Suggested Itinerary for Ireland


Day 1
Arrive at London airport - enjoy a panoramic tour of the capital city before settling in to your hotel.
Day 2
This morning take a sightseeing tour of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and much, much more.
Tower of London
Day 3
Leaving London, your luxury coach takes you to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, and a chance to browse the settings and join the world of Harry Potter, Lewis Carroll and Inspector Morse. You continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of one of England's greats, William Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, the thatched home of Anne Hathaway before her marriage to the Bard and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Gallery. You continue to your hotel in North Wales.
Day 4
Your tour heads through Snowdonia and the Llanberis Pass to Caernarfon, with its 13th century castle, the setting in 1969 for the investiture of Prince Charles as the present Prince of Wales. Crossing the Isle of Anglesey, you board your fast ferry to Dublin - a journey of just 99 minutes - and settle into your hotel in Dublin.
Day 5
A morning sightseeing tour to discover Ireland's Capital City. You will see Trinity College, the 13th century Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral and have free time in the afternoon to discover the delights of Temple Bar, with its art galleries and craft shops, and stroll along O'Connell Street to the River Liffey. In the evening, you can drink a glass of the famous Guinness at the oldest pub in Dublin.
Trinity College Dublin
Day 6
Your full day excursion takes you through the heather-clad Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough with its tales of Saint Kevin and the 110 feet high Round Tower. You visit Russborough House and Gardens, one of the finest houses in Ireland, lavishly furnished with fine displays of silver, bronzes, porcelain, fine furniture and tapestries.
Day 7
Scenery and history will delight you today as you hear of the Vikings and marvel at the 12th century Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman fortress in Ireland. You travel on in comfort to Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian Monastery in Ireland founded in 1142, returning to your hotel in Dublin.
Trim Castle
Day 8
Leaving Dublin, you travel first to Dunmor Caves, which contain some of the finest calcite formations found in any of the Irish caves, and onwards to the 12th century Kilkenny Castle. You visit the Waterford Crystal factory before checking in to your hotel in this maritime city with over 1000 years of history.
Day 9
Crossing into County Cork, you stop at Youghal, and have time to wander along the streets of this delightful medieval seaport before continuing to Cork City. Built on the banks of the River Lee, the second city of Ireland brims with history with the skyline dominated by the imposing Gothic spires of St Finnbarr's Cathedral. The delights of the 15th century Blarney Castle welcome you to kiss the Blarney Stone after listening to tales about Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster. In the late afternoon you arrive at your hotel in Killarney.
Day 10
Your excursion today features the world famous Ring of Kerry tour. With visits to Derrynane House, the home of Daniel O'Connell, one of the finest 19th century statesmen of Ireland, and Muckross House, Abbey and Gardens, visited by England's Queen Victoria in 1861. You will be enchanted with the coastal scenery, where the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean crash in wild foam on the rocks running down to the sea.
View from Ring of Kerry
Day 11
Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, Limerick has a magnificent site on the dreamy River Shannon, with its castles, ancient walls and museums testament to its dramatic past. A short distance away is the 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which creates the life of Ireland in the 19th century. Your hotel is in Galway.
Day 12
You traveltoday across the Burren, a landscape of fissured limestone pavements, underground caves and terraced mountains to the coast of County Clare. The spectacular views from the rugged cliffs of Moher are best seen from O'Brien's Tower, across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. You will visit Lisdoonvarna famous for its Spa and Matchmaking Season before returning to your hotel.
Day 13
Travelling through rolling hills of relaxing scenery you arrive in the beautiful Sligo Bay, the inspiration to much of the poet, W B Yeats' work. You continue for a visit to Lissadell House, a fine example of Greek revival architecture and to Drumcliff, the final home of WB Yeats. Your hotel is in Sligo.
Lissadell House
Day 14
You leave Sligo and head south-east to the county town of Longford, nestling on the banks of the River Camlin, with the dome of the 19th century St Mels Cathedral dominating the wide streets. You continue to Dublin for that last minute shopping before arrival at your hotel.
Day 15
You join your coach for the airport and your flight home.