Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way with Kate George

with County Kerry & County Limerick extension
Jul 13-22, 2019 / 10 DAYS

Rugged natural beauty awaits along Ireland’s western shores.

The western coast of Ireland is home to some of the Emerald Isle’s most astounding scenery. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to discover the …

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Titanic Belfast Museum, Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League cliffs, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Achill Island, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved trails, with some hills and steep sta…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jul 13: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Belfast today.

County Antrim / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 14: Arrival in Belfast

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Settle in, then gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jul 15: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Start your day with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s capital. • Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall • View the Grand Opera House and Parliament Buildings • Pass the shipbuilding docks where the Titanic was constructed and learn about the ship’s ill-fated journey at the Titanic Belfast Museum Enjoy a free evening in County Antrim or add an excursion.

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Castles of Northern Ireland & Afternoon Tea
5 hours
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Travel outside of Belfast to visit Hillsborough Castle for a guided tour of the State Rooms and gardens. The property, which was built in the 18th century, sits on 100 acres of sprawling green space and is an example of Georgian-style architecture. Then, enjoy some afternoon tea before visiting Castle Ward. Overlooking Strangford Lough, the castle grounds are used as a filming location for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. On the tour you’ll see some of the sites featured in the show including the farmyard at Winterfell. Please note: Hillsborough Castle is closed for renovations through July 1st, 2018. If you’re traveling before the renovations are complete, Hillsborough Castle will be replaced with a visit to Mount Stewart house.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

County Donegal / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 16: Donegal via Giant's Causeway & Glenveagh National Park

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Northern Ireland and cross into the Republic of Ireland, where you’ll travel through the dramatic scenery along a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. • Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns that are 60 million years old • Stop in the city of Derry, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch • Visit Glenveagh National Park, where you’ll enter Glenveagh Castle and admire the park’s waterfalls, lakes, and mountains • Continue through the beautiful Irish countryside to Donegal

Jul 17: Slieve League

Included meals: Breakfast

Head west to see the highest cliffs in Europe today.  • Pay a visit to the Slieve League Cultural Centre • Continue on to the Slieve League cliffs for incredible panoramic views from nearly 2,000 feet above sea level • Visit the village of Glencolmcille and stop to enjoy free time in the picturesque village of Ardara on your way back to Donegal

County Mayo / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 18: County Mayo via Drumcliffe & Sligo

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south along the Wild Atlantic Way and through the landscapes immortalized by the poetry of William Butler Yeats. • Stop at Mullaghmore Head to snap photos of Classiebawn Castle, an estate built during the 19th century • Pay your respects at Yeats’ grave in the Drumcliffe churchyard • Enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Sligo • Step back in time during a visit to the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery • Arrive in the village of Westport in County Mayo

Jul 19: Achill Island

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Achill Island, an idyllic destination along the Wild Atlantic Way.  • Pass by many blanket bogs en route to the charming village of Dooagh • Walk through the landscapes surrounding Keem Bay and visit Keem Beach • Cross the Michael Davitt Bridge on your way back to Westport Enjoy a free afternoon in County Mayo or add an excursion.

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Glen Keen Farm & Dinner
5.5 hours
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Glen Keen Farm is one of the largest sheep farms in Ireland and while here, you’ll learn about sheep farming while soaking in the natural beauty that defines the area. First, watch an interactive sheep herding demonstration followed by a guided walk to a nearby ring fort. These fortified settlements can be found all throughout Ireland and most were built during the Bronze Age. Then, head back to the farm for a traditional dinner of Glen Keen Farm Lamb Stew, dessert, coffee, and tea. Please note: Vegetarian options are available for the included dinner.5.5 hours and evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

County Clare / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 20: County Clare via Connemara National Park & Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Venture down the coast to County Clare, making several scenic stops en route. • Visit the charming village of Leenane • Spot Ireland’s only fjord in Killary Harbor, then soak in views of the Maumturk mountain range en route to Connemara National Park • Enter Kylemore Abbey and take time to explore its Victorian walled garden • Drive through the picture-perfect landscapes of Connemara, stopping at the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross • Arrive in Galway, where you’ll follow your Tour Director on a guided walking tour • Continue on to your hotel in County Clare

Jul 21: The Cliffs of Moher

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.  Spend the afternoon exploring County Clare on your own or add an excursion. This evening, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
4.5 hours
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Make your way to the medieval Bunratty Castle in County Clare today. You’ll enjoy a self-guided tour of the castle, which is full of art, tapestries, and furnishings that date back to the 15th century. Afterward, take a stroll through the nearby Bunratty Folk Park to experience what traditional village life was like a century ago. Explore streets lined with buildings, shops, and homes that have been recreated to represent what was typical in 19th century Ireland.4.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 22: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Shannon airport for your flight home or continue on to County Kerry.

Extension / Starting from $599 pp

County Kerry & County Limerick / 4 NIGHTS

Continue your journey through Ireland to discover even more of the stunning scenery and local traditions that make the country shine. Find every shade of green along the coast of County Kerry, then delve into history in neighboring County Limerick.

Jul 22: Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way from County Clare to County Kerry today, then spend the afternoon exploring Killarney National Park. Take a walk through the park, stopping for a photo at Ross Castle. Then, step inside Muckross House and stroll through its beautifully manicured gardens.

Jul 23: Free day in County Kerry

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in County Kerry or add an excursion.

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The Ring of Kerry
8 hours
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Set out to see some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route. You’ll begin your drive on the north side of the Iveragh Peninsula, looking out to Dingle Bay. Pass rugged landscapes dotted with sheep and take in sweeping coastal views. Keep an eye out for the rocky Skelling Islands and picturesque rural villages as you continue on, stopping for plenty of photos along the way. Then, finish your journey in Killarney National Park, where you’ll view two of the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, Muckross Lake, and Lough Leane.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 24: Free day in County Kerry

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring County Kerry on your own or add an excursion.

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Dingle Peninsula
8 hours
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Spend the day getting to know the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula. Start at Gallarus Oratory, a mysterious stone structure thought to have been an early Christian church. Drive south along Slea Head Ring to circle the peninsula’s rocky coastline. Stop at Coumeenole Beach, Slea Head (arguably the westernmost tip of Europe), and Dunbeg Fort to take in spectacular views. Enjoy free time in the town of Dingle to grab lunch.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 25: Transfer to County Limerick

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel from County Kerry to County Limerick for a series of guided visits today.  • Tour of the 13th-century King John’s Castle, located on King’s Island in Limerick’s city center • Head to the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about the history of aviation and passenger travel in the region • Get a taste of Irish coffee, a traditional local treat This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Jul 26: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Shannon airport for your flight home.

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