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Ireland: The Emerald Isle

Ireland: The Emerald Isle

See the very best of "The Emerald Isle" on this 12-day tour to Ireland, with motor coach transportation to see some of this beautiful country's most famous sights. It's the most worry-free way to experience this ruggedly beautiful country, and space is limited...make your reservation early.

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This exceptional getaway features Dublin, Bru na Boinne, The Queenstown Story, Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, The Cliffs of Moher, The Arran Islands, Connemara National Park, Newgrange, County Kidare, Irish Whiskey tasting, a Bodhran demonstration, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College, and much more.

 

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Day One

Convenient shuttles bring us together at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, where we fly overnight to Dublin.

Day Two

Arrive at Dublin airport, Ireland's capital city in the morning. We board our coach for a sightseeing tour of this classic European city that was first settled by the Vikings - see Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Halfpenny Bridge and more. Included highlights will be your visit to Trinity College and the outstanding Book of Kells, an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Celtic monks around AD 800. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive the medieval period and has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination. It contains the four gospels of the Bible in Latin, along with prefatory and explanatory matter decorated with numerous colourful illustrations and illuminations. Additionally included is a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of Dublin's three cathedrals. Here St. Patrick supposedly baptized the first local converts beside a ''Holy Well''.

Day Three

Our day begins at the Guinness Storehouse, a Guinness-themed tourist attraction at St. James's Gate Brewery. Since opening in 2000, it has received over four million visitors. The Storehouse covers seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The ground floor introduces the beer's four ingredients (water, barley, hops and yeast), and the brewery's founder, Arthur Guinness. Other floors feature the history of Guinness advertising and include an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar with views of Dublin and where visitors may drink a pint of Guinness included in the price of admission. The rest of the day is free for to explore Dublin at your leisure. You may wish to visit The Dublin Writers Museum, Christ Church Cathedral, The Irish National Museum, The George Bernard Shaw Birthplace and of course many shops and pubs.

Day Four

A short journey out of the city takes us back over 5,000 years to visit Bru na Boinne and Newgrange. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Knowth and Dowth are similar mounds that together with Newgrange have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We return to Dublin to taste a few Irish whiskies at The Irish Whiskey Museum, the first Irish whiskey museum in the world. Spend the rest of the day exploring Dublin at your own pace.

Day Five

Our Irish tour director joins us as we begin our journey in to Ireland green fields. We pause to view The Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral and 15th century Castle. Continuing south we reach the coast at the small town of Cobh and visit The Queenstown Story to learn about Irish emigration and the towns association with the ill-fated RMS Titanic - at this her final port of call before departing on her Trans-Atlantic sailing.

Day Six

We being this morning by visiting the famous Blarney Castle, built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. The castle is known for the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words! This afternoon we take a tour of The Ring of Kerry, part of the mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The Ring of Kerry has some of the finest beaches in Europe and above all the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland. See the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago

Day Seven

Today we tour Dingle Peninsula, cited by National Geographic as one of the top 100 destinations in the world. Visit the Gallarus oratory that was built between the seventh and eighth century and is the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. It stands handsomely amid farmland on the Dingle Peninsula, was the place of worship for early Christian farmers of the area. Shaped like an upside-down boat, the simple drystone structure has remained waterproof and in near-perfect condition to the present day. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the picturesque town of Killarney.

Day Eight

We travel North this morning, following the Wild Atlantic Way before reaching county Clare and The Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular attractions. These majestic cliffs extend eight kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard, with O’Brien’s Tower standing on a headland of the cliffs. Explore Atlantic Edge, the fascinating interpretive featuring exhibits, displays and interactive experiences to further explore this unique area of Ireland. We travel to Galway, our home for three nights.

Day Nine

After breakfast, we board a boat for a journey out into the Galway Bay section of the North Atlantic Ocean (weather permitting). We dock at Irish More, the main island of the scenic Arran Islands where Gaelic is still spoken. We take a minibus tour of the island, including a visit to the prehistoric hill fort of Dun Aengus before returning to the mainland.

Day Ten

Today we spend a full day exploring Connemara National Park. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland. We visit Roundstone Music and Craft Shop that lies within the walls of an old Franciscan Monastery in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. The shop is owned and managed by ''Malachy Bodhran''- Ireland's only full time Bodhran maker. We continue on to visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868. The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns.

