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.
Travel north to visit some of Ireland’s earliest historic sites – dating from the Neolithic they include Bru na Boinne, and the passage tombs in Newgrange and Knowth. Continue to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Here you’ll 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.
Today you’ll visit the highlights of Northern Ireland starting with Carrickfergus Castle, the finest and best preserved Norman castle in Ireland. Then travel along the coast through Larne, the “gateway to the glens” including picturesque Glenariff an on up to the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, a precarious wobbly bridge made from rope every year by salmon fishermen as access to their fishery. Next visit the world-famous Giant’s Causeway – 37,000 basalt columns extending from the cliffs down to the sea created by volcanic events 60 million years ago. There’s also a stop at OldBushmills Distillery – the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. Overnight Londonderry area.
Travel south and west to Galway, visiting delightful Donegal and Knock, which since 1879has been an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and the destiny of thousands of pilgrims each year. Overnight Galway area.
Continue south this morning from Galway past the towering Cliffs of Moher 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.
Enjoy a wonderful scenic sightseeing tour around the Ring of Kerry, famous for its breathtaking and dramatic scenery. Then in the afternoon it’s east towards Cork. En route during an included visit to Blarney Castle there’s a chance to kiss the famous Blarney stone. Overnight Cork area.
This morning travel on to Waterford, with the possibility to visit the world famous crystal factory before completing your circumnavigation of the island of Ireland by heading back to Dublin. This is another scenic journey 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.
Free morning in Dublin for shopping and sightseeing before departure home