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Offering a host of vibrant cities bursting with culture and breathtaking natural scenery, Ireland is one of the most enchanting holiday destinations in the world. On this captivating tour we blend Eire’s panoramic landscapes of rolling hills and sparkling lakes with its historic towns and lively cities, including the capital Dublin. We combine guided tours with time at leisure for a wonderful exploration of the Emerald Isle. We also visit Northern Ireland to discover cosmopolitan Belfast and the geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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You will be met at Dublin airport for your transfer to the Belfast hotel, where we stay for two nights (journey time approximately two hours). Check-in at the hotel is normally available from 2pm. Please arrive in time for dinner which is served at around 6pm.
Today our tour manager takes us on a guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital and now a thriving, modern metropolis with a colorful history – as a key player in the Industrial Revolution; it was the center for the Irish linen and tobacco industries. We take in the city’s highlights before visiting the Titanic Experience, a fantastic museum located on site of the original shipyard in which the famous liner was built. The museum brings the maiden voyage of the Titanic to life in the city where it all began.
We make our way to the Giant’s Causeway, named for the enormous volcanic columns that make this National Trust-owned site such an incredible place to visit. From here we head to Londonderry – the only completely walled city in Ireland. We enjoy a guided walking tour with our tour manager where highlights include the gleaming Peace Bridge across the River Foyle and St Columb’s cathedral. Later, we check in to our Donegal hotel where we spend the night.
Leaving Donegal, we travel to the pretty coastal town of Sligo, located within the western province of Connacht. Surrounded by rugged landscapes, the peaceful town boasts a castle, medieval abbey, traditional pubs and a myriad of shopping opportunities.
Next stop is Galway where we enjoy a guided city tour with our tour manager. This thriving, cosmopolitan city has been named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020! It may be the fastest growing city in Ireland but it has managed to retain its friendly atmosphere. We continue on to our hotel in Lisdoonvarna where we stay overnight.
We say goodbye to Lisdoonvarna, heading for Limerick where we enjoy a guided city tour with our tour manager. Set on the River Shannon, the city is overlooked by the 13th-century King John’s Castle and has a rich history, which we learn about on our tour. From here we travel to our hotel in Tralee, the county town of County Kerry, where we spend the next two nights.
Our tour manager takes us on a scenic guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, journeying through an untouched landscape of tranquil lakes and rolling hills, passing through charming towns such as Killorglin, Waterville and Kenmare. We then head to pretty Killarney, famed for its jaunting cars (horse-drawn carts) operated by the local jarvies that take visitors on guided tours of the town.
Finally, we head to Dublin and enjoy a guided tour of the Republic’s wonderful capital with our tour manager. With its fascinating past, iconic landmarks and plethora of convivial pubs serving up the perfect pint of Guinness, Dublin never fails to charm first-time and frequent visitors alike. After our guided tour we enjoy free time in the city before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
You will be picked up from your overnight hotel and transferred to Dublin airport for your flight home.
We’ll stay at a selection of comfortable 3-star hotels during our exploration of Ireland’s highlights such as the Ramada Encore in Belfast, the Central in Donegal, the Burren Castle in Lisdoonvarna, the Earl of Desmond in Tralee and the Kingswood City West in Dublin. All are of a similar, well-appointed standard with en-suite facilities and in-house bar and restaurant.