Irish Experience 2014

  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: This foray into the diversity of the North and the South of Ireland takes you inside the increasingly cool cities, like Dublin and Belfast, and much reported 'emerald' countryside. It's Insider moments like… hearing born-and-bred Irishman Ronan's passion as he takes you round his 'home turf'. He reveals Londonderry's progressive present, having been UK City of Culture 2013, and its deeply troubled past – taking you to the riotous Bogside area and to walk the 400-year-old walls. Finding yourself between these eras in New Ross, take your ticket to board a replica famine ship. Join passengers re-creating scenes from the 1840s when people fled to escape the potato famine, becoming early Irish Americans.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Dublin.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING

    Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this afternoon and see Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Expert. Later, board your canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin's 200 year old canals.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mespil

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  • Day 3

    DUBLIN – BELFAST

    Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Expert 'Cabbie' for a trip through the city's recent history in a Black Cab.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Stormont

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  • Day 4

    BELFAST – GIANT'S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY/DERRY (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, an Unique Insight exhibition dedicated to the world's most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a World Heritage site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Everglades

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  • Day 5

    LONDONDERRY/DERRY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Expert and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the 'troubles'. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an optional experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    LONDONDERRY/DERRY – BELLEEK – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor centre for a Local Speciality demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Maldron Galway

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  • Day 7

    CONNEMARA EXCURSION

    Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    GALWAY – LIMERICK – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through County Clare to Limerick for views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone during your orientation of the city. See Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the 'craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Scotts Hotel

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  • Day 9

    RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

    Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. On our journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan's Daughter. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words. Join your companions this evening for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 10

    KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – WATERFORD – KILKENNY

    Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney stone to attain the 'gift of the gab'! Pass via Youghal en-route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your Local Speciality demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Hotel Kilkenny

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  • Day 11

    KILKENNY – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN

    Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody and gain a Unique Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800's. Travel through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Maldron Cardiff Lane

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  • Day 12

    DUBLIN - USA

    Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.
  • Local Expert in Dublin and Londonderry/Derry and experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert 'Cabbie' commentary.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, home to one of the world's oldest working potteries.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours of Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giants Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Youghal, the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross.
  • View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara, the Cathedral of Galway, King John's Castle and St. Marys Cathedral in Limerick.
  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry.

Dining

  • 10 full breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (included Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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