Irish Explorer 2017 - XIE

Number of Days: 7
Destination: Europe
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  • The Emerald Isle has long held an attraction for most visitors to Europe, whether it's tracing down family connections or a desire to sample a proper pint of Guinness. However, surprisingly enough for one of Europe's smallest countries, seeing all of Ireland in one trip is a hard task to do!

    Duration: 7 Days
    15 Experiences
    Ages: 10 - 75+
    Start in: Dublin
    End in: Dublin

     

    Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

    • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender.
    • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
    • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.
  • Day 1: Dublin

    Céad míle fáilte! (Or, should we say, a hundred thousand welcomes!) Welcome to Ireland and the start of your tour! Depending on when you arrive and settle in, you may have a chance to see a bit of the city. Meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers, do a spot of sightseeing or just relax – your time is yours. Big enough to keep one amused, but small enough to cover in a relatively short time, Dublin boasts an extraordinary history, rich heritage and a touch of indulgence. Enjoy! Tonight at the welcome dinner you’ll have a proper chance to meet your tour group, and get more information on the days to come.

    Meals included: Supper

    Day 2: Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Londonderry/Derry

    Today, we set off from Dublin on our first day of travel. Your tour leader will give you an introduction to the history of Ireland, and, as we’re headed into Northern Ireland it’s particularly important to learn about topics like the Rising, the Civil War and the Fight for Independence, along with The Troubles. Although peaceful now, this is an important part of Ireland’s history, particularly the north. We’ll stop first in the famous city of Belfast, where we’ll have an orientation tour. Having redefined itself in recent years, the city’s skyline is constantly changing. Whether you’re checking out the Victorian architecture, strolling along the vibrant waterfront or exploring Victoria Square (Europe’s biggest urban regeneration project), you’re in for an eye-opening adventure. After some free time, we head to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge for a photo stop, and also visit the famous Giant’s Causeway - an incredible rock formation consisting of around 40 000 interlocking basalt columns. Legend has it that the causeway was built by an Irish giant named Finn McCool, so that he could challenge his Scottish rival Benandonner to a battle. But when Benandonner appeared over the horizon, Finn McCool was terrified by the size of him, and ran home to his wife, Oonagh, who disguised him as a baby, making him curl up in an enormous cradle. When Benandonner arrived, he saw the enormous ‘child’ and was terrified to think how big the father must be. He fled back to Scotland, tearing up the causeway as he went. Our last stop for the day is the riverside city of Londonderry / Derry, where we spend the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Supper

    Day 3: Londonderry/Derry - Galway 

    Heading out from Londonderry / Derry, we make our way to Galway, joining up with the famous Wild Atlantic Way - the longest coastal drive in the world, and probably the most scenic! We’ll make a comfort stop, and then will arrive in Galway in the early afternoon. Enjoy some free time in this arty, bohemian city that boasts a vibrant ambience, thanks to its large student population. With students making up a quarter of the population, you’ll find plenty of bars and cafes, some of which will feature live music. Check out the remnants of the medieval town walls, or take a stroll down the promenade to Salthill, on Galway Bay, source of the area’s delicious well-known oysters.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 4: Cliffs of Moher - Limerick – Killarney

    First up today, we have one of the highlights of the tour – the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. Here, we’ll have the chance to capture a few spectacular photos of this natural wonder, which rises over 200 meters above the churning sea. We then make our way to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The present version of Bunratty Castle was erected in the early 1400s, though several constructions preceded it, dating back to the 10th Century. Adjoining the castle is Folk Park, a reconstructed traditional Irish village complete with cottages, weavers, pie-makers, a forge and a working blacksmith. We stop for lunch in Limerick, with its fascinating castle, traditional pubs, art museum and a thriving café culture. Before the last leg of the tour to our hotel in Killarney today, we stop off in Adare for photos, and you’ll marvel at what’s often called ‘Ireland’s prettiest village.’ Catch a glimpse of the perfectly-preserved thatch cottages, which today are home to craft shops and restaurants. We arrive in Killarney, where you can reflect on the day over dinner with your fellow explorers.

    Meals included: Breakfast & Supper

    Day 5: Ring of Kerry 

    Keep your camera fully charged and at the ready – it’s going to be a day of stunning scenery! The famous ring of Kerry is our stamping ground today, home to breath-taking coastal views, emerald-green pastures and charming villages – including Caherciveen and Kenmare, where we’ll make comfort stops. Both Caherciveen and Kenmare are quaint and pretty – take the opportunity to amble down the high street of Kenmare and try the culinary treats on offer from the cute cafes, bars and restaurants. Finally, Muckross House & Gardens is a stunning Victorian mansion in the heart of Killarney National Park, where we’ll have the option of heading into this stunning house and garden to enjoy the scenery.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    DAY 6: Blarney Castle – Dublin

    Journeying back to Dublin and leaving the Wild Atlantic Way, we stop at Blarney Castle, where you’ll have the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’. We’ll stop on the way in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where the atmosphere and feel of medieval Ireland is unmistakable. Arriving back in Dublin, celebrate the last night of your tour with an optional Irish music evening, including dinner and a show at the Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, winner of the “Best Music Pub” in Ireland. Located in the Irish countryside, this is an authentic experience, held in a pub run by traditional musicians who specialise in all aspects of Irish music and dance.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 7: End of Tour

    After breakfast, we say our goodbyes, as the tour concludes. We hope you’ve enjoyed the scenery, the culture, the sights and the history of this incredible part of the world. Don’t forget to share your details with your fellow travellers. Farewell, Ireland!

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Irish Explorer 2017 - XIE

    Dublin to Dublin

  • Included:

    • 6 nights' accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
    • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    • All taxes and fees
    • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
    • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
    • 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information).

    Optional excursions - payable in cash to your tour leader whilst on tour.

    • Irish Music Evening
    • Guinness Storehouse
    • Muckross House & Garden

     

     

  • Available Dates

    • From $1872. Single supplement +$477

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    10-Sep-2017 16-Sep-2017

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    24-Sep-2017 30-Sep-2017

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