Ireland Trip 2015

Each year we take a CIE bus tour trip to Ireland. Every year we pick new and exciting places in Ireland to discover!  This year's trip will be from October 26th to November 4th.

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October 26 - November 4, 2015. Town & Country & Irish Ramble.
Ok folks here is a itinerary of this years trip! Let me know if you have any questions!

Thu, Oct 27 DUBLIN ARRIVAL
After landing at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities.Your CIE Tours driver/guide will welcome you to Ireland and escort you and your luggage to the coach. Drive to the nearby Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history as the final resting place of Daniel   O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. At the end of your visit, enjoy breakfast at the onsite café. Drive into the city center for an orientation drive. Dublin is one of the liveliest capitals in Europe but there are plenty of historical places also. Visit Guinness Storehouse to see exhibits on how this world famous stout was first created and why it is so popular today. Finish your visit in the roof-top bar, Gravity, overlooking the city center where you can sample a draft Guinness and enjoy the view of the city. Then check into your hotel and enjoy some time to relax before tonight’s festivities. This evening enjoy a dinner as you cruise along Dublin’s Grand Canal.
OVERNIGHT: ALEXANDER HOTEL, DUBLIN

Fri, Oct 28 DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

Set off with a local guide who will show you around the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Dublin is an ancient settlement, founded by the Vikings in the 9th century. The city has been molded through the centuries with many architectural styles, reflecting the economic, political and artistic influences. Stop to tour St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is almost as old as the city itself and famous for its connections with the brilliantly eccentric Dean Jonathan Swift. Next stop in Trinity College to view the 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities, sightseeing,shopping, dining, pubs and much more.
OVERNIGHT: ALEXANDER HOTEL, DUBLIN

Sat, Oct 29 IRISH NATIONAL STUD & CORK CITY WALKING TOUR

Leaving Dublin drive to Kildare which is in the heart of Ireland's horse country. A visit to the Irish National Stud will show you the history and current trends of horse-breeding in Ireland. See some of the magnificent horses and learn about horse-breeding. Then take a walk around the Japanese Gardens which were established in 1908 and represent the "Life of Man" from cradle to grave in the traditional Japanese style of gardening. Also see the charming St. Fiachra’s Garden with water features and beehive huts. Next travel to the Rock of Cashel to take photos of the huge outcrop with many ecclesiastical ruins, which trace the history of Christianity in Ireland. Continue your drive south past the gentle slopes of the Galtee Mountains and rich dairying country to Cork on the south coast. Upon arrival embark on a walking tour of the main areas of Cork, Ireland's second largest city set on the River Lee, which divides into two branches through the city center. Cork is built on many hills with many steeply sloping streets. See Shandon Church, a famous Cork landmark dating from 1722. See the city center where busy shoppers are along MacCurtain and Patrick Streets and see the Crawford Art Gallery and Paul Street, known for its trendy restaurants and shops of all types. Next, visit the English Market which has been in business for over 112 years. It is highlighted by food historians and writers as well as local, national and international media outlets as a food emporium. The English Market was visited by Vaclav Klaus, the President of Czech in 2008. It was also visited by Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh on May 20, 2011. Traders have shared their family secrets by sharing recipes with the English Market. After your visit, check into your hotel and settle into your room before dinner.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: IMPERIAL HOTEL, CORK

Sun, Oct 30 MICHAEL COLLINS CENTRE, CHARLES FORT & KINSALE
After breakfast, travel to the fishing town of Clonakilty. Upon arrival visit the Michael Collins Centre and proceed to the Cottage/theatre for a twenty minute audio visual which explores his childhood, family history, school days and the important Collins’ sites around Clonakilty. The presentation ends with a guided tour of the ambush trail. Then you will have some free time to explore on your own. Continue your drive and stop to visit Charles Fort, which was constructed in the late 17th century on the site of an earlier coastal fortification. Charles Fort is a classic example of a star-shaped fort and William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the Fort. Then enjoy some free time in Kinsale. The town traces its origins back to 1177 when the Anglo-Normans founded a town in a small walled area close to the water. It grew as a port town during the 18th century and today the harbor is favored by yacht owners. The town has steep, narrow streets with many fine Georgian houses. You may choose to roam around the steep streets with brightly-painted houses and flowers. In the center you may choose to see the Old Courthouse, which is now a regional museum. Kinsale is dubbed “the Gourmet Capital” of Ireland. Return to Cork for dinner at the hotel restaurant.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: IMPERIAL HOTEL, CORK

