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CONN'S IRELAND
INDEPENDENT TOURING
SELF-DRIVE TOUR
8 DAYS
MIDLANDS, SOUTH, SOUTHWEST & WEST
CITSD10

SELF-DRIVE TOURS
Personalized & Customized
8 DAYS
MIDLANDS, SOUTH, SOUTHWEST & WEST
ONE, TWO OR MORE PERSONS

Personalized & Customized Self-Drive Touring

This itinerary is a great introduction to Ireland, where you can visit the popular sites and attractions. You'll experience the highlights of the country in a comfortably paced itinerary. Combine that with the highest quality accommodation and great dining choices and you'll have a wonderful vacation. Packed with opportunities to visit historic sites,enjoy entertainment, with all the features you wanted in a tour! Rated "all 10s" by tour members! Described by former tour members as the "best planned, organized and conducted tour we have ever taken!"

After you pay a $99 USD retainer (credited to the tour price), Conn will have a conversation with you to find out your interests and preferences, as well as activities you may wish to enjoy. We take the time to provide a detailed proposal for you to review before you make your decision to pay your deposit. We are not the least expensive tour product, but WE ARE THE BEST! The features and inclusions of our SELF-DRIVE TOURS are numerous. When you make your comparisons with other tour companies, take that into consideration. Our SELF-DRIVE TOURS are COMPREHENSIVE & COMFORTABLE, as well as an excellent value....and a very PERSONALIZED style of touring... to provide what our clients tell us are "An Irish Symphony of Perfection!"


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POST-TOUR DUBLIN PACKAGE: One or Two Nights
Extend your Ireland Tour with one or two nights in Dublin, Ireland's Capital. Package includes: Private Taxi Transfer from airport to hotel, Dinner in the hotel restaurant, including an Irish Coffee, Dublin City Sightseeing Tour, and porterage at airport and hotel.
Click here: Dublin's Fair City Package


    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - CASHEL & CAHIR
    Tour from Dublin through County Kildare. Stop at the Curragh and view the horse training in progress and see the ‘gallops.’ On through County Kildare, the center of horse breeding success in Ireland. Tour to the town of Cashel. The impressive Rock of Cashel looms up in front of you as you approach the town. This cathedral-fortress dates to the time of St. Patrick when he used the shamrock as the symbol of the Holy Trinity as he converted the King of Munster to Christianity. Continue to Cahir with a visit to the 12th century Butler castle - Cahir Castle. This has been fully restored to its original state. Tour to Blarney where Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. You’ll visit the estate and enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you’ll obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone. Continue to Cork City on the River Lee, a city more than 800 years old, the second largest city of the Irish Republic, lively and prosperous with a keen sense of its own cultural identity. Stay in Cork City or Kinsale this evenng.

    Day 2 - BLARNEY, KINSALE & COBH
    Tour to the quaint harbor town of Kinsale. See the star-shaped Charles Fort at Summercove with its own ghost story; explore the town with its boutiques, shops, restaurants and pubs. On to the harbor town of Cobh, a place formerly known as Queenstown and one of the major embarkation points of emigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was also the last port of call for the Titanic and the Lusitania. The Emigration Museum will tell you ‘The Queenstown Story.’ St. Coleman’s Cathedral rises at the top of the town. Time permitting: Stop at the Midleton Whiskey Distillery to sample the Uisce Beatha (water of life) before returning to Cork City. Stay in Cork City or Kinsale this evenng..

    Day 3 - BANTRY, KENMARE & KILLARNEY
    Tour to Bantry with its beautiful Bantry Bay. At Glengarriff we take a boat across Bantry Bay to Garinish Island, where Agatha Christie and George Bernard Shaw used to vacation. Enjoy the Italianate Gardens and the Martello Tower. Cross the spectacular Caha Pass into Kenmare situated on the Kenmare River, a very picturesque town. Tour north through Moll’s Gap and stop at Ladies View for a panoramic view over the Lakes of Killarney and Killarney town. Irish Jaunting Cart ride through the Killarney National Park, to Muckross House where we visit this wonderful museum of Irish life in the 18th century. Stay in Killarney this evening.

