Back-Roads - Ireland The Emerald Isle 2019

Belfast, Galway, Dingle and Kilkenny

From north to south, take a step into Ireland’s colourful past. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history, this tour takes in Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE  

●    Discover Northern Ireland's history on an escorted Black Cab Tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals
●    Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway
●    View the moon-like landscape of the Burren region

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 DUBLIN – BELFAST

From Dublin, we’ll venture to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, where we’ll get an exciting preview of what to expect over the coming days. Tonight, we’ll move on to  Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together. (D)

DAY 2 BELFAST – LONDONDERRY

This morning begins with a Black Cab Tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals. Then, we’ll visit the Titanic Museum to discover the personal stories that surround the ship’s fateful journey. We’ll then continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we’ll take some time to explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder, the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Londonderry. (B,L)

DAY 3 LONDONDERRY – NORTH IRISH COAST – LONDONDERRY

Today, we’ll stroll along the old city walls of Londonderry before continuing our journey to the Isle of Doagh. Here, we’ll learn of the local population’s experience of the Great Famine. (B)

DAY 4 LONDONDERRY – BALLYFARNON

More fascinating history is on the cards today at the Ulster American Folk Park. Here, we’ll learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to start a life in the New World – and there’s also time for a pottery shop visit. The day ends in Ballyfarnon, where we’ll regroup for an evening meal together. (B,D)

DAY 5 BALLYFARNON – CONNEMARA – GALWAY

The morning will see us in Westport before we visit the award-winning Connemara Heritage and History Centre for a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)

DAY 6 GALWAY

Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. (B)

DAY 7 GALWAY – THE BURREN – DINGLE

Picturesque Caherconnell awaits today, where we’ll witness local sheepdog trials in action. Then, we’ll continue across the Burren and round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that rise high above the Atlantic. (B,D)

DAY 8 DINGLE PENINSULA

We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel, the Dingle Peninsula, before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. This afternoon, we’ll have plenty of free time to delve deeper and explore Dingle. (B)

DAY 9 DINGLE – KENMARE – CORK

Take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney before we travel onwards to Kenmare. Next, we’ve got a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you’ll be blessed with the gift of eloquence. Tonight, we’ll dine at our hotel in Cork. (B,D)

DAY 10 CORK – KINSALE – CORK

The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we’ll start our historical walking tour. Topped off with a stop at Charles Fort, we’ll return to Cork for the evening. (B)

DAY 11 CORK – TIPPERARY – KILKENNY

As we approach the final few chapters of our tour, we find ourselves in rural Tipperary and Swiss Cottage before carrying on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. (B,D)

DAY 12 KILKENNY – AVOCA – DUBLIN

Our last day sees us reach Dublin. We’ll make stops at Avoca and Huntington Castle, where our tour comes to an end. (B)

 

Please note: Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

12 days from

$5,569*

Includes

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full Irish breakfast (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway

Bonus

Earlybird offer - Book by 24 July 2018 and pay in full by 31 August 2018

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