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8 Day Best Value Tour Round the Whole of Ireland

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8 Day Best Value Tour Round the Whole of Ireland

Centuries of Irish culture and heritage are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin to the charismatic seaside villages along the Dingle Peninsula and the Blarney Stone, where you'll acquire the gift of the gab.

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Day by day

First Day Welcome to Dublin

Welcome to Dublin. Relax after check-in. Later your Local Specialist takes you on a panoramic sightseeing tour, which includes views of Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park. It's a great introduction to your Irish journey.

Hotel:    Maldron Newlands Cross

Second Day we visit Boyle and Knock then stay in Ballina 

View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle, dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock in County Mayo, where the Virgin Mary appeared to villagers in 1879. Dine tonight at your hotel in Ballina. (FB),(D)

Hotel:    Twin Trees

Third Day its County Donegal then Belleek

Travel across the border into Northern Ireland for a visit to the Belleek Pottery centre. Visit traditional weavers in the town of Donegal where you also view the 15th century castle. Stop at Drumcliffe to view the grave of renowned Irish poet W.B Yeats. See the harbour town of Mullgahmore, before returning to your hotel in Ballina. (FB)

Hotel:   Twin Trees

Fourth Day we travel to Westport onto Galway

This morning travel via Westport and the beautiful region of Connemara to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the Cathedral, built on the site of the old prison and stroll around Eyre Square. Tonight why not join your Travel Director and companions for a medieval banquet in an Irish castle? (FB)

Hotel:    Travelodge Ennis Road

Fifth Day enjoy cliffs of Moher Excursion

This morning drive to the western coast and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Bring the history of the cliffs to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Return to Shannon for free time exploring on your own or perhaps join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience to Bunratty Folk Park. (FB),(D)

Hotel:    Travelodge Ennis Road

Sixth Day its Limerick then drive along the Dingle Peninsula onto Tralee

This morning in Limerick your orientation drive includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colourful villages and fishing harbours of Ireland's most westerly point. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual 'Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant before arriving at your hotel. (FB),(D)

Hotel:    Earl of Desmond

Seventh Day we visit Blarney then head back to Dublin 

Visit Blarney Castle and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab'. Arrive later in the capital, Dublin, for the final night of your holiday. (FB)

Hotel:    Citywest

Eighth Day we bid Farewell to Dublin

Say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable holiday in the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (FB)

Dining

7 full breakfasts (FB)

3 three course dinners (D)

Travel Highlights

  • Belleek Pottery: Visit the famous pottery factory.
  • Blarney: Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the gift of the gab.
  • Boyle: View the Cistercian Abbey.
  • Cliffs of Moher: View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Centre.
  • County Donegal: Visit this picturesque area.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy the beautiful countryside along the Dingle peninsula, Ireland's most westerly point.
  • Dublin: With your Local Specialist see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour.
  • Galway: View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square.
  • Knock: Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock.
  • Limerick: View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.

Optional Experiences

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

Fine Dining in a Stately Home in Ballina

We’ll travel by coach to an award-winning restaurant in a quirky, 19c neo-gothic manor house. Here you’ll be served authentic locally-sourced food in an elegant setting.

Irish Traditions and Song

Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

Medieval Castle Banquet in Limerick

Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. You’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.

Dinner in Dublin City

Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.

Please Note: Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

The Difference

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Daily breakfast.

Luxury air-conditioned coach.

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

Variety of Optional Experiences.

An expert Travel Director and separate driver.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.

Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.

Airport Transfers.

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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