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Complete Ireland Mini Coach: Dublin to Dublin

Duration
11 Days
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The complete Ireland tour from Belfast to Dublin, this trip takes you to the most famous sights and towns of the Emerald Isle, from the staggering Giant’s Causeway to the delicate crystal of Waterford.


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 and B&Bs.

This 11-day trip through Ireland sets out from Belfast, discovering the many natural and cultural highlights of the island before disembarking in Dublin.

Your guide will meet you in Dublin for the beautiful trip to Belfast. This day includes the Giant’s Causeway, an incredible collection of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that hug the coast of Northern Ireland. In Belfast itself, devote some time to the Titanic Quarter, which is part waterfront regeneration, part historic attraction. You’ll stop in at Derry to see another side of the North before returning to the Republic of Ireland itself, where an overnight stay in Donegal lets you enjoy one of the most invigorating natural landscapes in the country.

Pay your respects to the poet Yeats in County Sligo before immersing yourself in the megalithic history of Carrowmore, home to thirty tomb monuments dating back up to 3700BC. Then visit the edge of Europe at Achill Island, before exploring Connemara. You can enjoy its namesake national park and admire the Twelve Bens, or take a boat ride through Killary Fjord before overnighting in Westport. Turning inland, enjoy the lovely village of Cong before exploring Galway, where an evening at leisure gives you time to enjoy some local hospitality, and the city’s legendary entertainment scene.

Onward, following the cliffs of Burren, which feature some of Ireland’s earliest Christian settlements alongside ancient pagan ruins. Visit the Cathedral of Kifenora, and the famous Cliffs of Moher, keeping an eye out for local sea birds. Then spend three nights in Killarney, your base for exploring County Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. This is one of Ireland’s most scenic regions, with amazing views of the surrounding islands, cliff top walks, and lively harbours. Killarney itself is a major hub of Irish music and culture, and a delightful spot to return to each evening. The Ring of Kerry is another of Ireland’s most popular scenic routes, taking you to the Cathersiveen ring fort, Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace, and within sight of Ireland’s highest mountain.

Fancy a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone? Today’s the day, as you visit Macroom and Blarney Castle – though kissing the actual stone may be harder than you think! Then explore west Cork before going on to the east, where you’ll visit Waterford and the famous Waterford Crystal factory. Spend a final night in Kilkenny before returning to Dublin, where you may wish to stay an extra few days to visit Trinity College, take a literary tour, or lose a night or two at the famous Temple Bar.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,083

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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. Overnight stop in Donegal.

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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.

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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.

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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 new guide in the morning.

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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
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    • Telephone
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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Day 9

Blarney and West Cork

You head toward Kinsale 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. Here you will leave your next new guide and transfer to a new bus. You will head with your new group to the beautiful coastline of West Cork ending up in the fishing village of Kinsale. The town is famous for its food and you will have a free evening to explore the narrow streets, pubs and restaurants.

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Duration1 Night
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Woodlands House

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    Woodlands House



    The harbour town of Kinsale is a mere seven-minute walk from Woodlands House Kinsale bed and breakfast and offers visitors a selection of gourmet restaurants, sailing, deep sea angling and golf. Kinsale is an Irish Heritage Town and has benefited from a rich and interesting ...

    The harbour town of Kinsale is a mere seven-minute walk from Woodlands House Kinsale bed and breakfast and offers visitors a selection of gourmet restaurants, sailing, deep sea angling and golf. Kinsale is an Irish Heritage Town and has benefited from a rich and interesting past, which has resulted in a plethora of historical remnants being sprinkled around the town. Among the highlights are the 17th century Charles Fort, the Church of Ireland church built in 1190 and a 16th century Tower House.

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Day 10

Waterford and Kilkenny

Explore the highlights of the South East starting with the historic port of Cobh. Continue east towards Waterford, Ireland's oldest city. Visit the famous Waterford Crystal factory or one of the museums. In the afternoon travel north to Kilkenny voted Ireland's friendliest city for the evening.

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Duration1 Night
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Bregagh House

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    Bregagh House



    Bregagh House is a modern, detached, two-storey town house located in the centre of Kilkenny City, opposite Saint Canices Cathedral and within walking distance to all amenities. It is a family-run B&B owned by Mrs Rosanne Brennan, who has over 20 years' experience in the ...

    Bregagh House is a modern, detached, two-storey town house located in the centre of Kilkenny City, opposite Saint Canices Cathedral and within walking distance to all amenities. It is a family-run B&B owned by Mrs Rosanne Brennan, who has over 20 years' experience in the B&B industry. Kilkenny City is quite literally on the doorstep with many different attractions and places of interest.

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    • Garden
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Day 11

Return to Dublin

You have a couple hours to explore Kilkenny before departing for the Wicklow Mountains. The area contains some of Ireland's highest peaks and most impressive valleys. The mountains are made of granite and the deep valleys have been carved out by glaciers. Cross the famous Sally Gap before descending a short distance back 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:

Wednesdays: 5 Apr to 25 Oct. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation in a Mercedes minicoach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • All ferry and bridge crossings. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

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.

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