When your ship docks in Dublin, discover unique destinations for all horse admirers, Irish National Stud and Ireland’s capital on this 8-hour shore excursion. The future and the past entwine beautifully at the…More
When your ship docks in Dublin, discover unique destinations for all horse admirers, Irish National Stud and Ireland’s capital on this 8-hour shore excursion.
The future and the past entwine beautifully at the Irish National Stud, whose museum is a legacy to not only the horses in Ireland but also the greatest and most famous of all Irish horses – Arkle. Then, travel through the Wicklow Mountains for a panoramic Dublin tour, seeing highlights like Trinity College and O’Connell Street. After free time for shopping, finish with a port drop-off.
· Visit the home to some of Ireland’s most famous racehorses and the world famous Japanese Gardens
· Panoramic drive through the Wicklow Mountains
· Panoramic Dublin city tour to see Trinity College, O’Connell Street, and more
· Stroll and shop around the traditional stores on Grafton Street
· Includes luxury coach transport, lunch or refreshment break, and port pickup and drop-off
Meet your guide at Dublin cruise terminal at 11:00 am. Hop inside your luxury-class, air-conditioned coach and after hearing what’s ahead from your guide, travel southward into picturesque County Kildare.
The Irish National Stud symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses. For well over 100 years, the pride of Tully has been a working stud farm, its central objective is to produce for Ireland thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. In that aim it proved an instant hit with Minoru, one of the first star horses born and raised on the stud’s idyllic land, triumphing in horse racing’s most important contest, the Epsom Derby, way back in 1909.
The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul. The gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolize the ‘Life of Man’. Eida’s work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life.
Next, return to Dublin through Wicklow’s most majestic mountain scenery. Pass shimmering lakes and turf hills, whose turf was cut for energy in bygone times.
Enjoy the panoramic drive around Dublin, known as Ireland’s ‘fair city.’ Take in highlights including O’Connell Street, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and pass the Molly Malone Statue, Christchurch Cathedral, and Trinity College.
Enjoy free time to shop on Grafton Street, home to Dublin’s traditional stores, before finishing with a port drop-off.
• 11.15 Depart Dublin Port
• 12:15 Visit to The Irish National Stud & To the Japanese Gardens
(Visit the Famous Tea House or The Japanese Gardens Restaurant for A Break During Your Visit, Not Included in The Quote)
• 14:30 Depart the Irish National Stud
• 16:30 Drop Off at The Trinity College - Enjoy the Vibrant Dublin City
• 18.30 Pick Up at The City Centre and Drive to Your Pick-Up Point
• 19:00 Arrive at Dublin Port
Entry fees to the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
Dublin Port pickup and drop-off
0-3 years – €0
4-15 years – €130
16 – 65 years – €145
66 and older – €135