Explore Ireland Escorted Tour 2013

Arrive in Dublin with time to explore before heading into the Irish countryside. Kiss the Blarney Stone, shop for Irish knits and traverse the famed Ring of Kerry with its astounding scenic views. Ireland's most iconic landscape awaits in Country Clare, the Cliffs of Moher. Leave behind the greens and blues of this postcard moment to explore one of Ireland's lesser known landscapes, a region known as the Burren. Not just unique within Ireland, but unique in Europe, its limestone covered land will make you feel as if you are traversing the moon. Now it's time for some urban adventures in Galway, known as the liveliest city in Ireland. Visit impressive Galway Cathedral and enjoy a cruise on the river leaving you plenty of energy to explore the friendly pubs for which the city is known. The Connemara region is part of the Gaeltacht, an area where Gaelic is still a spoken language. However, words fail anyway when viewing the wild surroundings of Connemara National Park and stunning Kylemore Abbey. Pass through County Sligo, the source of inspiration for writer W.B. Yeats and the site of one of the largest Stone Age cemeteries in the world. A factory tour in Belleek will reveal the secrets of this famous Irish pottery. Now it's time to continue north to the other Ireland, as equally beautiful and friendly as the south. Arrive in Derry for a walking tour of the walled city. Learn the legend behind the famous Giants Causeway on the way to Belfast. Belfast has a rich and varied history and has always offered much for visitors to explore, but now travelers also have the opportunity to learn more about the fateful voyage of that most famous ship at the new Titanic Experience. Tour a striking 18th century house and garden on the Ards Peninsula before a ferry ride whisks you back to Dublin. Georgian architecture, parks, and historical landmarks are all part of a city orientation tour. Sports fans will want to be sure to sign up for the Gaelic Games option to get an introduction to Gaelic Football or hurling and music fans have an option to enjoy a night of Irish dancing and music at a lively pub, a great way to say goodbye to this enchanting land before the next day's flight home.



  October 2011  


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