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 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 Crystals 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 1700s.
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
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 theres 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 Dublins fair city the girls are so pretty, and a cruise beneath century old bridges on the River Liffey is just one of todays attractions that might vie for your attention!
With free time to explore the sights and delights of Dublin, youll be spoilt for choice, with Trinity College, Temple Bar and Grafton Street all well worth a visit.
Day 5 After a mornings 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, theres no better way to start the day!
Onward travel will see us returning home to the West Country and back to our homes.
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.
Nestled on the threshold of Dublin City and County Wicklow, this welcoming hotel is a stones throw from the rolling mountains and lakes of Irelands garden.
Spacious, spotless rooms and a grand indoor pool are amongst this hotels sizzling amenities. The hotel has a lift.
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