Celtic Delight! Ireland

Come join our Celtic Delight, a relaxing tour of the southern route of Ireland! This special 7-night tour overnights at a deluxe castle for 2 of the nights…followed by Killarney, Waterford and Dublin! Enjoy 13-meals, beautiful sights and Irish hospitality!

Our small group tours are specifically curated to bring you deeply into the destination. Food, drink, people, customs and soft adventure activities to get you close to the natural surroundings. Specifically on this trip you hike each day around volcanic craters, past waterfalls and through wetlands.

Our service is second to none, from your decision to join our tour, throughout the trip and when you get home, we will be there for you.

Each escape brings you experiences you wouldn’t find on your own.

Tour Dates May 12 – 20, 2020

Escape With Us

Our escapes are unique in offering you an adventure filled itinerary with a local flavor. We work with local guides, planners and connections to make sure you do, see and even eat and drink things you may not have even thought of on your own.

Small Groups

We keep our groups small so we get to know each other and travel together, unified by the destination and our experiences.  Often lifelong friendships are forged. If anything, our growing group of like minded travelers start traveling together on future trips. “Where should we go next?” is often the last question asked as we depart for home.

Are you traveling solo? It is our pleasure to welcome you to our small group. We will match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If you wish, you may choose to pay a solo supplement to have your own room. Please check for availability.

For each trip, you will be invited to our Facebook group so you can chat with fellow travelers, dream about the upcoming trip together, maybe prepare together, hiking, practice a useful skill, etc. Usually, we also organize a get together about a month before the trip to share information, pass out travel documents, and ‘break the ice’ so when we embark on our trip we already know each other a bit. If you don’t live in the area, no worries, we will Skype you into the party and mail you your travel documents.

Why negotiate and plan yourself. Even the best guidebook can’t give you the freedom to embrace and immerse yourself in the destination. Enjoy the pleasure of travel without having to think about the details, leave the planning to us, your job is to fully embrace the journey without the hassles! We are so happy you are considering being our guest and can’t wait to deliver your fantastic experience!

Itinerary

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Departure

Depart US for Dublin on an overnight flight.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Arrive Ireland, Dublin – Roscommon

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. Your transfer will depart Dublin Airport for Roscommon and our Castle Hotel. Time to enjoy the grounds of the castle. Perhaps take in an optional spa service. Tonight we enjoy dinner and overnight at Kilronan Castle.

Overnight Kilronan Castle.

Thursday, May 14, 2020, Roscommon, Sligo

A leisurely departure from castle hotel, we travel a short distance to the Arigna Mines, where we enjoy the unique Arigna Mining Experience. The surrounding natural scenery where the mine is located is striking. After touring the mine, we travel along scenic Lough Allen to Dromahair and the lake isle of Innisfree, immortalized by the poet William Butler Yeats. Continue on to the small village of Drumcliffe and the final resting place of W.B. Yeats, then onto Sligo Town, where you have free time to explore the history of the area or perhaps visit the Yeats Library and Art gallery. This afternoon we travel the short journey back to our castle hotel so you can enjoy some free time and relax before dinner tonight.

Overnight at Kilronan.

Friday, May 15, 2020, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney

Morning departure from Kilronan Castle. We travel south via the majestic Cliffs of Moher, where we pause with spectacular views. Continue along the western coastline, as we make our way to charming Killarney town via Lahinch and Adare. In Killarney, we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Killarney is an excellent location to enjoy traditional music, pub entertainment or a traditional top-rated Irish Cabaret show (which can be pre-booked at the time of your reservation for $49 per person).

Overnight in Killarney. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020, Ring of Kerry

We depart on one of Ireland’s most popular and beautiful drives, the Ring of Kerry. Traveling from Killarney, we come to the town of Killorglin, famous for its traditional Puck Fair, and from here we commence the ring tour. Our drive is along the coastline of the broad Iveragh Peninsula, through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville, and Sneem. The scenery is spectacular as wind-swept cliffs, still lakes, lost valleys, and rocky mountains blend in awesome beauty before we circle back to Killarney for dinner and overnight. 

Overnight Killarney.

Sunday, May 17, 2020, Blarney, Cobh, Waterford

Depart Killarney, with a stop in Blarney, where we pause for optional visits to the Blarney Woollen Mills and Blarney Castle, perhaps to kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel the short distance to Cobh (Queenstown), the last port of call for the Titanic. Leaving Cobh, we make our way to Waterford. In Waterford, we enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. 

Overnight Waterford.

Monday, May 18, 2020, Waterford, Dublin

Morning brings a visit to the House of Waterford before making our way to Dublin via Kildare. An afternoon check-in to our Dublin hotel allows for time to relax before attending a traditional Irish cabaret and dinner show in Dublin. We return to our hotel at approximately 10:30 pm.

Overnight Dublin. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Dublin

Our morning sightseeing tour we visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. A fantastic interactive experience, which uncovers the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish who traveled the world, from early times to the modern day. Following our EPIC visit, we make our way to the Guinness Storehouse for a visit. Our afternoon is free to enjoy the capital city. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own before the final overnight in Dublin.

