Friday, March 6, 2009

Heart of Ireland-NEW LOW PRICES


The Heart of Ireland remains a great tour at a great price! A new and updated itineary gives you more historic and scenic Ireland for 2009.

Your Itinerary
Day 01, Wednesday: U.S. to Ireland. Depart U.S. for our overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served on board.
Day 02, Thursday: Dublin. Early morning arrival in Dublin where we are met by our Celtic Tours driver/guide after clearing customs. Depart Dublin Airport and transfer to our Dublin hotel. Some free time to rest or independently enjoy the city center attractions and stores. Overnight in Dublin.
Day 03, Friday: Cashel – Blarney – Killarney. Morning departure from Dublin. We travel southwest via the horse racing and breeding County of Kildare to County Tipperary and the historic Rock of Cashel, an ancient castle fortress of the Kings of Ireland. After a photo stop we continue on to Blarney. Optional visit to the Blarney Castle to kiss the famed Blarney Stone or shop at Blarney Woollen Mills for tweeds, knitwear, crystal and china. Continue on to Killarney for dinner and overnight. Optional pub entertainment tonight in Killarney.
Day 04, Saturday: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula Tour. A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
Day 05, Sunday: Killarney – Galway. Morning departure from Killarney. We travel via Ennis to Ardrahan in County Galway where we pause for tea/coffee and scones at Rathbaun Farm. Here we will see a farming family carry out everyday chores including sheep shearing and watch as the sheepdogs maneuver the flock. We continue on to our Galway hotel for dinner and overnight. Optional pub entertainment tonight in Galway.
Day 06, Monday: Galway – Athlone – Kells – Kingscourt. Departing Galway, we travel via Loughrea where we visit St. Brendan’s Cathedral. Constructed in 1897, it contains outstanding examples of stained glass by various Irish artists. We travel onwards via County Meath and Kells to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 07, Tuesday: Kingscourt – Dublin – Kingscourt. Today we travel south to Dublin where we take a tour of historic Kilmainham Jail, which covers some of the most heroic and tragic events in Irish history from 1780 to the 1920’s. We visit the nearby Guinness Brewery Storehouse for a short tour and a sample brew. Our tour ends approximately 12:45 pm. Free time in downtown Dublin. At 3:30 p.m. we board our coach and return to our hotel in Kingscourt arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 08, Wednesday: Dublin Airport – U.S. Morning departure for Dublin Airport where our tour ends at approximately 8:00 a.m. for our return flight home. Ample time allowed for last minute duty-free shopping before boarding our flight. We arrive home the same day.

Your Celtic Vacation Includes:
• Land cost of this tour. Celtic Tours offers a full range of air options. See page 23 for details.
• First Class and Superior Class Hotels with private bath or shower for six nights.
• Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
• Five (5) hotel dinners.
• Tea/coffee and Irish Farmhouse scones at an actual Irish working farm where we see sheep shearing and watch the sheepdogs maneuver the flock.
• Visits to Blarney Woollen Mills, Dingle Peninsula, St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Jail and the Guinness Brewery Storehouse.
• Transportation and sightseeing by Deluxe Motorcoach throughout.
• Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout your tour. (Note: Tip to the driver/guide is not included.)
• Porterage of one suitcase per person.
• Service charges and local taxes in Ireland.
• Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents.

2009 Departures
Heart of Ireland
8 days-Cost Per Person Sharing
Depart Return To Land
U.S. Wed. U.S. Wed. Only Cost
Jan 21 Jan 28 $969
Jan 28 Feb 04 $969
Feb 04 Feb 11 $979
Feb 11 Feb 18 $979
Feb 18 Feb 25 $989
Feb 25 Mar 04 $989
Mar 04 Mar 11 $1015
Mar 11 Mar 18 $1055
Mar 18 Mar 25 $1015
Mar 25 Apr 01 $1015
Apr 01 Apr 08 $1055
Apr 08 Apr 15 $1067
Apr 15 Apr 22 $1055
Apr 22 Apr 29 $1055
Oct 14 Oct 21 $1075
Oct 21 Oct 28 $1085
Oct 28 Nov 04 $1075
Nov 04 Nov 11 $1045
Nov 11 Nov 18 $1045
Nov 18 Nov 25 $1045
Nov 25 Dec 02 $1035
Dec 02 Dec 09 $1035
Single Room Supplement $329
Triple Room Reduction $14 p.p.

Hotels or similar:
Dublin: Academy Plaza/Maldron Hotel (1 nt.)
Killarney: Killarney Towers (2 nts.)
Galway: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (1 nt.)
Drogheda: Cabra Castle/The D Hotel (2 nts.)

IMPORTANT: Dates are air dates from the U.S. Land tour starts one day later, on Thursday. The tour departs Dublin Airport on Day 02 @ 8:15 am. Land only passengers may join the tour at Dublin Airport or at the Dublin hotel on Day 02. Tour ends at Dublin Airport at 8:00 am for all passengers.
Airfare: Celtic Tours offers a wide range of air options for you. Current Aer Lingus airfares from Aer Lingus gateways can be found on page 23. We do offer other airline and gateway options.

Up-to-date airfares are available via email at or via our website at You may also book this tour online. Published fares apply to individual reservations. Group reservations—please review your group contract or contact our group department at 1-800-833-4373.

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