Take in Ireland’s famous scenery, pretty-postcard villages and wealth of history on this impressive holiday 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, Belfast, Killarney, Sligo, Galway, Adare and Cong and much more on this fascinating journey.
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – This morning’s door-to-door service makes for a relaxed departure as we head across to Dublin, where our first overnight hotel is based. On arrival, we enjoy a 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the Stormont Hotel.
Day 2 – Today we will be taken on a guided tour of Belfast. With commentary on board this is a great way to learn more about Ireland’s fabled capital and an easy way to see all the sights. Later, we will stop for lunch before visiting the Titanic Belfast, with admission into the exhibition included for you.
Day 3 – After breakfast our journey will take us along the famous Antrim Coast road – one of the most iconic roads in Europe – winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, we pass through the stunning nine Glens of Antrim and up along to the mystical Giants Causeway all before making our way to our second overnight hotel, Central Hotel, in Donegal, where we will stay for 2 nights.
Day 4 – Sit back and relax again today as we enjoy a simply divine drive around Glenveagh National Park. This remote and beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes lay in the heart of the Derryyeagh Mountains in the north west of Donegal. We take you to the park’s visitors centre, here, there will be enough time for you to perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch in the restaurant before we take the coastal road back to the hotel.
Day 5 – We make our way to Sligo, located in the northwest of Ireland for free time. Once a major port city, Sligo is steeped in history and mythology. After this we travel to Foxford and then to Cong, this delightful village is most famous as the setting for the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O-Hara. We then continue to Galway and to our next hotel – the Menlo Park Hotel for a 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.
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 – After breakfast we visit Bunratty Castle, where we have included entry for you. Bunratty Castle, which was built in 1425 by Vikings, is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. After some free time to explore, we make our way to Killarney, travelling through the famous village of Adare – Ireland’s prettiest village. We will be staying in the Killarney Towers Hotel for the next 3 nights.
Day 8 – Today we have arranged a unique Jaunting Car ride for you in Killarney. We invite you to step back in time with us and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport around Killarney National Park and the famous lakes of Killarney. With information on the history, legends and folklore of the area this is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Day 9 – Our excursion today will take us on full day tour of the iconic Ring of Kerry. This unspoilt region provides many unforgettable views as it passes through glistening lakes and magnificent National Parks.
Day 10 – This morning we visit the legendary Blarney Stone, built into the battlements of Blarney Castle it is believed that kissing the stone gives the kisser with the ‘gift of the gab’, with the ritual of kissing the famous stone performed by world statesmen, literary giants and the starts of the silver screen. A little later, this afternoon we travel to the Irish National Stud and Japanese gardens before we reach our hotel of our final overnight stay – the Esplanade Hotel, in Bray.
Day 11 – After a truly unforgettable stay we re-board our ferry and begin our journey back home.
Various *** Hotels
The Stormont Hotel ***, Belfast
Central Hotel ***, Donegal
Menlo Park ***, Galway
Killarney Towers ***, Killarney
Esplanade Hotel ***, Bray
Return ferry sailings
10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Guided tour of Belfast & Ring of Kerry Tour
Entry to Titanic Belfast, Bunratty Castle, Blarney Stone & Irish National Stud
Jaunting car ride in Killarney
Excursions to Glenvegah National Park, Sligo, Foxford, Cong, Galway, Adare & Killarney
SKILLS REF: LBGI
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Sat 21 April 11 £1059 £200