Lifestyle Tours presents…
Countryside of the Emerald Isle
July 15 – 24, 2018
For more information contact
Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
Small Group Travel rewards travelers with new perspectives. With just 12-24 passengers, these are the personal adventures that today's cultural explorers dream of.
10 Days ● 12 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
Book by Dec 16th & Save $150 Per Person:
For bookings made after Dec 16, 2017 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person
Alternate gateways are available upon request.
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)
Highlights: Dublin, Cooking Class, Irish National Stud, Distillery Tour, Kinsale, Diner’s Choice, West Cork, Garnish Island, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Choices on Tour
Day 1: Sunday, July 15, 2018 Overnight Flight This is your chance to experience a seldom-explored side of Ireland. From the vaults of Christ Church Cathedral to the bewitching forests of Killarney National Park, we’ll bring you back to your Irish roots (even if you don’t have any).
Day 2: Monday, July 16, 2018 Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a private tour and welcome reception featuring canapés and cocktails in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.* Within the medieval walls of the city’s oldest structure, surrounded by nearly 1,000 years of Irish myths and legends, toast the start of an incredible adventure.
Day 3: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Dublin - Choice on Tour Today it’s your choice! Set out on a drive with a local guide to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and see St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street and Phoenix Park. Or, join a walking tour of the city’s historic center and meander its winding streets as you follow in the
footsteps of Vikings. This evening we put a modern twist on Irish cuisine during a cooking class at one of Dublin’s premier culinary institutions. (B, D)
Day 4: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Dublin - Irish National Stud - Midleton - Kinsale Take to Ireland’s country roads. Tour the Irish National Stud, an area of incredible natural beauty and home to some of the world’s most magnificent horses and gardens. Next, head south to the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Give it a go with a tasting of the distillery’s production. Continue on to the quaint coastal village of Kinsale and join a local expert on a walking tour. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice in Ireland’s gourmet capital! Choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Kinsale’s great restaurants. (B, D)
Day 5: Thursday, July 19, 2018 Kinsale - Choice of Cobh or Relaxing in Kinsale It’s your choice! Visit the seaside town of Cobh, the last stop of the RMS Titanic. Follow a local expert on a tour of this historic port from which 2.5 million Irish people left their native land for new frontiers. Or, spend a leisurely day in Kinsale and enjoy its many galleries, shops and cafes. (B)
Day 6: Friday, July 20, 2018 Kinsale - Garnish Island - Killarney Embark on the drive of a lifetime on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll fall in love with the quaint towns and charming villages found along this iconic coastal route. Board a ferry and sail to Garnish Island, a place that has to be seen to be believed. Sheltered in the Glengarrif harbor of Bantry Bay, this hidden island is home to one of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. Continue over the Cork and Kerry mountains to Killarney via the breathtaking Caha Pass. (B)
Day 7: Saturday, July 21, 2018 Killarney National Park or Ring of Kerry Today is yours to explore one of Ireland’s most remarkable regions – County Kerry. It’s your choice! Join a local expert and explore the rugged mountains, lakes and lush forests of Killarney National Park; cruise through Killarney’s lakes to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, where a guided walk on the “Kerry Way” takes you through seldom explored and enchanting scenery. Or, travel on the world-famous Ring of Kerry, an unspoiled trail boasting stunning beaches, plunging cliffs and miles of brilliant greenery. (B)
Day 8: Sunday, July 22, 2018 Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Aran Islands (Inisheer) Leave the rugged southern coast behind and embark on a life-changing adventure. Board a ferry bound for Inisheer, the smallest of the three Aran Islands.** Take in unrivalled views from the Wild Atlantic Way before sailing beneath the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Upon arriving in Inisheer’s ethereal landscape, take a private tour through the labyrinth of stone walls blanketing the island. Learn about the island’s 250 inhabitants, their livelihoods and devotion to traditional culture and customs. As the last ferry leaves for mainland Ireland, settle in to your island abode*** for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience amid desolate yet magnificent beauty. (B, D)
Day 9: Monday, July 23, 2018 Aran Islands (Inisheer) - Ennis Enjoy a relaxed morning among Inisheer’s ancient sites and picturesque stone walls as you soak up the island’s timeless beauty. Dive into local culture during a knitting workshop and learn traditional methods and stitches used to make the famous Aran sweaters. Don’t worry if you’re not a knitter, you’ll be a pro before you know it! Next, experience the traditional craft of making the St. Brigid’s Cross. Throughout the country you will see these crosses, symbol of the patroness of Ireland, affixed in homes to ward off evil and danger. This evening, after ferrying back to the mainland, join your fellow travelers and toast the end of an incredible adventure! (B, D)
Day 10: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Ennis - Tour Ends Your journey comes to a close today, leaving you with the spirit of Ireland in your heart forever. (B)
|Itinerary at a
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Hampton Hotel , Dublin
Days 4, 5 Actons Hotel, Kinsale
Days 6, 7 Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney
Day 8 Tigh Ruairí, Aran Islands
Days 8, 9 Old Ground Hotel, EnnisOn some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Aran Islands
These rugged islands stand fast against the Atlantic just outside of Galway Bay. Only a few miles from the Cliffs of Moher, each of the three islands possess its own distinct character. Yet they are all seemingly frozen in time and somehow have kept the modern world at bay. We visit Inisheer (or Inis Oirthir, meaning "east island"). With a population of just 250, this rocky place is the smallest of the islands but perhaps has the biggest heart and is revered as the most beautiful. Inisheer’s limestone landscape belies its generous and friendly spirit.