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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Ireland , North Ireland


YOUR ITINERARY:
Saturday (day 1) is the start date in Ireland. Note, with overnight flights, a FRIDAY flight would be needed, to meet the group on Day 01, Saturday at Dublin Airport.

Day 1, Saturday | Arrive Ireland! Dublin – Navan Centre & Fort - Derry
From Dublin Airport we travel (departure time approximately 9:45 am*) to Armagh and the Navan Centre & Fort, ancient seat of the Ulster kings, for a deep dive into Irish myth and legend. Here at one of Ireland’s most famous archaeological sites, you can walk in the footsteps of Iron Age warriors as 2,000 years of history comes to life. Then it’s on to the lively city of Derry, immortalized in Lisa McGee’s “Derry Girls.” Of course, there’s a great deal more to Derry than an award-winning Netflix show can convey, so after a warm welcome at our city center hotel we’ll relax before meeting our expert guide for a walking tour of this historic city. The evening is free, so dine on your own and enjoy the many pubs and entertainment venues on offer. Overnight in Derry.(*Flights arriving after transfer time will not be able to avail of the group transfer. In these instances, it is advised to book a pre-night stay so that you can avail of the group transfer.)


Day 2, Sunday | Derry - Titanic Museum
After breakfast, depart for the historic city of Belfast, the birthplace of C.S. Lewis and Kenneth Branagh, the site of Liam Neeson’s stage debut, and home to Ireland’s tallest building. After a panoramic tour (via the coach) of the city, we visit the astonishing multidimensional exhibit known as Titanic Belfast. However much (or little) you may know about the Titanic, this installation uses more than nine galleries to tell the story of the “unsinkable” ship that has captured imaginations for well over a century. Overnight in Derry. (B,D)

Day 3, Monday | Derry – Giants Causeway - Donegal**
Off to the Antrim Coast this morning to visit the Giant’s Causeway and Museum. These fantastic volcanic columns were formed from active lava more than 60 million years ago, and feature prominently in Irish fables and folklore. From here, we leave Northern Ireland and head to Donegal and our 4-star hotel in Ballybofey for a delightful dinner. Overnight in Donegal.** (B,D)

Day 4, Tuesday | Atlantic Coast - Glenveagh Castle - Glenties
Ireland’s wild side comes into focus once we reach the Atlantic Coast. Today we travel via Glenties, a small village where the best of Irish crafts are on display. We take the scenic route from Maas to Gweebarra Bay, to Dungloe and then onto Glenveagh for beautiful day out at Glenveagh Castle and Gardens in the National Park - the second-largest in Ireland. Return to our Donegal hotel for dinner. Overnight in Donegal**.  (B,D)(**Select departures (May 4, Jun 15, Aug 03, and Aug 24) overnight in Sligo at the Sligo Park Hotel as an alternative to Donegal on these dates) 

Day 5, Wednesday | Donegal** - Killybegs - Slieve League -Belleek - Sligo - Roscommon
The road leads south along Donegal Bay to Killybegs and the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs looking out over the Atlantic. Slieve League translates to “mountain of stone pillars,” and our minibus transfer allows up-close access to revel in their dramatic beauty and take in the scenic views of Malin Bay. Our tour continues with a visit the famed Belleek China showroom to see the iconic Irish pottery that’s been made here since 1884. Southwest to the long, sandy beaches of Rosses Point, overlooking Sligo Bay, and then to Kilronan Castle Hotel for a fabulous dinner and a stay fit for Celtic royalty. (Overnight in Roscommon.) (B,D)(† Note, slight change to route when tour overnights in Sligo. 

Day 6, Thursday | Roscommon - Sligo - Roscommon
Enjoy a leisurely departure from Kilronan Castle Hotel and get ready to go “all in” at the Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon, where we’ll tour the historic 400-year-old coal mine and the exquisite scenery that surrounds it, deep in Ireland’s hidden heartland. Stunning Lough Allen provides a backdrop as we head to Dromahair and the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the peaceful, dreamy retreat that inspired one of William Butler Yeats’ best-known poems. This is Yeats Country, and when we continue on to Sligo Town you’ll see the poet’s statue -- and you can visit the Yeats Library and Art Gallery or just enjoy Sligo’s street life. Then it’s back to our castle to relax before dinner. (Overnight in Roscommon.)  (B,D

