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All Ireland Explorer Mini Coach Tour: Dublin to Dublin

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,726

This short Ireland tour is the perfect addition to a trip around the British Isles, or an ideal extension to a Dublin city break, taking in Galway, Connemara and Burren before returning to the capital.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.

This 9-day trip sets out from Dublin, basing you in Galway for your Ireland adventure. Stop in at Locke’s Distillery to taste a whiskey legend. Admire some of Ireland’s earliest Christian sites at the Shannon River, and enjoy all the hospitality of Galway overnight.

There’ll be plenty of photo stops as you spend your second day roaming Connemara, including the Maam Valley, the quaint villages of Cong and Clifden, the fascinating Quiet Man Museum, Cong Abbey, and beautiful Connemara National Park. Spend your last day exploring Burren, admiring the view from the Cliffs of Moher as you walk along the trails. Return to Dublin for departure.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,726

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Day 1

Belfast, the Antrim Coast and Giant's Causeway

Please make your own way to the starting point - opposite the Kilkenny Shop (Nassau St, Dublin) - for the 9:00am departure. Ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes early. This morning you will meet your tour guide in Dublin for the first leg of the Journey and take off for Belfast. You will have a tour of some of the key areas in the city and visit the redeveloped Titanic Quarter. In the afternoon head to the Antrim Coast and Glens. You will ride along the coastline from Ballycastle to the famous Giant's Causeway, which you can explore before heading to Portrush. Overnight in Portrush.

Duration1 Night
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Aaranmore Lodge

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    Aaranmore Lodge



    Aaranmore Lodge is in a prime location for visiting Northern Ireland's North Coast, with quick and easy access to all major tourist attractions and walking distance to the amenities of the town, pubs, restaurants and beaches. The spacious rooms at The Aaranmore are elegantly decorated ...

    Aaranmore Lodge is in a prime location for visiting Northern Ireland's North Coast, with quick and easy access to all major tourist attractions and walking distance to the amenities of the town, pubs, restaurants and beaches. The spacious rooms at The Aaranmore are elegantly decorated and have private bathrooms. Most rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities and a hairdryer. Royal Portrush Golf Club is only minutes away and several other excellent golf courses nearby.

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Day 2

Derry and Donegal

Today the first stop is in Derry, designated a UK City of Culture. Spend some time exploring the old city or one of the many museums or galleries before crossing the border back into the People's Republic of Ireland. Travel into one of the most remote parts of the country, County Donegal, with its stunning scenery and strong Gaelic culture. You will travel through national parks and fishing villages. It may be possible to drive around the Sliabh Liag peninsula before arriving at your overnight stop in Donegal.

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Duration1 Night
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Atlantic Guesthouse

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    Atlantic Guesthouse



    Atlantic Guesthouse has won the award for the Best Guesthouse in the Northwest. The Atlantic Guesthouse is one of the oldest established guesthouses in the heart of Donegal Town, family run for over 40 years, with worldwide visitors returning year after year. Located in the ...

    Atlantic Guesthouse has won the award for the Best Guesthouse in the Northwest. The Atlantic Guesthouse is one of the oldest established guesthouses in the heart of Donegal Town, family run for over 40 years, with worldwide visitors returning year after year. Located in the centre of Donegal Town, The Atlantic Guesthouse has a special and friendly atmosphere. Here you are conveniently located close to shops, nightlife and many of the North West's attractions.

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    • Complimentary Breakfast
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Telephone
    • TV

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Day 3

Carrowmore and County Mayo

Travel south from Donegal into County Sligo and to the resting place of the famous poet, W.B Yeats. Take in the mountain scenery of Ben Bulben and the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Carrowmore. The route turns westward into County Mayo, an area hit hard by the great potato famine. You arrive at the edge of Europe at Achill Island, an area of majestic peace and quiet. After a time here, you will travel to Westport where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Westport.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hazelbrook Guesthouse

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    Hazelbrook Guesthouse



    Hazelbrook is a detached, two storey purpose built Bed and Breakfast located in the beautiful and highly accredited town, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. Hazelbrook is just a 5 minute walk to town and a 5 minute walk to the Great Western Greenway, walking and cycling ...

    Hazelbrook is a detached, two storey purpose built Bed and Breakfast located in the beautiful and highly accredited town, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. Hazelbrook is just a 5 minute walk to town and a 5 minute walk to the Great Western Greenway, walking and cycling route from Westport to Achill. The proprietors Mary and John Cafferkey have many years' experience in the catering and tourism industry, therefore our guests can be guaranteed 'five star' hospitality and service.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Telephone
    • TV

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Day 4

Connemara

Today is a relatively flexible day in the Connemara region, and will depend on the weather or your group's preferences. Possibilities include Connemara National Park, a Killary fjord boat trip, Clifden, Sky Road, and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Tonight in Westport, it is highly recommended you sample some local seafood. Overnight in Westport.

