Take in Ireland’s famous scenery, pretty-postcard villages and wealth of history on this exploration to the Emerald Isle. Covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we include visits to the world-famous Giants Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Galway, Adare and Cong and much more on this fascinating journey.
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We travel to Waterford, where our first hotel is based.
Day 2 – This morning we visit the legendary Blarney Stone Castle & Gardens. A little later, we travel to Cork for free time. We finish the day in Kinsale, before travelling to our hotel; The Towers Hotel Killarney for a 3 night dinner, bed & breakfast stay.
Day 3 – Today we have arranged a unique Jaunting Car ride for you. Experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport around Killarney National Park and the famous lakes of Killarney. Today, we will also enjoy a boat cruise on Lough Leane.
Day 4 – Our excursion today will take us on a full day tour of the iconic Ring of Kerry. This unspoilt region provides many unforgettable views as it passes through glistening lakes and magnifcent National Parks.
Day 5 – Morning in Limerick. This afternoon we visit Adare – renowned for being one of Ireland’s prettiest villages.
Day 6 – Free day in Galway. This harbour city is located on Ireland’s west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. Traces of old Galway, including the city walls and distinctive Spanish Arch, can be found dotted around the city and help to give the city an ancient, friendly atmosphere.
Day 7 – We travel to Sligo, located in the northwest of Ireland for free time. Once a major port city, Sligo is steeped in history and mythology. Afterwards, we travel to Foxford and then to Cong – most famous as the setting for the classic flm ‘The Quiet Man’, which starred John Wayne. We then continue to Donegal and to our next hotel – the Central Hotel for 1 night.
Day 8 – Visit the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre (Shuttle bus to Giant’s Causeway is available at additional cost, please call). Our journey then takes us along the famous Antrim Coast road – one of the most iconic roads in Europe as we
travel to our hotel; Stormont Hotel.
Day 9 – Enjoy free time in Belfast. Later, we will visit the Titanic Belfast, with admission into the exhibition included for you.
Day 10 – This morning we visit the National Trust’s Castle Ward, where gothic and classical collide! Set in rolling countryside, this unique 18th century mansion is famed for its mixture of architectural styles. After some free time to explore, later we travel to Dublin for free time.
Day 11 – We begin our journey home.
Various ***/**** Hotels
Dooley’s Hotel ***, Waterford
Killarney Towers Hotel ****, Killarney
Menlo Park Hotel ****, Galway
Central Hotel ***, Donegal
Stormont Hotel ****, Belfast
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan ****, Dublin
10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Guided tour of Belfast & Ring of Kerry
Entry to Blarney Stone Gardens & Castle
Jaunting car ride in Killarney
Boat cruise on Lough Leane
Visits to Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Cork, Kinsale Kenmare, Limerick, Adare, Galway, Sligo, Foxford, Cong, Belfast & Castle Ward
Scenic drive along the Antrim Coast road with a stop in Ballycastle Town
Scenic drive through Derrynane Beach, Ballinskelligs Beach, Valentia Island & Knight’s Town
SKILLS REF: LBGI
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Thu 13 September 11 £1149 £232