Dublin is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and the imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.
City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo & The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.Overnight at the Sandymount Hotel (3 star), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 or similar
Day 2: Boyne Valley & Belfast
Leave Dublin and head northwards. Why not visit Bru na Boinne and Newgrange or Knowth (one of the Burial Chambers) which pre-date the Pyramids in Egypt. You can also visit Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, or travel to Downpatrick where St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint is reputed to be buried.
The Boyne Valley is like a time capsule. Travel along it and you travel
through millennia of Irish history, from passage tombs that pre-date the
Pyramids, to The Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland, all the way to
the home of the First World War poet Francis Ledwidge in Slane.
It’s the Irish
equivalent of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. And you can choose to explore it by
car, bicycle, kayak, or by strolling along its banks and the towpaths of the
navigation canals that run alongside from Navan to Oldbridge.”Overnight in the Days Hotel (3 star), Belfast or similar
Day 3: Antrim Region
This morning take some time to tour Belfast City. See some of the landmark sites such as City Hall and Queens University. Leave Belfast and travel north along the coast road through the spectacular “Nine Glens of Antrim”.
Continue along the North Antrim coastline arriving at the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.
This area of hexagonal columns was formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava and has given rise to many legends as the basalt resembles giant steps. Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Antrim Region.
Day 4: Antrim Region
County Antrim is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,046 square kilometres
Staying around the north Antrim area, why not Visit Bushmills Distillery which is the world’s oldest whisky distillery having received its licence in 1608? You can also visit some of the many small seaside towns along the coastline.
Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Antrim Region
Day 5: Derry & Donegal
Today travel into Derry city. You can visit the Tower Museum and O’Doherty Tower, which tells the story of Derry from prehistoric times to the present day.
Complete your tour of Derry by walking along the historic Walls of the city. Leaving Derry, why not travel into Donegal and perhaps Visit Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle, 10,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods with a red deer herd. Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Derry/Donegal Region
The town of Sligo, in the north of Ireland, straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar.
Sligo County Museum displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings and Stone Age artefacts. Overnight in Clarion Hotel (4 star), Sligo or similar
Day 7: Dublin
Return to Dublin and after checking into your hotel on the outskirts of the city, you can complete your tour with a final visit to Dublin’s city centre. Why not Visit Trim Castle, the largest Anglo Norman Castle in Ireland, en-route.
Overnight at the Sandymount Hotel (3 star), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 or similar
Bed & breakfast accommodation as follows; 1 night – 4 star hotel, 3 nights – 3 star hotels, 3 nights – bed & breakfast/farmhouse. Based on per person sharing twin/double room with bath/shower inclusive of service charges. Heritage Island Touring Guide and discount card
be advised that you are required to check-in to your hotel/bed and
breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm. If you are going to be later
than 6pm, you must call your accommodation and advise of your
approximate check in time. Failure to do this could result in your
reservation being cancelled and rooms released.
Benny’s Ireland Vacations, Inc. or it’s partners, can not be held responsible for non-adherence to this requirement.
Children supplements apply when a child between 3 & 12 years is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0 – 2 years are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.