Present Roses - 10 Night Land Only Package
$1,925 Per Person (Twin or Double) / $2,824 Per Person (Single)
- 10 Night Hotel Accommodation – 4 Star Stays (Taxes and Service Charges Included)
- Hotel Porterage for 1 Bag Per Person
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
- 5 Hotel Dinners & Last Night Dinner with Irish Entertainment
- Admission into 10 Sightseeing Tours (Detailed Below)
- Tickets for 5 Optional Rose of Tralee Events (Detailed Below – Not Included in Cost)
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach w/ Professional Cara Group Travel Tour Director Throughout
The Rose Of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 58 years in 2017. 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 County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish Culture. Friends and family members are welcome to soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful carnival festival and be there every step of the way to cheer on your Rose of Tralee.
In Tralee you will find the International Rose Ball, the Roses Parades, the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show and the Rose of Tralee International Selection as well as street entertainment, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair and fireworks – not to mention the Wild Atlantic Way – all this and more is waiting for your exploration.
Let Cara Group Travel escort your family & friends, so they can be with the Present Roses & Escorts every step of the way.
Join in on the celebration, spirit and memories with your family and friends with opportunities to attend:
- The International Rose Ball (opportunity to purchase tickets to the Rose Ball)
- Attend the Rose of Tralee Qualifier Night (opportunity to purchase tickets)
- Attend the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show (opportunity to purchase tickets to this event)
- Attend the Rose of Tralee International Selection (opportunity to purchase tickets)
- Attend the Roses Parade
Delve deeper into Co. Kerry and find new sights, sounds and memories across Ireland with 10 tours including:
- Visit to the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Edge Exhibition
- Ferry Ride Across the River Shannon
- Sightseeing on the Dingle Peninsula
- The Gap of Dunloe Tour – pony and trap ride to Lord Brandon’s Cottage and boat ride on the Lakes of Killarney
- Visit to Killarney and Muckross House and Gardens
- Visit to Kerry County Museum
- Visit to Blarney Castle & Gardens
- Sightseeing on the Ring of Kerry
- Visit to the Rock of Cashel
- Panoramic Sightseeing tour of Dublin City
Tuesday August 15 – Welcome to Ireland
This morning we land in Shannon airport. Once you go through passport control, you collect your bags and head out into the arrivals area where your very friendly Irish Tour Director will meet and transfer you to the all-important destination, Tralee in County Kerry.
On route to Kerry, we will visit the mighty Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. The Cliffs are over 700 feet high at the highest point and range for over 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
We will then continue heading south along the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in the stunning coastal scenery before arriving into Tralee and checking into our accommodation. Tralee will be a lively hub over the next week, with festival activities taking place daily and traditional music session held nightly.
Use the rest of your afternoon and evening to get ready for your first event of the festival, The Welcome Ceremony, the official launch of the 2017 Festival which introduces all Roses, Escorts, family and friends. Dinner is included in your hotel this evening. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Wednesday August 16 – The Dingle Peninsula
After breakfast this morning, we will head out to enjoy a scenic day of beautiful beaches and mountains of the Dingle Peninsula. National Geographic once called it “ the most beautiful place on earth”. It suffered the Vikings, welcomed Hollywood and has its own famous Dolpin called “Fungie”. 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. Stop in the small fishing town of Dingle with its eclectic little fashion and jewelry shops on Green Street and the intimate cozy pubs such as Ashes and Foxy Johns, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A very special place, with a great atmosphere where you can hear Irish Gaelic being used fluently. Later this afternoon, we will return to Tralee so you may get ready for the first of two Rose of Tralee Qualifier Nights, where the 65 Roses will be put through their paces! Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Thursday August 17 – The Gap of Dunloe
Once breakfast is finished up, we will set out for on a fun filled adventure through the famous Gap of Dunloe. The Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park is a mountain pass that was carved out two million years ago by slow moving glacial ice. Stunning, breathtaking, unique and beautiful are some of the expressions used in earnest by tourists who experience the area’s panoramic views. We will travel out to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where we will meet our pony and trap and travel through the breathtaking Gap to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Here, we enjoy some lunch (on own) before we continue our adventure as we take to the lakes in open top boats – enjoying the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world! There is so much to see, the majestic oak woods of Derrycunnihy and Tomies Mountains, the Meeting of the Waters (where the three lakes meet), Dinis Cottage on Dinis Island, the Old Copper Mines, where copper was mined in Killarney three thousand years ago and the historic Inisfallen Island, with its ruins dating back to the 6th century, where the Monks wrote ‘The Annals of Inisfallen.’
Later today, we will return to Tralee to prepare for this evenings events; the final night of Rose of Tralee Qualifier, where 65 Roses will be reduced to 32!
Dinner is included at your hotel this evening. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Friday August 18 – Killarney & Muckross House
Refuel on a hearty Irish Breakfast this morning as we head out to discover more of the sights and sounds of County Kerry. Our first stop this morning is in neighboring town, Killarney, which is famous for its mountains and lakes, hospitality, fantastic nightlife, traditional Irish music and entertainment. We will spend some time in this lively town before departing for our next stop, Muckross House and Gardens. Muckross House and Gardens contains elegantly furnished rooms which portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. In particular they are noted for their fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, an extensive water garden, and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone.
We Return to Tralee in the afternoon in plenty of time to get ready for this evenings events; The International Rose Ball, which involves all Roses and Escorts as well as great food, fun, spectacle, music and dance for all to enjoy, if you do not wish to attend the Ball alternative festival events will be taking place. Overnight: Tralee / Dinner: At the International Rose Ball (additional cost)
Saturday August 19 – A Day Well Spent in Tralee
Fill up on a breakfast as we get to know our bearings of our host town a little better. This morning, we will visit the Kerry County Museum to take a stroll through the Kingdom’s rich history at the award winning museum. You will find plenty of enriching lessons here about Tralee and Co. Kerry to go from a tourist to a local.
