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12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 1 - Dublin - Belfast
We'll start our trip back in time at the prehistoric site of Newgrange, before visiting the ast place that two crowned kings of England, Scotland and Ireland all fought each other at the
Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Then it's onwards (and upwards) to the Hill of Tara before we sit down to a welcome dinner in Belfast. (D)
Overnight: Malone Lodge (or similar)

Day 2 - Belfast - Derry
You don't have to delve deep into Northern Ireland's past to see the influences oncontemporary culture. This morning begins with an escorted Black Cab tour to Belfast's unique street art - its political murals. That's followed by a visit to the Titanic Museum, where we discover the personal stories that surround this fateful ship. We continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we explore Ireland's natural geological wonders - the Giant's Causeway, before arriving in Derry. (B, L)
Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 - Derry - North Irish Coast - Derry
Today, we stroll along the old city walls of Derry, before taking in the breathtaking views from Grianán of Aileach, an ancient stone fort. Later we drive to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, stopping off at the Isle of Doagh Visitor Centre where we'll listen to the local population's heartrending experience of the devastating Irish Famine. (B)
Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 - Derry - Ballyfarnon
More fascinating history is in store at the Ulster-American Folk Park, where we learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to embark on a fresh life in the New World. We'll then drive through County Fermanagh to County Sligo, following the coat tails of great Irish poet W. B. Yeats. That takes us to Drumcliffe Church where he was buried, and Parke's Castle. (B, D)
Overnight: Kilronan Castle (or similar)

Day 5 - Ballyfarnon - Cannemara - Galway
The morning sees us in Westport, before visiting the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre to gain a unique insight into Ireland's past. As the day draws to a close, we'll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)
Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)

Day 6 - Galway
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. You could spend a pleasant few hours navigating the labyrinth of cobbled streets, lovely beaches and long promenade. Or if the weather isn't up to much, there's always the City Museum and National Aquarium. (B)
Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 - Galway - The Burren - Dingle
With Galway now behind us, the picturesque fishing villageof Kinvara is our first port of call. We then travel across the Burren with its mysterious landscape of cracked glacial-era limestone pavements, rock formations and archeological sites. We round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Clifs of Moher, rising 120 metres above the Atlantic. (B, D)
Overnight: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 - Dingle Penninsula
We'll begin in south-west Ireland's jewel in the crown - the Dingle Peninsula, exploring countless historical sites, ancient churches and stone forts before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. The afternoon gives us plenty of free time in the town of Dingle. (B)
Overnight: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 - Dingle - Kenmare - Blarney

Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Time to wend our way up to the MacGillycuddy's Reeks - the highest range in Ireland - and take in the views across the stunning Killarney Lakes. The mountain road from Killarney to Kenmare then takes us on to the 17th century Bantry House, renowned for its magnificentsetting and gardens. (B, D)
Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 10 - Blarney - Kinsale - Midleton - Blarney

The port and fishing town ofKinsale is where we'll start our walking tour through history. You'll then pick up plenty of fascinating facts about whiskey production at the Old Midleton Distillery. And after all that walking, what's better than a nip of what many consider to be the finest whiskey in Ieland. (B)
Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)

Day 11 - Blarney - Tipperary - Kilkenny
Fairy-tale ruins. Magical soaring spires. As we approach the final few chapters of our tour we find ourselves at the Rockof Cashel, with its 13th century Gothic cathedral and beautiful Romanesque church. It's not a long way to rural Tipperary, but we carry on through to Kilkenny, Ireland's ‘most perfect' medieval city. (B, D)
Overnight: River Court Hotel (or similar)

Day 12 - Kilkenny - Dublin
Our last day sees us cross the huge expanse of Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. We then travel on through wild and unspoilt terrain to Sally Gap before making our way down to the Powerscourt Estate. Back in the ‘fair city' of Dublin is where our tour ends. (B)

         
    2017    
         
    Departure : April to October    
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Apr 10, 17, 24 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
    May 01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 CAD 6,167 CAD 7,350
    Jun 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 CAD 6,167 CAD 7,350
    Jul 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 CAD 6,167 CAD 7,350
    Aug 03, 07, 10, 14, 21, 28, 31 CAD 6,167 CAD 7,350
    Sep 04, 07, 11, 18, 21, 25, 28 CAD 6,167 CAD 7,350
    'Oct 02 CAD 5,845 CAD 7,028
         
         
         
Inclusions:
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Experienced driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • One lunch
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Famous Black Cab' tour
  • Heritage walk with local guide in Kinsale
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Included Entrances: Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant's Causeway, Doagh Famine Village, Ulster-American Folk Park, Parkes Castle, Connemara Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands Centre, Bantry House, Rock of Cashel, Glendalough & Powerscourt Estate.
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