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2020 ~ Treasures of Ireland Tour September 1 - 12, 2020

This is a Private Chauffeur driven Small Group Tour. Maximum 20 passengers for an intimate experience! This tour will sell out quickly, so don't wait to secure your spot!

USA to Dublin, Ireland

9/1/2020 ~ Depart USA for Dublin, Ireland

Flight cost & Itinerary will not be available until October 31st, 2019. (Airfare will be additional & can be added to the overall tour cost when it becomes available)

First Stop..... DUBLIN

9/2/20 ~ Arrive Dublin. Private Transportation provided to our hotel upon arrival

Private Airport Transfers

Dublin. . . . a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laid back city is an adventure in itself.

Welcome to the Cliff Townhouse Hotel

A Luxury 4* Boutique hotel. . .

Located in a fashionable city center neighborhood rich with culture, historic sites and upscale boutiques. With Cliff Townhouse as a base, it’s easy to make the most of Dublin's destination highlights, many of which are accessible within a few minutes’ walk.

~ Accomodations ~

9/2/20 ~ 2nts in a Townhouse Room, including Breakfast Daily

Townhouse Room

Our five Dublin hotel rooms on St Stephen’s Green have elegant Georgian proportions — and exude the soul of a private home rather than grand hotel.

Pretty palettes of shell pink, muted fawn and duck-egg blue are accented by shot-silk curtains, oversized velvet headboards and delicately pleated georgette lampshades.

Reproduction period prints on the walls, elegant side tables and chests of drawers ensure this Dublin townhouse competes with the best hotels in town. Donegal tweed blankets accent the crisp, comfortable beds.

Day 1 ~ Explore Dublin!

After check-in at our hotel, feel free to explore your surroundings the rest of the day/evening.

Day 2....Explore some more!

9/3/20 ~ Explore Dublin 1/2 day using your 24hr Hop on/Hop off bus tour pass provided to catch all the highlights of Dublin!

Guinness Storehouse

In the afternoon, we will all meet to visit the Guinness Storehouse, where we will also have a brew at the Gravity Bar and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Dublin!

Gravity Bar

Next we visit the EPIC Irish Museum!

EPIC Irish Museum

EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.

This evening, we enjoy an authentic Irish Night & Cabaret dinner show with music, dancing & comedy!

Ireland’s most loved pub and entertainment venue Taylors Three Rock involves a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish song and dance accompanied by a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate. Our resident band and traditional Irish Dancers provide breathtaking performances for their audience and never fail to entertain.

Day 3...Meet our tour guide

9/4/20 ~ Today, we meet our tour guide/driver for the week and board our lovely private motor coach to set out on an amazing journey through Ireland together!

NOTE: Throughout our tour, we will be stopping along the way between some of the main attractions to see or do things that our driver/guide suggests based on the interests of the group as a whole. So although we're highlighting some of the primary sights we'll be seeing and things we'll be doing, please know that there will be MUCH MORE we will be experiencing during our time together than what is listed here!

1st Stop.... Kilbeggan Distillery

Kilbeggan Distillery

The Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland. Dating back to 1757 a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest.

Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery in the past and the importance the local community had on what you see today. You’ll see the old mash tuns and fermenters, still in their original positions. You can also get close to the iconic waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery and kept whiskey flowing through Kilbeggan.

A stroll across the courtyard takes you to the present day, where whiskey is being produced in the traditional way – ancient traditions have been passed on from generation to generation, and the team are happy to talk you through what they are doing. See for yourself the traditional method of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from ancient pot stills – one of which is over 186 years old!

Of course no visit would be complete without a taste of Kilbeggan’s finest. A visit to Kilbeggan Distillery is a unique experience not to be missed!

Irish Midlands

We drive through the Irish Midlands with a stop along the way for lunch at an authentic Irish pub/restaurant.

Authentic Irish Pub/Restaurant
Head to Ennis to our hotel

Check-in to the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

A beautifully restored 18th Century Manor House Hotel in Ennis, Ireland

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

Built in the early part of the 18th Century as a private dwelling and a hotel since 1895 the Old Ground Hotel Ennis has a long tradition and connection to the people of County Clare.

This unique 4 star Ennis Hotel is on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A warm welcome, a highly acclaimed culinary experience using local Ennis produce and luxurious accommodation awaits you. Our dedicated and experienced staff will ensure that you come to see the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis as a home away from home.

~ Accommodations ~

9/4/20 ~ 2nts in a Classic Room, including Breakfast Daily

Fresh, white crisp linen and the softest duvets and pillows ensure a great night's sleep. Each room is non-smoking: Classic rooms have the option of either two beds - a double bed and single bed or two single beds. Certain rooms are appointed with a double bed.

