Amazing Ireland Preview 2018

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Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose 'causeway' enjoys World Heritage Site status. Dance your way through the cities of Belfast and Dublin, learn about Ireland's traditional Smithwick's beer, and explore the country's most famous food market se...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry
    • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
    • Orientation of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford
    • See City Hall in Belfast and the Cathedral of Galway
    • View Trinity College, the Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff and the Marian Shrine in Knock
    • Visit the Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the English market in Cork, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford Crystal

What's this trip about?

    Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose 'causeway' enjoys World Heritage Site status. Dance your way through the cities of Belfast and Dublin, learn about Ireland's traditional Smithwick's beer, and explore the country's most famous food market serving Cork since 1788.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityDublin
End CityDublin

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland

Attractions

  • Dublin

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to Dublin. Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception aboard a canal boat and cruise along Dublin's 200-year-old Grand Canal.Welcome Reception

Day 2: Dublin Sightseeing and At Leisure

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including views of Trinity College, the grand Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.Full Breakfast

Day 3: Dublin Belfast Sightseeing and At Leisure (2 Nights)

Head north to the bustling city of Belfast in Northern Ireland for some free time. Later see Queen's University, City Hall and famous murals in both nationalist and loyalist areas on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later visit the Titanic Belfa...

Day 4: Giant's Causeway Excursion

This morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway. View the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns located on the dramatic and beautiful coastline.Full Breakfast

Day 5: Belfast – Londonderry – County Donegal (2 Nights)

Travel across Northern Ireland to Londonderry. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your insightful Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, these murals depict the history of the 'troubles'. Later arrive in County Donegal where you dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Belleek Excursion – County Donegal Orientation and At Leisure

This morning visit Belleek where you will enjoy a Cultural Insight into Irish handcraft. Watch local craftsmen create this famous style of pottery. Then explore the town of Donegal located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. See the castle which was once t...

Day 7: County Donegal – Knock – Galway (2 Nights)

Travel south and stop to view the impressive Marian Shrine at the pilgrimage town of Knock. Finally continue your journey to Galway. Enjoy some free time to see the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.Full Breakfast

Day 8: Connemara Orientation and At Leisure

Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, where you will visit the restored rooms and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Scenic Coastal Route – Killarney (2 Nights)

Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Travel through County Clare along a scenic coastal route before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the 'craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?Full Breakfast

Day 10: Ring of Kerry Excursion

This morning enjoy a scenic drive along Ireland's most dramatic coastline, the Ring of Kerry. Travel through Moll's Gap and take a moment to view the marvellous natural scenery. This evening is at leisure.Full Breakfast

Day 11: Killarney – Blarney – Cork – Waterford (2 Nights)

Today visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone that will bestow the 'gift of the gab'. Travel to the city of Cork and enjoy some free time to explore the English market which is Ireland's most famous food market serving Cork since 1788. Later arrive in Waterford for a two-night stay.Full Breakfast

Day 12: Waterford – Kilkenny Excursion

After a leisurely start visit the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration watching skilled craftsmen produce wonderful decorative objects. Travel to the quaint town of Kilkenny where you will visit the Smithwick's Experience. Gain a Cultu...

Day 13: County Wexford Excursion to visit the John F Kennedy Arboretum and Dunbrody Famine Ship – Dublin

Travel through County Wexford this morning to visit the John F. Kennedy Arboretum. Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. See the beautiful la...

Day 14: Depart Dublin

Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Full Breakfast

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Last Updated: 8/11/2017

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Brendan Vacations is the premier Ireland and Scotland destination expert, backed by more than 50 years of planning authentic Celtic travel experiences from its office in the heart of Dublin. Guided by its mantra ‘taking you personally,’ Brendan Vacations is passionate about delivering deeply immersive, tailor-made experiences across five travel styles: fully Guided Tour packages, independent Private Chauffeur, Lux Self-Drive, Self-Drive and Locally Hosted Rail vacations. Through the warmth of Brendan Vacations’ highly personalized service, guests will stay in hand-selected accommodations - including castles and B&Bs, explore the iconic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, and meet local people passionate about sharing their stories. Brendan Vacations is a proud member of The Travel Corporation family of brands.

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Transportation & Flights

ArrayBrendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2017-18 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from your front door to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport and back home again on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations. With Brendan Vacations you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle, minivan or taxi between designated airports and Brendan Vacations hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday only. Guests  arriving before or leaving after the scheduled itinerary day may book and buy a transfer through Brendan Vacations providing that they also purchase the additional pre and post trip hotel night(s) from Brendan Vacations. When booking extra night(s) accommodation, you will also have the opportunity to book the relevant transfer service(s). In Australia and New Zealand complimentary transfers are also included with pre or post accommodations booked through Brendan Vacations. Heathrow Airport: Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Brendan Vacations has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Brendan Vacations London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to/from London's Heathrow Airport. $50 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport  Gatwick Airport: For guests flying into London’s Gatwick Airport, Brendan Vacations recommends the Gatwick Express, see Gatwick Express’s website at: www.gatwickexpress.com.,

Transportation & flights

Array Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2017-18 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from your front door to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport and back home again on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations. With Brendan Vacations you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle, minivan or taxi between designated airports and Brendan Vacations hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday only. Guests  arriving before or leaving after the scheduled itinerary day may book and buy a transfer through Brendan Vacations providing that they also purchase the additional pre and post trip hotel night(s) from Brendan Vacations. When booking extra night(s) accommodation, you will also have the opportunity to book the relevant transfer service(s). In Australia and New Zealand complimentary transfers are also included with pre or post accommodations booked through Brendan Vacations. Heathrow Airport: Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Brendan Vacations has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Brendan Vacations London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to/from London's Heathrow Airport. $50 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport  Gatwick Airport: For guests flying into London’s Gatwick Airport, Brendan Vacations recommends the Gatwick Express, see Gatwick Express’s website at: www.gatwickexpress.com.
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Meals Included
  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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