The Wildest Rover

$1,929 Per Person (Twin or Double)

$2,544 Per Person (Single)

 

Highlights:

  • Nights: 2 Dublin, 3 Tralee, 2 Galway & 1 Co. Cavan Castle Stay.  
  • Visit to Killbeggan Whiskey Distillery & Blarney Castle & Gardens.
  • Visit Cliffs of Moher & River Shannon Ferry Ride.
  • Tour of Dingle Peninsula & the Lakes of Killarney. 
  • Connemara Sightseeing with Kylemore Abbey Visit.

The Wildest Rover

8 Nights in Ireland ~ August Tuesday 15th – Thursday 24th 2017 

Hotels

 

Inclusions:

  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
  • 1 Dinner Event with Entertainment & 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Dublin Airport Round-trip Transfer
  • Luxury Air-Conditoned Coach & Driver-Guide Throughout
  • All Taxes, Fees & Service Charges Included

Features: 

  • 3 Nights at the Rose of Tralee International Festival 2017
  • Visit to Glendalough Monastic Site
  • Visit to Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Sightseeing on the Dingle Peninsula
  • Lakes of Killarney Tour with Muckross House & Gardens Visit
  • River Shannon Ferry Ride 
  • Visit to Cliffs of Moher & the Atlantic Edge Exhibition 
  • Connemara Sightseeing with Visit to Kylemore Abbey
  • Visit to Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery

 

 

Book Now 

To book your space on this exciting tour, click the link below and complete the sign-up sheet.. Please complete this form and you will be contacted shortly afterwards regarding payment details. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at groups@caragrouptravel.com or 617-639-0273.

Full Itinerary 

Tue Aug 15:                           Heading for the Emerald Isle

Today we start our journey by flying across the United States and taking an overnight flight across the Atlantic Sea to Ireland.

 

Wed Aug 16:                           Welcome to Ireland 

This morning we will land in Dublin Airport and once you have proceeded through to the arrivals area, you will be met and transferred to your first destination, Dublin, Ireland’s small capital city with a huge reputation.

We will take a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city to see historic buildings like the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street and Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells. We will also see the vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s house can still be found (today owned by the American College).

After that introduction to Dublin, use the rest of your evening to explore the city for yourself. Consider checking out popular attractions like Guinness Storehouse, The Jameson Distillery, Phoenix Park or Trinity College. Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Dublin tonight and take advantages of its pub-to-person ratio which is the envy of many cities. Overnight: Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin

           
Thu Aug 17                            Day Tripping to Wicklow

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will set out leave the city in favor for Co. Wicklow, known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’. Our visit here will takes us to one of Ireland’s most famous attractions, Glendalough, a fascinating early Christian settlement positioned in a glaciated valley with two lakes and founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century.

Following this, we will return to Dublin where you are free to explore one of Europe’s friendliest cities. Check out Kilmainham Gaol, Croke Park Stadium or St Stephens Green and spend your last night in Dublin at the cultural heart of the city, Temple Bar. This area on the south bank of the River Liffey is bursting with pubs, restaurants, galleries and great craic each and every night – enjoy! Overnight: Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin

 

Fri Aug 18:                             Next Stop…Tralee   
Refuel on your breakfast this morning and get set to bid farewell to Dublin, in search for new adventures in Co. Kerry, known as ‘The Kingdom’ and one of the most famous and beautiful of Ireland’s 32 counties. On route to Tralee, we will stop by the most famed attraction in Co. Cork, or ‘the real capital of Ireland’ as the locals say.            

We will visit famous Blarney Castle to gain the ‘Gift of the Gab’ with a visit to Blarney Castle. According to Irish folklore, anyone who kisses the stone receives the ability to speak with eloquence, or “The Gift of the Gab. Explore the beautiful grounds and once you have walked up an appetite for shopping, head inside the “Blarney Woolen Mills” – 30,000 square feet of retail space within one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic woolen mills. 

After an exciting day of sightseeing, we will journey to the capital town of Co. Kerry and Ireland’s 7th largest town, Tralee, which of course is the home of one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, Rose of Tralee International Festival. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to Tralee, for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and parades, sure to make an action packed few days in Tralee.  

