Maria Forde Celtic & Music Tour of Ireland - 15 days

Special Tour-15 Days

The Maria Forde Celtic & Music Tour Itinerary is a 15 day / 14 night voyage of discovery that’s lets you experience the natural beauty of Ireland, hear wonderful music, meet fantastic people and appreciate the strong links paved with Australia across the years. Departs September 2015.

Maria Forde Celtic & Music Tour of Ireland - 15 days

Day 1: Saturday, 19 September 2015
Arrive in Dublin, meet your driver-guide and take a group transfer to your hotel for check-in Malahide; Dublin’s favourite seaside village. Early dinner, so that you can hit the hay after your long journey.
Dinner & Overnight at your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Grand Hotel Malahide, Co. Dublin (or similar)


Day 2: Sunday, 20 September 2015
This morning, enjoy a leisurely start before heading North to Bru na Boinne (Newgrange) for a midday tour. This World Heritage site, located in County Meath is the largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. We then make our way to the capital of Northern Ireland – Belfast. Here we join the Centennial Celebrations in Belfast and visit the Titanic Exhibition for a nostalgic tour.
Dinner & Overnight at your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Europa Hotel Belfast, Northern Ireland (or similar)


DAY 3: Monday, 21 September 2015
After breakfast enjoy the captivating North Antrim Coast. Here you will visit the interpretive centre at the Giant’s Causeway. Then there is time to explore the World Heritage site of the Giants Causeway. Explore this enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Later we will make our way to Donegal for the night.
Dinner & Overnight at your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Harvey’s Point Donegal, Co. Donegal (or similar)


DAY 4: Tuesday, 22 September 2015
After a hearty Irish breakfast we make our way to The Slieve League (Grey Mountain) cliffs for a guided tour. Situated on the West coast of Donegal, these cliffs are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe with a three hundred metre drop straight down into the wild, Atlantic waves below.
Dinner and Overnight at your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Harvey’s Point Donegal, Co. Donegal (or similar)


DAY 5: Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Today following breakfast, we head west toward Westport winner of Ireland’s Tidiest Towns in County Mayo. Here we will enjoy a visit to the historical estate of Westport House.
Overnight in Westport.
OVERNIGHT: Wyatt Hotel Westport, Co Mayo (or similar)


DAY 6: Thursday, 24 September 2015
Today we begin our journey to the colourful city of Galway. En route we stop at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its magnificent restored buildings.
Overnight in Galway.
OVERNIGHT: G Hotel, Galway, Co. Galway (or similar)


DAY 7: Friday, 25 September 2015
Galway is known as Ireland’s cultural Heart and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, celebrations and events. Cobbled stoned lanes entwine through the city with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and great shopping. Today Galway is yours to explore - you have a free day to enjoy this beautiful and colourful coastal town.
OVERNIGHT: G Hotel, Galway, Co. Galway (or similar)


DAY 8: Saturday, 26 September 2015
Drive around the shores of Galway Bay and through the Burren Country, a unique region of limestone hills where many rare flowers thrive in the sheltered crevices. Stop at the Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that plunges 700 feet to the churning Atlantic Ocean below. Later we visit the Benedictine Monastry of Glenstal Abbey. Afterwards continue to Limerick for dinner & Overnight at your riverside hotel.
OVERNIGHT: The Clarion Hotel Limerick, Co Limerick (or similar)


DAY 9: Sunday, 27 September 2015
This morning, drive via the beautiful village of Adare to the Dingle Peninsula for a tour Journey along the scenic road which winds along portions of the shoreline and through hilly country, enjoying spectacular views of mountains and coast, with new vistas opening up at every turn in the road.
OVERNIGHT: Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry (or similar)


DAY 10: Monday, 28 September 2015
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula made famous by two movies that showcased the splendid scenery “Ryan’s Daughter & Far and Away”. Enjoy visits to Blasket Centre and Gallarus Oratory. The Blasket Centre in Dún Chaoin, on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Later in the afternoon, enjoy free time in Dingle.
OVERNIGHT: Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle, Co. Kerry (or similar)


DAY 11: Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Today we travel to Cork via west Cork Coast Road. Along the way you will learn about the devastation of the famine with a guided visit to the Skibereen Heritage Centre. Visit to the Graveyard. Tonight we will enjoy our evening in Douglas the picturesque coastal town of Co. Cork.
OVERNIGHT: Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Co. Cork (or similar)


DAY 12: Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Today we travel to Glendalough. Our first stop will be the Rock of Cashel where we will enjoy a guided tour of Ireland’s most visited Heritage site. Then we continue to the town of Kilkennny where we will have lunch. Kilkenny is both medieval and modern. Situated on the banks of the River Nore, its narrow, winding streets and ancient buildings combine with the progressiveness of a busy, industrious town. After lunch we head to Glendalough to arrive in the afternoon just in time for a pre-dinner walk. Dinner in Glendalough.
OVERNIGHT: Glendalough Hotel, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow (or similar)


DAY 13: Thursday, 01 October 2015
Enjoy a morning walk and a visit to the Glendalough Visitors Centre an important monastic settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Today, the well preserved round tower and church ruins are interesting to explore and the Visitor Centre explains the history of the settlement. Depart Glendalough for Dublin. This afternoon there is an option to enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl of Dublin. Tonight we will enjoy traditional Irish music at the Merry Ploughboy.
OVERNIGHT:O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel, Co. Dublin (or similar)


DAY 14: Friday, 02 October 2015
Today you will immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan city of Dublin. Enjoy a half day city tour which will include visits to: Trinity College and O’Connell Street and a Guinness Storehouse visit which offers the best skyline views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar.
Free Time in the afternoon to explore Dublin.
OVERNIGHT: O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel, Co. Dublin (or similar)


DAY 15: Saturday, 03 October 2015
After your final Irish Breakfast, we must bid adieu, or as the Irish say Slán (Farewell).
After completing your check-out procedures, transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.



TOUR ENDS

 

Tour Details

The Maria Forde Celtic & Music Tour Itinerary is a 15 day / 14 night voyage of discovery that’s lets you experience the natural beauty of Ireland, hear wonderful music, meet fantastic people and appreciate the strong links paved with Australia across the years. Please enquire with Emerald Travel for further information regarding this private tour.

Price Includes

  • 14 Night’s Accommodation - 4 Star
  • Full Irish Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • All Touring Activities
  • Maximum of 20 Guests