Experience Ireland like never before with Donegal Square!

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July 3 to 10, 2017

Our deluxe coach bus tour will take in the spectacular scenery and culture of Ireland. Beginning in Dublin, then traversing west through the center of Ireland and down into the Ring of Kerry before heading north to Galway. Traveling slowly through small villages, winding hills and rugged coastlines, ending back in Dublin eight days later.

We will be staying in some of the best-situated hotels in Ireland and will be visiting many small craft vendors and artisans along the way. The main theme in all of our Donegal Square tours is that we get a nice blend of culture, history and fun in a very easy-going fashion. Our itinerary is not overly full, allowing us to add impromptu treasures and opportunities that you don't usually find on a group tour.


"Traveling with Neville and seeing his country through the eyes of a native Irishman is magical! It is so personal, meeting friends, artisans and authors, sharing experiences we would not have had traveling in a larger group. The flexibility allowed us to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems we might not have known existed."
– the Barry clan

GAlway music buskers

GAlway music buskers

 

Tour Includes

• Two knowledgeable tour guides, natives to the country • A visit to Ireland’s Gourmet Capital • A step back in time to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park • Whiskey Tasting at the Jameson Irish Whiskey distillery • Killarney National Park • Some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland around the Ring of Kerry • A Traditional Irish Music Festival with workshops and classes • Entrance to various museums and heritage sites • Walking Tours of Cobh, Cork, Killarney and Galway • Pubs, history and more pubs! • Accommodations at some of the best Hotel locations in Ireland • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.

Temple Bar in Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin

Optional One-Night Stay in Dublin • Sunday, July 2

We’re taking off bright and early for our tour on July 3, from Dublin Airport. If you are not an early bird, or want to spend some time exploring the city before getting on the bus, consider signing up for the optional one-night stay in Dublin. You will be put up in central Dublin at the Camden Court Hotel, and we can pick you up from the hotel at 9am on July 3. 

Rates

8-Day Tour of Ireland
$2,295 per person
• Land Only.
• Based on double occupancy for accommodations. 
• Single Room Supplement is $500.

Optional One-Night Stay in Dublin
Before 8-Day Ireland Tour

$250 per couple, double occupancy
• $150 per person, single occupancy
• Hotel Only.
• Includes breakfast.

 

* Rates are for land only. Air travel is not included in the above prices; assistance with arranging and booking flights is available.
• Above rates are per person, based on the number of people booked.
• For the most up-to-date details and rates, call Donegal Square at 610.866.3244.
• All services and rates are subject to availability at time of booking.

Trip Insurance available


Reserve your space now!

To book space on our 2017 July tour, please print out and complete the Registration Form and mail it in with your deposit check, made payable to Donegal Square, to 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. For any questions regarding Donegal Square Travels and the tours offered, please get in touch with Neville Gardner at Donegal Square via phone – 610.866.3244 or email neville@donegal.com

 

 

8-Day Ireland Tour Itinerary

Experience Ireland Like Never Before with Donegal Square and Gerry Timlin

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

Day 1

Monday, July 3 – Dublin to Kinsale

Traveling to Kinsale via Cashel to visit the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale. Including the 12th-century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th-century Gothic cathedral, 15th-century castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. After the Rock of Cashel, continuing on to Kinsale, known as “Ireland’s Fine Food Capital”. 

Overnight at the Trident Hotel or similar.

 

 

Old Midleton Distillery • Jameson Irish whiskey

Old Midleton Distillery • Jameson Irish whiskey

 

 

Day 2

Tuesday, July 4 – Kinsale/Cork/Cobh/Midleton

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Wake up this morning with a short walking tour of Kinsale. Then back on the bus to travel through the small fishing village of Cobh on our way to Cork for another walking tour. From 1848 to 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland, with 2.5 million leaving from the Cobh port, making it the single most important port of emigration for the Tall Ships transporting convicts to Australia and emigrants to North America. Cobh’s unique origins, history and legacy are dramatically recalled at the Queenstown Story, a multimedia exhibition we’ll be visiting at the Cobh’s Victorian Station. After Cobh and Cork, we travel to Midleton to visit Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. 

Overnight at the Trident Hotel or similar.

Day 3

Wednesday, July 5 – Kinsale to Killarney

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Today we leave Kinsale to travel over to Killarney via the wonderful Cork countryside. We’ll be passing through the towns of Clonakilty, Skibereen, Bantry and the Goughane Barra. Once we arrive in Killarney, the rest of the day is yours to explore the town. 

Overnight at the Gleneagle Hotel or similar.

Kate Kearney's cottage

Kate Kearney's cottage

Day 4

Thursday, July 6 – Killarney

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Today we explore the Ring of Kerry, which is said to contain some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland. Passing through the small towns and villages of Killorglin, Cahiriciveen, Waterville, Sneem, and Molls Gap in the heart of the Black Mountains. This afternoon, we visit Muckross House, situated in Killarney National Park, on the eastern shore of Muckross Lake. Tour the principal rooms of the house, and see exhibitions and displays illustrating various aspects of the lifestyles and crafts of the people of Kerry. The Killarney National Park covers 10,000 hectares and includes the world famous lakes of Killarney and the mountains and woodlands that surround them. 

Optional Dinner and Show at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Overnight at the Gleneagle Hotel or similar.

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

Day 5

Friday, July 7 – Killarney to Miltown Malbay

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Today we head north to Limerick, Ireland’s third largest city. After Limerick, it’s on to Shannon to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle still standing in Ireland. Within the castle grounds is Bunratty Folk Park, where a 19th-century village and rural life are recreated. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is a full sensory experience, bringing the past alive for today’s visitors.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Continuing on to Ennis, and to the coast until we reach the Cliffs of Moher, the 700-foot cliffs along the Atlantic Ocean, made famous in such movies as “The Princess Bride” where they were called the “Cliffs of Insanity”. Overnight at the Bellbridge Hotel in Miltown Malbay or Hotel Woodstock, just outside of Ennis or similar.

Day 6

Saturday, July 8 – Miltown Malbay

Today is free to enjoy the Willie Clancy Festival, a “must do” event for any lover of Irish traditional music with workshops and classes for both vocal and instrumental musicians, designed for all levels of skill. One of the other main attractions of the festival is the spontaneous sessions happening in the streets, classes and pubs, along with concerts featuring the most well-known artists in traditional Irish music.

 

 

 

Willie Clancy Festival

Willie Clancy Festival

Day 7

Sunday, July 9 – Miltown Malbay/Galway/Dublin

Full Irish breakfast at your hotel.

Today we’re exploring the Burren and Galway City before leaving the west coast of Ireland to travel to Dublin for your final overnight. 

The Burren is a limestone plateau occupying an area of over one hundred square miles in North Clare. Many prehistoric remains dot the fields and valleys beneath. Traveling on to Galway, the ‘City of Tribes’, so named during the Middle Ages, when Galway was ruled by an oligarchy of fourteen merchant families. We’ll be taking a short walking tour of Galway, before you have free time to explore the city at your leisure.

Overnight at Camden Court Hotel in Dublin or similar.

Day 8

Monday, July 10 – Dublin Airport

Early morning breakfast at your hotel. 

Private transfer to Dublin Airport to bid farewell to the Emerald Isle. Safe Journey Home!


Your Ireland getaway is waiting...

To book space on our 2017 July tour, please print out and complete the Registration Form and mail it in with your deposit check, made payable to Donegal Square, to 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. For any questions regarding Donegal Square Travels and the tours offered, please get in touch with Neville Gardner at Donegal Square via phone – 610.866.3244 or email neville@donegal.com


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