Ireland & Northern Ireland

  • Date

    August 9-22, 2019 | Fri / Thu – 14 Days

  • Location

    Dublin | Belfast | Giant’s Causeway | Derry | Donegal | Westport | Galway | Cliffs of Moher | Bunratty | Dingle Peninsula | Ring of Kerry | Killarney | Waterford

Overview

Travel along the coast visiting the essential sights of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where majestic scenery of emerald green landscapes,towering sea cliffs, and rugged beauty await. Explore charming towns and vibrant cities, from Dublin and Belfast to Galway, Killarney, and Waterford. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula, view Ireland’s only fjord, see the Cliffs of Moher, and stand in awe of Giant’s Causeway. Along the way, delight in a medieval-style banquet, enjoy dinner at a pub with traditional Irish music and step-dancing, and discover the history and lore of the Emerald Isle.

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • See famous sights including Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway, Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry
  • Visits to Blarney Castle, Crumlin Road Gaol, Down Cathedral, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Titanic Belfast, and Westport House
  • Specialty dinners with traditional entertainment
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride
  • Sheepdog herding demonstration
  • Sip an Irish coffee while enjoy a music session
  • Free day in Dublin with open-top bus pass
  • Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Westport, and Waterford
  • Optional trip extension to Scotland

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Dublin, Ireland
  • Escorted
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT!

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Fri, Aug 9: Depart on an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Sat, Aug 10: Arrive in Dublin and join a local guide for a panoramic tour to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College, and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Tour Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government for many centuries and visit the renowned State Apartments. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner with the group. (Meal: Dinner)

Sun, Aug 11: Visit Down Cathedral where St. Patrick’s historical burial site is marked by a huge boulder. Learn about his work, life, and times at the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Explore the Crumlin Road Gaol and see what prison life was like through the ages. Head to central Belfast, Northern Ireland and relax before dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 12: Tour Belfast and see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square, and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated liner. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own. (B)

Tue, Aug 13: Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim for views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle, and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 14: Travel through the rugged countryside and heathery hills of Donegal, renowned for the many tweeds made from local sheep’s wool. Stop at the Slieve League, a stunning expanse of cliffs that are among the highest in Ireland. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Head to Westport for a gentle walking tour of this historic town. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 15: Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and stop in the stunning town of Leenane that’s been inhabited since pre-history. Head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Enjoy a drink before taking a guided tour of Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Enjoy dinner in Westport House. (B,D)

Fri, Aug 16: Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. See the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic. Enjoy an evening at Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B,D)

Sat, Aug 17: Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in Dingle for a refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney. (B,D)

Sun, Aug 18: Enjoy a scenic traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Leisurely browse Kenmare and enjoy a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music. (B,L)

Mon, Aug 19: Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Dungarvan, enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional music at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic old port city. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 20: Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 21: Spend the day exploring Dublin at your leisure with an open-top bus tour, plus a visit to your choice of Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Dublin’s many pubs or restaurants. (B)

Thu, Aug 22: Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)

*Please note that itineraries and hotels are subject to minor changes until departure.

Hotels

CityNorth Hotel, Meath. This modern and comfortable hotel is located along the Dublin to Belfast route, at the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

Hilton Belfast Hotel, Belfast. The hotel is located on Lanyon Place, on the banks of the Lagan River and a two-minute walk from the city center and the shopping at Victoria Square. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • in-room WiFi Internet access (fees apply) • restaurant • bar • fitness center.

City Hotel, Derry. Perched on the banks of the River Foyle, the hotel is within easy walking distance of Derry’s famous medieval walls and the city’s shops and pubs. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • in-room WiFi Internet access (fees apply) • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center.

Hotel Westport, Westport. Positioned within the extensive grounds of Westport House, one of Ireland’s few privately owned historic houses. Steeped in over 500 years of history and Heritage, Westport House is set in 400 acres of stunning countryside, on the banks of the Carrowbeg River meandering out to the Wild Atlantic Sea. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center • spa.

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty. New Sophistication and luxurious style are the hallmarks of the renowned Bunratty Castle Hotel, nestled in the heart of the historic countryside. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Durty Nelly’s Pub and the shops at the Bunratty Village Mills. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center • spa.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney. Located in the heart of Killarney at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, this four-star luxury hotel neighbors Killarney National Park. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi access • restaurant • bar • sauna, steam room, and whirlpool • indoor pool • fitness center.

Granville Hotel, Waterford City. Overlooking the waterfront and marina in the center of Waterford City, this four-star hotel was once a gracious old mansion in the 18th century. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar •.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin. Originally built in 1863, this hotel overlooks Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay and is located eight miles from Dublin city center. Dun Laoghaire has many shops and restaurants to explore. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary in-room WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool • fitness center • spa.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $5,299
  • Single – $5,959
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $4,119
  • Single – $4,779

Documents Required: Valid Passport

*Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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