Wild Atlantic Way - 13 Days

Coach Tour-13 Days

The Wild Atlantic Way Tour - Explore Ireland by luxury coach, stay in Superior & First Class Hotels over 12 Nights with 23 Meals included.

Wild Atlantic Way - 13 Days

Day 1: Shannon Arrival & Ennis

Land at Shannon Airport and transfer to Ennis. At 2:30 pm take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Sip a get-together drink and discuss your tour before dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Galway & Connemara

Head to Galway for a tour and free time. Then enjoy the lovely scenery of Connemara with its heathery hills and sparkling lakes. Travel via Maam Cross, Leenane and Louisburg to reach Westport. (B, D)

Day 3: Westport House & Achill Island

Tour stately Westport House to view priceless furnishings. Cross to Achill Island by bridge and follow the Atlantic Drive for wonderful views. Visit the Deserted Village and have lunch. The evening is free in Westport. (B, L)

Day 4: Country Life & Donegal Bay

Visit the Museum of Country Life to view artefacts used in times past. Drive to County Sligo to view the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats and in Donegal take a boat trip on the bay to admire scenic views. (B, D)

Day 5: Glenveagh Castle & Donegal

Tour Glenveagh Castle, a granite castle built in 1870 and set on a picturesque lake surrounded by extensive gardens. Travel the scenic Grand Atlantic Drive before returning to Stranorlar in ample time for dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Derry & Giant’s Causeway

Take a walking tour around Derry’s medieval city walls. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, huge columns formed by volcanic activity. Travel along the “Nine Glens of Antrim” route to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 7: Titanic Belfast & Dublin Pub

Tour central Belfast and visit Titanic Belfast. Learn about Ireland’s patron saint at the St. Patrick Centre and see his grave at Down Cathedral. Drive south to Dublin and enjoy dinner and a traditional show at a fun pub. (B, D)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

Tour Dublin this morning and visit Trinity College to see the 8th century illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. Use your open-top bus tour voucher and visit Guinness or Jameson. (B)

Day 9: Farmhouse Visit & Kinsale

Sample freshly-baked scones with tea at a farmhouse and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Continue to the lovely old port of Kinsale and take a walking tour with a local guide to learn about the history of the town. (B, D)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney Jaunting Car

Drive to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Stop in Killarney to take a jaunting car and view some of the glorious scenery. Continue to Dingle for your next overnight stop. (B, D)

Day 11: Explore Dingle

Drive to Slea Head at the end of the Dingle Peninsula for wonderful views of the Wild Atlantic and rugged coast. Sample an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn and learn about the owner who took part in Polar exploration. Back in Dingle enjoy lunch and a free afternoon. (B, L)

Day 12: Bunratty Folk Park & Banquet

Drive to Foynes to learn about the historic flights aboard Pan Am seaplanes in the 1930’s and 1940’s at the Flying Boat Museum. Visit the Bunratty Folk Park and later head to Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)

Day 13: Tour Ends Shannon Airport

Take a group transfer to Shannon Airport. (B)

 

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Magnificent Scenic West Coast of Ireland
  • Traditional Irish Evening in Dublin
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Discover the Dingle Peninsula
  • Bunratty Castle Banquet
  • Overnights in Kinsale and Dingle

 

Tour Includes

13 days/12 nights/23 meals

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 12 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 9 dinners (D) including
    • Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
    • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    • 7 table d’hote dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Boat trip on Donegal Bay
  • Walking tours of Derry and Kinsale with local guides
  • Tours of Belfast and Dublin with your tour director
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Cliffs of Moher, Westport House, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park
  • 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

 

Hotels

Superior First Class

  • Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
  • Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar (2 nights)
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
  • Ashling Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale (1 night)
  • Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle (2 nights)
  • The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)