All our classic bedrooms provide the following: Tea/coffee making facilities; 16 channel TV including CNN&BBC1,2&3; Complimentary WI-FI; Direct Dial Telephone; Safe; Luggage Rack; HairDryer; Iron & Iron board upon request; 110/220 Volt Adapters built in or upon request

Tonight, enjoy your evening out at a local restaurant or pub for dinner in Ennis

Day 4....Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

9/5/20 ~ Today, as we depart, our tour begins through the majestic Connemara National Park area where breathtaking scenery abound, and leads us to Kylemore Abbey & it's Victorian Walled Gardens

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Welcome to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, one of Ireland’s best loved and most iconic tourist attractions and home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920.

At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lake shore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone. With great options for dining and shopping we have all you need for the perfect Connemara day out.

Dine Out in Ennis this evening!
Day 5.... Irelands stony place ~ The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

9/6/20 ~ Today we begin our tour with Irealnd's stony place ~ the Burren.

It is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil & crevices - gentians, orchids and maidehhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and to delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car.

We continue on to the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. O'Briens Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the nor in Connemara.

Ballyseede Castle

This evening, we will be staying at Ballyseede Castle!

4* Luxury Castle Hotel

Take a step back in time with a hotel steeped in history that offers luxurious surroundings within 30 acres of private gardens and woodland.

The Doric columns that lead to an elegant oak staircase in the lobby are indicative of the grand decoration throughout the hotel. Impressive drawing rooms with ornate cornices, adorned with marble fireplaces provide an ideal setting for afternoon tea or morning coffee.

Elegant accommodation, fine dining with traditional Irish cuisine, rooms that tell a story and the picturesque natural setting, will all comprise to make your stay at Ballyseede Castle an unforgettable one.

1nt in a Castle Double room

Double Castle Rooms are tastefully decorated and retain the character and charm of castle living.

ROOM AMENITIES: Free WiFi, Toiletries & Bathrobes; Tea/Coffee making facilities; Bottled water; Ironing board; Hair dryer

Day 6 ..... Gap of Dunloe & Muckross House

9/7/20 ~ Today on our way to Killarney, we tour the majestic Gap of Dunloe located in the Killarney National Park. Here we will take a jaunting cart ride, ending at Muckross House for lunch. Time to explore!

Muckross House & Gardens

Located approximately 6km (3.6 miles) from Killarney town centre, Muckross House and Gardens represent the focal point and nucleus of Killarney National Park. This is Ireland's oldest National Park and it includes the world famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them.

Great Southern Hotel

Check-in to the Great Southern Hotel, Killarney

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

Great Southern Killarney's spectacular architecture melded with effortless service and genuine hospitality has made Great Southern Killarney an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Originally opened in 1854, the hotel was named The Great Southern Hotel for over 100 years then changed to The Malton Killarney in 2007 before returning once again in 2018 as the iconic Great Southern Killarney. The reason for returning back to the Great Soutehrn from The Malton was that many members of the local community and also our guests still refer to, and are familiar with the hotel as the Great Southern, and also due to the Great Southern’s rich history and it’s positive legacy which endures. Killarney hoteliers, the Scally Family, who also own Killarney Royal and Hayfield Manor in Cork undertook ownership of the Great Southern in November 2014, since then the Great Southern team have worked towards restoring the hotel to its former greatness. As part of that restoration project, the hotel’s magnificent Grand Foyer has been restored to the original Victorian design, the sublime public areas have been redecorated in classical style, an extensive bedroom refurbishment program has been undertaken and the facilities surrounding Great room.

Today Great Southern Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The hotel is uniquely situated on 6 acres of beautiful gardens, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station, right in the heart of Killarney town centre. Great Southern Killarney enjoys an impressive history, throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including the gourmet Garden Room Restaurant, the welcoming meeting point Brownes - The Bar, The Killarney Wine Room, home to the hotel’s wine tasting experience & traditional Afternoon Tea served daily in The Grand Foyer & the beautifully restful, Reading Room Residents’ Lounge.

~ Accommodations ~

9/7/20 ~ 3nts in a Classic Room, including Breakfast Daily

Discover an amazing restaurant or pub on your own in Killarney this evening for dinner!

Day 7...... Dingle Peninsula

9/8/20 ~ Dingle peninsula

After Breakfast, depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland! The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe-inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula.

Find an amazing local pub for dinner in Killarney tonight!

Day 8......Ring of Kerry

9/9/20 ~ Today, we journey through the incredible Ring of Kerry!