Day Eleven

Crossing the green heart of Ireland we visit The Irish National Stud that belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous Japanese gardens to be found anywhere in the world. Our final night in Ireland will be a highly entertaining evening involving Traditional Irish food, music and dance.

Day Twelve

We bid farewell to The Emerald Isle and fly from Dublin back to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Includes:

  • Luxury motor coach transportation

  • Transfers to and from the airport

  • Return flight to Dublin from Toronto

  • 10 nights accommodation

  • 10 full breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • 6 dinners

  • Sightseeing as described

  • Visit to Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, The Rock of Cashel, The Queenstown Story, Blarney Castle, Gallarus Oratory, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey, Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden

  • Bru na Boinne excursion

  • Irish Whisky Centre tour and tasting

  • Mini bus tour of Arran Islands with admission to Dun Aengus

  • Bodhran demonstration at Roundstone Music

  • Farewell dinner with entertainment

  • Services of a tour director throughout.

 

Please note: Passengers are responsible for any charges for checked bags on flight tours. Flight times are subject to change. Tour price subject to change in the event of significant currency fluctuation.

 

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Acton Tim Hortons Acton, 318 Queen Street, Tim Hortons
Ajax Super 8 Motel Ajax, 210 Westney Road South, Super 8 Motel
Super 8 Motel
Alliston Tim Hortons Alliston, 157A Young St Industrial Pkwy, Tim's
@ Hwy 89
Ancaster Tim Hortons Ancaster, 1180 Brant County Hwy 2, Tim Hortons
(Hwy 53 & Hwy 2)
Arthur Tim Hortons Arthur, 8008 Wellington Rd 109, Tim Horton's
(Wellngton County 109 & Hwy 6)
Aurora McDonalds Aurora, 2 Allaura Blvd, McDonald's
Aylmer Tim Hortons Aylmer, 374 John St N @ Hwy 73, Tim Hortons
Barrie Quality Inn Barrie, 55 Hart Drive, Quality Inn
(formerly the Travelodge)
Beamsville Tim Hortons Beamsville, 5005 South Service Road,Tim Hortons
(Ontario St @ QEW)
Blenheim Tim Hortons Blenheim, 79 Talbot Street W, Tim Hortons
Bolton Tim Hortons Bolton, 20 Queen Street N, Tim Hortons
(@ King Street)
Bowmanville Best Western Bowmanville, 160 Liberty St S, Best Western
(401 at Liberty Street exit)
Bradford Country Style Bradford, 396 Holland St W, Country Style
(near Melbourne Dr)
Brampton Tim Hortons Brampton, 202 County Court Blvd, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 10
Brantford Comfort Inn Brantford, 58 King George Rd, Comfort Inn
Burlington Holiday Inn Burlington, 3063 S Service Road, Holiday Inn Hotel
& Conference Centre
Caledonia Tim Hortons Caledonia, 360 Argyle St S, Tim Hortons
across from Zehrs at Celtic Drive
Cambridge Tim Hortons Cambridge, 150 Holiday Inn Drive, Tim Hortons
at the back of the Tim Hortons lot
Chatham Travelodge Chatham, 555 Bloomfield Rd, Travelodge
Chatsworth Coffe Time Chatsworth, 113 Garafraxa St, Coffee Time Donuts
Chesley Post Office Chesley Post Office, 120 First Ave S
Clifford Village Variety Clifford, 19 Elora St, N, Village Variety,
@ Hwy 9
Clinton Tim Hortons Clinton, 300 Ontario St S, Hwy 8, Tim Hortons
Hwy 8
Collingwood Tim Hortons Collingwood, 281 First St, Tim Hortons
Delhi Tim Hortons Delhi, 526 James St, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 3
Dundas Freshii Dundas, 101 Osler Drive, Freshii
