Revisiting Roses - 10 Night Land Only Package
$1,995 Per Person (Twin or Double) / $2,770 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)
- 1 Lunch, 4 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)
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach w/ Professional Cara Group Travel Tour Director Throughout
The Rose Of Tralee International Festival is always proud and honored to welcome back revisiting Roses & Escorts. Every year Roses return to soak up the atmosphere for this wonderful carnival festival. From taking part in the festival and reliving the Roses Parades, to attending the Rose Ball, the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show and the Rose of Tralee International Selection – old memories and new found treasures are sure to be found at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Let Cara Group Travel escort you and your friends, family & loved ones back to Tralee Ireland where you hold such dear memories of such a prestigious festival.
Relive the achievement, spirit and memories with your family and friends with opportunities to attend:
- The International Rose Ball (opportunity to purchase tickets to the Rose Ball)
- Participate in the Roses Parade (this is on an invite basis)
- 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)
- Opportunity to take part in Run for the Kingdom – 10k Race in Tralee (registration for this event is extra)
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 Altantic Edge Exhibition
- Sightseeing in Connemara including lunch at the 5 Star Luxury Ashford Castle Resort
- Sightseeing on the Dingle Peninsula
- Visit to the Kerry County Museum
- Visit to Foynes Flying Boat Museum
- Visit to Killarney and Muckross House & Ross Castle on the shores of the Killarney Lakes
- Visit to Blarney Castle and Gardens
- Walking Tour of the Viking City of Waterford
- Visit to the House of Waterford Crystal
- Panoramic Sightseeing tour of Dublin City including visit to Glasnevin Cemetery
Wed 16 August: 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 your first destination, Galway City in County Galway.
On route to Galway, 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 north along the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in the stunning coastal scenery before arriving into Galway City and checking into our accommodation. Galway, known as ‘The City of Tribes’ after 14 family tribes that founded it is a lively cultural city full of music, drama and the arts, street performers (buskers), unique shops and pubs. Settle into this charming place and enjoy your first evening in Ireland. Dinner & Overnight: Galway
Thu 17 August: Connemara Day Trip
After breakfast this morning, we travel to Connemara, a unique and very special part of County Galway. Once home to over 2 million Irish, it still retains its regional heritage as you will discover while we ramble around its lakes, mountains and bog lands. We visit the village of Cong, made famous by the movie ‘The Quiet Man’. We will enjoy a very special lunch together in Ashford Castle – a medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel. Afterwards, we will make our way back to Galway City where you are free to explore the city as you wish. Later take advantage of your last night in this city as the Lonely Planet says ‘County Galway is a problem: its namesake city is such a charmer that you might not manage to tear yourself away’. Overnight: Galway
Fri 18 August: On to Tralee
After enjoying breakfast, we will make our way to the town you are well familiar with – Tralee in Co. Kerry. Tralee will be a lively hub over the next week, with festival activities taking place daily and traditional music session held nightly. We will depart Co. Galway to arrive in Tralee in Co. Kerry 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.
Sat August 19: The Dingle Peninsula & The Roses Parade
This morning after enjoying breakfast, we take in our local surroundings with a trip out ‘west’ on 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. We will 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.
We return to Tralee in the afternoon and there is time to soak up the atmosphere of the festival before taking part in the Roses Parade in town this evening. Overnight: Tralee
Sun August 20: A Day Well Spent in Tralee
This morning offers the opportunity to ‘Run the Kingdom’ – (registration separate and not included for those wishing to participate) – 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 you are not for running the 10k – you may decide to 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.
This afternoon take part in the Roses Parade and enjoy a full program of activities taking place throughout Tralee today. This evening, see the Roses and Escorts strut their stuff on the runway at The Rose of Tralee Fashion Show. Overnight: Tralee
Mon August 21: Day Tripping in Limerick
After breakfast this morning, we will set out for Co. Limerick to the town of Foynes where we will visit the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. The Museum is house in the original terminal building and recalls the nostalgic era when Foynes become the center of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945. Hear the story of the brave world of transatlantic air travel using a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations including a a viewing of the award winning film ‘Atlantic Conquest in an authentic 1940’s cinema, marvel at the only Boeing B314 replica in the world and witness the original terminal building, radio and weather room, compete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment. We will then enjoy a unique dining experience with lunch served at the museum.
Later on, we will 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. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Tue August 22: Killarney, Muckross House & Ross Castle
Enjoy your hearty Irish Breakfast this morning as we head out to discover more of the sights and sounds of Co. 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. The last stop today is at Ross Castle, which is considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century. 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. Dinner & Overnight: Tralee
Wed August 23: Ireland’s Oldest City and A Wee Bit O’Blarney
This morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to the Rose of Tralee International Festival and the Kingdom of Kerry as we travel onwards to the Old Viking City of Waterford, also home to the internationally renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Today we travel via the village of Blarney, where we 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 walk ed 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. We continue on to the City of Waterford, where we enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and get to know this Viking City, founded in 914. Here we walk through 1,100 years of history in Ireland’s oldest city as we see the two cathedrals, four national monuments and a gallery of rogues and rascals delivered in a witty, entertaining style. We check into our hotel and enjoy dinner together this evening. Dinner & Overnight: Waterford
Thu August 24: Waterford Crystal and Ireland’s Capital City
This morning after enjoying a hearty breakfast we visit the House of Waterford Crystal where we will see the world famous exquisite pieces of crystal created before our own eyes.
We then set out for Dublin’s Fair City and upon arrival we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour. As we drive through the main thoroughfare we see historic buildings like the GPO (General Post Office) on O’ Connell Street and Trinity College,, 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).
Pass by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Built in honour 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 much 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.
Once we check-in to our hotel, 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
Fri August 25: Dublin Awaits Further Exploration
This morning after enjoying a full Irish breakfast, we visit Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum. Since 1828, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin – rich and famous, paupers and politicians, artists, warriors and heroes, all resting side by side in this renowned Victorian Garden Cemetery. Established by Daniel O’Connell as a place where people of “all religions and none” could bury their dead with dignity; the cemetery has grown to become a national monument and is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story.
We will tour the 1916 Exhibition which tells the story of Glasnevin Cemetery and those buried here which is central to the history of the 1916 Rebellion. The full significance of this will be further explored in the 1916 Rising Centenary Exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. The majority of those killed during the 1916 Easter Rising are buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Here we hold the stories of those who participated in and witnessed this defining moment in Irish history, from Volunteers to Fusiliers and everyone in between. Our 1916 Rising exhibition includes objects, letters, photos and previously unseen material.
We return to the city in the afternoon and you are free to further explore this walkable city, you may wish to:
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 located at Dublin Castle
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
Sat August 26: 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!