Tonight you have the opportunity to attend the Rose Ball (not included – tickets can be purchased from Cara Group Travel). This premier event is a glittering gala event and the first official Festival engagement for the Roses. For those, not attending the Rose Ball – enjoy all that Tralee has to offer from your downtown hotel. Overnight: Benners Hotel, Tralee

 

Sat Aug 19:                             Local Sights & Sounds of Kerry

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will set out to explore Kerry, famed to contain some of Ireland’s most iconic scenery. Today we will enjoy a scenic day of beautiful beaches and mountains of the Dingle Peninsula dubbed one of “the most beautiful place on earth”. The Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most rugged Peninsulas with breathtaking views and mysterious huts called ‘clochans’ that line the road built by 7th century monks. It suffered the Vikings, welcomed Hollywood and has its own famous Dolphin called “Fungie”. We will also stop in the small fishing town of Dingle to enjoy its eclectic little fashion and jewelry shops and intimate cozy pubs – an all-round very special place with great atmosphere and you may even hear Irish Gaelic being used fluently.

Following this, we will return to our Tralee Hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. Enjoy the festival events tonight and enjoy the delightful, cozy little pubs with live music and spirited characters found across Tralee at this time of year. Overnight: Benners Hotel, Tralee

 

Sun Aug 20:                           The Jewels of Kerry

Once you have had your breakfast, grab your running shoes and register for the ‘Run the Kingdom’ – a 10k run through the streets of Tralee combining a fantastic route with the glamour and atmosphere of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Roses, their families, locals, first time runners and seasoned athletes are amongst the participants in this spectacular event that combines fun with serious racing!

If running is not your thing, join us as we head out to Killarney National Park, renowned by many as the “Jewel in Kerry’s crown” due to the sheer beauty of the parks, mountains, lakes, islands and flatlands and stretches right to the outskirts of the town of Killarney. A focal point of the park Muckross House and Gardens, a nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set again the stunning beauty of the National Park and close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendor and beauty.

Later, we will return to our hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening in Tralee, which has no shortage of establishments to stop for a pint and live entertainment at night. Is it really that surprising the idea for the Rose of Tralee Festival came when a group of local business people met in a local bar? Overnight: Benners Hotel, Tralee

 

Mon Aug 21:                          The Mighty Cliffs

Once breakfast is over, we will bid Tralee farewell in search of new adventures in eccentric Galway. Free spirited, artistic and bohemian, Galway has an ambience all of its own. From narrow streets alive with activity and Irish culture to amazing landscapes and seascapes – Galway, known as ‘The City of Tribes’ after the 14 family tribes that founded it, has something for everyone to enjoy.

Before we reach Galway, we will visit the the mighty Cliffs of Moher which stand over 700 feet high at the highest point and range for over 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular views are in abundance at this iconic attraction, on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.              

Later, we will make our way to our Galway Hotel for check-in and to enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish. Galway is a vibrant place, full of life and character in its people thronging its pedestrianized shopping streets or stopping for a famous bite in one of its many cafes and bars. Overnight: Park House Hotel, Galway

 

Tue Aug 22:                           The Wildest West – Connemara

Enjoy your Irish Breakfast this morning before we head out and tour prepare to head out and tour “The Wild West of Ireland” Connemara, a wild region of bog land, pristine lakes and mountains which is sparsely populated and the landscape much more open. Because the area is so remote, the Irish language and traditions have survived here and Irish is the first tongue of many of the inhabitants. We will also visit Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara Lake has made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland. 

Following this, enjoy the remainder of your day in Galway as you please. Later, enjoy your last meal in Ireland at one of Galway’s vibrant eating and drinking venues for some hearty local fare and warm Irish hospitality. Reflect on the memories, friendships and magic created during your stay in Ireland and toast to a successful trip in the Emerald Isle. Overnight: Park House Hotel, Galway

 

Wed Aug 23:                          Relax & Recovery in Co. Cavan

After a hearty breakfast this morning, we will bid Galway farewell as we embark on a luxurious stay in Cabra Castle in Co. Cavan, known as the ‘Lake Country’ as supposedly there is a lake for every day of the year (including leap years). 

On our way to Cavan, we will take an intriguing detour via Kilbeggan Distillery in Co. Westmeath, the home of traditional Irish whiskey & the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Our guided tour today will reveal real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest where you can hear, smell and taste Kilbeggan® Irish whiskey as it is made today. The perfect marriage of past and present makes Kilbeggan Distillery an authentic Irish experience not to be missed.

Following this, we will reach Cabra Castle, the magnificent 19th century 4 star castle which is set on 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parkland. Enjoy your surroundings before meeting later to share a farewell dinner together. Reflect on the memories, friendships and magic created during your stay in Ireland and toast to a successful trip in the Emerald Isle. Dinner & Overnight: Cabra Castle, Co. Cavan

 

Thu Aug 24:                           Homeward Bound…

Pack your bags as we head for the airport where you will board your flight for home. Carry on your photos and memories and bring a bit of the Emerald Isle home with you. ‘The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ will be expecting you again soon.

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