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Gini: I am a travel agent putting together a tour for a client of mine. She found the following group tour and would like to have the same itinerary but make the tour private. Please include admission to all sites listed below. If possible please list hotel prices as well. If you can't do the hotel pricing please just send pricing for the private drive and tour portions and I will book the hotel myself. The group is 3 people, 2 adults and their 12 year old daughter. Please feel free to contact me day or night (I am US Pacific time, but will gladly take your call at 2 am just to get this done!)as I have been trying to get another tour operator to quote me on this trip and it has taken too long and the client is anxious to have a price.
Day 2 - Fri: Georgian Dublin & National Gallery
Land at Dublin Airport where you pass through immigration and customs controls. Go to the CIE Tours desk in the Arrivals Hall to arrange a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense. Your hotel is located in the heart of Georgian Dublin. At 3:00 pm take a leisurely walking tour with a local guide to learn about the development of elegant Georgian mansions 200 years ago. Walk through the lovely gardens of Merrion Square and into the National Gallery, which features centuries of European collections and many Irish artists. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink. The evening is free for independent dining and your tour director will assist you in choosing a suitable restaurant.
Day 3 - Sat: Book of Kells & Theater Evening
This morning drive around central Dublin's public buildings, colorful parks and bustling shopping streets. Learn about the founding of this settlement on the banks of the River Liffey over 1,000 years ago. Drive along the wide O'Connell Street with many monuments, past tranquil St. Stephen's Green, and pause at the Famine Memorial. Walk through Trinity College's campus to see its many old buildings and visit the Old Library to view the priceless 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. The afternoon is at leisure so you may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to Guinness or Jameson. Dine in your hotel's restaurant before heading to the world-famous Abbey or Gate Theatre for a performance. (B, D)
Day 4 - Sun: Rock of Cashel & Sheep Farm Visit
Depart Dublin and travel south to visit the Rock of Cashel, where Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster in 977. See the 12th century Cormac's Chapel with its Hiberno-Romanesque decorations, the large cruciform cathedral and a round tower. At a nearby farmhouse sample home-made scones with tea and watch a farmer use his trained dogs to round up sheep. Drive south past the gentle slopes of the Galtee Mountains, through the town of Mallow and on to Killarney, famous for its scenic location. Check into your hotel and enjoy a superb dinner in the fine restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5 - Mon: Ring of Kerry & Killeen House Restaurant
Today experience the Ring of Kerry drive where every bend in 100 miles of road reveals breathtaking views of mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. You will have plenty of stops to admire or photograph scenic vistas. At the tip of the peninsula visit the Skellig Experience, which shows the austere conditions of early Christian monastic life on the nearby rocky islands. Today the islands provide sanctuary for sea birds. Return through the attractive village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap for panoramic views of Killarney. In the evening savor delicious cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere at award-winning Killeen House Restaurant, a few miles outside the town. (B, D)
Day 6 - Tue: Cliffs of Moher & Dromoland Castle
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary to visit the Cliffs of Moher, majestic walls of rock, which extend five miles along the coast. If you wish, you may take a walk to O'Brien's Tower at the highest point and see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Journey through part of the Burren Country to your lovely castle hotel. After check in you may choose to relax in the wonderful setting or take a short drive to Bunratty Village for an opportunity to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park or the 200-year-old pub of Durty Nelly's. In the evening enjoy gourmet dining in the elegant dining room of your hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 - Wed: Ennis Walking Tour & Ashford Castle
Drive to the market town of Ennis, a centuries-old settlement with narrow, twisting streets. Join a local guide for a walking tour around the main points of interest. Travel into Galway for a brief drive through the city center and free time to browse around on your own. Continue north to Cong for a 2-night stay at the famous Ashford Castle Hotel. In the evening drive to the nearby village of Clonbur for an informal dinner with local entertainment at Eddie's Pub. (B, D)
Day 8 - Thu: Connemara & ?The Quiet Man? Walk
Travel through Connemara to Leenane and embark on a catamaran cruise around Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord. As you sip an Irish coffee, see remains of houses and potato patches abandoned during the 1840's Famine as well as stunning scenery. Return to Cong to take a short walking tour to see movie locations of the 1952 movie, ?The Quiet Man.? Dine in Ashford's lovely restaurant and afterwards listen to music in the Dungeon Bar. (B, D)
Day 9 - Fri: Back Home from Shannon
Bid farewell to Ashford Castle and take a group transfer to Shannon Airport where your tour concludes at 10:30 am. It's a two-hour drive to the Airport. Check in for your flight in good time and you may like to shop at the duty-free stores. If you need to arrive at Shannon Airport before 10:30 am, your tour director will coordinate an early group transfer once you are on tour. (B)
Leslie: Hi our cruise ship, Princess Crown, will be docking in Dublin on Monday 7/25/2011 (we dock at 7:00am and we depart at 6:00pm) and we were looking at the information below --
Do you have this date available?
what else could we see besides the following on a full day PRIVATE tour?
how much is a full day tour and will you pick us up at the ship?