    Day 4 - DINGLE PENINSULA
    Tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, one of Ireland’s most picturesque spots. We visit the town of Dingle, then drive around Slea Head and admire its rugged beauty. Visit the Blasket Island Center, Mulcahy’s Pottery and a lunch stop in Ballyferriter. Stop and visit the Gallorus Oratory, a 7th century stone chapel used by pilgrims going to Mount Brandon.Tour via Tralee and hear the sad, romantic story of the Rose of Tralee. This evening you may wish to enjoy a Traditional Irish Night with dinner at Kate Kearney's Cottage at the Gap of Dunloe. Stay in Killarney This evening.

    Day 5 - CLIFFS OF MOHER & BURREN
    Depart Killarney, traveling north through picturesque Adare; see the sites of Limerick City before stopping in Bunratty at Durty Nelly’s Pub, where you may wish to enjoy a pint of Guinness! Through Ennis and on to Lahinch, famous for golf, then the Cliffs of Moher. Tour through the Burren, an eerie expanse of land scraped bare by the glaciers during the Ice Age and where exotic plants grow. On to Galway City and stay in Galway evening this evening.

    Day 6 - CONNEMARA TOUR
    Travel through the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors. Enjoy a scenic drive up the Lough Inagh Valley to Letterfrack and visit Kylemore Abbey, a former Benedictine Abbey, now a private school for girls. Tour on to Clifden, the capital of Connemara with its Clifden Castle. On through Ballyconneeley to Roundstone and visit Malachy's Bodhran factory and see how the goatskin drums are made and hand painted. The bodhran is used in Traditional Irish Music. Return to Galway City, with a stop at Celtic Crystal factory in Moycullen, for a leisure evening. Stay in Galway City this evening.

    Day 7 - CLONMACNOISE & BOYNE VALLEY CENTER
    Cross the Midlands of Ireland to Clonmacnoise, a 6th century monastic settlement on the banks of the Shannon River. This serene and peaceful place is where you wil view the stone Celtic High Crosses that tower 18 feet and have carved panels depicting stories from the Bible. Continue on to the Boyne Valley Center where you will experience a trip back to the neolithic period and learn about the burial tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, that predate the pyramids of Egypt! Continue to Dublin Airport where you will stay this evening at the Radisson Hotel. You can turn in the Hertz car rental this evening up to 11:00P.

    Day 8 - DEPART FOR HOME
    Transfer by the hotel courtesy vehicle to the Departures Terminal, just two minutes away. Check in for your flight. Depart for home.

    Slan Leat!

    POST-TOUR DUBLIN PACKAGE: One or Two Nights
    Extend your Ireland Tour with one or two nights in Dublin, Ireland's Capital. Package includes: Private Taxi Transfer from airport to hotel, Dinner in the hotel restaurant, including an Irish Coffee, Dublin City Sightseeing Tour, and porterage at airport and hotel.
    Click here: Dublin's Fair City Package


    WE'VE ADDED FUN, FEATURES & SECURITY TO YOUR TOUR!
    You'll See more, Experience more & Get More out each touring day!

    YOUR CUSTOMIZED PREBOOKED TOUR INCLUDES:
    • Room with private bathroom at accommodation selected:
      B&Bs (Bed & Breakfast), Guesthouses or 3 Star Hotels,
      4 Star Hotels, 5 Star Hotels for 7 nights in Ireland.
    • Reservation fees to prebook all accommodation.
    • Full Irish breakfast daily in Ireland.
    Irish Cellular Phone Rental with 20 Euros of Airtime
    • Itinerary Consulting Time by Email and Telephone
    • Irish Jaunting Cart Ride in Killarney
    • DK Eyewitness Ireland Guide Book - 356 pages
    • Full size folding Michelin Ireland Road Map
    • Collins 108 page Road Atlas - 5 miles to the inch
    • DK Eyewitness Ireland Guide - 384 pages
    • Conn's Ireland Souvenir Gift
    • Day-by-day itinerary that allows you to get more out of your touring day!
    • Government taxes at 13% & 9%

    NOT INCLUDED:
    HERTZ CAR RENTAL IS NOT INCLUDED IN LAND TOUR PRICE USE HERTZ or Conn's Ireland Car Rental button AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO BOOK YOUR HERTZ 'FULLY INCLUSIVE' RENTAL CAR.

