Day 7 : - Departure for Dublin - arriving at 0930am - Bus to the hotel and check in. Tour guide will meet you at the Hotel.
Dublin’s name derives from “Dubh linn,” the Black Pool which was in the heart of historic Dublin. This ancient city was known to Ptolemy the Great. It saw the High King Brian Boru killed nearby fighting the Vikings. Both the Normans and the English invaded it. Henry VIII established Trinity College here to nurture the New Faith (Protestantism); while Catholicism was outlawed for over three hundred years. We visit the famous Book of Kells kept at the College. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and Molly Malone are among the city’s notables.
This morning, we enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Our itinerary includes the following: viewing Georgian Dublin; Leinster House (Parliament); St. Patrick Cathedral (Church of Ireland-Anglican), dating from 450 AD; and Christchurch Cathedral, also Anglican, (founded by King Sitric of the Dublin Norsemen in 1038 and rebuilt in 1169 by the Normans). We see as well, Kilmainham Goal, the infamous prison built in 1792. The prison housed many of Ireland’s rebel leaders and gives a good insight into the country’s history. After the conclusion of our city tour we have time for lunch on our own.
After lunch, we visit the Shrine of St. Valentine, after whom the February 14th holiday is named. The balance of the day is at leisure. For those who wish, we continue with a visit and a guided tour to the famous Guinness Storehouse, a spectacular attraction, designed to woo you with the wonders of the “dark stuff.” The star attraction is undoubtedly the top-floor Gravity Bar with 360-degree floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer a nonpareil view out over the city while you sip your free pint. Tonight we enjoy a festive dinner and folkloric show at a local venue in Dublin. (B, D)
Day 8 :
Free day for shopping and spend your last evening in Ireland as you choose.
Day 9: Departure