IRELAND

THE MAGIC OF THE GREEN ISLAND

NATURE & CULTURE

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-N5

DATE

Free of choice

DURATION

10 D. - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

PAX

10 - 15

IRELAND - THE MAGIC OF GREEN ISLAND

NATURE & CULTURE

INTRODUCTION

Experience the enchanting island of Ireland with us and let yourself be inspired by the world of legends and myths. Not for nothing also called the Green Island, embedded in a dreamlike nature, many stone witnesses of the past await you: Celtic stone circles, romantic monastery ruins and defiant knight castles. On this extraordinary trip through the southern part of the island – from Dublin to Galway via Limerick to the Killarney National Park and then back from Killkenny to Dublin – we have come up with something special for you: you will be accompanied by the fairy tale and storyteller Alexandra Kampmeier , which brings the past, legends and myths of the green island back to life through its impressive narrative style. The Celtic past is present all over Ireland and nowhere are the stories of a country held so high as on the Emerald Isle. We meet saints, spirits, giants and fairies, let ourselves be enchanted by the magic of individual regions as well as by their origins. As the poet W.B. Yeats: Ireland, still predominantly Celtic, has retained, along with some less beautiful things, a talent for vision that has died out among more hectic and more successful people. No light-giving candlesticks could prevent us from looking into the dark, and when you look into the dark, there is always something in it. The trip is led by competent English-speaking local tour guides.

ITINERARY

Arrival with AirLingus or Lufthansa to Dublin. Transfer airport / Dublin to the hotel. Welcome and dinner at the hotel.
1 night / half board in the 3 * Hotel Northstar in Dublin

After getting to know Dublin for the first time, we cross the country from the east coast via Athlone to the west coast and reach the lively port city of Galway. On the way there is the opportunity to visit the Clonmacnoise monastery complex near Athlone. In the evening we explore Galway on a city tour and have our dinner (optional) in a restaurant or in a local pub.
2 nights at the 3 * Hotel Victoria in Galway

After breakfast, today we go to one of the most interesting landscapes in Ireland, the so-called Burren area, which stretches to the sea in the northwest of County Clare: From a distance, this area, which was created by glacier movements during the Ice Age, looks like an orphan lunar landscape. The impressive diversity of the local flora and fauna is only revealed up close. One of the most famous dolmens is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal dolmen from the Neolithic Age. In the afternoon there is another natural wonder: The Cliffs of Moher drop steeply over 200 meters into the Atlantic, a breath-taking spectacle of nature. Climb the small watchtower “O’Briens Tower” (optional) at the top and enjoy a unique view. Evening programme in Galway: visit to a pub with music (optional)

Aran Island – The island of silent stones. The ferry takes you to Inísh More, the largest Aran Islands in Galway Bay – a hideout for Irish pirates in the Middle Ages. The remains of the Celtic fortification of Dun Aenghus prove that the island was settled much earlier. With its impressive location on the up to 100 meter high cliff, you have a gigantic view of the island and, in good weather, of the mainland from this area. After a day on the island, the ferry will take you back to the mainland. Drive to Limerick and dinner (optional). The town of Limmerick, located in the longest fjord on the island, invites you to take a stroll by the water through the centre. A visit to King Johns Castle or a visit to the small museum of the writer Frank McCourt, known from the book “The Ashes of My Mother” (“Angela`s Ashes” in the original), is possible.
1 night / breakfast in the 3 * Hotel George in Limerick

In the morning, the tour goes south. You will arrive at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Here you will find a completely restored and furnished castle from the 15th century with an adjoining medieval village, where the way of life and the craft of bygone times are clearly demonstrated. Alternatively, you can go to the Craggaunowen Project, here you will find a town house from the 16th century and various ring forts. On the circular route through a primeval forest, you will see a wide variety of reconstructions from Bronze Age and early Christian settlements in County Clare. In the afternoon you will experience the Dingle Peninsula. Your first stop here is Camp, from where you have a fantastic view over the Shannon. We continue to the westernmost point of the Slea Head peninsula. A great view of the offshore Blasket Islands awaits you here. On the way back, you will stop at Inch Strand, which is a dreamlike backdrop with its grassy dunes and ridges.
2 nights at the Hotel Killarney View House in Killarney

After breakfast, let yourself be enchanted by the fairy-tale beauty of Killarney National Park. On a hike to the Victorian Muckross House, embedded in a dreamlike park, we enjoy Ireland’s oldest national park on the shores of the Killarney Lakes.
Possible to go to the theatre after dinner. (Optional, King Lear or similar)

The flower island of Garinish Island is just a 15-minute boat ride from the small port of Glengariff. Here, too, the Gulf Stream is sympathetic to the local flora and has made it possible for a large collection of plants that are actually at home in far-away New Zealand to offer the ideal environment. The Manuka bloom in May, the colourful blooming spectacle of countless rhododendron species and impressive ferns show garden art par excellence. A coastal road takes you to Kinsale – the Irish gourmet capital of good taste. Stroll through the streets here and maybe let the shop window displays inspire you with a souvenir. Drive to Kilkenny. Visit a brewery today or tomorrow.
2 nights / breakfast at the 3 * Hotel Berkley in Kilkenny

The journey to the mansion of the Hochkönige von Munster takes you through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the interior of the country. The Rock of Cashel lies impressively on an elevation in a vast valley and is often called the “Irish Acropolis”. The Hochkönige ruled their empire from here for a long time, and the ruins of an old monastery are picturesquely situated at the foot of the castle. Politics was conducted from here as early as the 12th century. Behind an impressive castle wall there is a completely preserved round tower so typical of Ireland, a Gothic cathedral, and the stately home. Around noon you will reach Kilkenny and be enchanted by the wonderful atmosphere of the popular domestic metropolis. During a city tour you will experience the medieval town centre with the old merchant’s house Rothes House and visit the St. Canice Cathedral. Optionally, the Normannenburg from the 14th century can also be visited.

