NORTH OF IRELAND ESCAPE - 2018
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From $699 USD
Escape to the beauty and history of the “Emerald Isle” on your guided tour of Ireland. Begin your escape into the green farms and sweeping seashores without the large crowds or costs of the “busy” travel season. You’ll begin in the fair city of Dublin. See the statues lining O’Connell Street—Dublin’s main thoroughfare with its red-brick townhouses and colorful doors behind the wrought-iron fences of elegant Georgian squares. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral along the way.
Leave the bustle of Dublin for the green landscapes of Ireland’s fields, with a visit to Rathbaun Farm. You’ll see a sheep-dog corral sheep, and be invited to bake your own scones in the farmhouse kitchen. You’ll travel on to West Ireland’s colourful harbour city of Galway, with its vibrant shops, cafés, and traditional Irish pubs. You’ll travel to Northern Ireland—passing through Westport, Donegal, and Letterkenny. Enjoy a guided walk in Derry’s Old Town, and visit the amazing natural formation of Giant’s Causeway—massive basalt columns that dramatically extend across the seashore.
Spend two nights in Belfast, with plenty to see in Northern Ireland’s capital city, including the fascinating Titanic Experience. You’ll stop in Carlingford on your return trip to Dublin. This Cooley Peninsula town is famous for its oyster farms, medieval buildings, and 12th-century King John’s Castle which overlooks the city. Spend the last night of your escorted tour of Ireland where you began, in Dublin. You’ll see why this escape through Ireland’s beauty and history is made even better without the crowds of the high season on your affordable, guided Ireland holiday.
Try your hand at Scone Baking and then enjoy them fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee
Orientation drive; welcome dinner.
- RATHBAUN FARM
See the farmer at work, bake your own scones, and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse.
Visit the heritage town.
Visit the county town.
Guided walking tour.
- COUNTY ANTRIM
Visit Giant's Causeway.
Orientation, visit the Titanic Experience.
Visit the medieval town.
- FREE WI-FI
Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- MY ACCOUNT
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
Full Irish breakfast (B) daily
2 three-course dinners (D) with wine and choice of menus.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
Cead mile failte-a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall, red-brick townhouses, colourful doors, and wrought iron-decorated windows, Oscar Wilde's Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Drive through lush green country side to Athlone, on the River Shannon, and then to RATHBAUN FARM, where you'll see the farmer manoeuver a flock of sheep with the help of a sheep dog. Try your hand at SCONE BAKING and then enjoy them fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy cafe and bar culture. (B)
On your way north, pause at Westport, the elegant holiday resort on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, before continuing to Donegal, named `Fort of the 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. (B,D)
LETTERKENNY-DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND-GIANT'S CAUSEWAY-BELFAST.
The first highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a WALK on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, visit the awe-inspiring GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay overnight in Belfast, Northern Ireland's seat of government. (B)
This morning's orientation drive will take you past all the city's attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Next, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. This evening, why not join an optional visit to two of Belfast's most historic pubs in the company of local musicians, with dinner included? (B)
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. Back in Dublin, a fitting farewell to Ireland would be to join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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