Enchanting IRELAND

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  • Location
    Ireland
  • Date
    October 15-27, 2019
  • Price
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OverviewItineraryPricingDeparturesHotel & ExcursionsBefore You Go

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
4:30 pm Depart Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess St. Other pick up location and times if pre arranged. We travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport where we fly with Air Canada to Dublin Airport. 
DAY TWO 
  Following arrival at Dublin Airport, you will be met by your Local driver & guide and escorted to your awaiting motorcoach. On leaving the airport, you will be taken on a tour of Dublin – Ireland’s Capital City on the banks of the River Liffey. You will see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century houses, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Phoenix Park (biggest town park in Europe), statue filled O’Connell Street and the fashionable Grafton Street. You will also see Trinity College which in its library houses the Book of Kells. Following
your city tour you will check into the Camden Court Hotel for a two night stay. This evening you will regroup with your fellow travelers and enjoy dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY THREE
  This morning we will travel to Glasnevin where you will visit Ireland’s largest cemetery also known as the City of the Dead. Since the cemetery opened in 1828, more than 1.5 million people have been interred here. The cemetery contains the graves of many of Ireland’s most prominent national figures such as Daniel O’Connell who established the cemetery in 1832, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and many more. You will have a guided tour of the cemetery which gives a valuable insight into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present. This visit is of special significance at this point in time Ireland commemorates the centenary of the 1916 uprisings. You will also have time to visit the cemetery’s award winning museum before departing. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness. Here you will enjoy a self-guided tour of this new state of the art visitor centre. Your visit concludes with a leisurely pint of Guinness in the 360-degree roof top bar while enjoying some spectacular views of Dublin City. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy. (B)
DAY FOUR
  This morning you depart Dublin and travel south to County Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland. Your first stop this morning will be Powercourt House and Gardens. This Palladian Mansion built in 1730 was badly damaged by fire in 1974. It was re-roofed in 1996 and opened to the public. The garden’s at Powercourt were first laid when the house was built in 1730 and a century later the 6th Viscount Powercourt instructed his architect, Daniel Robertson, to draw up new schemes for the gardens. From here you continue to Glendalough (Valley of Two Lakes) where you travel back in time as your tour guide will walk you through this early 7th century monastic settlement. Your tour continues through the beautiful Vale of Avoca to the Avoca hand weavers (the oldest in Ireland) and in a guided tour experience this very old craft. From here, you travel to Waterford for a one night stay in the Waterford Marina Hotel. (B, D)
DAY FIVE
  This morning you will visit the House of Waterford Crystal. While enjoying a guided tour you will see highly skilled local craftsmen demonstrate crystal blowing and cutting in the new state of the art visitor center.You then continue along the southern coastline traveling through the towns of Dungarvan and Youghal to Blarney where you will visit Blarney Castle and Gardens. The castle was built in 1446 and today you will have an opportunity to climb the spiral stairs to the top of the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who dare. As you make your way through the castle grounds, you can also visit the Castle Gardens and Rock Close. From here you travel to Killarney for a two night stay in the Killarney Plaza Hotel. (B, D)
DAY SIX
  Today you will enjoy the unspoiled beauty of The Dingle Peninsula. Once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth” by the National Geographic. You will travel back in time as you see some beehive huts (early monastic settlements) dating back over a thousand years. Your tour will take you to the most westerly point of Ireland where you can view The Blasket Islands. You will also see some of the locations for such films as “Ryan’s Daughter” and the more recently filmed “Far and Away” which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. You will have some free time in Dingle Town for lunch before returning to Killarney.
This evening, you will travel to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where you will enjoy a traditional Irish dinner in a cosy, informal atmosphere followed by the best of traditional Irish music, song and dance. (B, D)
DAY SEVEN
  This morning, you bid farewell to Killarney and travel to Tralee, capital town of County Kerry and famous for The Rose of Tralee Festival. You continue to Tarbert where you board the Shannon Ferry, which crosses the Shannon Estuary to Killimer. From here you take the coast road to the majestic Cliffs of Moher standing 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point; they stretch for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast line. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for
hundreds of years. Following some free time to view cliffs, your tour winds its way through the lunar type landscape of the Burren which takes its name from the Irish word ‘Bhoireann’ meaning. ‘a stony place’ or ‘a rocky place’, which is a good description for this 350 sq. kilometers limestone plateau. The rough, intriguing and attractive landscape was formed 320 million years ago under a tropical sea. You continue along the shores of Galway Bay to Galway City where you will check into the Galway Harbour Hotel for a two night stay. (B, D)
DAY EIGHT
  Today you will take a break from the hustle and bustle of the mainland and travel to Rossaveal where you will board a ferry to Inishmore – the largest of the three Aran Islands and one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way. The island is a steeped in history and resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. You will take a mini bus tour of the island which will include a stop at the world renowned forth of Dun Aonghasa which stands over a dramatic 300 foot cliff that spans the entire western part of the island. You will have time to walk to Dun Aonghasa and enjoy the spectacular views before boarding the ferry for your return journey to Galway. (B)
DAY NINE
  This morning you depart Galway and travel through Connemara made up of mountains, lakelands and boglands. Because of its wild and rugged beauty it has been the location for many films. “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and in more recent times “The Field” starring Richard Harris. You will have a stop in the town of Cong, one of the main locations for the Quiet Man film before heading north passing by the Knock Shrine now an internationally recognized Marian Shrine with one and a half million pilgrims visiting annually. You continue to Sligo and have a stop in Drumcliffe. St. Colmcille founded a monastery here in the 16th Century. There only remains today, three High Crosses and the stump of a round tower. It is also the final resting place of one of Ireland’s great poets William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). His grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, “cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman pass by.” You continue by the foothills of the Benbulben mountain range to Belleek where you will enjoy a guided tour of the world famous fine parian china manufacturing center. From here it’s on to Donegal for a two night stay in the Mill Park Hotel. (B, D)
DAY TEN
  This morning you depart for a tour of County Donegal, the most north westerly county in Ireland. You will stop in Ardara – Centre of the Donegal homespun and knitting industry where you will enjoy a complimentary Irish Coffee and some free time for shopping in the Triona Design Center. Your tour continues around the foothills of the Blue Stack mountain range before stopping for lunch in Leo’s Tavern – family home of Ireland’s international singing star Enya. Poets, painters and writers have fully succeeded in conveying the varied beauty of this wonderland of mountains, lakes and coastline. You continue through the scenic Finn Valley before returning to Donegal Town. (B)
DAY ELEVEN
  This morning you travel to Derry where you will enjoy a panorama tour of Derry City on the banks of the River Foyle. Derry City was founded in 546AD and still retains its 17C walls. You will also see the new Derry Peace Bridge over the River Foyle. This 235 meter long pedestrian bridge opened in 2011 and bridges a 400 year old physical and political gap between two sides of a once divided community. You continue to Limavady and from here to the Giant’s Causeway – a remarkable basaltic formation made of
approximately 37,000 columns and ranked as one of the natural wonders of the world. Your tour continues along the Antrim Coast Road with spectacular views of the northern coastline and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland before arriving in Belfast City for an overnight stay in the Europa Hotel. (B,D)
DAY TWELVE
  This morning you will enjoy a tour of Belfast City. You will see the City Hall – one of the finest Classical Renaissance buildings in Europe, the Linen Hall Library which has been lending books for over 200 years, the Grand Opera House often described as the most beautiful Victorian theatre in the world. You will drive by the many murals that Belfast has become famous for. They depict the history and political views of both traditions and are a way of marketing territory. You will also visit Titanic Belfast, a new state of the art visitor center which tell the stories if the ill-fated RMS Titanic, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. This afternoon you travel to Drogheda where you will check into the D Hotel. (B, D)
DAY THIRTEEN
  After breakfast you will travel to Dublin Airport (30 mins) for your direct Air Canada flight home with fond memories, newly acquired accents and many stories of your Maple Leaf Tour to Ireland to share with friends and family!

