Step away from the beaten path of the Emerald Isle for an all-encompassing Ireland tour spanning Newgrange to Belfast, County Donegal to County Galway. The land of magic, mystery, and indelible beauty draws you in with scenery reminiscent of fairytales and captivating legends deriving from historic castles. Monstrous cliffs tower above the Atlantic Ocean at the northern tip of the Wild Atlantic Way and tranquil villages pepper the rolling hills showcasing thatched-roof cottages and friendly taverns....
Belfast – Arrive in Dublin and Transfer to Belfast with Day of Sightseeing
The ease and friendly ambiance of Dublin welcomes you to Ireland before you leave the airport as your private transfer greets you upon arrival. The River Liffey splits city along its banks between north and south. Cobblestones streets unravel outwards from the bridges spanning the river leading to quiet boutique shops and lively pubs. You spend little time in the city before heading north towards Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The Irish countryside personifies the legendary greenery of the “Emerald Isle” highlighting the lush grasses, hills with grazing sheep, and sporadic views to the rugged coastline. You stop at Newgrange en route north to view the stunning stone walls and grass dome of the Stone Age passage tomb.
The edifice stands over 40 feet tall with a diameter of more than 260 feet wide. The prehistoric site dates back to 3,200 BC, which predates Egypt’s pyramids by 600 years. The structure was erected in precise alignment with the sun during the winter solstice, suggesting the tomb also acted as a calendar. Although historians and archeologists are not sure of the edifice’s original purpose, many agree on the theory that it was used as a burial place for kings or a center for ritual. A fascinating curbstone features double and triple spirals guarding the entrance.
Belfast – Travel Off the Beaten Path to Explore the Glens of Antrim
Donegal – Discover the Uniqueness of Belfast before Traveling to Donegal
Donegal – Traverse the Marvels in and Around Donegal on a Full Day Tour
Westport – Venture to Belleek, Drumcliff, Ceide Fields, and Achill Island
Westport – Relish a Guided Excursion into the Heart of Connemara
Dublin – Explore Galway City and Clonmacnoise en route to Dublin
Dublin – Enjoy the Fascinating Highlights of Dublin on a Full Day City Tour
Dublin – Depart for Home
- Experience the grandeur of panoramic views from Slieve League Cliffs, which reach nearly three times the height of the famous Cliffs of Moher
- Traverse the distinctive estates spread across the famous Irish landscape, including Belleek Castle and Kylemore Abbey
- Discover the magnificent ancient tomb at Newgrange that dates back to the Stone Age
- Explore the fantastical scenery of the Glens of Antrim, which hosts the unique coastal rock formation of the Giant’s Causeway
- Witness the history of the religious complex ruins at Clonmacnoise
- Enjoy a semi-private tour of Dublin’s cultural history finding literary references and hidden monuments connected to the 1916 uprising
- Relax in the charming ambiance of Drumcliff, a village in County Sligo known for its vibrant scenery and beauty celebrated by W.B. Yeats
- Immerse yourself in the Irish emigration experience at Ulster American Folk Park, which offers insight into three centuries of Irish expatriation
Discover the endless charms of enticing landscape and lively pub culture, captivating stories and distinctive histories on your 9-day Ireland vacation offering the charm of a small group, the luxuries of boutique hotels, and the magnificent destinations connected to national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your time in Ireland features the main cities of Dublin, Belfast, and Galway while also introducing you to smaller towns and villages, such as Drumcliff and Clifden. The uniqueness of Ireland sheds light on the traditions of storytelling and the connection to castles resembling iconic fairytale structures inspired by the landscape. By following an unfamiliar path, your guide will lead you through the diversity of the Emerald Isle by tracing its history and culture along the iconic landscape.
The journey begins with your arrival at Dublin International Airport. Your semi-private transfer leads you along the western shores to reach Belfast, offering your first introduction to the marvels of the landscape and the prehistoric marvels it hides when visiting Newgrange. The splendor of the Glens of Antrim highlights the remarkable contours of the landscape shaped by volcanic activity, wind, water, and time. Take a moment to indulge in the castle grounds and undulating valleys before sampling whiskey at Bushmills Distillery. Experience the ways in which Belfast has evolved from its ship-building past while still celebrating its history with fantastic style.
Learn about the exceptional experiences of the Irish émigré during a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park. The stunning scenery around Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way highlights the marvels of the coastal cliffs and excellent panoramas. Castles, islands, villages, and an archeological field system populate the scenery around Westport while the heart of Connemara gives way to the majestic fjord at Killary, the colorful town of Clifden, and the iconic architecture of Kylemore Abbey. The deep cultural connection of Galway City gives way to the preserved religious complex of Clonmacnoise. The contemporary culture adds layers of new life to the historic architecture and streets revealing the well-known highlights and hidden gems of the capital city.
$4,675 per person (excluding international flights)
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