Photo by Carmelita Watkinson
EIRE-GO TOURS 2022
June 25-July 6
Saturday June 25
Land at Dublin Airport in the early morning. (As flights to Dublin from the U.S. tend to be overnight, you will need to have left the night before.) Check in to Wynn's Hotel in Dublin and take a nap or spend the day exploring Dublin City. It's all walkable! Choose to visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells Exhibit, the Guinness Storehouse and its rooftop Gravity Bar with the 360° view of the city, St Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals, Dublinia: The Viking Experience, EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum, or just enjoy the cobblestone streets and sights of Temple Bar. Get a good night's sleep at Wynn's Hotel and refuel for a full day tomorrow as we journey northwest of Dublin, through County Meath.
Sunday June 26
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, board a luxury coach for your introduction to Ireland's Ancient East. Learn about Ireland's oldest historic sites through a private tour of the 5,000 year old Neolithic passage grave of Knowth and New Grange, enjoy the bucolic view from the seat of Ireland's ancient High Kings at the Hill of Tara, and explore the 12th century Norman stronghold of Trim Castle in County Meath. Return to Dublin for "An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies" at O'Shea's Traditional Irish Pub. Sleep at Wynn's Hotel.
Monday June 27
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, check out and board the coach for a trip across Ireland's midlands to tour Clonmacnoise Abbey, a medieval monastic site founded in 544 by St. Ciarán, in County Offaly on the River Shannon. Check in to the elegant Park House Hotel in Galway City. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the art and music rich Galway City, designated the European Capital of Culture in 2020. (Admittedly, bad timing...) Before the sun sets, the TAP performers may stage a flash mob on Shop Street, Galway's pedestrian street and the heart of the city's artscape. Sleep at Park House Hotel.
Tuesday June 28
After a full complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we all spend the afternoon meandering around the mountains, lakes, bogs and heath of Connemara on Ireland's western shore. Connemara is a photographer's delight! We return to Galway City for a show of traditional Irish music and dance at "Trad on the Prom" in the Salthill section of Galway, the seaside resort overlooking Galway Bay. Sleep at Park House Hotel.
Wednesday June 29
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for County Clare and the Burren, Ireland's lunar landscape! Stop for lunch in Doolin, a tiny seaside village with an outsized reputation for Irish music, then on to the iconic Cliffs of Moher and Poulnabrone Dolmen, the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland. Enjoy a sheepdog demonstration at Caherconnell and end a full day with a medieval feast at 15th century Bunratty Castle. Sleep at Treacy's West County Hotel in Ennis, County Clare's capital town.
Thursday June 30
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for the Kingdom of Kerry. Travel through County Limerick with a stop for lunch in the picturesque village of Adare. Check in to the Grand Hotel in Tralee. Meet local teacher and legend John Stack and the teen musicians and dancers of the Ballydonoghue-Lisselton Comhaltas-Ceoltoiri Eireann. Enjoy an evening of music and dance. Sleep at The Grand Hotel.
Friday July 1
After a full complimentary breakfast, board the coach for a day trip out to the Dingle Peninsula and the Gaeltacht (the Irish-speaking region). Visit medieval monastic beehive huts, hold a lamb, have lunch in and putter about Dingle town, drive along the coastline to Slea Head and see Skellig Michael on the horizon, the rocky island that was Luke Skywalker's last home. Swim at Inch Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in Ireland, if you are hardy! Return to Tralee to sleep at the Grand Hotel.
Saturday July 2
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel. Board the coach to leave Kerry via the Lakes of Killarney for photo opps and Killarney town for lunch. Cross into County Cork, known as "the rebel county" as its residents have an historical reputation for political recalcitrance. Check in to Clayton Hotel and enjoy strolling around Cork City, the second largest city in the Republic and the culinary capital of Ireland. Sleep at the Clayton Hotel
Sunday July 3
After a complimentary full breakfast at the hotel, board the coach for an afternoon trip to the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale on the southwest coast of Ireland, and the Titanic and Emigration Museums in Cobh (Pronounced “Cove” as a “bh” combination in Irish makes a “v” sound – this was the Titanic’s last port of call, and was named “Queenstown” during British rule.) Return to Cork City for the evening and take advantage of the bustling city centre or take a relaxing swim in the pool at the Clayton Hotel. Sleep at the Clayton.
Monday July 4
After a complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach for Kilkenny via County Tipperary (it's not really a long way to Tipperary!) for a guided tour of the seat of the High Kings of Munster and medieval ecclesiastical site: the Rock of Cashel. Check in to Lyrath Estate Hotel, a 17th century manor house with 170 acres of countryside, lakes, gardens, woodland, and an indoor pool. Bonus point: two friendly golden retrievers in residence, Reilly and Rudy! Celebrate the 4th of July with a multi-course farewell dinner at Lyrath.
Tuesday July 5
After a full complimentary breakfast, check out of the hotel for a beautiful drive through the Wicklow Mountains to the early medieval monastic site of Glendalough, "the valley of two lakes", founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. After the guided tour, walk down to the lake and enjoy a tranquil moment one of our favorite spots on the planet! Board the coach for our journey back to Dublin Airport and our last night together, at the Holiday Inn Express.
Wednesday July 6
Fly home. Plan your next visit to The Emerald Isle, because... Ireland Always Beckons!