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Day 1 – Belfast :
Arrival in Belfast Airport where our local guide welcomes the group. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast city including the Albert Memorial Clock Tower (which leans dramatically to one side!), the Opera House, one of the city’s great landmarks, and City Hall. Visit the Titanic Quarter of the city, the home of shipbuilding in Belfast and where the Titanic Belfast centre, housed in four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings, opened in 2012 on the centenary of her maiden voyage. An optional visit of the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction .The city tour finishes with a welcome drink at the Crown Liquor Saloon, which dates back to 1885.
Overnight in Belfast
Day 2 – Giant’s Causeway :
Today travel along the beautiful Antrim Coast which runs north from Larne through the Glens of Antrim and down to the sea at the Causeway Coast. Cross the spectacular Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which was once a working bridge for fishermen connecting a small island to the mainland. Then it is onwards to the famous and unique rock formation. The Giant’s Causeway, which was formed more than 60 million years ago. The Causeway is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and a new multimedia Visitor Centre that opened in 2012 explores the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history associated with the Giant’s Causeway. Continue on to County Donegal.
Overnight in Letterkenny
Day 3 – Donegal and Glenveagh National Park :
Today our excursion is to Glenveagh National Park, a beautiful nature reserve incorporating mountains, lakes, glens and woods and a herd of red deer. There is time set aside to enjoy a walk in this beautiful setting and afterwards tea and scones will be served in the castle tearooms.
Overnight in Letterkenny
Day 4 – Donegal to Galway, via Sligo :
Leaving Donegal for Galway, we travel through the beautiful county of Sligo with its beautiful scenery which was an inspiration for one of Ireland’s most famous poets W.B. Yeats. No visit would be complete without a trip on the Rose of Innisfree tour boat to view the Isle of Innisfree situated on one of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, Lough Gill. This island inspired W.B. Yeats to write Ireland’s best known poems. Departing from the 17th century Parkes Castle, enjoy the leisurely cruise across Lough Gill for a memorable trip in an area of outstanding natural beauty steeped in myth and legend.
Overnight in Galway
Day 5 – Connemara or Aran Islands :
Today there is a choice of 2 excursions – Connemara or the Aran Islands. Connemara Gaelic speaking Connemara in the West of Ireland is an area of many contrasts. With its famous stone walls, thatched cottages and countless small lakes it presents the visitor with unforgettable impressions. Stop for a traditional lunch in the colourful town of Clifden where many of the inhabitants speak and preserve the Irish language. Aran Islands Situated on the very edge of Europe and a short boat trip from Galway, lie the Aran Islands, a spot which more than any other reflects the language, culture, heritage and traditions most associated with Ireland. A place of great peace and tranquillity, the Islands will take you back to the Ireland of Celts and Early Christians.
Overnight in Galway
Day 6 – Galway to the Kingdom of Kerry :
This is a full day journey from the West to the Southwest of Ireland with a number of stops on the way. The first visit is to Rathbaun Farm in the rural area Ardrahan, which has been owned and farmed by the Connolly family for over 200 years. Tea and traditional Irish fruitcake served in the farms thatched cottage complete this visit. One of today's highlights is the Cliffs of Moher, ranked among Ireland’s top visitor sites. Rising 214 metres from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs stretch for 8km along Clare’s west coast. Heading towards the south, the Killimer-Tarbert car ferry takes visitors on a short 20 minute trip over the mouth of the River Shannon.
Overnight in Killarney
Day 7 – Ring of Kerry :
Today follow the road that winds its way around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in Ireland and for centuries poets, painters and musicians have tried to capture its elusive charm. Mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breath-taking beyond words. Onroute enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in one of the many restaurants along the coast. This evening there is the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of Celtic steps, Irelands premiere music and dance spectacular. Overnight in Killarney
Day 8 – Killarney to Limerick via Adare :
Onwards to Adare Heritage Village, renowned as Ireland’s prettiest village with its thatched cottages and stone walls. Enjoy a walk through the village, browsing in its many antique shops. Travel the streets of Limerick exploring King John's Castle and the Treaty stone, with ample time for shopping, lunch and a stroll along the newly refurbished river walk. Tonight there’s the option of experiencing the magic and heritage of Bunratty Castle. The perfect setting to celebrate the best in traditional Irish food, merriment and dance. Overnight in Limerick City
Day 9 –To Dublin City :
Today’s journey to Dublin takes us through County Kildare, regarded as the capital of Ireland's thoroughbred horse industry. Visit the Irish National Stud and Horse Museum where the ‘Sport of Kings’ comes to life. On arrival in Dublin visit the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy a welcome glass of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, with an astonishing view over the city.
Overnight in Dublin
Day 10 – Dublin city to Wicklow :
Travel south of Dublin today to County Wicklow, to see one of Ireland’s best known ecclesiastical sites, Glendalough. Glendalough gets its name from the Irish language with ‘Gleann dá locha’ literally meaning the ‘Glen of the two lakes’. In the afternoon visit Avoca Hand weavers, established in 1723 where the wool from shorn sheep was spun and woven to make the finest wool and tweed clothes which are exported worldwide today. Return to Dublin for an evening at leisure to discover Dublin’s many pubs and restaurants, including The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub.
Overnight in Dublin
Day 11 – Farewell :
After the final Irish breakfast, take a morning city tour. Highlights of the tour include Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells, and the Old Jameson Distillery to sample some of Ireland’s famous whiskey. Final stop of the tour is at Dublin Castle, built in 1204 by King John, which was the centre of British power in Ireland for over 700 years. Transfer to the Airport for afternoon departure and flights home.
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