GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND
12 NIGHT PRE BOOKED TOUR IN TRADITIONAL IRISH B&Bs

DAY 1 – DUBLIN CITY
Welcome to Dublin Airport. After picking up your hire
car transfer into the city centre and check into your
hotel. Depending on your arrival time spend some time
exploring this historic capital city. Perhaps visit Trinity
College to see the famous book of Kells, or maybe get to
know the Guinness Storehouse.
Overnight: Dublin area

DAY 2 – CORK
On your way to Cork visit Kilkenny. Kilkenny’s heritage is
evident in the city and surroundings including the historic
buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral
and round tower, Rothe House, Shee Alms House, Black
Abbey and St. Mary’s Cathedral. One of the most instantly
recognised buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been
an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans
in the 12th century. The castle has been remodelled in
Victorian times and set in extensive parklands and was the
principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes
of Ormonde.
Overnight: Cork area

DAY 3 – KILLARNEY
Before you leave Cork explore the English Market.
Situated in the heart of Cork City, the English Market
is a roofed food market and has been trading since
1788. Alternatively visit the Titanic Experience in Cobh.
The location marks the departure point for the last 123
passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden
voyage to America.
Continue onwards to The ‘Kingdom’ of County Kerry.
Overnight: Kerry area

DAY 4 – RING OF KERRY
Today depart for the town of Killarney and visit Killarney
National Park and onward to the Ring of Kerry Tour. The
Ring of Kerry brings you along the Atlantic Coast and is
one of the highlights of a trip to Ireland. Quiet valleys
and idyllic spots await along the way. The breath-taking
beauty of the landscape on the peninsula will delight you.
Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight
into the ancient heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age
Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape
carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Overnight: Kerry area

DAY 5 – DINGLE PENINSULA – LIMERICK
This morning enjoy another beautiful scenic route. The
Dingle Peninsula has something to offer to everyone.
Among other things: sandy beaches safe for swimming,
walking routes for all abilities, a thriving Irish language
community, a rich musical tradition, fine dining, sea
angling, arts and film festivals, talented craftspersons and
some of the best surfing in Ireland.
Before you arrive in Limerick pass by Adare and visit
Desmond Castle.
Overnight: Limerick area

DAY 6 – GALWAY
On the way to Galway you will cross the Burren region,
which is often likened to a moonscape because of the lack
of vegetation. Soon after that you will arrive at the Cliffs
of Moher – majestic cliffs which rise 215 metres out of
the Atlantic and stretch for more than 7 kilometres. From
this vantage point you can see the Aran Islands and the
mountains of Connemara. Continue on to Galway City.
At the mouth of Galway Bay it is both a picturesque and
lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture. The city
has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking
time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last
number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition
of new and ancient architecture. The centre of the city
is conveniently compact enough to ramble around
comfortably.
Overnight: Galway area

DAY 7 – CONNEMARA
Discover the wilderness of Connemara today.
Connemara, whose inhabitants still speak Irish, is without
doubt the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland.
Bewitchingly hidden between mountains and lakes and
surrounded by Rhododendrens, lies the gothic style
Kylemore Abbey. Afterwards visit Connemara National
Park. This impressive park is situated at the foot of the
Diamond Mountain, which is 727 metres high. The park
includes 1,500 hectares of forest, swamp, highland
moors and heaths.
Overnight: Galway area

DAY 8 – SLIGO
On your way through Sligo you can visit the Carrowmore
Megalithic Cemetery. Carrowmore Cemetery has over
60 stone circle and passage tombs making it one of the
largest Stone Age cemeteries in Europe. It is the oldest
Megalithic cemetery in Ireland as is said to have had
over 100 tombs of which 60 still exist today. Each tomb
is numbered to facilitate the visitor and the central tomb
has been restored and enables visitors to visit the interior
of a court tomb and see how it was when it was built over
5000 years ago. The local guides are excellent and give
a very interesting and detailed tour of this very ancient
and interesting site. A must for visitors interested in
Archeology.
After your visit continue towards Donegal town.
Overnight: Donegal area

