Authentic Local Experiences
- Witness a turf-cutting demonstration. Turf has been used as a fuel throughout Ireland for hundreds of years.
- Visit the Inishowen peninsula and see the beautiful landscape that inspired a shipwrecked sailor to write the beloved hymn Amazing Grace.
- 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.
- Belleek Pottery
- Shean’s Horse Riding & Heritage Centre
- Down Cathedral
- Giant’s Causeway
- Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
- Titanic Belfast
- Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
- Westport House
Hotels – 8 Nights
- Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt (1 night)
- Europa Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
- Maldron Hotel, Derry (2 nights)
- Clew Bay Hotel, Westport (2 nights)
- Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin (2 nights)
Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt
This castle’s history dates to 1760 and gives a mature, cultured air to the magnificent hallways and stairwells. Stay in one of 80 historical and richly designed bedrooms, most of which are situated in the courtyard development, a restoration of the original working areas. Play golf on the 9-hole course or walk around the extensive grounds. Located outside the town of Kingscourt, 50 miles northwest of Dublin city and 45 miles from Dublin Airport.
Europa Hotel, Belfast
This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.
Maldron Hotel, Derry
This is a stylish hotel with 90 spacious and comfortable guest rooms, which are well equipped. The Walls Restaurant which overlooks the historic city walls has been awarded an AA rosette and a passion for good food is evident. The Lyric Bar at the Tower Hotel is a music themed bar, a fitting tribute to a city renowned for its musical tradition. Guests can relax in the leisure suite complete with sauna and steam room. The hotel is located on Butcher Street, just within the historic city walls and within easy reach of city attractions.
Clew Bay Hotel, Westport
This family-owned and managed hotel is ideally located for exploring the charming town of Westport House, or for touring Achill lsland or Connemara. All bedrooms are individually decorated and fitted with every comfort and convenience. Dine on the extensive menu featuring local produce at the contemporary Madden’s Bistro, or enjoy a drink, snack or live entertainment at Madden’s Bar. The hotel is located on James’s Street in the center of Westport, a heritage town, and is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs.
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Dublin
This hotel offers 150 air-conditioned, modern guest rooms with all conveniences for a comfortable stay. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant for breakfasts and dinners while the bar provides a place to relax with a drink or casual meal. Keep up your exercise program in the White Pebble Day Spa and gym. Located on Stillorgan Road on the south side of Dublin city, this hotel is 4 miles from the city center. Served by frequent city bus services and taxis.
Northern Welcome 9 Days / 8 Nights / 15 MEALS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1Dublin 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 2St. 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 3Turf 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 Sheans Horse Riding & Heritage Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. 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 4Inishowen 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 flight of beers and a bottle of CIE Tours' signature beer to take away. (B, D)
Day 5Donegal & 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 6Westport 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.Enjoy a glass of beer or wine there. The evening is free for independent exploration and dining. (B, L)
Day 7Galway & 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, where you'll visit the Merry Ploughboy for dinner and traditional entertainment followed by an Irish coffee. (B)
Day 8Dublin & 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. Spend the afternoon touring independently, with your tickets to the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of four of Ireland's most popular attractions: Guinness Storehouse, the GPO Museum, EPIC Ireland, or Teeling Distillery. (B)
Day 9Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast. (B)
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