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11-Day Total Ireland Experience: Northern Ireland | Wild Atlantic Way | Kilkenny | West Cork | Kinsale
Product Code: 3265-58240
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Dublin
  • • Portrush
  • • Donegal
  • • Westport
  • • Galway
  • • Killarney
  • • Kinsale
  • • Kilkenny
  • • Belfast
  • • Achill Island
  • • Cong
  • • Burren
  • • Cliffs of Moher
  • • Dingle Penisula
  • • Valencia
  • • Portmagee
  • • Blarney Castle
  • • Wicklow Mountains
  • • Glendalough
Tour Code
3265-58240
Duration
11 days
Departure City
Dublin
End City
Dublin
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: UNESCO

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Belfast

Dublin - Belfast - Antrim Coast and Glens - Portrush

Departing Dublin you travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here it is a short journey into the city of Belfast famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city you arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter where you have time for lunch and a visit to the award-winning new museum.

In the afternoon experience the contrasts between the busy city and beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows part of this coast from Ballycastle along to the world famous Giants’ Causeway - a stunning piece of coastal scenery. You spend time exploring this area before arriving in the holiday town of Portrush for the night.

Day 02
Derry

Derry - Donegal

Today the tour makes its first stop in the historic walled city of Derry - designated as UK City of Culture in 2013. You have some free time to explore the old city or one of the many museums or galleries before crossing the border again back into the Republic of Ireland.

You now travel into one of the most remote and unspoiled parts of the country - County Donegal with its stunning scenery and strong Gaelic culture. The route passes Glenveagh National Park and Errigal Mountain then follows the coast through traditional fishing villages. Along the way there will be plenty time for walks, photos and soaking up the local culture before arriving at your overnight stop in Donegal.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Achill Island

Sligo - Mayo - Westport

Travelling south along the coast from Donegal will take you into County Sligo - and grave of famous poet WB Yeats. On route look out for the dramatic mountain scenery of Ben Bulben - great for photographs! Near Sligo Town at Carrowmore is the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland - dating back over 6000 years. The route now turns westwards into County Mayo - an area hit hard by the great potato famine and from where many people emigrated to North America. The road takes you through large areas of farmland, bog and open moor with views to distant hills before coming back to the Atlantic Coast and Achill Island. Here you really are right on the edge of Europe and you will have time to savour the peace and quiet of this beautiful area. From here it is a short drive to Westport - your base for the next 2 nights.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Westport

Westport

Westport sits on the edge of Connemara and that is the area you will explore today. The itinerary will depend on the weather and your guide will advise on the best visits for the day. Possibilities include the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey, the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Along the way there will be many opportunities for photos of this dramatic landscape. Overnight again in Westport - why not sample some local seafood in one of the many excellent restaurants.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Cong

Cong - Galway

After a leisurely start you leave Westport behind and travel inland through the heart of Connemara to the village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib - where the classic film “The Quiet Man” was made. There will be time for a visit to Cong Abbey or the Quiet Man Museum. From here you pass through the Maam Valley and then on to Galway City.

Tips:
You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Galway before the first tour returns to Dublin. The afternoon and evening are free to explore this lively university city. You will be collected from your accommodation the following morning by your new tour guide.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Wild Atlantic Way

Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

From Galway City it is only a short drive along the coast to the Burren - one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. This is a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora, early Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You spend most of the morning exploring this unique area. You then stop in Kilfenora, the “town of the crosses”, for a visit to the old cathedral and lunch in the village. After lunch you visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, which drop almost 700 feet straight into the crashing Atlantic waves. Here you can walk the cliff top trails, watch the numerous seabirds or visit the award winning environmental exhibition. From here you travel south through County Clare passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary and into County Kerry to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney - your base for the next 3 nights. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings - your only problem is which one to choose!

Day 07
Killarney

Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

The tour today explores the wonderful Dingle Peninsula - one of the most scenic parts of Ireland and a heartland of Gaelic culture and tradition. The first stop of the day is the beach at Inch - a vast expanse of sand facing out into the Atlantic and very popular with surfers. From here increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings going back thousands of years and you visit some of the best examples along the way. The views here are impressive with the nearby Blasket Islands rising dramatically from the sea and the mountains of the Ring of Kerry to the south. Weather permitting you will be able to walk on the beaches or along the cliff tops to fully appreciate the fabulous scenery. This area is very important in Gaelic literature and you will learn more during the day. The circuit of Slea Head leads back to Dingle town with its brightly coloured buildings and busy harbour. You spend the rest of the afternoon here before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good you could take an evening walk in the Killarney National Park - just on the edge of town.

