Irish Classic – Tour IE109

The Irish Classic is an extensive tour of the whole of Ireland, North & South, while enjoying terrific scenery and must-see destinations. Visit John B. Keane’s pub in the heart of Listowel and see where he penned some of his most famous works sitting by a blazing fire. Explore 1500 years of history on a walking tour of Derry. Learn how the peace process has brought a thriving arts scene to Ireland’s only completely walled city.   

 

The beautiful sculpture outside the Titanic Museum, Belfast

12 Nights / 13 Days. Departs Thursday & Saturday. March through October

 

Day 1. Dublin & Dublin Castle

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Take a panoramic tour of Dublin, seeing such sights as elegant Georgian townhouses, St Stephen’s Green and the River Liffey. Visit Dublin Castle, the seat of power and government in Ireland for many centuries. Take a guided tour through the castle and see the State Apartments, used today for official functions and presidential inaugurations. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.

 

Day 2. St Patrick’s Grave & Crumlin Road Gaol

Visit Down Cathedral where St. Patrick’s historical burial site is marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life, and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Explore Crumlin Road Gaol and see what prison life was like through the ages. Head to central Belfast for some time to relax before dinner at your hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 3. Titanic Belfast & Walking Tour

 Tour 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 liner. 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 Nine Glens of Antrim for views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This scenic region is one of the locations 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. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th 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

Sheepdog herding demonstration

Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick and stop in the beautiful town of Leenane. Head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Enjoy a drink before taking a guided tour of Westport House, an 18th-century home complete with its original contents including portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Enjoy dinner in Westport House. (B,D)

 

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 an evening at a medieval-style banquet in an authentic Irish castle. (B, D)

 

Day 8. Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula

Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

 

Day 9. Killarney’s Lakes & Jaunting Car Ride

Enjoy a scenic traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music. (B, L)

 

Day 10. Blarney Castle & Waterford

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Dungarvan, enjoy an Irish coffee and traditional music at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic old port city. (B, D)

 

Day 11. Waterford & Dunbrody’s Famine Ship

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy dinner at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

 

Day 12. Dublin Sightseeing

Enjoy your day in Dublin independently, on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Use your voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum. In the evening, dine at one of the many restaurants or pubs that Dun Loaghaire has to offer. (B)

 

Day 13. Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

 

Includes:

2020 Irish Classic Tour – 13 days
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Down Cathedral
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House
  • 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D) including a medieval-style banquet in a castle, and Taylors Three Rock traditional Irish dinner and show.
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Free Wifi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
  • Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

Hotels:

  • Hyatt Centric The Liberties, Dublin (1 night)
  • Hilton Belfast Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 night)

Book 2020 Tours at 2019 pricing! Book by Sept 30. 

Price: Per person in USD: (Scroll right for more dates.)

 

Single room supplement $790

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