Ireland Wonders and Castles


See the highlights of Dublin and then travel north to Belfast where you will visit the state-of-the-art museum in the Titanic Quarter and re-live the drama of the doomed liner.  Trace the footsteps of giants along the spectacular Giants Causeway, visit the lush gardens of Glenveagh Castle set in the wooded paradise of Glenveagh National Park, tour the Walled City at Derry and enjoy tea and scones at the Belleek Pottery Museum.  A guided tour of the Kilbeggan Distillery and a visit to the Irish National Stud, home to some of Irelands finest thoroughbreds, will mark the end of a perfect vacation.

LUXURY VACATION - Departs daily - 8 days/7 nights package visiting Dublin, Belfast, Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Roscommon & Kildare. Includes deluxe accommodation with breakfast daily, 4 dinners, private arrival and departure transfers, a private English-speaking driver-guide, walking tours of Dublin & Derry, a scenic train journey from Coleraine to Derry, a black cab tour of Belfast, and entrance fees.

Includes

  • Taxes and service charges
  • Hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Porterage
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Entrance fees
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private touring with driver/guide

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Local city taxes

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Dublin - Arrival

You will be greeted and transferred to your hotel by our local representative. This evening enjoy a welcome drink and tour briefing at your hotel.

Deluxe: Clontarf Castle

Day

2

Dublin

This morning you will meet with a local guide and enjoy a walking tour of the city center. During your tour you will see Trinity College, House of Parliament, City Hall, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Temple Bar area. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse will conclude your program. Your accommodation will be at Clontarf Castle or Fitzpatrick Castle. (B)
Optional tours include Connoisseur Experience at the Guinness Storehouse and Irish Food Trail. Extra supplement applies.

Deluxe: Clontarf Castle

Day

3

Dublin - Belfast - Antrim

This morning you will depart your hotel in Dublin and travel to Belfast. Join a Black Cab Tour for 90 minutes and experience a political History Tour of West Belfast's Murals telling the story of the Troubles. You will continue with a visit to the Titanic Museum, which recreates the story of the world's most famous ship right beside the historic site of the original ship's construction. Your accommodation will be at the Ballygally Castle in Antrim. (B,D)

Day

4

Antrim - Derry

Today travel towards the northern coast to reach the Giant's Causeway, a truly awe-inspiring rock formation consisting of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago. After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site continue to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which connects a small island to the mainland. Take the train from Coleraine to Derry along the Causeway Coast and enjoy beautiful scenery. Your accommodation will be at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel.

Day

5

Donegal & Derry

This morning you will be transferred to Donegal to visit the scenic Glenveagh National Park and its castle, which has one of the finest gardens in Ireland. You will continue to the Stone Fort of Grianan an Aileach, which sits on a hilltop in Inishowen County Donegal. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)

Day

6

Derry - Roscommon

Join your local guide in the morning for a walking tour of the Walled City of Derry. En-route to Roscommon you will enjoy a visit to the Belleek Pottery followed by tea and scones. As you walk through the museum you will experience the journey through the history of the Pottery. Your accommodation will be at the Kilronan Castle in Roscommon. (B,D)

Day

7

Roscommon - Kildare

Your first visit will be to the Kilbeggan Distillery to discover how Irish whiskey was made and has evolved over hundreds of years. A guided tour follows the process of making triple distilled Irish Whiskey, from the grinding of the grain to the casking of the final product. You will continue on to Kildare and isit the rishi National Stud established in 1946 & Japanese Gardens. Your accommodation will be at the Barberstown Castle in Kildare. (B,D)

Day

8

Kildare - Return

You will be transferred to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. (B)