Ireland: Dublin to Dublin Escorted Coach Tour
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Ireland: Dublin to Dublin Escorted Coach Tour
Ireland escorted coach tour staying in 4-star hotels
Stay overnight in Dublin before heading south to County Kerry and Blarney Castle where kissing the Blarney Stone is a tradition. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, possibly the largest quality crafts shop in Ireland. Continue to Killarney in South West Ireland for a 2-night stay.
Enjoy here a tour of the exceptional Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula with its mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent coastal scenery with views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay to the north. Have stops in Waterville and the village of Sneem famous for its colored houses. Return via the Killarney National Park where you will have a pony and trap ride in what is known as a Jaunting Car. Later return to Killarney.
Leave Killarney and continue north to Tarbert where you will have a ferry ride across the Shannon River to Killimer. Then travel to the Atlantic Coast to view the immense and awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher which rise sheer out of the sea to a great height and are 8 kilometres/5 miles in length. Call in at the Atlantic Edge Centre. After this, visit the Burren Region, a high plateau of porous limestone, a karsts landscape with some interesting plant life. Continue to Limerick overnight. Here you can partake in an optional medieval banquet at the 15thCentury Bunratty Castle including a 4-course meal with wine.
Travel north to Galway, your home for the next 2 nights. Here visit Galway Cathedral, one of the most impressive and largest building s in the city. Afterward, have a 1 1/2 hour-long cruise starting on the Corrib River and sailing into Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland with its historic monuments. Return later to Galway.
The next morning brings a visit to Connemara, the land of mountains, rivers, lakes, and small villages where the Gaelic language is still widely spoken. This area is the wildest and most remote part of the country. Travel through Connemara National Park with its diverse flora and fauna. Also, visit Kylemore Abbey with its miniature cathedral before returning to Galway.
The following day, travel through County Sligo. Visit Carrowmore Cemetery with its 60 stone circles and passage tombs which are around 5000 years old and date back to the Stone Age. Also, visit the Belleek Pottery Factory and have a demonstration of how the pottery is made. Arrive eventually at Donegal overnight.
Depart Donegal for Londonderry and have a walking tour of this old walled city before traveling along the Antrim Coast. Arrive at the fascinating spectacular Giants Causeway which is reputed to be 60 million years old. Legend has it that it was built by a fictitious Irish Giant under the sea all the way to Scotland to the east. Arrive in Belfast for a 2-night stay.
The following morning has a tour of the city which includes the Albert Memorial Clock Tower (compared to the Tower of Pisa), the Opera house, Queen’s University, and the Botanical Gardens. Also have a visit to both the Shankill and Falls Roads, the centers of “The Troubles”. Later enjoy the newly opened Titanic Experience where a recreated story of the World’s most famous ship is exhibited complete with interactive exhibitions. Also, experience a voyage to the bottom of the sea at the unique Ocean Exploration Centre.
Leave Belfast and travel south to the Ards Peninsula in County Down and enjoy a visit to the 18th Century Mount Stewart House and Gardens with its collection of rare and unusual plants. Later take a ferry from Portaferry to Strangford continuing to Dublin for a 2-night stay.
Start your day with a tour of first the north side of the city including the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, and Phoenix Park after which continue to the south side and take in the beautiful Georgian houses including the original home of Oscar Wilde, Trinity College with its ancient Book of Kells, Christchurch Cathedral and Dubliana with its exhibition about medieval Dublin.
The evening can be filled with optional tours. Consider a session of Gaelic Games or an evening of traditional music and dancing.
Depart from Dublin completing your exploration of fascinating and friendly Ireland
Ireland: Dublin to Dublin Escorted Coach Tour
Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel under arrangements. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city center.
Ireland's Midlands, Blarney Castle, and Kerry
Today meet with your coach and English-speaking driver/guide and depart Ireland's Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words. Enjoy some time shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time, Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.
Ring of Kerry
Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. The road continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. Next, today enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) help you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town.
Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Travel northwards to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon to land on Clare's shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean and extend for over 7km. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O'Brien's Tower, built by the descendants of Brian Boru to entertain his lady friends. A visit to the tower is also possible. Atlantic Edge is the exciting new interpretive center built into the natural landscape in the cliffs. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange and unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee as well as "Turloughs", an interesting phenomenon that transforms lakes into fields during the summer. Continue to Limerick.
Galway City and Lough Corrib Cruise
This morning travel to Galway city. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. The exterior design may not be to everybody's taste, while the interior, with its high curved arches and central dome, has a simple but solid elegance. Enjoy a cruise along the Corrib River to Lough Corrib including scones and Irish coffee (Including demonstration). This journey on the Corrib Princess takes passengers along the majestic Lough Corrib and onto the lake. Visitors will see unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. The cruise sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway City and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region, a land of lakes and rivers, bogs & mountains, and small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language. It is, without doubt, the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland. Enjoy some time at leisure in Connemara National Park. The park encompasses 2,957 hectares of rugged quartzite and schist terrain of north Connemara from sea level at Letterfrack to some of the peaks of the Twelve Bens Mountains. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built-in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920.
