September 13-24, 2024 | SOLD OUT
2024 Ireland Reunion (with Northern Ireland)
September 13-24, 2024
Kilkenny | Kilarney | Ring of Kerry | Galway | Donegal | Belfast| Dublin
Depart Canada - Sept 13, 2024
Day 1 – 14 Sept
Arrival & Medieval
You will be met on arrival at
Dublin Airport by your Tour Manager and hit the road south into the county of
Kilkenny. En route, we will enjoy a visit to The Irish National Stud, home of
some of the world’s greatest racehorses! The stud also allows time to stroll on
the beautiful Japanese Gardens. This evening in Kilkenny, we will enjoy a
welcome dinner together at our hotel.
Dinner/Overnight – Hotel
Day 2 – Sept 15th
Castles and Blarney
Today we travel south to County Kerry
with a stop at the 12th century Cahir Castle, the last bastion of
the infamous Cromwell and a definite must see. Then we head towards the village
of Blarney where there will be time to kiss the stone of eloquence (optional)
should any of you wish to cling 127 steps! This evening is at your leisure to
explore the town and maybe enjoy a pint or two with the locals.
Day 3 – Sept 16th
Ring of Kerry
This morning we enjoy a jaunting car ride
with a local jarvey into Killarney’s National Park. We then take the short
drive to the heritage town of Kenmare this morning. We will travel the Ring of Kerry
Road back into Killarney through Moll’s Gap. En route, we will enjoy a sheep
farm experience, where we will see sheepdogs hard at work. This evening, we will enjoy a wonderful local
supper with traditional music at Quills Farmhouse!
Overnight—Scott’s Hotel, Killarney
Day 4 – Sept 17th
Cliffs and Ceilis
After breakfast we will depart
for Galway. We will travel north along
the Wild Atlantic Way, stopping to enjoy a visit at Foynes Flying Boats. Not
only the location of the first transatlantic crossings to Canada, but also the
home of the Irish Coffee (which we will enjoy whilst there). Then we take the
ferry across the Shannon River into the banner county of Clare. Here we will
embark on a cruise out into the Wild Atlantic to view the mighty Cliffs of Moher
up close. This evening in Galway, we will enjoy a group dinner at our hotel
followed by an evening of Irish Dancing at Trad on the Prom.
Dinner/Overnight – The Hyde Hotel, Galway
Day 5 – Sept 18th
Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Today we enjoy a trip out into
Connemara to visit the beautiful and romantic Kylemore Abbey, built as a folly
for a lover before it was requisitioned as a safe haven for Belgian nuns after WW1.
We then enjoy a traditional lunch at a local pub before heading back to Galway.
This evening is at leisure in Galway, and we encourage you to venture out and
dine as a local. Dining recommendations
include John Kehoe’s, Ard Bia’s, Brasserie on the Corner and Oscar’s Seafood
Overnight – The Hyde Hotel, Galway
Day 6 – Sept 19th
Sligo & Lough Eske
we will head north through Yeats Country and into the wild lands of Donegal. This
afternoon, we make the short journey to Donegal town and Lough Eske castle, our
luxury home for the night. We will arrive nice to and early so you have time to
enjoy this beautiful property. This evening, we will enjoy dinner together at
one of the most beautiful castle hotels in Ireland.
Dinner/Overnight – Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
Giant’s Causeway and Belfast
After a leisurely breakfast we will
start our journey into Northern Ireland. Our first visit will take us to the City of
Derry, the only completely intact walled city in Ireland. We will enjoy a
guided tour of the famous Murals in the Bogside and a walk atop the famous
walls. Then we head along the Northern Coast to the famous UNESCO world heritage
site of the Giant’s Causeway. This evening we will enjoy dinner together at our
Dinner/Overnight – Clayton Hotel,
Day 8 – Sept 21st
Liners and Lags!
Today is Belfast Day. We will
enjoy a visit to the world-famous Titanic Centre, one of Europe’s best visitor attractions.
It tells the story not only of the fateful maiden voyage, but also of the
14,000 locals who worked in the shipyards in Belfast for four years before its
departure in April 1912. Following this, we will learn all about the Troubles,
a very turbulent time in Northern Ireland with a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol. This
evening will be at your leisure to enjoy all that this wonderful city has to
Overnight – Clayton Hotel,
Day 9 – Sept 22nd
Gin & Dublin
This morning we head south back into
the Republic of Ireland stopping on the way to enjoy a tour & tasting at
family-owned Listoke Gin School. On arrival into Dublin, enjoy a panoramic
tour, and then your tour manager will present you with a Dublin Bus Hop ON/OFF ticket so that you can explore at leisure.
Overnight – Camden Court Hotel,
Day 10 – Sept 23rd
Dublin’s Fair City!
Today is a free day so you
can use your Hop ON/OFF ticket. RIT recommends visiting EPIC, the Emigration
Story, Kilmainham Gaol and of course the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. This
evening we will head up the mountains to Johnny Foxes Pub to enjoy a farewell
Dinner & Hooley.
Overnight – Camden Court Hotel,
Day 11 – Sept 24th
End of Program – your Tour
Manager and driver will escort you back to the airport and bid you a reluctant
goodbye – till next time!