8 Day Ireland Fly & Drive with Northern Ireland

$479
Land Only
$969*
Air & Land
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Vehicle Options

  • Mini Manual - Ford KA or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Economy Automatic - Opel Corsa or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Compact Automatic - Opel Astra or similar

    • 1-3 Passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Standard Manual - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Standard Automatic - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Full Size Manual - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Full Size Automatic - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission


Featured Hotels

Plan D
Trim Castle Hotel
The Connacht Hotel
Jurys Inn Belfast
Plan C
Cabra Castle
Ardilaun Hotel
Jurys Inn Belfast

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jul 04  (Sold Out) $1389* $559
Jul 11  (Sold Out) $1389* $559
$1209* $639
$1419* $639
Aug 01  (Sold Out) $1469* $639
$1279* $639
$1039* $559
Aug 22  (Sold Out) $1389* $559
$1079* $529
Sep 05  (Sold Out) $899* $509
$1099* $509
$899* $509
$979* $509
Oct 03  (Sold Out) $959* $479
Oct 10  (Sold Out) $869* $479
$939* $479
$969* $479
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jul 04  (Sold Out) $1479* $649
Jul 11  (Sold Out) $1479* $649
$1449* $739
$1519* $739
Aug 01  (Sold Out) $1569* $739
$1419* $739
$1349* $649
Aug 22  (Sold Out) $1479* $649
$1179* $629
Sep 05  (Sold Out) $989* $599
$1079* $599
$979* $589
$1059* $589
Oct 03  (Sold Out) $1039* $559
Oct 10  (Sold Out) $949* $559
$1069* $559
$1049* $559
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jul 04  (Sold Out) $1539* $709
Jul 11  (Sold Out) $1269* $709
$1509* $799
$1579* $799
Aug 01  (Sold Out) $1629* $799
$1479* $799
$1489* $709
Aug 22  (Sold Out) $1539* $709
$1259* $709
Sep 05  (Sold Out) $1099* $709
$1189* $709
$1179* $699
$1139* $659
$1119* $609
$1099* $609
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jul 04  (Sold Out) $1469* $689
Jul 11  (Sold Out) $1249* $689
$1499* $789
$1569* $789
Aug 01  (Sold Out) $1619* $789
$1469* $789
$1469* $689
Aug 22  (Sold Out) $1519* $689
$1239* $689
Sep 05  (Sold Out) $1239* $689
$1169* $689
$1169* $689
$1169* $689
Oct 03  (Sold Out) $1169* $689
Oct 10  (Sold Out) $1229* $689
$1199* $689
$1179* $689

*Not Included:
Car rental fees, optional car rental insurance and parking.


Additional Information:
Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. Additionally, drivers must be 28 years old in order to rent a Full Size (Car Categories FVMR and FVAR).

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.

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Itinerary

Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1 - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin
Welcome to Ireland, the "Emerald Isle!" Arrive in Dublin, the country's spirited capital, immortalized by James Joyce; pick up your reserved vehicle at the airport's Car Rental Facility. On the drive to your hotel, see the city’s contrasting architecture -- from modern glass skyscrapers to grand neoclassical facades, accented by lovely views of the River Liffey. Today, perhaps visit Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President and the Dublin Zoo. Or, stroll leisurely along Temple Bar with its charming narrow cobbled streets and statue-lined O'Connell Street, the city's main thoroughfare, dominated by the "Spire", the world’s tallest piece of sculpture. Dublin is filled with welcoming people, fabulous restaurants and cozy pubs on every corner where you can sample some of the local brews
Drive Time: 50 minutes*
Distance: 35 miles*
Overnight: County Meath

