Kevin McKrell's Amazing Best Feckin' Ever Tour of Ireland
Cork City-Killarney-Dingle-Galway City-Dublin
Day 01, Monday: USA-Shannon
Depart Boston’s Logan International Airport on your Aer Lingus flight to Dublin Ireland.
Day 02, Tuesday: Shannon-Cork City
Early morning arrival into Dublin . After clearing Irish Customs and collecting your luggage, you’ll meet your driver/guide in the Arrivals Hall. Time permitted to exchange money, grab a cup of coffee before you board your coach. Stop for breakfast at Griffins’s Restaurant. For our first Full Irish .You will travel south to Cork City, by the River Lee. Our drive is through County Limerick and over the borders into County Cork. We shall be driving through some of the country’s richest farmland, known as the Golden Vale. Here, butter and cheese are gold, evidenced by the prosperity of the towns we pass through. From here we continue to Cork City, the second largest city in the Republic. You are then free to shop and explore, perhaps visit the English Market. Foodies will absolutely delight in this expansive, roofed space; one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. An impressive and diverse range of traders ply their wares inside, so whether you’re after sweet or savory, there’s something there for you! Check into your hotel, where you are free until dinner. Some interesting sites to see are Shandon Bells & Tower at St. Anne’s Church, Ardu Murals-Street Art, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral and the pubs along St. Patrick’s Street. Dinner and overnight at The Imperial Hotel Cork City
Day 03, Wednesday: Cork – Kinsale - Cork
After a leisurely Full Irish breakfast at your hotel, you’ll travel south to the seaside town of Kinsale. Kinsale has, over the years, gained a wide reputation as a gourmet's paradise, boasting some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland, offering the freshest of local catches. Afterwards, enjoy some time to explore the town which has a strong Spanish flavor and its narrow winding streets have been compared to those of Toledo, Spain. Perhaps take some time at Charles Fort, outside of Kinsale. This star shaped military fortress was built between 1678 and 1682, during the reign of King Charles II. As one of the largest military forts in the country, it has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the award winning Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale. Return for overnight at your Cork hotel.
Day 04, Thursday: Cork-Killarney
Leaving Cork, our drive takes us south to through the coastal towns of Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Skibbereen to the Mizen Head Signal Station. At the end of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land. On through Bantry and into colourful and charming Killarney Town. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. Tonight a music session with Kevin . Killarney is a town with a vibrant music scene with live Irish music in many of the pubs of Killarney town.
Day 05, Friday: Killarney
This morning we tour the lovely Killarney Lakes by the traditional method, horse-drawn jaunting carts. Our tour will include a visit to Muckross House and Gardens, a 19th Century Tudor mansion set in beautiful landscaped grounds and surrounded by 11,500 acres of parkland. Inside Muckross House, the upper floors are furnished in the manner of the great houses of Ireland and include some fascinating exhibits. In the basement you'll find a marvelous folk museum and craft shop that brings to vivid life the country lifestyle of a long time past. The afternoon is free to enjoy Killarney Town. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight at your Killarney hotel.
Day 06, Saturday: Killarney-Dingle
Breakfast at your hotel, a leisurely departure, you might want to take an optional traditional jaunting cart ride through the National Park before leaving Killarney. Your journey will take you via Tralee to Dingle Town. Check into your hotel, where you are then free to explore the area. Perhaps a boat ride to meet Dingle's most famous resident Fungi, who has been welcoming visitors to Dingle for over thirty years. This friendly bottlenose dolphin swims playfully alongside the boats in Dingle Harbour. Dinner and overnight at your Dingle Hotel.
Day 07, Sunday: Dingle Peninsula
We depart on a tour of this rugged Dingle Peninsula. Film goers will be reminded of scenes from the Star Wars movies ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘The Last Jedi ‘, which was filmed on Sybil Head and Dunmore Head on the Dingle Peninsula .As we drive past little harbors and wide stretches of sandy beach, leading southward to Slea Head. This is the most westerly point in Europe, “the next parish to America” and off this coast many an Armada Galleon was lost. Vistas of the Blasket Islands and Dingle Bay delight the eye and Gallarus Oratory, a little beehive stone structure, more than 1,000 years old, conjures up visions of monks in early Christian times in the “land of saints and scholars”. Tonight, dinner on your own. Overnight Dingle.
Day 08, Monday: Dingle-Galway
Leaving Dingle town, we travel to Tarbert. Here we will take a ferry across the Shannon River, to Kilrush in Co. Clare. Continue on up the Clare coast, to Doolin where you will depart on the Cliffs of Moher Cruise. Observing the sheer vastness of the cliffs towering above the boat is the most incredible experience and passengers are treated to live performances from thousands of nesting seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Gannets. An extra treat for Harry Potter fans is they get to see the famous cave from a scene in the Half Blood Prince movie. Then some free time for lunch on your own. On via the charming villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara along Galway Bay into Galway City. Upon arrival a panoramic tour will show you Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch and the beautiful Galway Cathedral. Check into your Galway hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 09, Tuesday: Connemara
Today we venture into the Connemara region of Ireland as we travel along the shores of Lough Corrib through the towns of Moycullen, where we stop at The Connamara Marble Factory, Carrowgarrif and Maam Cross on our way to the historic town of Cong, in Irish ‘Conga’ , from Cúnga Fheichín meaning "Saint Feichin's narrows”. In Cong we will visit The Quiet Man Museum , Cong Abbey an Augustinian Abbey first founded by St. Feichin in 623 .We finish our day at Cohan’s Pub, where the pub scenes in the movie “The Quiet Man “ were filmed, for an afternoon concert in Cohans pub with famed Mayo singer-songwriter Davey McDonnell and Kevin McKrell. Back to Galway and our hotel. Overnight Galway
Day 10, Wednesday: Galway-Dublin
Early morning departure from Galway heading across the midlands to Dublin and our Dublin hotel The Academy Plaza perfectly situated in Dublin City centre for a day of exploring Dublin .Dinner on your own.
Day 11 Thursday Dublin-Boston
Tour Cost $3200.00 per person sharing air/land /tax
Accommodations for nine (9) nights at the listed hotels or similar
Full Breakfast daily, including day of arrival at the Abbey Tavern in Howth, full breakfast in Galway as well
Four (4) hotel dinners and Kinsale restaurant dinner
Visits/Admissions: English Market, Mizen Head Signal Station, Muckross House and Gardens, Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park
All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach with the services of a professional driver/guide throughout
Tips and taxes on items included.
Porterage of one suitcase
Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents
Gratuities to the driver/guide NOT included.
Further Inquiries – Please Contact:
Jeanne Orenstein at CELTIC TOURS
Phone: 518-486-8306/ 800-833-4373