BEST OF EUROPE'S WEST COAST

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  • 8 days
  • Lisbon to Dublin (Dun Laoghaire)
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Best of Europe's West Coast

  • Star Pride
  • 8 days
  • Lisbon to Dublin (Dun Laoghaire)

Porto, Portugal



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Half Day Private CAR with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note:  Capacity: 2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person).The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible. The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites.


price $499
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking
Porto Lexio, Historic Guimaraes
Portugal’s first capital of Guimarães cradles a wealth of magnificent buildings, a rich legacy of its glorious past. You will take a 1-hour drive of 34 miles to this magnificent city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture in 2012. You will visit the medieval King’s Castle and 15th century Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture and porcelain. While strolling on your walking tour past the Old Town’s quiet alcoves and along its narrow streets, you will glimpse an imposing former manor house, a 10th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Customs Tower emblazoned with the slogan “Portugal was born here.” Nearby is stately Guimarães Castle. You will have free time to explore on your own or relax in town. Shortly thereafter, you will return to the yacht.

Please note: Comfortable shoes are recommended as you will have to walk approximately ¾ of a mile along cobbled and uneven surfaces in Guimarães.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. This excursion is not suitable for guests who have mobility issues, use canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. 


price $89
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Historic Oporto by Tuk Tuk
Discover Oporto, Matosinhos, and Vila Nova de Gaia in a unique way - on board an electric tricycle called a "Tuk Tuk" in Thailand. Your tour will start with a panoramic drive along the Matosinhos seaside road toward the mouth of the Douro River and the right river bank. Your first stop will be at the Lello Bookshop of Gothic inspiration founded in 1904, in the center of which stands the carved wooden staircase that inspired a scene from Harry Potter. In the heart of the city you will walk to the 18th century Baroque-style Clérigos Tower. Ride to the Sao Bento Train Station built in the early 20th century, famous for its tiles; and to the 12th century Cathedral, one of the oldest monuments in Oporto.  Cross the King Luís I Bridge, a metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 646 feet was the longest of its type in the world. You will stop at the beautiful Serra do Pilar Monastery with its exceptional view over the Douro and Oporto. Back aboard your Tuk Tuk you will return to Oporto passing by Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, and the famous 1920s neo-classical style "Café Majestic." Enjoy your panoramic drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 


price $99
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

snacks

wine

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Splendors of Oporto & Gourmet
Built on the banks of the Douro River, Oporto is a city where the old contrasts with the new. Its winding, hilly, narrow streets are a complement to the wide, modern avenues that spread out to the suburbs. The city has carefully preserved its architectural treasures, including monuments of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Neo-Classical styles. You will board your bus for a panoramic drive on which you will see Oporto’s main highlights including the City Hall, Clérigos Tower, and the Av. Dos Aliados, where locals go to commemorate important political and sporting events.  Visit the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace), considered one of the most complete museums of 19th century interior design, followed by a walk and some time at your leisure at Ribeira.  Then you will drive across the river, to visit one of the famous port wine cellars on Vila Nova de Gaia.  You will learn about Oporto’s wine history and taste gourmet local snacks, accompanied by excellent port wines before returning to the ship.

Please note: During weekends, there are ceremonies that might occur without prior notice at the Stock Exchange Palace so the tour order may vary but all sites will be covered. Participants in the wine tasting must be at least 18 years old. 



price $89
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Porto Lexio,Half Day Private VAN with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note: Capacity: 2 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible.  The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites. 


price $799
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Vigo, Spain



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Vigo, Highlights of Vigo & Baiona
This tour will show you the beauty of the marshes of Southern Galicia. Begin your exploration of Vigo with a drive up to Mount Castro. Located amidst the forests and leisure areas are the remains of the hill-forts that constituted the early settlement, as well as the ruins of the 10th century O Penso Castle, the layout of which was used for the construction of the 17th century Tower Castle which is still standing. Enjoy a view of the city, the river and your yacht. You will continue by bus to Baiona, one of the most important fishing villages of the Galician coastline. There, you will visit the remains of the old walls dating from the 16th century and view monuments that show the importance of this village through history. See the Romanesque Collegiate Church with its Ogival Romanesque style. The church was built in the 13th century and there is a marvelous Romanesque rose window up in the main façade Visit the Monterreal Palace, which occupies the whole of its own small, fortified peninsula – “Monte Real.” En route to the yacht, and time permitting, you can walk through the Oyster Stall on Stone Street to glimpse the seafood culture of Galicia.

Please note: Oyster Street will only be visited if your yacht is docked at Cruise Terminal. Bouzas Berth does not permit this stop. 

price $79
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Vigo, The Border Country
Board your air-conditioned bus for the 45-minute trip to Valença do Minho, a walled town located on the left bank of the Minho River.  Your walking tour will take you past Gothic and Renaissance residences, and offer superb views of the quiet Minho River which you will cross. On the other side of the river stands the Spanish town of Tui with its Cathedral built on top of a small hill. See Valença's fortress, a piece of Gothic and Baroque military architecture. The first walls were built in the 13th century. It was upgraded during the 17th and 18th centuries forming the present bulwarked system, placed on top of two small hills and formed by two polygons which are separated by a ditch and with four doors (Coroada, Gaviarra, Fonte da Vila and Sol). The main entrance is Porta do Sol (Sun's door). Within the fort is the old town full of small shops selling items, particularly textiles, which you will have time to browse through. From there, board your bus to finish your visit in Vigo admiring El Castro de Vigo (the Castro Fortress).  

Please note: The Oyster Market is only open in the morning. 


price $75
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4.45 HRS

Moderate

snacks

wine

culture
Vigo, Wine Appreciation
For those of you who have a special taste for wine, this tour will take you to the heart of Galician wines.You will board your deluxe motor coach for the 45-minute drive to Cambados, considered a Property of Cultural Interest.  Drive to The Parador, an ancient mansion, now hotel, built in the 17th century and located in the center of the small village. The Parador overlooks the Ria de Arousa, the largest of the estuaries of Galicia.  Here you will enjoy a wine and tapas tasting as well as some leisure time on your own to walk around Cambados. Then you will take a short 15-minute drive to Agro de Bazan Cellars, known for their high quality wines made only with the Albariño grape, an aromatic, long-standing grape native to the Salnes Valley. Take a tour of the winery before tasting their delicious wine accompanied by a tapas buffet.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen.  Guests must be 18 years of age or older to participate in wine tasting. 


price $115
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El Ferrol, Spain



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
El Ferrol & Betanzos
Begin your exploration of El Ferrol with a panoramic drive in your air-conditioned bus. You will continue on to Betanzos where you will be met by your guide. Declared a Joint Historical and Artistic Heritage in 1970, Betanzos is home to one of the most interesting old quarters of Galicia. The large city guards artistic treasures of incalculable value.  Your walking tour will include sites like the Consistorial Palace, raised in the 18th century by Luck Rodriguez and surrounded by palaces and buildings with galleries. See the Palace of Bendana, constructed in the 15th century. You will see the 11th century Church of Santiago, and the Palace of Lanzós, constructed around 1620. Your stroll with continue to the Gothic District, the Palace of Counts de Taboada and the impressive churches of Santa Maria and San Francisco (external view) , jewels of Gothic Gallego constructed by Fernán the Perez de Andrade in the  14th century, one of the most beautiful examples of the Galician medieval architecture. After this guided visit you will have some of free time before returning to your yacht.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen. 


price $75
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
El Ferrol, 18th Century Dockyards, Exponav & Priorino Cape
This tour will offer you the chance to visit a Spanish naval base still in use, its museum and a short visit of Prioriño's Cape. The Ferrol Arsenal is the principal support base for warships and naval installations in the Cantabrian Maritime Zone, intimately linked to the history of Ferrol and in the running to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will board a bus for the short ride to the naval base. Part of your tour to the base will include the interesting exhibits in the "Exponav" Museum located there.  Back on your bus you will enjoy a panoramic city tour on the way to Prioriño Cape where you will have unique views of the bay area of Coruña, Betanzos, and Ferrol, and visit the Interpretation Center opened there in 2009.  You will have some time on your own before heading back to your waiting yacht. 

