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Country Roads of Ireland 11 Night Guided Coach Tour

Discover Ireland's beautiful countryside and historic cities in this 11 night guided tour. Historic, ancient castles and charming villages. Rolling green hills and seaside cliffs. Enjoy a famous stout beer and get ready for an adventure of Ireland from Dublin to Belfast, Ireland.
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Country Roads of Ireland 11 Night Guided Coach Tour

DEPARTURE DATE: March 13, 2023
Countries Visited: Ireland

OVERVIEW

Let the luck of the Irish be with you on this 11 night guided tour across Ireland. Start the tour in Dublin, where you get up close to the Book of Kells, an ancient Gospel manuscript filled with mythical beasts and Celtic knots. In Kilkenny, try your hand at hurling, a 3,000-year-old sport, in a private lesson with a professional. A chef will share traditional Irish recipes at a farm-to-table feast in Killarney. You'll see the Ring of Kerry, a mystical, verdant peninsula dotted with seaside villages. Finally, step onto Giant's Causeway with it's basalt columns carved onto the coast by volcanic lava, or a giant's feet, if Irish myth is to be believed.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
March 13, 2023from $3,795 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 11 night escorted coach tour from Dublin to Belfast
  • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners with Wine
  • Highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • All taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • Taxes

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Mon Mar 13Welcome to Dublin, Ireland
2Tue Mar 14In Dublin’s Fair City
3Wed Mar 15A Journey from Dublin to Cork
4Thu Mar 16Across the Mountains to Killarney
5Fri Mar 17Ring of Kerry Experience
6Sat Mar 18Around the Dingle Peninsula
7Sun Mar 19The Cliffs of Moher and Galway
8Mon Mar 20Free Day Galway or Aran Islands
9Tue Mar 21Londonderry
10Wed Mar 22Walk in the Giant’s Steps
11Thu Mar 23The Antrim Coast to Belfast
12Fri Mar 24Depart Belfast

Day 1 – Welcome to Dublin
Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine.

Day 2 – In Dublin’s Fair City
Become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover Custom House, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Enjoy entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a Local Expert.

Day 3 – A Journey from Dublin to Cork
In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centres. Continue to the acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny to visit the majestic Kilkenny Castle. With a Local Expert, learn how the castle was built in 1195 after the Norman Conquest of Ireland and admire its beautifully restored Victorian era rooms.
Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th century castle, featured in the film ‘Excalibur’, on the way to Cork. On arrival, your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades.

Day 4 – Across the Mountains to Killarney
Travel to the ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Or enjoy a sensory walk in the extensive and varied estate gardens. Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the lively town of Killarney. For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and Freda, your hosts at the 19th Green Guesthouse, and savour the delicious flavours of fresh local cuisine on this Experience. Gather together at a Farm-to-Table dinner, using responsibly sourced ingredients from the local community, and gain personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world.

Day 5 – Ring of Kerry Experience
Start your day with Insight Choice. Choose a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park.

Day 6 – Around the Dingle Peninsula
Continue driving with views of wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula — the setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, before reaching your hotel on the shores of Dingle harbour. With the evening at leisure, why not treat yourself to a relaxing experience at the hotel’s spa? Offering holistic and therapeutic treatments, the Peninsula Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of exploring the coast.

Day 7 – The Cliffs of Moher and Galway
Journey to the Visitor Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.
Connemara Coast Hotel

Day 8 – Free Day Galway or Aran Islands
Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Aran Islands? A genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

Day 9 – Londonderry
Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland, bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry.’ What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.

Day 10 – Walk in the Giant’s Steps
Journey to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together, supporting both wildlife and quality food production. Next, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as you travel along the road clinging to the Antrim Coast. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking Ballygally Bay. For those who are brave enough, perhaps check out The Ghost Room, in one of the castle’s turrets? In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

Day 11 – The Antrim Coast to Belfast
Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

Day 12 – Depart Belfast
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