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9 Day Crown of Ireland

9 Day Crown of Ireland


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ireland , North Ireland

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Northern Ireland
Depart for Northern Ireland

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Belfast
Welcome to the "Emerald Isle!" Arrive in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, with its beautifully restored Victorian architecture, European-style cafes and a rich cultural life. Time to relax before an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the fascinating journey through Ireland that lies ahead. After, join your fellow travelers at a lovely Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Explore Belfast, Titanic Museum
Today's exploration of Belfast starts at the towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall, followed by the university district. Stop in a neighborhood where buildings are still scarred from "The Troubles" which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Visit the gleaming Titanic Belfast Museum constructed in the actual dockyard where the doomed ship was built; its multimedia presentation follows the history of Belfast and the creation of the world's most famous ocean liner. Exhibits include a high-tech ride through a recreation of the city's shipyards. View details of the Titanic's construction, replicas of the passenger accommodations and old film footage of the actual ship. The rest of the day is yours to discover Belfast on your own, or, join the optional tour to Downpatrick's Down Cathedral where St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint is buried
Optional: Saint Patrick's Burial Place
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery, Derry
Begin the day with a drive via Ballymena in County Antrim that takes you along winding roads to the spectacular Giant's Causeway. It's the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, where unusual hexagonal columns formed by 60 million years of volcanic activity stretch into the sea. Marvel at this natural phenomenon! Afterward, tour the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland with a chance to taste the different Irish whiskeys. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant nearby before a driving along a scenic route, to view stately mountains, valleys and the jagged coastline where many scenes were filmed for the "Game of Thrones" series. Afterward, continue to the charming city of Derry (also known as Londonderry) with its rich history and glimpses of Northern Ireland's past and present. During your evening walking tour of the artistic cultural hub, view St. Columb's Cathedral, the oldest surviving building in Derry, dating back to 1633 and the neo-Gothic Guildhall with its beautiful stained glass windows. Continue to the well-preserved medieval city walls with its four original gates that completely encircle the old city center, protecting Derry throughout centuries from foreign invaders. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Derry
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Donegal Castle, Westport House
Drive through the rugged verdant green countryside to Donegal with its spectacular landscapes and perfect Irish atmosphere. Visit Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. The picture-perfect royal castle, is considered one of Ireland's finest Gaelic castles. Continue to Westport House; discover the lush gardens of the Westport House Estate, and admire the magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay. Visit the historic mansion and later enjoy tea and scones, while listening to the fascinating tales about the people who once lived in the 300 year old house.
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Clew Bay, Achill Island
Wondrous views abound as you circle the shores of Clew Bay. View steeply sloped mountains plunging into the ocean after crossing the bridge to Achill Island, home to beautiful beaches and some of Europe's highest cliffs. Here, view remains of a human settlement dating back over 5000 years and the poignant deserted village at Slievemore. After a stop for lunch, travel to the back to Westport, one of Ireland’s most popular vacation spots, known for its wide choice of outdoor activities, and celebrating the best of Irish music. Tonight is at leisure to wander through this lovely town on your own, and dine independently at one of the fine restaurants
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Saturday - Connemara National Park, Picturesque Galway, Dublin
Begin the day with a drive along the impressive Connemara National Park with its soaring mountains, lush grasslands and woodlands as far as the eye can see. Arrive in Galway, once a seafaring town, nestled on the shores of Galway Bay, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Walk the picturesque winding streets in the downtown area to Eyre Square and to the trendy Latin Quarter. At Lynch's Castle, view 14th-century stonework that includes ghoulish gargoyles on the way to imposing Galway Cathedral on the banks of the River Corrib. View brightly painted pubs, cafes, and galleries in this lively bohemian city before departing for Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Evening is at leisure in Dublin, with its fine restaurants, non-stop nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Sunday - Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Book of Kells
In Dublin, immortalized by James Joyce, the day begins with a drive through Phoenix Park*, the largest enclosed park in Europe, home to the President's official residence, and the Dublin Zoo. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, before travelling along O’Connell Street; admire the handsome buildings that line the city’s main thoroughfare. Next, at Trinity College, view the 8th century Book of Kells, a superb example of early Irish manuscript illumination on display in the Old Library. This afternoon, explore Dublin on your own and perhaps walk along the famous pedestrian Grafton Street, or visit the cultural Temple Bar area. Later, it’s time to get ready for a fabulous Farewell Dinner and lively traditional entertainment *For Oct 18, sightseeing may vary due to local events
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Depart Ireland
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Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Belfast, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Belfast
  • 1 night Derry
  • 2 nights Westport
  • 2 nights Dublin
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • In Belfast, visit the Titanic Museum constructed in the dockyard where the ship was built
  • Visit spectacular Giant's Causeway with its hexagonal basalt columns that stretch into the sea
  • Enjoy Irish whiskey tastings at the Old Bushmills Distillery the oldest working distillery in Ireland
  • View the preserved medieval city walls in Derry encircling the city with its four original gates
  • Drive via spectacular scenery to picture-perfect Donegal Castle built in the 15th century
  • On Achilll Island, view remains of a 5000 year old human settlement and deserted villages
  • Visit the Westport House with more than 300 years of Irish history
  • Drive through impressive Connemara National Park to Galway, once a seafaring town
  • A walking tour in the bohemian city of Galway reveals brightly painted pubs, cafes and galleries
  • Highlights in Dublin include Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the Book of Kells
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    Accommodations

    Europa Hotel Belfast
    This first class hotel is located in the historic center of Belfast.

    Europa Hotel Belfast
    This first class hotel is located in the historic center of Belfast.

    Europa Hotel Belfast
    This first class hotel is located in the historic center of Belfast.

    Grand Central Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Belfast.

    Grand Central Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Belfast.

    Everglades Hotel
    This first class hotel is located just a short drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic City Center.

    Everglades Hotel
    This first class hotel is located just a short drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic City Center.

    Everglades Hotel
    This first class hotel is located just a short drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic City Center.

    Everglades Hotel
    This first class hotel is located just a short drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic City Center.

    Inishowen Gateway Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks Lough Swilly.

    Inishowen Gateway Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks Lough Swilly.

    Inishowen Gateway Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks Lough Swilly.

    Castlecourt Hotel Resort
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Westport.

    The Spencer Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the International Financial Services Centre, overlooking the River Liffey and ten minutes walk from O'Connell Bridge.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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    Accommodations
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    Itinerary
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    Professional Staff
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    Repeat with Operator
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