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Our most comprehensive tour of Ireland offers an enticing itinerary around the varied Irish coastline. Enjoy unspoiled natural features from the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant's Causeway. Special evenings include a medieval banquet in Shannon and traditional Irish entertainment in Dublin.
Superior First Class Hotels - 12 Day (11 nights) or 13 Day (12 nights) Irish Classic Coach Tour
Our longest and most comprehensive escorted tour of Ireland offers an enticing itinerary around the varied Irish coastline. Enjoy unspoiled natural features from the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant's Causeway. Special evenings include a medieval banquet in Shannon and traditional Irish entertainment in Dublin.
Visit historic Ulster Folk Park, Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway & Derry, Donegal and Westport, Bunratty, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Blarney Castle, House of Waterford Crystal and much more. This Irish classic tour will whet your appetite for a return visit!
Included in this tour:
(Please note prices are based on a 12 day tour).
Overnights for this tour:
Day 1: Arrive Ireland & Dublin Sightseeing
After you arrive in Dublin Airport a transfer will be arranged between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later, you will need to arrange your own transfer.
At 2:00 pm meet with your tour guide in the hotel and enjoy a tour of Dublin. You can visit Dublin Castle’s State Apartments as well as the Georgian chambers.
In the evening enjoy a welcome drink to discuss your trip.
Day 2: St. Patrick Centre & Ulster Folk Park
On the second day you will drive north to visit Down Cathedral to see where St. Patrick is buried. You will also have the opportunity to learn all about him in the St. Patrick Centre nearby.
On the outskirts of Belfast visit the Ulster Folk Park to see traditional town buildings and rural cottages. Next drive to Belfast and check in to your hotel in the centre of this thriving city. Enjoy some free time to look around on your own and relax before dinner (B, D)
Day 3: Walking Tour in Belfast & Titanic Belfast
On day 3 you will be invited to tour the city of Belfast. This is the perfect chance to explore the Victorian buildings, the Harland and Wolff Shipyards, where the Titanic was built, along with the Shankill and Falls Road as well as Titanic Belfast. in the afternoon join a local guide for a walking tour around central Belfast and spend time on your own shopping and dining (B)
Day 4: Giants Causeway & Derry
On the fourth day you will drive north along the “Nine Glens of Antrim” where you will find yourself surrounded by the stunning mountains, valleys and coastline views. This scenic region is where "Game of Thrones" is filmed. You will have some time to stop at the Giant's Causeway, and learn how Finn McCool walked along there according to Irish legends.
Continue onwards to Derry where a local guide will join you for a short walking tour aound the city (B, D)
Day 5: Donegal & Westport
On day 5 Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for hills, sheep and tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, which was built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Visit the grave of W.B Yeats before travelling through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Enjoy some free time in Westport before dinner. (B, D)
Day 6: Sheepdogs and Westport House in Mayo
Drive past the famous pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and visit a farm where you can watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep. Drive to the village of Leenane to view Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and travel past the Partry Mountains. Enjoy a light lunch before embarking on a guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean, contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy some free time in Westport. (B, L)
Day 7: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Medieval Banquet
Next you will visit Ballintubber Abbey which was used for worship for 700 years. Drive through the heart of Connemara way City where you will enjoy a tour followed by some free time. Once you have driven through the Burren you will stop off at the Cliffs of Moher.
Following this you will visit Bunratty where you can check in to your hotel. Next to the hotel you will find the 15th century Bunratty Castle which has the Bunratty Folk Park and one of Ireland's oldest pubs, Durty Nelly’s, nearby. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)
Day 8: Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula
Drive through the outskirts of Limerick by the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, which is associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the stunning Dingle Peninsula for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Drive to Slea Head at the western most point of Kerry and stop off in Dingle before heading to the town of Killarney. (B, D)
Day 9: Jaunting Car Ride & Moll’s Gap
Today on day 9 take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for spectacular views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the picturesque town of Kenmare where you can savor and enjoy a casual lunch. Travel along part of the stunning Ring of Kerry routeway where you can view the spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. In the evening, return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining (B, L)
Day 10: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session
Travel to Blarney Castle where you can climb the famous "stone of Eloquence". Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving onwards to Dungarvan where you will enjoy a creamy Irish coffee at the Marine Bar along with an informal traditional music session.
Day 11: House of Waterford Cyrstal & Taylors Three Rock Pub
Day 11 includes a visit the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to see how molten glass is blown into shapes. Onwards to New Ross where you can view the Dunbrody Famine ship which transported hoards of people ot the United States during the famine. Stop at the nearby JFK Homestead where ancestors of JFK lived before driving to Dublin. Tonight's destination is Taylor's Three Rock Pub where you can enjoy dinner with irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (B, D)
Day 12: Depart Dublin Airport (12 day tour) or extra day in Dublin (13 day tour)
12 day tour: you will receieve a transfer to Dublin Airport.
13 day tour: you will spend an extra night in Dublin. Perhaps you can use this time to avail of the open top bus tour around Dublin which includes a visit to either Guinness or General Post Office. (B)
Day 13: Time to Depart
You will have a voucher which will provide you with Independent transfers to the Airport (B).
B=Breakfast, D=Dinner, L=Lunch
*If your flight arrives later than noon, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense.
(Please note prices are based on a 12 day tour).
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