DAY 3 - Spectacular Drive to Galway
Start your day with a visit to the Kinvara fishing village famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). View the Dunguaire Castle, built in 1520, originally the royal palace of the King of Connaught. Afterwards, travel through the vast limestone plateau known as "the Burren" that covers most of North County Clare. This stark environment has often been compared to the harsh lunar landscape of the moon. Visit the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort - home of little men with green hats and orange beards! Stop at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses (Irish High Crosses) on your way to the coastal village of Doolin maybe for lunch before your drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that rises some 700 feet above the Atlantic -- surely one of the most stunning meetings of land and water you're likely to ever see. Arrive at Galway City, Ireland's cultural capital. This free-spirited bohemian city has a unique ambiance of its own. Tonight, explore the narrow pedestrian streets filled with boutiques and brightly painted pubs, alive with activity
Drive Time: 5.5 hours*
Distance: 223 miles*
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Delights of Galway
Wander the city's cobblestone streets and you’ll feel yourself stepping back in time to medieval Ireland. Visit the famous Galway Farmers Market in Church lane for tastings of delectable Irish treats and just immerse yourself in the great atmosphere. This artsy and bohemian city is often referred to as the "most Irish" of the cities in Ireland. Alternatively, if you're in the mood for something really unique, we suggest a trip to the Aran Islands by boat that offers a glimpse into a way of life from a bygone era. Upon arrival on the island, opportunity to hire a bike or visit Dun Aonghasa, the largest of Aran's prehistoric stone forts enclosed by massive dry-stone walls and blocks of vertical limestone. Tonight, don't leave Ireland without trying the world-famous Galway Bay oysters at one of the local restaurants or pubs
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Drive North to Belfast
Your journey north towards Belfast passes by the pilgrimage town of Knock where W.B. Yeats' Grave is near the distinctive outline of Ben Bulben Mountain in Sligo Countryside. On to Donegal and to Teelin to view the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe reaching 1,972 feet. The cliffs drop straight down to the wild Atlantic waves creating marvelous views. Enjoy coffee or tea with home baked scones before driving to Londonderry. Pause for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle before visiting the magnificent Giant's Causeway, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns leading from the coastal cliffs out to sea. Legend, history and folklore are combined here, beginning with the Irish tale of how the mighty giant Finn McCool created this geological wonder so he could walk to Scotland. Continue south to experience wonderful views of mountains, valleys and bays along the "Nine Glens of Antrim". Later, arrive in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, known today as one of Europe’s true renaissance cities. Here you’ll see historic buildings, European-style cafes and a rich and vibrant cultural life emphasized by the city's vibrant murals that have become an integral part of its modern history. In the evening, explore the city’s old-town streets and soak up some of the local culture and architecture. Enjoy dinner at one of the legendary pubs, known for excellent food and traditional Irish atmosphere. Saloons also abound, dating back to the 1800s, with Victorian age décor and working gas lamps
Drive Time: 6.5 hours*
Distance: 279 miles*
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Discover Belfast
The colonnaded façade and towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall is a good place to begin your exploration of this energetic city along with the newly renovated Ulster Museum, a repository of historic and artistic treasures. A must-see visit is the imposing Titanic Experience Museum, constructed in the same dockyard where the doomed ship was built. This museum, built the same size as the height of the Titanic, has nine galleries spread over six floors that tell the astonishing story of the Titanic from "rivets to requiem." In a nearby neighbourhood, you can see historic buildings that are still scarred from The Troubles, which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. View the world-famous political murals that dominate the area and take time to sign your name on the Peace Wall next to Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and many other dignitaries. Tonight, join the locals at a bustling restaurant or participate in a "pub crawl" and meet the locals. Belfast comes alive at night, with happenings on every corner!
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Return to Dublin
Today's journey back to Dublin. En route, stop at Downpatrick which means "Patrick's stronghold." You can first visit the Saint Patrick center where you will learn all about the saint who first came to Ireland as a boy slave to work as a Sheppard. You can see the film telling his life story before you take a short walk to Down Cathedral and his grave. Travelling south, arrive to the small village of Dundrum which holds one of the Ireland's Norman castles built by John de Courcy in the 12th century. Climb to the top of the battlements and gaze at these amazing coastal views as far as the eye can see. As you travel thrugh the northern Ireland's highest range of mountains, the Mourne Mountains, view Slieve Donard, the highest peak soars high above other peaks at a lake side stopping point. There is a hill called 'Magic Hill' where you will see with your own eyes your car 'roll up' a hill all by itself! As you drive further south make a short stop at Ross Monument located on a spectacular stretch of coast. This 99 ft pillar is dedicated to the man who burned down the White House in retaliation of the Americans burning York in 1813. York is now modern Toronto! Arrive in Dublin for overnight. This evening, enjoy a stroll along the Grand Canal, see the statue of poet Patrick Kavanagh, or walk along Merrion Square, childhood home of Oscar Wilde. Celebrate your last night in Ireland by treating yourself to a dinner of Irish specialities at one of Dublin’s fabulous restaurants or attend a rollicking Cabaret Show
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 100 miles*
Overnight: County Meath
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart Ireland
Drive to Dublin Airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
Drive Time: 50 minutes*
Distance: 35 miles*
Meals: Breakfast

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

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The Connacht Hotel Image
Jurys Inn Belfast Image
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Image
The Connacht Hotel Image
Jurys Inn Belfast Image
Cabra Castle Image
Ardilaun Hotel Image
Jurys Inn Belfast Image
The Camden Court Hotel Image
Ardilaun Hotel Image
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