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County Kerry Tour Itinerary

Day

“Welcome to Ireland!”

Arrive at Shannon Airport and travel through scenic areas of Clare, Limerick, and Kerry to Killarney

  • Tour Adare Village
  • Arrive at hotel and check in
  • Jet Lag Recovery Day
  • Relax at Spa and explore the parkland outside the hotel

 

  

Evening

  • 6-7 Happy Hour
  • Welcome Orientation with Hot Buffet Meal and Irish Traditional Music Entertainment

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Day

  • ” A Dingle Day!”
  • Dingle & Slea Head tour, 9-3

The Dingle Peninsula, green, rugged, and untouched, and Dingle Town are two favorite Ireland places to tour. Dingle still feels like the fish and the farm actually matter. Fishing boats still sail from Dingle, offering visitors an escape into pure Ireland. Irish dreams have been set here on this sparse but lush peninsula where locals are fond of saying, “The next parish is Boston.”

  • Relax at Spa

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Evening

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day

  • “A Kenmare Day!”
  • Kenmare, Molls Gap, Kissane Sheep Farm, Ladies View Ring of Kerry tour, 9-4

Kenmare, an Irish “Tidy Town”, Molls Gap, Kissane Sheep Farm, and Ladies View, as Recommended by Rick Steves. Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel.  He has produced more than 50 guidebooks on European travel. Check out what he has to say about Kissane Sheep Farm by clicking the link Recommended by Rick Steves .  Kenmare is also one of the Irish villages featured in Christopher Fitz-Simon’s book The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.

We depart at 9:00 a.m. from the Hotel parking lot and travel to Kenmare, County Kerry. The lovely and interesting town of Kenmare, home of the Kenmare Lace Museum is a short bus ride from our hotel. The unique beauty and charm of the town has remained unchanged from its founding in 1670. It has received the Ireland Tidy Town Award for 2013 and has the title of Kerry’s first Heritage Town Award. We have time in Kenmare to explore the Kenmare megalithic stone circle and have a leisurely lunch, a meal or “pub grub” in one of the numerous fine restaurants and pubs.  The stone circle at Kenmare has to be one of the easiest monuments to visit. It is located just a five minute walk from the centre of Kenmare Town.  From Kenmare, we travel through Molls Gap, where the viewing point at the gap affords sweeping views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill – 3,414 feet high. Continuing from Molls Gap, we stop at Kissane sheep farm to experience a real working sheep farm with sheep shearing demonstrations and sheep dog trials.  Then it’s on our way back to Killarney.  Along the way, we experience far-reaching views over the broad valley of the Killarney Lakes. Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting were so enthralled by this view that it was promptly named in their honor: “Ladies View”. Between Ladies View and Killarney, the coach will pass through The Muckross Estate and return to the Hotel at approximately 4:00pm.

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Evening

  • Irish Genealogy Talk
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub

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Day

  • “A Free Day!”
  • Free Day, On Your Own

Individual tours may be scheduled through the hotel concierge. Horseback riding, fishing and tennis are complimentary at the hotel, but riding times or equipment must be reserved through the hotel concierge. Reserve Spa appointments directly with the Spa

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  • Relax at Pool or Explore the Area

Evening

  • 7-11 Group Dinner, Irish Traditional Music and Irish Ceili Dancing
Day

  • “A National Park ~ Muckross House Day!”
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through National Park with stops at Muckross Abbey and Muckross House Estate

Killarney has long been famous for its beauty with mountains, lakes and woodlands. The Killarney National Park Tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and the spectacular scenery in comfort.

Evening

  • Happy Hour
  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub
Day

  • “A Killarney Day!”
  • Escorted guided tour of Killarney and tour of Killarney Brewing Company with craft beer tastings.
  • Tour Killarney House and Gardens, Ross Castle, Killarney Brewing Company Tour and Beer Tastings, and Killarney Shopping

Depart Hotel at 9:30am to Killarney Town to see the Killarney Cathedral, Killarney House and Gardens, and Ross Castle. This castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is uncertain but it was probably built in the late 15th century by one of the O’Donoghue Ross chieftains. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century.

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Evening

  • Enjoy authentic Irish traditional music session in local pub
Day

“A Bunratty Day”

Travel to Bunratty, County Clare

Tour Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Check-in to Shannon Airport hotel for overnight stay and rest before returning home the next day

Day

“Departure Day”

Departure for most from Shannon Airport to return home.

Notes:

1. Breakfast included, 7-10 AM; Lunch and Dinner are optional and on own except Sunday welcome orientation group dinner and the Wednesday group dinner included in the tour package.

2. Individual tours may be scheduled through hotel concierge for any day except Thursday.

3. Horseback riding and tennis are complimentary at the hotels, but riding times or equipment must be reserved through Concierge.

4. Reserve Spa appointments directly with Spa.

5. Tour Itinerary subject to change as circumstances dictate.

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