14 days ~ from $4,190 + airfare Optional Single Supplement ~ $695 Armagh~Downpatrick~Belfast~Antrim~Derry~Donegal~Fermanagh~Dublin~Meath~Westport~Connemara~Galway~Clare~Bunratty~Ennis
2016 Dates & Prices
June 19-July 2
$4,190 + airfare
$4,190 + airfare
July 31-August 13
$4,190 + airfare
Day 1: Fáilte ~ Welcome! Check-in to your B&B accommodation, where your reservation will be waiting for you. Take time to explore Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital before meeting your guide and fellow Adventurers at the B&B at 5 pm for a group meeting, followed by group dinner. Sleep in Dublin (1 night). No travel. Walking: light.
Day 2: Armagh & Downpatrick Today we take a journey through Ulster history and legend, beginning with the site of the Battle of the Boyne where King William III and his father-in-law, King James II fought for British throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland. We then travel back into antiquity to visit Navan Centre & Fort, ancient capital of Ulster and site for many great feats by legendary hero Cú Chulainn. Finally, we visit the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, the traditional burial site for Ireland’s patron saint, before moving on to modern Belfast. Sleep in Belfast (2 nights). Travel: 4 hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 3: Belfast After breakfast, we'll take the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tour of the city, then a free day to get to know Northern Ireland’s political, commercial and cultural capital. Take a tour of Falls Road and Shankill Road in one of the city’s famous black cabs, visit the Ulster Folk & Transportation Park and the Ulster Museum, or tour Stormont Castle, seat of Northern Ireland’s government. Admission to the Titanic Experience is included with your sightseeing tour. No travel. Walking: light.
Day 4: The Causeway Coast We leave Belfast for the wonders of Northern Ireland’s famed Causeway Coast. We’ll cross Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (optional), tour the meeting of legend and geology at Giant’s Causeway, take a taste at the Old Bushmills Distillery, and explore the ruins of Dunluce Castle before heading to Derry, Northern Ireland’s walled city. Sleep in Derry (2 nights). Travel: 3 hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 5: Derry Today we'll begin with a walking tour of Derry highlighting its role in the Plantation of Ulster and “The Troubles,” then a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tour. The rest is a free day to explore the sites of city. Alternately, take the mini-bus for an optional free day in County Tyrone, including the Ulster American Folk Park and Tullyhogue Fzort, the coronation site of the O’Neills, then gather in Derry for dinner to share your insights and experiences. Travel (optional): 3 hrs. Walking: light.
Day 6: West Ulster After breakfast we'll pack up and board our mini-bus for a tour through Donegal and Fermanagh. We'll visit the Grianan of Ailleach Stone Fort and Beltony Stone Circle, tour the Belleek Pottery Factory, and stop at the spectacular Marble Arch Caves before arriving back in Dublin for a farewell dinner and traditional music. Sleep in Dublin (1 night). Travel: 5 hrs. Walking: light.
Day 7: Dublin After breakfast, we begin with a hop-on-hop-off tour of the city. The rest of the day is yours to explore, with free admission to 33 of the city's top attractions and discounts to many others. No travel. Walking: varies.
Day 8: More Dublin Today you again have access to the hop-on-hop-off bus to continue your exploration of Dublin, with free admission to 33 of the city's top attractions and discounts to many others. Tonight we'll gather over dinner to share our experiences and take in some local color. No travel. Walking: varies.
Day 9: Royal Meath After breakfast we'll pack up and board our mini-bus to explore Meath – Ireland’s ancient heartland. We’ll begin at Brú na Bóinne, the megalithic “passage” tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth that predate the pyramids at Giza. Next we’ll visit the Hill of Tara, Ireland’s ancient capital, then Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, before crossing the island to quaint Westport in County Mayo. Sleep in Westport (2 nights). Travel: 4 hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 10: Westport Today we'll begin with a walking tour of Westport, one of Ireland’s few planned towns, considered the best place to live in Ireland. Use the rest of this free day to learn more about Westport’s unique geography and history, or take the optional mini-bus tour to Rockfleet Castle, once home to Ireland’s pirate-queen Grainuaile, and the megalithic-age archaeological dig at Céide Fields. After dinner, we’ll retire to Matt Molloy’s pub, owned by the flautist of The Chieftains, for some traditional music and craic. Travel (optional): 3½ hrs. Walking: light.
Day 11: Connemara Following breakfast we'll leave Westport for Galway. On the way, we’ll stop at the Granuaile Visitor Centre to learn more about Ireland’s famous pirate-queen, pass Aasleagh Waterfall through Ireland’s only fjord to beautiful (and photo-perfect) Kylemore Abbey, with its gardens and neo-gothic church, and then the Quiet Man Museum in Cong, where much of the John Wayne classic was filmed. After settling in to Galway’s famed Latin Quarter, we’ll dine at McDonagh’s, home of the world’s best fish and chips! Sleep in Galway (2 nights). Travel: 3½ hrs. Walking: light.
Day 12: Galway We'll begin with a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tour of Galway, historically one of Ireland’s most important trading ports. The rest is a free day to explore the “City of the Foreigners,” or take the optional mini-bus tour to Clonmacnoise, a center for early Christianity and one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites, featuring the famed Cross of the Scriptures high cross. After dinner, we can check out some traditional music across the street at The Quay’s pub. Travel (optional): 2 hrs. Walking: light.
Day 13: Clare Today we head to one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes: the Burren. We’ll begin at Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre, then head down the road to iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen, before stopping at Caherconnell Ringfort, and finally the world-renown Cliffs of Moher, where you can stand some 700 feet above the turbulent Atlantic. Today we head to one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes: the Burren. We’ll begin at Ailwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre, then head down the road to iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen, before stopping at Caherconnell Ringfort, and finally the world-renown Cliffs of Moher, where you can stand some 700 feet above the turbulent Atlantic. We’ll then head to our accommodation in Ennis and on to legendary Bunratty Castle and neighboring landmark pub, Durty Nelly’s. Explore Bunratty Castle & Folk Park before we enjoy a farewell Traditional Irish Night dinner at the castle. Sleep in Ennis (1 night). Travel: 3 hrs. Walking: medium.
Day 14: Slán Go Foill ~ Tour Over After Breakfast Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. You can fly out of nearby Shannon International Airport, or take a bus to anywhere! Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning. Míle buíochas agus slán go foill ~ a thousand thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again soon!