Ireland - The Emerald Isle Escorted Tour
Tour Operator: Back Roads Touring Company Tours
Group Size: Small Group
Tour Type: Small Group
Physical Demands: Moderate
Departure date: 03/18/2019
Return date: 03/24/2019
From north to south, take a step into Ireland’s colorful past. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history, this tour takes in Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains.
Day 1 : DUBLIN – BELFAST
From Dublin, we’ll venture to the prehistoric site of Newgrange and visit the Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre. Here, we’ll get an exciting preview of what to expect over the coming days. Tonight, we’ll move on to Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together.
Day 2 : BELFAST – LONDONDERRY
You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences on contemporary culture. This morning begins with a Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals. Then, we’ll visit the Titanic Museum to discover the personal stories that surround the ship’s fateful journey. We’ll then continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we’ll take some time to explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder, the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Londonderry.
Day 3 : LONDONDERRY – NORTH IRISH COAST – LONDONDERRY
Today, we’ll stroll along the old city walls of Londonderry before continuing our journey to the Isle of Doagh. Here, we’ll learn of the local population’s experience of the Great Famine.
Day 4 : LONDONDERRY – BALLYFARNON
More fascinating history is on the cards today at the Ulster American Folk Park. Here, we’ll learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to start a life in the New World – and there’s also time for a pottery demonstration. The day ends in Ballyfarnon, where we’ll regroup for an evening meal together.
Day 5 : BALLYFARNON – CONNEMARA – GALWAY
The morning will see us in Westport before we visit the award-winning Connemara Heritage and History Centre for a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbor city of Galway.
Day 6-7 : GALWAY – THE BURREN – DINGLE
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway.
Picturesque Caherconnell awaits today, where we’ll witness local sheepdog trials in action. Then, we’ll continue across the Burren and round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that rise high above the Atlantic.
Day 8 : DINGLE PENINSULA
We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel, the Dingle Peninsula, before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. This afternoon, we’ll have plenty of free time to delve deeper and explore Dingle.
Day 9 : DINGLE – KENMARE – CORK
Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney before we travel onwards to Kenmare. Next, we’ve got a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you’ll be blessed with the gift of eloquence. Tonight, make the most of your new-found skill over dinner at our hotel in Cork.
Day 10 : CORK – KINSALE – CORK
The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we’ll start our historical walking tour. Topped off with a stop at Charles Fort, we’ll return to Cork for the evening.
Day 11 : CORK – TIPPERARY – KILKENNY
As we approach the final few chapters of our tour, we find ourselves in rural Tipperary and Swiss Cottage before carrying on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city.
Day 12 : KILKENNY – AVOCA – DUBLIN
Our last day sees us reach Dublin. We’ll make stops at Avoca and Huntingdon Castle, where our tour comes to an end.