Essential Ireland

Belfast, Galway, Killarney and Dublin

From £3100 per person in low season
From £3300 per person in high season

based on 8 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

 

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At a Glance

  • Take in the highlights of both Northern and the Republic of Ireland, visiting Dublin and Belfast

  • Experience Ireland's beautifully-varied landscapes and stunning national parks

  • Journey to the mystical coastline at the Giants causeway and the Cliffs of Moher

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

The emerald isle of Ireland features stunning landscapes, rolling cliffs, quaint medieval towns and winding lakes and rivers. This journey will bring you to both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland where you’ll discover the different cultures between villages and cities, take in the breath-taking views of the UNESCO natural heritage sites and national parks and feel the lively pulse of Belfast and Dublin, whilst listening to the glorious stories of castles and kings.

  1. Days 1-3: Beflast, Northern Ireland

    Your Irish journey begins in Northern Ireland and the capital city of Belfast. A guided tour allows you to explore this dynamic city alongside your expert guide. Gain an insight into Belfast’s coloured history as you visit the Republic and Loyalist murals in west Belfast as well as visiting the Shankill District. Continuing on to the cathedral quarter, explore St Anne’s Cathedral, considered as a key community focal point. The remainder of your guided tour will take you to Custom House square, a popular outdoor venue for concerts and entertainment as well as to the Queen’s quarter where you can enjoy a walk around this leafy suburb taking in the University and botanic gardens. Belfast is well-known for being the birthplace of the Titanic and a visit to the famed shipyard is not to be missed, today the area has been transformed into a lovely waterfront development.

    An iconic landmark just an hour and a half outside of Belfast is the dramatic giants causeway- an area of coastline peppered with large interlocking hexagonal columns of basalt rock. The varied position creates a stepping stone affect and during your visit you’ll hear many of the different legends and stories behind how people believe the formations came to be placed here.

    Accommodation: The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Galway, Republic of Ireland

    Leaving Northern Ireland behind your journey continues into the Republic of Ireland and to the beautiful, quintessentially-Irish town of Galway, around a 4-hour drive away. Galway has a number of historical buildings to explore such as the cathedral, the Spanish arch and Lynch’s castle, which many say is the finest town castle in Ireland.

    Although the culture of Galway is enchanting during the day, the city truly comes alive at night and you’ll soon be able to see how the Irish have built their reputation for being some of the liveliest and most welcoming people in the world. Galway has a bubbling bohemian atmosphere and you’ll discover pubs, restaurants and bars packed full with patrons enjoying their time.

    Accommodation: The G (1 night)

  3. Days 4-6: Ring of Kerry

    Ireland is a varied land of mountains, lakes and rugged coastline and the Burren national park is just one fine example of the stunning landscape where you’ll be enthralled by the contrasting rocky, barren landscape.

    The Cliffs of Moher rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and from the top offer fantastic views across Galway Bay to the Aran islands. The cliffs have featured in many films and music videos and are also home to wildlife such as puffins and seals.

    Around 2-hour drive from the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney is a small Irish town with excellent shops and restaurants as well as a lively nightlife. It is common to hear traditional Irish music coming from one of the many pubs here, giving you a fantastic, traditional Irish experience.

    The following day takes you an hour from Killarney to the Ring of Kerry, a magical scenic route which passes by forts and castles and breath-taking scenery. The 176km ring would take around 4 hours to drive without stops, so we recommend the best way is to take a full-day trip to enjoy this magical scenery and of course stopping at some of the quaint towns along the way.

    Accommodation: Killarney Park Hotel (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-9: Dublin & the East of Ireland

    Killarney National Park is another of Ireland’s treasures comprising of 10,000 hectares of beautiful lake and mountain scenery. This morning stop at the impressive Torc Waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in the national park and listening to the tumbling water as it falls down.

    Your final destination is Ireland’s vibrant capital and the fair city of Dublin. The drive from Killarney takes around 4 hours traversing from the West to the East of Ireland. Along the way Kildare town makes a welcoming rest point and this charming town has a history that dates back to the 5th Century. En route you may also like to visit the National Irish stud- a thoroughbred horse breeding facility where many great international racing horses have been bred. From here Dublin is around a 1-hour drive.

    Over the course of your 3-night stay in Dublin you’ll have plenty of time to explore this charming capital city. We’ve included a guided walking tour for you where you’ll see the main landmarks of the city such as St Patricks Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, and Dublin castle which was founded back in 1204. Trinity college and the book of Kells is a must for anyone who wishes to visit Dublin and holds one of the most famous collections of manuscripts dating back to the 6th century.

    Dublin is a grand mixture of the historical and modern and you’ll also have the chance to visit Dublin’s cosmopolitan areas such as O’Connel Street and Temple Bar- an area where inhabitants and visitors of the city flock to find lively bars and restaurants. Of course, an emblem of not only Dublin, but the republic of Ireland as a whole is the iconic stout drink of Guinness and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a great way to learn how this highly-recognisable drink is brewed.

    Accommodation: The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Belfast & the Titanic

    Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometre stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • The Ring of Kerry

    Snaking more than 120 scenically captivating miles in a circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry, The Ring of Kerry takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes, lakes and mountains and charming seaside villages.

  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells

    Trinity College is Dublin's oldest university and its cobbled front square and collection of historic buildings is a must see. The magnificent Old Library building houses the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse

    Visit the famous brewery of the iconic drink that has shaped much of Dublin's history, as well as discovering what goes in to making the perfect pint of Guinness.

Location

Belfast, Galway, Killarney and Dublin

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