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Irish Castles, Coasts and Cathedrals

Tours / Irish Castles, Coasts and Cathedrals

Marvel at the lush landscapes, serene lakes and rugged coastal views of the Emerald Isle. Explore castles, cathedrals, and ancient dwellings.  Enjoy Celtic song and dance.

DATE

July 29–Aug 9, 2023

TRANSPORT

Cars, Buses

GROUP SIZE

8 People

ACTIVITY

Leisure

BOARD

3-star hotels

DURATION

12 Days

from

$2,650.00 pp

Based on Double Occupancy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY

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International flights should be arranged to depart from the US on or before July 29th in order to arrive in Dublin prior to the tour start date of July 30th.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL

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You’ll have time to store your luggage in your hotel room before heading out for afternoon sightseeing in Dublin. Have dinner at the oldest pub in Dublin, opened in 1198. Overnight in Dublin

DAY 3: DUBLIN

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Explore Dublin’s highlights including visits to Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and Grafton Street. View the incredible 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, at Trinity College. Overnight in Dublin

DAY 4: IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

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Travel across Ireland’s lush countryside, stopping in scenic towns and villages. Have lunch in Sean’s Bar, the oldest in all of Ireland. Visit the grounds of Clonmacnoise with its intricate stone carvings and high crosses surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Overnight in Bunratty

DAY 5: CLIFFS OF MOHER

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Wander along the seashore footpath above the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to 700 feet and stretch majestically along Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Experience a living reconstruction of an 1800s Irish village at Bunratty Folk Park and Castle. End the day with a festive medieval banquet. Overnight in Bunratty

DAY 6: LIMERICK AND ADARE

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Discover stories of the ruthless King John, noble knights and rebellious natives at King John’s Castle in Limerick. Travel to folksy Adare with its thatched roof cottages and tree-lined riverwalks. Spend the evening looking out over the water of Tralee Bay. Overnight near Tralee

DAY 7: DINGLE PENINSULA

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Spend the day taking the circuitous drive around the Dingle Peninsula. The peninsula, on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, is ringed by sandy beaches and craggy cliffs. Inland are views of rolling hills and rugged mountains. Tour prehistoric ruins, ring forts and famine houses. Overnight near Tralee

DAY 8: KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

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Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Killarney National Park at your own pace. The park is accessible by jaunting car (horse-drawn carriage), bicycle or foot and there is plenty to see. Visit Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and the Gap of Dunloe. Overnight in Blarney

DAY 9: BLARNEY AND COBH

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Prepare for the “gift of gab” promised to all who kiss the Blarney Stone and spend the morning exploring the grounds and gardens of Blarney Castle. Travel to coastal Cobh for its stunning cathedral and lively port town. Overnight in Blarney

DAY 10: CASTLES

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Start the day in the bustling market town of Cahir enjoying its castle, natural wonders and architecture. After lunch, hike the mound to the Rock of Cashel for an amazing view of the Irish countryside and for the chance to explore these impressive castle ruins. Overnight in Kildare

DAY 11: PREHISTORIC BURIAL MOUNDS

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Discover a complex of Neolithic mounds, chamber tombs, standing stones, henges and other prehistoric relics with visits to Knowth and Newgrange. These burial mounds were built over 5,000 years ago and pre-date the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. Overnight in Malahide

DAY 12: RETURN HOME

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The tour concludes with hotel check-out by 11 a.m. Arrangements to the airport will be made for those leaving prior to 9 a.m. Early departures or later departures should plan their own transportation to the airport.

 

Tour Pricing and Payment Schedule

The Irish Castles, Coasts and Cathedrals tour scheduled for July 2023 will be $2,650 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:

Non-refundable deposit of $250 reserves spot

Payment of $300 due on Nov 1st, 2022

Payment of $300 due on Dec 1st, 2022

Payment of $300 due on Jan 1st, 2023

Payment of $300 due on Feb 1st, 2023

Payment of $300 due on Mar 1st, 2023

Payment of $300 due on Apr 1st, 2023

Payment of $300 due on May 1st, 2023

Payment of $300 due on Jun 1st, 2023

 

If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Included in the tour cost:

Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency

Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour

All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)

All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses

One carry-on suitcase and one personal item due to car size restraints

All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels and bed & breakfasts

Not included in the tour cost:

Travel insurance

International airfare, including any taxes and fees

Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities

Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required

Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks, and healthcare

Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary

Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary

Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges

Seat requests and seat upgrades

Single traveler supplement

Refunds for tour services not utilized

Other items not specifically mentioned as included

Tour Information

Terms and Conditions

Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.

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Liability Waiver and Release Form

Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.

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Travel Insurance

Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.

Packing Checklist and Tips

Please review the packing list for suggestions and tips on what to pack, how much you can take and what to leave at home.

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