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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin

Today is leisurely as we all gather in our hotel in Malahide overlooking the Irish Sea in north County Dublin. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and an introduction to your travelling companions before an early dinner.

Day 2 – St. Patrick’s Country

Head north through the majestic Mountains of Mourne into Saint Patrick’s Country to visit the grave of Ireland’s Patron Saint and the Saint Patrick Centre which tells his story. Afterwards we drive to Strangford, where Game of Thrones is filmed and take the ferryboat ride to beautiful Portaferry. Onwards to Belfast for a panoramic tour which will include the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road—a unique cultural experience.

Day 3  – Belfast City Hall & Titanic Quarter

A guided tour of Belfast City Hall is first on the agenda this morning. In the afternoon, visit the shipyard where the Titanic was built in 1909, followed by a tour at the Titanic Experience—recently voted Europe’s top visitor attraction. The evening is free to explore the Northern capital on your own.

Day 4 – Giant’s Causeway & Derry

This morning we drive north along the Antrim Coast and visit the Giant’s Causeway. We then continue on to Derry (Londonderry), where a local guide will tell the ‘Story of Derry’ on a walking tour of this historic walled city.

Day 5 – Ben Bulben & Clew Bay

We visit Belleek, home of the world famous porcelain factory. We then enter the romantic domain of W. B. Yeats via Drumcliffe where he is buried and other sites in Sligo associated with the life of the poet, before continuing to Westport.

Day 6 – Connemara

Connemara remains one of the wildest and most romantic places in Ireland. Enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey. Some free time this afternoon to discover the charm of Westport.

Day 7 – Galway City & Cliffs of Moher

Enroute to Galway this morning we will pass thru’ the village of Cong location for the classic film The Quiet Man. Some time in Galway City before traversing the Burren region and viewing the mighty Cliffs of Moher. An optional Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle is on offer tonight.

Day 8 – Limerick & Adare

After breakfast we head for the Kingdom of Kerry. A tour of Limerick City is undertaken before travelling to Adare and then arriving in the beautiful town of Killarney.

Day 9 – Dingle Peninsula

This morning we enjoy a jaunting car ride thru’ Killarney National Park. We will visit the fishing port of Dingle and view the Blasket Islands as we round Slea Head. Enjoy views of the Lakes before returning to Killarney.

Day 10 – Kenmare & Killarney

We take the short drive to the heritage town of Kenmare this morning. We then travel the Ring of Kerry road back into Killarney thru’ Moll’s Gap where we visit a traditional working sheep farm. Later this evening you are invited to Quill’s Farmhouse for a traditional Irish dinner and entertainment.

Day 11 – Blarney & Tipperary

Leaving Kerry we travel east to Blarney Castle (optional). We head to Tipperary and visit Cahir Castle and the town of Cashel, before arriving in medieval Kilkenny.

Day 12 – Waterford & Kilkenny

Follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board a replica of the sailing vessel Dunbrody at the quayside in New Ross. Next, onto Waterford for some free time to explore the Medieval town. You can visit the Viking Museums or the famous Crystal factory (not included).

Day 13 – Curragh of Kildare

This morning we travel through the Curragh of Kildare for a guided tour of the Irish National Stud. You also visit the Horse Museum and the Japanese Gardens. A panoramic tour of Dublin is undertaken before arriving at your city hotel. This evening, a free night to explore the electric atmosphere in Dublin.

Day 14 – Dublin’s Fair City

The full day is yours to explore Dublin’s “Fair City.” Check out the famous streets, squares, magnificent buildings, beautiful parks & great shopping. Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with some lively Irish entertainment.

Day 15 – Breakfast at your hotel and head home today.

 

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