The Irish Explorers
$1,765 Per Person Sharing Double or Twin
$2,225 Per Person Single Room
- 9 Overnight Stays: 2 Cork, 2 Clare, 2 Donegal & 3 Belfast.
- Cliffs of Moher, The Jameson Distillery & Blarney Castle & Gardens.
- Visits to the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast & Slieve League.
- Visits to Doolin Village, W.B Yeats Grave + Drumcliffe Church & Sligo Coastal Sightseeing.
The Irish Explorers Heritage Trail – Package Details
11 Days in Ireland + Northern Ireland ~ Travel Dates: Mar, May or Oct 2018
- 2 Nights Cork – Trident Hotel
- 2 Nights Clare – Bunratty Castle Hotel
- 2 Nights Donegal – McGettigans Hotel
- 3 Nights Belfast – Ramada Encore Belfast City Center
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily (Except Morning of Arrival)
- Dublin Airport Round-trip Transfer
- Luxury Air-Conditoned Coach & Driver-Guide Throughout
- All Taxes, Fees & Service Charges Included
- Glendalough Monastic Site, Wicklow
- The Jameson Distillery, Cork
- Titanic Experience Cobh, Cork
- Blarney Castle + Gardens, Cork
- Cliffs of Moher, Clare
- Doolin, Clare
- Sligo Coastal Sightseeing, Sligo
- W.B Yeats Grave + Drumcliffe Church, Mayo
- Slieve League, Donegal
- The Giants Causeway, Antrim
- Belfast City Sightseeing Tour, Belfast
- Titanic Belfast, Belfast
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Day 1 Heading for the Emerald Isle
Today we start our journey by flying across the United States and taking an overnight flight across the Atlantic Sea to Ireland.
Day 2 Welcome to Ireland
This morning we will land in Dublin Airport and once you proceed through to the arrivals area, you will be met and transferred to your first destination, Co. Cork, where it is considered ‘everything good about Ireland can be found’.
On route, we will stop Co. Wicklow, known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’. Our first visit will takes us to one of Ireland’s most famous attractions, Glendalough, a fascinating early Christian settlement positioned in a glaciated valley with two lakes and founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century.
Afterwards, you will reach Cork City, glorious by location and referred by locals as ‘the real capital of Ireland’. We will visit The Jameson Distillery to see the production and taste the magic and most popular Irish whiskey in the world is produced. We will check into the hotel and you are free to enjoy your first night in Ireland. Narrow streets and laneways filled with unique pubs, clubs and live music venues make up the landscape of Cork, Ireland’s second city, after dark. Overnight: Cork Hotel
Day 3 Local Sights & Sounds of Cork
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will set out to explore Cork by heading out to visit the historic port town of Cobh. If you claim Irish descent, then there is a good chance that your ancestors left Ireland through Cobh as it was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who immigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. We will enjoy a beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural visit to the Titanic Experience Cobh to learn about the history of Irish Emigration in this unique area.
Following this, we will return to our Cork Hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. Overnight: Cork Hotel
Day 4 The Best of Southern Ireland
Refuel on your breakfast this morning and get set to bid farewell to Cork for new adventures in Co. Clare famed for its unique windswept landscapes and choice dollops of Irish culture. On route, we will visit famous Blarney Castle to gain the ‘Gift of the Gab’ with a visit to Blarney Castle. According to Irish folklore, anyone who kisses the stone receives the ability to speak with eloquence, or “The Gift of the Gab. Explore the beautiful grounds and once you have walked up an appetite for shopping, head inside the “Blarney Woolen Mills” – 30,000 square feet of retail space within one of Ireland’s oldest and most authentic woolen mills.
After, we will travel via Co. Kerry’s Killarney National Park, renowned by many as the “Jewel in Kerry’s crown” due to the sheer beauty of the parks, mountains, lakes, islands and flatlands and stretches right to the outskirts of the town of Killarney. We will journey north to Bunratty, Co Clare’s small yet wonderfully lively village to check in and enjoy our time here. Overnight: Clare Hotel
Day 5 The Mighty Cliffs
Once you have had your breakfast, we will enjoy a morning visit to the mighty Cliffs of Moher which stand over 700 feet high at the highest point and range for over 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular views are in abundance at this iconic attraction, on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. We will also visit The Burren, a unique area of North Clare which is not no other place in Ireland. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone making the area remarkably similar to a moonscape but features amazing foliage and wildlife.