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    ADMISSIONS: We have NOT included any site admissions as you may wish to choose which ones you wish to enter and take the guided tour. Many of the sites mentioned in the itinerary are (OPW) Office of Public Works sites and you can purchase a Heritage Card at the first site, perhaps in Dublin at the Botanical Gardens. The card cost is €16 for seniors and €21 for adults and is good for one year from date of issue and includes admission and guided tour to over 100 sites in Ireland. The Heritage Card will come in handy for visits to National Botanical Gardens, Dublin Castle & the State Apartments, Kilmainham Gaol, Rock of Cashel,Cahir Castle, Charles Fort, The Blasket Island Center, Clonmacnoise, and the Boyne Valley Center, plus many more!

    There are a few sites that are privately owned, (Blarney Castle, Emigration Museum, Kylemore Abbey) or not part of OPW and you can choose to pay admission when you get there.

    LAND TOUR PRICES ARE IN EUROS. USE CURRENCY CALCULATOR TO FIND TODAY'S USD PRICE FOR THE TOUR

    Note: Prices shown below are based on 2 persons sharing a
    Double/Twin room.
    Supplement to shared room price for single occupancy room is also shown.


    Conn's Ireland 8 Day Personalized & Customized
    Self Drive Tour
    Start Dublin
    Finish Dublin

    Season
    Accommodation
    Type
    B & B's Guesthouses
    3 Star Hotels
    4 Star Hotels
    5 Star Hotels
    Land Tour Price
    Credit Card Price
    per
    person
    Land Tour Price
    By Personal Check
    per
    person
    Single
    Room
    Extra
    Charge
    Tour #
    Low B & B's €697
    €676
    €202
    CITSD10
    High B & B's €697
    €676
    €202
    CITSD10
    Low Guesthouses €806
    €781
    €283
    CITSD10
    High Guesthouses €925
    €897
    €283
    CITSD10
    Low 3 Star Hotels €806
    €781
    €283
    CITSD10
    High 3 Star Hotels €925
    €897
    €283
    CITSD10
    Low 4 Star Hotels €943
    €915
    €405
    CITSD10
    High 4 Star Hotels €1152
    €1117
    €499
    CITSD10
    Low 5 Star Hotels €1073
    €1040
    €432
    CITSD10
    High 5 Star Hotels €1236
    €1198
    €432
    CITSD10

    LOW SEASON: November 1 - March 31HIGH SEASON - April 1 - October 31


    HERTZ CAR RENTAL IS NOT INCLUDED IN LAND TOUR PRICE USE HERTZ or Conn's Ireland Car Rental button AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO BOOK YOUR HERTZ 'FULLY INCLUSIVE' RENTAL CAR.

    Note: Prices shown above are based on 2 persons sharing a
    Double/Twin room.
    Supplement to shared room price for single occupancy room is also shown.

    LAND TOUR PRICES ARE IN EUROS. USE CURRENCY CALCULATOR TO FIND TODAY'S USD PRICE FOR THE TOUR

    PAY BY CHECK DISCOUNT:
    If you wish to pay the land tour price BY PERSONAL CHECK, you can deduct 3% from the Land Tour Price shown in blue. Tour Deposit may be made by credit card but remaining tour balance must be paid by personal check to receive discount. Call us at 253 752 0448 to take advantage of this SPECIAL OFFER!
    The 3% discount is available if you make your reservation 45 days prior to tour departure date. Call now to book!


    To all of the above Land Tour Prices YOU add a Hertz Rental Car
    with a *Fully Inclusive Rate.

    *FULLY INCLUSIVE HERTZ CAR RENTAL Rates Include:

    • Unlimited Mileage
    • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
    • SUPER CDW INCLUDED!

    • 3RD PARTY LIABILITY INSURANCE!
    • Personal Accident Insurance
    • Personal Effects Coverage

    • Vehicle License Cost Recovery
    • Theft Protection (TP)
    • Location Service Charge (LSC)
    • VAT (Value Added Tax)
    • NO PAYMENT UNTIL CAR RENTAL IS COMPLETED
    • EURO CAR RENTAL RATE GUARANTEED
    • NO CANCELLATION PENALTIES

    • NO Airport Counter Hassles!!

    Pick-Up locations:
    Cork Airport, Dublin (Airport & Downtown), Kerry Airport, Shannon Airport, Knock, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford,

    CLICK THE 'CONN'S IRELAND CAR RENTAL' BUTTON BELOW. AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR DATES • SELECT CAR GROUP • SELECT EXTRAS • YOUR FULLY INCLUSIVE PRICE WILL BE SHOWN INCLUDING TAXES • FILL IN YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS AND BOOK

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