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PRICING

 

Early Booking Bonus! 

*** $200 off per person when paid in full by June 3, 2019 ***

 TOUR INCLUSIONS

 Hotels
• 2 Nights at The Camden Court Hotel – Dublin
• 1 Night at The Waterford Marina Hotel – Waterford
• 2 Nights at The Killarney Plaza – Killarney
• 2 Nights at The Harbour Hotel – Galway
• 2 Nights at The Millpark Hotel – Donegal
• 1 Night at The Europa Hotel – Belfast
• 1 Night at D Hotel – Drogheda

Meals 
• 11 Breakfasts
• 7 Dinners

Admissions
• Glanevin Cemetery
• Guinness store house
• Powercourt House & Gardens
• Glendalough monastic settlement and visitor center
• House of Waterford Crystal
• Blarney Castle
• Cliffs of Moher & Atlantic Edge Experience
• Belleek Pottery
• Giants Cuaseway
• Titanic Belfast

Additional Inclusions
• Entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage
• Shannon Ferry
• Ferry to Aran Island
• Minibus tour of Inishmore
• Porter assistance on arrival and departure at all hotels
• Service charges on all included meals
• Luxury motor coach with driver & guide for 12 Days
• Flight from Toronto to Dublin and return from Dublin to Toronto
• Round Trip Transfers to and from Toronto Airport

 PRICE PER PERSON
DOUBLE SINGLE
 $4,899 Tax Incl. $5,699 Tax Incl. 
 