Day 08
Portmagee

Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Today you tour one of the world’s classic routes, the Ring of Kerry - 100 miles packed full of interest. After departing Killarney on a clear day there will be views to Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil after which we join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen. There will be plenty opportunities for photos stops along the way with great views across to the Dingle Peninsula. Possible stops include the Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and Cahersiveen ring fort before reaching the little fishing village of Portmagee.

Here you can relax and sample local seafood for lunch or alternatively cross to the island of Valencia for a visit to the Skellig Experience where you can learn about the nearby rocky islands and the small community of monks who once lived there. In the afternoon you will make photo stops in Waterville - a favourite holiday place for Charlie Chaplin and then at the top of Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in the country. From here the road drops down to sea level for a visit to Derrynane House - family home of Daniel O’Connell. There are walks in the gardens and down to the beach as well as the house itself. The tour continues on around the Ring with stops at Moll’s Gap and the Ladies View. There will just be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before arriving back into Killarney.

Day 09
Blarney

Blarney Castle - Kinsale

Today you head back east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom then along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Here you will have time to visit the castle, explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close as well as visiting the village of Blarney itself - a good place for a bite of lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone although in peak season it can be very busy!

At Blarney you will meet your new tour guide and transfer to your new bus for the final section of your trip.

In the afternoon you explore the beautiful coastline of West Cork with its historic villages, beautiful beaches, inlets and tiny coves. You end the day in the fishing village of Kinsale - your overnight stop. The town is famous for its food and you will have a free evening to explore the narrow streets filled with lively traditional pubs and restaurants.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Waterford

Cobh - Waterford - Kilkenny

Today is spent exploring some of the highlights of the South East staring with the historic port of Cobh - the major departure point for Irish emigration through the 19th and 20th centuries as well as famously the last port of call of the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage. From here you continue east towards Waterford along what is known as the Copper Coast - a UNESCO Geopark with beautiful scenery and a fascinating history.

You will make a stop in one of the coastal towns for lunch before arriving in Waterford - Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in the 9th Century. Here you have the chance to visit the famous Waterford Crystal factory or perhaps one of the excellent museums or just explore the Viking Triangle yourself on foot. In the late afternoon you depart Waterford and travel north to Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle and park, riverside walks, the National Craft Centre and plenty pubs and restaurants. Voted Ireland’s friendliest city this will be your overnight stop.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Kilkenny

Kilkenny - Wicklow Mountains - Dublin

You have a couple of hours free to explore the city centre before you depart Kilkenny for the Wicklow Mountains. This area contains some of Ireland’s highest peaks and most impressive valleys. The mountains are mainly made of granite and the deep valleys have been carved out by glaciers. One of the most impressive areas is around Glendalough (Valley of the Lakes) where you have the choice of taking one of the beautiful walking trails or exploring the ruins 6th century monastery with its famous round tower. After a couple of hours here you continue on the last section of the tour - travelling through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and crossing the famous Sally Gap before descending the short distance back to Dublin. Arrive at around 6:30pm.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in 3* B&B/ guest house or hotel, with private facilities and breakfast
  • Transportation in top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Services of a professional driver/guide

Package Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • Visitor attraction entrance fees
  • All personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • In 2018 we will also visit Jameson Whiskey Distillery, an Irish whiskey tourist attraction located just off Smithfield Square in Dublin.
  • These itineraries are made up of individual tours which are scheduled to link up en route without having to come back to their starting point. Clients will be able to enjoy the individual styles and stories of the different driver/guides as well as a different group of travelling companions on each part of their trip.
  • On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
  • Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Accommodation on the Skye part of the tour is dispersed around Portree which is small, but hilly. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 23 days prior to departure date: 100% of tour cost
    - 24-29 days prior to departure date: 25% of tour cost
    - 30 or more days prior to departure date: 10% of tour cost
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Child rate applies to children aged 5-15, based on 1 child sharing a room with parent(s) or 2 children in a twin room.
* Children younger than 5 are not permitted.
* Group size: 16 maximum
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Tour prices are based on EUR and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

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    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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