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Iceland & Ireland Adventure 2020

11 days with CIE Tours   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Reykjavik City Tour
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM. Take an orientation tour and discover Iceland’s capital city set on the southern shore of Faxa Bay. Discover Reykjavik’s settlement, history, and the natural beauty that surrounds it. You’ll be charmed by its architecture and the beautiful brightly-colored rooftops. Visit the Perlan Observation Deck, which offers magnificent 360° views of Reykjavik and its surroundings – mountain, glacier, and volcano vistas on the horizon will be a taste of what is to come on your journey. Stop for photos outside Hallgrímskirkja, the landmark Lutheran church that looms over the city. Return to your centrally-located hotel and enjoy a welcome drink and canapes with your group, followed by dinner on your own.

Day 2: Golden Circle
Head out on the famed Golden Circle, starting with the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, a meeting place of old Icelandic clans. It is also where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet above ground. Journey to the Secret Lagoon: smaller and more intimate than the Blue Lagoon, it’s where savvy travelers go to enjoy the Icelandic spa experience. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Enjoy a tasty lunch in the greenhouse of Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Then it’s on to the Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes. Stop at Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Iceland with two separate drops and the largest falls in all of Europe in terms of water volume. Dinner is on your own in Reykjavik. (B, L)

Day 3: Reykjavik & The Blue Lagoon Spa
Enjoy a free day independently exploring Reykjavik with an early dinner on your own. In the evening, you’ll be whisked away to the Blue Lagoon, a large man-made lake surrounded by a lava field that is also a geothermal spa. Enjoy one of the 25 wonders of the world as you share in a cocktail reception and lagoon entry with your group. (B)

Day 4: Included Flight to Dublin & Dublin Tour
Travel to the airport together with your group and say farewell to your Icelandic Tour Director. Fly with your group to Dublin and check into your Dublin hotel. Set out on a private guided tour of Dublin. Highlights include 18th century Georgian houses with brightly painted doors, tranquil parks, and wide O’Connell Street. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: 6th Century Glendalough & Waterford
Enjoy the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, a stunning example of Ireland’s beauty. Explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Walk through the deep valley to view the picturesque ruins of a round tower, churches, and Celtic crosses. Head southeast to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s vessel that brought desperate Irish emigrants fleeing famine to the New World. Continue on to the city of Waterford, where before dinner you will take a gentle stroll around the narrow streets of the historic city with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 6: Cobh & Blarney Castle
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel to Cobh for a walking tour – this harbor town was the last port of call for the Titanic in 1912 and was also the main point of embarkation for Irish emigrants between 1848 and 1960. Proceed on to Blarney, to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Journey west through rugged countryside and settle in to your centrally located hotel in Killarney. (B, D)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry Drive & Killarney
Discover the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of photo stops along the way. After a pub lunch, stroll around Sneem and stop at Moll’s Gap for its panoramic views. Enjoy the evening in Killarney for dinner on your own and perhaps a visit to one of the town’s many lively pubs. (B, L)

Day 8: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County Clare. View the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Head to Galway and join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city before spending some time on your own. (B, D)

Day 9: Sheepdogs & Derry’s Medieval Walls
Stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to see one of the world’s leading Catholic shrines. Visit the church where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879. Immerse yourself in Irish farm life during a visit to an authentic working farm and watch trained sheepdogs round up mountain sheep. Head to Donegal for some free time in this charming town. Proceed to Derry and meet a local guide to discover the history of this ancient city that retains its fortified medieval walls dating from 1613. (B, D)

Day 10: Giant’s Causeway & Titanic Belfast
Explore the northern coastline and the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast and learn about the ill-fated ship through state-of-the-art displays. See the docks where the famous liner was built just over a century ago. Stop at the Glyde Inn for a farewell dinner with Irish specialties and entertainment featuring traditional Irish music and songs. (B, D)

Day 11: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Map
All This Included
  • Full daily breakfast in your hotel beginning on Day 2 of your tour
  • Most other meals except as noted, so you’ll have free time to explore on your own
  • Welcome get-together drink for a chance to meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers
  • All on-tour transportation, including  shuttles and ferries to and from hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions
  • All on-tour entrance fees to sightseeing attractions included in your itinerary, plus vouchers to explore independently during free time
  • Free Wi-Fi on all coaches and in most hotels so you can stay connected along the way
  • Document wallet and backpack to keep all your paperwork and daily essentials organized during your trip
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, and handling of one suitcase per person throughout your vacation

Highlights
Authentic Local Experiences
  • Enjoy an evening entry to relax in the therapeutic waters of the beautiful Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spa surrounded by a lava field.
  • Journey to the Secret Lagoon: smaller and more intimate than the Blue Lagoon, it’s a place locals and savvy travelers go to enjoy an authentic Icelandic hot spring experience.
  • Discover the true story of the world’s most famous ship at Titanic Belfast – in the city where it all began.
  • Walk among the ruins of the picturesque monastic site of Glendalough and see the round tower, decorated crosses and stone churches that remain from this once-thriving monastery, founded by St Kevin in the 6th century.
Dining Experiences
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) including lunch at Fridheimar Tomato Farm in Iceland, and 6 dinners (D) including a including a traditional Irish dinner and show at the Glyde Inn. 

Trip Highlights
Accommodations
Reykjavik: Fosshotel Reykjavik
Dublin: Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Waterford: Dooley’s Hotel
Killarney: International Hotel
Galway: Ardilaun
Derry: Everglades Hotel
Dublin: Croke Park Hotel
Notes
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