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Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall, red-brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought iron-decorated windows, Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Drive through lush green country side to Athlone, on the River Shannon, and then to Rathbaun Farm, where you’ll see the farmer maneuver a flock of sheep with the help of a sheep dog. Try your hand at LF scone baking and then enjoy them fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
On your way north, pause at Westport, the elegant holiday resort on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, before continuing to Donegal, named ‘Fort of Foreigners’ by the Vikings who invaded the town in the 8th century. Continue on through rich and fertile farmland, strewn with whitewashed houses, to Letterkenny.
Today’s Distance: 181 mi / 292 km
The first highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a walk on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, visit the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay overnight in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
This morning’s orientation drive will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, and Queens University. Next, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Later, consider an optional visit to Hillsborough Castle, official residence of the Queen and the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, before taking afternoon tea in a nearby eatery.
On your way back south, stop in Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, known for its oyster farms and medieval buildings. The 12th-century King John’s Castle overlooks the harbor and Taaffe’s Castle, a 16th-century tower house. Back in Dublin, a fitting farewell to Ireland would an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter.
Today’s Distance: 105 mi / 169 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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The world-famous Europa hotel Belfast is home to some pretty important people when they visit Belfast. It's no surprise, really, loved for its laid-back look and feel, The Causerie is perfect for lunch or dinner; the Piano Lounge serves traditional Afternoon Tea, cocktails, and hot and cold dishes; and the Lobby Bar offers a casual ambience for relaxing with a drink. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the hotel.
The newly opened hotel is located right in the heart of Belfast city. Within walking distance there are shops, restaurants and historic landmarks making this hotel the perfect location for exploring Belfast.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.