Please note:  El Arsenal is an active base so it is subject to limitations and closure without prior notice.  No photos or videos are permitted.  The Exponav Museum and the Interpretation Center at the Cape are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs, but the outside Cape area is not suitable for wheelchairs or people with reduced mobility.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen. 


price $109
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking
El Ferrol, The Walled City of Lugo Walking Tour
Lugo is the only city in the world surrounded completely by intact Roman walls, with heights ranging between 33 to 49 feet in a 6949-foot circle with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous around the circuit, and features 10 gates. These 3rd century walls are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will board your air-conditioned bus for the 90-minute drive to Lugo where you will be met by your English-speaking guide to begin your walking tour. In addition to the walls other sites include the Cathedral, built about 1129, though the actual main facade and towers date only from 1769. You will see the convent and church of St. Francis, built in Gothic style, currently housing the Museo Provincial, with a display of Galician art and 18th century architecture. Your walk will continue on to the Church of St. Dominic, the Palace of the Arts and the Town Hall, a large Baroque structure with a mid-18th century façade. You will have some free time for shopping and then reboard your bus to return to your yacht.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended.  


price $115
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Brest, France



7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

walking

sightseeing
Brest, Concarneau & Pont Aven
Discover Concarneau, one of the largest fishing ports in France, as well as Pont-Aven, one of the most romantic cities in Brittany.  You will first travel to Concarneau where you will have the opportunity to view its most notable feature, the well-preserved 14th century "ville close" (walled city), built on a small island in the center of the harbor. Though small, this fortification was the cradle of Concarneau's early history and was recognized in the writings of French author Gustave Flaubert. During your visit, you will see for yourself why this medieval walled town is one of the most photographed in Brittany. You will then make your way via picturesque countryside roads to the charming village of Pont  Aven, which is situated on the estuary of the River Aven. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on a scenic walking tour along the river to the heart of the city. Learn about the colony of painters, led by Paul Gauguin, who made the town famous by the end of the 19th century and formed the school of painting called "L'Ecole de Pont-Aven."  Your 3-course lunch will be served in a local restaurant before having some free time to discover Pont Aven on your own.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 



price $139
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Brest, Half Day Private CAR with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $2399
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Brest, Half Day Private VAN with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $2499
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5 HRS

Moderate

wine

walking

sightseeing
Brest, Historic Quimper & Cider Tasting
Setting out from the pier, journey for approximately 1 hour by air-conditioned motor coach to Quimper; the ancient capital of Cornouaille. You will first be taken to a traditional cider brewery. You will visit this genuine factory and be given the opportunity to sample some of its products.  Your guided walking tour will then begin with an exploration of the twin spires of St. Corenthin’s Cathedral.  Dominating the skyline of Quimper, the cathedral’s construction began in 1240 and ended in the 15th century.  You will see the vibrant stained-glass windows dating from the 15th-19th centuries. The city itself, once completely walled, has retained the aspects of a fortified town with a covered walkway and watchtower; dating from the 15th and 16th   centuries. Since 1690, Quimper has been famous for its production of faience, elegant hand-painted pottery which often features decorative flowers and animals; framed by blue and yellow borders.  In the pedestrian-only old quarters of the city you will have an hour to discover on your own the timbered houses, creperies and shops full of handicrafts before returning to the yacht by motor coach.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.  As Quimper has cobblestone  and uneven walkways this tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.



price $89
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4 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Brest, Locronan
Your tour will begin when you board your motor coach and depart from the pier for the one-hour drive to Locronan. Since the 15th century hemp has grown naturally in this area and Locronan had a prosperous hemp industry, exporting hemp internationally for ships’ riggings.  They also made ship sails. Traces of its golden age are to be found in its granite houses, built during the Renaissance.  Meet your guide and begin your walking tour to Saint Ronan Church and the Penity Chapel that form a harmonious ensemble. The 15th century church is remarkable for its unity of style and stone vaulting. The decoration of the pulpit relates the life of Saint Ronan and the stained glass windows depict scenes of the passion.  After your walking visit, you will have leisure time to discover the fine houses and the craft workshops before your drive back to Brest.

Please note:  Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended. 


price $89
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5 HRS

Moderate

snacks

walking

sightseeing
Brest, Taste & Glance of Brittany
Become familiar with the towns of Brest and Guimiliau, followed by a discovery of the local specialties at Kerveleoc.  You will board your motor coach to begin a sightseeing drive to Guimiliau where you will see the castle, which now houses the Maritime Museum, and the Tanguy Tower, dating from the Middle Ages.  Guimiliau is famous as the reputed birthplace of St Hervé, a 6th century ascetic, who is one of the most popular Breton saints. You will enjoy a guided walking tour of his Parish Close. As the name suggests, a Close is a completely enclosed church yard, usually with a commanding entrance arch. Parish Closes today are used for pardons, and the annual Breton pilgrimage festivals, which can attract thousands of worshipers. You’ll rejoin your coach and continue to the little manor house of Kerveleoc to taste some specialties of Brittany. This typical 17th century Breton manor house has been traditionally restored to its original wonderful atmosphere. You will taste some local paté, pastry and the famous Breton crêpes, served with cider and Chouchen (local liqueur).  On your way back to Brest, you’ll make a photo stop at Landerneau where you will have a nice view of the Rohan's Bridge, built in the 16th century, one of the last inhabited bridges in Europe. 

