Irish Odyssey

Date:  July 11 – 23, 2019

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Special Features

  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery
  • Blarney Castle tour
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Russborough House
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Sightseeing by luxury motor coach
  • Professional tour director
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries

Join us on the fully inclusive guided vacation touring the beautiful land of Ireland.  You will experience Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

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Land Only Prices:

Double: $3290/per person
Single: $4100/per person

Airline prices will be available at a later date.  We estimate the air pricing to be approximately $1400 per person.  Roundtrip out of Springfield to Dublin.

Trip Protection:   $199/pp – Due at time of booking

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Deposit:  $250/pp  – Due at time of booking
Final Payment Due:  May 8, 2019


July 11 – Depart Springfield Missouri for Dublin Ireland.

Day 1,  July 12

Your tour begins after an overnight flight to Dublin.  Set out on a tour of Dublin’s highlights to view Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office.  Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, were imprisoned. 

Day 2, July 13

Take in the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains as you head to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures.  The afternoon is free to use your vouchers to visit a featured attraction.  IN the evening, head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs, and step-dancing.  (B,D)

Day 3, July 14

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse and  learn about country living while enjoying tea and scones.  We will head south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal.  We will then continue along the south coast to Cork for dinner and an overnight stay.  (B,D)

Day 4, July 15

We will start our day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of Cork and the English Market.  Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.”  Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at Blarney Woolen Mills.  Enjoy the sceneries of Cork and Kerry as you head to the colorful town of Kenmare.  We will also watch trained dogs herding sheep. (B,D)

Day 5, July 16

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes.  Travel on to discover the beauties of the scenic Dingle Peninsula and experience view of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands.  There will be wonderful photo ops for you to enjoy.  Enjoy an early dinner in the charming town of Dingle before returning to Killarney.  (B,D)

Day 6, July 17

Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writing, JB Keane.  Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and drive along the coast of County Clare.  View the famous Cliffs of Moher, and impressive wall of rock that soars 200m above the Atlantic Ocean.  Walk to O’Brien Tower for views of Connemara and the Aran Islands.  Join a local guide for walking tour of Galway (B,D)

Day 7, July 18

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cog where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952.  Travel through Connemara for sweeping view of misty mountains and shimmering lakes.  Stop at Kylemore Abbey, for a walk through the elegant mansion.  Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Galway, where the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and dining.  (B,L)

Day 8, July 19

Travel north to Claremorris to visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as “the Abbey that refused to die.”  The abbey has the unique status of being Irelands only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years.  At Belleek Pottery, watch craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces.  Follow the Atlantic shoreline of Donegal Bay to the town of Donegal, then on through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B,D)

Day 9, July 20

Visit the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration.  Explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago.  Back in Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around the medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city centre.  Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

Day 10, July 21

Head to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about his famous liner through sate of the art displays.  Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760.  Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property.  After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing.  (B,D)

Day 11, July 22

Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000 year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth and walk through one of them.  See how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely.  Continue to the history town of Drogheda for a leisurely stroll and sample locally-brewed beer in a traditional pub.  Continue to the historic town of Trim to enjoy a farewell dinner.  (B,D)

Day 12, July 23

Depart for Home.  Tour ends after breakfast. (B)

Note for Fly Away Passengers:

Missouri residents will need a Missouri REAL ID Compliant Driver’s License to board the aircraft OR a Federally issued ID with a photo such as a passport.  Travel Protection Insurance is highly recommended as flights are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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