February 17 - 25, 2017

Tour Escort:
Agnes Warren
Agnes Warren

Price:
$1,784.00
(per person, based on double occupancy)

Reservations
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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip International airfare.
  • Transfers and all taxes.
  • Four star hotel accommodations throughout the tour.
  • Professional driver/guide and private deluxe coach.
  • Professional Craftours escort.
  • Daily Breakfast and welcome dinner.
  • Optional tour to Kylemore Abbey & the Connemara Region.
  • A visit to the Celtic Crystal Factory and Connemara Marble Shop.
  • Panoramic city tours in Galway, Killarney and Dublin.
  • Tour of the famous Dingle Peninsula and town of Dingle.
  • Optional tour to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • Sightseeing at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
  • A visit to Ross Castle and the award winning town of Adare.
  • Shopping at the famous Blarney Woolen Mills.
  • Photo stop at the Rock of Cashel.
  • A drive through the famous Burren area.
  • Free time for shopping on Grafton Street in Dublin and Shop Street in Galway.
  • Special lanyard and luggage tags.

IRELAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Connemara Marble Shop Play Movie
Stephen Walsh and his family will welcome you to Connemara marble. His family have worked the beautiful, green Connemara marble for three generations and take great pride in the Irish jewelry and Irish gifts that they produce.

Connemara marble is over 900 Million years old and is unique to Ireland. They own and operate the oldest marble quarry, which was first opened in the 19th Century, and visited in 1903 by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra during the Royal tour of Connemara.
Celtic Crystal Factory Play Movie
Celtic Crystal was founded in 1972. This family-run business has been pioneering the incorporation of Celtic Designs and Gaelic Motifs into its ornate Irish Crystal and it is proud to claim leadership in this field.

Today, this tradition is continued by our talented and creative yound Irish crafts people; reproducing the culture and history of Ireland by crafting the unique and intricate designs that are synonymous with Ireland's Celtic heritage on our exquisite crystal pieces.
Dingle Peninsula Dingle Peninsula Play Movie
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of the major peninsulae in County Kerry. It ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland and arguably Europe.

The Dingle Peninsula is named after the town of Dingle. The peninsula is also commonly called Corca Dhuibhne even when those referring to it are speaking in English. Corca Dhuibhne, which means "seed or tribe of Duibhne", takes its name from the túath of Corco Dhuibhne who occupied the peninsula in the Middle Ages and who also held a number of territories in the south and east of County Kerry.
Cliffs of Moher Play Movie
The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres to the north. The tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien. From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs rank are amongst the top visited tourist sites in Ireland, and receive almost one million visitors a year.
Ross Castle Play Movie
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend has it that O'Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O'Donoghue's prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
Blarney Castle Play Movie
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle.

WEATHER
The climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. It is defined as a temperate oceanic climate, or Cfb on the Köppen climate classification system, a classification it shares with most of northwest Europe. The country receives generally warm summers and mild winters. It is considerably warmer than other areas on its latitude, because it lies in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, and as a result is warmed by the North Atlantic Current all year. For current weather go to weather.com or click here.

CURRENCY
The currency in Ireland is the Euro (EUR).
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Optional Tour:

Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Play Movie
Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The current Mother Abbess of the Benedictine Community is Mary Margaret Funk.

The cost of this optional tour is $57.00 pp.
Bunratty Castle Bunratty Castle Play Movie
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village, between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The castle and the adjoining folk park are run by Shannon Heritage as tourist attractions.

The present castle, was built by the MacNamara family after around 1425. Its builder may have been one Maccon Sioda MacNamara, chieftain of Clann Cuilein (i.e. the MacNamaras). He died before the castle was completed which happened under his son Sean Finn (died in 1467). At around 1500, Bunratty Castle came into the hands of the O'Briens (or O'Brians), the most powerful clan in Munster and later Earls of Thomond. They expanded the site and eventually made it their chief seat, moving it there from Ennis.

The cost of this optional tour is $55.00 pp.