2018 Heart of Ireland Tour with Special Guest Rose Clancy

Our 2018 Heart of Ireland Tour is SOLD OUT!

If you are still interested in traveling with us this June, email Robbie and we can put you on a wait list in case of any cancellations. And, of course, there is always NEXT YEAR’S tour…

June 10 – 19, 2018

The Wild Atlantic Way South West! Join us on a exciting sojourn along the wild south-west coast of Ireland from majestic Valentia Island to beautiful Ballycotton. Fiddler ROSE CLANCY joins Robbie as special guest musician for this tour of Ireland’s Southwest.

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty and off-the-beaten-track sites, hand-picked by Robbie. From the scenic wonders of the Iveragh and the Beara peninsulas to the bustle of Cork city’s English Market… from the rugged shores of Mizen Head to the peaceful waters of Sherkin Island… from the lively market town of Kenmare to the medieval towns of Kinsale, Youghal and Ardmore, your heart will be filled the the authentic sights and sounds of the Irish coastline. Explore fascinating and scenic sites and enjoy the excellent cuisine and comfort of Ireland’s best 4 star hotels as well as unforgettable nightly traditional music sessions as we traverse the Wild Atlantic Way around the the south-west of Ireland.

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Your Tour Price Includes:
Luxury motorcoach transportation
First-class accommodations for 8 nights in rooms with private bath
9 Irish breakfasts
8 delicious dinners
Admissions to all group activities and sites including ferries and sessions
Baggage handling, gratuities and taxes for hotels and included meals.
All for $2,999 per person sharing LAND ONLY
Single Supplement $400
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NOTICE:  Passengers are responsible for all airfares, departure taxes and airline surcharges. All passengers should meet outside customs in the Arrivals Hall in Shannon airport by 7.00 a.m. on the morning of June 11, 2018. We are happy to assist you with your flight arrangements and any pre-tour or post-tour accommodations at no extra charge. If you prefer to fly a day early to alleviate jet lag, we can make a reservation for you at the Park Inn at Shannon airport. Since the outgoing flight is an overnight flight you need to depart the USA by June 10, at the latest, to be in Shannon on the morning of June 11. The tour concludes on the morning of June 19 at Shannon airport.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Departure
After the overnight flight to Shannon, Robbie and his sister Alice will meet you outside the Customs Hall..

Day 2 – South to the Kingdom
Following a traditional breakfast at the Park Inn, we board our comfortable motor coach for our hotel in Sneem, County Kerry, with a coffee stop en route. At the hotel, we have the rest of the day to explore this classic Irish village or get over jet lag. After dinner we have the first of our nightly music sessions.

Day 3 – The Mountains & the Sea
From the colorful fishing village of Portmagee, we cross the bridge to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience for an overview of the island and its history. Then it’s on to  Geokaune mountain where the 360 degree scenic views will take your breath away. We see the tetrapods tracks and visit the lighthouse at Cromwell Point and hear the story of the first transatlantic cable. On our return we stop at the Skellig Chocolate Company and sample local treats.

Day 4 – Lakes & Island Gardens
We begin in the lively town of Kenmare and see its unique stone circle before crossing the awe-inspiring Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula into County Cork. After lunch in Victorian Glengarriff, we take a short boat trip to colorful Garnish Island with its Martello tower, arboretum and Italian Garden. We pause to see families of seals before continuing to our waterfront hotel in Bantry.

Day 5 – To the Ends of the World
We meander across the rolling landscape of West Cork to the seafaring village of Baltimore where we board a ferry for the short passage to Sherkin Island. We enjoy lunch amid the peaceful winding boreens and marvelous seascapes. Then it’s on to the award-winning Mizen Head Signal Station and Visitor Center the most south westerly point in Ireland.

Day 6 – Stone Circles & Sheltered Harbors
From stunning Glandore harbor and enigmatic Drombeg Stone Circle, also known as the Druids Altar, we follow the coast road to Timoleague Abbey, founded by Franciscans in 1240. Then it’s on to Kinsale, a medieval port that played a pivotal role in world history. Site of a famous battle in 1601, the modern town is often called the culinary capital of Ireland. We end the day in the tranquil fishing village of Ballycotton.

Day 7 – Medieval Lanes & Sacred Places
We walk the medieval lanes of Youghal, second only to Bristol as an important seaport in the Middle Ages. We see the house of Sir Walter Raleigh, mayor of Youghal in 1588, and the fascinating St. Mary’s Collegiate Church nestled in a corner of the ancient town walls. We continue to Ardmore and the 12th century round tower and cathedral at the monastic settlement founded by St. Declan in the late 4th century.

Day 8 – Follies & River Valleys
Lismore Castle Gardens and  Ballysaggartmore Towers, a folly built in the woods nearby, will be our first stop. Following lunch in Dungarvan, we explore the Blackwater Valley and discover many of its secrets including the Hindu Gothic gate at Dromana House, ancestral home of the Villiers-Stuart family.

Day 9 – Old Markets & Heritage Towns
Cork City and its renowned English Market, most recently in the news when it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II, will begin our day. Then we visit the Donkey Sanctuary near the village of Liscarroll enroute to the heritage town of Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. From there we return to Shannon for our farewell session and easy access to flights next day.

Day 10 – Heading for Home
It’s just a short walk across the street to the Shannon airport departures lounge. Don’t forget to leave some time for shopping at the world’s first Duty Free Shop!

Don’t want to go home?
If you would like to extend your stay, we are happy to assist you with advice and arrangements. Contact Robbie O’Connell at 1-800-299-CELT or email: robbie@celtica.com before you send in your registration form.

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