Day 1: Arrive DublinOn arrival, our luxury coach will greet you at Dublin Airport and take you to your city centre hotel. After check in, take advantage of some free time to rome our beautiful capital. See the many sites and monuments that make this place unique or visit our many shops and boutiques. In the evening, we retreat back to our hotel for a ’Wecome to Ireland’ Dinner. Take the opportunity to meet your group before tomorrows adventures. Staying overnight in Dublin, accommodation at the 4* Burlington Hotel or similar. Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.
Day 2: Movies Filmed in DublinIn the morning, we travel to Kilmainham Jail to learn a little about its history. Kilmainham Gaol has, at crucial moments, held within its walls most of the key personalities involved in the struggle for Irish Independence. This old Dublin jail features in Jim Sheridan’s 1994 biographical film “In the Name of the Father" which is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, four people falsely convicted" of the IRA’s Guildford pub bombings which killed four off-duty British soldiers and a civilian. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis). Kilmainham Jail was also used in the original “Italian Job”, a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin. In November 2004, Total Film named The Italian Job 27th greatest British film of all time. Afterwards, we visit Drimnagh Castle, the beautiful Castle used in the making of the movie “Ella Enchanted”. Based on the Newberry Honour Book by Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted is a charming fairy tale about a young woman who finds herself romance as she seeks to undo a curse that has plagued her since infancy. Drimnagh Castle was also used in making the “The Tudors”, a Canadian/Irish produced historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst. The series, named after the Tudor dynasty, is loosely based upon the reign of King Henry VIII of England. In the afternoon, we make our way back into the city centre to see the many sites made famous by film association including “The Commitments”, “Far and Away” and “Into the West”. Later, we have some free time to further explore Dublin before retreating back to our hotel for some rest. Staying in Dublin again tonight. Accommodation at the 4* Burlington Hotel or similar. Breakfast inclusive.
Day 3: Among the Wicklow HillsAfter an early departure, we journey to county Wicklow to visit the 6th Century Monastic Settlement at Glendalough. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. From here, we visit Kilruddery House, a beautiful historic house used in the filming of movies such as, “My Left Foot”, “Far and Away”, “Oliver Twist” and “The American”, as well as many TV Programmes. After lunch, we travel into the rugged Wicklow Mountains, used in the filming of movies such as “Braveheart”, “Michael Collins” and “King Arthur”. On this beautiful route, we will see the pretty towns of Avoca and Rathdrum, both used in the making of movies and TV programmes. Later, we make our way to county Wexford where we will stay overnight. Accommodation at the 4* Whites Hotel or similar. Breakfast inclusive.
Day 4: Curracloe Beach & TipperaryThis morning, we drive to Curracloe Beach, near Enniscorthy to view the beautiful strand used in the filming of the opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan” at 1998 American war filmset directed by Steven Spielberg and screenplay by Robert Rodat. Thereafter, we travel from Enniscorthy to the historic town of New Ross where we visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship before departing Wexford for Tipperary. Here, we take a tour of the attractive 18th Century Swiss Cottage to see how it has been restored to its former glory before making our way to the heritage towns of Cahir and Cashel. Together, we take in the towns pretty sites and visit both Cahir Castle and the famous Rock of Cashel, both of which were used in the filming of “Excalibur”. Excalibur is a 1981 fantasy film that retells the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. In the evening, we drive to the Medieval City of Limerick where we will stay overnight. Accommodation at the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel or similar. Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.
Day 5: Slea Head Drive, Dunquin & KillarneyIn the morning, we depart Limerick and make our way to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. On route, we take in the Slea Head Drive and other aesthetically beautiful sights. On arrival, we see the lovely Dingle town before driving to the most westerly point on the peninsula, Dunquin, known locally as “the next parish to American”. You may recognise Dunquin as it was used in the filming of “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far and Away”. After taking in the Atlantic Breeze, we travel to Killarney where we visit Killarney National Park. This expansive park is home to beautiful lakes, towering mountains, exquisite gardens and a variety of wildlife. While here, we also visit Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall and Muckross House & Gardens before returning to Limerick city where we stay for a second night.
Accommodation at the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel or similar. Breakfast inclusive.
Day 6: Limerick & the Cliffs of MoherLimerick City is the setting of the book and the film “Angela’s Ashes” written by the Irish American author Frank McCourt. Angelas Ashes is a memoir that consists of various anecdotes and stories of Frank McCourt’s impoverished childhood on the streets of Limerick. This morning, we take a walking tour of the city to learn more about life in Limerick during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Afterwards, we depart Limerick and drive into County Clare where we visit the striking Cliffs of Moher, used in the filming of the movie, “Hear my Song”. Later, we visit Coole Park located in Gort County Galway which was once home to Lady Augusta Gregory. Lady Gregory is best known as a dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats. While here, we relax in the nature reserve and get a guided tour of the visitor centre, before travelling to Galway city for an overnight stay. Accommodation at the 4* Galway Bay Hotel or similar. Breakfast inclusive.
Day 7: Connemara, Cong & the Quiet ManAfter an early departure, we set about on our journey to Connemara where we explore some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery. Firstly, we visit Roundstone, the little sleepy seaside village used in the filming of “The Matchmaker”. Afterwards, we take a guided tour of the Connemara History & Heritage Centre and we even get a chance to cut our very own sod of Irish turf before driving north to the picturesque village of Leenane, used in the filming of the infamous Irish film “The Field”. In the afternoon, we travel to Cong where we visit Cong Abbey, a beautiful Augustinian Abbey founded in the 12th Century. Cong is also home to one of Ireland’s most famous films “The Quiet Man”. Together, we take a guided tour of Cong and visit some of the sites featured in the movie, as well as The Quiet Man Museum and The Quiet Man Cottage. Staying in Galway City tonight, accommodation at 4* Galway Bay Hotel or similar. Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.