Printer-friendly Tour Itinerary 8-Day Historic Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2019

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Giant's Causeway in Antrim Giant's Causeway in Antrim

The Tour Itinerary Day 1: Welcome to Ireland

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Day 1

On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here in the Arrivals Hall you will meet your Professional Irish Driver-Guide ( 1 person). There will be 3 Group transfers this morning between 0700 am & 1200 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned Mercedes Sprinter and make the short transfer to the famous Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublin city where you can relax and unwind after your flight.

15:00 Check in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to check in.

This afternoon after all introductions have been made you will depart on a tour of the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland's capital city visiting Trinity College which was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, which is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. The book contains the four gospels in Latin. Some of the dyes used were imported from as far as the Middle East.

No visit to Dublin would be complete without visiting the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate for a tour of the world famous brewery. Afterwards enjoy a perfect pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City & County in every direction.

Evening free to relax and unwind at your leisure. Overnight in Brooks Hotel Dublin.

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Day 2 Itinerary

After a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Galway City, known as the “City of the Tribes”. Travelling west your route today will take you through Ballinasloe & Athlone, which is the centre of Ireland.

You will visit Clonmacnoise a medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon founded by St. Ciaran in the Sixth Century. Clonmacnoise lay at a crossroads of medieval Ireland linking all parts of Ireland. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

On arrival in Galway you will have a tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble down Shop Street to Galway’s Latin Quarter where stands Lynch’s Castle, Galway’s grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

Tonight overnight in Hotel Meyrick

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Day 3 Itinerary

Depart for County Donegal in the remote northwest part of Ireland via Co Sligo. Your route north to the majestic Lough Eske Castle will take you to Drumcliffe in Sligo where you can read the epitaph on the grave of WB. Yeats. Visit Lissadell House & Gardens beautifully located in the shadow of the iconic Benbulben Mountain. Lissadell House was built in 1833 by Sir Robert Gore Booth and WB Yeats was a frequent visitor to the house in the 1890's. Today Lissadell House is the home of the Cassidy Family who have lovingly restored the house and gardens to their former glory. The Cassidy's will welcome you with a guided tour of their house & gardens.

Continue onto Donegal for a leisurely evening on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel.

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Day 4 Itinerary

Leisurely morning. Tour the spectacular & rugged Highlands of Donegal in late morning. Visit the wild & beautiful Glenveagh National Park in the Derryveagh Mountains. Covering nearly 25,000 acres, the park has some dramatic mountain scenery and protects the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.

You will also visit Glenveagh Castle on the shores of Lough Veagh. It was built in 1870 by John Adair, a landlord who became notorious for his eviction of many families from the area after the Famine of 1847.

Return to Lough Eske Castle. Dinner and Overnight at Lough Eske Castle Hotel.

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Derry City Walls Derry City Walls

Day 5 Antrim & Londonderry City

Day 5 Itinerary

Depart for Belfast via Derry / Londonderry and the spectacular North Antrim Coast. In Derry you will have a guided walking tour of the historic fortified walled city with a local guide. The city walls are up to 8 metres (26 feet) in height and are 9 metres (29 feet) wide in places. The city fortifications are the best preserved in Europe and were completed in 1618 (over 400 years old) to defend the town from Gaelic chieftains in Donegal.

Continue to the Antrim Coast to explore the Giants Causeway, where an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extend from cliffs down into the sea. It is also the subject of many legends. Travel onto Belfast this afternoon and spend the evening at your leisure

Overnight at Europa Hotel. You might want to stroll across to the Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, the perfect spot for a pint of Guinness or Bass. This pub dates back to the 1880's and is the only pub owned by the National Trust!!

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Day 6 Itinerary

Leisurely morning. Depart for a late morning tour of Belfast with a specialised Step on Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city including the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. Belfast was the only city in Ireland to experience the full force of the Industrial revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries.

The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

In the afternoon visit the Titanic Belfast, which is the world's largest Titanic themed visitor attraction located on the very slipways where she was built by Harland & Wolff.

Overnight at Europa Hotel

Day 7 Itinerary

Depart for Dublin. Cross the border into the Republic of Ireland outside Newry and travel on to Co Meath. Here you will visit the 5,200 year old passage tomb of Newgrange in the Boyne Valley. Continue onto Dublin.

Afternoon free to explore & shop in Dublin and you may like to take a stroll up the Grafton Street.

Overnight in Brooks Hotel Dublin.

Day 8 Departure

Today marks the end of the 8-Day Historic Ireland Mini-Group Tour. This morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 & 1200 for you to choose from to bring you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Included today:

  • Irish Breakfast
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