Ireland, A Literary Journey

8 Days Dublin to Dublin. Group rates on request

Highlights: Dublin, Midleton, Killarney, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Special Yeat’s Dinner in County Sligo

Explore Irish heritage and scholarly traditions, discover where many world famous writers, poets and playwrights were born and lived and were inspired to write about the spectacular beauty, culture and history of their native isle; and visit famous galleries, and towns that celebrate Ireland’s proud literary history.

These are simply ideas to inspire you. This is just a suggested itinerary and you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your group or organization’s interests. You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you.

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Ireland Literary Journey. A Suggested Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND: Arrive Dublin where you are met by your driver/guide. Today you will visit The Dublin Writers Museum, and Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner in hotel. Overnight in Davenport Hotel which holds UNESCO Literature Plaque. Hotel Name: O’Callaghan’s Davenport Hotel. (D)

DAY 2 DUBLIN / KILLARNEY: Drive south and view the Rock of Cashel, an impressive medieval fortress complex perched atop a verdant hill. Stop at the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a Local Specialty, and taste the triple-distilled, twice-as-smooth whiskey. Continue to charming Killarney.
Hotel Name: The Killarney Plaza. (B)

DAY 3 DINGLE PENINSULA EXCURSION: Take a full day tour around the Dingle Peninsula with its breath-taking views and sceneries of the Atlantic Ocean, bright sandy beaches as well as ancient and early Christian relicts and small Gaelic speaking villages. You will reach the most Western point of Europe at Slea Head, from where you can catch a view of the offshore Blasket Island, which has been abandoned by its inhabitants in 1953. You will learn more about the rough life at the sea and great literary past of the islands in the Blasket Centre in Dunquin. Find out more about fascinating life on the island in Thomas O’Crohan’s “The Islandman”, which was written in Gaelic language. Return to Killarney for overnight and dinner in your hotel.
Hotel Name: Killarney Plaza. (B/D)

DAY 4 KILLARNEY / CLIFFS OF MOHER / GALWAY: Depart Killarney and travel towards Limerick, the setting for Frank McCourt’s bestseller “Angela’s Ashes for visit to Cliffs of Moher. See the dramatic, near-vertical Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic. Next, onwards via the Burren to Galway for dinner and overnight.
Hotel Name: Meyrick Hotel, or similar. (B/D)

DAY 5 GALWAY / SLIGO: Depart Galway and travel through Connemara for visit to Kylemore Abbey. Onwards via Westport to Sligo, Yeats Country. Tonight group will enjoy a special evening with a visit to a private home for a bit ‘o food, fun and poetry. Damien Brennan and his wife Paula, together with their adult children Sarah and Paul, live at Broc House, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien, meanwhile, is an acknowledged expert on the Yeats family. Scrumptious food, fine company and the delicious poetry of Yeats come together ‘round the accommodating table, positioned in front of gracious windows that let in countryside views. Afterwards, travel the short distance to Sligo for overnight.
Hotel Name: Sligo Park Hotel. (B/D)

DAY 6 SLIGO / DUBLIN: This morning after breakfast, depart Sligo. Stop for a visit to Yeats grave in Drumcliff, which is located at the foot of the Benbulben Mountain. Onwards to Dublin. Once you are back in Dublin visit James Joyce Centre and the birth place of George Bernhard Shaw. Enjoy some free time in Dublin. This evening you are free to enjoy dinner on own.
Hotel Name: O’Callaghan’s Davenport Hotel, or similar. (B)

DAY 7 DUBLIN: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel followed by a day of leisure to explore Dublin at your own pace. Later in the afternoon, meet back at your hotel and depart on an enchanting evening of Irish folklore and storytelling while enjoying a candlelit traditional Irish dinner in The Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest Pub.
Hotel Name: O’Callaghan’s Davenport Hotel. (B/D)

DAY 8 DEPART DUBLIN: May the road rise to meet you as you transfer to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. (B)[printfriendly]

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  • Private airport transfers in Dublin on Days 1 and 8
  • Twin-bedded rooms in hotels listed or similar; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners, including an evening of Irish folklore and storytelling in The Brazen Head, Dublin’s oldest Pub
  • Travel by private luxury coach with Professional Irish driver/guide for duration
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Group Discounts
On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements.

Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that International airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.