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Best of Enchanting Ireland

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Overview

Days
  • The spectacular scenery at Giant's Causeway
  • Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher
  • See the majestic Mourne Mountains
  • Explore historic Londonderry at leisure
  • Explore the interesting cities of Galway and Cork
  • Spend time in wonderful Wexford
  • Enjoy the Irish craic in Killarney
  • Learn about Ireland’s patron saint at the St Patrick Centre
  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone

This relaxing holiday will provide you with memories you will cherish for life! It is a truly spectacular tour that encompasses all that Ireland has to offer – charm, beauty, captivating hospitality and awe-inspiring scenery. Travel in comfort and style, on our exploration of the Emerald Isle.

We’ll get to enjoy a wide range of excursions as we explore this magnificent location, so there will be something for absolutely everyone. With a mixture of amazing landscapes to enticing towns to enjoy, Ireland is the perfect place to visit for a fantastic holiday.

With an exciting touring itinerary to make the most of, we’ll visit locations such as the unbelievable Giant’s Causeway, the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, and Belfast, Galway, Cork and Dublin.

Grand Tourer Highlights

Giant's Causeway
Discover the legendary Giant’s Causeway, where 40,000 symmetrical columns rise dramatically from the sea! As the story goes, they were built by Irish Giant Finn McCool so his Scottish lover could walk across the sea to be with him.

The Cliffs of Moher
Designated a UNESCO Geo Park, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. 214 metres high at the highest point, the cliffs range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare.

Belfast Galway, Cork and Dublin
From vibrant Belfast, to Galway ‘the city of the Tribes’, to bustling Cork and cosmopolitan Dublin – the contrasting cities on both sides of the border are just waiting to be discovered.

Killarney
Renowned for the warmth of its Irish hospitality, the dramatic landscapes, mountain ranges and mystical lakes, Killarney is known as the ‘Jewel of Ireland’.

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Itinerary

Day One: From home to Newcastle

Relax aboard your Grand Tourer coach as we cross to either Dublin or Belfast, then on to Newcastle where we stay for two nights at the fabulous four-star Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. If you are travelling from the North West/West Midlands, dinner will be at the hotel this evening. If you are travelling from Yorkshire/East Midlands, dinner will be on board the ferry this evening. (D)

Day Two: St Patrick Centre and Mourne Mountains
Today we have a fantastic day in store as we follow the coast past the majestic peaks of the Mourne Mountains to Newry. We then continue to Downpatrick for an included visit of the St Patrick Centre. This new interpretive exhibition tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s patron saint. (B,D)

Day Three: Newcastle to Londonderry, via Belfast and the Antrim Coast 
The adventure continues as we first visit the vibrant city of Belfast, which we can explore at leisure. We then head north, past glens and the coast of Antrim and through Carnlough. We travel through the scenic Glenariff Forest Park and we end the day in Londonderry, where we spend the next two nights at the centrally located Maldron Hotel. Here we will enjoy a sparkling wine drinks reception at the hotel before dinner. (B,D)

Day Four: Londonderry and Causeway Coast 
This morning we journey along the Causeway Coast to reach the magnificent Giant’s Causeway where 40,000 symmetrical columns rise dramatically from the sea. We also visit the innovative Causeway Centre, where our visit is enhanced by included audio guides. We then head back to the walled city of Londonderry, passing the dramatic coastal ruins of Dunluce Castle on our journey. There will be the opportunity to join a guided walking tour of the city with our fascinating guide. (B,D)

Day Five: Londonderry to Galway
We enjoy spectacular scenery as we travel southwards to Galway via Strabane, Omagh and Belleek. We'll spend the next two nights at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, 7 kilometres from the city centre. There will be an included glass of wine with dinner tonight. (B,D)

Day Six: Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
Today we journey through the unique rocky landscapes of The Burren, one of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe. We then continue on to reach the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Here we will take in the stunning coastal scenery as well as visiting the interesting Atlantic Edge Exhibition. We then head into vibrant Galway, ‘The City of the Tribes’ for time to explore at leisure. (B,D)

Day Seven: Galway to Killarney
Today we are off to Killarney, the ‘Jewel of Ireland’. First we fly back in time at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, housed in the original terminal building in Foynes. It recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945. It is also home to the original Irish coffee. Then it is on to our hotel, the welcoming family-run Eviston House Hotel, centrally located in the town. It boasts the ever-popular Danny Mann Lounge where you can enjoy great live entertainment nightly, frequented by visitors and locals alike. Tonight we will enjoy an included glass of the ‘black stuff’ – Guinness. (B,D)

Day Eight: At leisure in Killarney
Now’s the chance to explore one of Ireland’s most popular holiday destinations at leisure – or perhaps you will choose to join us on our optional excursion around the spectacular Ring of Kerry. It is a spectacular one hundred mile drive around some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes along the Atlantic coast. During the excursion you will also have the opportunity to take an optional ride on one of the famous horse drawn ‘jaunting cars’ that Killarney is so famous for. (B,D)

Day Nine: Killarney to Wexford visiting Blarney, Cork and Waterford along the way
You've heard of the Blarney stone?  Well today you get the chance to kiss it as we venture to Blarney for a short break, before calling in at Cork where we will have a tour through the city before we continue on to Waterford. Here we have an included visit to Waterford Crystal. Then on to Wexford where we stay at the Talbot Hotel for the next two nights. There will be a soft drink, tea or coffee for us when we arrive.(B,D)

Day Ten: At leisure in Wexford
Wexford is an energetic, cosmopolitan mix of old and new cultures – and today is your chance to explore this enchanting town. (B,D)

Day Eleven: Wexford to Dublin 
It‘s off to dynamic Dublin for our final night of our holiday. Upon arrival there by late morning there is the opportunity to join our optional guided city tour to make sure you don’t miss the main sights. Then there is time to explore at leisure before we make our way to our hotel. (B,D)

Day Twelve: Dublin to home
We depart this morning and make our way home. (B)

Talbot Hotel

This 4-star luxury hotel overlooks Wexford Harbour and features an indoor swimming pool and spa bath. Dine on fresh local produce in the Oyster Lane Restaurant or enjoy a relaxing meal in the hotel's Ballast Bank Bar and Grill.

Rooms at this hotel


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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Cork City Tour

Today we'll enjoy a tour of Cork City, often referred to as the ‘real capital of Ireland’ by Corkonians. This city's contemporary feel, plus its excellent restaurants, shops and attractions, make it a great place to visit, and we’ll be able to take in its main sights during our tour. 

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En Route: Belfast

Enjoy the opportunity to explore Northern Ireland’s historical capital city, where you’ll find so much to see and do. We then enjoy a scenic drive past the glens and coast of Antrim and through the Glengarriff Forest.

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En Route: Blarney and Waterford

The town of Blarney is home to an impressive medieval castle and the legendary Blarney Stone, which is said to give the ‘gift of the gab’ to all who kiss it. We also call at Waterford, home to world-famous Waterford Crystal and the wonderful Waterford Museum of Treasures.

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En Route: Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Foynes Flying Boat Museum is home to captivating exhibits relating to Irish aviation in the 1930s and ‘40s, with original artefacts and expertly-recreated replicas to take you back to this fascinating era.

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Free time in Dublin

Explore Ireland’s wonderful capital at your leisure. For historical attractions, visit Trinity College, where you can see the ancient Book of Kells, estimated to be over 1200 years old, the lavishly decorated script is still in wonderful condition and one of the oldest known books. For great shopping visit Grafton Street, Nassau Street or Temple Bar. For a unique experience in Dublin visit one of the traditional pubs surrounding the Temple Bar area and have a Guinness. 

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Optional Excursions

Full Day: Ring of Kerry

Join us for a stunning scenic drive around some of the Atlantic Coast’s most inspiring scenery. We pass through picturesque villages, taking in sites of great historical interest.  Make sure you don’t miss the stunning views at Ladies View.

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Guided City Tour of Belfast

Why not make the most of your time in this historical capital city by taking our guided city tour of the very best sights? You’ll find fascinating sights aplenty to discover.

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Guided Tour of Dublin

Get the most from your visit to this cultural and historical city by taking a guided tour with our expert, who will take you to the best sights and share their extensive knowledge with you.

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Jaunting Car and Cruise on Lough Leane

Enjoy a ride on a traditional jaunting car and a relaxing scenic cruise on pleasant Lough Leane, seeing the Emerald Isle at its verdant best.

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Walking tour of Londonderry

Take a fascinating walking tour of Northern Ireland’s second-largest city. The city has a rich history just waiting to be explored, and on our walking tour you’ll learn so much about it.

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