University Plaza
Durham Tim Hortons Durham, 317 Garafraxa St S, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 6
Elmira Tim Hortons Elmira, 305 Arthur St S, Tim Hortons
Exeter Tim Hortons Exeter, 153 Main St N, Tim Hortons
Fergus Tim Hortons Fergus, 850 Tower St S, Tim Hortons
Forest Tim Hortons Forest, 80 King St E, Tim Hortons
Fort Erie Clarion Inn Fort Erie, 1485 Garrison Road, Clarion Inn
Georgetown Tim Hortons Georgetown, 320 Guelph Street, Tim Horton's
across from Canadian Tire
Goderich Zehrs Goderich, 35400 Huron Road, Hwy 8, Zehrs
Grand Bend Tim Hortons Grand Bend, 39 Ontario St, Tim Hortons
Grimsby Gateway Niagara Grimsby, 424 S Service Rd, Gateway Niagara
Information Centre
Guelph - Holiday Inn Guelph, 601 Scottsdale Drive, Holiday Inn
@ Stone Road W, Front Entrance
Guelph-Tim Hortons Guelph, 386 Speedvale Ave E, Tim Hortons
@ Stevenson
Hamilton Sheraton Hotel Hamilton, 116 King St W, Sheraton Hotel
Hanover Macs Hanover, 189 10th Street, Mac's
Hwy 4 across from Norm's Rest
Harriston LCBO Harriston, 2 Queen St South, LCBO
Hepworth Tim Hortons Hepworth, 456 Bruce Street, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 6
Ingersoll Comfort Inn Ingersoll, 20 Samnah Cres, Comfort Inn
Exit 216 off 401
Innisfil Sandycove Acres Innisfil, 2 Weeping Willow Dr The Wheel Sandycove
'The Wheel' Sandycove Acres
Jarvis Tim Hortons Jarvis, 2120 Main St N, Tim Horton's
Keswick Food Basics Keswick, 199 Simcoe Avenue, Food Basics
corner of Metro & Simcoe
Kincardine Tim Hortons Kincardine, 814 Durham St, Tim Hortons
Sobeys Plaza Hwy 21
Kitchener GCH Kitchener, 353 Manitou Drive,
Great Canadian Holidays
Listowel Tim Hortons Listowel, 836 Wallace Ave N, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 23
London Ramada Inn London, 817 Exeter Rd, Ramada Inn
Front Entrance
Lucknow Marys Family Rest Lucknow, 763 Campbell Street, Mary's Family Rest.
@ Hwy 86
Markdale Macs Markdale, 50 Toronto Street N, Mac's
@ Hwy 10
Markham (Unionville) Markham, (Unionville) McDonald's 3760 Hwy 7 East
At Kennedy Rd
Markham McDonalds Markham (Unionville) McDonald's 5225 Hwy 7
@ McCowan Rd
Meaford Tim Hortons Meaford, 291 Sykes St S, Tim Hortons
@ Hwy 26
Midland Tim Hortons Midland, Hwy 93 Penetanguishine Rd,Tim Hortons
(Huronia Mall)
Mildmay Macs Store Mildmay, 5 Elora St, Mac's Store
Hwy 9 across from the Shell Station
Milton Tim Hortons/Wendys Milton, 80 Market Drive, Tim Hortons/Wendy's
Milverton Mini Mart Milverton, 5 Main St S, Mini Mart
Mississauga Hilton Mississauga, 6750 Mississauga Rd, Hilton
Mississauga Sandman Mississauga Sandman, 5400 Dixie Rd,
Sandman Signature Hotel
Mississauga Tim Hortons Mississauga, 1375 Southdown Rd, Tim Hortons
South of QEW at Truscott Rd
Mitchell Tim Hortons Mitchell, 235 Ontario St, Tim Hortons
Morriston Car Pool Lot Morriston, Hwy 6 south of the Hwy 401, Carpool Lot
Google maps: HW 401 -Queen St/Brock Rd S (Hwy 6)
Mount Forest Tim Hortons Mount Forest 319 Main St South, Tim Hortons
Hwy 89 at Hwy 6
New Hamburg Tim Hortons New Hamburg, 374 Hamilton Road, Tim Hortons
Newmarket Tim Hortons Newmarket, 17725 Yonge Street, Tim Hortons
North of Davis Opposite CDN Tire
Niagara Falls Tim Hortons Niagara Falls, 3930 Montrose Road, Tim Hortons
Thorold Stone Rd at QEW
Oakville McDonalds Oakville, 375 Iroquois Shore Road, McDonalds
N of QEW, E off Trafalgar
Orangeville Tim Hortons Orangeville, 100-5th Ave, Tim Hortons
N of Hwy 9 off Hwy 10
Orillia Quality Inn Orillia, 201 Woodside Drive, Quality Inn