Mon, Oct 31 COBH HERITAGE CENTRE & BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL
Today, drive a short distance to the east of Cork to Cobh, the harbor town for large ships. Visit the Cobh
Heritage Centre, which depicts the varied history of emigration from Ireland and many European countries to the United States over the past 150 years. Cobh was the last port of call for the "Titanic" and many liners that carried emigrants to the New World. This informative display is housed in the rail station through which all of the Irish emigrants had to pass. In the afternoon, enjoy a cooking lesson at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. Ballymaloe is not only a byword for good food but also one of Europe’s foremost cookery schools, which has attracted students from all over the world since 1983. At its heart is a culinary philosophy founded on enhancing the natural flavors of the best and freshest local ingredients. Darina Allen is Ireland’s most famous cook and a best-selling author who has presented eight series of her cookery program Simply Delicious on television in Ireland. Darina and her team promote the unique style of cooking pioneered by Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House, the country house hotel whose outstanding cuisine has helped to put Ireland firmly on the international culinary map. Facilities at the school are first class and Ballymaloe has a reputation for a warm welcome from staff, tutors and the many guest chefs. The courses are intensive, but the atmosphere is always friendly and helpful with a high degree of individual attention given to every student. After your cooking lesson, enjoy an authentic Irish dinner with your group. Then return to Cork and settle in for the evening.
OVERNIGHT: IMPERIAL HOTEL, CORK

Tue, Nov 1 BLARNEY CASTLE & MUCKROSS HOUSE
Leave Cork and drive just a few miles to Blarney where you will have an opportunity to climb to the battlements of Blarney Castle to kiss the famed "Stone of Eloquence." Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which have a good range of Irish products before heading west into the mountainous country of County Kerry. Just outside Killarney visit Muckross House, a 19th century mansion set in a magnificent setting on the shores of Muckross Lake with the mountains in the background. Take a guided tour around the house with its elegant furnishings. Also stroll through the gardens and take photos. An old-fashioned horse drawn jaunting car will bring you back to Killarney. Upon  arrival check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL, KILLARNEY

Wed, Nov 2 RING OF KERRY TOUR
Today explore the Ring of Kerry - 100 miles of marvelous scenery consisting of the highest peaks in Ireland on one side and a coastline scattered with golden beaches and rocky headlands on the other. Enjoy plenty of stops to view the scenery and take photos. Travel through Glenbeigh and Cahirciveen and on to Waterville and the colorful village of Sneem. Stop at Lady’s View for a view of the three lakes of Killarney with the mountains and the town in the background. Return to Killarney for some free time to look around thetown before dining in your hotel.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL, KILLARNEY

Thu, Nov 3 CLIFFS OF MOHER & MEDIEVAL BANQUET
Leaving Killarney travel via Tralee and Listowel to Tarbert where you take the ferry across the wide mouth of the River Shannon. Drive via Lahinch to view the Cliffs of Moher. The impressive wall of rock rises to a height of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic Ocean and stretches for five miles along the coast. After your visit, drive to your hotel in Ennis and check in. You may wish to relax or freshen up before tonight’s festivities.
This evening join in the fun and feasting at Bunratty Castle. Your medieval-style banquet is served in the Great Hall of the 15th century castle during which the lords and ladies of the castle transport you in spirit to the Middle Ages with their songs and stories.
OVERNIGHT: OLD GROUND HOTEL ENNIS

Fri, Nov 4 RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES
All too soon, your vacation in Ireland has come to the end. Transfer to Dublin Airport in plenty of time to check in for your flight, clear security and claim your VAT refund. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying west across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.

 

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