Last Minute November and December Getaways to Ireland
PHOTO: Let CIE Tours take you to the shores of Ireland. (Courtesy CIE Tours International)
Summer is over and the holidays are still a little ways off so why not take advantage of a fall getaway to Ireland?
With a mild climate thanks to the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland doesn’t have extreme temperatures. Its temperate weather and stunning countryside makes for a lovely fall break whether strolling the green hills or exploring Dublin’s cobblestone streets.
CIE Tours International is offering some last minute deals to the Emerald Isle, so no matter if you prefer a short five-day jaunt or 12 days spent exploring the width and breadth of the island, there’s something for everyone.
Irish Adventure (8 days/9 days). Departing on Nov. 2, this tour takes in Ireland’s highlights. The journey begins with a city tour of Dublin before heading off to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough and eventually Waterford. There, tour the House of Waterford Crystal and make a visit to the Blarney Castle and a chance to kiss the Stone of Eloquence. The tour continues with a drive on the Ring of Kerry and visits to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Walk. Fans of Yeats will appreciate a pilgrimage to his grave, while everyone will enjoy a fun afternoon watching trained sheepdogs round sheep. The tour ends with a visit to Giant’s Causeway and a dinner and show at the Glyde Inn, a tavern dating back to 1770. Departs Nov. 2.
Irish Odyssey (12 days). Immerse yourself in Ireland and Irish culture on the almost two-week exploration of the Emerald Isle. The journey’s highlights include walking tours of Cork, Galway, Derry and Drogheda (including a “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong), as well as city tours of Dublin and Belfast. Tourists will have the chance to visit a farmhouse for tea and scones as well as see sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry and see how turf is cut at the Sheans Heritage Farms. Guests will also have the chance to take part in a horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney, take a ferry across the River Shannon and see a step-dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel. Departs Nov. 4 and Nov. 11.
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Taste of Ireland (6 days). This tour starts in Dublin with a tour and plenty of free time in which to explore the city’s famous sites, including a drink at the Guinness Storehouse and dinner and a show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Continue from Dublin to the Blarney Castle and Killarney, with stops along the way to explore stately ruins and shop for Irish woolens and other traditional goods. Continue on the Ring of Kerry and take a side-trip to a working farm. The tour’s final stops include the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where guests will enjoy a medieval feast as their final banquet. Departs Nov. 6 and Dec. 11.
Taste of Ireland (5 days). A tour of Dublin’s most iconic spots starts the journey off. Take in the city’s lovely Georgian houses, Trinity College, and the Financial Center. From Dublin, head out through the midlands and the country’s farms to Blarney Castle, with an excursion to the Blarney Woollen Mills. The next day, the journey continues with a stop at the Skellig Experience. The final stops include the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle, before travelers depart from Shannon the following day. Departs Nov. 7 and Dec. 12.
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