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Day 5

Cong and Galway

You leave Westport this morning and head inland through the heart of the Connemara to the village of Cong. Visit Cong Abbey, or the Quiet Man Museum, then pass through the Maam Valley to Galway city. Here your guide and some group members will leave you. You have the afternoon and evening at your leisure in Galway, and will be met at your accommodation by your next guide in the morning. Overnight in Galway.

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Duration1 Night
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Desota Guest House

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    Desota Guest House



    Desota House Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located, a scenic 5 minute walk from the centre of Galway City. All rooms are ensuite and you can expect a comfortable stay in the property. Here you are within 5 minutes' walk from National University of Ireland ...

    Desota House Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located, a scenic 5 minute walk from the centre of Galway City. All rooms are ensuite and you can expect a comfortable stay in the property. Here you are within 5 minutes' walk from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University College Hospital Galway (UCHG). Desota House is an ideal base from which to enjoy the Capital of the West of Ireland and its beautiful surroundings. Staying here you will be in a perfect central location, with no need to waste money on taxis or buses.

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    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Telephone
    • TV

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Day 6

Burren to Killarney

This morning you will be met by your guide and travel along the coast to the Burren. This is a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides, rare flora, early Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You will spend most of the morning exploring this unique area before going on to Kilfenora, for a visit to the old cathedral and lunch in the village. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which drop almost 700 feet straight into the crashing Atlantic waves. Walk the cliff top trails, watch numerous seabirds or visit the award winning environmental exhibition. Your journey this afternoon will be scenic and take you on a ferry ride, ending up in charming Killarney. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings. Overnight in Killarney.

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Duration3 Nights
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Kingfisher Lodge

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    Kingfisher Lodge



    Ideally located 4 minutes' walk from the Town Centre, with Complimentary Private Parking, The Kingfisher Lodge Guesthouse can offer you an award winning experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Kingfisher Lodge offers ten bedrooms fully equipped with every modern convenience providing the perfect base to explore ...

    Ideally located 4 minutes' walk from the Town Centre, with Complimentary Private Parking, The Kingfisher Lodge Guesthouse can offer you an award winning experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Kingfisher Lodge offers ten bedrooms fully equipped with every modern convenience providing the perfect base to explore Killarney and County Kerry. Although situated in a quiet area, you are still close to the Killarney town centre to take advantage of the pubs, restaurants, entertainment and shopping that Killarney has to offer.

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    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Satellite/Cable Television
    • Telephone

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Day 7

Dingle Peninsula

Spend today exploring the wonderful Dingle Peninsula, one of the most scenic parts of Ireland and a heartland of Gaelic culture and tradition. The first stop of the day is the beach at Inch, a vast expanse of sand facing out into the Atlantic, then on through the town of Dingle and to Slea Head. Here you will see impressive views of the nearby Blasket Islands and the mountains in the Ring of Kerry. You may be able to walk on beaches and clifftop trails while enjoying the scenery. The circuit of Slea Head leads back to Dingle town with its brightly coloured buildings and busy harbor. You will return to Killarney for the afternoon where you may spend time in town or visit the national park. Overnight in Killarney.

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Day 8

Ring of Kerry

Today you will drive along the Ring of Kerry a classic route consisting of views of Ireland's highest mountain, Daniel O'Connell's birthplace and the Cahersiveen ring fort. Eventually you will reach Portmagee, a great place to sample local seafood for lunch. From here the road drops to sea level and you pay a visit to Derrynane House. The tour then continues on around the Ring with stops at Moll's Gap and the Ladies View. There will just be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before arriving back in Killarney. Overnight in Killarney.

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Day 9

Return to Dublin

You head back to Dublin today, with some interesting stops along the way. Visit the market town of Macroom and the Blarney Castle. You may get the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Continue to the Rock of Cashel with its medieval monastery complex and finally Killkenny, a bustling and famed city with plenty to see. Enjoy your last Guinness here before returning to Dublin. The tour ends back at the meeting point - opposite the Kilkenny Shop (Nassau St, Dublin) - around 7:30pm. You are free to make your own arrangements from here.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Sundays & Wednesdays - 2 April to 25 October
2018: Sunday & Wednesday: 1 April to 24 October*
* Tour does not operate on the following dates: 27 May; 24 June; 11 July

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' 3 star accommodation
  • Touring transportation in a Mercedes minicoach with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • All road tolls

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

Tour cannot be purchased alone. We offer Airfare credits on many airlines.

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