15 - 32 guests
8 Days / 7 Nights
Arrive at Shannon Airport and travel through scenic areas of Munster Province to Athlone with a stop in a quaint charming historic Irish village or town along the way.
Welcome Orientation Reception and Dinner with Irish Traditional Music Entertainment
Birr’s stately Georgian buildings give it heritage status, but the star attraction is Birr Castle Gardens & Science Center. It’s the centuries-old residence of the Earls of Rosse, who were renowned astronomers, botanists, and engineers. On the grounds is the Great Telescope built in the 1840s that was the world’s largest for 70 years standing 40 feet high with a seven-foot-diameter tube that led to the discovery of the spiral nature of galaxies. The Science Center reveals the family’s pioneering discoveries.
The ‘Catstone’, a huge weathered limestone boulder under which Ériu is buried, is the most famous of over forty surviving features on the hilltop.
On Uisneach the first Great Fire of Ireland was lit to announce the dawn of summer and these ‘Bealtaine Fires’ and Druid Ceremonies are now celebrated with an annual festival in May. Passionate local tour guides at Uisneach will take you on a fascinating journey into the spiritual past of ancient Ireland.
The park comprises of the Scéal Exhibition in the Comhaltas Teach Cheoil, Heritage Trail and Vintage Museum, Walking Trails, Native Irish Woodland, Turlough, and Tea Rooms. Trace your Ireland Roots in the Genealogy Centre. Explore reconstructed historical sites depicting life in Ancient Ireland in the Heritage Park.
Departure for most from Shannon Airport to return home.