2019 - 9 Day Northern Welcome
3 & 4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights /15 Meals

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Northern Welcome 9 Day Tour
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Authentic Local Experiences

  • Turf has been used as a fuel throughout Ireland for hundreds of years. Witness a turf-cutting demonstration and tea with scones at Causeway Coast Discovery Centre.

Dining Experiences

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners including Cabra Castle welcome dinner, Walled City Brewery Restaurant, and a traditional dinner and show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.

Trip Highlights

  • Belleek Pottery
  • Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Down Cathedral
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Westport House

Hotels - 8 Nights

  • Cabra Castle Hotel | Kingscourt (1)
  • Europa Hotel | Belfast (1)
  • Maldron Hotel | Derry (2)
  • Clew Bay Hotel | Westport (2)
  • Talbot Hotel Stillorgan | Dublin (2)
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    Itinerary

     

    Northern Welcome 9 Days / 8 Nights / 15 MEALS

    Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Cabra Castle Hotel
    Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at the Cabra Castle Hotel for afternoon tea. The hotel is 50 miles from Dublin Airport, so enjoy the views as you travel up (please note: if you book your flights with us, you will get free transfers from the airport.) The hotel is set on spacious grounds with a 9-hole golf course. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and dine in the hotel restaurant.
    (D)


    Day 2: St. Patrick’s Country & Titanic Belfast
    Admire the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains and peaceful coastline as you travel north to Down Cathedral. Tour the ancient cathedral and view the historical burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, marked by a huge boulder. Drive to Belfast to join a local guide for a tour of central Belfast to see prominent buildings, political murals and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the story of this iconic liner.
    (B, D)


    Day 3: Turf Cutting & Giant’s Causeway
    Drive north along the Glens of Antrim, one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This area is where many scenes from “Game of Thrones” were filmed. Visit The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Visit the natural wonder that is Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry where you’ll have time to explore or relax before dinner.
    (B, D)


    Day 4: Inishowen Peninsula & Derry’s Walls
    Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, to Banba's Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Enjoy tea and scones with your fellow travelers at the Seaview Tavern before continuing towards Buncrana. Upon returning to Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around Derry’s medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city center. Learn about the development of the settlement throughout the centuries. Take a walk across the Peace Bridge and complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant for dinner with a pint of CIE’s signature beer.
    (B, D)


    Day 5: Donegal & Belleek Pottery
    Travel through rugged countryside with magnificent scenery to Donegal town where you will have some leisure time to explore independently. Visit Belleek Pottery, founded in the 19th century to bring employment to the area. See how craftspeople shape and decorate raw material to create this world-famous fine china. At a local farm, watch as a farmer works with skilled dogs to herd sheep. In Westport, a local guide will escort you on a gentle walk through this historic and planned town center before dinner.
    (B, D)


    Day 6: Westport House & Achill Island Tour
    Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore see the Deserted Village and stop in Keel for a casual lunch. Return to Westport and take a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Take a group photo there and enjoy a glass of beer or wine. The evening is free for independent exploration and dining.
    (B, L)


    Day 7: Galway & Clonmacnoise
    Enjoy a gentle walking tour around central Galway to see Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, and the Spanish Arch. On Shop Street, view the medieval Lynch’s Castle, once home to Galway’s most powerful family. Then browse on your own through narrow streets that are closed to traffic. Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Head to Dublin.
    (B)


    Day 8: Dublin & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
    Take a guided tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors and the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, a “Who’s Who” of modern Irish history. Later visit the Merry Ploughboy for dinner and traditional entertainment followed by an Irish coffee.
    (B)


    Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
    Your program ends after breakfast.
    (B)


    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

    All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.


     

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