Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland

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HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND

Ireland north and south, with a visit to the world heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, stays in Belfast and Dublin and tours of Ireland’s tranquil, ever-changing landscapes of the west and south.

DAY
1

Arrive in Dublin, half day panoramic sightseeing tour taking in the main highlights of the city including Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, St Stephen's Green, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Bank of Ireland.. Overnight in Dublin.

DAY
2

Stormont imageToday we begin our tour of Ireland. We travel north to visit Ireland's most notable Neolithic sites including Bru na Boinne, and the passage tombs in Newgrange and Knowth. Then onto Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Here we see Belfast City Hall, the Linen Hall Library founded in 1788, St. Anne's Cathedral, famous for its impressive stained glass windows collection, Queen's University Visitor Centre and Belfast Castle. Overnight Belfast/Belfast area.

DAY
3

Today we visit the highlights of Northern Ireland starting from Carrickfergus Castle, the finest and best preserved Norman castle in Ireland. Next travel along the coast through Larne, the gateway to the glens including picturesque Glenariff up to the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, the wobbly bridge made from rope every year by salmon fishermen as access to their fishery. Next the world-famous Giant's Causeway - 37,000 basalt columns extended from the cliffs down to the sea created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. And during the day a stop at Old Bushmills Distillery - the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Overnight Londonderry area.

DAY
4

Travel south to Galway, en route visiting Donegal and Knock, which since 1879 has been an internationally recognised Marian Shrine, and the destiny of thousands of pilgrims each year. Overnight Galway area.

DAY
5

Travel south this morning from Galway towards Limerick, with an included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Museum en route. Here, visitors can see a recreation of 19th Century Irish village life. Then continue onto Ireland's most beautiful Lakeland country - The Killarney Lakes - for overnight in the Killarney area.  

DAY
6

The day begins with a tour around the Ring of Kerry, famous for its breathtaking and dramatic scenery. Then in the afternoon it's east towards Cork. En route an included visit to Blarney Castle, where there's a chance to kiss the famous Blarney stone. Overnight Cork area.  

DAY
7

This morning we travel on to Waterford, with the possibility to visit the world famous crystal factory before heading north back to Dublin. This scenic journey takes us through the Wicklow Mountains, and there will also be the opportunity to visit either the ancient religious site at Glendalough or the impressive stately home of Powerscourt House and Gardens. Overnight Dublin area.

DAY
8

Free morning in Dublin for shopping and sightseeing before departure home