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CONN'S IRELAND
INDEPENDENT TOURING
SELF-DRIVE TOUR
19 DAYS
FOUR PROVINCES
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SELF-DRIVE TOURS
Personalized & Customized
19 DAYS
FOUR PROVINCES
ONE, TWO OR MORE PERSONS

Personalized & Customized Self-Drive Touring

    If you have three weeks this tour is for you! We designed a tour that allows you to visit all FOUR provinces of Ireland including Northern Ireland. Now that the North of Ireland is self-governing, I have designed a special itinerary to include the many wonderful places of interest in Northern Ireland. This is the opportunity to experience firsthand the hospitality of the people, the beautiful and dramatic scenery, the natural beauty, the historical sites and the rich cultures of both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

    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 may not be 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


      Day 1 - GLENDALOUGH & WATERFORD
      Take delivery of Hertz rental car and depart Dublin, travelling south through the Wicklow Mountains and the region known as "The Garden of Ireland." At Glendalough take a tour of the 6th century monastic settlement, with its round tower and Celtic crosses. Drive south to Waterford, a bustling town on the River Suir. You can see Reginald's Tower built a thousand years ago! Thomas Francis Meagher, a General in the Union Army during the US Civil War and the first Governor of the State of Montana, was born here. Stay in Waterford City this evening.

      Day 2 - CASHEL, CAHIR & MALLOW
      Drive south to Waterford which is famous for its crystal. Leaving Waterford, you visit the Waterford Crystal showrooms. You tour to the Rock of Cashel - a cathedral Fortress dating to the 6th century - then on to Cahir Castle. Continue to Mallow. Stay in Mallow this evening.

      Day 3 - BLARNEY & KILLARNEY
      Tour to Blarney. Stop at Blarney Castle to climb to the battlements of the castle to kiss the famous "stone of eloquence." You'll have time to visit the Blarney Woolen Mills for traditional Irish handcrafts, fashions and crystal. On to Kinsale and visit Charles Fort, then on to Bantry & Kenmare and into Kerry and Killarney which is set beside the Lakes of Killarney at the foot of the mountains. "Heaven's Reflex" as it is called for its beauty. Stay in Killarney this evening.

      Day 4 - DINGLE PENINSULA
      Tour the spectacular Dingle Peninsula to Dingle, one of Ireland's most picturesque spots. You'll stop for lunch in the town of Dingle. Drive to Slea Head and admire its rugged beauty. Return to Killarney via Tralee. Try out a 'singing' pub tonight. Stay in Killarney this evening.

      Day 5 - LIMERICK & BUNRATTY
      Irish Jaunting Cart ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. Board the MV Pride of the Lakes for a cruise on Lough Leane. A drive to the spectacular viewpoint of Aghadoe. Depart Killarney and drive north to the city of Limerick via the picturesque village of Adare. You continue to Shannonside and this evening you will dine like the Lords and Ladies of the 15th Century at Bunratty Castle. Stay in Shannonside this evening.

      Day 6 - CLIFFS OF MOHER & BURREN
      Depart Shannonside and tour through County Clare along the Clare Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher which rise 700 feet above the sea and extend five miles along the coast. Drive on through the Burren - an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. Continue on into Galway City. Explore the city this evening. Stay in Galway City this evening.

      Day 7 - ARAN ISLANDS & GALWAY
      Travel along the shores of Galway Bay to Inverin and Connemarar Regional Airport. Enjoy an Air Excursion to the Aran island - Inishmor - and island tour to visit the ancient fort - Dun Angeus. Return to the Mainland and back into Galway City to enjoy some time to explore the city. See the Claddagh District, Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral and more. Stay in Galway City this evening.

      Day 8 - CONNEMARA & WESTPORT
      Tour to Moycullen and visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal factory with its exquisite colored cut glass using the Irish symbols of the Harp, Shamrock and Tara Brooch. You travel through the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors. visit Kylemore Abbey, recently a private school for girls and tour along Killary Harbor, Ireland's only fjord to Westport in County Mayo. You'll enjoy this bustling town on Clew Bay. Stay in Westport Town this evening.

      Day 9 - SLIGO & ENVIRONS
      North through Castlebar to the Ceidi Fields where you see how man lived 5,000 years ago. On to Sligo, a county of gentle mountains, lakes and coastline. This area is associated with the great writer: W. B. Yeats. You can visit Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery dating back to the Stone Age. Sligo Town dates back over 750 years Marvelous shopping in the numerous shops and boutiques of this bustling market town. Stay in Sligo Town this evening.

      Day 10 - DONEGAL
      It's off to tour Donegal. Visit Donegal Parian China and then on to Donegal Town, famous for its tweeds and woolen goods. You'll have a chance to shop at Woolens & Things shop before you tour out along the coast to Killybegs. Stay in Donegal Town this evening.