Occupancy: Double (2 to a room) Triple (3 to a room) Quad (4 to a room) Single (1 to a room)
Price is listed per person including tax.
  • A deposit of $300 is required at the time of booking, the deposit is non-refundable at any time.
  • Balance is due in full by July 3rd, 2019
  • Early booking bonus of $200 per person if paid in full by June 3rd, 2019. 
  • Refunds are not available as of July 3rd, 2019
  • Proper Identification is required  for International Travel. A valid passport 
  • Guests are responsible for VISA application and cost if not travelling with a recognized passport. 
  • For the comfort of fellow travellers, kindly refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne, and other fragrances and scented hand sanitizers
  • Tipping for your Tour Director and Driver is voluntary depending on quality of service 
  • 1 Suitcase per person: Please ensure to follow Air Canada baggage guidelines. 

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DEPARTURES

6:00 pm Depart Brighton Exit 509 Carpool Lot Telephone Rd.
5:30 pm Depart Belleville Maple Leaf Office at 81 Millennium Parkway (parking)
5:00 pm Depart Napanee Flying J Northeast Corner of the Parking Lot
4:30 pm Depart Depart Kingston Shrine Club 3260 Princess Street (parking)
4:00 pm Depart Gananoque HWY#2 Carpool Lot
2:00 pm Depart Ottawa Robbies Restaurant 1531 St Laurent Blvd (parking)
2:30 pm Depart Ottawa All Saints Lutheran Church 1061 Pinecrest Rd (parking)
3:00 pm Depart Kemptville Stinson’s Gas Bar HWY 43
3:30 pm Depart Brockville Food Basics

 

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HOTEL

 

The Camden Court Hotel, Dublin 

The 4 Star Camden Court Hotel boasts an envious location in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre. We’re walking distance from some of the city’s top landmarks such a Trinity College, St Stephen’s Green and shopper’s paradise – Grafton Street.

 

The Waterford Marina Hotel, Waterford

The Waterford Marina Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility and is ideally located in the heart of Waterford City, nestled idyllically on the banks of the River Suir with Complimentary onsite Parking. 

 

The Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney 

Welcome to The Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel in Killarney Town Centre in the heart of the magical Kingdom of Kerry.
Located in the heart of Killarney Town at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, this beautifully appointed Killarney hotel neighbours Killarney National Park and all of its amazing beauty and wealth of amenities are at your disposal.

 

The Harbour Hotel, Galway

Make the most of our waterfront location in the heart of Galway City, where just a 3 minute stroll from our hotel will take you to Eyre Square and the city centre, including Shop Street and the bustling bars & cafés of Quay Street. The 4 Star Harbour Hotel Galway offers excellent customer service where a warm welcome is guaranteed upon arrival from our friendly staff. Stay in comfortable bedrooms – with fluffy duvets and crisp white linen, Plasma screen TV’s and tea & coffee making facilities as standard. Our heavenly beds will have you drifting into a peaceful slumber. Choose from numerous dining options throughout your stay.

The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal

A Warm Donegal Welcome awaits you upon arrival at the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town. The Mill Park Hotel is situated just outside the historic town of Donegal with ample free parking and the hotels location makes it the perfect base for you to discover the tourism attractions of Donegal, Ireland’s North West and the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

The Europa Hotel, Belfast

Due to its prime location, the Europa Hotel is a short distance from many of Belfast’s top visitor attractions including the Ulster MuseumGrand Opera HouseCity Hall, Titanic BelfastWaterfront Hall and SSE Arena.The Europa Hotel has an international reputation for hosting prestigious events and looking after many of the celebrities and VIPs who visit Belfast. At the Europa Hotel every guest is a VIP and will experience the finest in Irish hospitality and the highest level of customer service.

The D Hotel, Drogheda

The award-winning, d hotel, a luxury 4 star hotel in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland is located on the banks of the historic River Boyne. This impressive waterfront location includes the Scotch Hall shopping complex and a purpose built pedestrian bridge to the town centre, with its many traditional pubs and restaurants. This luxury Drogheda hotel is only 30 minutes drive to Tayto Park.

 

EXCURSIONS

 

 

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BEFORE YOU GO

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Cancellation & Medical Insurance is strongly recommended for overnight tours and out of country travel. Travel Insurance is available for purchase through Maple Leaf Tours.

 

  • There are regular stops made for comfort breaks
  • Proper Identification is required for International Travel – a valid Passport
  • For the comfort of fellow travellers, kindly refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne, and other fragrances and scented hand sanitizers 
  • Tipping for your Tour Director is voluntary depending on quality of service

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