2019 Mystical Ireland – 8 Days/7 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Discover the colorful histories of Belfast, Derry, Westport, and Waterford on walking tours with local guides.

Trip Highlights:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Donegal Castle
  • Down Cathedral
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House

Dining Experiences:

  • Five dinners including a festive medieval castle banquet

Hotels:

  • CityNorth Hotel, outside Dublin (1 nights)
  • Hilton Belfast Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (1 night)

ITINERARY

2019 MYSTICAL IRELAND

Day 1: ARRIVAL & DUBLIN CASTLE
Tour begins 2:00 PM at your hotel near Dublin airport. Set out on a tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and before dinner.
(D)

Day 2: ST. PATRICK’S GRAVE & CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL 
Visit Down Cathedral with St. Patrick’s historical burial site marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Next, explore the Crumlin Road Gaol to see what prison life was like through the ages and discover the dark secrets that lies within. Head to central Belfast with time to relax before dinner at your hotel.
(B, D)

Day 3: TITANIC BELFAST & WALKING TOUR
Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own.
(B)

Day 4: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK
Drive north along the Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This scenic region is the location for “Game of Thrones.” Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city.
(B, D)

Day 5: DONEGAL CASTLE & WESTPORT
Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Tour Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell Chieftain in the15th century. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Head to Westport for a gentle walking tour of this historic town.
(B, D)

Day 6: SHEEP HERDING & WESTPORT HOUSE
Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and stop in the beautiful village of Leenane. Head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and enjoy a light lunch and guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean, contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy free time in Westport.
(B, L)

Day 7: GALWAY & CLIFFS OF MOHER
Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic. Enjoy the evening feasting at a medieval-style banquet in a castle.
(B, D)

Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN BUNRATTY
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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