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Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland tour
Belfast Derry Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland Trip
Dublin Galway Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland Trip

Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
13 days
From: $ 2,519 $ 194 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment.
  • Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle!
  • Choose from a ‘menu’ of Derry’s best restaurants.
  • Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle.
  • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's great coastal roads.
  • Experience the daily life of an Irish family during a visit to a local farm.
  • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher.
  • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.
  • See Northern Ireland's famous phenomenon — the spectacular Giant's Causeway.
  • Explore Northern Ireland's historic cities of Derry and Belfast.

Short Description

Set out on our most popular Irish adventure. Experience all of the charms of this enchanted country, including its welcoming people.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
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Belfast Derry Dublin Galway Kilkenny

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Itinerary

Day 1 Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.

Day 2 Dublin

Today, it’s your choice! Will you ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the historic Phoenix Park? Or will you choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the River Liffey? Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own.

Day 3 Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford

Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in ancient Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries; or visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.

Day 4 Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney

Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, enjoy dinner on the town.

Day 5 Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. End your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through one of Ireland’s best kept secrets - Killarney National Park.

Day 6 Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis

Bid Killarney farewell as we travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Walk along the rambling edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel and experience the finest in Irish hospitality.

Day 7 Ennis - Galway - Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then, continue on to Galway, where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends at the Manor House Hotel, a stunning 19th-century estate located on a secluded lake in the westernmost reaches of Northern Ireland.

Day 8 Enniskillen - Donegal Town - Derry

Today you take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, we travel to Derry, known for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads you on a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square in the heart of the walled city. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice…you will choose your included dinner from a ‘menu’ of Derry’s great restaurants.

Day 9 Derry - Inishowen Peninsula - Derry

This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as you explore Ireland's northernmost point. Return to Derry and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 10 Derry - Giant's Causeway - Glens of Antrim - Belfast

See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then, lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim.

Day 11 Belfast - Kingscourt, Ireland

Get ready for a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. Next, we are off to Kingscourt, crossing back into the Republic of Ireland. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner.

Day 12 Kingscourt - Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Kingscourt.

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