Trip to Dublin, Ireland
· Mon, Oct 12, 2020
Travel Expert Travis Stewart
Join Boomer Gallant and Karen Smith to discover the incredible shades of Ireland from October 12 to 21, 2020.
From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal or tour the renowned Medieval Museum. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice program. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!
Stay at Cabra Castle, one of the best-known Castle hotels in Ireland. It's the perfect retreat to start your Irish adventure.
Built nearly 600 years ago, Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Kiss the Blarney Stone at the top and you'll never be lost for words!
Make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, soaring to 214 m above the sea. The staggering beauty and sea spray air is invigorating.
Since 1840, the Temple Bar has dispensed renowned hospitality and traditions of excellence to generations.
Kevin "Boomer" Gallant and Karen Smith will be your Stewart Travel Group Hosts for our 2020 Ireland Reunion. Boomer retired as the weather specialist from CBC News: Compass in April 2017. He spends his retirement with his family - including his grandchildren - gardening, baking, and travelling with his partner Karen.
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Day 1 | October 12 – Depart Canada on an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. Get ready to experience a true taste of “Irish Splendour” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery, and incredible cuisine. Make a return to past times by joining us on this unforgettable tour of the “Emerald Isle.”
Day 2 | October 13 – Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
After we arrive in Dublin we will drive to Kingscourt, County Cavan. Castles, with their nooks and crannies and ancient histories are made for exploring, and you’ll chance upon amazing secrets at gorgeous Cabra Castle, where you’ll stay tonight. Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dún a Rí Forest Park, there is much to explore, both indoors and out. Accommodations: Cabra Castle, Kingscourt.
Day 3 | October 14 – Kingscourt
Enjoy your day of leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Accommodation: Cabra Castle, Kingscourt. (B, D)
Day 4 | October 15 – Kingscourt – Tullamore – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
Start your day with a cross-country journey to Irish whiskey territory. The ancient town of Tullamore has long been associated with the whiskey industry. During a visit to one of these historic distilleries, learn the process of whiskey making and delight in a tasting of the final product. Continue to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. End your day in the charming town of Ennis. Enjoy the ambience of your historic hotel, cozy up to its roaring peat fire, and feel the warmth of Irish hospitality. Later, in a beautiful land of rolling green fields, ancient battlefields and medieval fortresses once inhabited by generations of clansmen, you can conjure up a world filled with lords and ladies, knights and damsels as you experience a true medieval banquet hosted in a real castle! The 15th century magically comes to life the moment you enter the castle. Sip honey-rich mead and admire the ornate tapestries and royal furnishings before sitting down for a sumptuous four-course meal and some fine wine suitable for toasting the royal court. Spirits run high with delightful song and dance performances reminiscent of this unique period. Accommodation: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis. (B, D)
Day 5 | October 16 – Ennis – Killarney
Today, experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family and enjoy homemade scones and tea during a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. Continue on to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Killarney’s best local restaurants. Accommodation: Killarney Towers, Killarney. (B, D)
Day 6 | October 17 – Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney
Set off this morning to follow what is perhaps Ireland’s most majestic coastal route – the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Travel to the town of Dingle and then drive the beautiful Slea Head road, where some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes are found. Accommodation: Killarney Towers, Killarney. (B)
Day 7 | October 18 – Killarney – Dublin
Depart Killarney for Ireland’s breathtaking countryside. Visit historic Blarney Castle where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Next, travel to the town of Cashel for views of the historic Rock of Cashel, the reputed location where St. Patrick preached and converted the King of Munster. End your day in Dublin. Tonight, a culinary and cultural adventure begins at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s top international visitor attraction. Explore the brewing process behind this beloved beverage and learn how to pour the perfect pint. At its spectacular Gravity Bar, enjoy a sweeping 360º view of Dublin as you savour a complimentary pint. Next, come to know Ireland’s famed welcoming spirit, lively music and dynamic dancing during a fun filled evening of Irish entertainment at its very best. You will become Irish for the night as you take in the local entertainment and savour some of Ireland’s most traditional dishes, such as homemade soda bread and Dublin coddle. The Irish dancers will dazzle you and the traditional Irish ballads will touch your heart. This toe-tapping evening will take you on a journey that captures the true local flavour in a welcoming setting that immerses you in the magic of Irish culture that is rich in tradition and cheer. Accommodation: Ashling Hotel, Dublin. (B, D)
Day 8 | October 19 – Dublin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Then, enjoy some leisure time to independently explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin. Tonight, tour Christ Church Cathedral, one of Dublin’s most historic buildings and toast the end of an incredible journey with canapes and cocktails in the cathedral’s crypt. Accommodation: Ashling Hotel, Dublin. (B)
Day 9 | October 20 – Dublin
Enjoy a day of leisure. Accommodation: Ashling Hotel, Dublin. (B)
Day 10 | October 21 – Dublin – Tour Ends
Depart for Canada with many wonderful memories. (B)