Day 1 – Travel to Ireland
Depart tonight aboard your wide‑bodied jet bound for the Emerald Isle. Dinner will be served shortly after take-off, sit back and relax or watch a movie.
Day 2 – Arrive in Belfast
Cead Mile Failte! One hundred thousand welcomes! Upon clearing customs, you will be met by and escorted to your deluxe motor coach. After a hearty Irish breakfast, we take a panoramic tour of Belfast City highlighting 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. You will have some free time to explore Belfast this afternoon after check-in at our hotel & before dinner this evening. Dinner & Overnight – Europa Hotel, Belfast
Day 3 – Friday 25th March – Game of Throne’s Tour of the Antrim
This morning after breakfast we bid a short farewell to Belfast as we travel north to visit the spectacular Antrim Coastline. Our first stop of the day will be at the Dark Hedges. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. In recent years the Dark Hedges have been used in the TV series Game of Thrones and is known as the King’s Road. From here we continue our drive along the beautiful Antrim coastline where we visit the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and Giant’s 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. We return to Belfast in the late afternoon where you will have some free time before dinner this evening.
Dinner & Overnight – Europa Hotel, Belfast
Day 4 – Saturday 26th March – Free Day in Belfast
Today you may have some free time to explore Belfast City at your leisure. Discover many of the shopping outlets that Belfast has to offer such as Victoria Square and Castlecourt. You may also wish to take the opportunity to visit the Titanic Visitor Centre or Crumlin Road Gaol. Tonight you will be free to enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants or pubs found throughout Northern Ireland’s Capital City. Overnight – Europa Hotel, Belfast
Day 5 – Sunday 27th March –Belfast to Trim via Kells
This morning after a leisurely Irish breakfast we depart Belfast and bid farewell to Northern Ireland as we travel south towards Trim. Our first stop today will be in the town of Kells. Here we will visit and explore some of Kells Monastic Sites such as the Spire of Lloyd, Abbey of Kells and we will also learn about the history of this town and its connection to the book of Kells. We travel to trim in the afternoon and upon arrival we pay a visit to Trim Castle the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland which was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Trim castle is also famous as being one of the filming locations for Braveheart. We will also have the opportunity to meet up with the Star wars fan club before we check into our hotel. You may have some free time this evening before dinner.
Dinner & Overnight – Trim Castle Hotel, Trim
Day 6 – Monday 28th March – Local Touring of County Meath
Today’s touring will have us experiencing a local Irish farm and you will be able to partake in many different activities such as Irish bread making, Ceili Dancing and learning how to play the Bodhran Drum. After your busy morning of activities you will be treated to some homemade soup and bread. This afternoon we will travel to Loughcrew cairns which are a series of approx 30 tombs situated across a ridge of four hills. Of a similar age to the monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth (c.3000BC) and located on the highest point in County Meath, there are spectacular views from the cairns to the surrounding and distant landscapes. We will also pass through the town of Oldcastle which has been a market town since the 1500s and today it’s still a lively, bustling crossroads where people from three counties and beyond meet and mingle. In the late afternoon we return to Trim where you will be free to explore and dine out tonight.
Overnight – Trim Castle Hotel, Trim
Day 7 – Tuesday 29th March – Trim to Limerick via Kilbeggan
We bid farewell to County Meath as we travel towards County Limerick. Our first stop today will be at Kilbeggan Distillery. Formerly known as Brusna Distillery and Locke's Distillery) it began as a small pot still distillery and has held a license to distil alcohol since 1757. From here we continue on to Limerick City and upon arrival we will have a short panoramic tour of the city before visiting King John’s Castle. A 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. We check into our hotel in the late afternoon and will have some free time before dinner this evening. Dinner & Overnight – Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Day 8 – Wednesday 30th March – Cliffs of Moher, Burren Region & Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
This morning after breakfast we set out and explore County Clare. Our first stop of the day will be the Cliffs of Moher. The tower at the cliffs was built by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. On a clear day you can easily view the cliffs, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. In the afternoon we reach our final attraction, the beautiful Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Step back in time and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house around the charming village. We return to Limerick in the late afternoon.
Overnight – Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick
Day 9 – Thursday 31st March – Limerick to Killarney via Adare
Bidding farewell to Limerick, our first stop of the day will be in the quaint village of Adare. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village. We also pay a visit to Desmond Castle before arriving in Killarney in the afternoon. After check in you will have some free time to explore Killarney. You may wish to take a jaunting car ride and visit Killarney National Park before dinner this evening. Dinner & Overnight – Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
Day 10 – Friday 1st April – Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
After a leisurely breakfast we have another exciting day of touring as we experience one of the most scenic drives in all of Europe, around the famous Ring of Kerry. As we head along the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Sneem sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular views as we circle the mountainous MacGillycuddy Reeks. We complete the tour via the Ladies View back to Killarney. We return in the late afternoon where you are free to explore this unique town and where you will have many options for dinner tonight.
Overnight - Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
Day 11 – Saturday 2nd April – Day trip to Skellig
Today we begin our tour by travelling to Portmagee. It is here that we take a boat trip to the island of Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael was uninhabited before its monastery was founded. Folklore holds that Ir, son of Míl Espáine, was buried on the island, and a text from the 8th or 9th century states that Duagh, King of West Munster, fled to "Scellecc" after a feud with the Kings of Cashel. More recently Skellig Michael has been used as an iconic location in Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens and may also play an important role in future Star Wars Films. We return to Killarney after a long days touring and will have dinner in the hotel this evening.
Dinner & Overnight: Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
Day 12 – Sunday 3rd April – Killarney to Dublin via Kildare
Today we will depart Killarney and travel north to the fair city of Dublin. We stop along the way in some of the small towns and villages such as Portlaoise. Our main stop of the day will be in the town of Kildare. Rich in heritage and history, Kildare Town dates from the 5th Century, when it was the site of the original 'Church of the Oak' and monastery founded by Saint Brigid. This became one of the three most important Christian foundations in Celtic Ireland. Here you will have time to have some lunch and also explore the many shopping outlets found throughout Kildare. We continue on to Dublin City and after check-in you will have some free time, before dinner this evening in our hotel.
Dinner & Overnight – Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 13 – Monday 4th April – Dublin City Touring
Today we get to explore the wonderful city of Dublin. Sit back and enjoy a relaxed panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin, taking in many of the cities wonders and also learning the history of the city from your friendly Tour Director. Then we visit two of most iconic and top visitor attractions in Dublin, Trinity College & Kilmainham Gaol. On our tour we visit 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. When it was first built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the "New Gaol" to distinguish it from the old prison it was intended to replace – a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred metres from the present site. It was officially called the County of Dublin Gaol, and was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin. More recently Kilmainham Gaol has been used in the original Italian Job film and was also used in the television show, the Tudors. You now are free to explore Dublin at your leisure and will have the opportunity to dine in one of the many Irish pubs or traditional restaurants found throughout the city.
Overnight - Camden Court Hotel, Dublin
Day 14 – Tuesday 5th April - Depart Ireland
With an early departure this morning we bid farewell as we board our coach for transfer to Dublin Airport. You will have time to browse and shop in the Duty Free Store before boarding your return flight bound for home.