Exploring Ireland

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin

Céad míle fáilte! (Or, should we say, a hundred thousand welcomes!) Welcome to Ireland and the start of your tour!
After your arrival to the airport your driver will meet you at the arrival lobby and escort you to the car for your private transfer to your hotel. You can spend the rest of your day relaxing and recovering from your jet-lag, or in case you feel energetic enough you can explore this beautiful city on your own.

Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2: Dublin

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers, do a spot of sightseeing or just relax – your time is yours. Big enough to keep one amused, but small enough to cover in a relatively short time, Dublin boasts an extraordinary history, rich heritage and a touch of indulgence. Enjoy! Tonight at the welcome dinner you’ll have a proper chance to meet your tour group and get more information on the days to come.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 3: Belfast

Today, we set off from Dublin on our first day of travel. Your tour leader will give you an introduction to the history of Ireland, and, as we’re headed into Northern Ireland it’s particularly important to learn about topics like the Rising, the Civil War and the Fight for Independence, along with The Troubles. Although peaceful now, this is an important part of Ireland’s history, particularly the north. We’ll stop first in the famous city of Belfast, where we’ll have an orientation tour. Having redefined itself in recent years, the city’s skyline is constantly changing. Whether you’re checking out the Victorian architecture, strolling along the vibrant waterfront or exploring Victoria Square (Europe’s biggest urban regeneration project), you’re in for an eye-opening adventure. After some free time, we head to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge for a photo stop, and also visit the famous Giant’s Causeway – an incredible rock formation consisting of around 40 000 interlocking basalt columns. Legend has it that the causeway was built by an Irish giant named Finn McCool, so that he could challenge his Scottish rival Benandonner to a battle. But when Benandonner appeared over the horizon, Finn McCool was terrified by the size of him, and ran home to his wife, Oonagh, who disguised him as a baby, making him curl up in an enormous cradle. When Benandonner arrived, he saw the enormous ‘child’ and was terrified to think how big the father must be. He fled back to Scotland, tearing up the causeway as he went. Our last stop for the day is the riverside city of Londonderry / Derry, where we spend the night.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 4: Galway

Heading out from Londonderry/Derry, we make our way to Galway, joining up with the famous Wild Atlantic Way – the longest coastal drive in the world, and probably the most scenic! We’ll make a comfort stop, and then will arrive in Galway in the early afternoon. Enjoy some free time in this arty, bohemian city that boasts a vibrant ambience, thanks to its large student population. With students making up a quarter of the population, you’ll find plenty of bars and cafes, some of which will feature live music. Check out the remnants of the medieval town walls, or take a stroll down the promenade to Salthill, on Galway Bay, source of the area’s delicious well-known oysters.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 5: Killarney

First up today, we have one of the highlights of the tour – the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. Here, we’ll have the chance to capture a few spectacular photos of this natural wonder, which rises over 200 meters above the churning sea. We then make our way to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The present version of Bunratty Castle was erected in the early 1400s, though several constructions preceded it, dating back to the 10th Century. Adjoining the castle is Folk Park, a reconstructed traditional Irish village complete with cottages, weavers, pie-makers, a forge and a working blacksmith. We stop for lunch in Limerick, with its fascinating castle, traditional pubs, art museum and a thriving café culture. Before the last leg of the tour to our hotel in Killarney today, we stop off in Adare for photos, and you’ll marvel at what’s often called ‘Ireland’s prettiest village.’ Catch a glimpse of the perfectly-preserved thatch cottages, which today are home to craft shops and restaurants. We arrive in Killarney, where you can reflect on the day over dinner with your fellow explorers.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 6: Ring of Kerry

Keep your camera fully charged and at the ready – it’s going to be a day of stunning scenery! The famous Ring of Kerry is our stamping ground today, home to breath-taking coastal views, emerald-green pastures and charming villages – including Cahersiveen and Kenmare, where we’ll pass through or make comfort stops. We’ll also stop at the village of Sneem on Kenmare Bay – known locally as the knot of Kerry – where you’ll have some time to explore.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 7: Blarney Castle

Journeying back to Dublin and leaving the Wild Atlantic Way, we stop at Blarney Castle, where you’ll have the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’. We’ll stop on the way in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where the atmosphere and feel of medieval Ireland is unmistakable. Arriving back in Dublin, celebrate the last night of your tour with an optional Irish music evening, including dinner and a show at the Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, winner of the “Best Music Pub” in Ireland. Located in the Irish countryside, this is an authentic experience, held in a pub run by traditional musicians who specialise in all aspects of Irish music and dance.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 8: Free day in Dublin

Today is all yours. You can visit museum or galleries, spend your day shopping or exploring the most famous sights in Dublin.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 9: Dublin – Time to say goodbye

After breakfast get ready for your private transfer which will take you to the airport. In case your flight is leaving later in the afternoon or in the evening you could take in more of Dublin’s sights, do some last minute shopping or even join one of our half day optional tours.

 

What’s included

 

  • 8 nights’ accommodationin twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information).
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Services of your tour leader, from day two till day eight who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most form you trip.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • A complimentary memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

 

Accommodation

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