Day 7, Friday | Roscommon - Cliffs of Moher - Adare - Killarney
With a royal wave goodbye to Kilronan Castle we’re off to the iconic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Clare Coast on the Wild Atlantic Way. The spectacular Burren views unfold as we head to Killarney, passing the seaside town of Lahinch with its broad golden strand, and beautiful Adare with its thatched-roof cottages. Killarney has long been celebrated as one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, and after dinner at our hotel this evening you’re free to explore its traditional music scene, visit its pubs, or attend a top-rated Irish Cabaret show, which can be pre-booked at the time of your reservation for $49 per person. Overnight in Killarney. (B,D)


Day 8, Saturday | Killarney - Ring of Kerry
From the lakes of Killarney to the Ring of Kerry - get ready to embark on a truly magical drive that starts in the town of Killorglin, gateway to Ireland’s Reeks Region and world-famous for its traditional Puck Fair. As we skirt the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, passing through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville, and Sneem, the scenery offers a spectacular panorama. Take in the mysterious lakes, hidden valleys, and majestic mountains that make the Ring of Kerry a must-see. With visions of its beauty still dancing in our imaginations, we’ll circle back to Killarney to venture out independently and enjoy the fine dining and nightlife there. Overnight in Killarney. (B)>

Day 9, Sunday | Independent Day in Dublin
Bid farewell to your driver and the group this morning and make your way independently from the Killarney hotel to the train station (approximately .3 miles). Morning departure via direct rail from Killarney to Dublin, arriving in approximately 2.5 hours. Make your way to your pre-booked hotel - if your room is not ready, the hotel will hold your bags, so you can explore Dublin independently, from lush Stephen’s Green to the hip Temple Bar district to the famous Ha’penny Bridge. Dine at one of the city’s gourmet restaurants or a historic pub and sample the world-famous nightlife. Overnight in Dublin. (B)

Day 10, Monday | Dublin - U.S.
Private transfer
from your Dublin hotel to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Transfer time will be based on your return flight time. Ample time for duty-free shopping at Dublin Airport for any last-minute gifts! Arrive home the same day. (B)

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Inclusions


 

Tour Highlights

  • Fifteen (15) meals with nine (9) breakfasts and six (6) dinners
  • Top sights with visits to Derry, Belfast, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Killarney, and Dublin.
  • Includes a two (2) night deluxe castle stay*.
  • Irish Rose Tour Includes

  • Excellent hotels - nine (09) nights of first-class and superior first-class hotels throughout.
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • Six (6) hotel dinners.
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motor coach.
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout.
  • Panoramic city tour of Belfast and Dublin.
  • Scenic drives of Donegal and the Ring of Kerry.
  • Visits to: Navan Fort, Giant's Causeway and Museum, Titanic Belfast, Glenveagh Castle and Gardens, Slieve League Cliffs with minibus transfers, Belleek Showroom, Arigna Mining Experience and the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person.
  • Rail service from Killarney to Dublin
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the driver/guide not included.
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents.

  • *Please note: Hotel changes on select departures as follows:
  • May 04, June 15, Aug. 03 and 24 - overnights at Sligo Park Hotel in Sligo (and not in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal)
  • Oct. 26-Nov. 23 - overnight at the Kee's HOtel in Ballybofey (and not Jackson's Hotel)
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    Guaranteed Departures

    Please note, each departure requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Tours will be noted "guarantee" when this number reached. Please do not book airfare until you have been advised that the tour is guaranteed. Celtic Tours is not responsible for airfare booking on non-guaranteed tours that do not operate.

    Pricing

    Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. When a triple room is booked, a $25 per person discount will apply.

    This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on the itinerary.
  • Lunches and dinners (that are not indicated as included).
  • Tips to driver/guide.
  • Airfare.
  • Airfare

    Airfare is additional. Once you select your tour date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The tour date shown above is the date one arrives in Ireland. All air should be booked one day prior to accommodate overnight flights to Ireland.

    Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure. Airfare booked with Celtic Tours is instant purchase and nonrefundable. Please note, Celtic Tours will not be able to book airfare on tours that are not yet guaranteed. If requested (to ticket before a tour is guaranteed), Celtic Tours is not responsible if the tour does not indeed guarantee.

