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Grand Tour of Ireland.

Grand Tour of Ireland.

Our exciting extended "Grand Tour of Ireland" covers many highlights of Ireland, including stays in Waterford, Killarney, Ennistymon, Donegal and Belfast. Visitor attractions include the Killarney Jaunting Cars, Cliffs of Moher Experience, the famous Giants Causeway and a guided tour of Belfast including entry to the Titanic Exhibition.

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Our exciting extended "Grand Tour of Ireland" covers many highlights of Ireland, including stays in Waterford, Killarney, Ennistymon, Donegal and Belfast. Visitor attractions include the Killarney Jaunting Cars, Cliffs of Moher Experience, the famous Giants Causeway and a guided tour of Belfast including entry to the Titanic Exhibition.

EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER - BOOK AND PAY YOUR DEPOSIT BEFORE 31st OCTOBER 2019 TO GET A £20 PER PERSON DISCOUNT.  

ENTER THE DISCOUNT CODE "EARLY BIRD 20" WHEN PROMPTED DURING THE BOOKING PROCESS. 

 

Wednesday 9th - Sunday 20th September 2020

 

£1150 per person

 

Price Includes:  1 night at the 3 star Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford, 3 nights at the 4 star Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney, 1 night at the 4 star Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway, 2 nights at the 3 star Central Hotel, Donegal, 3 nights at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast and a final overnight stop at the 3 star Maldron Hotel, Wexford.  ALL accommodation is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.  Included is a journey on the Killarney Jaunting Car with boat trip, a full guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, entry to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, the Giants Causeway Visitor Experience a 2hrs 30 mins guided tour of Belfast and entry to the Titanic Visitor Centre and ferry crossings between Pembroke and Rosslare.  

 

There will be no single room supplement for the first 4 guests to book, extra single rooms will be on a request basis only and subject to a supplement of £275 per room.

Wednesday

We depart Plymouth at 6.30am and travel up through South Wales to Pembroke for our 14.45 ferry crossing to Rosslare, making comfort stops along the way. On arrival we have a 90 minute journey (approx) to our over night hotel in Waterford, which is located on the quayside in the town centre.

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Thursday

Travelling west through Ireland, we travel onto Co. Cork, home of the legendary Blarney Woollen Mills with its extensive range of clothes, crafts and classic Irish souvenirs. The more energetic may wish to climb the nearby castle steps to kiss the Blarney Stone (cost of this not included). We then continue onto one of Ireland’s most popular towns set amidst spectacular mountains, coast and countryside and enjoy a 3 night stay at the Killarney Towers Hotel.

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Friday

This is a day to enjoy Killarney which is set in the Irish Lake District and internationally renowned for its scenic beauty. Take a traditional Jaunting Car ride to learn about the town and lakes; this has been run by the same family for 5 generations. The tour runs through the Killarney National Park and along the edge of Lough Leane to Ross Castle. From here we catch the “Lily of Killarney” to cruise across the lake – this is a memorable way to view the surrounding mountains.

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Saturday

A guided tour around the famous Ring of Kerry awaits you today. Savour 100 miles of spectacular scenery as you travel along the narrow coastal road of the Iveragh Peninsula. The journey begins at Killorglin, home of the world’s oldest market, the famous Puck Fair, through Glenbeig. Continue through the villages of Rossbeigh and Kells, with their beautiful golden beaches to Caherciveen. Travel through Waterville and Derrynane, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay to Caherdaniel. Continue through Sneem, a quaint town, and Kenmare to Moll’s Gap - a cutting between the mountains. Pass Ladies View, aptly named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting who were so impressed with the view of the lakes.

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Sunday

We depart Killarney and make our way through Co. Limerick and into Co. Clare to Bunratty. You can visit the Blarney Woollen Mills and also see Bunratty Castle - the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland which stands opposite (may incur an entry fee). We continue out to the coast to visit the mighty “Cliffs of Moher” towering 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the visitor centre here offers an insight into the geology and history of this fabulous location. From here we travel northwards to the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway where we will spend the night.

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Monday

From Co. Clare we continue onto Donegal, breaking our journey in Sligo which is situated on the banks of the River Garavogue, famous as the homeland for Irish poet WB Yeats and boasting spectacular scenery at Benbulben Mountain. Time permitting we can visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre (factory tours incur a charge of approx. £5 per person), the oldest in Ireland, before completing our journey to the Central Hotel, Donegal for a 2 night stay.

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Tuesday

You can enjoy a free day at leisure in Donegal - Visit Donegal Castle, the abbey ruins or Magee’s home of Donegal hand-woven tweeds. Alternatively enjoy an 80 minute cruise around Donegal Bay, (subject to tidal restrictions). All of these attractions are within walking distance of the hotel and some may incur a cost.

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Wednesday.

Leaving Donegal today we travel across the border into Northern Ireland and over to the mighty Giants Causeway which was created by intense volcanic activity. A more romantic legend is that the giant Finn MacCool threw a series of rocks into the sea to lay a path across to his lady love in Scotland. A regular shuttle bus can take passengers from the visitor centre to the Causeway (approx. £2 return - payable direct to Translink on the day). We continue down to Belfast where we will stay for 2 nights at the Stormont Hotel.

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Thursday.

This morning we will enjoy a guided tour of the sights of Belfast including the Botanical Gardens, Queen’s University and the Waterfront Hall. Close to City Hall, a visit must be made to the Crown Liquor Saloon, a Victorian delight and one of only two pubs owned by the National Trust. This afternoon we visit the Titanic Visitor Centre which opened in 2012 and is a must see for any visitor to Belfast. Located in the heart of the city on the slipways where RMS Titanic was built you will re-live the entire story from her birth to the fateful maiden voyage and her eventual discovery on the seabed.

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Friday.

Today will be a free day in Belfast, so take advantage of the hotel’s convenient location and perhaps re-visit some of the attractions you caught sight of from the tour bus yesterday. The city centre shops, theatres, museums and restaurants are all within a short walking distance.

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Saturday.

Leaving Belfast today, we head down via Newry and Dundalk to Dublin for a quick look at Ireland’s capital city. There are many highlights including Trinity College (home to the Book of Kells), Christ Church Cathedral, Customs House, Phoenix Park and the Guiness Storehouse. This afternoon we continue down the coast to Wexford for a final overnight stay at the Dooley’s Hotel.

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Sunday.

We have an early start today to travel to Rosslare for our ferry back to Pembroke (breakfast will be served onboard the ferry). We then continue our journey home aiming to arrive back into Plymouth early evening with comfort stops along the way.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Derrys Cross Roundabout Derrys Cross Roundabout
Bottom of Royal Parade, outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe
Exeter Exeter
Exeter Services, M5, J30
Ivybridge Ivybridge
Town Hall bus bay
Milehouse Milehouse
Bus stop opposite Bus Depot, Alma Road
Plympton Plympton
Harewood House bus stop
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway
Outside Lidls
Saltash Saltash
Fore Street opposite the Co-op
Saltash, Ploughboy Saltash Ploughboy
Outside the pub
St Budeaux St Budeaux
Bus stop facing City Centre
Wolseley Road Wolseley Road
Bus stop opposite The Co-op
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