Day 1 Dublin – Belfast
Arrive at Dublin Airport and depart for Belfast travel via Drogheda, Dundalk and Newry.Depending on the arrival time visit The Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre located near the village of Donore, Co.Meath is the starting point for guided tours of Newgrange or Knowth. The large oval stones in the water feature are 330 million years old, naturally occurring concretions which were discovered on the site of the VisitorsCentre. The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. Continue to Belfast the capitalof Northern Ireland and located at the mouth of the River Lagan and the head of Belfast Lough.
Overnight in Belfast
Day 2 Belfast City
Panoramic tour of Belfast City including the Opera House, City Hall, Stormont Parliament and architectural landmarks such as The Albert Memorial Clock (which dramatically leans to one side) other highlights include the famous Shipyards of Harland and Wolff where the “Titanic” was built. The tour also takes you to the changing city of Belfast where two communities the Falls and Shankill Road express their opinions with famous murals on the gable walls. Visit St. Anne’s Cathedral which is the principal Anglican Church of Ireland. End the tour with a drink in the famous Crown Liquor Saloon which dates back to 1885.
Overnight in Belfast City
Day 3 Glens of Antrim
Travel through the Glens of Antrim with spectacular scenery to visit the Giant’s Causeway a magnificent and unique formation which was formed more than 60 million years ago. The Causeway is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Travel along the coast road and continue to Londonderry. Derry City or Londonderry is a city of steep streets set in a beautiful location, in one of the finest settings of any city in Ireland. Derry was an ancient monastic settlement in early Christian Ireland and was founded in 546ad by Colmcille (Columba) Visit the Walls of Derry and listen to the history of this ancient city.
Overnight in Derry.
Day 4 Londonderry – Sligo
Leaving Derry depart for Enniskillen and the famous Belleek Pottery which has a worldwide reputation for quality and craftsmanship and a history that stretches over 150 years. Guided visit. Continue into County Sligo and travel through beautiful scenery which was inspirational for one of Irelands greatest poets W.B. Yeats and on towards Drumcliff. (1865-1939) W.B. Yeats was buried here in 1948, having died in Roquebrune in the South of France; his grave is just north of the porch.
Travel into County Mayo for overnight in Westport or Newport.
Day 5 Achill Island
Visit Westport House which enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. The house is set in magnificent parkland. Continue to Castlebar and the National Museum, Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. Enjoy free time to visit the extensive collection. Return in the evening to Newport along the coast road. Achill’s stunning landscape and rich history offer visitors a wide range of scenic attractions, beauty spots and places of interest.
Day 6 Connemara
Visit Connemara, this is a region that has inspired writers and artists with its beauty. Morning visit of Kylemore Abbey set in the heart of the Connemara mountings and home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920. Magnificent views of the mountains and lakes. Continue to LEENANE to visit the Sheep and Wool Centre. The centre which offers an insight into a vital part of Connemara history. Spinning and Weaving as practiced for hundreds of years in the region are demonstrated every day. A variety of different sheep breeds graze in the ground. Next Clifden the capital of Connemara and then continue to Maam Cross, Oughterard and into Galway City/ Region for overnight.
Day 7 Galway – Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Kerry
Travel into County Clare via the Burren Region noted for its lunar landscape and rare flowers and plants. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher one of the most impressive stretches of the coast in the West of Ireland rising 213 meters above the Atlantic and extending 5km. The view from the cliff tops is superb. Travel to Killimer and cross the River Shannon into County Kerry. Stop in Foynes to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum and enjoy an Irish Coffee in the building where Chef Joe Sheridan invented it in 1942 and a demonstration of how to make the perfect Irish Coffee.
Overnight in Kerry.
Day 8 Kenmare and Part of Ring of Beara – Kenmare Bay
Travel along the north side of the Beara Peninsula to Derreen Gardens, A Large domain with subtropical conditions where exotic trees and shrubs flourish free time to walk the Gardens. Visit Star Seafood Smoked Salmon Fishery with a demonstration on how the fish is smoked. Followed by a Cruise on Kenmare Bay on the “Star of Kenmare” passing many uninhabited islands along the way and see wild goats and horses on some of these as well as lots of bird life and seal colonies.
Overnight in Kerry.
Day 9 Ring of Kerry – Muckross House
The Ring of Kerry is a journey through some of the county’s most outstanding scenery between Kenmare and Killarney viewing Molls Gap and Ladies view. Visit Muckross House followed by free time to visit the magnificent gardens overlooking Killarney’s Lakes. Muckross House built in 1843 this magnificent Victorian Mansion is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The house is set amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. The gardens at Muckross are famed world-wide for their beauty. Travel on to Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville and return for overnight via the beautiful village of Sneem with multi colored houses. Stop for photos.
Overnight in Kerry.
Day 10 Kerry to Midlands – Kilkenny Castle
Depart for KILKENNY and travel via Macroom and Cahir with lunch en route. Arrive in the Medieval City of Kilkenny where Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height overlooking the River Nore and dominates the “High Town” of Kilkenny City. Free time to walk in the city and take in the many local workshops and craft shops located beside the castle or walk in the Castles magnificent gardens.
Overnight in Midlands
Day 11 Dublin City Tour Georgian Dublin
Travel to Dublin for Panoramic tour of Dublin City viewing the most important sites, driving through the city enjoy the delights of Dublin viewing Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) Leinster House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathon Swift was dean for 32 years. Visit the National Museum with it gold collection, the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice Visit GUINNESS STOREHOUSE ® Located in the heart of St. James Gate Brewery, and is Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction bringing alive a real segment of Irish History. Guided tour and Pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which has panoramic views of Dublin City.
Overnight Dublin City Hotel.
Day 12 Farewell – transfer to Dublin Airport
Breakfast and depart for Dublin Airport