      Day 11 - GLENCOLUMCILLE & SLIEVE LEAGUE
      Irish breakfast this morning. Tour to Killybegs, Ireland's largest commercial fishing port. On to Glencolumcille, a village of thatched roof cottages and links to St. Columcille of the 6th century who founded the city of Derry. On to Slieve League and the Cliffs of Bunglass which are higher and more magnificent than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Return to Donegal via Ardara, the center of the woolen industry in County Donegal. Visit 15th century Donegal Castle, with its fully restored Jacobean wing. Enjoy achance to explore the town. Be sure to stop at "Woolens & Things." Stay in Donegal Town this evening.

      Day 12 - OMAGH & DERRY
      Cross into the North, touring to Enniskillen and Omagh where you visit the Ulster-American Folk Park, located on the farm of Thomas Mellon, whose cottage home has been preserved. Exhibits trace the strong connections between Ulster and colonial America and 12 US Presidents. Continue on your scenic drive through Counties Fermanagh and Derry, staying tonight in Derry City - a 6th century walled city founded by St. Columcille.

      Day 13 - DERRY CITY
      You tour the city this morning; see the massive City Walls and Gates and visit the Derry City Museum housed in the Doherty Tower. The museum relates the history of the city from Columcille to the present day. Afternoon at leisure to shop and explore this warm and vibrant city. Visit the Heritage Library on Bishop Street, dedicated to Moira Hegarty O'Scannlain - Conn O'Scannlain's mother. Stay in Derry this evening.

      Day 14 - ANTRIM COAST
      Tour to Dunluce Castle, the main fort of the Irish MacDonnells, chiefs of Antrim. You tour along the Antrim coast to the Giant's Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends as the basalt resembles giant steps. Stay in Portrush or Bushmills this evening.

      Day 15 - GLENS OF ANTRIM
      You'll stop at Bushmills Distillery which is the world's oldest whiskey distillery, having received a license in 1608. Continue along the coast road to admire the spectacular views of the "Nine Glens of Antrim" before you reach Carnlough. Stay in Cushendall or Carnlough this evening.

      Day 16 - BELFAST
      Visit the robust northern metropolis of nearly half a million people. Belfast was the center of the industrial revolution in Ulster. Enjoy the pedestrianized city center, the architecture, museums and the shopping. Stay in Belfast City this evening.

      Day 17 - DOWNPATRICK & NEWCASTLE
      Travelling south to Lisburn and the Irish Linen Center to see the recreation of Ulster's greatest industry during the 19th century. Continue east to Downpatrick to visit Down Cathedral which is the reputed burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. Continue your scenic drive through County Down, viewing the beautiful Mountains of Mourne. Stay in Newcastle or Downpatrick this evening.

      Day 18 - NEWGRANGE
      Return to the Republic and then a scenic drive to one of Europe's great archaeological mysteries, Newgrange neolithic burial tomb, which predates the pyramids of Egypt. Overnight near Dublin Airport.

      Day 19 - DEPART FOR HOME
      Drive to Dublin Airport. 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 18 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
      • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
      • Aran Island Air Excursion & Island Tour
      • Derry City Walking Tour
      • DK Eyewitness Ireland Guide - 384 pages
      • Collins Ireland Road Atlas
      • Michelin Ireland Road Map
      • Conn's Ireland Souvenir Gift
      • Day-by-day itinerary that allows you to get more out of your touring day!
      • Government Taxes at 13.5% and 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 Glendalough. 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, Glendalough, Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle,Charles Fort, Ross Castle, Muckross House, Dun Aengus, Ceidi Fields, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Donegal Castle, Boyne Valley Center, plus many more!

      There are a few sites that are privately owned; House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble Factory, Celtic Crystal, Kylemore Abbey, Ulster American Folk Park, Derrry City Museum, Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Irish Linen Center, Downpatrick Cathedral and are 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 19 Day Personalized & Customized
      Self Drive Tour
      Start Dublin
      Finish Dublin

      Season
      Accommodation
      Type
      B & B's Guesthouses
      3 Star Hotels
      4 Star Hotels5 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 1493
      1448
      499
      CITSD9
      High B & B's 1493
      1448
      499
      CITSD9
      Low Guesthouses 1794
      1740
      729
      CITSD9
      High Guesthouses 1913
      1855
      850
      CITSD9
      Low 3 Star Hotels 1794
      1740
      729
      CITSD9
      High 3 Star Hotels 1913
      1855
      850
      CITSD9
      Low 4 Star Hotels 2044
      1982
      978
      CITSD9
      High 4 Star Hotels 2435
      2361
      1059
      CITSD9
      Low 5 Star Hotels 2869
      2782
      1464
      CITSD9
      High 5 Star Hotels 3390
      3288
      1721
      CITSD9

      LOW SEASON: November 1 - March 31 HIGH 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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