue after decades of conflict fb hotel europa first stop is for a visit to the belleek pottery centre nestled on the banks of the river erne afterwards continue to clonalis house ancestral home of the o conors descendants of the last high kings of ireland meet the resident family and tour their home imbued with a warm and friendly atmosphere continue on to galway on the shores of lough corrib in the morning see galway s spanish arch st nicholas cathedral and eyre square dedicated to us president john f kennedy then experience the beautiful rugged landscape of connemara a wonderland of trout-filled rivers lakes and silent hills tour the workshop of the famous marble factory before a visit to kylemore abbey one of ireland s greatest neo-gothic castles nestled at the base of druchruach mountain on the shores of lough pollacappul fb,d/fb hotel connemara coast/radisson blu bunratty folk park next stop is limerick famous for rhymes lace and elegant georgian houses this evening why not attend a medieval banquet in a nearby castle fb hotel george boutique day 8 9 ­ dingle killarney the ring of kerry.aa day 7 ­ the clare coast bunratty limerick aa day 3 ­ a titanic time on the way to ballygally.a meet your local expert for a panoramic tour of northern ireland s capital seeing the city hall queen s university and stormont castle then step back in time and uncover life in belfast from 100 years ago as you follow the story of the ill fated titanic in the new state of the art titanic belfast building and exhibition continue around the scenic coast past the huge norman castle at carrickfergus to arrive at your hotel overlooking the golden sands of ballygally bay for those brave enough check out the `ghost room in one of the castle s turrets fb,d hotel ballygally castle cross the burren a strange rocky landscape rich with wild orchids to reach the visitors centre at the 700-foot cliffs of moher here you can enjoy breathtaking views of the clare coast now experience the lifestyle of rural ireland over the centuries at onwards via the picturesque thatched village of adare before taking to the wide skies peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the dingle peninsula setting for the film ryan s daughter drive to dramatic slea head at the peninsula s far end and continue through the land of song and legend to killarney enjoy a good night s sleep and a hearty irish breakfast before a leisurely excursion around the magnificent ring of kerry a world of towering cliffs lush lake lands and remote villages continue through delightful villages like sneem and cross the peat bogs of the black mountains to moll s gap to admire queen victoria s `ladies view return to the three peaceful lakes of killarney for a memorable ride on a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car with the local `jarvies fb,d/fb hotel killarney towers/killarney plaza day 10 ­ a gift of the gab for you in blarney a f cross the rugged derrynasaggart mountains on the way to cork ireland s second most populous city built on the river lee enjoy an orientation tour then visit the 15th century blarney castle the home of the famous stone of eloquence once kissed ­ never forgotten this evening enjoy a glass of wine with your flavoursome celebration dinner and toast to the culmination of your tour fb,cd hotel blarney golf resort day 11 ­ cahir kilkenny a journey through life to dublin a day 4 ­ around the antrim coast to londonderry a prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty the road clings to the coastline at the mouth of the famous `nine glens of antrim alongside sandy beaches beneath towering basalt cliffs stop at the spectacular giant s causeway and hear the fantastic legends which surround this geological masterpiece continue to the ancient walled city of `derry sightseeing with a local expert takes you inside the well preserved walls still topped with cannons and down steep shipquay street with its elegant georgian houses to the gothic guildhall fb,d hotel city this morning drive to cahir to see its imposing 13th century castle featured in the film excalibur in medieval kilkenny there s free time to see st.canice s cathedral and visit the kilkenny design centre move on to kildare for a visit to one of the country s main racehorse breeding centres and acclaimed 100 year old japanese gardens where you can `journey through life return to ireland s lively capital where your last night is at leisure fb hotel burlington day 12 ­ dublin drive around the immense walls of carrickfergus castle day 3 your tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning departure transfers arrive at dublin airport at 07:30 09:30 11:30 fb 60 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