Ireland Explorer

Belfast to Dublin

13 days from 2,447 pp

For anyone looking to dive into the landscapes and lore of Ireland – all of it – this 13-day introduction to the entire island is just the ticket. From the perfectly charming city of Galway and the celebrated, awesomely lush Ring of Kerry (keep that camera at the ready) to the postcard streetscapes of Dublin and all the centuries-old distilleries, green hills, and local pubs (and Guinness!) you can possibly fit in – Ireland will get deep inside your heart.

13 days, Belfast to Dublin

From 2,447 per person

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Classic:

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

 

Service Level: Standard:

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 2 – Light:

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

 

Trip Type: Small Group:

Small group experience; max 16, avg 11.

 

Age requirement: 12+:

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Belfast

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2: Belfast/Londonderry

En route to Derry, stop at the Giant’s Causeway and marvel at the natural phenomenon of its volcanic columns. Stop at Bushmills Distillery for a guided tour of the oldest working distillery in Ireland. Spend the night in Derry.

Private Vehicle:
Belfast – Giant’s Causeway1h30m Morning96km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Giant’s Causeway Visit:
Giant’s Causeway Afternoon

Stop at the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe. This area is known for its unique, polygonal column rock formations that were created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. You don’t want to forget your camera for this one.

Old Bushmills Distillery Tour:
Bushmills1h-1h30m

Take a guided tour of the Old Bushmills Distillery – and is the oldest working distillery in Ireland. For over 400 years, this distillery believes the secret to good whiskey is crafting the spirit in small batches; taste the difference yourself as you indulge in a whiskey tasting.

Private Vehicle:
Bushmills – Londonderry1h-1h30m Afternoon60km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Londonderry/Belfast

Enjoy a guided historical walk in Derry. Afterwards, take some time to explore on your own. Opt to grab a bite at a food stall in the Walled City Market, or visit the the Tower Museum. Transfer to Belfast in the evening.

Historical Walking Tour of Derry:
Londonderry1h-1h30m Morning

Take a walking tour through 1500 years of history with a local guide. Stroll along the City Walls, learn about historical events that shaped modern day Derry, and see the famous political murals painted by Bog Side Artists.

Free Time:
Londonderry Afternoon

Get out and explore this quaint town.

Private Vehicle:
Londonderry – Belfast1h30m-1h45m Evening113km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Belfast

Enjoy a free day in Belfast. Treat yourself to a traditional Irish breakfast, visit the Ulster Museum, or wander through the botanical gardens. In the evening, get in with the locals and hit the pub for a pint of a local brew.

Free Time:
Belfast Full Day

Get out and explore.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast  

Day 5: Belfast/Dublin

Transfer to Dublin. Enjoy a free afternoon in the city before an optional welcome meeting in the evening.

Private Vehicle:
Belfast – Dublin2h-2h30m Morning170km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos:
 You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Carte Blanche:
Dublin Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Dublin, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like exploring Temple Bar, whisky tasting at the Jameson Distillery, or discover the eerie history of Kilmainham Gaol prison. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

The Fleet Street Hotel (or similar)
Day 6: Dublin

Take a free day to roam the cobblestone streets of this historic city.

Walk along the riverside, or marvel at the city’s medieval castles and cathedrals. Don’t tire yourself out too much – you’ll want to get out later tonight and experience the nightlife that the Temple Bar area is known for.

Carte Blanche:
Dublin Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Dublin, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like exploring Temple Bar, whisky tasting at the Jameson Distillery, or discover the eerie history of Kilmainham Gaol prison. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

The Fleet Street Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Dublin/Galway City

Travel to Ireland’s west coast to Galway. Set off on a guided walking tour before enjoying a free afternoon to explore the city’s colourful streets and bohemian atmosphere.

Private Vehicle:
Dublin – Galway City2h30m210km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Galway Walking Tour:
Galway City1h-2h

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the medieval heart of the city.

Free Time:
Galway City Afternoon

Get out and explore.

 

Accommodation:

Jurys Inn Galway (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Galway City

Travel to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Walk through picturesque countryside along the cliffs. Gaze out at the splendour before returning to Galway for the evening. Opt for a night out at the local pub.

Spend a few hours following the Wild Atlantic Way trail from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher. Stroll leisurely along the path, soaking in the views. Opt for a picnic along the way.

Private Vehicle:
Galway City – Cliffs of Moher1h30m-2h76km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Cliffs of Moher Visit:
Cliffs of Moher3h-4h Afternoon

Set off on a half day hike along the cliffs, with a maximum height of 214m (702 ft) above the Atlantic. Take in the incredible views as you trek along the cliff’s edge. Visit the tower near the midpoint and look out into the sea beyond. This is a great spot to take some fantastic photos of the panoramic view.

Private Vehicle:
Cliffs of Moher – Galway City1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Jurys Inn Galway (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: Galway City/Killarney

Continue on to Killarney with free time to enjoy the town or explore the nearby national park.

Free Time:
Killarney Afternoon

Enjoy the town of Killarney or explore the nearby national park.

Private Vehicle:
Galway City – Killarney2h30m-3h208km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Countess House (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10: Killarney

 

Enjoy a day trip to experience some sights along the famous Ring of Kerry. Return to Killarney for another night in town.

Ring of Kerry Day Trip:
Ring of Kerry

Experience sights along the famous, 179-km-long Ring of Kerry.

 

Accommodation:

Countess House (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11: Killarney/Cork

 

Spend a morning in Killarney before traveling to Cork. Set out on a CEO-led orientation walk.

Cork is known for its many universities, theatres, art schools and general diversity and culture. With many immigrants settling in the inviting city, it’s easy to find different types of foods, shops and cafés lining the streets.

Make some time to hit up a traditional pub, listen to some music and drink a pint or two – Murphy’s Irish Stout hails from Cork.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Private Vehicle:
Killarney – Cork1h30m-2h90km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Gabriel House Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Cork

Enjoy free time to see the sights of Cork.

Enjoy a final night out on the town with the group and raise a pint to this beautiful island!

Free Time:
Cork Morning

Explore this enchanting city, enjoy the landscape, visit a historical landmark, or just wander the streets and discover this city’s hidden gems.

 

Accommodation:

Gabriel House Guesthouse (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13: Cork/Dublin

Depart Cork after breakfast and return to Dublin. Trip will end upon arrival at a centrally located Dublin hotel where your CEO can help assist with onwards travel arrangements.

This tour will end upon arrival in Dublin at approximately 5pm. We suggest booking any onward travel after 7pm.

Private Vehicle:
Cork – Dublin3h-3h30m263km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Departure Day:

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Visit to Giant’s Causeway
  • Guided tour of Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Guided historical walking tour of Derry
  • Cliffs of Moher visit
  • Walk along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Ring of Kerry excursion
  • Cork orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

Accommodations:

Simple hotel (12 nts).

 

Meals:

11 breakfasts
Allow USD470-615 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Private vehicle, walking.

 

Staff & experts:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide.

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