7 Days
Duration
Aran Islands, Belfast, Derry, Donegal, Giants Causeway, Westport, Cliffs of Moher, Northern Coast
Location

Belfast, Giants Causeway, Antrim Coast, Game of Thrones, Derry, Donegal , Westport, Aran Islands, Connemara & Cliffs of Moher

Experience the broadness of Irish history from famine to freedom as you sweep down from the land of Giants to the castle of pirates. Your driver will weave through tales of modern conflict in Belfast & Derry to ancient Celtic beliefs of the true Gaelic communities of the wild west coast of Ireland.

 


TOUR INCLUSIONS:

All transport: You’ll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around Ireland.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation

 OPTION 1 – HOSTEL/LODGE:  6 nights’ Multi-share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels & wilderness lodges.  Upgrades to private twin and single rooms are available info@irishexperiencetours.com to book.

OPTION 2 – B&B/HOTEL:  6 nights in twin-share accommodation in a variety of classic B&Bs and hotels.

Please note when booking your tour : 

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

Meals: 4 breakfasts – Continental breakfast in Hostel/Lodge – Mix of cooked & continental in B&B’s/Hotel

Top-rated activities:

  • Exhilarating climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick
  • Sea kayaking in Clew Bay  (optional extra)
  • Overnight in the wilderness of Connemara/Westport Region
  • Biking excursion along the Great Western Greenway (optional extra)
  • Titanic Museum Belfast
  • Black taxi tour of Belfast suburbs & peace walls (optional extra)
  • Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Discover the ancient fort of  Griannan of Aileach
  • Gentle hikes along the causeway coast
  • Giants Causeway
  • Historical walking tour of Derry City
  • Game of Thrones Locations

What’s not included?

Any optional extra activities above and not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!


WHAT TO BRING

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, rain jacket/trousers, warm fleece, hat and gloves, towel, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • All rates are in EURO, per person, and are subject to change.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

Additional information

Departure Point8.30 am Dublin -Jury’s Inn, Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
AccommodationHostel – Mixed Dorm, B&B – Twin/Double, B&B – Single Private
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Day 1: Dublin to Belfast

Failte Romhat; (Welcome), Your tour starts when we leave the capital city of Dublin and make our way to the Boyne Valley, for The Kings boat tour along the Boyne river in a ‘currach’, ancient small-sized boats that has featured many times in Game of Thrones.
Onwards as we make our way to majestic Northern Ireland. The first visit is the world-famous attraction, the Titanic Museum. This museum extends over nine galleries, telling you the Titanic story in an interactive, fresh and insightful way.
Afterwards, you will have free time to choose from many excellent optional activities such as; Black Taxi Tour, 3-hour historical walking tour or Belfast bike tour. In the evening be sure to visit the quirky bars of the Cathedral Quarter and the beautiful murals on the walls of the alleyways.
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Day 2: Causeway Coast to Derry

This morning we take the coast road has been compared to the Great Ocean Road in Australia and California and you will see why. En Route we will take in Game of Thrones locations and the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below.
After a ‘wee’ photo stop at ‘The Dark Hedges’, this morning we walk along with the North’s top tourist attractions The Giants Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. In the evening we travel along the coast to the historic Derry city.
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Day 3: Derry to Donegal

Today we head back to the Republic of Ireland, to Donegal. However, firstly we will take you on an award-winning guided tour of Derry City. The tour has been described by many as possibly the Best Walking Tour on the Island of Ireland. Afterwards, we cross the border to Donegal and travel up the foothill of a mountain, known as An Grianan Aileach, an ancient stone fort with breathtaking views from the top.
Onwards then to explore Glenveagh National park by bike or by foot. The park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of County Donegal.
This followed by late afternoon visit to Slieve League. Walk along Europe’s highest sea cliffs, Slieve League. These cliffs are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. From the highest point on the cliffs, it’s a staggering 609m (1,998 feet) drop into the swirling Atlantic Ocean below.
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Day 4: Donegal to Westport/Connemara

This morning we travel through the wilds of Northwest Mayo and stand at the edge of the world at Downpatrick Head. From there we make our way to Achill Island. Irelands largest offshore island is Achill with its golden beaches, unspoiled beauty and great island skies full of ever-changing cloudscapes, continually caressing its peaks and valleys.
Achill is dotted with small villages and magnificent sandy blue flag beaches. The western end of the island is dominated by the majestic.
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Day 5: Westport & ‘The Holy Mountain

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the savage beauty of the Connemara Region. There are many excellent outdoor activities available in the region, with your guide you can navigate the stony path to the summit of Croagh Patrick, or if climbing a mountain is not your thing , at your own expense, go kayaking along Clew Bay, or bike along the Great Western Greenway or just spend some time around the historic Westport town and visit it’s attractions. Return to our wilderness accommodation, via ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region and its lakes and valleys.

If you don’t fancy doing any of the activities, you can spend the afternoon in Westport, take a guided walking tour, visit Westport house or catch a trad session in a local pub.

Return to Dublin in the late evening – arriving at 7.30 pm approx

Irish Experience Tours are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers.

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real Ireland!

What’s included?

  • Bus transport around North and West of Ireland
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation – (upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour’s itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What’s not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included in the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Irish Experience special price!

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in Belfast city, Antrim Coast, Glenvagh National Park & Westport
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes give you time to share the experience with like-minded travelling companions.

We’ve chosen high-quality accommodation in a variety of hostels, bed and breakfasts, Guesthouses, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.

Quality – Hostel ­& Lodge:

Rest up for the next day’s adventure in atmospheric and centrally located hostel & lodge accommodation. All prices are based on per person sharing

Multi-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

(*single room supplement €25 per person per night)

(*double/twin room supplement €15 per person per night)

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Classic – Bed & Breakfast ­& House Hotel

Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in charming and locally owned Bed & Breakfast & Hotel accommodation.

Please note: 

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

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