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Irish Classic

Dunluce Castle, Ireland

Tour Details

Visit: Dublin, Balfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Westport, Leenane, Galway, Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty, Listowel, Dingle, Killarney, Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Dungarvan, Waterford, New Ross, Dublin

Circle around the Emerald Isle's breathtaking coasts. Skirt along the entire rugged coastline to see the highlights on this Ireland tour.

Day 1: Dublin Castle - Dublin Walking Tour

Tour begins 2:00pm at your Dublin hotel. Take a panoramic Dublin tour, seeing such sights as elegant Georgian townhouses, St. Stephen’s Green and the River Liffey. Visit Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government in Ireland for many centuries. Take a guided tour through the castle and see the State Apartments, used today for official functions and presidential inaugurations. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

Day 2: St. Patrick's Grave - Crumlin Road Gaol

Visit Down Cathedral where St. Patrick’s historical burial site is marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life, and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Explore Crumlin Road Gaol and see what prison life was like through the ages. Head to central Belfast for some time to relax before dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Titanic Belfast - Walking Tour

Tour central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square, and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about the ill-fated liner, which was built in the city. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Glens of Antrim Drive - Giant's Causeway - Derry Walk

Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim for views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This scenic region is one of the locations for “Game of Thrones.” Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Donegal - Westport

Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Take a walking tour of historic Westport with a local guide, before dinner in your hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Sheepdog Demo - Westport House

Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick and stop in the beautiful town of Leenane. Head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herd sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Enjoy a drink before taking a guided tour of Westport House, an 18th-century home complete with its original contents including portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Have dinner in Westport this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Medieval Castle Banquet

Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic. Enjoy an evening at a medieval-style banquet in an authentic Irish castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: John B. Keane's Pub - Dingle Peninsula

Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. In Listowel, sample tea and scones in the family pub of the late, famed playwright J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Jaunting Car Ride - Ring of Kerry - Kenmare - Killarney

Enjoy a scenic, traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and the Kenmare Estate. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies View stopping off in Kenmare for lunch and free time. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Blarney Castle - Waterford

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Travel on to Dungarvan to enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional music at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic old port city.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Waterford Crystal - Dunbrody Famine Ship - Taylors Three Rock

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, which transported people to North America during the 1840’s famine. Enjoy dinner and a show at Taylors Three Rock.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Independent Dublin Sightseeing

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dun Laoghaire has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Tour Ends In Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast today.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • 12 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
  • Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
  • Welcome drinks with your group
  • 8 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person throughout your tour

 

Not Included:

  • Anything not mentioned in the above program

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Dublin: Hyatt Centric The Liberties
  • Belfast: Hilton Belfast Hotel
  • Derry: City Hotel, Derry
  • Westport: Hotel Westport
  • Bunratty: Bunratty Castle Hotel
  • Killarney: Killarney Plaza Hotel
  • Waterford: Granville Hotel
  • Dublin: Royal Marine Hotel

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • John B. Keane's Pub
  • Derry
  • Nine Glens of Antrim
  • St. Patricks' Grave
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Ring of Kerry

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (ce)

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