Tour Code: 8962P44
Duration: 5 days
This tour give a great introduction to Northern Ireland, and combines enchanting scenery with amazing history. Highlights include the remote beauty of the mountains and lakes of Connemara, enchanting Donegal with its majestic highlands, the historic walled city of Derry, the famous rope bridge and of course the Giant's Causeway.
Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway
Depart Dublin and make your way to the West of Ireland and tour beautiful Connemara. On the way across the midlands of Ireland, take a comfort stop for refreshments before arriving in the enchanting village of Cong. You will have time to visit Cong Abbey before continuing the journey through the wilderness of Connemara. You will arrive in Galway mid afternoon to ensure that you get the most out of this cultural city. You will have time to explore the Spanish Arch and ramble around colorful shop street with its many street performers, seafood eateries, and quaint Irish bars with wonderful musicians.
Day 2: Galway - Sligo - Derry
The first stop today is the Museum of Country Life. Here you are introduced to the Irish way of life that has existed in this rugged and beautiful part of country since 1800s. The lunch stop shall be Strandhill, County Sligo. Visit W.B Yeat's final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey. The final stop is the portal tomb of Creevykeel. The overnight stay is in Derry.
Day 3: Derry - Donegal - Belfast
Begin today with an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls (1613.) and the well known Bogside district famed in the U2 song "Bloody Sunday" after the tragic events of January 1971. Onward to Grianan of Aileach a hilltop fort, 3000 years old with panoramic views. Glenveagh National Park, Ireland's premier National Park is the afternoon destination. Here you can enjoy nature with lakeside walks and a visit to Glenveagh Castle. Then it's onwards to Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast where you will be overnight for 2 nights.
Day 4: Derry - Giants Causeway - Belfast
Initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by the 'Game of Thrones' along with views of Ballintoy Harbour. The next stop is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (seasonal, cross at your own risk by making a small charitable donation to the National Trust, the UK registered charity that maintains the Bridge). Next it's Northern Ireland's highlight the Giant's Causeway. End the day with a photo-stop at Dunluce castle before returning to Belfast for the final night of the tour.
Day 5: Belfast - Dublin
Begin the day with a visit to the Titanic Experience. After you take a city tour of the highlights of Belfast. You will have plenty of time for lunch, shopping and/or a black taxi tour of the political murals and of course the Peace Walls. Then it's off to Dublin where you will stop en-route at Monasterboice to view the Celtic crosses and Round Towers of this early Christian site. This tour returns to Dublin with drops at Dublin airport at approximately 4pm and city center at approximately 4:30pm.