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    Ireland The Emerald Isle 2019

    Resort:Ireland The Emerald Isle 2019
    Operator: Back Roads Touring
    Destination: Ireland
    Price From: £2840.00

    Overview

    From north to south, take a step into Ireland’s colourful past. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history, this tour takes in Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains.
    THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE
    • Discover Northern Ireland’s history in an escorted Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals
    • Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway
    • View the lunar-like landscape of the Burren region
    TOUR INCLUSIONS
    • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Daily full Irish breakfast (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening meals (D)
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway

    Itinerary

    Day 1 DUBLIN BELFAST

    From Dublin, we?ll venture to the prehistoric site of Newgrange and visit the Battle of Boyne Visitor Centre. Here, we?ll get an exciting preview of what to expect over the coming days. Tonight, we?ll move on to Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together. (D)

    Overnight: Malone Lodge Hotel (or similar)


    Day 2 BELFAST LONDONDERRY

    You don?t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences on contemporary culture. This morning begins with a Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals. Then, we?ll visit the Titanic Museum to discover the personal stories that surround the ship’s fateful journey. We?ll then continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we?ll take some time to explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder, the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving in Londonderry. (B,L)

    Overnight: Beech Hill Country House (or similar)


    Day 3 LONDONDERRY NORTH IRISH COAST LONDONDERRY

    Today, we?ll stroll along the old city walls of Londonderry before continuing our journey to the Isle of Doagh. Here, we?ll learn of the local population’s experience of the Great Famine. (B)

    Overnight: Beech Hill Country House (or similar)


    Day 4 LONDONDERRY BALLYFARNON

    More fascinating history is on the cards today at the Ulster American Folk Park. Here, we?ll learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to start a life in the New World and there’s also time for a pottery demonstration. The day ends in Ballyfarnon, where we?ll regroup for an evening meal together. (B,D)

    Overnight: Kilronan Castle (or similar)


    Day 5 BALLYFARNON CONNEMARA GALWAY

    The morning will see us in Westport before we visit the award-winning Connemara Heritage and History Centre for a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we?ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)

    Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)


    Day 6 GALWAY

    Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. (B)

    Overnight: Park House Hotel (or similar)


    Day 7 GALWAY THE BURREN DINGLE

    Picturesque Caherconnell awaits today, where we?ll witness local sheepdog trials in action. Then, we?ll continue across the Burren and round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that rise high above the Atlantic. (B,D)

    Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel (or similar)


    Day 8 DINGLE PENINSULA

    We?ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel, the Dingle Peninsula, before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. This afternoon, we?ll have plenty of free time to delve deeper and explore Dingle. (B)

    Overnight: Dingle Skellig Hotel (or similar)


    Day 9 DINGLE KENMARE CORK

    Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney before we travel onwards to Kenmare. Next, we?ve got a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you?ll be blessed with the gift of eloquence. Tonight, make the most of your new-found skill over dinner at our hotel in Cork. (B,D)

    Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)


    Day 10 CORK KINSALE CORK

    The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we?ll start our historical walking tour. Topped off with a stop at Charles Fort, we?ll return to Cork for the evening. (B)

    Overnight: Blarney Castle Hotel (or similar)


    Day 11 CORK TIPPERARY KILKENNY

    As we approach the final few chapters of our tour, we find ourselves in rural Tipperary and Swiss Cottage before carrying on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ?most perfect? medieval city. (B,D)

    Overnight: Kilkenny River Court (or similar)


    Day 12 KILKENNY AVOCA DUBLIN

    Our last day sees us reach Dublin. We?ll make stops at Avoca and Huntingdon Castle, where our tour comes to an end. (B)