2018 AMAZING IRELAND 14 DAYS

Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose 'causeway' enjoys World Heritage Site status. Dance your way through the cities of Belfast and Dublin, learn about Ireland's traditional Smithwick's beer, in Kilkenny.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
    SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • City tour in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin
  • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Orientation of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford
  • See City Hall in Belfast and the Cathedral of Galway
  • View the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcli,
    the Marian Shrine in Knock, Trinity College and the
    Georgian Squares in Dublin
  • Visit the Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher,
  • Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford
    Crystal

DINING

13 full breakfasts
5 dinners
(including Be My Guest)

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or
  • alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE DUBLIN
Embrace the warm welcome of the Emerald Isle - its ancient heritage, legends and lore are yours to explore as you travel the length and breadth of this fascinating island and its tale of two nations. The charismatic capital of Dublin is our first stop on this epic journey. Spend the day soaking up its palpable charm before joining your
Travel Director and travel companions on a canal boat for an unforgettable Welcome Reception on Dublin's 200-year old Grand Canal.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - DUBLIN – BELFAST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE (2 NIGHTS)
Belfast beckons today as we journey to Northern Ireland for some time at leisure in this vibrant city, whose
streets we will have an opportunity to explore with a Local Specialist. View the historic murals splashed across
the walls of the nationalist and loyalist areas, and visit Queen's University and City Hall. A Cultural Insight offers
a new perspective into the world's most famous ship and the tragedy that befell it and its passengers at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre. This evening we dine in our hotel.
HOTEL Stormont
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 3 - GIANT'S CAUSEWAY EXCURSION
Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool - his geometric Giant's Causeway more the stuff of legends than the
result of ancient volcanic activity that left its unique mark on the Northern Irish coast. After admiring the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that fade into the sea, we return to Belfast for a free afternoon to explore the city's indomitable character.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 4 - BELFAST – LONDONDERRY – COUNTY DONEGAL (2 NIGHTS)
Traversing Northern Ireland, we arrive at the old walled city of Londonderry on River Foyle, where we join a
Local Specialist who will take us to its most iconic sights. Delving into the former struggles of the region, we
visit the People's Gallery in Bogside to view its poignant murals. We journey to County Donegal later, where we
will spend the next two nights, enjoying a tasty dinner in our hotel.
HOTEL Kees
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - BELLEEK EXCURSION – COUNTY DONEGAL ORIENTATION AND AT LEISURE
You can't see the USA, but you can almost touch it in the village of Belleek which holds the distinction of being
as close as one can get to America without leaving the United Kingdom. Here you will enjoy a fascinating
Cultural Insight into the local handcraft of Irish pottery. Then it's on to Donegal for an afternoon of exploration
and an opportunity to discover "The Diamond" as the city centre is known. Or visit the ancient Donegal Castle,
once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 6 - COUNTY DONEGAL – KNOCK – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)
In the pilgrimage town of Knock, our rst
stop today, we'll visit the beautiful Marian Shrine where the Virgin
Mary, Saint Joseph, and John the Evangelist are said to have made an appearance to the townsfolk in 1879. We
continue to the harbour city of Galway where we'll have an afternoon to explore its vibrant Latin Quarter,
striking stone Cathedral or 18th century Eyre Square.
HOTEL Maldron
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 7 - CONNEMARA ORIENTATION AND AT LEISURE

The untamed landscapes of Connemara, set against rugged mountains and tranquil loughs, provide a
breathtaking backdrop for your scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey. This Benedictine monastery built on the
grounds of Kylemore Castle features a magnicent
Victorian Walled Garden, which we will have an opportunity
to explore before returning to Galway this evening where we'll dine in our hotel.
MEALS Full Breakfast Dinner

DAY 8 - GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – SCENIC COASTAL ROUTE – KILLARNEY (2
NIGHTS)
Our encounter with the rugged beauty of Ireland continues as we see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher plunging into the wild Atlantic 700 feet below. The history of these inspiring cliffs is brought to life at the "Atlantic Edge"exhibition before we meander along the scenic coastal route, through County Clare en route to Killarney. in Killarney. This evening yours to spend as you wish, but perhaps we can tempt you with a bit of craic at a traditional Irish ceilidh to soak up the town's festive atmosphere?
HOTEL International
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 9 - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Circle the mystical Ring of Kerry - among Ireland's most enchanting landscapes along which we'll have an
opportunity to view the island's ancient history. Travel through Moll's Gap and take a moment to view the
marvellous natural scenery at Ladies View. This evening is at leisure.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 10 - KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – CORK – WATERFORD (2 NIGHTS)
Your 'gift of the gab' secured after kissing the Blarney Stone this morning, we venture to Cork where we spend
some time exploring the cosmopolitan city that rivals Dublin in its energy and charisma. Spend your free time
visiting the famous food market feeding locals since 1788 or perhaps relax at one of the city's tearooms
indulging in fresh scones and tea. Our nal
stop today is in medieval Waterford where we'll spend the next two
nights.
HOTEL Waterford Marina
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 11 - WATERFORD – KILKENNY EXCURSION
A leisurely start to your morning could see you amble along Meagher's Quay, before you visit the House of
Waterford for a Cultural Insight into the art of creating the exquisite crystal that bears the city's name. From new art to new
brews, we head to Kilkenny for a visit to the Smithwick's Experience. This Cultural Insight of a brewery-turned-brewery-tour sheds light on the medieval origins of brewing Ireland's oldest beer. We spent
the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Waterford though you may wish to consider joining an Optional Experience trying your hand at Ireland's national sport 'hurling'.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 12 - COUNTY WEXFORD (VISIT THE JOHN F. KENNEDY ARBORETUM AND
DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP) – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

Traverse beautiful County Wexford to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum - a peaceful retreat in New Ross with
over 4,500 species of plants across 252 hectares dedicated to the former American president. We leave the
enchanting outdoors behind and take a step back in time to the 1800s as we visit the three-masted Famine
Ship Dunbrody for a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of the Irish emigrants who were compelled to leave
their home during the potato famine, enduring even harsher conditions than at home in the "con
ships" that
took them to new lands. This evening, we join the Fulvio family for a spectacular Be My Guest Dinner of Irish
fare with an Italian twist served at their Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin.
HOTEL Ballsbridge
MEALS Full Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 13 - DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
We wander through Dublin this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a superb sightseeing tour that will see us
view Trinity College, the magnicent
Georgian Squares and tranquil green spaces. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your terms. Indulge in a pint of 'the Black Stuff' at one of its many quaint pubs, admire the colourful performances on Grafton Street or delve into its centuries-old history. This evening, let the rousing sounds of a traditional Irish cabaret tempt you for an Optional Experience that will have you dancing your way through the Dublin streets.
MEALS Full Breakfast

DAY 14 - DEPART DUBLIN
Our memorable journey through Ireland is at its end. All that's left to say is slán abhaile to newfound friends as
you prepare to depart home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Full Breakfast

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