May to September 2019
Tour Status - Available
Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle. Along the way you'll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and some legendary characters.
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Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
Kildare: Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
Kilkenny: Gain an exciting insight into this unique Irish cultural experience, the ancient Celtic game of Hurling.
Blarney:Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence, and never be lost for words again!
Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
Killarney: Hear the history, legend and folklore of Killarney from a local 'Jarvey', while on-board a famous jaunting car ride.
Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
Londonderry:What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls.
Giant's Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns - a geological spectacle to behold.
See Northern Ireland's famous phenomenon — the spectacular Giant's Causeway.
Enjoy an overnight stay on the grounds of an iconic castle and experience old Ireland at its finest.
Dublin: See Custom House, Dublin Castle and O'Connell St.
Kilkenny: See the Castle and visit the Design Centre.
Cahir: Stop for a photo of the massive castle.
Cork: Enjoy an orientation tour.
Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic tour to Slea Head.
Adare: See the main street lined with thatched cottages.
Limerick: See King John's Castle, the Cathedral and Treaty Stone.
Galway: See St. Nicholas Cathedral, Spanish Arch & Eyre Square.
Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats.
Londonderry: See ‘Derry's Walls' and Gothic guildhall.
Carrickfergus: Drive around the immense Castle.
Belfast: See City Hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle.
Scenic drives: Antrim coast, Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Burren.
Day 1- Welcome to Dublin*
On arrival at Dublin Airport, transfer to your hotel. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. [B/D]
Day 2 - Dublin
Become acquainted with Dublin's elegant squares during an guided tour. Discover famous O'Connell Street, Custom House and Dublin Castle. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. The afternoon is free to explore. [B]
Day 3 - Dublin to Cork
Visit one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life'. Move on to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you will learn about the ancient Celtic sport of 'Hurling' which is over 3,000 years old. Continue on past the imposing 13th century Cahir castle, featured in the film Excalibur, to your spa resort hotel in Cork. [B]
Day 4 - Cork to Killarney
Enjoy an orientation tour around the compact university city of Cork, with its interesting waterways and grand Georgian parades. Continue to ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Now cross the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. In the evening, join chef John Sheehan, and his wife Freda for drinks, and a personal insight into a classic Irish teacake recipe. Then, settle down to some tasty home cooking with the family, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. [B]
Day 5 - Ring of Kerry Experience
Start your day with a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local ‘Jarveys'. Then take a leisurely excursion around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs affording sweeping sea views. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap to admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park? [B]
Day 6 - Around the Dingle Peninsula and on to Limerick
In the morning, take to the wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula - the setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, then continue through the picturesque thatched village of Adare to Limerick, famous for rhymes, lace and elegant Georgian houses. [B]
Day 7 - Cliffs of Moher to Galway
In Limerick, see the Treaty Stone, St. Mary's Cathedral and medieval King John's Castle. Move on to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. [B/D]
Day 8 - Galway or Aran Islands Experience
Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an optional experience to the Aran Islands - a true highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience. [B]
Day 9 - Londonderry
Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry'. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. [B/D]
Day 10 - Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Ballygally
Journey to the legendary Giant's Causeway, a geological masterpiece created by the cooling of lava which burst through the earth's crust millions of years ago. Next admire the hauntingly beautiful Dark Hedges. This stunning avenue of beech trees, planted in the 18th century, is more recently known as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. Those brave enough can check out the ‘ghost room’, in one of the castle’s turrets. In the evening, please join us for a finalé "Celebration Dinner", where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses. [B/D]
Day 11 - Follow the Antrim Coast to Belfast
Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert for a panoramic tour seeing the City Hall, Queen's University, Stormont and the Belfast Murals. In your free time, why not visit the Titanic Belfast, a state of the art visitor centre and birthplace of the Titanic, a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage. [B]
Day 12 - End of Tour*
Transfer to the Belfast Airport. [B]
*Please note: Airfare to Dublin and from Belfast or Dublin, is at an additional cost.