Escape to the beauty and history of the “Emerald Isle” on your guided tour of Ireland. Enjoy your getaway into the green valleys and sweeping seashores. You will start in Dublin, Admire statue-lined O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare, and elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses and colorful doors behind the wrought-iron fences. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral along the way.
Next, you will visit Rathbaun Farm. You’ll learn about Ireland’s sheep-farming practices, and try your hand at scone baking in the farmhouse kitchen. You’ll travel on to western Ireland’s colorful harbor city of Galway, with its vibrant shops, cafés, and traditional pubs. Then, enjoy a guided walk on Derry’s Old Town walls, and visit the amazing natural formation of the Giant’s Causeway.
You will then spend your last two nights in Belfast, with plenty to see in Northern Ireland’s capital city, including the fascinating Titanic Experience. On your way back to Dublin, stop in Carlingford. This Cooley Peninsula town is famous for its oyster farms, medieval buildings, and 12th-century King John’s Castle overlooking the city.
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin, check into your hotel. At 3pm meet your tour director. traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall, red-brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought iron-decorated windows, Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 – Drive through Athlone, on the River Shannon, and then to Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see the farmer maneuver a flock of sheep with the help of a sheep dog. Try your hand at scone baking.
Day 3 – On your way north, you will stop at Westport, on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, before continuing to Donegal, named ‘Fort of Foreigners’ by the Vikings who invaded the town in the 8th century. Continue on through rich and fertile farmland, strewn with whitewashed houses, to Letterkenny.
Day 4 – Visit the Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay overnight in Belfast.
Day 5 – This morning’s drive will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Next, visit the Titanic Experience and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship.
Day 6 – On your way back south, stop in Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings. The 12th-century King John’s Castle overlooks the harbor and Taaffe’s Castle, a 16th-century tower house.
Day 7 – Arrive back in Dublin.
Meals included (6 breakfasts & 2 evening meals)
£600 per person– based on 2 adults for 7 nights