This captivating new tour opens up the heart of Ireland to reveal its natural beauty, fascinating history and rich culture. There is so much variety with our base Adare – ‘Ireland’s prettiest village’, ideally placed for our excursion programme, which takes in the formidable Bunratty Castle, and the charming, bustling resort of Killarney in County Kerry. Our itinerary also takes us to Cashel, overlooked by the imposing Rock of Cashel.
*Depending on departure time, breakfast on Day 6 may be on the ferry.
We head west across Ireland, making a short stop in Cashel, to view the famous Rock with its imposing cathedral. Continue to Ireland’s third largest city, Limerick, with a history stretching back to Viking times. The main focal point of the city is King John Castle, which stands on the banks of the River Shannon. Amongst a host of fine buildings, including two cathedrals, there are also many examples of the Georgian period. We later reach Adare, where we stay for three nights.
Our included excursion takes us to Bunratty and the 15th century Castle, which is the most complete in Ireland and houses fine displays of medieval furniture, utensils and weaponry. Its history stretches over 500 years of turbulence and was finally restored in 1954. Next to the Castle is the Folk Village, a fascinating collection of authentic 19th century houses and cottages where you get a feeling that time has stood still. Close by is Ireland’s most famous pub, ‘Durty Nelly’s’ allegedly Irelands oldest pub where you can enjoy Irish hospitality at its best and of course a pint of Guinness. For those of you in need of retail therapy a walk round the Village Mills might be more to your taste. We later head to Killaloe, where we offer an optional cruise on the Shannon’s largest lake, Lough Derg. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity, together with the beautiful scenery, as we leisurely ply the waters.
Included full day excursion to the picture postcard town of Killarney, world-famous for its beautiful setting. The town has a good selection of shops, cafes and bars and you have time to explore before setting off on an optional ride on one of the famous horse-drawn Jaunting Cars through the National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane to Ross Castle.
Spend part of the morning in Adare, which lays claim to being Ireland’s prettiest village, set on the west bank of the River Maigue. The village itself dates back to the Norman Conquest; the history of which can be seen the Adare Heritage Centre which takes you back in time and the exhibition includes a 20 minute film which brings it all to life. The thatched cottages lining Main Street provide a wonderful photo opportunity. We later leave our hotel and head to Dublin, where our optional sightseeing tour, will show you the main highlights. The first thing you notice is the wealth of elegant Georgian architecture, notably in Fitzwilliam and Merrion Squares, which the Irish are proud to preserve and maintain. The city is divided by the River Liffey, crossed by many bridges, most famously the Ha’penny Bridge and with a host of historic, artistic and literary connections, Dublin has a great deal to fascinate the visitor.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, situated in beautiful grounds on the edge of the beautiful village of Adare. The hotel, family owned, has built an enviable location due to the excellent facilities and service. All bedrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and T.V. Relax in Fitzy's Bar, enjoy the fine food served in the elegant restaurant and take a dip in the indoor pool, with sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.
You will also stay overnight at a minimum 3-star hotel in Portlaoise and a 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not
generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests
at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your
tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your
car in the car park which is accredited by the Park
Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24
hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is
made on arrival using the self-service machines.
Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany
Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.