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Day 1 Itinerary

On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). There will be three group transfers this morning between 0700 am and 1200 noon. Board your luxury coach and transfer to the Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

15:00 Check in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to check in.

At 1900 this evening, all participants will gather for dinner in the Dunboyne Castle Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers and the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your tour guide.

For guests who start their tour on 16th of August or 23rd of August, you will overnight & dine in Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane.

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Day 2 Itinerary

After a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Galway City. Travelling west, your route today will take you through Ballinasloe & Athlone — in the centre of Ireland.

You will visit Clonmacnoise. A medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century. Clonmacnoise lay at a crossroads of medieval Ireland linking all parts of the island. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

Journey on towards Galway City. It is known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble through Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or down Shop Street to Galway's Latin Quarter where stands Lynch's Castle, Galway's grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

Tonight you will dine in the Menlo Park Hotel.

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Day 3 Itinerary

Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Oughterard and Maam Cross, before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore.

You will visit Kylemore Abbey. An historic building nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain, on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul — in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.

Continue on via Letterfrack to spend some free time in Clifden. Known as the capital of Connemara. It was founded in 1812 by the High Sheriff of Galway to create a "pocket of respectability" within the lawlessness of the area.

Return east to Galway City.

Tonight you will dine in the Menlo Park Hotel.

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Day 4 Itinerary

This morning, bright and early, we will head down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney Town. Your route today will be via the famous Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle and the fishing village of Kinvarra.

You will see The Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land—an apt name for this vast limestone plateau. In the 1640's, Cromwell's surveyor described it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".

On the coast you will stand on the Cliffs of Moher. Braced against the ocean, on the coast of County Clare. Here you will stand on the dramatic 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long cliffs, a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, to gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Further south in County Limerick take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare before travelling on to Killarney Town.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Dromhall Hotel.

For guests who start their tour on 24th of May, 7th of June or 13th of September, you will overnight & dine in Randles Hotel.

Both of these 4 star hotels are located adjacent to each other on the same street in Killarney Town.

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Day 5 Itinerary

This morning after breakfast, you will set off on the world-famous Ring Of Kerry. It is officially known as the Iveragh Peninsula. You will travel via Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

Today, you will have a pub lunch in Blind Piper Pub. Here you will have a traditional Irish Pub Lunch. Located in the in the village of Caherdaniel, locals and visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. Who is the Blind Piper you might ask? The Blind Piper is Mici Cumba O'Sullivan, who was born nearby in 1835 and became one of Ireland's most famous pipers.

Continue on Ring Of Kerry via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and along Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Dromhall Hotel.

For guests who start their tour on 24th of May, 7th of June or 13th of September, you will overnight & dine in Randles Hotel.

Both of these 4 star hotels are located adjacent to each other on the same street in Killarney Town.

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Day 6 Itinerary

After a hearty Irish breakfast this morning, you will depart for Cork City. Founded on the banks of the River Lee. The rebel city is home of Murphy's Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!

Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery and Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins).

Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee. Here you will visit Blarney Castle. Built on this site in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. You will have the chance to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. You will also have an opportunity to shop at Blarney Woollen Mills, boasting a huge selection of Irish arts, crafts & produce.

Continue onto Midleton Town and visit the Jameson Distillery Midleton. You will experience a fully guided Jameson Experience Tour. Here you wil find the world's largest pot still, with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons. Continue onto Cork City.

Dine & Overnight at the Maldron Hotel South Mall.

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Day 7 Itinerary

After breakfast this morning, you'll have free time to wander through some of the small streets of Cork City.

Later this morning, you will travel to Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670's by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.

Take time this afternoon to explore the beautiful town of Kinsale. The Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque towns on the south west coast of Ireland. Boland's Craft Shop is just one of the many unique stores that are well worth a visit.

Dine & Overnight at the Maldron Hotel South Mall.

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Day 8 Itinerary

This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Dublin — Ireland’s capital city. En route, visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. This was the seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

You will enjoy a unique home cooked Traditional Farm Lunch. This will be on a family farm outside Kilkenny. You can chat with your hosts and hear about their life and times farming in this rural part of Ireland.

After a hearty lunch, you will visit the Irish National Stud. This is a state–run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo–Irish man by the name of Colonel William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm, take a walk through the Japanese Gardens—laid out in 1906 to represent the "Life of Man".

This afternoon you will once again be back in Dublin City.

Overnight & dine at the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge.

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Day 9 Itinerary

After breakfast, your exploration through Dublin City will begin with Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. See the Book Of Kells. The book, which is housed in Trinity College, is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. It contains the four gospels in Latin. Some of the dyes used were imported from as far as the Middle East.

From here you will travel to Christ Church Cathedral. Founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034. The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here, in the crypt, you can see the mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ and a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta. You will also have a unique opportunity to visit the Belfry and ring the Cathedral bells. Please note: Getting to the Belfry in Christ Church Cathedral involves climbing 86 stone steps in a medieval building and crossing the roof at the South transept – quite the experience!

Visit Guinness Storehouse. With an address at the world-famous St. James's Gate. Here you will tour the world-renowned brewery and enjoy a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar — located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City.

Your farewell dinner and evening entertainment will take the form of a Traditional Music Night at The Merry Ploughboy Pub—one of Dublin's iconic trad music venues.

Overnight at the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge.

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Day 10: Departure Day

Today marks the end of the 10 Day Iconic Tour of Ireland.

After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 and 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Turas sàbhailte dhuibh (safe journey).