Discover the Colorful History and Proud Traditions of the Emerald Isle
11 Days • 10 Nights • 18 Meals
Jul 15-25 | Sep 2-12 in 2014
Depart/Return: Chicago, IL (*Air/Land Tour)
Price Per Person: Double: $3,747; Single: $4,255 (Jul)
Double: $3,347; Single: $3,855 (Sep)
Land-Only*: Double: $2,267; Single: $3,315
Pre-/Post-Tour Hotel: $138/night
(*Land-only tours begin one day later; airport transfers not included with Land-only tours.)
About the Tour
From the traditional food, music and dancing to the breathtaking scenery and bustling cities, this route through Ireland and Northern Ireland is nothing short of magical. Hold your breath as you travel along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the 60 million-year-old “lunar” landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Take a historical tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, offering awe-inspiring views of the Lagan River Valley, and the famous Falls and Shankill Road regions. Relive the days of colorful chieftains and kings at historic Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famed Blarney Stone for luck. Equally wonderful are encounters with the many folks proud to share their skills, stories and local traditions, from baking and weaving to glass-cutting and woolcraft.
It’s an unforgettable introduction to the cultural traditions of the Emerald Isle – high and low, north and south, urban and pastoral, but always uniquely Irish.
- Visit Dublin’s lush Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest city park, plus Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells
- Join folks at Causey Farm for delicious regional foods, traditional Irish music, hurling and jig dancing!
- Visit master manufacturers of world-famous Irish crafts including Parian China, Magee’s tweed, smoked Irish salmon and milled wool
- Relish gorgeous pastoral scenery – rolling hills, crystal-clear streams and lake-lapped valleys – of Sligo, Connemara, Galway and Killarney
- Watch craftsmen at work in the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory during a glass-cutting demonstration
Average Temp high 72°/low 54° (July); high 61°/low 50° (September)
Time Zone +6 hours from Central Time
Arrival Time Available 90 days prior to departure.
Departure Time Available 90 days prior to departure.
Airport-Hotel Shuttle Pre/Post-Tour hotel offers complimentary 24-hour shuttle service.
Vehicle Parking Free parking is available during the tour at our hotel in Chicago with a pre or post tour night booked.
Walking Distance Tours of historic city centers may involve extended walking along uneven cobblestone walkways.
Currency Euro in Ireland, British Pound in Northern Ireland
Hotel Amenities Hair dryers, TV/cable, & telephone. Exercise room & swimming pool available at some hotels.
Additional Information Flight time from Chicago to Dublin is 7.5 hours, Dublin to Chicago 8 hours. These flights are non-stop. Dress on tour is casual.
Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Land Only Tours begin one day later.
Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.
Adapted and excerpted from Around Ireland in 2012 blog by R. Loesche
Traveling in Northern Ireland was the most memorable part of my trip around the Emerald Isle. There was not one “wow” moment for me, but rather an accumulation of memories from discovering the turbulent past and surveying present beauty. Read More...