After that, get involved with the events throughout today. Catch up with your loved one at the Rose Twinnings this afternoon, a chance for family and friends to spend time with their Rose. In the evening, check out the Family Saturday Parade, which is sure to be as enjoyable as it is vibrant or other weekend performances. Dinner is included in your hotel this evening. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Sunday August 20 – Tralee Festivities
Finish up with breakfast this morning and hit the streets of Tralee because with so much happening, there is surely something for everyone. Make time for prayer and reflection and attend Mass and Service with the Roses this AM. Be consumed in the afternoon by the Stunning Sunday Parade which will echo throughout the town. See the Roses and Escorts strut their stuff on the runway at The Rose of Tralee Fashion Show this evening. On Stunning Sunday, there is so much happening be sure to check out the full program of events. Overnight: Tralee
Monday August 21 – Day Tripping to Cork
Enjoy your breakfast today, reflect on a great few days and prepare to create even more memories. This morning, we will head eastwards to embark on County Cork. The first stop will be the village of Blarney to gain the ‘Gift of the Gab’ with a visit to Blarney Castle. Climb the winding stairs of this nearly impenetrable fortress, kiss the Blarney Stone and be granted the “Gift of Gab”. Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens that lead to Rock Close, Blarney Castle’s secret treasure. Once we 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. Next, we will visit Cork City to take a tour of this city which was originally a monastic settlement founded by Saint Finbar in the 6th century. It is steeped in history and has been an important trading center over the years. Corkonians often refer to the city as the “real capital” in reference to the city’s role as the center of the anti-treaty forces during the Irish Civil War.
We return to Tralee to get ready for an exciting evening either at Rose of Tralee International Selection, the first of two televised broadcast showcasing the 2017 finalists or opt to attend the many events on the program this evening. Enjoy dinner at your hotel before tonight’s activities. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Tuesday August 22 – Ringing Out the Festival in Kerry
After finishing up breakfast this morning, we set out to explore the beauty of an area that has attracted visitors for centuries. We travel west where we will see countryside surrounded by mountains, lakes, woods and rugged coastline as we meander around the 110 mile route of the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland with its spectacular beauty which is beyond question. It is a natural center for outdoor pursuits and it also contains some of the Europe’s finest beaches. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland – see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
After that scenic day, join in on the evening celebrations as the 2017 Festival comes to a close. Attend the Rose of Tralee International Selection, the final night which will crown the 2017 Rose of Tralee. Go out in style at the 2017 Celebration Parade, where the winner and all Roses celebrate a successful week. Overnight: Tralee
Wednesday August 23 – Onto Ireland’s Capital
This morning, we prepare to depart Tralee and Co. Kerry. Over breakfast, reflect on the great memories created here and get ready to create even more as we travel to the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Before we reach this small capital which has a huge reputation, we will stop in Co. Tipperary at the iconic Rock of Cashel.
Over the years, the Rock has fallen under many different regimes, though nowadays the only invasions come from tourists. The majority of buildings you see now date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, but the stories go back even further. According to legend, this is where Saint Patrick converted Aenghus the King of Munster in the 5th century.
Later, we will reach Dublin City where we shall check-in at our hotel and spend the evening experiencing Irish hospitality. Tuck into some Dublin favorites like coddle and European-style quick eats in the city’s cafés, restaurants and gastro-pubs. Or enjoy a more refined type of dining experience in our surprisingly affordable Michelin-starred restaurants. Of course, you simply can’t visit Dublin without popping your head inside some of its brilliant pubs. Filled to the rafters with chatter, laughter and lots of characters, this is where the city goes to unwind. Overnight: Dublin
Thursday August 24 – Dublin’s Fair City
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning as we will step out to take a panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin’s Fair City. As we drive through the main thoroughfare we see historic buildings like the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street and Trinity College, housing the Book of Kells, we see the vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde’s house can still be found (today owned by the American College. We will see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed greatly to Irish life throughout its long history (it was founded in 1191). Jonathan Swift was Dean from 1713-1745 and is buried inside the Cathedral. We also see the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe and home to Aras an Uachtarain (the Irish President’s Residence) as well as the American Ambassador’s Residence.You are then free this afternoon to further explore the city as you wish:
Suggestions (Optional Tours):
- Explore the lush expanses of the National Botanic Gardens or Phoenix Park and find Dublin Zoo.
- Enjoy the peace of a quiet stroll through St Stephen’s Green.
- Engage in unique experience of the National Museum of Ireland or Jameson Distillery.
- Marvel at the ancient illuminated manuscripts on show at Trinity College.
- Walk the streets of Temple Bar and check out some of the best Irish hospitality.
- Visit Ireland’s famous shop street and experience the craic of Grafton Street.
- Discover the symbolic importance in Irish history of The General Post Office.
- Receive a history lesson at the former prison, Kilmainham Gaol.
- Explore all the main attractions of Dublin at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour.
- Learn about the Irish sporting and cultural organization at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.
- Call into the Chester Beatty Library or Glasnevin Cemetery Museum for an intriguing distraction.
Later this evening we gather to toast our trip to Ireland and enjoy a four course Irish dinner, including Irish coffee, followed by an evening of Sparkling Irish Song, Music, Laughter and Dance. This enchanting evening will leave you with memories of Ireland that will remain with you for many years to come. Overnight: Dublin / Dinner& Entertainment: Irish Cabaret
Friday August 25 – Homeward Bound
Pack your bags and head for Dublin 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!