Oshawa BW Plus Durham Oshawa, 559 Bloor Street West, Best Western Plus
Best Western Plus Durham Hotel
Owen Sound Quality Inn Owen Sound, 950 6th Street East, Quality INN
Pickering Tim Hortons Pickering, 742 Kingston Road, Tim Hortons
(E of Whites Road North of 401)
Port Colborne Tim Hortons Port Colborne, 197 Main Street East, Tim Hortons
(Hwy 3 & Regional Road 140)
Port Dover Tim Hortons Port Dover, 1 St. Andrew Street, Tim Hortons
Port Elgin Tim Hortons Port Elgin, 618 Gustavus Road, Tim Hortons
(Hwy 21)
Port Perry Tim Hortons Port Perry, 1889 Scugog Street, Tim Hortons
Reeces Corners LCBO Reeces Corners, 4475 London Line, LCBO
(East side of the LCBO plaza)
Richmond Hill Tim Hortons Richmond Hill, 9184 Yonge St, Tim Hortons
(South of 16th Ave @ Spruce St)
Ridgetown Daniels Service Ridgetown, 21180 Victoria Road, Daniels Service
(Ridgetwon Exit off 401)
Sarnia Pt.Edward Comfort Sarnia (Pt. Edward) 815 Mara Street, Comfort Inn
Seaforth Tim Hortons Seaforth, 54 Goderich Street East, Tim Hortons
Shelburne Tim Hortons Shelburne, 802 Main Street East, Tim Hortons
Simcoe Travelodge Simcoe, 385 Queensway W Travelodge
Southampton Tim Hortons Southampton, 142 Emerald Street, Tim Hortons
St Catharines Best Wester St Catharines, 2 North Service Road, Best Western
(Lake St At QEW)
St Marys Stone Willow Inn St Mary's, 940 Queen St E, Stone Willow Inn
St Thomas Tim Hortons St Thomas, 995 Talbot Steet East @ 1st, Tim Horton
Staff Staff
Stayner Tim Hortons Stayner, 201 Main St, Tim Hortons
Hwy 26 and Airport Rd
Stoney Creek Burger King Stoney Creek, 210 Centennial Pkwy N, Burger King
Stouffville McDonalds Stouffville, 28 Sandiford Drive, McDonalds
(Main St At Sandale)
Stratford Queens Inn Stratford, 161 Ontario Street, Queens Inn
(at Waterloo St)
Strathroy Tim Hortons Strathroy, 28630 Centre Road, Tim Hortons
TBA-GCH TBA-GCH
Thornbury Tim Hortons Thornbury, 48 Arthur Steet West, Tim Hortons
Tillsonburg Tim Hortons Tillsonburg, 560 Broadway Street, Tim Hortons
(near North St)
Toronto Airport Delta Toronto, 655 Dixon Road, Delta Hotels by Marriott
(formerly International Plaza)
Toronto Tim Hortons Toronto 4 Lebovic Ave @ Eglinton E, Tim Hortons
(E of Pharmacy)
Toronto York Mills Toronto, 10 York Mills Road, York Mills Centre
(northeast corner Yonge & York Mills)
Toronto, Etobicoke Toronto, 3300 Bloor St W, Bloor/Islington Place
(entrance on Aberfolyle Cres)
Toronto, Scarborough Toronto, 50 Estate Drive, Holiday Inn
(off Progress & Markham
Tottenham Tecumseth Tottenham, 1A Varga Court, Tecumseth Pines Club
1 Tecumseth Pines Drive (SEE NOTES)
Tottenham Tim Hortons Tottenham, 130 Queen Street North Tim Hortons
(#10)
Uxbridge Coffee Time Uxbridge 25 Brock St & Toronto St Coffee Time
Walkerton Tim Hortons Walkerton, 10 MacNab Street ,Tim Hortons
Wasaga Beach Tim Hortons Wasaga Beach 1271 Mosley st @ River Rd Tim Hortons
Waterdown Tim Hortons Waterdown 255 Dundas St E, Waterdown Shopping Ctr
corner of Dundas & Hamilton St N
Waterloo Tim Hortons Waterloo, Tim Hortons, 94 Bridgeport Rd E @ Weber
*no parking available*
Welland Best Value Inn Welland, 1030 Niagara St, Canadas Best Value Inn
Whitby Tim Hortons Whitby, 1 Paisley Court off Brock St N, Tim Horton
off of 401
Wiarton Tim Hortons Wiarton, 445 Berford St, Tim Hortons
Wingham Tim Hortons Wingham, 33 Josephine St (Hwy 4 and Hwy 86) Tim's
Woodbridge McDonalds Woodbridge, 4535 Hwy 7 McDonalds
at Pine Valley
Woodstock TA Travel Woodstock, 535 Mill St, TA Travel Centre
(Exit 230 on 401)

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