Enchanting Ireland resonates with a rich history, proud people and breathtaking landscapes. This 12-day tour of Ireland is a journey of discovery, highlighting not only the many renowned sights, but going off the beaten track as well, with adventures that take you from Dublin to Belfast, over to the North West coast and the Wild Atlantic Way, and back through parts of Ireland's Ancient East.
Walk on the historic Walls of Derry, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the Store house visitor center. Have a night of fun in a whiskey distillery. Have lunch at the spot in Sligo where the world's first "take way" was created over 4,000 years ago. Experience the vibrant energy of Dublin, blending modern neighborhoods with historic buildings and majestic cathedrals.
All around are hidden delights waiting to be experienced, captivating you with their beauty and charm. This Brand g tour is designed to make the most of Ireland.
|Sep 1||Sun||1||Dublin, Ireland||You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Dylan Hotel. Your adventure begins with a festive welcome lunch in Nancy Hands authentic Irish pub and restaurant, including a flaming Irish Coffee demonstration. Continue with an afternoon walking tour of the 2,000 year old capital city, exploring some of its beautiful architecture, ancient city walls, and backstreets with a local expert. Today's tour includes a whiskey tasting at the Old Jameson Distillery and tonight's welcome dinner will be at the Dylan Hotel. (L/D)|
|Sep 2||Mon||2||Dublin, Ireland||This morning visit Ballyknocken Farm and Cookery School, home to celebrity chef Catherine (Byrne) Fulvio. Here, you'll have the opportunity to prepare your own lunch in a hands-on cookery class, using one key ingredient: Guinness. This afternoon, head to the monastic ruins of Glendalough. Established by St. Kevin in the 6th Century, its ruined churches are scattered around two lakes. One of Europe's finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a Cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses. Return to Dublin for a dinner together at Peploes restaurant. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 3||Tue||3||Dublin, Ireland||Travel to the Boyne Valley in County Meath. Take in the sights at Mellifont Abbey, the ruins of the old Cistercian abbey date back to 1142, when the first Cistercians were invited to Ireland by St. Malachy, the archbishop of Armagh. Visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the Celtic High Kings of Ireland. Then on to Trim Castle, a Norman castle built for the first Lord Viceroy to Ireland, Hugh de Lacy. On arrival in Belfast, enjoy a Black Taxi Tour of the city, including Shankill and Falls Road and the wall murals that are known all over the world. Visit the famous peace wall that separates the Protestant and Catholic communities, where you'll get a chance to sign your name on the wall. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Deanes Meat Locker, before settling into the Merchant Hotel for a relaxing night. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 4||Wed||4||Giant's Causeway / Derry||The first stop today is at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which is suspended almost 100ft (30m) above sea level, and was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Today it is a popular attraction for thrill-seekers and birdwatchers. Cross the 65ft bridge, stretching from the mainland to Rocky Island, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, the Giant's Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Climb the Shepherd's Steps and take a hike along the cliff-top trail for bird's eye views of the causeway coastline famed worldwide for its beauty. Travel to Bushmill and enjoy lunch at Bushmills Inn. Continue to the walled city of Derry where you enjoy dinner at your leisure before settling into the Shipquay Boutique Hotel. (B/L)|
|Sep 5||Thu||5||Derry / Sligo / Mayo||Drumcliffe, County Sligo is set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains. It is best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. The graveyard also contains a high cross and nearby is the site of a 6th Century Columbian monastery. Continue to majestic Ashford Castle, the jewel in the crown of Ireland's most iconic hotels. The estate is set on 350 acres, including the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle is now a part of the prestigious Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Guest rooms and public areas have been restored to their former glory. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at Cullen's in Ashford Castle. Jackets and ties are required for gentlemen after 7pm. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 6||Fri||6||Cycle the Greenway/Cruise Lough Corrib||Today we escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway. Following lunch, enjoy a two-hour cruise of the Lough Corrib to explore the beautiful lake shore, with a guided stopover on the Isle of Innisfree. This evening, dine like royalty in Ashford Castle's George V Restaurant. Jackets and ties are required for gentlemen after 7pm. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 7||Sat||7||Cliffs of Mohr / Limerick / Killarney||Today's highlight is a visit to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland's most visited natural attraction. With a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year, the Cliffs are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stretch for 8km (5mi), along the Atlantic coast and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O'Brien's Tower. Next, you'll visit the Burren, an area of karst landscape in County Clare. The word "Burren" comes from an Irish word "Boreann" meaning a rocky place. Tonight, check into the boutique Ross Hotel, and enjoy dinner at your leisure. (B/L)|
