The Emerald Isle

Ireland travel vacation- Dublin to Dublin - Small Group Tour
Dublin to Dublin tourTravel Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a 12 day tour, visiting smaller towns and large cities on the Emrald Isle. Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kinsale and more. Your Ireland tour awaits!

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DAY 1 DUBLIN - BELFAST

We’ll start our Ireland Travel Vacation with a trip back in time. In the Boyne Valley, you find some of the most venerated prehistoric sites and monuments. You explore Newgrange, the large cairn, or burial site erected during the Stone Age before visiting the site of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Then it’s on to the Hill of Tara. Crossing into Northern Ireland before we sit down to a welcome dinner in Belfast. (D)

Overnight: Malone Lodge (or similar)


DAY 2 BELFAST - DERRY

Belfast is packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital. You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences oncontemporary culture. This morning begins with an escorted Black Cab tour to Belfast’s unique street art – its political murals. That’s followed by a visit to the Titanic Museum, where we discover the personal stories that surround this fateful ship. We continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we explore Ireland’s natural geological wonders – the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Derry. (B, L)

Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel (or similar)


DAY 3 DERRY - NORTH IRISH COAST - DERRY

Derry, also known as Londonderry, is a city on the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. It’s known for the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls with 7 gates.   A walk around the walls in Derry~Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene.  This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. Today, we stroll along the old city walls of Derry, before taking in the breathtaking views from Grianán of Aileach, an ancient stone fort. Later we drive to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, stopping off at the Isle of Doagh Visitor Centre where we’ll listen to the local population’s heartrending experience of the devastating Irish Famine. (B)

Overnight: Beech Hill Country House Hotel (or similar)


Northern part of Ireland

DAY 4 DERRY - BALLYFARNON

More fascinating history is in store at the Ulster-American Folk Park, where we learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to embark on a fresh life in the New World. We’ll then drive through County Fermanagh to County Sligo, following the coat tails of great Irish poet W. B. Yeats. That takes us to Drumcliffe Church where he was buried, and Parke’s Castle. (B, D)

Overnight: Kilronan Castle (or similar)


DAY 5 BALLYFARNON - CONNEMARA - GALWAY

The morning sees us in Westport, before visiting the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre to gain a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)

Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)


Sligo

DAY 6 GALWAY

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. You could spend a pleasant few hours navigating the labyrinth of cobbled streets, lovely beaches and long promenade. Or if the weather isn’t up to much, there’s always the City Museum and National Aquarium. (B)

Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)


DAY 7 GALWAY - THE BURREN - DINGLE

With Galway now behind us, the picturesque fishing villageof Kinvara is our first port of call. We then travel across the Burren with its mysterious landscape of cracked glacial-era limestone pavements, rock formations and archeological sites. We round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Clifs of Moher, rising 120 metres above the Atlantic. (B, D)

Overnight: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)


DAY 8 DINGLE PENINSULA

We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel in the crown – the Dingle Peninsula, exploring countless historical sites, ancient churches and stone forts before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. The afternoon gives us plenty of free time in the town of Dingle. (B)

Overnight: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)


DAY 9 DINGLE - KENMARE - BLARNEY

Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Time to wend our way up to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks – the highest range in Ireland – and take in the views across the stunning Killarney Lakes. The mountain road from Killarney to Kenmare then takes us on to the 17th century Bantry House, renowned for its magnificentsetting and gardens. (B, D)

Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)


DAY 10 BLARNEY - KINSALE - MIDLETON - BLARNEY

The port and fishing town ofKinsale is where we’ll start our walking tour through history. Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its harbour in Kinsale, the favorable mild climate and its safe harbour make Kinsale the ideal sport for yachting, sea angling, Dolphin & Whale Watching Trips, gourmet restaurants and golf. You’ll then pick up plenty of fascinating facts about whiskey production at the Old Midleton Distillery. And after all that walking, what’s better than a nip of what many consider to be the finest whiskey in Ieland. (B)

Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)


DAY 11 BLARNEY - TIPPERARY - KILKENNY

Fairy-tale ruins. Magical soaring spires. As we approach the final few chapters of our tour we find ourselves at the Rockof Cashel, with its 13th century Gothic cathedral and beautiful Romanesque church. It’s not a long way to rural Tipperary, but we carry on through to Kilkenny. Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It's also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery. (B, D)

Overnight: River Court Hotel (or similar)


Rathlin Island

DAY 12 KILKENNY - DUBLIN

Our last day sees us cross the huge expanse of Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. We then travel on through wild and unspoilt terrain to Sally Gap before making our way down to the Powerscourt Estate. Back in the ‘fair city’ of Dublin is where our Ireland tour ends. (B)

Pick-up & Drop-off

This tour commences from The Brooks Hotel, 62 Drury Street, Dublin 2, Dublin, D02 TV06, Ireland at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

The tour finishes at 5.30pm at The Brooks Hotel. 

Tour Inclusions
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Experienced driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • One lunch
  • 5 dinnerss
  • Famous Black Cab' tour
  • Heritage walk with local guide in Kinsale
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Included Entrances: Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant's Causeway, Doagh Famine Village, Ulster-American Folk Park, Parkes Castle, Connemara Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands Centre, Bantry House, Rock of Cashel, Glendalough & Powerscourt Estate.
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