Keegan Bus Tours: Ireland, Spring 2023
Keegan Bus Tours: Ireland 2023
Join Colm & Laura on a “Foodie Tour of Ireland”
Saturday 1st April – Sunday 9th April
in association with CIE Tours
Land Cost Per Person
|Total Payment Due||Monthly Instalments*|
|(over 29 months from August 2020)|
|Minimum 45 full paying||$2,466||$89 per month|
|Minimum 40 full paying||$2,422||$89 per month|
|Minimum 35 full paying||$2,520||$89 per month|
|Minimum 30 full paying||$2,584||$89 per month|
|Minimum 25 full paying||$2,618||$89 per month|
|Minimum 20 full paying||$2,738||$89 per month|
Single room supplement $450.00
CIE Travel Insurance $249**
*Monthly Instalments are calculated for passengers signing up in August 2020, this sum will increase the closer the sign up to the starting date. Exchange rates may also alter depending on date of signup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
**Travellers are entitled to choose any travel insurance of their choosing. Opting for CIE’s travel insurance is not compulsory, just an offer available should you wish to avail of it
Additional Cost Information
– Does not include airfare or $100 booking fee
– Final land cost payment to be made by 23rd January, 2023
– Payment method: One-off payment or monthly payment plan (personalised payment methods also available)
-All visits are outlined in the itinerary are included in the cost unless otherwise stated
-Entry to any concert during the tour
-Hotel Porterage for one bag per person, service charge and government taxes
-Transport by luxury motor coach with driver/guide
-All visits are outlined on the above itinerary and included in the cost unless otherwise stated
-Cooking at Airfield Estate
-Seasonal food experience at Ballycotton Farm
-Seaweed foraging on the beach
-Passage on the Tarbert Ferry
-Cheese tasting at St. Tola Farm
Saturday, 1st April: DEPART YOUR HOMETOWN
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation.
Sunday, 2nd April: DUBLIN ARRIVAL
Land at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities before meeting your CIE Tours driver/guide for either a 9 am or 12 pm pick up. Transfer to your nearby hotel, check in and settle into your room. In the afternoon, take an orientation drive around Dublin city center. See the main thoroughfares of O’Connell Street, Nassau Street and some lovely public parks as you pass by many historical sites. Visit Teeling Distillery to learn about finely aged whiskey and sample the finish product. If time permits, you can enjoy a cocktail or two at the Bang Bang Bar or grab some locally sourced food at the Phoenix Café. Then enjoy a superb welcome get-together drink in the Temple Bar area.
OVERNIGHT: CAMDEN COURT HOTEL, DUBLIN
Monday, 3rd April: VINTAGE TEA TOUR
This morning, climb aboard a vintage double-decker bus and have a cup of afternoon tea while taking in the sights of the city. Then you will have some time to sightsee and shop. In the early evening, head to Airfield Estate for a tour of the house and gardens. After learning about 20 acre farm, it is time to roll up your sleeves! As you prepare new dishes, compete against your fellow travelers in a fun, inspiring cook-off while preparing dinner for the group.
OVERNIGHT: CAMDEN COURT HOTEL, DUBLIN
Tuesday, 4th April: GLENDALOUGH
Leaving Dublin, travel into County Wicklow and visit the 6th century monastic ruins of Glendalough. The visitor centre explains how St. Kevin founded this settlement at a time when Christianity was burgeoning throughout Ireland. Next, you’ll have a special seasonal food experience at the Ballycotton Farm. End the day at your nearby hotel, where dinner will be freshly prepared with local produce.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: BAYVIEW HOTEL, BALLYCOTTON
Wednesday, 5th April: BLARNEY CASTLE
Today, drive to Blarney, where you can climb the battlements of Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” The afternoon is free to explore Ballycotton on your own. Tonight, dinner will be at a local restaurant in the historic port town of Kinsale, an important destination for foodies, sailors and art lovers.
OVERNIGHT: BAYVIEW HOTEL, BALLYCOTTON
Thursday, 6th April: LORGE CHOCLATIER
Leaving Ballycotton, drive to Kenmare and visit Lorge Chocolatier. While here, enjoy a chocolate workshop and learn about this beloved treat. Take a scenic drive to Killarney for a short stopover before heading to Tralee. Check into your hotel and settle into your room. This evening, dine at a local restaurant with ingredients from local artisanal suppliers.
OVERNIGHT: BALLYGARRY HOUSE HOTEL, TRALEE
Friday, 7th April: RING OF KERRY
Set off to explore the Ring of Kerry, which consists of over 100 miles of marvelous scenery. See some of Ireland’s highest peaks on one side of the road and a coastline scattered with golden beaches and rocky headlands on the other. There will also be plenty of stops to take in the scenery and to snap photos. Stop to visit Derrynane House, which is located at the western end of the peninsula. The Derrynane House was the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, one of the most important figures in Irish politics in the early 19th century. Next, explore the nutritional, horticultural, and cosmetic benefits of ocean plants in a foraging stroll on the seashore. Return to your hotel in time for dinner.
DINNER & OVERNIGHT: BALLYGARRY HOUSE HOTEL, TRALEE
Saturday 8th April: St. Tola Farm
Depart Tralee and take a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Next, drive along the coast of County Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher, which overlook the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince along with the Princess Bride have scenes that were filmed at this stunning landmark. Next, visit St. Tola Farm, one of the many stops on the Burren Food Trail and a producer of handmade goat cheese. St. Tola’s award-winning cheeses are sure to please even the most discerning palate. Enjoy a chance to sample the cheeses yourself before checking into your Limerick hotel. Tonight, join your group for dinner at a local pub or restaurant.
OVERNIGHT: RADISSON BLU HOTEL, LIMERICK
Sunday 9th April: RETURN TO YOUR HOMETOWN
Transfer to Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight. You may do some last minute shopping at the duty free stores before boarding your aircraft and flying across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.
Camden Court Hotel, Dublin 2 nights
Bayview Hotel, Ballycotton 2 nights
Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee 2 nights
Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick 1 night
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