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Corners of Southern Ireland 2020 (departures Apr - Sep 2020)

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Price: R 23,976.00

SALE: 10% SAVING!

6 nights, round-trip from Dublin through the Republic of Ireland.

Views of spellbinding scenery. Stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history, and country inns full of character. The further we go into Southern Ireland's enchanting landscapes, the deeper you'll fall under its spell!

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Visit Molly Gallivan's Cottage and learn the story of a widow who supported her children by brewing illicit whiskey.
  • Embark on a seaweed foraging walk on the Skellig Coast and enjoy local seaweed delicacies.
  • Tour Killarney in a traditional jaunting car and sample the beers at a local brewery.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure dates:
Prices per person sharing from: *
  • 14 & 23 April 2020
R 23,976.00 pps
  • Between 26 May - 28 June 2020
R 27,065.00 pps
  • Between 05-17 May 2020
R 28,260.00 pps

* 10% saving on selected departures already included.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: DUBLIN – KILDARE – ENNIS

After meeting in Dublin, we’ll hit the road to our first stop: County Kildare, where we’ve an appointment with the Irish National Stud. After being treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey’s-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum, we’ll move on to Portumna Castle: a semi-fortified house in County Galway. This evening will see us checking into our hotel in Ennis, where we’ll tuck in to our first hearty dinner together.

Accommodation: The Old Ground Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: ENNIS – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY

First today: a walking tour through Ennis’ character-filled avenues, where we’ll hear enthralling myths, mysteries and tales of rebellions and riots. Then: prepare to be amazed at the Cliffs of Moher. The keen-eyed among us – or perhaps just those who packed binoculars – may even spot a resident puffin or two. After an invigorating afternoon, we’ll travel onwards to Killarney: the gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry.

Accommodation: The Cahernane House Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: KILLARNEY – RING OF KERRY – KILLARNEY

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll set a course for our first stop of the day: the Skellig Experience, where we’ll gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the early Christian monks that once broke bread at the Skellig Michael monastery. This afternoon, we’ll discover the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park from the carriage of a traditional jaunting car – before rounding off the day’s itinerary with a tour of a local brewery (with included tasting, of course).

Accommodation: The Cahernane House Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 4: KILLARNEY – KENMARE – KINSALE

After finding out about the myriad nutritional benefits of seaweed on a morning walk at Derrynane Harbour, we’ll move on to Molly Gallivan’s Cottage – which, at first glance, appears to be an unassuming rustic farmhouse. But there’s more to it than first meets the eye! More than 200 years ago, Mrs Gallivan supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey – and her home was, in fact, a clandestine pub. We’ll learn stories of the enterprising Mrs Gallivan’s antics before travelling onwards to the medieval town of Kinsale, where coastal views, cosy pubs and brightly coloured houses await us.

Accommodation: The Trident Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5: KINSALE

The cobbled streets that curve around Kinsale’s pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we’ll spend the morning on a walking tour. This afternoon, you’ll be free to explore the town your own way. Interestingly, Kinsale was the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic – and you’ll notice poignant markers of this as you make your way around.

Accommodation: The Trident Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: KINSALE - WATERFORD

This morning we'll pass by Tipperary - where we'll find out more about traditional Irish craftsmanship at a local crystal factory - before we move on to Waterford. Dating back to Viking times, Waterford is Ireland's oldest city - with over 1,000 years' worth of history to explore. Whatever you choose to do with your time here, make sure you're back in time for tonight's farewell meal!

Accommodation: Faithlegg Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: WATERFORD - AVOCA - DUBLIN

On the way back to Dublin we’ll stop off at the small town of Avoca, where we’ll pay homage to an Irish institution – Ballykissangel. You can even pull up a stool in Fitzgerald’s Pub! Then: you’ll have the chance to pick up a final souvenir at the Woollen Mills before we say goodbye.

Meals: Breakfast
 

Validity Various departures between April - September 2020
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers BEHCIDD-0
Inclusions • 6 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
• 6 Nights in boutique accommodation
• Premium mini-coach transportation
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
• Promo T & C’s: The 10% saving is valid on UK & Europe 2020 tours, select departure dates only. Valid only for bookings made between 3 July – 30 September 2019. 10% offer is not combinable with any other discount. Subject to availability at time of booking.
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