Ireland's Ancient East
1st September 2019
Price per person:
£20 per night single occupancy supplement.
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 creative Kilkenny, this tour includes it all.
Early morning departure from our local pick up area with motorway stops en-route to Pembroke for our afternoon sailing to Rosslare. We travel from Rosslare to Enniscorthy to our hotel where we stay for the next four nights.
Today we enjoy a full day in Waterford. Founded by the Viking Traders in 914, the city has an exciting medieval flavor and riverside bustle. We meet our 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.
We begin the day in Avoca, brought to fame by the TV series Ballykissangel, and home to the Avoca Handweavers mill and visitors centre. In the afternoon we continue through the scenic Wicklow Mountains National Park to Glendalough being the location of an early Christian monastic settlement.
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 1830's splendor. In the afternoon, step back in time at the Irish National Heritage Park, located on the banks of the River Slaney. You will be guided through this fantastic large outdoor museum, where actors will bring the history of Ireland to life.
Early morning departure for our sailing from Rosslare to Pembroke. We continue our journey home from Pembroke making suitable motorway stops en-route. We aim to arrive in the local area by mid evening.