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Celtic Experience

Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  • Cruise on the River Shannon
  • Fly back in time at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Learn about the ill-fated Titanic at the Queenstown Story
  • Visit Bunratty Castle
  • Guided city tour in Cork
  • Evening entertainment on one night at the Auburn Lodge Hotel and the Ardmore Hotel

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What is Included?

  • Travel by Coach or Air
  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • En route stop in Dublin on outbound and return journey
  • Touring itinerary
  • Glass of beer or wine with dinner at the Ardmore Hotel on night 7
  • Entertainment at your hotels in Ennis and Dublin (Ardmore Hotel only)

Join us for a fantastic break as we explore parts of the Emerald Isle that will make you want to come back for more. From train to cruise, cities to coast, as well as discovering unique heritage attractions, join us and enjoy a true Celtic experience.

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Holiday Details

Day 1: From Home to Dublin
For travel by coach, we make our way to Holyhead and join the ferry over to Ireland, going on to our overnight stay at the Stillorgan Park Hotel. If you choose to fly, make your way to your chosen airport for the flight to Dublin. On arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. (D)
Day 2: From Dublin to Ennis via Shannonbridge
We leave Dublin and head to Shannonbridge for a cruise on the River Shannon, taking in the spectacular natural beauty of the waterway. It’s then time to continue on to Ennis to the Auburn Lodge Hotel which will be our base for the next three nights. We will enjoy a punch reception on arrival and live entertainment/music on 1 night. (B,D)
Day 3: Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Castle
Today we take a short ferry ride across the River Shannon, then fly back in time to before the Second World War with a fascinating visit to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Foynes is also home of the original ‘Irish Coffee’ and we enjoy a demonstration here. We continue on to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, incorporating Ireland’s most complete medieval fortress as well as the impressive park where 19th century life is vividly recreated in the ‘living’ village. (B,D)
Day 4: A free day in Ennis
Enjoy a day at leisure in Ennis – relax and enjoy the hotel’s fantastic facilities, including indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, or venture out and explore Ennis. Alternatively you may choose to join our optional excursion to Lisdoonvarna and Galway. (B,D)
Day 5: Ennis to Mallow via Cobh and Cork
Our stay in Ennis is now over as we journey on to Cobh and the Queenstown Story where we’re told about the ill-fated Titanic, and the story of Irish immigrants. After learning about this fascinating history we travel on to Cork where we enjoy a guided city tour and time at leisure before we head off to our hotel on the outskirts of the city where we stay for the next two nights, the Oriel House Hotel. (B,D)
Day 6: A free day in Cork
Spend your time at leisure today – ventre into the vibrant city of Cork or simply relax at the hotel. Cork is a wonderful city to explore – built on an island, the pretty bridged and narrow alleyways add to its picturesque setting. (B,D)
Day 7: The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
We get back on the tracks today with a journey on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, along 6km of narrow gauge track along the banks of the River Suir. Lunchtime beckons as we approach Waterford for a short stop. We then continue our journey to the outskirts of Dublin for our overnight stay at the Ardmore Hotel, where we also enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or wine with dinner and entertainment. (B,D)
Day 8: From Dublin back to home
We depart this morning and make our way home. (B)

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