Irish Adventure October 2019

The Best of Ireland Adventure – 7-Days October 20-26th, 2019

The Best of Ireland: a blend of walks along the scenic Cliffs of Mohr, Glendalough Lake, and through Dublin with restful cultural days to make the most of your Irish adventure.

Day 1 (October 20th): Arrival

Céad míle fáilte! Arrival to Dublin Airport and transfer to the small hamlet of Glendalough. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough is a favourite with Irish and international visitors alike. Its proximity to the capital makes it really accessible for Dubliners to go and spend the day walking or having a pic-nic.

Dinner and overnight in Glendalough.

Day 2 (October 21st):

Today we take a short stroll to the monastic site where you will learn about one of the first Christian preachers in Ireland, Naomh Caoimhín (St. Kevin in English) and the only building structure native to Ireland, the famous round towers, used for protection against raiders.

From the monastic site, you will have a vast choice of walks to choose from. From a short 30 minute climb up to the Poulanass Waterfall to the scenic Spinc Loop (roughly 4h), Glendalough has walks to suit any level of fitness and ability so the choice is yours.

Dinner and overnight in Glendalough.

Day 3 (October 22nd):

This morning, we start with a scenic drive as we leave the Wicklow Mountains National Park and we make our way towards Limerick, home to the Munster rugby team and birthplace of the “limerick” _composition, hence the name.

On the way, and to make the trip more enjoyable, we will stop in one of the most striking ruins in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel. The old seat of Brian Boru, the “first high king of Ireland”, later became a place of Christian worship and 3 very interesting buildings can be found atop this rocky outcrop: a round tower, the only Romanesque church in the country and the historic Cashel Cathedral, oddly orientated to the East.

Limerick is one of the country’s economic motors and its busy streets of the Milk Market area contrast with the peace and beautiful views of King John’s Castle from Arthur’s Quay park. Visit King John’s Castle to learn more about William of Orange and his influence in Irish history or chill out by its lovely riverside walks.

Dinner and overnight in Limerick.

Day 4 (October 23rd):

Time to get back on the walking boots and enjoy the most famous views in the Emerald Isle: the Cliffs of Moher. Towering more than 700ft from the wild Atlantic Ocean, this strikingly vertical rock formations have been the postcard of Ireland for centuries.

We will begin the day with a drive by bus to Liscannor, at the southernmost tip of the cliff walk and we will make our way north to reach O’Briens Tower. The walk should take about 3 hours so you will have plenty of time to take pictures along the way.

After the walk, you will be picked up again by the bus and brought over to Galway, another hugely popular city with a bustling old town and (officially) the best fish & chips in Ireland! On the way, you will discover the barren landscape of the Burren. A grey, karstic landscape with volcanic origins that not many would associate to Ireland.

Dinner and overnight in Galway.

Day 5 (October 24th):

Today we make our way to Dublin fair’s city! On the way, we will learn about (probably) the most famous Irish invention worldwide: the uisce beatha, literally translated as “holy water” _and commonly known as “whiskey”.

Halfway through our journey we will stop in the cute town of Tullamore for a tour of the Tullamore D.E.W. housed within the brand’s Old Bonded Warehouse, a 19th-century building right on the Grand Canal.

In the evening, you will have some time to wander around Dublin and relax ahead of tomorrow’s big day in the capital.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

Day 6 (October 25th):

Time to stretch your legs again as we embark on a cultural journey to discover the wonder’s of Dubh Linn (literally “Black Pool”). From its historic castle and brightly coloured Georgian doors to the world-renowned Trinity College and Temple Bar.

Learn about Saint Patrick, the Vikings, the Famine, the 1916 Easter Rising and the many Nobel Prize winners that lived in the city before finishing off with another famous Irish export: the black stuff! (we are talking about Guinness, of course).

After lunch, we will take on a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Discover the secrets of the legendary drink, whose history spans for over 250 years and learn how to pour the perfect pint before finishing off your adventure in Ireland with a Guinness at the Gravity Bar, the highest pub in Dublin and a magnificent vantage point where to end your adventure. Sláinte!

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

Day 7 (October 26th):

Depending on flight times, free time in Dublin and transfer to Dublin Airport. Slán abhaile!

 

Included in the Tour

Group transfers from Dublin airport to & from accommodations

6 nights accommodations for minimum 10 guests to max 20 guests

6 Breakfasts

6 Dinners (Note: alcoholic beverages additional)

Modern coach for 3 days

Local guide for 7 days

Stateside organizer and adventurer, Heidi Siefkas

Not included

Airfare roundtrip to Dublin

Lunch

Alcoholic beverages with meals

City tax at each hotel

(**roughly 2 euro per guest per night, which cannot be charged to the package price only directly to each guest)

Gratuities for
local guide, driver, and/or anyone that made your trip great

Price:

Shared double room 1,665 Euros (approx. $1,900)

Single room 1,910 Euros (approx. $2,175)

In order to book your spot, please note:

The trip will run with a minimum of 10 guests and a max of 20 guests. To guarantee spot, a 300 Euros deposit (approx.. $342) is taken via RSVPify prior to 1/4/19. This would be refundable up until we reach the 10 guest minimum. Once we finalize the trip with the tour operator, the deposit is no longer refundable. Final rooming list of all guests is needed 60 days prior with final payment 30 days prior to trip.