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Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ireland , North Ireland

Cities Visited

Belfast , Cork , Dublin , Kilkenny , Limerick , Sligo

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin, transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to explore the city on your own. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Dublin City Tour
Begin the exploration of Dublin with a drive through Phoenix Park, one of Europe's largest walled city parks. On O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare Continue on to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of Ireland founded in 1191. Next visit Guinness Storehouse* for a sampling of the brew. You can browse the multimedia exhibits about Guinness, the city's best-known export. Continue on to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of Ireland founded in 1191. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745. On O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare. The afternoon is at leisure in the Irish capital. Perhaps follow in the footsteps of your favorite writer, or browse the shops and museums. Tonight, join the optional Dinner at Taylors Three Rock. Spend an evening filled with traditional Irish song & dance, accompanied by delectable Irish food*For Mar 14 and Aug 22 departures, visit to Guinness Storehouse will be replaced with Trinity College.
Optional: Dinner at Taylors Three Rock
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - County Wicklow, Travel to Kilkenny
Drive south from Dublin to Glendalough in County Wicklow, for a short stop at the mystical 6th century monastic site with its round tower before driving through the hilly rolling countryside of County Kildare. Arrive in Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore and visit the 12th century Kilkenny Castle. Dinner is at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Waterford, Jameson Distillery
This morning, drive to Waterford, where you will have an orientation tour of the city. Continue along the coast through the seaside resort of Youghal. Next, tour the Jameson Whiskey distillery and enjoy a tasting session, before arriving in Cork. Dinner tonight is at the hotel
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Kinsale, Cork
Start the day visiting Kinsale, a fishing port of great significance in Irish history. A former trading post, the town is known for its 800 year old church, and Georgian houses. The maritime and military history will come to life on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Return to Cork, where the remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Blarney, Home Hosted Lunch, Limerick
Start out today with a stop at Blarney Castle, dating from the 15th century, though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot. Visit the grounds and maybe kiss the stone of eloquence. Next, visit a farm, where the family will host a delicious lunch. Continue to Limerick where you will see the imposing King John's Castle. This castle was built in the 13th century on the banks of River Shannon to safeguard the city. Tonight, perhaps participate in the optional Medieval Banquet* dinner for a lively evening of music, singing, and storytelling*For Mar & Nov departures, the Knappogue Medieval Banquet will be substituted with Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Optional: Knappogue Medieval Banquet (PM)
Overnight: Limerick
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Travel to Sligo
First stop is at the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. This rock wall towers 700 feet over the crashing surf of the Atlantic. It's sure to be one of the most spectacular meetings of land and water you're likely to see. Then head to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition. Spend free time to discover the historic squares and pubs of this colorful town and to view Galway Cathedral. Later, travel to Sligo for overnight. This lovely town was home to a young William Butler Yeats. The poet died in 1939 in France, and ten years later his remains were re-interred here by the Irish navy. Savor dinner at your hotel this evening
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Donegal, Slieve League
Begin a full day excursion with a drive into County Donegal, with its soaring sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes and welcoming atmosphere. Visit the towering Slieve League cliffs, that stretch towards the horizon and admire the stunning panorama before you. At almost 2000 feet, they are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Later, drive back to Sligo
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Derry City Tour, Giant's Causeway
First stop today is Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. Your local guide will give you a walking tour around the 17th century city wall. View the Guildhall, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and St. Columb's Cathedral. Proceed to the Bogside district and the symbolic Peace Bridge. Local legend and lore make visiting Ireland especially unique and there is no shortage of tales to accompany Giant's Causeway, your next stop. The giant Finn McCool is said to have created this geological wonder so he could walk to Scotland to confront another giant. From there, the story varies. Today, a massive floor of 40,000 hexagonal stones stretches into the sea. Later, continue to Belfast
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Belfast City Tour
Today, embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Belfast. The city is located on the western shores of Belfast Lough, at the mouth of the River Lagan. To the northwest, mountains rise to the Antrim Plateau. This lovely setting has given the city a microclimate that nurtures its green spaces. Its location on calm waters has made it ideal for shipbuilding; the most famous vessel christened here was the Titanic. Start the half day tour by exploring the Titanic Experience, a nine-gallery museum in the dockyard where the ship was built. It's a city rich in history, architecture, and culture, and its share of political upheavals. Visit a neighborhood in West Belfast, where buildings are still scarred from The Troubles, which came to an end with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Then, view the hallowed quads of the university district and botanic garden, and visit the Ulster Museum. Finish at the colonnaded fa├žade and towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall. Tonight during dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Dublin, Belfast-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Dublin
  • 1 night Kilkenny
  • 2 nights Cork
  • 1 night Limerick
  • 2 nights Sligo
  • 2 nights Belfast
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • Special Features

  • Tour the imposing 12th century Kilkenny Castle, overlooking the River Nore
  • Visit the Jameson Whiskey Distillery and enjoy a tasting
  • Explore the storied 15th century Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone
  • View some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher
  • Marvel at the Giant's Causeway, renowned for its layered black basalt columns
  • Tour the Titanic Experience, a nine-gallery museum in the dockyard where the ship was built
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.

    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms at the Europa Hotel Belfast will be accommodated as a twin room and single room.

    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Departure transfers can be booked for BFS (Belfast International Airport) and BHD (Belfast City Airport).

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    The Camden Court Hotel
    This first class hotel is a short walk away from St. Stephen's Green.

    Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Kilkenny.

    Leonardo Hotel Cork
    This tourist class hotel is located in the city of Cork nearby the River Lee.

    Maldron Limerick
    This tourist class hotel is located off the Southern Ring Road, just ten minutes from the Limerick city center.

    Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Club
    This first class hotel is located on the edge of Sligo town in the heart of Yeats Country.

    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.

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