Day 1 – Saturday 30th May – Overnight travel to Ireland Depart US – Dublin
Tonight we begin our journey as we board our wide bodied jet bound for the Emerald Isle. Dinner will be served shortly after take-off. Relax, watch a movie, and approach the dawn of an Irish morning.
Day 2 – Sunday 31st May – Arrive Dublin to Newry via Carlingford
Cead Mile Failte! One hundred thousand welcomes!!!!!!!! Upon clearing customs, you will be met by your Irish tour director and escorted to your deluxe motorcoach in Dublin. Our first stop will be for a good hearty Irish cooked breakfast. Our first stop is Carlingford is a magical village, full of character and is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Ireland. Raided by the Vikings in the 8th & 9th Centuries, historical records show that the Vikings occupied Carlingford Lough. With its history and narrow Medieval streets, lanes that lead to the harbour, majestic Slieve Foye mountain and the famous mountains of Mourne across the lough all combine to make Carlingford unique in Ireland. After stopping for breakfast at one of Carlingford's lovely seaside cafes we will continue on our journey to Newry.
Dinner & overnight – Canal Court Hotel, Newry
Day 3 – Monday 1st June – Belfast City
This morning after a hearty Irish breakfast, we leave Newry and make our way to Belfast. Upon arriving we take a Panoramic tour of Belfast City, highlighting The City Hall, Botanic Gardens and the Loyalist and Republican colourful walled murals which tell the tale of the Troubles, a war which lasted over 30 years. Belfast is a Victorian city built on the linen and shipbuilding trades. The world's largest dry dock is here and the shipyard's giant cranes tower over the port. Today we shall visit the Titanic Visitor Experience. Here you will re-live the entire titanic story from its birthplace in Belfast to its fateful maiden voyage. Before departing Belfast we pay a visit to Quilters Quest, a real treasure trove for patchwork & quilting enthusiasts, this will be the first of many stops at some of the best and unique quilting shops in Ireland, as we celebrate Ireland's National Quilting week. We return to Newry in the late afternoon you are free to explore and dine in many of the fine pubs and restaurants.
Overnight – Canal Court Hotel, Newry
Day 4 – Tuesday 2nd June – Newry to Letterkenny via the Antrim Coastline & Derry City
Following breakfast this morning it is now time to bid farewell to Newry as we head for Letterkenny. Today we will be travelling via the Beautiful Antrim coastline where we visit the Giants Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s top tourist attraction, and only World Heritage Site. A dramatic coastal landscape steeped in local mythology which consists of around 40,000 polygonal basalt columns, jutting out into the sea amid a spectacular coastal landscape of cliffs, headlands and crashing waves.We continue on to Derry City and after a panoramic tour. This city has come through so much especially since the troubles of Northern Ireland which lasted over 30 years. The Murals (street art) expressed by the community and adorning gables and walls in housing estates. The murals are personal memories and depictions of recent and past events in the city's political and social history. We now take a walking tour of Derry City to learn about its rich and unique culture & history. In the late afternoon we depart Derry and travel to our final stop for today and where we will be based for the next 2 nights Letterkenny. After checking in you will have some free time before dinner in the hotel.
Dinner & overnight – Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny
Day 5 – Wednesday 3rd June – Inishowen Peninsula
This morning after a hearty Irish breakfast, we head northeast of Letterkenny to beautiful and scenic Inishowen Peninsula. The Inishowen Peninsula reaches just far enough into the Atlantic to grab the title of northernmost point on the island of Ireland: Malin Head. It is remote, rugged, desolate and sparsely populated, making it a special and peaceful sort of place.Surrounded by vast sea loughs and open ocean, Inishowen (meaning Island of Eoghain, the same chieftain who gave his name to County Tyrone) naturally attracts a lot of birdlife. The variety is tremendous, with well over 200 resident and migrant Species, including well-travelled avian visitors from Iceland, Greenland and North America. Irregular Atlantic winds mean rare and exotic species also blow in from time to time. Before we head back to Letterkenny we will take a stop in the Town of Buncrana to stop of at The Fennel Shed quilting shop owned by the renowned quilter Gaye Grant.
