Day 1 – USA-Dublin
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.
Day 2 – Dublin
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where after clearing customs, you transfer on own via taxi to your Hotel in Dublin. You then check into the Five Star Hotel located in the very heart of Dublin City. Within walking distance to many shops, restaurants pubs and theater. The rest of the day is free to browse this 1000 year old city on your own. Overnight at Dublin.
Day 3 – Dublin-Monasterboice-Belfast
After a hearty breakfast we meet our DRIVER Guide and travel north via Drogheda to Monasterboice. This former monastic settlement dates back to 923 AD and is the home of the largest collection of carved stone high crosses in all of Europe. We then travel through Dundalk and on to Belfast. This Victorian city was built around its linen and shipbuilding industry. We enjoy a panoramic tour, with a stop at the Renaissance Revival City Hall. Overnight at Belfast.
Day 4 – Belfast-Glens of Antrim-Giant’s Causeway-Belfast
Today we experience one of Ireland’s magnificent scenic routes. The Coast Road takes us through the Nine Glens of Antrim, which offers wonderful views of mountains, valleys and the coastline. Our first stop is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, Bushmills, where we savor a sample of this renowned amber liquid. We then travel the coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. This impressive area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava. Legend also has it that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the ancient giant, Fionn Mac Cumhail. We then return to Belfast via Ballymena. Overnight at Belfast.
Day 5 – Belfast-Derry-Donegal
To really experience Derry’s history, we stroll along the parapet walkways as we do the “Walled in City Tour”. The history of this area and the fact that Derry is one of the last fully intact walled in cities left in all of Europe makes this a must for every visitor. We CONTINUE to Donegal. Today, Donegal Town is the center of activity for South County Donegal. The town center, known as “The Diamond” is where the Killybegs, Ballyshannon and Ballybofey Roads converge and it is here that you are likely to meet almost anybody; usually with a smile on their face and a few ready words. Dinner and overnight at Donegal
Day 6 – Donegal
After breakfast we visit Donegal Castle. The castle is first mentioned in 1544 in connection with wars between the sons of MacSweeney Doe. Wrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada were granted refuge here in 1588. By 1600 it had been taken over by Eoghan Og MacSweeny, an ally of the English, who was unsuccessfully besieged there by his brother Rory in 1601. Red Hugh O’Donnell attacked the castle unsuccessfully in 1601, but shortly afterwards the castle was granted by the Crown to Rory O’Donnell In the Williamite wars it was captured by Donough Og MacSweeney but was taken by the English again shortly afterwards. It was extensively repaired by Hart at the end of the 18th century and inhabited by his FAMILY until 1843, after which it was deserted. There may have been an early Christian monastery in the valley where, according to tradition, St. Columbkille banished demons who enveloped the valley in a fog. The most conspicuous remains are the pillars decorated with cross-motifs and geometric designs, which are now the centers, or ‘stations’ of the pilgrimage which takes place on the Saint’s feast day on 9 June. The pillars are spread over an area in the valley 3.5 miles long, and the pilgrimage takes as many hours to complete. Dinner and overnight at Donegal.
Day 7 – Donegal-Dublin
After breakfast we depart and travel south. We make our way to Enniskillen. This pretty spot has got to be one of the nicest towns in Northern Ireland. It location is set on the shores of Lough Erne. Enniskillen is full of history. The Watergate dates back to the 1600’s. We will also pass by Foothill Park and Coles Monument. Coles Monument is to Cole who was one of Wellingtons Generals at Waterloo. He is Standing looking out towards Florencecourt, his home, and some 10 miles away. The Inniskilling’s Dragoons and Fusiliers fought along-side one another at Waterloo. It was in 1790’s that the Fermanagh Militia was established, to defend against a French Invasion of Ireland. At this time the town grew outside the Island, on what is now known as Old Henry Street. We stop in Enniskillen and visit the Belleek Pottery, makers of Fine Parian China known the world over since the mid 1800’s. We continue along Lough Erne via County Cavan. There are 12 recorded portal tomb sites in Cavan, mostly in the Burren. Derived from the Irish name ‘Cabhann’, a hollow, Cavan was once part of the ancient kingdom of Breifne. Numerous stone circles and megalithic tombs in the county are remnants of Cavan’s rich archaeological heritage. It is onto Malahide (seven miles from Dublin Airport). Time permitting you can visit Malahide Castle. Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland. From 1185 until 1975, it was the home of the Talbot family. This was a remarkable tenure by a single family and is one of the longest in Ireland. Overnight at Dublin.
Day 8 – Dublin-Dublin Airport
This morning we make our way to Dublin Airport via taxi for our flight onwards. In the true Irish tradition we wish you a “Safe Home”.
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