Irish Explorer

  • 9 Days

  • UK and Ireland

  • Active pace

A scenic journey that explores the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the Irish coast. Hear the thud of the Atlantic against the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy sparkling Atlantic vistas on the Dingle Peninsula, and examine Ireland's very own natural phenomenon - the Giant's Causeway.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 15th November 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

A scenic journey that explores the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the Irish coast. Hear the thud of the Atlantic against the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy sparkling Atlantic vistas on the Dingle Peninsula, and examine Ireland's very own natural phenomenon - the Giant's Causeway.

At a glance

  • Dublin See O'Connell Street and the Neo-Gothic St. Patrick's Cathedral on a city orientation.
  • Giant's Causeway Visit Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Cliffs of Moher Stand at the edge of the cliffs and admire the vast Atlantic views.
  • Slea Head Drive Enjoy glistening seascapes as you drive along the coast of the Dingle Peninsula
  • House of Waterford Crystal Watch skilled artisans transform molten glass into crystalware.
  • Glendalough Explore the ruins of an important Irish monastic settlement.

Day 1

UK - Dublin

Fly to Dublin and transfer to your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Perhaps this evening join an optional Irish cabaret that includes dinner, dance, song and laughter.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Dublin - Downpatrick - Belfast

This morning head to Northern Ireland. On the journey northwards pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland's Patron Saint and on to the vibrant city of Belfast. The Titanic was built here and this afternoon you might like to join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Derry - Donegal - Sligo

First stop this morning is Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let the province's story unfold as the tour continues to Derry. Next, continue to Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings, before heading to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Sligo - Knock - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis

Continue this morning to Knock, a village that has attracted pilgrims from all over the world since the townsfolk saw apparitions. Then to Galway, a popular seaside destination and buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops, busy cafes and bars. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668 ft Cliffs of Moher. Tonight, why not join an optional Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Ennis - Adare - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Travelling past Limerick, head to Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. At Killorglin, join the road known as the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive, sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. The next two nights are in the popular resort of Killarney.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

Breathtaking scenery this morning on the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. Back in Killarney, there is the opportunity to take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for scenes of Ross Castle. This evening, perhaps join another optional excursion to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland's National Folk Theatre.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Killarney - Blarney - Waterford - Tramore.

Today, there is more scenic splendor as you travel over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and perhaps shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch (not included) drive past Cork, the country's second largest city on the way to Waterford. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Spend the rest of the afternoon is at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, an optional pub tour might be fun.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Tramore - Enniscorthy - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin

Some of the highlights today include, Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798, a visit to Ireland's oldest hand-weaving Mill at Avoca, views of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, with its ruins of a centre of Irish Christianity, founded by St. Kevin. Arrive in Dublin tonight where there is an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse available.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Dublin - UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Dublin: Regency
  • Belfast: Jurys Inn
  • Sligo: Southern
  • Ennis: Auburn Lodge
  • Killarney: Killarney Court
  • Tramore: Majestic
  • Dublin: Jurys Inn Parnell Street or Kingswood

Notes

Tour hotels will be as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

12th August 2017

Overall good but too rushed. Some hotels good , some fair. Your guide very knowledgable and informative

20th July 2017

Good quality, things were a little bit expensive ,bought my granddaughters a fairy in a jar @ Blarney Castle and they absolutely besotted with them.

6th July 2017

Everything was as expected and more

2nd July 2017

Only went on Titanic Experience and buggy ride Others were more food / booze related

20th June 2017

The purchases were good value for money.

5th June 2017

Too much content left everyone feeling very tired and would have been better with some relaxation time built in to the itinerary.

30th May 2017

Already given you my comments previosly

11th May 2017

See previous section. Cabaret - meal was very small. We were seated with our backs to the stage and when we turned round the waiters and clients were continually knocking into us.

24th April 2017

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