DAY 9 – DONEGAL
Today why not visit the Slieve League Cliffs. Europe’s
highest sea cliffs, although less famous than the Cliffs of
Moher in Co. Clare, Slieve League’s Cliffs reach almost
three times higher, but you won’t really notice. As most
part of Co. Donegal this site is largely untouched by
tourism and walks through a largely unspoilt landscape
gives you a spectacular view of the coast and the cliff face.
Also you can visit the Glenveagh National Park. A
spectacular 16,500 hectares (40,000 acres) of scenic
mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a herd of red
deer, Glenveagh is one of Ireland’s protected natural
parks managed by the State. A Scottish style castle within
the estate is surrounded by one of the finest gardens in
Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings.
The Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio-visual
show on the area.
Overnight: Donegal area

DAY 10 – DERRY
Travel towards Derry. Derry has a heavy historical past
and has suffered a lot through violence. Today Derry
enjoys the advantages of the new peaceful atmosphere in
Northern Ireland politics and its city centre is again lively
and pleasant. You will appreciate a walk in the colourful
and well looked after historical city, which boast good
shopping, pubs and cafes.
Overnight: Derry area

DAY 11 – BELFAST
En route to Belfast visit the Giant’s Causeway. The new
Visitor centre explores the major themes of mythology,
geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history
based on the UNESCO World Heritage site that consists
of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million
years ago after a volcanic eruption. There are various
interactive exhibits and short video presentations within
five designated interpretive exhibition areas and the selfguided
visit will culminate with a spectacular two minutes
audio-visual projection of a volcanic eruption flowing over
the walls and onto the floor. In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler
magazine included hopping the stones of the Giant’s
Causeway as one of the ‘50 things to do in Europe before
you die’.
Continue to Belfast and discover the Capital City of
Northern Ireland. You can walk towards Albert Memorial
Clock tower and the Opera House, which is one of
Belfast’s great landmarks. You will pass by the City
Hall, the Crown Bar, Queens University and the Botanic
Garden. Do not forget to go visit the Titanic Experience,
located in the heart of Belfast, the attraction recreates the
story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six
floor building right beside the historic site of the original
ship’s construction. As you journey through the nine large
galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the
true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in
the early 1900s, through her construction and launch,
to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in
history.
Overnight: Belfast area

DAY 12 – DUBLIN
Depart for Dublin and visit the Boyne Valley. The Boyne
Valley is a World Heritage Site and is the largest and one of
the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe.
The Boyne valley is without a doubt the most historical
region of the whole island, therefore it is not surprising
to find here the most important Irish monuments such
as Newgrange, Knowth or Loughcrew Cairns. These are
megalithic tombs, dating from 2500 B.C, located along
the valley of the river Boyne. The river is also known for
the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690 between the
Catholic King James of England and the Protestant King
William. The victory of William over James had immediate
repercussions on Ireland, some of which still influence
Irish History today.
Overnight: Dublin area

DAY 13 – DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and take your flight back home.

SUGGESTED VISITS:
Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, Kilkenny
Castle,Cork English Market, Killarney National Park,
Desmond Castle, Cliffs of MoherKylemore Abbey,
Carrowmore Cemetery, Slieve League Cliffs, Glenveagh
National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery,
Boyne Valley

PRICE INCLUDES:
• 12 nights sharing a double/twin room in B&Bs (prebooked
accommodation)
• Room with private facilities
• 12 full Irish breakfasts
• Service charges & taxes at exiting rates
• Heritage Island Touring Guide and Explorer Coupon
Notes:
Please note the below child policy applies for all
accommodation
Under 2 years old: The accommodation is free of charge
From 2 to 11: The child rate applies when sharing with 2 full
paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child
sharing with a single adult is charged the normal rate.
From 12 years old: Full adult charge applies
Please advise all clients that they should check in to their
hotel/bed & breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm. If
clients are going to be later than 6pm, they should call their
accommodation and advise of their estimated check in time.
Failure to do so may result in their reservation being cancelled
and rooms released

PRICES

LOW SEASON MID SEASON HIGH SEASON PEAK SEASON
01 FEB- 31 MAR

01 NOV – 30 NOV

01 APR – 30 APR

01 OCT – 31 OCT

01 MAY– 10 JUL

21 AUG – 30 SEP

11 JULY – 20 AUG
DOUBLE $TBA TBA $TBA $TBA
SINGLE $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA
TRIPLE $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA
CHILD *based on 1 child 3 – 12 years sharing with 2 adults $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA
OPTIONAL EXCURSION PACK $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA