Best of Ireland North

Northern Supreme Tour

From/To: Private Group Tour

Duration: 9 days

Enjoy a scenic extravaganza of lakes, mountains, sea and sky as you tour the Emerald Isle

Individualy priced
Guided Tour
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART HOME

Overnight flight to Dublin

Day 2

DUBLIN

Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s capital and its largest, most cosmopolitan city, at the same time one of the smallest capitals in the European Union. Your expert local guide will take you on an unforgettable sightseeing tour of the city. Admire Dublin’s finest Georgian architecture including its famed doorways while walking around St Stephen’s Green, the oldest and largest park in Dublin’s city centre and Merrion Square in government district. Visit Trinity College, Ireland’s premier university that was found by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. In the library of Trinity College you will see the Book of Kells, an extravagant illuminated manuscript dating from the 8th century. See General Post Office (GPO) building on O’Connel Street playing a crucial role during the 1916 Easter Rising and visit the Kilmainham Gaol that played a key role in Ireland’s struggle for independence and was the site of mass executions following the 1916 Easter Rising. Visit the Old Jameson Distillery. This evening, meet and get to know your companions and Tour Director at a Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical pub meal and drinks.

Day 3

DUBLIN - GALWAY - WESTPORT (2 NIGHTS)

See the city of Galway - a little Irish pearl with its narrow streets, fast flowing river and ramshackle shop-fronts. You will visit the Eyre Square where in its centre is Kennedy Park honouring a visit by John F Kennedy in 1963 and St Nicholas Collegiate Church dated 1320 with several interesting tombs. Admire panoramic views of Galway Bay before continuing to Westport. This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. See the untouched landscape of the Connemara with its Twelve Bens mountain range and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780.

Day 4

DUBLIN - CELEBRATION OF ST PATRICK’S DAY

Today celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin! Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

Day 5

WESTPORT - SLIGO - DONEGAL

Drive through County Mayo. Heading north we stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Explore the region of Donegal where old traditions still play a part in everyday life. In the town of Donegal, see the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.

Day 6

DONEGAL - OMAGH - DERRY

Travel across the border into Northern Ireland. Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh. In the City of Derry see the city walls, some of the best-preserved in Europe, as well as the 17th century St. Columb’s Cathedral. See the Craft Village and the quay where Irish emigrants sailed to the New World.

Day 7

DERRY - BUSHMILLS - GIANT’S CAUSEWAY - CARRICK-A-REDE - BELFAST

Visit Bushmills with world famous Old Bushmills Distillery and whiskey-tasting session. Marvel at the iconic Giant’s Causeway - the hexagonal basalt columns rise dramatically from the sea, all 38,000 are amazingly uniform. Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to one of the legends that claim to explain the causeway’s existence, the giant in question, Finn McCool, fancied a female giant on the Scottish island of Staffaand built some stepping stones to the island where similar rock formation are found. You can walk over the enormous columns at the edge of the sea. Carrick-A-Rede will deliver an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Take the Rope Bridge challenge! Walk over the 23 m (75 feet) deep and 23 m (75 feet) wide chasm on the Rope Bridge. Once you reach Carrick Island, the reward is seeing the diverse birdlife and an uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. There is only one way off the island - back across the swinging bridge! Don't look down! The area is exceptional in is natural beauty. See the amazing sights of Belfast, city that recovers from 30 years of sectarian violence and the dwindling of its once mighty industrial base. See the Victorian town hall square, armoured vans patrolling past fortified police stations, the ubiquitous murals and propaganda in certain areas. Belfast really is a friendly city and safer crime wise than many European cities. Also see the Belfast Wall dividing Falls & Shankill Roads. The Catholic Falls Road and the Protestant Shankill Road have been battlefronts since the 1970’s. Nowadays these areas are quite safe with murals expressing local political and religious passions.

Day 8

BELFAST - DROGHEDA - BOYNE VALLEY - DUBLIN

Visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre to learn about the 1690 conflict between King William III and King James II. While they were British kings, the conflict involved France, Denmark and a number of other European countries. In Drogheda take a leisurely stroll around the compact center of this historic town. Tonight enjoy Farewell Dinner while watching traditional Irish Celtic Dance. Enjoy the dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of your holiday in Johnnie Fox’s Pub, one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs, also famed as the highest pub in the country. Also see one of the top dancing performances in the country at famous “Hooley Night”.

Day 9

DUBLIN - HOME

This morning, after a hearty Irish breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your Tour Director and new found friends as your unforgettable Celtic holiday comes to an end. Transfer to Dublin airport. Departure.

What’s Included

    Insider Experiences
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Tour Director.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery, admire unbeatable Dublin city views and get complimentary best pint of Guinness ever.
  • Local Speciality Visit Johnnie Fox’s famed as The Highest Pub in Ireland and enjoy the Hooley Night: traditional Irish Celtic Dance - Hooley Show and traditional Irish Dinner.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy city sightseeing in famous black cab in Belfast
  • Local Speciality Visit Old Bushmills Distillery and enjoy whiskey-tasting session.
    Sightseeing Highlights
  • Dublin
    Views of St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, General Post Office, finest Georgian architecture on a sightseeing tour. Visit the Kilmainham Gaol that played a key role in Ireland’s struggle for independence. Visit the Trinity College, Ireland’s premier university to see the Book of Kells.
  • Galway Bay
    Enjoy panoramic views.
  • Galway City
    See its narrow streets, fast flowing river and ramshackle shop-fronts. Visit the Eyre Square with Kennedy Park honouring a visit by John F Kennedy in 1963 and St Nicholas Collegiate Church dated 1320 with several interesting tombs.
  • Connemara
    Admire this unspoilt region of Western Ireland. See the untouched landscape with its mountain range and golden beaches. Stop at Kylemore Abbey.
  • Westport
    Visit Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views.
  • Achill Island
    Visit the largest island off the coast of Ireland.
  • Atlantic Drive
    Admire great mountain and ocean scenery. See the Deserted Village.
  • Knock
    See the small town that in 20th century became one of Europe’s major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima.
  • Drumcliff
    View Yeat’s burial place.
  • Donegal
    See the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.
  • Omagh
    Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park.
  • City of Derry/Londonderry
    Walk the city walls and see St. Columb's Cathedral.
  • Giant’s Causeway
    Visit this geological formation of huge basalt columns.
  • Carrick-A-Rede
    Take the Rope Bridge challenge! Walk over the 23 m (75 feet) deep and 23 m (75 feet) wide chasm on the Rope Bridge.
  • Belfast
    See the Victorian City Hall, Queen's University and Belfast Wall dividing Falls and Shankill Roads on a sightseeing tour.
  • Boyne Valley
    Visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre
  • Drogheda
    Stroll around the compact center of this historic town.
    Dining
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Dublin, which includes a Traditional Irish pub meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • Be Spoiled Dinner with Entertainment, which includes a traditional, local three-course meal, music and more...
  • 7 full breakfasts.
  • 7 three-course dinners which include beer or wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with entertainment in one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs.
    Travel Highlights
  • Air travel from any major North American airport.
  • First class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities and complimentary WiFi internet access. Price is based on double occupancy.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, onboard restroom and complimentary WiFi internet access and USB charging station.
  • The services of one of our professional Tour Directors throughout your journey.
  • A qualified Local Guide in Dublin and Belfast.
  • Capture treasured memories of your trip with a complimentary group photo taken at a landmark location.
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