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Grand Tour of Ireland

Inc. Waterford Crystal, Mount Congreve Gardens, Galway, Cliffs of Moher...

Inc. Waterford Crystal, Mount Congreve Gardens, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Foynes Flying Boat Museum & The Burren Visitors Centre and Smokehouse for a Masterclass!

Unwind and enjoy the endless beautiful, scenery and excellent hospitality of our neighbours across the sea in the Republic of Ireland, a land full of charm, contrasting beauty and natural scenic wonder. We stay in 3 different hotels and use 2 different ferry routes and there are lots of included entries to make this an unforgettable round trip. This year we have managed to reduce the cost of this holiday by returning a day earlier but getting the PM ferry so nothing is missed. We have added a visit to the Burren Smokehouse for a Masterclass with a soup and sandwich lunch.


Inc. Waterford Crystal, Mount Congreve Gardens, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Foynes Flying Boat Museum & The Burren Visitors Centre and Smokehouse for a Masterclass!

Unwind and enjoy the endless beautiful, scenery and excellent hospitality of our neighbours across the sea in the Republic of Ireland, a land full of charm, contrasting beauty and natural scenic wonder. We stay in 3 different hotels and use 2 different ferry routes and there are lots of included entries to make this an unforgettable round trip. This year we have managed to reduce the cost of this holiday by returning a day earlier but getting the PM ferry so nothing is missed. We have added a visit to the Burren Smokehouse for a Masterclass with a soup and sandwich lunch.

Friday To Pembrokeshire for our ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford. Our hotel is the superb 3 star Dooley’s for the next 3 nights and we are met with a welcome drink.

Saturday Free day to explore wonderful Waterford, with its exciting medieval flavour, and we have included a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory (walking distance from the hotel). You could also catch one of the regular local buses to the nearby resort of Tramore.

Sunday We make a stop in Dungarvan, a beautiful coastal town with a pretty harbour and the majestic Comeragh Mountains in the background. Later we visit Mount Congreve Gardens which have 70 acres of intensively planted woodland gardens and a four acre walled garden. The entire collection consists of over 3000 different trees and shrubs, 2000 Rhododendrons, 600 Camelias, 300 Acers and much more!

Monday We cross to the West Coast of Ireland and visit the fantastic Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world between 1937 and 1945. The museum also has its own restaurant (not included). Then on to our hotel for the next 3 nights, the 3 star Falls Hotel in Ennistymon where, on the first night, we have a free drink with dinner.

Tuesday We call at the Burren Visitor’s Centre for an introduction to the Burren, a large limestone cap with lunar landscapes, stretching for miles which is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and home to all manner of flora and fauna. We then embark on a tour of the Burren which includes a lunchtime stop at Burren Smokehouse where we are given a masterclass in how salmon is smoked and also how it tastes! We also have included a soup and sandwich lunch. Later we visit the renowned Cliffs of Moher and stand in awe at the sheer might of the Atlantic Ocean, which over hundreds of years has carved the 230 metre high cliffs which are some of the highest in Europe.

Wednesday To Galway City. It has a splendid mediaeval past and today is a thriving city with beautiful beaches, a long winding promenade and a cosmopolitan city centre.

Thursday A relaxing journey to Dublin for the PM ferry to Holyhead, we return to the Swindon area by midnight.

Holiday Inclusions:

  • Return coach travel
  • Tours as indicated (inc. Waterford Crystal, Mount Congreve Gardens, Burren Visitor Centre plus Smokehouse and lunch, Foynes Flying Boat Museum & the Cliffs of Moher)
  • Ferry crossings
  • Hotel accommodation of bed, breakfast and evening meal

Dooleys Hotel, Waterford
3 star hotel overlooking the waterfront.
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www.dooleys-hotel.ie

Falls Hotel, Ennistymon
3 star hotel nestled in a wooded vale beside tumbling waters of the River Inagh.
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www.fallshotel.ie

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Fri 18 Sep, 2020 GRAND20 1 7 £724.00 £724 - 10 + Book Now