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Your journey through a land of music and myth begins in Ireland's whimsical capital, Dublin. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day on your own to kick-start your sightseeing. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception where you'll get a glimpse of what lies ahead on your journey. The lively streets of Dublin beckon later and what better way to heed their call then heading to Temple Bar to soak up the city's cheerful craic?
Your 'Local Specialist' will reveal all the colourful stories that have shaped Dublin into a city that enchanted the likes of William Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Trace scenes from James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and view many of the city's most iconic sights. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the Guinness Storehouse and trace the history of Ireland's beloved 'Black Stuff' before leaving Dublin, bound for Belfast. Later this evening you'll join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.
Enjoy a full day to delve into the sights and sounds of Northern Ireland's trendy capital, starting with a 'Dive Into Culture' visit to the Titanic Experience. Here you'll trace the journey of the ill-fated luxury liner that met its end in the frozen waters of the Atlantic over a century ago. Join your 'Local Specialist' for an insider's perspective on the city's tumultuous history, before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. You could choose instead to join an optional walk with a 'Local Specialist' followed by Fish and Chips.
Trace the coastal route via the Glens of Antrim to the Causeway Coast. It was here that Finn McCool was said to have forged his path to Scotland millions of years ago, leaving behind an extraordinary landscape of perfectly shaped tubes that jostle for their spot in the geometric puzzle. You'll have some time to tread in his giant footsteps before continuing to Londonderry where you’ll stretch your legs along the city's 17th-century walls with your 'Local Specialist' who will reveal its history and status as a vibrant cultural centre.
HighlightsLondonderry, Bushmills, Giants Causeway
Continue to Omagh today, where you'll 'Dive into Culture' at the Ulster American Folk Park and delve into the story of the brave emigrants who journeyed across the Atlantic to seek a new life in America centuries ago. Your final stop for the day is Enniskillen, where you'll enjoy an orientation and learn how the town was once the site of conflict during the 'Troubles'.
Aside from its long military history, Enniskillen is also the home to a 15th-century castle which today houses two museums and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Trace the monument's history from its Chieftain origins to its role in World War II. In Belleek, we 'Dive Into Culture' and watch talented pottery craftsmen create exquisite collectables. Continue to Westport, stopping in Drumcliffe to pay tribute to Ireland's greatest poet, WB Yeats.
HighlightsWestport, Drumcliff, Drumcliffe Parish Church
This morning, meet your 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour during which you'll learn about the town's heritage - from it's settlement 5,000 years ago to modern day times. Cross the bridge to Achill Island, lashed by the Atlantic, carved by wind and drenched by rain for a soul-stirring encounter with nature. Learn about the O'Malley seafaring family who once ruled the land and admire the dramatic views before returning to Westport. This evening's exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner is hosted at Westport House, the stately 18th-century home of Ireland's formidable Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley. You'll 'Connect With Locals' over flavours of Banoffee and Baileys.
MealsBreakfast, Be My Guest
See first-hand why the rugged beauty of Cong was chosen as the backdrop of John Wayne's award-winning 'The Quiet Man' before heading to Galway, Europe's Capital of Culture. Your Travel Director will lead an orientation tour past some of the city's iconic sights before you have some free time to explore and enjoy lunch. Your final stop today is Athlone on the banks of the Shannon River. After a day of sightseeing, you may wish to visit an Irish pub and soak up the peaty scents of its warm hospitality.
Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or consider joining an optional cruise along the Shannon River or a visit to 6th-century Clonmacnoise, home to western Europe's largest collection of Early Christian gravestones. Return to Dublin later where you'll have some free time for a final exploration of the city and shop for souvenirs. This evening, embrace the good spirits of your Irish hosts and join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner you'll remember forever.
HotelClayton Dublin Airport
MealsBreakfast, Farewell Dinner
All that's left to say is a fond slán go fóill as you prepare for your return journey home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
- 9 breakfasts
- 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Handcrafted Highlights
- VIP entry to many sights
- ORIENTATION of Galway and Enniskillen
- VISIT Titanic Experience, the Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, Ulster American folk Park, Enniskillen Castle Museums, Drumcliffe Churchyard, Westport, Achill Island, Cong and Athlone
- SEE the Murals of Londonderry
Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2020-21
Clayton Dublin Airport
*Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates. CST#2084503-20