2017 - 12 Day Irish Classic: Special Access Photography

4 Star Vacation - 12 Nights - 22 Meals

Highlights

Whether you have a smartphone or DSLR camera, CIE Tours' photography trips are designed to have you come home with the travel album of a lifetime. Meet and learn from a celebrated landscape photographer before your trip begins and continue learning as you travel with a professional photographer who is there to answer your photography questions and help you capture the photos of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Meet a celebrated landscape photographer who will spend two evenings with you sharing tips for capturing the best of scenic Ireland and providing guidance on framing and displaying your photos once you're home.
  • Travel with a professional photographer dedicated to helping you capture memorable moments every step of the way.
  • Visit the breathtaking natural wonder that is Giant's Causeway - though formed by volcanic activity, legend has it the columns are actually the remains of a causeway built by a giant.
  • Capture scenes of a traditional Irish farm life and watch as a farmer and his working dogs control a flock of sheep.

    This Tour Features:

  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
  • Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Westport, Galway and Waterford
  • Sheepdog trials with farmhouse tea and scones
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • J. B. Keane's Pub in Listowel for tea and scones
  • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Two lunches (L)
  • Eight dinners (D) including
    - Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    - Taylor's Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    - 6 table d'hote dinners
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse, EPIC Ireland, General Post Office Museum or Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Ulster Folk Museum, Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Donegal Castle, Westport House, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Dunbrody Famine Ship.

    Hotels:

    Superior First Class

  • City North Hotel
    Dublin (1 night)
  • Hilton Belfast Hotel
    Belfast (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry
    Derry (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport
    Westport (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel
    Bunratty (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel
    Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel
    Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)

    All CIE Tours Include:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • Full daily breakfasts (except Day 1)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Audio headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Details

    Tour Operator
    CIE Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    12 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1DublinDUBLIN ARRIVAL & DUBLIN CASTLE : Your Irish experience kicks off at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. From there, tour Dublin to see its elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O'Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome get-together drink, and meet with a celebrated landscape photographer, who will give an informative talk before offering suggestions as to where you can take the best photographs while on your tour. Then join your group for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    (D)
    Day 2BelfastST. PATRICK'S GRAVE AND ULSTER FOLK MUSEUM : It's time to depart Dublin and head north to visit Down Cathedral to see St. Patrick's historical burial site, marked by a huge boulder. Learn about the many stories of his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. From Downpatrick, travel to the outskirts of Belfast and visit the Ulster Folk Museum. While here, be sure to check out the traditional town buildings including churches, a bank, police station and doctor's office. Don't miss rural cottages showing gardens, crafts, crops and farm animals. After the visit, head for your hotel in central Belfast and relax before dinner.
    (B, D)
    Day 3BelfastTITANIC BELFAST & WALKING TOUR : This morning enjoy a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the Titanic Belfast and learn about the famous ill-fated liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon join a local guide for a leisurely walking tour around part of central Belfast. The remainder of the day is yours to sightsee, shop and dine at your leisure.
    (B)
    Day 4DerryGIANT'S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK : Leaving Belfast, travel north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline (the scenic region that's also the location for "Game of Thrones"). Stop at the majestic Giant's Causeway, an enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago, before continuing on for an impressive photo opportunity at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Head to Derry, where a local guide will take you on a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. After your walk, check into the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
    (B, D)
    Day 5WestportDONEGAL CASTLE & WESTPORT : Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century, then drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Next it's off to Westport, one of the few planned towns in Ireland created by James Wyatt in 1780, for a guided walking tour. Then it's time to check into your hotel and enjoy some time to settle before dinner with your group.
    (B, D)
    Day 6WestportSHEEPDOGS & WESTPORT HOUSE : Drive past the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick and visit a farm to watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep. Next visit Leenane to view Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord - another prime photo opportunity. Return to Westport for a light lunch before a guided tour of Westport House, a stately mansion containing a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain, overlooking the ocean. The rest of the day is for you to spend at your leisure.
    (B, L)
    Day 7BunrattyCLIFFS OF MOHER & MEDIEVAL BANQUET : Today visit Ballintubber Abbey, which was used for worship continually for 700 years. From there, head to the bustling city of Galway for a gentle walking tour around the city center featuring the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle and the narrow streets. Drive through the Burren to capture photos of a lifetime at the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. From the scenic cliffs, travel inland for a fun evening at either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle to experience a medieval-style banquet with great food, songs and stories.
    (B, D)
    Day 8KillarneyLITERARY TEA WITH SCONES & DINGLE PENINSULA : Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and alongside the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel (associated with the writer, J. B. Keane). Journey along the Dingle Peninsula as far as Slea Head for glorious views of hills and coastline. Get your camera ready for several planned stops with outstanding views. Enjoy a look around Dingle before heading to your hotel in Killarney. After checking in, join your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
    (B, D)
    Day 9KillarneyKILLARNEY'S LAKES & JAUNTING CAR RIDE : Get ready for a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney's largest lake. From there, head to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll's Gap and at Ladies' View and then return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps visit a pub with live music.
    (B, L)
    Day 10WaterfordBLARNEY CASTLE & TRADITIONAL MUSIC : Drive through the rugged countryside to Blarney. Visit Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence" and shop for Irish goods at Blarney Woollen Mills. Then it's off to Dungarvan for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session at Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford and check into the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. After dinner, join a local guide for a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city.
    (B, D)
    Day 11DublinWATERFORD & TAYLOR'S THREE ROCK : Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal and view priceless trophies in the showrooms. In New Ross, explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840's Famine. Head to the bustling city of Dublin and check into the hotel. Settle in, and get ready for another meeting with your photography mentor who greeted you at the start of the tour. This time, he'll discuss various matting and framing ideas with your group. Close the day at Taylor's Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
    (B, D)
    Day 12Tour Ends in DublinTOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN : Your program ends after breakfast.
    (B)

    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    September 02, 2017$3,145.00* (USD) / 12 days Dublin to Dublin : Price (Land Only) Twin SharingQuote
    Lodging
    City North Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
    Hilton Belfast Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
    City Hotel, Derry, Derry (1 night)
    Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
    Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
    Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
    Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
    Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
    Disclaimer

    Single room supplement: $568

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