TUESDAY 23 JULY DAY 1: ARRIVAL — TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL
Upon arrival at Dublin airport you will be met by your guide, who will have a sign "Dennis & Malcolm". When everyone has arrived you will transfer to your hotel.
WEDNESDAY 24 JULY DAY 2: DUBLIN
This morning we will visit the DUBLIN SYNAGOGUE and JEWISH MUSEUM. From there we will enjoy a panoramic DUBLIN CITY TOUR and see the famous Georgian quarter which incorporates some of Dublin’s loveliest 18th-century streets, squares, and landmarks – most famous the colourful doors of Dublin. See the Parliament Building, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, O’Connell Street and other landmarks. If time permits you will visit TRINITY COLLEGE, the scholarly home to many classical and contemporary Irish writers. See the world famous Book of Kells, an early Christian illuminated manuscript, handwritten and beautifully decorated by Irish monks. The magnificent old library hall "The Long Room" will also impress you. Return our hotel in Dublin for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY 25 JULY DAY 3: BOYNE VALLEY & NEW GRANGE
Leaving the city of Dublin behind, you'll set off on board our coach and watch the landscape change from Dublin's urban cityscape to the rolling, green hills that typify the Irish countryside. Nowhere can you get a better cross-section of the best of Ireland's Historic monuments than in the Boyne Valley. From the splendor of Newgrange, one of Europe's most spectacular prehistoric tombs to the magic and mystery of Tara, ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland - you'll discover that the Boyne Valley resonates with history and adventure.
FRIDAY 26 JULY DAY 4: NORTH COAST & CASTLE TOUR
This Dublin tour takes in Dublin's northern coastline, passes the tree lined Griffith Avenue and the Casino at Marino, before visiting stately Malahide Castle, dating from the 12th century, and set amid 250 acres of parkland and gardens. Continuing through the heritage town of Malahide, the tour will take you past magnificent coastal scenery to the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Crossing the nearby summit of Howth Head you will have a panoramic view of the huge expanse of Dublin Bay. Set against a backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, the view is renowned as one of the world's great seascapes.
Return our hotel in Dublin for Erev Shabbat Service, Dinner and overnight
SHABBAT 27 JULY DAY 5: – DAY AT LEISURE
After morning services, we will have the afternoon to relax in the comfort of your first class hotel. Luncheon & Dinner then overnight at hotel.
SUNDAY 28 JULY DAY 6: WICKLOW
Today we leave Dublin and travel along the southern coastline to Bray for a photo stop before continuing deep into the heart of Wicklow’s hilly countryside. You’ll be suitably impressed by the magnificent historic house and gardens of Powerscourt Estate. Dating back to the 18th century, Powerscourt’s gardens command views over the surrounding countryside, and the house is one of Ireland’s finest.
Your tour continues into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. Glendalough is a truly spellbinding place, home to the impressive 10th-century Round Tower. After your guided tour of this beautiful spiritual site, you will have time to enjoy lunch, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside Ireland has to offer. Return our hotel in Dublin for dinner and overnight.
MONDAY 29 JULY DAY 7: LIMERICK
Depart today for a direct transfer to Limerick. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folkpark – One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates 19th century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of 19th century agricultural machinery. Continue on to Limerick city for a panoramic tour. From there we travel to Ballinasloe for dinner and overnight.
TUESDAY 30 JULY DAY 8:
EXCURSION TO THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND ARAN ISLANDS
In the morning you will travel through the magnificent landscape of the BURREN, a karst limestone region with a vast lunar like landscape. It is famous for its botanic variety harbouring many rare plants and flowers. Continue to the nearby famous towering CLIFFS OF MOHER, metres above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing over 200 and stretching for 8km along the rugged coastline, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. We will enter O’Brien’s Tower which will give us access to the rooftop area that offers the best photo opportunity of the Cliffs. From here you will cross the Atlantic to visit one of the Aran Islands, The three islands stretch across the mouth of Galway Bay. Fishing & tourism are the main industries. Old island traditions live on; the currach (a light tar-covered boat) is still used by some for fishing and for the summer races. Most island women knit the traditional Aran sweater and pass on the skill. Gaelic is the first language among the islanders but most are bilingual. Inish more is a paradise of flora and fauna but also a vast open-air museum, rich in archaeological and monastic sites. You will tour the island by minibus and visit the impressive stone fort Dun Aengus. After spending some time in the local village you will return by ferry to the mainland to join our coach. Return our hotel in Ballinasloe for dinner and overnight.
WEDNESDAY 31 JULY DAY 9: FAMINE MUSEUM
Strokestown Park House was the seat of the Pakenham-Mahon family from 1600 to 1979, and the vast estate, which stretches for miles in every direction, was granted to Nicholas Mahon by King Charles II after the Restoration in appreciation of his support of the House of Stewart during the bloody English Civil War. It was quite a reward. The original house, completed in 1697, was considered to be too small and unimposing by Nicholas's grandson, Thomas. So he hired Richard Cassels (also known as Richard Castle) to build him something bigger and more impressive. The result is this 45-room Palladian house. The north wing houses Ireland's last existing galleried kitchen (where the lady of the house could observe the culinary activity without being part of it). The south wing is an elaborate vaulted stable so magnificent that it has been described as an "equine cathedral."
To see the other end of the economic scale, head out into the old stable yards to the excellent Irish Famine Museum. Anyone who wants to understand the effects and causes of the deadly potato blight of the 1840s will want to visit this exhibition. It chronicles the twists of fate, catastrophic mistakes, and callous disregard that caused widespread starvation and mass deaths. The cruel irresponsibility of the landowners and the British government of Ireland in ignoring the spreading death and disease is exposed in jaw-dropping detail. This has been called one of the most important museums in Ireland, and that is not overstating it.
THURSDAY 1 AUGUST DAY 10: DUBLIN
Transfer to Dublin for check in at airport and departure for home after a fantastic & memorable experience.
For those with an afternoon departure, you will be taken downtown for free time to walk around and have a last look at the sights and shops!
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All daily kosher meals will be freshly prepared in our own on site kosher kitchen by the renowned chef Malcolm Green and his team. The whole tour will be supervised by a resident Mashgiach of the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din. All meat Glatt & Chalav Yisroel dairy products.
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