Best of Ireland
Grand Tour of Ireland
Days : 7 | Nights : 6Dublin , Ireland
With meandering rivers, rolling green fields, gorgeous lakes excellent stone walls, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. Known as the Emerald Isle, all the 32 counties of this country are blessed with towering castles, majestic vistas and rich history. Dublin, the capital city is an excellent base to start your holidays in Ireland. It is a place with excellent history to explore. You will get an amazing array of memories of the cultural differences and diverse scenery by choosing Ireland for your vacation. It shall be amazing for the travelers to visit Galway, the largest city in this country that renowned for shops and art galleries.
Ireland is a stunning country blessed with many national parks. In fact, it is an ideal place for people who love outdoors. Connemara is one of the national parks in the country famous for its wild countryside and the native Connemara Ponies. Plan a trip to Donegal also as it is home to the renowned Donegal Castle. Travelers to Ireland are interested to visit the Belfast as it was the birthplace of the famous ship, Titanic. Another interesting tourist attraction in this country is the Palladian-style estate, Castletown House. Visit this place in order to enjoy a river walk and explore the stunning 18th - century parklands, a temple and the ruins of a bathhouse.
Day 01: Arrival Galway
This morning meet with your group at a city centre location. Depart with your driver/guide to Offaly. Enjoy a visit to Birr Castle Demesne. Your tour will begin with a sherry or sparkling wine in the tapestried hall. Lord and Lady Rosse will begin with a brief history of the castle and family before taking guests on a tour of the libraries, yellow drawing room and great Gothic Music Saloon. After lunch, guests will learn about the family portraits and furniture in the dining room, as well as the great staircase, which dates from the reign of Charles II and is made entirely of yew wood. Lord Rosse will then take the group into the gardens to see the Great Telescope, as well as the galleries of Ireland’s Historic Science Centre, which is located at the castle’s old stable block. Lord Rosse will also show the group as much of the Demesne’s beautiful gardens as time will allow for. Continue to Galway and check into your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Galway
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning meet with a local guide and enjoy a walking tour of Galway. The city centre of Galway is mainly pedestrianised, so a walking tour is the best way to enjoy its atmosphere and discover some of its most important monuments. Galway is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city, with a long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café / bar culture. Stroll along the promenade to Galway Bay or watch the salmon fishermen in the River Corrib from the perfect vantage point of the Salmon Weir Bridge. This evening enjoy dinner with the group at a local seafood restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Galway - Mayo
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will depart your hotel for Mayo, travelling through the scenic Connemara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Continue to Westport and escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in the country. The Great Western Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny. It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands. Supplements will apply for bicycle hire. Continue to your hotel in Ballina. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Mayo
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have the day at leisure today to enjoy the many activities on site at your hotel. As well as fantastic spa and leisure facilities, you can also participate in falconry, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, forest walks and much more. Please note supplements will apply and are payable directly. Your coach and driver/guide are also available today for local touring. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Mayo - Belfast
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will depart your hotel in Mayo and travel to Belfast. En route stop in Enniskillen at Florence Court for a guided tour. Florence Court is a warm and welcoming 18th-century property, the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The house, with a charming walled garden, enjoys a peaceful setting in west Fermanagh, with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. Continue on to your hotel in Belfast for check in. This evening enjoy a drinks reception at the historic Crown Liquor Saloon before dinner at a local restaurant. The Crown Liquor Saloon is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known bars and is a great example of a Victorian gin palace. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Belfast
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a Black Taxi Tour of Belfast City. Today you will learn about Belfast’s coloured past. For over 30 years, the city was enthralled in a bloody civil war. Out of the chaos came some of Belfast’s most recognisable landmarks, its murals. Your tour will bring you through the city to both sides of the community and show you many of the famous murals and the history surrounding them. Next, enjoy a guided tour of the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Now home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the building was originally constructed to accommodate the newly formed Government of Northern Ireland, established under the Government of Ireland Act, 1921. The building was designed in Greek Classical tradition, constructed by Stewart Partners Ltd under the guidance of architect Arnold Thornely, from Liverpool. He was a man who paid great attention to detail with many of the features in Parliament Buildings having symbolic references. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Belfast – Dublin Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning check out of your hotel in Belfast and depart for Dublin. Stop in Downpatrick to discover the story of St. Patrick and his place in Ireland’s history at the Saint Patrick Visitor Centre. The visit begins with the impressive ‘In the Footsteps of Saint Patrick’ IMAX presentation about the life of St. Patrick and has aerial video footage of some of the landmark sites in Ireland associated with the Saint. A series of interactive displays allow visitors to explore how Patrick’s legacy developed in early Christian times and reveal the fabulous artwork and metalwork, which was produced during this Golden Age. Make the short walk to Down Cathedral, which stands close to what is believed to be the mortal remains of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. The Cathedral is impressive inside and has a wonderful organ and a very interesting seating arrangement. Continue to Dublin where you will be dropped at a city centre location.
Days : 7 | Nights : 6