10 Day Crown of Ireland

$1999
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$2679*
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10 Day Crown of Ireland
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This fast-paced trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Belfast
Welcome to the "Emerald Isle!" Arrive in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, with its beautifully restored Victorian architecture, glittering waterfront lined with European-style cafes and a rich cultural life. Time to relax before an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 pm on the fascinating journey through Ireland that lies ahead. After, join your fellow travellers at a lovely Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Belfast, Titanic Museum
Today's exploration of Belfast starts at the towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall, followed by the university district. Stop in a neighborhood where buildings are still scarred from "The Troubles" which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Visit the gleaming Titanic Belfast Museum constructed in the actual dockyard where the doomed ship was built; its multimedia presentation follows the history of Belfast and the creation of the world's most famous ocean liner. Exhibits include a high-tech ride through a recreation of the city's shipyards. View details of the Titanic's construction, replicas of the passenger accommodations and old film footage of the actual ship. The rest of the day is yours to discover Belfast on your own, or, join the optional tour to Downpatrick's Down Cathedral where St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint is buried
Optional: Downpatrick’s Down Cathedral
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Giant's Causeway, Old Bushmills Distillery, Coastal Ballycastle, Derry
Begin the day with drive via Ballymena in County Antrim that takes you along winding roads to the spectacular Giant's Causeway. It's the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, where unusual hexagonal columns formed by 60 million years of volcanic activity stretch into the sea. Marvel at this natural phenomenon! Afterward, tour the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland and have a chance to taste the different Irish whiskeys. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the harbor town and holiday resort of Ballycastle before a drive along a scenic route, to view stately mountains, valleys and the jagged coastline where many scenes were filmed for the "Game of Thrones" series. Afterward, continue to the pretty city of Derry (also known as Londonderry) with its rich history and glimpses of Northern Ireland's past and present. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Derry
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Walking Tour in Derry, Ulster American Folk Park
Morning walking tour of the artistic cultural hub of Derry includes St. Columb's Cathedral, the oldest surviving building in Derry dating back to 1633 and the neo-Gothic Guildhall with its beautiful stained glass windows. View the well-preserved medieval city walls with its four original gates that completely encircle the old city center, protecting Derry throughout centuries from foreign invaders. Then, on to Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air museum dedicated to people who left their homes in the 18th and 19th centuries for a new life across the Atlantic. Stroll through the recreated houses, a blacksmith's forge, a thatched cottage, a schoolhouse and more. Meet costumed guides and artisans who explain the art of spinning, weaving and candle making. Leisure time at the museum with lunch on your own before returning to Derry for dinner together
Overnight: Derry
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, Westport
Drive through the rugged verdant green countryside to Donegal with its white sandy beaches, spectacular landscapes and perfect Irish atmosphere. Visit Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain, the picture-perfect royal castle. Next, tour the famed Belleek Pottery Factory founded in the 19th century. Watch expert craftspeople shape and decorate this world-famous china, followed by a visit to the Belleek Museum with exhibits of original pieces dating back to 1857. Continue to Westport, one of Ireland’s most popular vacation spots, known for its wide choice of outdoor activities, and celebrating the best of Irish music
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Clew Bay, Achill Island, Westport House
Wondrous views abound as you circle the shores of Clew Bay. View steeply sloped mountains plunging into the ocean before crossing the bridge to Achill Island, home to beautiful beaches and some of Europe's highest cliffs. Here view remains of a human settlement dating back over 5000 years and the poignant deserted village at Slievemore. After a stop for lunch, hop on board for a train tour to stately Westport House; discover the lush gardens of the Westport House Estate, Westport Quay and the historic town of Westport. Enjoy magical views, and hear fascinating tales about the people who once lived here. Tonight is at leisure to wander through this lovely town on your own, and dine independently at one of the fine restaurants
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Connemara National Park, Picturesque Galway, Dublin
Begin the day with a drive through impressive Connemara National Park with its soaring mountains, lush grasslands and woodlands as far as the eye can see. Arrive in Galway, once a seafaring town, nestled on the shores of Galway Bay, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Walk the picturesque winding streets in the downtown area to Eyre Square and to the trendy Latin Quarter. At Lynch's Castle, view 14th-century stonework that includes ghoulish gargoyles on the way to imposing Galway Cathedral on the banks of the River Corrib. See brightly painted pubs, cafes, and galleries in this lively bohemian city before departing for Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Evening is at leisure in Dublin, with its fine restaurants, non-stop nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday -Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Book of Kells
In Dublin, immortalized by James Joyce, the day begins with a drive through Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park in Europe, home to the President's official residence, and the Dublin Zoo. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, before walking along O’Connell Street; admire the handsome buildings that line the city’s main thoroughfare. Next, at Trinity College, view the 8th century Book of Kells, a superb example of early Irish manuscript illumination on display in the Old Library. Later, it’s time to get ready for a fabulous Farewell Dinner and lively traditional entertainment
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Ireland
Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Today, you have the opportunity to discover Downpatrick and find out more about the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is said to be buried there, at Down Cathedral.This half day tour includes the entrance to St. Patrick's Centre, situated below the saint's reputed resting site, home to the only permanent exhibition in the world about St. Patrick. As you go through the modern and interactive exhibits, the main focus is on the saint's life, but you will also learn about other Irish missionaries, as well as art and geology of that period.

Day #3 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $35.00
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