The Happy Traveler US

with Dr. Rosemary Swade

Boutique Group Travel for Amazing Journeys of Discovery

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Need more time in Ireland?


Additional 4 nights in Ireland

 Join us before the rest of the group arrives...

August 5-9

The pre-Ireland trip begins in Dublin on August 5th

Together on this 4-day trip, we will:

  • Have dinner while watching a Traditional Irish Dance with a Traditional Irish Music show at the famous Abbey Tavern!
  • Visit the beautiful Wicklow Mountains
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
  • Visit the Waterford Crystal Factory
  • Visit The Rock of Cashel, known for St. Patrick’s most famous sermon
  • Visit the charming town of Killarney
  • Go around the wild, beautiful Dingle Peninsula, (more beautiful than the Ring of Kerry) before meeting up with the rest of the group on August 9th


Rosemary will be your fearless leader on this optional trip!

Accommodations for 4 nights, all entrances, 1 dinner with a traditional music and dance show, all breakfasts, transportation (excepting transfer at the DUB airport, to the hotel- a short taxi away from the airport to the hotel on the 1st night of this trip)


Per person, double occupancy: $1,980    (based on a minimum of 6 participants)

Single Supplement $380

Let Rosemary know if you are interested and we will send you more information!

[email protected]

More details are below



August 5

ARRIVAL / DUBLIN (1 night)

Individual arrivals at Dublin Airport (DUB)

  • Take a taxi or airport shuttle to our hotel in the airport area (not included)
  • Check-in and time to relax and unwind
  • Meet in the lobby of our hotel to take a taxi together to dinner and a show at the Abbey Tavern in HOWTH  (taxi, not included_

August 6

WATERFORD (1 night)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Meet in the late morning (time TBA) for a deluxe minibus with a driver/guide to drive to beautiful POWERSCOURT GARDENS, just south of Dublin. The Gardens at Powerscourt have been voted the No.3 garden in the world by National Geographic. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows, and rambling walks.
  • Time is allotted for lunch (not included)
  • We continue to the heart of Waterford city, where we will have a tour of the famous Waterford Crystal Factory now 200 years old.
  • Overnight at our hotel in WATERFORD,  our evening is free

August 7

KILLARNEY (2 nights)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • After breakfast, we drive from Waterford to The Rock of Cashel (45 miles)


A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the

12th-century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th-century Gothic cathedral, 15th-century Castle, and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.

According to local legends, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km)

north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century.

The Rock of Cashel St. Patrick's Rock

Also, known as "St. Patrick's Rock" was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock

to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.

  • Free time allotted for lunch
  •  From Cashel, we continue for a visit to Blarney Castle (55 miles), located near Cork
  • After our famous smooch, we will be driven to our hotel in the festive and beautiful town of Killarney about a 60-mile drive.  Below, see suggestions for what to do in Killarney

Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone is high on most visitors’ list of things to do in Ireland!

For many years people have descended on the picturesque, 15th Century Blarney Castle with the purpose of kissing the Blarney Stone to be bestowed with the ‘gift of the gab’, the talent for eloquence that the Irish famously possess. After this famous kiss, you’ll go any with something new to talk about, with a touch of Blarney!

The kiss and, smooth-talking and Blarney go back many centuries. When Queen Elizabeth I of England sought to impose her rule on Ireland’s Gaelic Chiefs, The Lord of Blarney, Cormac MacCarthy, proving most elusive, would reply to her demands with flamboyant flattery rather than submission. The Queen was to reply, ‘this is all Blarney, he never means what he says and never does what he promises.’ And so the word "Blarney" came into the English language, eloquent words that flatter or deceive.

The history of the castle goes much further, it was built around 1446 for the MacCarthy Chieftains of Munster, though it's believed a settlement was established here as early as the 10th Century. The MacCarthys held sway over Blarney and Munster throughout the many tumultuous centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict until the defeat of the old Irish nobles at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, after which the Lord of Blarney was exiled.

Blarney Castle presents a fairytale picture, its tall towers are set within wonderful gardens containing such romantically named landmarks as, the Druid's Altar, the Witch's Kitchen, and the Wishing Stairs - all of which add to the magic of Blarney Castle.

August 8


  • After breakfast at our hotel, we will have a day excursion around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula
  • Time allotted for lunch in one of the small charming towns such as DUNQUIN or DINGLE TOWN 
  • Return to Killarney and free time to visit the town and the nearby National Park, see suggestions below 

*The Dingle Peninsula is more beautiful and less traveled than the Ring of Kerry FYI

Killarney free time suggestions:

  • Rent a horse carriage called "jauhttps cars"
  • Row across the Lake to Innisfallen Island - the ruins of the monastery goes back to the 7th century
  • Hike in the National Park
  • Shop in town
  • Eat well!

Dingle Peninsula 

In County Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula is the most westerly point of the Republic of Ireland.

The peninsula is named after the town of Dingle and is the location of numerous prehistoric and early medieval remains.  Ireland's highest mountain outside MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Mount Brandon at 952 m, forms part of a beautiful high ridge with stunning views over the peninsula and North Kerry.

The western end of the peninsula has produced a number of regionally notable authors and poets, such as Ó Siochfhradha, and Peig Sayers, among others. 

August 9

KILLARNEY to ATHLONE where we meet the rest of The Happy Traveler US'!

  • After breakfast at our hotel and check-out, we will be driven to our hotel in Athlone about 85 miles
  • There, we will be welcomed by our tour escort, Dimitri Wentner, and the rest of The Happy Traveler US', to begin our main program
  • Time is free before we meet for our group Welcome Dinner!


  • 4 overnight stays at moderate-first class hotels in convenient and safe locations, Twin or double occupancy, all rooms w/ private facilities (exact hotel details to be advised approx. six weeks prior to departure)
  • All breakfasts
  • 1  Dinner
  • Abbey Tavern's Traditional Irish show 
  • Services of deluxe minibus equipped with A/C with a driver/guide as noted
  • All admissions to Powerscourt, Waterford Crystal Factory, Blarney Castle, and The Rock of Cashel
  • All applicable local taxes


  • Meals other than those mentioned
  • Drinks with meals, please note that table water is not always free of charge in Europe
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as passport, laundry, insurance, souvenirs, etc.
  • Flight arrangements-The Happy Traveler US is happy to assist you with air travel if interested
  • If you would like to arrive in Dublin before August 5th to rest and relax, Rosemary will be happy to secure a hotel room for you


  • Minimum 6 participants: $ 1,980.00
  • The single supplement is $ 360.00

Please let Rosemary know that you intend to join this optional tour ASAP

[email protected]