Thank you so much for your help. Leslie and Dennis Schaefer
HISTORIC JEWISH DUBLIN HALF DAY - - The Jewish population in Ireland peaked at approximately 5,500 in the late 1940\'s, but has now declined to around 1,500. Today, a committee of dedicated people at the Irish Jewish Museum preserve for public display material relating to the community and Judaism in general. You\'ll meet some of these highly dedicated people during your visit to the Museum, housed in a former Synagogue, originally constructed as two adjoining terraced houses. The Synagogue fell into disuse and ceased to function in the mid 1970s. Opened by the Irish born former President of Israel Dr. Chaim Herzog in June 1985, the Museum preserves an important part of Ireland\'s cultural and historic heritage. Today, the former Synagogue, with its original features, houses memorabilia relating to Irish Jewry. The collection includes photographs, paintings, certificates, books, and artifacts concerning all aspects of Jewish life. In addition to a general display covering the last 150 years of professional, commercial, artistic, and social activity of the Jewish community, the original kitchen recreates a typical Sabbath meal setting of the early 1900\'s. You\'ll then see the center of Dublin, where your guide will point out the city\'s most well known landmarks and historic buildings, as you continue traveling to the north of the River Liffey for a visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery located at Ballybough. A short stop is made at this very historic Irish Jewish part of Dublin and you then return through the city\'s suburbs to the harbor. Some sites may be closed for religious observances or other reasons.
Jane: Hello! We are planning to visit in Ireland and Scotland from March 18-31. I have secured plane tickets from Boston, MA, USA to Dublin arriving in Dublin on 18 March 2011 at some ungodly hour like 5:20AM. My visit is happening because my daughter is studying for a semester at NUI Galway. My husband and I plan to be traveling with my cousin and her husband (but they have not yet made their air reservations, so I am not yet sure if we are talking about 2 people or 4...hopefully I will know for sure in 2 or 3 days). Anyway, because we are arriving so early after an overnight flight (I suspect we will sleep, but...) and I am at some level afraid to drive on the opposite side of both the car and the road than I am used to on little sleep, and because we have never been to Ireland, and am clueless about what we even want to see, or where we should stay, I was wondering what kind of a tour you could do that would allow us to see some of the more important sights on day one, get us to the area of NUI Galway for supper and maybe take 5 of us the next day (Saturday, I believe) somewhere that my college aged daughter might find interesting, and yet might not get to without us. I know I am babbling on, but I am so unsure about what your service really is, that I am probably giving you too much information. After those two days, I am hoping that during the next week, before the 24th (when we fly from Dublin to Scotland) we can see some sights for a day or two on the way to Dublin Airport for our flight to Edinburgh and my cousin's flight home. We return to Dublin on the 29th and might want some kind of a tour on the 30th of Dublin for the day. We leave to return to the US on the 31st. Any assistance you could give would be wonderful. I have looked at some B&Bs, and think I have found a few that look good to us......but if you contact me soon, I would defer to you. I want to make my reservations this weekend, because I am a bit type A.........sorry for the blabbering! Jane
Bryan: I am an Australian based in Singapore and my family and some extended family from Australia will be visiting Ireland in June 2012.
Their will be definitely 8 people with some likelihood of this growing to 10 people.
I was looking through the internet and came across your details and thought I would drop you a line.
Our potential requirements are:
Arrive in Dublin on Wednesday 20th June 2012 and depart Dublin on Friday 29th June 2012.
We are happy to self drive but can see the benefit of having a tour guide for certain days and locations based on your advice.
Accommodation (prefer a range of boutique hotels and local pub accommodation as opposed to big commercial hotels) and vehicle hire needs to be arranged.
We want to spend say two full days in Dublin then spend the rest of the time touring Ireland.
Is it possible to include a few days in Northern Ireland in a trip like this?
As you can see we want a level of independence so that our general location is locked in by the hotel booking each day, but we have flexibility on most days to visit / see what we like.
Let me know your thoughts / interest?