Two Week Group Tour of Ireland - 12 Day Irish bus tours - Ireland & Northern Ireland Guided Tour - Irish Classic

Irish ClassicAll Ireland Tour

Time may stand still in Ireland, but whatever season you arrive, there's always time for a special moment. And no matter where you go, there's a full choice, restaurants and things to do. We have included the best of Ireland on this tour.

Best ireland tour Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dublin Castle
Your complete tour of Ireland starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Tour Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink to discuss your trip.

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Bunratty singersDay 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
This morning take a panoramic tour around 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 famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon join a local guide for a walking tour around part of central Belfast and spend time on your own for shopping and dining. (B)

Day 4: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk
Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This scenic region is where “Game of Thrones” is filmed. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry and join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. (B, D)


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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 pause at W. B. Yeats’ Grave in Sligo, a region that he loved to write about. Drive to Westport and enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Sheepdogs & Westport House
Drive past the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and visit a farm to watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep. Drive to Leenane to view Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and travel past the Partry Mountains. Enjoy a light lunch before taking a guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy free time in Westport. (B, L)

Visit Cliffs of MoherDay 7: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Banquet
Visit Ballintubber Abbey, used for worship continually for 700 years. Travel through the heart of Connemara to Galway for a guided walking tour around the city center. Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Travel inland for a fun evening at either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle to experience a medieval-style banquet with great food, songs and stories. (B, D)

Day 8: Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula
8 Day tour ends here. Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and alongside the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost point and stop in the town of Dingle before heading to Killarney. (B, D)
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Day 9: Killarney’s Lakes & Jaunting Car Ride
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route 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 visit a pub with live music. (B, L)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music
Travel to Blarney Castle to climb to the top and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive to Dungarvan to the Marine Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session. Continue to Waterford and after dinner join a local guide for a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city. (B, D)

{short description of image}Day 11: Waterford & Taylor’s Three Rock
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is blown into shapes before being hand-cut and polished by master glassblowers and carvers. View priceless trophies in the showrooms. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, this evening’s destination is Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 12: Independent Bus Tour of Dublin
Spend an additional day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to Guinness or General Post Office. (B)

Day 13: Depart Dublin for home. Sadly, the two week escorted tour of Ireland has come to an end.

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Your program ends after breakfast. (B)
Tour Includes:
Sightseeing by luxury coach
Professional tour director
12 nights in hotels listed
Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
7 dinners (D) including
- Medieval Banquet
- Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
- 5 table d'hote dinners
2 lunches (L)
Welcome get-together drink
Tours of Dublin and Belfast
Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Galway and Waterford with local guides
Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
Sheepdog trails on Ring of Kerry
Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
Visits and admissions to Blarney Castle Cliffs of Moher Crumlin Road Gaol Down Cathedral Dunbrody Famine Ship Giant’s Causeway Titanic Belfast Westport House
Headsets for walking tours
Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
City North Hotel, Meath (1 nights) 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, Dublin (2 night)

 

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