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Ultimate Ireland

A once in a lifetime Grand Tour of the Emerald Isle - a sparkling isle, celebrated in music and words, with the warmest welcome in the world.

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A once in a lifetime Grand Tour of the Emerald Isle - a sparkling isle, celebrated in music and words, with the warmest welcome in the world.

Johnny Cash famously sang about Ireland’s 40 shades of green and he wasn’t joking.  This is a once in a life-time Grand Tour of the Emerald Isle – delving beyond the sheep dotted landscapes and into the cities and villages that span the country.  From Dingle to Dublin and Donegal – taking in a blend of experiences that celebrate Ireland’s diverse and unique culture, its history and world famous sights. You won’t just travel through the country, but enjoy a journey of the spirit – walk with ancient forces and encounter an unsurpassed mix of majesty and sheer beauty.  A sparkling isle, celebrated in music and words, with the warmest and most overwhelming welcome in the World!

ITINERARY



Saturday - Early morning departure from Dorset to Holyhead to join the early afternoon ferry to Dublin (3¼ hrs) - a short drive brings us to The Talbot Hotel Stillorgan for 1 night stay.

Sunday - The morning is free in Dublin city centre, the Republic's small capital with a huge reputation - it's mix of heritage and hedonism will not disappoint. The city is a living museum with medieval castles, cathedrals and Georgian architectural splendors on display. Dubliners are witty and charismatic and are at their most welcoming in the traditional pub - of which there are over 1000 in the city. This afternoon drive northwards into Northern Ireland to arrive in Belfast for 2 night stay at The Stormont Hotel.

Monday - We are joined by a local guide for a morning sightseeing tour of Belfast . Discover the landmarks and intriguing history of the city. This afternoon visit the Titanic Visitor Centre, a new state of the art exhibition on the site of the famous liners original creation.

Tuesday - Drive the breathtaking Antrim Coast Road - widely regarded as one of the finest marine drives in Europe, revealing wonderful scenery. Visit the world famous Giants Causeway, a UNESCO Heritage Site whose volcanic columns are 60 million years old and steeped in myth and legend. Continue around the scenic north coast passing Derry and cross back into The Republic to arrive at Letterykenny in County Donegal - 2 night stay at Clanree Hotel.

Wednesday - Spend the day exploring County Donegal, beginning with a trip around the Glenveagh National Park under the shadow of towering Mount Errigal. There are spectacular sea-views from some of the world's tallest sea-cliffs and centuries old customs, traditions and an ancient language.

Thursday - From Letterkenny we head south - pausing at Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten died in a bomb explosion in 1979 - through Sligo, county of poetry, music and myths to Galway. A brief stop to explore this "The City of Tribes" which has a rich cultural and maritime history. Just a short drive now brings us to the luxurious Loughrea Hotel and Spa for another 2 night stay.

Friday - First stop today is the Burren visitor centre where the natural history of this unique area is revealed. The world's largest limestone pavement shelters a prehistoric landscape of rare flora and fauna. Next the amazing view from the top of The Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, they have become an icon of Ireland's west coast. Finally a wonderful ocean drive viewing the Aran islands out to sea, on to Black Head and passing Ballyvaughan Bay back to Loughrea.

Saturday - Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland. The folk park recreates farmhouses, shops and streets of the 19th century - over 30 buildings in a living village. Continue to Limerick, birthplace of both Terry Wogan and Richard Harris. Finally reaching Killarney in County Kerry with a warm welcome at the Killarney Towers Hotel for a 3 night stay.

Sunday - At 10am you will be collected from the hotel by a traditional horse-drawn Jaunting Car for a one way trip into the Killarney National Park. Here you will join a boat cruise on Lough Leane, with heritage attractions including O'Sullivan Cascade and the monastic ruins of Inishfallen Island.
A local coach will transfer you back to the hotel with the afternoon free to explore the town.

Monday - A full day excursion of The Ring of Kerry - An unforgettable day of breathtaking scenery dominated by the McGillycuddy Reaks Mountains with plenty of interest for lovers of folklore and history. It has some of Europe's finest deserted beaches, an ancient heritage and landscapes carved by ice age glaciers.

Tuesday - Morning to Blarney, with the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney stone. There is time to soak up some Titanic history with a lunch break at Cobh Harbour, last port of call of the ill-fated liner. This afternoon drive via Dungarvan and Waterford to Wexford for overnight stay at The Maldron Hotel.

Wednesday - Join the morning ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke in South Wales (4 hours - Breakfast included on-board). Continue our journey homewards over the Severn Bridge to return to Dorset that evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

4 Star Hotels*

11 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star hotels (*1 night in Maldron is excellent 3 star) – all provide private bathroom, hairdryer, television, phone, iron/board, safety deposit, tea tray and free wifi.  A full Irish breakfast starts your day and a 3 course dinner with choice of menu and tea/coffee in the evening. All hotels offer traditional bars offering a wide selection of beverages and a great atmosphere in which to socialise. Evening entertainment is included at Donegal and Killarney, both of which also include full leisure facilities: indoor pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi.  All hotels have lift access and room service is available. Porterage of bags is included at each hotel.

 

Sat 13 June - 1 night at Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin.

Sun 14th June - 2 nights at Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Tues 16th June - 2 nights at Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Thur 18th June - 2 nights at Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Sat 20th June - 3 nights at Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tue 23rd June - 1 night at Maldron Hotel, Wexford, Co. Wexford

 

TOUR PRICE: £1240.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £280.00

 

Price Includes: All coach travel, Return ferry crossings, 11 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Porterage in/out, Belfast local guide, Entry to Titanic Belfast, Entry to Giants Causeway, Killarney Jaunting Car, Lough Leane Cruise, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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