Sligo, Carrowmore to Donegal
Today travel to Donegal via County Sligo. See the beautiful scenery which was an inspiration for W.B. Yeats, who is buried at Drumcliffe Churchyard, under loaf-shaped Benbulben Mountain. Visit arrow more Cemetery which has over 60 stone circles and passage tombs, making it one of the largest Stone Age cemeteries in Europe and is the oldest megalithic cemetery in Ireland. Each tomb is numbered so as to facilitate visitors. The central tomb has been restored to enable visitors to explore the interior of a court tomb and see how it was when it was built over 5,000 years ago. It is a must-see for those interested in Archaeology. Continue towards Sligo via Belleek. Here you will visit the Belleek Pottery Factory and see first hand how this world-renowned pottery is created. The factory tour allows visitors to see the pottery being removed from its molds, being fired and decorated by the Belleek artists.
Donegal to Belfast via Derry
This morning depart Donegal for Derry. Upon arrival meet with your English-speaking guide and enjoy a walking tour of the Walled City of Derry. Founded in the 6th century by St. Columba, Derry is the 2 nd largest city and port of Northern Ireland. In 1613 the city was selected as a major plantation project, organized by the London livery companies. It was in this year that the walls of Derry were built to protect the town from the Gaelic chieftains in Donegal. This afternoon travel along the Antrim coast to Belfast, visiting the Giants Causeway en route. The Causeway was formed more than 60 million years ago when redhot lava erupted onto the surface of the earth and was cooled by the sea to form the columns which make up the Giants Causeway. Legend tells a different story however that Finn Mac Cumhaill built the causeway over the sea to Scotland in order to fight his arch-enemy, Fingal, who had started his own path. The two had never met before and when Finn heard the heavy footsteps of Fingal he turned back. Helped by his wife, Finn dressed up as a baby and when Fingal arrived and saw Finn, Fingal assumed the baby's father would be much bigger. This scared him and he went running home, destroying the causeway behind him. Continue to Belfast and check into your hotel.
Belfast and the Titanic Experience
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Belfast City. This is an excellent way to discover Belfast City and will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower (Ireland's answer to the leaning Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, as well as passing City Hall, the Crown Bar (dating from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. You will also visit the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912. A visit to the Shankill and Falls road will be of interest as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during the troubles. Visit the Titanic Experience Belfast. Located in the heart of Belfast, 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. Opened to coincide with the centenary, the self-guided tour begins upon entering the building's giant atrium where visitors are surrounded by the four "ship's hull" shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. You will uncover the true story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history through nine large galleries full of interactive exhibitions. Highlights include views of the slipways where the Titanic was launched and the voyage to the bottom of the sea in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Belfast City.
Strangford Lough and Castletown House
This morning enjoy a tour of the Ards Peninsula. Located in County Down, it separates Strangford Lough from the North Channel on Ireland's northeast coast. Next take the ferry from Portaferry to Strangford continue to Kildare and visit Castletown House, Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house, and was built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, speaker of the Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland. The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings. Continue on to Dublin.
Dublin's Fair City
After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city with your English-speaking guide. The Northside of the river offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on the city's main thoroughfare O'Connell Street or the Custom House along the quays, as well as Europe's largest public par 12k, the Phoenix Park. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian Squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde's House can still be found, its colorful doors along with Grafton Street, and its quality shops. This part of the city is also home to the house of Bram Stoker, Trinity College, and the Medieval District. Visit Trinity College, Irelands oldest University, founded in 1592 by Elisabeth 1st. Visit the ancient library, containing over 20,000 manuscripts, and is home to the 9th century Book of Kells. The last stop today will be a visit to Christchurch Cathedral. King Sitric Silkenbeard, the 1st Christian Viking King of Dublin, built the city's first church on this site in 1038. The current building was built in 1172 by the Anglo-Norman Richard de Clare (Strongbow). Similar to St Patrick's Cathedral, it is adorned with funeral monuments, including the reputed tomb of Strongbow. Unlike St. Patrick's however, Christchurch possesses a crypt that stretches nearly its entire length and much of the Cathedrals memorabilia is displayed here. Attached to the Cathedral is Dublinia an excellent exhibition of medieval Dublin. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Farewell - After a final Irish breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home under your own arrangements.
- 11 nights accommodation at 3-4 star hotels
- Full Irish Breakfasts daily
- Dinner at hotels on days 1, 5, and 7 (Dublin, Galway, and Donegal)
- Visits to Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Kylemore Abbey, Carrowmore Cemetery, Belleek Pottery, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience, Castletown House, Trinity College, and Christchurch Cathedral
- Jaunting car ride
- Ferry ride across the River Shannon
- A ferry ride from Portaferry to Strangford Lough
- Cruise on river Corrib including Tea/Coffee, Scones and Irish Coffee
- Modern motorcoach with driver/guide included as per itinerary
- English speaking local guide for Day 8 (Derry City Tour) and Day 11 (Dublin City Tour)
- Porterage x 1 piece of luggage per person in/out of hotels
- Service charges
- Taxes at existing rates.
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature