2018 - 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.
  • Local guides will share local lore and historical facts as you stroll through Derry, Westport and Galway.

Trip Highlights:

  • Belleek China
  • Donegal Castle
  • Down Cathedral
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Westport House

Dining Experiences:

  • Six dinners including a Cabra Castle welcome dinner, dinner at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant, and a traditional dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.

Hotels:

  • Cabra Castle Hotel
    Kingscourt (1 night)
  • Europa Hotel (Hastings Hotel Group)
    Belfast (1 night)
  • Maldron Hotel Derry
    Derry (2 nights)
  • Clew Bay Hotel
    Westport (2 nights)
  • Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
    Dublin (2 nights)
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    Northern Welcome 9 Days / 8 Nights

    Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Cabra Castle Hotel
    Your tour begins at 3:00 PM at the Cabra Castle Hotel for afternoon tea. The hotel is 50 miles from Dublin Airport, so be sure you have made appropriate transfer arrangements. 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 Nine 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 the “Game of Thrones” series were filmed. Visit The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Stop for photos at the sprawling ruins of Dunluce Castle. 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 for a stop at the Amazing Grace viewing point, where John Newton was inspired to write the well-known hymn in 1772. 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. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant for dinner.
    (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 the worldfamous 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
    Take a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. 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 where the evening is free for independent exploration and dining.
    (B, L)


    Day 7: Galway & Tullamore Dew
    Enjoy a gentle walking tour with a local guide around central Galway to see Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, and the Spanish Arch. On Shop Street view the medieval Lynch’s Castle that gave the English language a new word. Then browse on your own through narrow streets that are closed to traffic. Travel through the center of Ireland to visit Tullamore Dew distillery to see whiskey production and savor a tasting at the end of the tour. Head to Dublin for dinner and a lively traditional Irish show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.
    (B, D)


    Day 8: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
    Take a morning 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 afternoon on an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or the General Post Office Museum.
    (B)


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


    B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

     

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