    Departures & Transfers

    Departure date is the date the tour starts in Ireland. One would depart from the US. one day prior to the date noted. The tour begins on Saturday.

    Arrival transfers available from Dublin Airport at 9:45 am. (Flight should arrive on tour start date by 9:00 am to avail of this group transfer). Celtic Tours tracks flights booked with them to note delays and to ensure your transfer is not missed. If air is not booked with Celtic Tours, you must be available 30 minutes prior to departure from Dublin Airport. Flight information is required for all land only bookings in order to avail of our transfers. Transfer also available from Belfast International Airport up to 12:00 noon on tour start date. Tour ends for all passengers at 6:10 am at Dublin Airport.

    Note on Hotels

    Please note hotel changes on departures (noted under inclusions and on your invoice/quote when booked).

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    Accommodations

    City Hotel Derry
    The City Hotel is located on Queens Quay right in the heart of the city centre.

    Jacksons Hotel
    A 4-star, family-run hotel located in Ballybofey on the scenic backdrop of the River Finn & Drumboe Woods.

    Jacksons Hotel
    A 4-star, family-run hotel located in Ballybofey on the scenic backdrop of the River Finn & Drumboe Woods.

    Jacksons Hotel
    A 4-star, family-run hotel located in Ballybofey on the scenic backdrop of the River Finn & Drumboe Woods.

    Jacksons Hotel
    A 4-star, family-run hotel located in Ballybofey on the scenic backdrop of the River Finn & Drumboe Woods.

    Jacksons Hotel
    A 4-star, family-run hotel located in Ballybofey on the scenic backdrop of the River Finn & Drumboe Woods.

    Kees Hotel & Leisure Club
    This historic hotel has been in our family since 1892, plenty of time to develop the tradition of hospitality and good service evident in every aspect of your visit to Donegal.

    Sligo Park Hotel
    The 4-star Sligo Park Hotel offers the best of both worlds, whether it is for a leisure break, a conference or a special event in the contemporary ballroom, golfing, walking, surfing, culture, buzzing night life, its all on the doorstep of the 4-star Sligo Park Hotel.

    Sligo Park Hotel
    The 4-star Sligo Park Hotel offers the best of both worlds, whether it is for a leisure break, a conference or a special event in the contemporary ballroom, golfing, walking, surfing, culture, buzzing night life, its all on the doorstep of the 4-star Sligo Park Hotel.

    Sligo Park Hotel
    The 4-star Sligo Park Hotel offers the best of both worlds, whether it is for a leisure break, a conference or a special event in the contemporary ballroom, golfing, walking, surfing, culture, buzzing night life, its all on the doorstep of the 4-star Sligo Park Hotel.

    Sligo Park Hotel
    The 4-star Sligo Park Hotel offers the best of both worlds, whether it is for a leisure break, a conference or a special event in the contemporary ballroom, golfing, walking, surfing, culture, buzzing night life, its all on the doorstep of the 4-star Sligo Park Hotel.

    Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa
    One of Ireland's most luxurious Castle Hotels in Roscommon Ireland, the ancestral home of the Tennison family and the legendary Colonel King Tennison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families.

    Killarney Towers Hotel
    Enjoying a dominant position on Killarney's College Street, the Killarney Towers Hotel offers guests all the luxury...

    Camden Court Hotel
    The Camden Court Hotel is located within a 5 minute walk to Grafton Street.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    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.

    Celtic Tours Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    3.6
    Accommodations
    3.3
    Itinerary
    3.7
    Professional Staff
    3.8
    Repeat with Operator
    3.3
    Value for Money
    3.8

    Ratings based off 46 reviews about Celtic Tours - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

    Everything that was detailed in the itinerary was carried out during the trip. Our guide Terry was wonderful, professional and very informative. He explained important details and made sure we saw all we could. The bus was clean and comfortable.

    This was my fourth trip to Ireland and by far the BEST with Celtic Tours!!!! The tour locations were wonderful and our tour guide, Sean was awesome!!! Sean was very educated on the country and we learned so much from him. He was very accommodating and allowed extra time where we would like to stop. I would HIGHLY recommend Celtic Tours and Sean as your guide.

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