We will then spend time in Doolin, a coastal village renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of the Burren, Doolin is a place of breathtaking beauty as well as having a great selection of gift shops, local craft shops and bars & restaurants.
Later, we will return to our Bunratty Hotel to spend the rest of the evening as you please. Overnight: Clare Hotel
Day 6 Wondering on the Wild Atlantic Way
Fill up on your Irish Breakfast this morning and get set to bid Clare farewell in search of new adventures in Co. Donegal, known as the Wild Child of Ireland, thanks in part to its rugged interior and characterful pubs. On route, we will travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world, to stop in the beautifully located Drumcliffe to visit the resting places of famous Irish poet, W.B. Yeats and to take in the views at quaint seaside town of Mullaghmore. Sit back and enjoy this route which unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the west coast of Ireland, and the stunning countryside in all its diversity.
After a busy afternoon, you will reach Donegal for check-in and to enjoy your first night in this lively county. With traditional Irish bars boasting exciting live music, to chic and modern pubs with tasty food and beer – Donegal has it all! Overnight: Donegal Hotel
Day 7 Local Sights & Sounds of Donegal
This morning, finish your breakfast as we set out to explore Donegal, dubbed ‘a place like no other on the island’. Our first will stop in Ardara, a designated Heritage Town bursting with artistic and musical talent, for a demonstration of spinning, weaving and knitting at the Triona Design.
Next, we will travel via the Glengesh Pass, a stunning setting with spectacular views with old cottages, farms and sheep dotted along the route, to reach the Slieve League, spectacular sea cliffs which are among the highest in Europe plunging some 600m to the sea. Promising unforgettable views, look down to see two rocks nicknamed the ‘giant’s desk and chair’ for reasons that are immediately obvious.
Following this, we will return to our Donegal Hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening as you wish. Overnight: Donegal Hotel
Day 8 Next Stop….The North
After a hearty breakfast this morning, we will bid Donegal farewell in search of new adventures in the rejuvenated and unmissable, Northern Ireland. Today, we will visit Derry/Londonderry and Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Sites, The Giants Causeway before reaching our hotel in the home town of the Titanic, Belfast.
We will cross the border into Northern Ireland (part of the UK) where the only changes to expect are the road signs and the currency (from Euro to Sterling). Our first stop is Derry/Londonderry, an artistic and cultural hub which was awarded the first City of Culture in 2013, for a guided city tour which offers 1,500 years of social, cultural and religious history of Ireland’s only remaining walled city. Next, we will visit the world famous Giant’s Causeway. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, this is the focal point for a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attracted visitors for centuries intriguing by its wealth of local and natural history.
Later, we will Belfast, the transformed city famous in equal parts for the birthplace of the Titanic, the notorious history of Northern Ireland and its quality driven hospitality scene – enjoy! Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 9 A Day Well Spent in Belfast
Once breakfast is finished up this morning, get set for a day of sightseeing in Belfast, taking in all areas including the City Centre, the Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road, the Catholic neighborhood of Falls Road and the Titanic Quarter.
After that introduction to Belfast, spend time getting to know the city in your own way with local attractions included Crumlin Road Gaol, St. George’s Market and Queens University all nearby. Later, get ready to meet up for an ‘Exclusively Belfast’ food and drink event. Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 10 Exploring the Titanic’s Hometown
Refuel on your leisurely breakfast as we head out for an afternoon tour of Titanic Belfast to experience the story of the Titanic in an innovative, interactive and insightful way. Titanic Belfast, which was awarded the world’s number one attraction in 2016, takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
Afterwards, you are free to spend the remainder of your afternoon in Belfast as you please. Check out Victoria Square for some last minute shopping or a lesson in history at the Ulster Museum. Enjoy your last night in Ireland in Belfast which offers everything from fine dining, brasseries and bistros to gastro pubs, cafes and some of the best fish and chips around. From quick drinks to cocktail lounges – you are sure to find something to your taste, enjoy! Overnight: Belfast Hotel
Day 11 Homeward Bound…
Pack your bags as we head for Dublin Airport where you will board your flight for home. Carry on your photos and memories and bring a bit of the Emerald Isle home with you. ‘The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ will be expecting you again soon.