Day 1 To Pembrokeshire for our ferry crossing to Rosslare and on to Waterford. Our hotel is the superb 3 star Dooley’s for the next 3 nights and we are met with a welcome drink.
Day 2 Free day to explore Waterford, with its exciting medieval ﬂavour, and we have included a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory (walking distance from the hotel). You could also catch one of the regular local buses to the nearby resort of Tramore.
Day 3 We make a stop in Dungarvan, a beautiful coastal town with a pretty harbour and the majestic Comeragh Mountains in the background. Later we visit the historic Lismore Castle Gardens, arranged over seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls. There is a wide variety of beautifully maintained plants and trees to enjoy as well as a permanent sculpture collection.
Day 4 We cross to the East Coast of Ireland and visit the fantastic Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which recalls the nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world between 1937 and 1945. The museum also has its own restaurant (not included). Then on to our hotel for the next 3 nights, the 3 star Falls Hotel in Ennistymon where on the ﬁrst night, we have a free drink with dinner.
Day 5 We call at the Burren Visitor’s Centre for an introduction to the Burren, a large limestone cap, with lunar landscapes, stretching for miles which is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and home to all manner of ﬂora and fauna. We then embark on a tour of the Burren before visiting the renowned Cliﬀs of Moher where we have included entry to O’Brien’s Tower that stands proudly as an observation point on the headland. Stand in awe at the sheer might of the Atlantic Ocean, which over hundreds of years has carved the 230 metre high cliﬀs which are some of the highest in Europe.
Day 6 To Galway City. It has a splendid mediaeval past and today is a thriving city with beautiful beaches, a long winding promenade and a cosmopolitan city centre. We return to the hotel viewing some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery, with views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Day 7 Travelling via Athlone on the River Shannon we have a short stop in Dublin en route to our 3 star hotel in nearby Bray.
Day 8 We catch the morning ferry from Dublin and breakfast will be served on board. Then return journey home.