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12 Day Luxury Small Group North to South Tour of Ireland

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12 Day Luxury Small Group North to South Tour of Ireland

From North to South – step into Ireland’s colourful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Whilerugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains create a dramatic setting for your Emerald Isle adventure.

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Map of Ireland - The Emerald Isle | 2017

Day by day

First Day welcome to Dublin then Belfast

We’ll start our trip back in time at the prehistoric site of Newgrange, before visiting the last place that two crowned kings of England, Scotland and Ireland all fought each other at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Then it’s on wards (and upwards) to the Hill of Tara before we sit down to a welcome dinner in Belfast. (D)

Hotel:   Malone Lodge 

Second Day we explore Belfast then its onto Derry

You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences on contemporary culture. This morning begins with an escorted Black Cab tour to Belfast’s unique street art – its political murals. That’s followed by a visit to the Titanic Museum, where we discover the personal stories that surround this fateful ship. We continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we explore Ireland’s natural geological wonders – the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Derry. (B, L)

Hotel:    Beech Hill Country House Hotel 

Third Day tour Derry then the North Irish Coast

Today, we stroll along the old city walls of Derry, before taking in the breathtaking views from Grianán of Aileach, an ancient stone fort. Later we drive to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, stopping off at the Isle of Doagh Visitor Centre where we’ll listen to the local population’s heartrending experience of the devastating Irish Famine. (B)

Hotel:    Beech Hill Country House Hotel 

Fourth Day we travel from Derry to Ballyfarnon

More fascinating history is in store at the Ulster-American Folk Park, where we learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to embark on a fresh life in the New World. We’ll then drive through County Fermanagh to County Sligo, following the coat tails of great Irish poet W. B. Yeats. That takes us to Drumcliffe Church where he was buried, and Parke’s Castle. (B, D)

Hotel:    Kilronan Castle 

Fifth Day its onto Cannemara then Galway

The morning sees us in Westport, before visiting the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre to gain a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)

Hotel:   Park House Hotel 

Sixth Day Galway at your leisure

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. You could spend a pleasant few hours navigating the labyrinth of cobbled streets, lovely beaches and long promenade. Or if the weather isn’t up to much, there’s always the City Museum and National Aquarium. (B)

Hotel:    Park House Hotel 

Seventh Day we tour The Burren then Dingle

With Galway now behind us, the picturesque fishing village of Kinvara is our first port of call. We then travel across the Burren with its mysterious landscape of cracked glacial-era limestone pavements, rock formations and archaeological sites. We round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Clifs of Moher, rising 120 metres above the Atlantic. (B, D)

Hotel:    Dingle Benners Hotel 

Eighth Day historic Dingle Penninsula

We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel in the crown – the Dingle Peninsula, exploring countless historical sites, ancient churches and stone forts before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. The afternoon gives us plenty of free time in the town of Dingle. (B)

Hotel:    Dingle Benners Hotel 

Ninth Day go from Dingle to Kenmare and Blarney

Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Time to wend our way up to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks – the highest range in Ireland – and take in the views across the stunning Killarney Lakes. The mountain road from Killarney to Kenmare then takes us on to the 17th century Bantry House, renowned for its magnificent setting and gardens. (B, D)

Hotel:    Blarney Castle Hotel 

Tenth Day its onto Kinsale then Midleton and back to Blarney 

The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we’ll start our walking tour through history. You’ll then pick up plenty of fascinating facts about whiskey production at the Old Midleton Distillery. And after all that walking, what’s better than a nip of what many consider to be the finest whiskey in Ieland. (B)

Hotel:    Blarney Castle Hotel 

Eleventh Day we head to Tipperary then Kikenny 

Fairy-tale ruins. Magical soaring spires. As we approach the final few chapters of our tour we find ourselves at the Rockof Cashel, with its 13th century Gothic cathedral and beautiful Romanesque church. It’s not a long way to rural Tipperary, but we carry on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. (B, D)

Hotel:    River Court Hotel 

Twelfth Day its Kilkenny and finally Dublin

Our last day sees us cross the huge expanse of Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. We then travel on through wild and un-spoilt terrain to Sally Gap before making our way down to the Powerscourt Estate. Back in the ‘fair city’ of Dublin is where our tour ends. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Experienced driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • One lunch
  • 5 x evening meals
  • Famous Black Cab' tour
  • Heritage walk with local guide in Kinsale
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Included Entrances: Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant's Causeway, Doagh Famine Village, Ulster-American Folk Park, Parkes Castle, Connemara Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands Centre, Bantry House, Rock of Cashel, Glendalough and Powerscourt Estate.

The Difference

Sit down for lunch at historic private country house, Ballyscullion Park

Drive along Ireland’s back roads through extraordinary natural scenery, including the lunar-like landscape of the Burren

Enjoy a traditional Irish evening sipping whiskies, and perhaps a pint of Guinness with the locals

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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