Irish Classic 2018

Visit the iconic John B Keane’s Pub in the heart of Listowel to see where he penned some of his most famous works sitting by a blazing fire in a room behind the bar.
Sip a creamy Irish coffee as you enjoy a music session at the Marine Bar in Dungarvan.
Discover the colorful histories of Belfast, Derry, Westport, and Waterford on walking tours with local guides.

Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & DUBLIN CASTLE

Tour begins 2:00 PM, Dublin hotel. Set out on a tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group and before dinner.

Day 2: ST. PATRICK’S GRAVE & CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL

Visit Down Cathedral with St. Patrick’s historical burial site marked by a huge boulder. Immerse yourself in his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. Next, explore the Crumlin Road Gaol to see what prison life was like through the ages and discover the dark secrets that lies within. Head to central Belfast with time to relax before dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: TITANIC BELFAST & WALKING TOUR

Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon, join a local guide for a walking tour of Belfast before spending time on your own.

Day 4: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY WALK

Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This scenic region is the location for “Game of Thrones.” Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city.

Day 5: DONEGAL CASTLE & WESTPORT

Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Head to Westport for a gentle walking tour of this historic town.

Day 6: SHEEP HERDING & WESTPORT HOUSE

Enjoy views of the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick as you head to a local farm to watch skilled dogs herding sheep. View Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and enjoy a light lunch and guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean, contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy free time in Westport.

Day 7: BALLINTUBBER ABBEY & CLIFFS OF MOHER

Visit Ballintubber Abbey, known as “the Abbey that refused to die.” The abbey has the unique status of being Ireland’s only royal Abbey, which has been in continuous use for more than 780 years. Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 200m above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Tonight enjoy an evening at Knappogue Castle with a medieval-style banquet.

Day 8: LITERARY TEA WITH SCONES & DINGLE PENINSULA

Travel the outskirts of Limerick and along the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula as far as Slea Head for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in the town of Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney.

Day 9: JAUNTING CAR RIDE & RING OF KERRY

Enjoy a scenic traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and a casual lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps a visit to a local pub with live music.

Day 10: BLARNEY CASTLE & TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. In Dungarvan, enjoy an Irish coffee and informal traditional music session at the Marine Bar. Continue to Waterford where a local guide will lead a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city.

Day 11: WATERFORD & DUNBRODY’S FAMINE SHIP

Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces by master glassblowers and carvers at the House of Waterford Crystal. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to the New World during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, enjoy an evening at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.

Day 12: TOUR ENDS OR DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

Spend the day in Dublin with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to either Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or the General Post Office Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Dublin’s many pubs or restaurants.

Day 13: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN

Your tour ends after breakfast.

  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Donegal Castle
  • Down Cathedral
  • Dunbrody Emigrant Ship
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House
  • City North Hotel – Dublin (1 nights)
  • Hilton Belfast Hotel – Belfast (2 nights)
  • City Hotel, Derry – Derry (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport – Westport (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel – Bunratty (1 night))
  • Killarney Plaza Hotel – Killarney (2 nights)
  • Granville Hotel – Waterford (1 night)
  • Royal Marine Hotel – Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 night)
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    Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
     
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    All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
     
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    Welcome get-together drink with your group
     
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    Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
     
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    Deluxe documents wallet and backpack to keep yo
     
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    All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
     
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    Eight dinners including a festive medieval castle banquet, and dinner with traditional entertainment at Taylors Three Rock Pub
     

NOTE

Go Irish Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.

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