Tour code: STEC 06
Dep: Mon / Wed / Fri
Airline: EK / LH
Meal: (12D) 9 Breakfast / 1 Lunch / 7 Dinner
Assemble at Singapore Changi International Airport for your flight to Dublin.
Welcome to Ireland. Upon arrival in Dublin, travel to the quaint town of Kilkenny where you will visit the Smithwick’s Experience. Gain a Cultural Insight into the medieval origins of brewing and the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand. Thereafter, enjoy a hearty dinner before we retire for the day
This morning, depart Kilkenny and drive westward to Waterford. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely start visit the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration watching skilled craftsmen produce wonderful decorative objects.
After breakfast, we prepare to continue our journey to Cork. Enjoy some free time to explore the English market which is Ireland’s most famous food market serving Cork since 1788. You might want to join a self expense optional tour to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone that will bestow the ‘gift of the gab’. Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446.The Blarney Stone is among the machicolations of the castle.
This morning, we shall drive to Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park was the first national park established in Ireland. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, oak and yew woodlands of international importance and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of red deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Thereafter, we shall travel to the Ring of Kerry which is a wonderful landscape that is hewn by the last Ice Age with some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastline in Ireland and Ireland’s highest mountains. Enjoy a drive around the Ring of Kerry through Moll’s Gap and down over the Black Valley to Ladies View. Next, is Killorglin to Cahirciveen with the memorial to St Brenden, the Navigator, and views of Dingle Bay and the South Kerry Mountains. We see Charlie Chaplin’s hideaway, Waterville and Derrynane, home of Ireland’s liberator Daniel O’Connell. Lastly, transfer to Dingle for our overnight stay.
This morning, we shall visit the Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park which is a great display of rural life in the village. The view from the castle turrets of the Shannon River is fantastic and the thatched roofed cottages are full of artifacts from past times. Thereafter, we shall travel to Galway.
This morning, we start our tour in Galway, known as the city of tribes and once home to Christopher Columbus. The city is Ireland’s traditional capital and home to some of our finest traditional musicians. Our stop allows us to take a FREE walking tour to explore the city or enjoy it at your own leisure. Explore highlights like the Spanish Arch, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the colorful Shop Street where or maybe even sample some world famous Galway Bay oysters. Thereafter, free at own leisure. You might want to join a trip to Aran Island by cruise at your own expenses.
After breakfast, travel to Ballycastle via Sligo. Sligo, despite its relatively small size, Sligo is an historic, cultural, commercial, industrial, retail and service centre of regional importance. Sligo is also a popular tourist destination, being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with many literary and cultural associations. Free at own leisure upon arrival in Sligo. Next, continue to Ballycastle. Located on the north-easternmost coastal tip of Northern Ireland at the northern mainland limit of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland can be viewed from the coastline.
This morning, travel down to visit the Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. The Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places. Much of the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site is today owned and managed by the National Trust and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. Enjoy your time in the Giant’s Causeway before we make our way to Belfast for our overnight stay.
This morning, we shall make our way south, crossing the River Boyne at Drogheda and on to Dublin. Upon arrival, we start our city tour in Dublin which brings us to the Trinity College, the oldest and most prestigious college in Ireland which was established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. If time permits, you may want to take a walk round the courtyard and to the Library. Then, continue to St Patrick’s Cathedral which was founded in 1191, largest church in Ireland, followed by a photo stop at Phoenix Park and the Georgian Square. After lunch, free at own leisure. You may want to consider joining an optional excursion to a stately home or to an ancient monastic site this afternoon.
Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home to Singapore.
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