This 14 day tour is designed for those that want an authentic experience of the Emerald Isle in the company of a professional guide. The trip is limited to 28, thereby promoting an intimate gathering of likeminded participants.
The itinerary is specially selected to combine Ireland’s breathtaking landscape, history, archaeology and cultural traditions. Time is allocated during the trip for travellers to enjoy some time alone to sample the very best of what Ireland has to offer.
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The Giants Causeway, Antrim
Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
- All accommodation in specially selected hotels
- All breakfasts with 5 lunches and evening dinners provided on 6 nights
- All transportation and travel in a luxury coach
- All access to arranged events, world heritage sites, off shore islands, lectures, historical monuments, national parks and site visits
- Full time professional guides to ensure experiences are of the highest quality and currently accurate.
Day 1: Evening orientation in our Dublin City Hotel to facilitate a general introductions and a short lecture. This is followed by an opportunity to get to know our fellow travellers over a meal in a city restaurant. (Dinner & Hotel)
Day 2: We take a guided visit to the National Museum of Ireland and a guided walk of Dublin’s history and architecture. As 2016 is the centenary of the rising that led to the foundation of the Irish State there are commemoration in the capital all year round. The afternoon is free to explore more of the city for yourself. (Breakfast, & Hotel)
Day 3: Today we travel on our luxury coach to the North East of the country, stopping off at the world heritage site at Newgrange, before making our way to the city of Belfast. (Breakfast, Lunch & Hotel)
Day 4: A coach trip to the spectacular Giants Causeway on the Antrim coat is a breathtaking journey, but combined with a visit to the Carrick a Rede rope bridge and Bushmills distillery, it becomes something very special. This is the day that the magic of Ireland creeps up on you and gets inside. (Breakfast & Hotel)
Day 5: Our coach takes us to the historic city of Derry for a guided walk of the walls of Derry before our journey along the Wild Atlantic Way begins -following the rugged coastline of Ireland from Donegal to Kerry. Today our journey takes us along the wonderful Donegal coastline and through the county of Sligo to Galway. Along the way we pay a visit to Lisadell House and the resting place of WB Yeats. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hotel)
Day 6: Connemara to the west of Galway is steeped in the romance of a remote, rugged countryside of mountains, bogs, lakes and coastline. We explore the hills and valleys, visiting tiny seaside villages, and getting a feel for this rugged landscape. Irish (Gaelic) is spoken throughout this area and just hearing it makes a connection to the Celtic heritage of this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hotel)
Day 7: A ferry ride to the iconic Aran Islands in Galway Bay affords us the opportunity to explore the island’s rich archaeological heritage dating from the Bronze Age to the present. The highlight for many is the impressive cliff-edge fort of Dun Aengus but just setting foot on the Aran Islands brings you back in time. (Breakfast & Hotel)
Day 8: Today our journey takes us through the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare. We start our day with a bus ride through the karst limestone landscape of the Buren and stop at the medieval abbey at Corcomroe, the iconic prehistoric tomb at Pulnabrone, the Cliff edge fort at Cahercommaun and much more. After lunch we head to the world famous Cliffs of Moher before heading South to our County Kerry hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Hotel)
Day 9: There are few more beautiful places on earth than Dingle in west county Kerry, and certainly few greater experiences than driving Slea Head. This is followed by a visit to the Blasked Island Centre, Gallarus oratory and other archaeological monuments that define this area. (Breakfast and Hotel)
Day 10: The delightful town of Killarney sits at the edge of the National Park, Killarney Lakes and Ireland’s highest mountain range – the Macgillycuddy Reeks. This dramatic landscape is our base today as we take a delightful boat ride on the lake, and afterwards a guided tour of Ross castle. (Breakfast, Lunch and hotel)
Day 11: Today we head along the World famous ‘Ring of Kerry’, stopping off to catch a ‘sheep dog display’ prior to making our way to west Cork town of Kinsale – one of Irelands most picturesque and historic sea side locations.
(Breakfast, dinner and hotel)
Day 12: We spend a while relaxing in Kinsale before we take a trip to Ireland’s second largest city –Cork, where we embark on a guided tour of the city and a visit to the renowned food market known as the English Market. Overnight in Kinsale. (Breakfast & Hotel)
Day 13: Today we make our way to the wonderful city of Waterford where recently extensive evidence of the Vikings in the area have been uncovered. Our visit also includes a guided tour of the historic monuments of the city. Tonight we have our last meal together and an opportunity to reminisce on our time together travelling through Ireland.
(Breakfast , dinner and hotel)
Day 14: Breakfast in our hotel before we part company. Waterford is an ideal base for public transportation allowing easy access to Dublin, Dublin Airport and numerous options for connecting to other parts of the country.