After breakfast drive to Dublin. Today you will explore Ireland’s capital. On a city tour you will get to know the diversity of Dublin. The formerly inconspicuous capital has become a dazzling, modern and pulsating metropolis. The ever lively O’Connel Street and the enchanting atmosphere in the world-famous library of Trinity College, where one of Ireland’s greatest national treasures is exhibited: The 800-year-old Book of Kells is not considered one of the most beautiful handwritten books in the world for nothing. You will also be captivated by the great Georgian architecture of the Customs House, the fantastic St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the famous colourful Dublin Doors. The afternoon is yours: whether you want to explore the extensive parks on foot, spend an exciting afternoon in the National Museum or the Guinness Brewery or just stroll through the streets and enjoy the unique atmosphere: this city has something to offer for everyone. In the evening you have the opportunity to experience a folk session in one of the rustic pubs (optional). A worthy end to this unforgettable tour.
1 night / night at the 3 * Hotel Northstar in Dublin City

Return home at noon with AirLingus or Lufthansa from Dublin – Germany / Switzerland / Austria

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ITINERARY

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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Picture gallery - IRELAND

Your local Tour Guide:
Well expierenced local Tour Guide (english speaking)

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Itinerary Hurtigruten Cruise tour (Optional Individual extension tour)
Cruise along the Norwegian coast. Transfer and tour of Kirkenes. Departure of the Hurtigruten cruise ship at 12:45 p.m. In the late afternoon you reach Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port on the north side of the Varangerfjord. An additional overnight stay and excursion in Bergen rounds off the programme.

Transfer to Kirkenes and departure of the cruise ship approx. 12:00 p.m. In the late afternoon you will reach Vardö, Norway’s eastern port on the north side of the Varangerfjord.
5 nights on board with full board

Today you come from the Barents Sea to the North Sea and reach the northernmost point of the journey. You reach Tromsø around midnight via Honningsvåg, Hammerfest and many other stops in the far north.
Optional: The island world of Vesterålen – the bus takes you from Harstad to Trondenes. You will visit the northernmost medieval church in the world and the historic center of the village. From here you take a short ferry ride with coffee and cake before you continue by bus to Sortland to your Hurtigruten ship. Past the Risoyrenna strait and the Raftsund, it goes to Svolvaer and Stamsund in the Lofoten Islands.
After Bodø you pass the Arctic Circle, 66.55 ° N. Passing the fertile banks of the Helgeland, the route goes over 5 smaller coastal towns towards Trondheim. Many legendary islands and mountains line the coast, such as the seven sisters and the well-known Torgatten.
In the morning you arrive in Trondheim, 63.4 ° N. Optional: City tour of Trondheim (approx. 2 hours). You continue past the island of Hitra and Kristiansund, which is built on three islands connected by bridges.

On the last day of your cruise, there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating fjord landscapes to discover. Arrival in Bergen, 60.4 ° N, at 2:30 p.m. Transfer to the hotel and then the opportunity to get to know Bergen.
Hotel Bergen, 1 night with half board

Transfer to Bergen Airport and return flight (if booked) individually to Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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TOUR COST

Tour date:
Free of choice

(Tour programme without international flights is also available on request)

Tour Price:
On Request

INCLUDED

 Return international Flight to Dublin (including all airport taxes)
Bus trips as described in the itinerary, including transfers
9 nights in 4 * / 5 * hotels as per the plan mentioned
Visits and admissions according to the travel programme, with the exception of optional excursions
Boat ride to Garnish Island
Local English-speaking tour guide
Information material, Ireland brochures

NOT INCLUDED

 Other meals and drinks
Tips
The optional tours specified in the programme
Any fuel surcharges
Personal expenses
Travel insurance

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.

The climate of Ireland is mild, humid and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Ireland’s climate is defined as a temperate oceanic climate, a classification it shares with most of northwest Europe. The country receives generally warm summers and cool winters.
January and February are the coldest months of the year and mean daily air temperatures fall between 4 and 7 °C during these months. July and August are the warmest, with mean daily temperatures of 14 to 16 °C, whilst mean daily maximums in July and August vary from 17 to 18 °C near the coast, to 19 to 20 °C  inland. The sunniest months are May and June, with an average of five to seven hours sunshine per day. Though extreme weather events in Ireland are comparatively rare when compared with other countries in the European continent, they do occur.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
Sturdy shoes for the hikes
Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
Rain cover / jacket, Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
There is no visa requirement for EU citizens. The passport only needs to be valid for six months beyond the return date. Children need their own passport with a photo. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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IRELAND

THE MAGIC OF THE GREEN ISLAND

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-N5

DATE

Free of choice

DURATION

10 D. - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

PAX

10 - 15

Online Request

* Link to data security page www.wittman-travel.de/datasecurity/.

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IRELAND - THE MAGIC OF GREEN ISLAND

Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room