Have you been wanting to take a trip to Ireland? July 4-16, 2024 on a tour called Shades of Ireland featuring Northern Ireland.
Price for two is $11,356.00 with a deposit due of $1,396.00 and this includes non stop from Newark, all tours, transfers and fees, 17 meals.
Day: 1
Overnight Flight
Set out on an amazing Irish adventure that tells the complete story of the Emerald Isle.
Day: 2
Dublin, Ireland – Tour Begins
Dinner Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine.
Day: 3
Breakfast Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge
Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the National Gallery, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic center, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the General Post Office. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Later, you may join an optional tour to the Guinness Storehouse, followed by dinner at a contemporary restaurant showcasing Irish cuisine.
Day: 4
Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford
Breakfast & Dinner Granville Hotel
Step back in time and begin the day in the medieval splendor of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
Day: 5
Waterford – Blarney Stone – Killarney – Tralee
Breakfast & Dinner The Rose Hotel
Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney, where you will board a traditional boat* and sail through breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. Explore Killarney, before continuing to the market town of Tralee. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day: 6
Tralee – Ring of Kerry – Tralee
Breakfast The Rose Hotel
Take in the rugged coastline as you loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts.
Day: 7
Tralee – Cliffs of Moher – Ennis
Breakfast Old Ground Hotel
Bid Tralee farewell and travel across the lovely Shannon River into County Clare. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic sites. Walk along the rambling edge, soaking up unparalleled views and snapping incredible photos. Complete your day at the historic Old Ground Hotel in the heart of Ennis Town. This evening you may join an optional tour to a Medieval Banquet dinner, which is hosted in a castle.
Day: 8
Ennis – Galway – Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Breakfast & Dinner Manor House Country Hotel
Experience the daily life of a traditional Irish family during a memorable farm visit. Then continue on to Galway for a brief tour that showcases “The City of Tribes.” Your day ends in the northwest reaches of Eire.
Day: 9
Enniskillen – Donegal Town – Derry
Breakfast & Dinner City Hotel Derry
Take in the rugged, natural beauty of County Donegal. Stop in Donegal Town and stroll the town square, enjoying its quaint craft and woolen shops. Next, travel to Derry, known for its turbulent political history. This afternoon, a local guide leads a walk through the old city, including the Craft Village, a charming 19th century Georgian square in the heart of the walled city. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice… choose your included dinner from a “menu” of Derry’s great restaurants.
Day: 10
Derry – Inishowen Peninsula – Derry
Breakfast City Hotel Derry
This morning, journey to the Inishowen Peninsula and Malin Head. Take in breathtaking scenery as you explore Ireland’s northernmost point. Return to Derry, and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you may join an optional tour to discover the history of Derry through storytelling, music and song, with dinner at a restaurant serving pub style food.
Day: 11
Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Glens of Antrim – Belfast
Breakfast & Dinner Europa Hotel Belfast
See the most famous natural site in Northern Ireland as you visit the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles a cobble road leading into the sea. Then lose yourself in the natural beauty of Northern Ireland as you explore the scenic back roads of the Glens of Antrim to Belfast. Top your day off with a visit to a whiskey distillery located in the elegant grounds of Killarney Estate. Here you can taste whiskey and enjoy dinner.
Day: 12
Breakfast Europa Hotel Belfast
Begin the day with a guided tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, and hear of the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through the different neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the cranes at the shipyard that built the Titanic, before touring the “Titanic Experience,” Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction. This afternoon is yours to explore Belfast further, as your Irish adventure comes to a close.
Day: 13
Belfast – Tour Ends
Your tour ends in Belfast.