|Sep 8||Sun||8||Killarney||Today, enjoy a full-day Ring of Kerry Tour, traveling the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical places in all of Ireland. You can choose an optional excursion for a half day of hiking with a local specialist. Enjoy a beautiful walk out of Killarney to follow an old butter road and climb Torc Mountain and soak in the incredible views. Return to Killarney, and enjoy a dinner in the Ross Hotel at Cellar One. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 9||Mon||9||Killarney||Today's activities include a bus ride to Kate Kearney's Cottage, then a journey of 7 miles (11.2 km) by jaunting car through the Gap of Dunloe a glaciated valley. You'll pass five small lakes and descend into The Black Valley to Lord Brandon's Cottage, where a barbecue lunch will be prepared for us. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains near Killarney. Tonight, enjoy dinner and entertainment at Jarvey's Rest, an award-winning Irish Pub, a perfect venue for a genuine pub experience, with gastro pub style food, a choice of Irish drinks and live entertainment. This famous Irish pub still contains original wooden floors, stonewalls, beamed ceilings and open fires. Overnight at the Ross Hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 10||Tue||10||Glengarrif / Cork||Today's touring includes Garnish Island, located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its beautiful gardens known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world. Following the visit to Garnish Island, enjoy a traditional pub lunch en route to Cork. The evening and dinner is at your leisure. Overnight at the River Lee Hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 11||Wed||11||Killkenny / Dublin||After a hearty breakfast at the River Lee Hotel, travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny. Kilkenny's rich medieval heritage is evident in the city's treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, exemplified by the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is arguably the pre-eminent medieval city in Ireland, However, the city's origins predate the medieval landmarks existing today. Saint Canice founded a monastic settlement in Kilkenny in the sixth century. Strongbow, the legendary Norman invader, built a fort in the twelfth century on the site where Kilkenny Castle stands today. The parliament, known as the Confederation of Kilkenny was founded in 1641. One of the parliament's main objectives was to unite resistance against English persecution of Irish Catholics. Following lunch, head back to Dublin for free time or a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. A farewell dinner is planned tonight at the legendary Beef and Lobster. Overnight at the Dylan Hotel. (B/L/D)|
|Sep 12||Thu||12||Dublin, Ireland||They say all good things come to an end, and this morning your wonderful Ireland experience concludes. After another delicious breakfast, you will be taken to Dublin Airport for your onward journey, or return home.|
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On an exclusive Victorian street, the Dylan Hotel is nestled in the heart of Dublin city center's most sophisticated quarter. This 5 star boutique city center hotel is located 10 minutes walk from Grafton Street, St. Stephen's Green, the Aviva Stadium and the RDS and is in the epicenter of Dublin's happening cultural scene. The luxury boutique hotel is steps away from the chicest Dublin restaurants, shopping and night life and houses the award-winning Dylan Restaurant.
The AA 5-Red-Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city center's historic Cathedral Quarter and a is short distance from a host of Belfast attractions, including Victoria Square shopping center, the Ulster Museum, the Titanic Quarter and The Waterfront Hall. The grandeur of the original building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing. The hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gym with panoramic city views, and a fabulous jazz bar. The Grade A listed building was built in the 1850s and is one of the most historical hotels in Belfast.
The lovely Shipquay Boutique Hotel features views of the Derry City Walls. Each room includes a flat-screen digital TV, tea/coffee services, free wifi. bathrobes, slippers and organic Irish toiletries. Some rooms offer landmark views. Interconnecting rooms and rooms with disabled access are available. Shipquay Boutique Hotel features a restaurant and wine bar, as well as the separate 'Lock & Quay' downstairs bar, which offers a cocktail menu. The Guildhall is 200 m from Shipquay Boutique Hotel, & the Diamond is 100 m away. The Millennium Forum can be reached in 5 minutes' walk.
Ashford Castle, located in a magnificent 350-acre estate on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib, is one of Ireland's most impressive hotels. With a history stretching back almost 800 years, it provides acclaimed hospitality on grand scale. The 82 individually-designed rooms retain many original features, yet offer the latest modern amenities. Enjoy exceptional dining in the George Dining Room, and Afternoon Tea in the Connaught Room with spectacular views across the estate. There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed, including fishing, a falconry school, equestrian center, 9-hole golf course and a newly opened spa.
One of the most modern, luxurious and historic hotels in Killarney is home to twenty-nine stylish Rooms and Suites. Enjoy delicious and fulfilling bites in the renowned Cellar One Restaurant and the Lane Cafe Bar, where you can idle the time away sipping the best of Killarney cocktails. Located in the heart of Killarney town, the hotel is close to nature and the multitude of Killarney tourist activities that you can indulge in, all at your own pace. Trip Advisor has recently named Killarney as the #1 Destination in Ireland.
Set on a picturesque bend in the river, just a short walk from Cork city center, The River Lee Hotel occupies a unique position in this charming, historic city. The River Lee is one of Cork's leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations, to casual get-togethers in the hotel's highly popular Weir Rooms including the Weir Room Restaurant, Bar and Terrace on the Weir; a key location in Cork's growing food scene. Resident guests also have complimentary access to the hotel's in-house health and fitness club, with a 20m swimming pool and spa.