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10 Day North & South Ireland Highlights

10 Day North & South Ireland Highlights

Tour Details
Valid From01-01-2012
Valid To31-12-2015
Days Touring9
Reference:ICTS002119
Tour Inclusions
  • Private Guided Transport
  • Transfers & Orientations
  • Driver Guide Expenses
  • Bed & Breakfast at Hotels
  • Activities & Events Listed
  • 24 Hour Concierge Service
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Meals excluding breakfast
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Gratuity / Tipping
  • Card Processing Fees
Important

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Tour Description

Tour Overview :
Combining the Highlights of both the North and the South of Ireland in a beautifully paced ten day tour visiting some of the most iconic attractions on the island and staying in a combination of castles, manor hotels, city hotels and overnighting in Ireland's most vibrant cities.
Tour Highlights :
Highlights include Dublin City, Newgrange, Belfast City & Titanic Quarter, Giant's Causeway & Antrim Glens, Ulster American Folk Park, Sligo City, Ashford Castle Estate, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Folk Park, Killarney Town & National Park, Kenmare Gourmet Town, Kinsale Gourmet Town, Cork City & the Rock of Cashel.
Tour Overnights :
2 x Nights in Dublin City Centre
2 x Nights in Belfast City Centre
2 x Nights in West Coast Castles
2 x Nights in Killarney Town Centre
Tour Pricing :
Please Request Your customized Tour Proposal Based on Your Requirements.

Transport Details

Day 1

Mercedes Luxury Minibus - Transfer from Airport with Orientation

Mercedes Sprinter is the Minicoach of choice for luxury small group travel in Ireland. The coach comes with individual leather captain chairs, extra leg room, reading lights, table, and fridge. Our vehicles are all supplemented with excellent driver guide and PA system so you can enjoy commentary during your tour. We also have fitted DVD player and multimedia music systems. The coach is fully air-conditioned throughout the cab. There is extra luggage space for suitcases and activity luggage such as golf clubs.

Day 2 to 10

Driver Guide/s - Your Expert Ireland Touring Driver Guide

All of our driver guides are experts on the areas you will be visiting on your tour of Ireland. We bring experienced driving skills, expert touring routes as well as knowledge and insight into the places you will be visiting and staying on your tour. Our driver guides will also recommend places to shop, have a drink, and dine in the various towns and villages and cities of Ireland. Your driver guide can arrange all kinds of activities, events and generally show you the country in such depth and quality is only possible using a local expert. It is simply the most enjoyable and carefree way of travelling with style.

Day 1

Orientation Tour of Dublin City Centre

Our Dublin Based Driver Guide will give you a Panoramic Tour of Dublin City's highlights based on your expressed interests. He will point out the major attractions and places of historical and cultural importance from the monuments of the Phoenix Park, Custom House, Millennium Spire and Trinity College in the City Centre. Once you are familiar with the city our driver will take you to your hotel to relax after your flight. You may also be dropped at any of the attractions in the city centre such as the Guinness Storehouse or Trinity and your luggage taken to your Hotel.

Dublin City Centre at Your Leisure

Dublin City Centre is a compact and perfect for exploring on foot or with a private walking guide. In the city centre is the famous Trinity College with The Book of Kells and magnificent Long Room. We recommend visiting the National Museum of Ireland, History Museum & the National Gallery of Ireland located in and around Merrion Square. If you like to shop please try Grafton Street for high end stores, Dame Street for arts and antiquities as well as Nassau Street for all things Irish. If you would like pub, theatre or dining recommendations or bookings please ask our concierge team. We can also arrange a walking guide or a specialist guide for shopping, genealogy or literary walking tours.

Day 2

Newgrange & Ancient Boyne Valley Tour

Just one hour North West of Dublin city is Newgrange an ancient wonder of Neolithic Age in Europe. Newgrange is a large grass covered mound covering an area of over one acre with large kerbstones which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The tour of the monument involves travelling though a chamber into the centre of the tomb. Here you will experience a reenactment of the magical process of the centre chamber lighting up with a thin shaft of early morning winter sunshine. There is an exhibition of ancient life in the Boyne Valley to support the monument that is worthy of a visit as well as an excellent audio visual show. The tour can be combined with visits to the lesser known monuments of Knowth and Dowth and also Ireland's most important battle site where the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690.

Belfast City Centre Historical Tour

Belfast was once the second greatest city in the British Empire and the evidence of this can be seen throughout the city. Titanic Quarter has the fascinating relics of the wonderful golden era of shipbuilding and the Harland and Wolff and the newly built Titanic Museum. In the City Centre Donegal Place is one of Europe's finest squares and many buildings from Belfast glory days such as the Opera House, Town Hall and magnificent Queens University. On the edge of the City Centre are the troubled areas of the Falls and Shankhill with the murals and scars of recent troubles.

Day 3

Belfast North Coast & Antrim Glens

Belfast Castle overlooks the city and has incredible views across the distant mountains, harbour and docklands. To the north of the city is the town of Carrickfergus with one of the finest Castles on the Island of Ireland. The Glens of Antrim are a beauty spot famous throughout the world. The nine glens or valleys that radiate from the Antrim Plateau down to the coast were shaped by glacial movements during the last Ice Age. They were recently voted as one of the top ten coastal drives in the world. The villages of Cushendall and Cushendum are pretty coastal hamlets at the foot of the glens.

Giants Causeway & Antrim Coastal Tour

Among Ireland's most unforgettable beauty spots is the Causeway Coast that stretches from Belfast to Derry along the North Eastern region the Island. Soon we enter the Nine Glens of Antrim as they drop majestically from the Antrim Plateau to the ocean below. Touring the northernmost coast will encompass the beautiful highlights of this unique coast that includes The Distillery at Bushmills, Dunluce Castle and Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge as it hangs precariously over the North Atlantic Ocean. A stop for food or a drink at the historic 16th century Bushmills Inn in Bushmills is also a highlight. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site rated as one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is made up of 40000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres long that stretch along the coast and into the ocean.

Day 4

Ulster American Folk Park & Museum

Belfast City is a great historic and cultural centre to visit. The docklands and Titanic Quarter have the fascinating relics of the wonderful golden era of shipbuilding and the Harland and Wolff cranes remain as a testament to this period. In the city centre Donegal Place is one of Europe's finest squares and many buildings from Belfast glory days as the second city of the British Empire remains such as the Opera House, Town Hall and The magnificent Queens University. On the edge of the city are the great attractions at The Ulster Folk Park and Ulster Transport Museum.

Sligo Lakes, Mountains & Coastal Tour

Sligo is an area of extreme beauty and varied landscapes with ancient sights dotted along its coastline and mountains. Of major importance is Carrowkeel, a five thousand year old megalithic cemetery which is hidden amongst the clambering hills. Ben Bulben is a beautiful Table Mountain where Ireland's greatest poet WB Yeats is laid to rest. His gravestone with its enigmatic epitaph can be visited along with many other interesting relics of times past. Also in the North West coastal region are beautiful lakes, mystical Islands and pure waterfalls that inspired Yeats with romantic visions. This region has unspoilt coastline which is considered among the most beautiful in Ireland.

Day 5

North Mayo County & Museum Tour

North Mayo County is a region of interesting towns and of landscapes of many contrasts. Ballina, its largest town on the banks of Lough Conn has a large cathedral that is built on the remains of an Augustinian Friary. The town of Knock is Ireland's foremost religious centre where an apparition of the Virgin Mary was visited by locals in the early 20th century. There is also the fantastic Museum of Country Life which is the rural version of The National Museum of Ireland. A local crafts trail can be taken from Swinford to Foxford. Off the beaten track is Ceide Fields, the oldest known human settlement in Western Europe, dating back five thousand years. A recent addittion to this outstanding landscape is the Ballycroy National Park, Irelands newest National Park comprised mostly of bog and wetlands.

Ashford Castle Estate Activities & Cong

On completion of the day touring you may take the afternoon at leisure on the grounds of the castle where multiple activities such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding / walks are available on request. It is recommended to take a boat ride on Lough Corrib and perhaps stop on the Island of St.Patrick to view the ruins of an ancient monastery.There is often evening entertainment available in the Dungeon Bar at Ashford Castle.


Day 6

West Clare, Cliffs of Moher & Burren

West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren. The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland.


Bunratty Castle, Park & Town at Leisure

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of the finest medieval attractions in Ireland with a wonderful Banqueting Hall which relives the lifestyle of Ireland in Medieval Times. Attached to the Castle is a restored Folk Park with building dating back three hundred years, perfectly restored to their original decor. There is excellent shopping in the area at Blarney Woollen Mills and Meadows and Byrnes. Durty Nelly's on the banks of the River Fergus has been serving Ale since the middle ages and today the dark lighting and sawdust floors retain its air of authenticity. It serves both bar and restaurant food as well as the option to pull your own pint.

Day 7

Muckross House, Gardens & Torc Waterfall

Muckross House and Gardens is the finest Victorian Mansion and Estate in Ireland. Its position overlooking the Lakes of Killarney becomes impossibly romantic when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. The House documents the history of all the influential families who dominated local life and politics for centuries. The estate can be walked on foot or admired from the many jaunting cars which are about. Close to the estate is the Torc Waterfall located in an enchanted wooded area which makes a small hike into the National Park very rewarding.

Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour

Our Highlights of The Ring of Kerry Tour takes in the very best of this magical landscape in a unique and unforgettable drive through the gems of the Killarney National Park. From Killarney and the Muckross Estate the narrow road winds up to Ladies View and Molls Gap where panoramic view of the lakes and distant peaks form a picturesque stop. Returning to the town of Killarney the beautiful Ross Castle is nested on a serene lakeshore with small wooden boat trips available to the nearby islands. A walk through the lively streets of Killarney is also recommended with many fine craft stores in the town centre.

