Irish Classic - 13 Days

Coach Tour-13 Days

The Irish Classic Tour - Explore Ireland by luxury coach, stay in Superior & First Class Hotels over 12 Nights with 21 Meals included.

Irish Classic - 13 Days

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dublin Castle

Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Tour Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travellers over a welcome drink to discuss your trip.

Day 2: St. Patrick's Grave & Ulster Folk Park

Drive north to visit Down Cathedral to see St. Patrick’s reputed burial site, marked by a huge boulder. Learn about the many stories of his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre and why he is so important in Ireland. On the outskirts of Belfast visit the Ulster Folk Park to see traditional town buildings of many types, including churches, a bank, police station and doctor’s office. Also see rural cottages set in gardens and fields and showing crafts, crops and farm animals. Drive to your hotel in central Belfast and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Titanic Belfast & Walking Tour

This morning take a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon join a local guide for a walking tour around part of central Belfast and spend time on your own for shopping and dining. (B)

Day 4: Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk

Drive north along the scenic route of the “Nine Glens of Antrim,” for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry and join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city. (B, D)

Day 5: Donegal Castle & Westport

Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. In Ardara visit Triona Design to sample freshly-baked scones with tea and see demonstrations of spinning and weaving. Stop in Donegal town to browse around and pause at W. B. Yeats’ Grave in Sligo, a region that he loved to write about. Drive to Westport and enjoy free time before dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & “The Quiet Man” Walk

Travel through Connemara to Leenane and embark on a catamaran cruise around Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. See remains of houses and potato patches abandoned during the 1840’s Famine as well as stunning scenery. Enjoy a light lunch and take a walking tour around Cong to see movie locations of the 1952 production of “The Quiet Man.” Stop at a farm to watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep before returning to Westport. (B, L)

Day 7: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Banquet

Visit Ballintubber Abbey, used for worship continually for 700 years. Travel through the heart of Connemara to Galway for a guided walking tour around the city centre. Drive through the Burren to view the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 215m above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. At Bunratty check in to your hotel, right beside the Bunratty Folk Park and Durty Nelly’s Pub. Head to Bunratty Castle for a jolly medieval-style dinner where the lords and ladies serenade you. (B, D)

Day 8: Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula

Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and alongside the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost point and stop in the town of Dingle before heading to Killarney. (B, D)

Day 9: Killarney’s Lakes & Jaunting Car Ride

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savour a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps visit a pub with live music. (B, L)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music

Travel to Blarney Castle to climb to the top and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive to Dungarvan to the Marine Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session. Continue to Waterford and after dinner join a local guide for a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city. (B, D)

Day 11: Waterford & Taylor's Three Rock

Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is blown into shapes before being cut by hand by experts and view priceless trophies. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to the U.S. during the 1940’s Famine. Stop at the nearby JFK Homestead where the ancestors of President Kennedy lived. In Dublin, this evening’s destination is Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 12: Dublin Sightseeing

Spend a full day in Dublin to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) and a visit to either Guinness Storehouse or the General Post Office. The bus stops at all the principal city center attractions and you may alight at each stop or stay on the bus to do the complete tour. (B)

Day 13: Depart for Home

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Highlights

  • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • Taylor's Three Rock Pub Dinner/Show in Dublin
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Watch Trained Dogs Herd Sheep
  • Jaunting Car Ride
  • The Quiet Man Walk

 

Tour Includes

13 days/12 nights/21 meals

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach 
  • Professional tour director
  • 11 or 12 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 7 dinners (D) including
  • - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
  • - 5 table d’hôte dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
  • Walking tours of Belfast, Derry, Galway and Waterford with local guides
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
  • Tea and scones in Listowel
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Sheepdog trials
  • Irish coffee and music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (13-day tour only)
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Ulster Folk Park, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Ballintubber Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, House of Waterford Crystal and Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on all coaches & in hotel lobbies

 

     

    Hotels

    Superior First Class

    • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
    • Hilton Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
    • City Hotel, Derry (1 night)
    • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
    • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
    • Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
    • Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
    • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)