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GRAND TOUR OF IRELAND 2019

11 DAYS

Take in Ireland’s famous scenery, pretty‐postcard villages and wealth of history on this impressive holiday to the Emerald Isle. Covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we include visits to the world‐famous Giants Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, Belfast, Killarney, Sligo, Galway, Adare and Cong and much more on this fascinating journey.

INCLUDES

Inclusive insurance Door‐to‐Door service Return ferry sailings

10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Guided tour of Belfast & Ring of Kerry Tour

Entry to Titanic Belfast & Blarney Stone Castle & Gardens Jaunting car ride in Killarney

Cruise on Lough Leane

Excursions to Kinsale, Kenmare, Limerick, Adare, Galway, Sligo, Foxford, Cong, Castle Ward, Ballycastle Town & Dublin

Visits to the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Derrynane Beach, Ballinskelligs beach & Valentia Island

Scenic drive through Killarney National Park & past the Cliffs of Moher

DURING YOUR STAY

Day 1 – We travel to Ireland. Tonight, we will be staying at our first hotel for one night in Waterford. Day 2 – Built nearly 600 years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, today we’ll visit Blarney Castle and Gardens home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Carved into the battlements it is believed that kissing the stone gives the kisser the ‘gift of the gab.’ This afternoon we visit Kinsale for free time. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the southwest coast of Ireland. Tonight, we will be staying at the 4‐star Killarney Towers Hotel.

Day 3 – Today we have arranged a unique Jaunting Car ride for you in Killarney. Step back in time and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport around Killarney National Park and the famous Lakes of Killarney. With information on the history, legends and folklore of the area this is an experience you don’t want to miss. Afterwards, we take to the shores of Lough Leane on a relaxing cruise before returning back to the hotel.

Day 4 – Enjoy a scenic tour around the iconic Ring of Kerry. This unspoilt region provides many unforgettable views as it passes through glistening lakes and magnificent National Parks.

Day 5 – We travel to Limerick. Chosen as the first‐ever Irish City of Culture in 2014 Limerick is home to a beautiful waterfront, complete with a boardwalk and castle. After some free time, we continue to Adare, often voted as ‘Ireland’s prettiest village.’ Adare is home to a string of 19th century thatched cottages home to craft shops and restaurants. Later, our experienced driver will take you on a scenic drive to our next hotel in Galway, passing the stunning Cliffs of Moher.

Day 6 – After breakfast, enjoy free time to explore Galway. Internationally known for its friendly people and charming streets wander the cobbled city streets and feel like you’ve stepped back in time! Perhaps visit the Galway City Museum. Overlooking the Spanish Arch, this modern, spacious building is home to a fabulous collection of Galway’s history and heritage.

Day 7 – We make our way to Sligo, located in the northwest of Ireland for free time. Once a major port city, Sligo is steeped in history and mythology. After this we enjoy free time in Cong. This delightful village is most famous as the setting for the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O‐Hara. We then continue to our next hotel in Donegal.

Day 8 – Our first stop today is at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor centre, rising and blending into the landscape, with walls of glass and a state of the art interior – the Visitor centre boasts a 360-degree view of the Causeway coastline – and brings the science and the stories of this exceptional natural landscape to life. Later, our journey will take us along the famous Antrim Coast road – one of the most iconic roads in Europe – winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, we pass through the stunning nine Glens of Antrim and up along to Ballycastle Town.

Day 9 – This morning we will take you into Belfast, where you can enjoy free time. Later, we have included admission into the Titanic Belfast – the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience! On this self‐guided tour, you can discover the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast, through to her construction and launch, to her maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

Day 10 – After breakfast we head to the National Trust’s Castle Ward. This eccentric 18th century mansion and estate sits overlooking the tranquil waters of Strangeford Lough in County Down. The house itself is a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ with an unusual split personality due to its Gothic meets Classical décor. After some free time, we travel to Dublin and this evening we will spend the night in the final hotel of our stay: the four‐star Talbot Hotel.

Day 11 – After a truly unforgettable stay we return home.

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09 Oct 2019Grand Tour of IrelandVarious Hotels - Ireland 11 days £1,109.00 Book Now


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