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $119
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Isles of Scilly, England



4.5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

wine

walking
Scilly Isles Wildlife Cruise & Wine Tasting on St. Martins
First, you will be taken on a boat trip around the eastern Isles and hopefully spot local birdlife, seals, and sea life of the Scillys. Your boat skipper will give commentary on the local wildlife. Later you will arrive on St. Martin’s, a quiet island with some of the best beaches and most spectacular views in the Scillys. You will visit two thriving local businesses on St. Martin’s; first sample wine at the UK’s most southwesterly vineyard. The owners will show you some of the vines and the wine making processes. Next you will visit Churchtown Farm which specializes in growing and mailing scented Narcissi and scented show pink flowers to the UK mainland year round. The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of five inhabited islands and other small rocky islets off Land’s End –the most southwesterly point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over 2,000, an exceptionally mild climate and countless golden sandy beaches, Scilly is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility loved by visitors and locals alike. 

Please note:  Guests need to be fit walkers. It is recommended that you wear comfortable sturdy footwear as you will be required to walk uphill for about a mile with a steep incline for about 1/3 of the way. This tour is unguided, but guests will be escorted between venues. The boat skippers will give commentary with regards to the boat trip and the owners will meet the passengers at the quay on St. Martins to escort the group to each venue. Passengers travel together on the boat. On arrival to St. Martins  the group will be split into 2 groups, and the order of visits on the island will vary due to size of vineyard and the churchtown farm.  

price $129
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2 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

walking
Scilly Isles, Delightful St. Mary's Island
The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of five inhabited islands and other small rocky islets off Lands End - the most southwesterly point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over 2,000, an exceptionally mild climate, and countless golden sandy beaches, Scilly is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility loved by visitors and locals alike. You will be met this morning by your local guides  and given an introductory talk about the history of the isles. You will then venture off to enjoy a scenic tour of St. Mary’s. Tour the town, harbor area, white sandy beaches, and flower-strewn footpaths around St. Mary’s, meet with artists, and see ancient sites. On arrival at the Star Castle you will enjoy morning coffee in the 16th century Castle Dungeon Bar, after which you continue your idyllic walk around St. Mary’s before returning to your yacht. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. 

price $69
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Scilly Isles, Exotic Tresco Gardens
Tender ashore to the island of Tresco where you will be met by your guide today. Tresco is best known for its Abbey Gardens, laid out by the remarkable Augustus Smith – a wealthy merchant banker who purchased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid-1830s. Work on the gardens commenced in 1834 on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey. By building tall wind-breaks, Smith channeled the weather up and over the network of walled enclosures he built around the Priory ruins. He also carved the three terraces from the rocky, south-facing slope looking towards St. Mary’s. Tresco, shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales is host to 20,000 exotic plants, many of which would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to glorious species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.  

Please note:  Access is not a problem, the gardens are terraced but most have slopes that can be negotiated by  a wheelchair although there are some steps. We request that wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour. Comfortable sturdy footwear is recommended. If guests struggle to walk a distance there is a complimentary small shuttle bus from the pier to the gardens. 

price $59
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Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

sightseeing
Dublin A Taste of Dublin & Guiness with Hotel Transfer
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city will take you past Merrion Square  and Fitzwilliam Square to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, and St Stephen’s Green, the Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college. See Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral. You will visit the Guinness Storehouse, which is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.You will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago. Your tour will end in Gravity, the sky bar, with astonishing views of Dublin.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery with a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.  At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to pull the perfect pint - the way to hold the glass, the speed the beer enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view. You will have time to shop in the Guinness Store where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness fashions and memorabilia before re-boarding your bus for the hotel.  Along the way you will pass the Four Courts,the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and the Custom House.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Dublin Hightlights with Transfer to Airport or Hotel
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, which you will stop to view. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral.   Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. You will stop to visit the cathedral and see the pulpit where he preached. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will continue past the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice on to the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street where you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Your tour will conclude at the airport or your hotel. 

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.   


price $129
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