Day 8

Kenmare Town, Waterfalls & Bay Tour

Kenmare is one of Irelands prettiest towns nestled between the imposing Ring of Kerry Mountain Range and the Caha Mountains on the Kenmare River. The town has numerous shops that specialize in all kinds of fine antiques, laces & linen, gourmet food and fine arts. Close to the town is Kenmare Stone Circle, an unusual egg shaped circle and one of the oldest and largest in the South West. In summer boats trips from the pier that tour the magnificent Bay of Kenmare can be arranged. There are wonderful tree lined walks from the 5* Park Hotel to the Bay via pretty inlets. On the outskirts of the town are the pretty waterfalls on the Sheen River, where the Sheen Falls Hotel is located.

Kinsale Town, Charles Fort and Old Head

Kinsale Town is known throughout the world as the gourmet capital of Ireland and has an enviable amount of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Charles Fort on the hillside outside the town was designed just for the purpose of protecting this historical trading town from invaders. The streets are colourful and eclectic with influences from the English, Italian and French visitors. Around the town there are many beautiful beaches as well as the Old Head Golf Links, perhaps the most spectacular golf course location in the world.

Day 9

Cork City & Old English Food Market

Corks Old English Market is a unique covered food and artisan market that dates back to the middle ages. The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610, but the present building dates from 1786. The centre is populated with some of Irelands finest gourmet restaurants and a trip to the English Market the heart of the city is a must. Here local artisans have been trading local delicacies under charming Victorian decor for almost two centuries. Among the speciality foods sold at the market are buttered eggs, pigs' feet known as Crubeens, tripe in milk and a host of specialty local fish.

South Tipperary & Rock of Cashel Tour

South Tipperary is renowned for its rustic castles and ancient abbeys and lush farming landscapes. The World Heritage town of Cashel lies at the foot of the world famous Rock of Cashel. This towering monument has a unique collection of medieval buildings including a Fortified Castle, atmospheric Cathedral, Romanesque Chapel and Round Tower. The town of Cahir is famous for its Norman fortification, Cahir Castle as well as the associated Hunting Lodge, known simply as the Swiss Cottage. Also in the immediate area there are the remains of once thriving monasteries at Cashel, Holy Cross and Attassel. Tipperary is also associated with evergreen valleys and mountainscapes of the Glen of Aherlow and the Vee Valley Drives.

Day 1

Davenport Hotel Dublin

The 4 Star Davenport Hotel provides the perfect city centre haven for those seeking luxurious facilities with exceptional service. This elegant hotel is ideally located on Merrion Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin and the Museum Quarter. The spectacular facade of the hotel, originally that of a church, dates from 1863. Next door to the hotel is the National Art Gallery, Natural History Museum and The National Museum of Ireland. The main shopping areas of Nassau Street and Grafton Street as well as Trinity College are all just a short stroll away.


Day 2 - 3

Europa Hotel Belfast

The 4* Europa Hotel in Belfast is one of Ireland's most historic and well located hotels. It is in the centre of Belfast City across from the wonderful Crown Bar and Opera House. The hotel draws its inspiration from the Grand Hotels of bygone Europe. It is complete with Ballrooms and piano bars and seems to embody the very pulse of Belfast itself. The rooms are modern and comfortable and have excellent facilities including WIFI. Dining in the Foyer Bistro is highly recommended.


Day 4

Markree Castle Sligo

Day 5

Ashford Castle Hotel

Ashford Castle Hotel is a 5 Star Luxury Castle on the Banks of Lough Corrib and is perhaps Irelands most quintessential and beautiful castle hotels. It has everything a person could want on a vast estate of 350 acres of woodlands, park and Lakelands. The hotel boasts two fine dining restaurants, a beautiful oak panelled bar, fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and a host of other activities on its extensive estate. Many of our visitors to Ireland remark afterwards that a stay at Ashford was a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 6 - 7

Killarney Royal Hotel

Killarney Royal Hotel is a superb four star boutique hotel located close to the centre of Killarney. It is well-known for its cozy lounge areas, opulent decor and luxury rooms. One of Killarney finest restaurants is open year round and the hotel bar often has live traditional music in summertime. The hotel personnel will always give the Royal treatment to all guests and the local ambiance in the hotel bar is legendary. Perfect location for exploring Killarney Town on foot to explore wonderful dining and entertainment options on the doorstep.

Day 8

River Lee Hotel Cork

The River Lee Hotel in Cork enjoys a wonderful location nestled between the river and the university in Cork City Centre. Enjoy a delicious international menu in The Weir Bistro or light snacks throughout the day in the Weir Bar. The leisure centre with 18m swimming pool is as luxurious as you would expect and the day spa is the perfect place to unwind. The River Lee Hotel is one of the city's leading hotels for leisure visitors. Ireland Chauffeur Travel clients have complimentary use of the Executive Lounge on the top floor of the hotel overlooking the city.


Day 9

Northwood Hotel Dublin

Dublin Northwood Crowne Plaza is a luxury four star hotel located five minutes from Dublin Airport. The hotel is positioned in 85 acres of Woodlands and has a wonderful feeling of space for a hotel located so close to Dublin Airport. The rooms are well furnished and spacious and there are a number of restaurants to choose from at the hotel including Touzai which focuses on Asian Fusion cuisine. There is a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the airport which runs from 5am to midnight each day.

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