Celtic Sojourn - Escorted Motorcoach Tour

Highlights

  • Round-trip *airfare or land only as selected.
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges included when airfare is booked with Celtic Tours.
  • First Class and Superior First Class hotels throughout.
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival.
  • Dinner each evening except for one night in Dublin, including a traditional Irish night and dinner at Bunratty Folk Park and traditional Irish entertainment and dinner in Dublin.
  • Full sightseeing by Deluxe Touring Motorcoach.
  • Professional Irish Driver/Guide to escort you throughout your tour.
  • Tour of Rathbaun Farm to see an actual working farm - including coffee/tea and Irish Farmhouse Scones.
  • Visits to: Rathbaun Farms, Belleek China Factory, Fort Dunree, Moville Pottery, Giants Causeway, Titani Docks and Pump House, Kilmainham Jail and Guinness Brewery Storehouse.
  • Lough Foyle Ferry.
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person.
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland (gratuities to the driver/guide not included).
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents.

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*Airfare 'from' price is based on Aer Lingus gateway JFK. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities are also available.

Itinerary

Day 01, Tuesday: U.S. to Ireland

Evening departure for our overnight flight from the U.S. to Ireland. Dinner is served shortly after take-off.

 

Day 02, Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula - Bunratty

Departing Killarney, we drive along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. We continue on via Limerick to Bunratty and check-in to our hotel. Tonight we visit Bunratty Folk Park for a traditional Irish night of home cookd food, excellent wine and some of the finest singers, dancers and musicians of the local villages.

 

Day 03, Thursday: Limerick - Galway

Morning departure from our Limerick hotel. We travel via Ennis to the scenic Cliffs of Moher where we stop for a photo-op. Continue to Ardrahan in County Galway where we pause for morning tea/coffee and scones at Rathbaun Farm. Here we will see a farming family carry out everyday chores including sheep shearing and watch as the sheepdogs maneuver the flock. We continue on to Galway City. Dinner and overnight in Galway*.

 

Day 04, Friday: Galway - Sligo - Donegal

Morning departure from Galway. We travel north via Sligo, birthplace of W.B Yeats to County Donegal where we cross over the border for a visit to the Belleek China Factory. After a short stop, we continue on through Donegal town and Ballybofey and along the coast of Lough Foyle to the Carlton Redcastle Hotel & Spa for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 05, Saturday: Donegal - Buncrana - Inishowen Peninsula.

Today have your camera's ready as we tour the historic and scenic Inishowen Peninsula. We travel via Buncrana, the principle town and resort of the peninsula to Dunree where we visit the military fort with scenic views over Lough Swilly. The fort has a large array of large guns and artifacts from the 20th century. The fort and lough below is of immerse historic interest which dates back to the Norseman, the Anglo Norman's and the Flight of the Earls. We continue on via Clonmany, Ballyliffin and Carndonagh where we view the 7th century St. Patrick's Cross. Our tour continues via Malin to Malin Head, a spectacular headland on Ireland' most northerly point. Leaving Malin Head, we travel via historical Culdaff and the fishing port of Greencastle to Moville where we stop briefly to visit the Moville Pottery Factory. Return to our Redcastle Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 06, Sunday: Donegal - Coleraine - Giants Causeway - Belfast

Morning departure from our Donegal Hotel. We travel just a few miles to the ferry that will take us on the short 15-minute cruise across Lough Foyle to Northern Ireland. We continue via Coleraine to Portrush on the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the giants CausewayMuseum before we are ferried by a small bus to the Causeway and its volcanic columns, which were formed over 60 million years ago. Our tour continues along the scenic Antrim Coast to our Belfast hotel* for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 07, Monday: Belfast - Titanic tour - Newry - Dublin

This morning we depart on a historical tour of Belfast and its harbor and dock area, where the Titanic and her sister ships, Britannic and Olympic, were built. The Titanic keel was laid here in 1910. We will tour the Thompson and Alexandra docks and see the HMS Caroline, one of the last remaining shops from WWI. Inside the pump house we will see the pumps, old workshops and view an audio visual display of how the ship was built and the people involved. The tour will end at the visitor center, we then travel on and enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Belfast. Departing Belfast we travel south via Newry to Dublin arriving at our hotel at approximately 3:30 pm. Tonight we enjoy an Irish Cabaret show and dinner at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Overnight in Dublin.

 

Day 08, Tuesday: Dublin.

Depart our hotel at 9:15 am for a half-day city tour of Dublin, including a visit to historic Kilmainham Jail, which covers some of the most heroic and tragic events in Irish history from 1780 to the 1920's. Next, we visit the famed Guinness Brewery Storehouse to learn about the world famous Irish beer and enjoy a sample brew in the rooftop bar. Have your camera ready for some magnificent panoramic views of Dublin City. Your half-day sightseeing tour ends in central Dublin, where you are free to shop or browse or you may stay on board and return to our hotel.

 

Day 09, Wednesday: Dublin - U.S.

Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for arrival at 7:00 am. Passengers who have later departures can avail of a second transfer to Dublin Airport, arriving at 10:00 am. Ample time allowed for check-in and duty free shopping before boarding your flight home. Arrive home in the U.S. the same day.

 

*On Day 03 - Four departures (May 15, May 22, May 29 and July 24) will overnight in Castlebar, Co. Mayo as opposed to Galway. On Day 06 - Two departures (May 05 and 12) overnight at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

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