Northern Welcome

From $698

View the highlights of the northern end of Ireland on our spectacular 8 or 9 day Northern Welcome Tour. Take in the Giants Causeway, filming locations from "Game of Thrones", Belfast city, Titanic Belfast, Derry, Donegal Castle, Belleek, Westport House, Galway city and much more.

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Start Location: Dublin Airport
  • End Location: Dublin Airport
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Experience all the North of Ireland has to offer on this 8 or 9 day tour, starting with a stay in the luxurious Cabra Castle Hotel.

Visit the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast and the Walled city of Derry and Irelands northernmost point at the Inishowen Peninsula. You'll also get to stay in the lively coastal town of Westport and admire Achill Islands beautiful scenery.

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Cabra Castle Hotel
As your first Hotel is about 50 miles from Dublin airport, make sure you have arranged transfers beforehand. Arriving at the incredible Cabra Castle Hotel, we highly advise  taking a walk around the grounds, or enjoying a round on the 9-hole golf course! Your tour starts this evening at 6pm with dinner and drinks with the other members of your  group and tour guide.
 
Day 2: St. Patrick's Country & Titanic Belfast 
Driving north to County Down you can visit the burial site of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, where there is a large boulder marking his grave at Down Cathedral. Learn  about the life he lived and the stories told of him in the nearby St. Patrick Centre! Onto Belfast now where a local tour guide will show you around the city, before you  head to Titanic Belfast where you can learn all about the construction and unfortunate end of the Titanic through modern displays.
 
Day 3: Turf Cutting & The Giant's Causeway
Continuing north today you drive along the Antrim Glens, which offer incredible views of valleys, coastline and mountains. It's actually in this area that much of the   popular show "Game of Thrones" is filmed. First stop is at the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre where you can relax and enjoy some tea and a scone, before getting to see a  turf-cutting demonstration. Next stop is at the Giant's Causeway itself where hexagonal pillars of rock cover the landscape! Learn of legends of giants and the actual 60  million-year-old origin of the Causeway. Continue on then to your hotel in Derry where you can relax for the evening!
 
Day 4: Derry's walls and the Inishowen Peninsula
After breakfast, a local guide will explain the development of the city and its fortifications, which date back to 1613. Following this you leave to discover the Inishowen  Peninsula a scenic route that spans over a100 miles!, along the way, you can stop for pictures at Lough Foyle & Shrove lighthouse and Banba's Crown on Malin Head, the most  northerly point on the Irish Mainland. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a small pub where you'll learn the Connection between Buncrana and the popular Hymn "Amazing Grace".  Returning to Derry, you have the evening free after Dinner.
 
Day 5: Donegal Castle & Belleek China
Leaving Derry, you travel across the beautiful northern countryside to Donegal Town, which was built in the 15th Century. Your first visit today is to the Belleek Pottery  Factory, founded in the 19th century to bring jobs to the region. Belleek is famous for its high Quality and at the factory you can watch skilled craftspeople form the raw  materials into the fine pieces of china! Passing through the county of Sligo and onto County Mayo now, where you can check into your hotel in Westport. For your evening, a  local guide will give you a walking tour of this historical town.
 
Day 6: Achill Island Tour & Westport House
This morning you tour Clew Bay, which is said to have 365 Islands, before crossing the bridge to Achill Island. Travel along the Atlantic Drive, for incredible views of epic mountains that steeply slope into the ocean. Your Next stop is the Deserted Village, before heading to the village of Keel for a light lunch. Returning now to Westport, you can enjoy a tour of the stately Westport House, a beautiful Manor containing many interesting Paintings, antiques and artefacts. You have the evening to yourself, we advise taking a stroll around Westport to find a restaurant that interests you, before perhaps heading to a traditional Irish pub or two!
 
Day 7: Galway, Kilbeggan Distillery & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Driving south, enjoy a relaxing walking tour of Galway, to see the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. You'll also have some time in Galway to explore for yourself. Leaving Galway, you head towards Kilbeggan for the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, established in 1757; it is the oldest operating distillery in the world! Enjoy the architecture of the old buildings and the intrigue of the modern whiskey making equipment. After browsing, try a sample of the famous product, before continuing your journey on to Dublin. After checking into your new hotel in Dublin, its off again to the Merry Ploughboy Pub, for a traditional Irish meal followed by a lively show including traditional music and dance!
 
Day 8: Dublin Sightseeing & Glasnevin Museum
For your final day in Ireland, you start with a guided tour of the capital, which was founded over a 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Classical Georgian Townhouses can be seen line every street, surrounding the river Liffey. You’ll get to visit Glasnevin Museum, Irelands national Necropolis, where Michael Collins, Daniel O'Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell were laid to rest. You have the afternoon free to explore the city, during this time you can avail your open-top bus tour voucher with a visit to the Guinness storehouse or the GPO! 
 
Day 9: Departure from Dublin
After Breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
Tour Options:
  • 8 days / 7 nights or
  • 9 days / 8 nights or

(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).

Included in this tour:
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 7 or 8 nights as per hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including 
    - Welcome dinner in Cabra Castle
    - Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    - 4 table d'hote dinners
    - 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Belfast with a local guide
  • Sheans Heritage Farm turf-cutting, tea and scones
  • Walking tours of Derry and Galway
  • Irish coffee on Inishowen Peninsula
  • Visits and admissions to Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Westport House and Kilbeggan Distillery Experience
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • 9 day tour includes a tour of Dublin  on an open-top bus with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office

Overnights for this tour:

  • Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
  • Maldron Hotel Derry, Derry (2 nights)
  • Clew Bay Hotel, Westport (2 nights)
  • The Talbot Hotel Stillorgan (formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel), Dublin (1 night) or 2 nights if on 9 day tour

(Please note prices are based on a 8 day tour).

Currency:
Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
 
 

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