Overnight Dublin.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

An early morning transfer takes you to Dublin Airport for the return flight home. Pick up your last minute gifts at the duty-free shops before boarding your flight. You arrive home the same day.

Your Investment

Your Investment is $2169.00 per person based on double occupancy. (we will match same gender roommates) If you want your own room, the supplement is $579.

The deposit to hold your space is $250 per person. Second deposit is due on January 8, 2020 of $1000. Final Payment is on March 7, 2020. If you prefer to make payments, please contact us and we will arrange a plan that works.

Your Trip Includes

Tour Highlights

  • Thirteen (13) meals with seven (7) breakfasts and six (6) dinners
  • Top sights with visits to; Athlone, Roscommon, Killarney, Blarney, Cobh, Waterford, and Dublin
  • ·Includes a 2-night deluxe Castle stay

Celtic Delight Tour Includes

  • Excellent hotels – seven (7) nights of first class and superior first-class hotels throughout, including 2 night stay at Kilronan Castle
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Five (5) hotel dinners
  • Dinner and entertainment in Dublin
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout
  • Panoramic city tours of Dublin
  • Scenic touring of the Ring of Kerry
  • Visits to: Arigna Mining Experience, Cliffs of Moher, Cobh, House of Waterford, Guinness Brewery Storehouse and the new Epic Museum in Dublin
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland

Tour Does Not Include

  • Gratuities to the driver/guide not included
  • International flight to Dublin (typically $600-700)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed in the Itinerary
  • Optional tours

How We Make Your Escape Awesome!

We are ready to answer your questions throughout the process via phone or email.

Once you sign up and pay your deposit:

  • We will send you a link to your My Trips account. You can view your trip details any time from your PC or Mobile Phone.
  • We will send you arrival and departure details so you can make your flight arrangements.
  • We will email you your final payment reminder about 1 week before it is due.
  • About two-three months before the trip we will send significant details like packing lists, further itinerary details, etc.
  • One month before the trip we will mail you your travel documents (or pass them out at a gathering for those local).

Facebook Group

You will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can meet, virtually, your fellow travelers, discuss the trip, make any preparation plans together, and share your excitement.

Our groups are typically 10-15 travelers. We aren’t a ‘big bus’ tour and don’t want to be. We don’t just look out the window and drive by the sights. Typically, our tours are custom and private. The advantage is, we can say, ‘stop here, we want to see this’ and we can stop and explore, even if it isn’t in the plan. Yes, we have an itinerary, but we also feel it’s important to take advantage of unexpected moments that arise. We attract travelers who are flexible and adventurous. A bit of spontaneity is a good thing!

You should know, our travelers are like you, they don’t want a canned tour, they like a sense of freedom on their trip, they understand the value of flexibility in travel, and they love the idea of working with a planning team that understands and respects their travel values.

So, Is this Trip for You?

  • You love traveling with like minded people and a tour company that is focused on traveling deeply into a destination, knowing how to read the group and make the best decisions for a perfect trip.
  • You find joy in trying new things, food, activities, etc.
  • Plans are good, and important to a great trip, however, flexibility sometimes brings a deeper experience and it’s OK with you.
  • You enjoy meeting and traveling with new people.

This Trip is Not for You If…

  • Travel is stressful and sometimes you find yourself anxious and frustrated when things don’t go perfectly as planned.
  • New things, new situations, aren’t really your thing.
  • You are unsure that you physical conditioning is up to longer hikes.
  • You don’t like trying unusual local foods.
  • You feel uncomfortable and unsafe in places that are ‘foreign’ to Western culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I change accommodations during the trip?

This trip has 2 night stays in each location except Waterford, which is only one night.

Can I extend my stay?

Absolutely, adding a pre or post stay always enhances a trip. We are offering a post trip to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway. Or, you can choose any type of pre or post stay. We are happy to help you plan your extra days.

What airport do I fly into and out of?

You will fly round trip from Boston to Dublin.

What are VISA requirements for these countries?

There are no visa requirements for Ireland.

What type of currency is used in these countries?

The currency used in Ireland is the Euro.

Who do I contact for other questions and travel advice?

Call us at 860-779-6531 or send an email to lwhittemore@cruiseplanners.com

What is the age group of my potential fellow travelers?

Our guests typically range in age from 45-75. They tend to be of an age where they are either already retired and traveling is an objective for them, or are getting close. There are some tours that attract a younger group, sometimes adult children of a traveler in the group will join the tour.

Groups tend to be predominantly female, although we are wanting a good mix of men and woman, solo and couples traveling.

In any case, our travelers are in good health, active and adventurous.

I’m not a tour person, will this be too much of a standard tour for me?

No worries here, your fellow travelers feel exactly the same way and so do we, your tour curators. Of course there are some parts of our tours that are standard, we travel often by a van or motor coach, we eat together and do activities together. What makes us different, are two critical things, we don’t like traditional touring either, we work hard to be different. And two, you will always have the opportunity to choose. If you want to do something on your own or different than the group plan, you are welcome to do that.

We would love to have you join us! We will do our best to provide the opportunities and activities that allow you to make amazing memories and lasting friendships. We are looking forward to traveling with you.

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