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The idyllic Emerald Isle

Based in an attractive, four-star hotel in picturesque Tralee, this break includes a host of highlights, all set against the lakes, mountains and stunning coastline of this beautiful area. From the Dingle Peninsula to the Ring of Kerry and the Rock of Cashel, delight in Ireland's charms and traditions.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

A visit to Adare, one of Ireland's loveliest villages
A coach tour around the scenic Ring of Kerry
A tour of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula
Entry to the Blasket Island Heritage Centre
A horse-drawn jaunting car trip through the Killarney National Park and a cruise on Loch Leane
A guided tour of the historic Rock of Cashel (entry fee payable locally)
The chance to enjoy a show at the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre (2019 departures between 12th May and 15th September only)

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee
Return flights from your chosen airport to Cork
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Ireland

Fly to Cork, where you will meet your Tour Manager and enjoy the scenic transfer to Tralee. After checking in at your hotel, and depending on the time of your flight, the rest of the day is yours to unpack and to explore the town.

Day Two: Included Dingle Peninsula tour

Today's tour of the rugged Dingle Peninsula will reveal its outstanding mountain and coastal scenery, inspiration for such films as 'Ryan's Daughter' and 'Far and Away'. 

At Slea Head, Europe's most westerly point, we'll visit the Blasket Island Heritage Centre for a fascinating insight into the unique community that inhabited the islands until their evacuation in 1953.

There will also be time to explore the peninsula's main town - the lively fishing port of Dingle, with its arts and crafts shops, pubs and cafes.

Day Three: Included Killarney National Park tour

Life slows right down this morning as we head to Killarney National Park. Here you 'll enjoy an hour-long ride in a horse-drawn jaunting car (Ireland's most traditional mode of transport, and the only kind allowed in this area), during which your driver will spin tales of local legends and Irish history.

We'll then board the Pride of the Lakes for a cruise on beautiful Lough Leane. There really is no better way to enjoy the Park's hidden delights and the famous Killarney Lakes. After time to have lunch and explore the town of Killarney itself we'll return to our hotel.

This evening, on departures between 12th May and 15th September, you'll also have the chance to join our optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre in Tralee. The shows and storylines presented here vary, but always reflect Ireland’s rich traditions of music, dance and folklore.

Day Four: Included Rock of Cashel visit

The spectacular medieval buildings of the Rock of Cashel rise majestically from the lush pastures of the Tipperary countryside. Together they make up one of Ireland’s most important religious and archaeological sites. The sturdy walls around the complex protect a Romansque chapel that houses some of Ireland’s oldest frescoes, a 12th-century round tower, a 13th-century Gothic cathedral and a 15th-century castle. A short audio-visual show sets the scene before an included guided tour reveals the secrets of this fascinating place.

A visit to Adare, one of Ireland's loveliest villages, completes your day. Dating back to AD 1200, the village is steeped in history. It is home to arts and crafts shops and a wealth of architectural styles, including thatched cottages, beautiful stone buildings and medieval monasteries.

Day Five: Included Ring of Kerry coach tour

Today's final tour traces the spectacular Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula. Visit the towns that dot the route, and witness its wonderful natural beauty. Highlights include the magnificent Coomakista Pass, and the views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the glaciated Black Valley from Molls Gap.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to Tralee as we return to the airport to check in for your flight home.

On 2018 departures, the jaunting cars, cruise and visit to Killarney will take place on Day Two, and you will tour the Dingle Peninsula on Day Three. On Day Four you will visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (entry fee payable locally), which gives a fascinating insight into Irish rural traditions. The visit to Rock of Cashel and the optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre are not offered in 2018.

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Meadowlands Hotel ★★★★

Set in beautiful gardens, in a quiet residential area of Tralee about a kilometre from the centre, this stylish family-owned and managed hotel offers a really warm welcome.

Further Information

2018 departures

On 2018 departures the jaunting cars, cruise and visit to Killarney will take place on Day Two, and you will tour the Dingle Peninsula on Day Three. On Day Four you will visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (entry fee payable locally), which gives a fascinating insight into Irish rural traditions. The visit to Rock of Cashel and the optional excursion to the Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre are not offered in 2018.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours..

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Ryanair ID requirements

Some of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Tipping

We are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around £2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around £3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of £1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around £2 for services such as hairdressing.

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