Essence of Ireland: Journey into Dublin

Essence of Ireland: Journey into Dublin

Irish people love to talk. They’re proud to expound on myths and legends spanning as far back as 6000BC, featuring all the stuff of folklore. No matter what hand history deals them, the Irish generally consider themselves to be lucky and a journey to the Emerald Isles reveals the reasons why. Beneath the Liffey’s bridges or along the River Barrow’s golden banks, a magic flows through this island, intoxicating all who come to visit.

Day-by-Day Highlights

 

Day 1  The Fishguard ferry summons us from the West Country for an afternoon crossing to Rosslare and onward travel for an overnight stay at the Maldron Hotel*** Wexford.

 

 

Day 2  Waterford Crystal’s premises might be new, but the art of making fine crystal is ancient.

The Romans invented it, Venetians perfected it, and English manufacturers exported it to Ireland to escape Excise tax in the 1700’s.

Waterford won worldwide attention at the Crystal Palace exhibition in 1851 and today visitors can stand a few feet away from artisans and become engaged in fine crystal

creation.

 

 

A tour guide will be accompanying us around the exhibition allowing us to delve deeper into the history of fine crystals. The sparkling River Barrow winds its way

through County Wicklow as we travel via New Ross, Ennisworthy, Aklow and Avoca, home of Ballykissangel, all this before arriving at the

Royal Hotel in Bray*** our home for the next 4 nights.

 

 

Day 3  Accompanied by a qualified guide we take a scenic journey on the DART railway, travelling up the East Coast from Bray to Malahide where there’s time to enjoy tea and scones as well as fantastic scenery. Our return journey calls to Malahide Castle, standing elegant and picturesque, take some time to let the history soak in.

 

Day 4  ‘In Dublin’s fair city the girls are so pretty’, and a cruise beneath century old bridges on the River Liffey is just one of today’s attractions that might vie for your attention!

 

 

 With free time to explore the sights and delights of Dublin, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with Trinity College, Temple Bar and Grafton Street all well worth a visit.

 

 

Day 5  After a morning’s hearty breakfast we will be making our way to the Irish National Stud  & Japanese Gardens, boasting wildlife, fantastic scenery and thoroughbred horses. Let the fresh air guide the way whilst exploring these tranquil gardens.

 

 

Day 6  Today we say goodbye to the delightful reland, and the gorgeous Dublin. We arrived as guests, but we left as friends. An early start sees us aboard the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. Enjoy a delicately prepared and beautifully executed breakfast on board the ferry, there’s no better way to start the day!

Onward travel will see us returning home to the West Country and back to our homes.

 

What’s included in this Diamond Tour…

 

• Return ferry crossings.

• Entrance and tour of Waterford Crystal.

• Entrance to Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens.

• Entrance to Malahide Castle.

• Train Ride on the DART railway.

• Boat trip on the River Liffey.

• Excursions as detailed.

• 5 nights hotel stay on half board, see page 3.

• Door-to-door travel

 

 

The Royal Hotel

Bray ***

Nestled on the threshold of Dublin City and County Wicklow, this welcoming hotel is a stone’s throw from the rolling mountains and lakes of Ireland’s garden.

Spacious, spotless rooms and a grand indoor pool are amongst this hotel’s sizzling amenities. The hotel has a lift.

 

 

 

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