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Northern Ireland & the Atlantic Coast Small Group: Dublin to Dublin

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 834

From Dublin, combine the gentle beauty of the Antrim coast and glens with the wild and rugged west coast of Ireland. Add visits to Belfast, Londonderry and the Giant’s Causeway and you have a well rounded insight into some of Ireland’s most outstanding regions.


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.

Depart from Dublin heading north to the city of Belfast. Have a tour of the city which includes the Albert Memorial Clock Tower (compared to the Tower of Pisa), the Opera house, Queen’s University and the Botanical Gardens. Later enjoy the newly opened Titanic Experience where a recreated story of the World’s most famous ship is exhibited complete with interactive exhibition. Continue north into Antrim through its beautiful glens arriving at the coast at Ballycastle. From here, arrive at the fascinating spectacular Giants Causeway which is reputed to be 60 million years old. Legend has it that it was built by a fictitious Irish Giant under the sea all the way to Scotland to the east. Then travel to Portrush for overnight.

Depart the next morning for Londonderry and have a walking tour of this old walled city before heading west to Donegal stopping at the Sliabh Llag Peninsula, a picturesque mountain region with great views of the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Donegal for overnight accommodation.
The following day, travel through County Sligo associated with W. B. Yeats. Visit Carrowmore Cemetery with its 60 stone circles and passage tombs which are around 5000 years old and date back to the Stone Age. Also visit Ben Bulben, a rocky mountain formation. Later arrive at Achill Island in County Mayo, the largest island off the coast of the country with a long history and archaeological findings. Arrive at the town of Westport for a 2 night stay.

The next morning, explore Connemara, the land of mountains, rivers, lakes and small villages where the Gaelic language is still widely spoken. This area is the wildest and most remote part of the country. Travel through the wild mountainous Connemara National Park with its diverse flora and fauna. Visit attractive ancient Clifden, the largest town in Connemara and the Twelve Bens, a series of steep sided mountain peaks. The day will end with an 11 kilometre/7 mile drive on the Sky Road which takes in wonderful coastal scenery. Return to Westport.

Your next day brings a further exploration into Connemara including the village of Cong situated on an island. Stop at Cong Abbey with its interesting early Irish architecture dating back to the 12th Century. You will then visit the unusual Quiet Man Museum which depicts aspects of the 1951 movie of the name filmed here starring John Wayne. Continue to Galway City, a bustling town with a lively nightlife, charming pedestrian streets and numerous pubs and cafes. Then it is time to complete your journey heading back to Dublin.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 834

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Day 1

Dublin to 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. Overnight 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. You have some of the afternoon at your leisure in Galway before returning to Dublin. The tour ends back at the meeting point - opposite the Kilkenny Shop (Nassau St, Dublin) - around 7:00pm. You are free to make your own arrangements from here.

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Duration1 Night

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Sunday & Wednesday: 2 April to 29 October
2018: Sunday & Wednesday: 1 April to 24 October*
*Tour does not operate: 3 June; 11 July

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' 3 star accommodation
  • Touring transportation in a Mercedes minicoach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • All road tolls

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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 enquire.

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