Ireland's Ancient East
From our base in County Wexford, this tour highlights the rich history and heritage of this lovely corner of Ireland. From the lush soft hills of the Wicklow Mountains to medieval Waterford, and from creative Kilkenny to Ireland's famine story, this tour includes it all. Tours are based on Sunday or Monday departures.
Waterford • House of Waterford Crystal Tour • Avoca • Wicklow Mountains • Kilkenny Castle
Day 1 Afternoon ferry crossing from South Wales.
Day 2 A full day in Waterford. Founded by Viking traders in 914, the city has an exciting medieval flavour and riverside bustle. Meet your guide for a walking tour and explore the history of the city from the Vikings to the Victorians. Free time at leisure is then followed by a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal for a factory tour. Experience the various stages of the glass making process from the moulding to glass blowing and finally sculpting and engraving.
Day 3 Begin the day in Avoca, brought to fame by the TV series Ballykissangel, and home to the Avoca Handweavers mill and visitors centre where mill tours can be arranged. Continue through the scenic Wicklow Mountains National Park to Glendalough, an area renowned for its natural beauty and for being the location of an early Christian monastic settlement.
Day 4 A full day today with an excursion to medieval Kilkenny, known as the creative heart of Ireland and home to numerous specialist crafts-people. Visit some of the studios and shops in Kilkenny Design Craft Centre and see the famous Kilkenny Castle, restored in 1830s splendour. Depart Kilkenny, pass Jerpoint Abbey, then on to an included visit of the 1840s Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, with its animated interpretation of Ireland's Famine story.
Day 5 Depart hotel following an early breakfast before this morning's ferry crossing and homeward journey.
All tours are tailored to your requirements
Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club, Enniscorthy
Picturesquely located along the banks of the River Slaney and on the edge of the bustling market town of Enniscorthy. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, attractive public areas and good hospitality.
• 4 star • 78 bedrooms • Lift
• Leisure facilities
• Indoor swimming pool • Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• Return ferry crossings
• 4 nights half board in County Wexford with:
Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival
Full Irish breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
Music on 1 night
• Walking tour of Waterford
• Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
• Visit to Kilkenny Craft Centre
• Admission to Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
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