October 6-14, 2012
PER PERSON RATES: Double $2290*
(Single Occupancy sold out)
Make Checks payable to: Booked By Barthel, LLC and
mail to 23 Holiday Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498
Full Payment required by: June 25, 2012
ENCHANTED IRELAND EXPERIENCE ITINERARY
Day 1: Overnight Flight from NY/JFK to Dublin
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin travel to Galway
Meet you driver and guide at the airport and start your drive across the centre of Ireland to Galway for your 2 night stay. En route we will pass through Athlone, the heart of Ireland, to visit Sean’s, Irelands Oldest Pub. Drive on to Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement that has seen many violent and destructive periods in its history and was destroyed by fire at least 13 times; 8 times by the Vikings, 6 times by the Anglo Normans and 26 times by the Irish. Each time the Monks rebuilt! Continue on to Galway City, after a brief overview of the city with your driver you will be checked into The House Hotel for your 2-night stay.
Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jeweler and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture. Dinner tonight at the House Hotel.
Day 3: Tour the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren & Ashford Castle
Enjoy a great day of touring in County Clare, including a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which stretch dramatically 700 feet above the Atlantic for miles of coastline. We recommend a stop at Ailwee Cave to see the Underground River and waterfall. Explore the lunar-like Burren region, famous for its unique flora and fauna, geology, and archaeology. To see the hidden Ireland off the main tourist track you’ll visit Cong Village where you have time to explore Cong Woods and see Ashford Castle or stroll the town famous for being the location for the 1950s classic movie, ‘The Quiet Man”. Dinner tonight is at your leisure in Galway City.
Day 4: Visit Adare & Muckross House on the way to Killarney
This morning we say goodbye to Galway, driving down through Corkscrew Hill through the bare
limestone hills of the Burren, where tradition holds that Columbus prayed before sailing to America. Continue to Adare, a very special place with woodland settings, beautiful stonework, thatched cottages, and a broad main street. Stop for lunch at the lovely Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney National Park. Spend time enjoying the gardens, lake and house. Check in at Earls Court House for the next 2-nights. Dinner tonight is at your leisure in Killarney.
Day 5: Dingle Peninsula
Today we will tour the Dingle Peninsula. National Geographic once declared the Dingle Peninsula “the most beautiful place on earth.” Take a tour of the Dingle Peninsula featuring some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal scenery. From the Connor Pass to Slea Head, the peninsula’s spectacular coastal scenery & rugged terrain is a photographer’s delight. The fishing town of Dingle is well known for hiking, fishing and sailing by day and by night for its lively restaurants and traditional music scene. Dinner tonight is at Earls Court House.
Day 6: The Ring of Kerry, Cobh & Kinsale
This morning enjoy a driving tour of the Ring of Kerry, famous for its spectacular seascapes, green roads and quaint fishing villages. Stop for coffee at Ladies View, a scenic spot made famous by a 1861 visit by Queen Victoria and her ladies in waiting. From Waterville you can see the Skellig Islands, the site of ruins from a monastery dating back to the sixth century. Waterville, a favorite vacation spot for Charlie Chaplin and his family, is home to a statue of Chaplin! This afternoon we leave Killarney and drive through West Cork to Kinsale, fondly known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. We will visit Cobh, where the Titanic set sail 100 years ago on its last, fateful voyage and where millions of Irish immigrants left for a better life between 1848 & 1850. Overnight at Trident Hotel in Kinsale. Dinner tonight is at your leisure in Kinsale.
Day 7: Kilkenny & Dublin
Today we will visit Kilkenny, Ireland’s best example of a medieval town. It is beautifully situated on the River Nore, which forms the moat of its magnificently restored castle. Continue on to Dublin & enjoy an overview of the city before your check in at The Burlington Hotel for your final 2-nights. Enjoy the evening to people watch and relax with a pint of Guinness or explore some nearby Dublin attractions. Irish hospitality abounds in Dublin’s excellent pubs and restaurants. Dinner tonight is at your leisure in Dublin.
Day 8: Dublin
Today we’ll tour Dublin City and visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Stephens Green,
Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Guinness Storehouse. For your last night in Ireland, enjoy the Merry Ploughboys Live in Concert, widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin. The show of live traditional Irish music, song and dance is accompanied by a dinner of fresh Irish food.
Day 9: Departure Day
Transfer to Dublin airport to prepare for your journey back to the United States. Don’t forget to say goodbye to your driver!
Your Ireland Trip Includes:
♣ 7-nights luxury hotel accommodation with private bathroom facilities
♣ Full Irish Breakfast each morning
♣ 3 Group Dinners (Indicated by * on the itinerary)
♣ Airport Transfers and Coach throughout
♣ Custom-designed itinerary
♣ All accommodation taxes and service charges
♣ Services of our offices and 24/7 Concierge Service while traveling
♣ Roundtrip Airfare
Trip Cost Does NOT Include:
♣ Travel Protection Insurance
♣ Roundtrip transportation from Kingston to JFK
♣ Gratuities for Guide(s) & Bus Driver(s) in Ireland
♣ Meals not listed in itinerary
♣ Any personal charges made at any accommodations
Delta Flight #92 10/6/2012 JFK 8:30PM Dublin 8:15AM 10/7/2012
Delta Flight #91 10/14/2012 Dublin 11:45AM JFK 2:25PM
*Pricing Includes Airline Taxes & Fuel Surcharges that are subject to change up until date of ticketing. Any increase in price is the obligation of each individual traveler, who will be notified at the date of ticketing or no later than July 8th, 2012.
Travel Protection insurance:
Ages 0-34: $81/person
Ages 35-59: $99/person
Ages 60+: $130/person
Contact Virginia Barthel at virginia@BookedByBarthel for reservations and further information or call Virginia at 845-810-2747.