There is an unspoiled nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View and the famous Lakes of Killarney.

Enjoy your last night in Killarney at a local pub/restaurant for dinner

Day 9......Backroads & Villages

9/10/20 ~ Today, we continue our journey on through the back roads of Kenmare, down through Glengarriff past Bantry Bay with stops in Skibbereen, Baltimore and Kinsale, overnighting in Cork.

Imperial Hotel Cork

Check-in to the Imperial Hotel Cork

Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel

The Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City. This luxury 4 star boutique Cork hotel enjoys an unrivaled setting, with the world famous English Market and the bustling main shopping districts of St. Patrick and Oliver Plunket Street right on the doorstep. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, The Imperial Hotel in Cork is regarded by many as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Cork.

Magnificently renovated, The Imperial Hotel, Cork, offers the finest luxury accommodations with a bespoke, personal and professional service in surroundings bristling with old world charm, opulent décor and a truly welcoming atmosphere.

~ Accommodations ~

9/9/20 ~ 1nt in a Superior Room, including Breakfast Daily

Evening on your own to shop, eat and explore!

Day 10.... Cashel~ Kilkenny Castle

9/11/20 ~ We depart Cork after breakfast traveling northeast. We stop for a photo op in County Tipperary at the historic Rock of Cashel. This stone fort poised 200 feet above the town was built in the 5th century. It is said to be the site where St Patrick illustrated the the sacred trinity to the Kings of Munster using the modest shamrock. It is on through Medieval Kilkenny. Time to visit Kilkenny Castle which in the last few years has been completely resorted with original artifacts.

We continue onto Clontarf Castle for our last overnight in Ireland.

Clontarf Castle

Check-in to Clontarf Castle, Dublin

4* Luxury Hotel

Clontarf Castle is a unique 12th Century castle hotel offering a perfect blend of Irish history & tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century, following a significant investment that has seen glamorous, bespoke interiors that will capture the imagination and enrich the senses.

Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea.

Clontarf Castle Hotel’s 111 newly refurbished guest rooms and hotel suites range from the luxurious to the truly extravagant, with individual and unique designs that mesmerises your senses and all the in room touches you need to ensure the perfect nights rest in great Dublin accommodation with beautiful views of the stunning Dublin Mountains.

~ Accommodations ~

9/11/20 ~ 1nt in a Deluxe room including Breakfast

Our beautifully re-modeled deluxe bedrooms come in a variety of boutique schemes from country Heritage to more contemporary schemes. Bold fabrics and wall coverings are used throughout with different ambiences being created through use of textile patterns, color choices and bespoke art pieces.

Bedroom amenities/facilities: 55” Interactive TV Systems; Pillow top mattresses; HD IP Telephone system with direct dial access; Complimentary 100 Mb Wi-Fi; Laptop–friendly safes; Complimentary mineral water and tea / coffee making facilities; Individually controlled air conditioning; and climate control; 24 hour room service; Splendidly stocked mini bar; Hairdryer; Tea and coffee making facilities; Trouser Press

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Enjoy your last night at a great restaurant/pub for dinner!

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Day 11.......Transfer to Dublin Airport

9/12/20 ~ Transportation to Dublin Airport for your flight home with amazing memories to share with friends & family back home!

Memories to last a lifetime!!
TOUR PRICING......

*This is a Small Group Tour with a Maximum Capacity of 20 passengers for an Intimate Experience, and will sell out quickly!

$3200 per person

LAND ITINERARY COSTS Per Person based on double occupancy. Single & Triple rates available upon request. (Minimum 10 passengers required for this departure)

Deposit: $250 per person to secure your spot. (singles = $500 deposit)

Final Payment Due: July 1st, 2020

OPTIONAL INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE!

Once deposit is made, you may make up to 2 payments monthly that can be made on the 1st and/or 15th of each month only. All scheduled payments must be completed by the final payment due date.

*Airfare is additional ranging from $600-$800pp based on availability and will be available November 1st 2019.

*Due to supply & demand, some details and/or accommodations may be changed based on availability until deposit is received.

RESERVATIONS......

In order to secure your spot, please click the button below and submit your reservation form. Once your reservation form is received, we will send you an invoice with the link to the Credit Card form for you to fill out and submit your deposit.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Infinite Journeys Travel at 330-364-5348 or by Email: Cindy@InfiniteJourneysTravel.com

Trip Insurance......

Trip Cancellation Interruption Insurance is available to protect your investment in case you need to cancel your reservation, among many other features. Trip Insurance will also cover you medically while traveling as our health insurance in the USA does not cover us when traveling internationally. For details, pricing and to purchase, please visit click the button below:

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