Dinner & overnight – Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny
Day 6- Thursday 4th June - Letterkenny to Galway via Donegal Castle and Drumcliffe
This morning after breakfast we set out for Galway. Our drive takes us through Donegal Town it is here that we visit Donegal Castle. Donegal means “Fort of the Foreigners, after the Vikings who built a garrison here. The restored Donegal Castle in the town centre incorporates the gabled tower of a fortified house built by the O Donnell family in the 15th century. We now continue on our journey to Drumcliff Co.Sligo, where you will have the opportunity to stop off at the burial place of W.B Yeats set at the foothills of Ben Bulben Mountain.We continue on our way to Galway upon arriving we embark on a panoramic tour of Galway City to take in the many sights this medieval city has to offer -Galway Cathedral, The Claddagh, Galway Bay, Spanish arch and much more. After check in at the hotel you have a few hours to explore before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Dinner & overnight – Salthill Hotel, Galway
Day 7 – Friday 5th June – Galway City & Connemara
This morning after breakfast we set out on a leisurely cruise onboard the Corrib Princess. Sit back and soak up the fabulous views and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a heartwarming Irish Coffee along the way. The cruise takes us along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake providing unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wild life and the Corrib has a peace and tranquility all of its own. While touring Connemara we will visit Rag’s for Linda another renowned quilting shop.
Overnight – Salthill Hotel, Galway
Day 8 – Saturday 6th June – Galway to Killarney via the Cliffs of Moher
After breakfast this morning, we travel south driving through the charming villages of Kinvara & Ballyvaughan and through the Burren in Co Clare, an area on barren limestone hills which bursts into bloom each spring with rare flowers. We continue out to the coast to the awesome Cliffs of Moher, one of the most outstanding features of Co Clare. Rising sheer above the sea to nearly 700 feet and extending along the coast for nearly five miles ‑ these cliffs form one of the grandest stretches of cliffs in these islands. We continue onwards to Adare, Co Limerick. You will enjoy some free time in Adare, snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting and widely regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village. Situated on the River Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon, Adare dates back to at least the 13th century. Our base for the next two nights in the busy town of Killarney.
Dinner & overnight – Randles Court Hotel, Killarney
Day 9 – Sunday 7th June – Day tour of Dingle Peninsula
After a leisurely breakfast, we set out for our tour of the beautifully rugged, scenic Dingle Peninsula. First we stop off in Keel to visit the Sewing Shed, a haven for quilt makers. On arrival in Dingle enjoy a visit to The Blasket Visitor Center. Here you will learn about the group of islands to the west of Slea Head that was inhabited until 1953 by only Irish speaking natives. Many of Ireland's great Gaelic literary figures were born and raised on the great Blasket Islands. Dingle is a land of blue gold hills and sandy beaches, of glorious waterfalls, hidden bays, wondrous rock formations, caves and arches, busy harbors and wayside pubs, perfect for the photographer enthusiast. The peninsula that inspired movies like “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away” has so much to offer. We return to Killarney in the late afternoon for free time to explore the town and to sample the restaurants and join in the “ceol agus craic” in the local pubs.
Overnight – Randles Court Hotel, Killarney
Day 10– Monday 8th June – Killarney to Dublin via the Rock of Cashel
After a hearty breakfast we bid farewell to the Kingdom County and travel to Dublin via Mallow, Mitchelstown and Cashel in Co Tipperary. Here on the outskirts of Cashel we visit the Rock of Cashel, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Ireland. This mound of limestone bristling with ancient fortifications and mighty stone walls encircle a complete round tower, a roofless abbey, a 12th century Romanesque chapel, and numerous other buildings and high crosses. The Rock of Cashel is composed of four structures which are the Hall of the Vicars Choral, the cathedral, the round tower, and Cormac's Chapel. We arrive in Dublin in the afternoon and you will have time to rest up before we gather for dinner at our hotel this evening.
Dinner & Overnight – Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 11 – Tuesday 9th June- Dublin City & Taylor’s Three Rock
After a hearty Irish breakfast our first visit is to Trinity College and its library, home to the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and one of the finest collections of manuscripts and early printed books in Ireland. You are free to explore at your leisure and explore this vibrant historic city.You may choose to shop on Grafton Street, or enjoy a pint or two at one of the famous pubs of Dublin.
Suggested visits: -
- St Patrick’s Cathedral
- Dublin Castle
- Kilmainham Gaol
- Jameson Distillery
Overnight – Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 12 – Wednesday 10th June –Depart Ireland to US
After a leisurely breakfast and hotel check out you will have time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to Dublin Airport for your afternoon flight. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to Ireland.