Northern Intimate Ireland
A Small Coach Escorted Tour
(Limited to 12 Passengers)
Beginning and ending in Dublin, this 8 day holiday enables your clients to experience the very best of the North and South of Ireland including visits to Belfast, Giant's Causeway and much more. Travel on one of our luxury vans with a maximum of 12 people while overnighting in Ireland's most exclusive deluxe hotels.
USA-Dublin. Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
Dublin. Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where after clearing customs, you transfer on own via taxi to your Dublin City Centered Hotel. You then check into your Dublin City Hotel. Within walking distance to many shops, restaurants pubs and theatre. The rest of the day is free to browse this 1000 year old city on your own. Overnight Dublin. Hammond will select the five star hotel from the following: the Shelbourne, Westbury, Fitzwilliam or Westin Hotel.
Dublin-Monasterboice-Belfast. After a hearty breakfast we meet our Driver Guide and travel north via Drogheda to Monasterboice. This former monastic settlement dates back to 923AD and is the home of the largest collection of carved stone high crosses in all of Europe. We then travel through Dundalk and on to Belfast. This Victorian city was built around its linen and shipbuilding industry. We enjoy a panoramic tour, with a stop at the Renaissance Revival City Hall. Time permitting we might enjoy an optional tour of the Titanic Museum ($24.00 US dollars equivalent) Overnight atThe Europa Hotel.
Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant’s Causeway-Belfast. Today we experience one of Ireland’s magnificent scenic routes. The Coast Road takes us through the Nine Glens of Antrim, which offers wonderful views of mountains, valleys and the coastline. Our first stop is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills, where we savor a sample of this renowned amber liquid. We then travel the coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. Legend also has it that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the ancient giant, Fionn Mac Cumhail. We then return to Belfast via Ballymena. Overnight atThe Europa Hotel.
Belfast-Derry-Donegal. To really experience Derry’s history, we stroll along the parapet walkways as we do the “Walled in City Tour”. The history of this area and the fact that Derry is one of the last fully intact walled in cities left in all of Europe makes this a must for every visitor. We continue to Donegal. Today, Donegal Town is the center of activity for South County Donegal. The town center, known as “The Diamond” is where the Killybegs, Ballyshannon and Ballybofey Roads converge and it is here that you are likely to meet almost anybody; usually with a smile on their face and a few ready words. Dinner and overnight Solis Lough Eske Castle
Donegal. After breakfast we visit Donegal Castle. The castle is first mentioned in 1544 in connection with wars between the sons of MacSweeney Doe. Wrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada were granted refuge here in 1588. By 1600 it had been taken over by Eoghan Og MacSweeny, an ally of the English, who was unsuccessfully besieged there by his brother Rory in 1601. Red Hugh O'Donnell attacked the castle unsuccessfully in 1601, but shortly afterwards the castle was granted by the Crown to Rory O'Donnell In the Williamite wars it was captured by Donough Og MacSweeney but was taken by the English again shortly afterwards. It was extensively repaired by Hart at the end of the 18th century and inhabited by his family until 1843, after which it was deserted. There may have been an early Christian monastery in the valley where, according to tradition, St. Columbkille banished demons who enveloped the valley in a fog. The most conspicuous remains are the pillars decorated with cross-motifs and geometric designs, which are now the centers, or 'stations' of the pilgrimage which takes place on the Saint's feast day on 9 June. The pillars are spread over an area in the valley 3.5 miles long, and the pilgrimage takes as many hours to complete. Dinner and overnight Solis Lough Eske Castle
Donegal-Burren-Limerick. Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s stony place - the Burren (Bhoireann). Continue traveling through the rugged Burren. It is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil and crevices - gentians, orchids and maidenhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and to delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. Continue on and gaze at the majestic awe of the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs, a spectacular natural phenomenon, rise 660 feet above the Atlantic. O'Brien's Tower is the best location from which to view the Cliffs. From this vantage point one can see the Aran Islands as well as The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains to the north in Connemara. As you leave the cliffs you’ll travel through the little village of Liscannor and just across the bay, you’ll see the beautiful seaside village and golfers’ mecca, Lahinch. It is then onto Limerick, Ireland’s 3rd largest city and home to author Frank McCourt who wrote Angela’s Ashes. Limerick is an area steeped in history. The origin of Limerick city dates back to the 9th century a site settled by the Vikings. Limerick City is known as "City of the Broken Treaty", due to the treaty which was signed surrendering the city to William. The terms of the treaty included respect for the rights of Catholics were immediately breached. The treaty was signed on the Treaty Stone which can still be seen today. King John’s Castle is a fortified 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick. The castle overlooking the river Shannon opens an exciting window on the lives and stories of the people through political upheaval, war and famine. Archaeological excavations open to the public roll back the mists of time to pre-Norman houses which predate the castle by 100 years, as well as siege mines, garrison and soldiers quarters and sallyport all found under the level of the present courtyard. The castle itself features an imaginative exhibition spanning the castle’s history. Overnight Limerick Strand or Clarion Hotel.
Limerick-Shannon Airport. This morning we make our way on own to Shannon Airport via taxi for our flight onwards. In the true Irish tradition we wish you a “Safe Home”
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Your Distinguished Small Group Tour Includes:
- Professional Blue Badged Certified Irish Driver Guide with Luxury Mercedes midi coach with leather seating from Day 3 depart Dublin till arrive Shannon Day 7
- Accommodations for 6 Nights as follows or similar
Dublin-The Shelbourne, Fitzwilliam, Westin or Westbury Hotel-1 Night *****
Belfast-Europa Hotel-2 Nights **** www.hastingshotels.com
Donegal-Solis lough Eske Castle-2 Nights ***** www.solishotels.com
Limerick-Clarion Hotel or Strand Hotel-1 Night ****
- Full Irish Breakfast Daily
- Dinner at Solis Lough Eske(2), Limerick Hotel (1)
- Admission to Giant’s Causeway, Walled in Derry City Tour, Donegal Castle, Cliffs of Moher
- Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
- All Driver’s Expenses
- Hotel tips and taxes (Except to Driver/Guide)
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in itinerary
Tour Dates & Rates
"Northern Intimate Ireland"
"A Small Coach Escorted Tour limited to 12 Passengers"
|DATES ||Rates Per Person Sharing ||Single Supplement ||TOUR CODE |
|October 20-27, 2016 ||$2229 ||$1199 ||II1020 |
|November 10-17, 2016 ||$2059 ||$1149 ||II1110 |
|February 11-18, 2017 ||$2269 ||$1079 ||II0218 |
|March 11-18, 2017 ||$2269 ||$1079 ||II0317 |
|April 08-15, 2017 ||$2379 ||$1079 ||II0414 |
|May 6-13,2017 ||$2479 ||$1070 ||II0512 |
|June 10-17, 2017 ||$2479 ||$1229 ||II0616 |
|July 08-15, 2017 ||$2479 ||$1229 ||II0714 |
|August 12-19, 2017 ||$2479 ||$1229 ||II0818 |
|September 9-16, 2017 ||$2479 ||$1249 ||II0915 |
|October 14-21,2017 ||$2229 ||$1199 ||II1020 |
|November 04-11, 2017 ||$2129 ||$1149 ||II1110 |
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