13-Nights The Best of Ireland
The Best of Ireland
Emerald Landscapes, Royal Gems & Historic Jewels... Find treasures around every bend in Ireland - east, west, south and north... natural ones like sculpted cliffs that soar majestically over the rocky ocean coast below, a wild ring of scenic landscapes and lakes, the limestone Burren abundant with wildlife and basalt giants that march into the sea... cultural riches that speak volumes about Irish life, in castles, on dairy farms, in crystal and pottery factories, in poetic haunts and an Ulster Folk Park... hallowed sites that chronicle history - Trinity College, walled Derry, medieval Kilkenny, Kylemore Abbey, Georgian Dublin...
Stay at country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel; travel to the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher & Giants Causeway; visits to Ulster American Folk Park, Belleek Pottery factory and Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre; visit to the amazing Titanic Belfast - Titanic Experience; lunch with a family on their working dairy farm; a 9-course Titanic tasting dinner in Belfast
13 nights from $5990 per person
Dublin enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Dublin attracts visitors from around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are stately Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. O'Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin. Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where visitors can enjoy conversation over fine Irish brew. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park. National Gallery's renowned collection includes works by such famous masters as Rembrandt and Monet. Trinity College's Old Library is home to the most cherished treasure, the Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospels. Admire Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy the exhibits in impressive National Museum. Self-guided walking tours include Old City Trail, Georgian Heritage Trail and the Cultural Trail.
Connemara is one of the last unspoiled areas in Ireland. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara is distinguishable by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland which offers visitors a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland. The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires.
Belfast is popular with travelers who come to discover the city’s physical beauty and renewed tranquility. Enjoy performances at the Grand Opera House, shopping along trendy Donegall Place and visiting numerous pubs along The Golden Mile. St. Anne’s Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is the principal church of the Anglican Church of Ireland and contains stones from every county in Ireland. Located next to Europa Hotel, the Grand Opera House boasts an impressive mix of large productions of opera, ballet, musicals and drama. Known as the Big Ben of Belfast, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1869 to commemorate the Prince Consort. Built in 1849 as one of Queen Victoria’s colleges, Queens University is one of the foremost universities in the British Isles. The classical-style building of Stormont, erected in 1928-32 to house the Parliament of Northern Ireland, stands 3.5 miles outside the city. The Prince of Wales Avenue is exactly one mile long and is bordered by rose beds containing 600 of the famous Korona roses noted for their scarlet blooms.
A place where a blend of visitors and entertainment combine to create an atmosphere synonymous with Irish tradition at its very best and of times well spent. If it’s music and "craic" you are looking for, seek out the pub/bar most suitable to your liking. For a more relaxed atmosphere visit the cinema.
If it’s delights of the culinary nature that tickle your taste buds, then make sure to check out one of our many restaurants, specializing in traditional Irish dishes to both European and Eastern creations.
When festival time comes round, Ennis and the county of Clare are where it’s all happening!
Developed by Lord Kenmare as a tourist town in the 18th century, Killarney is now the major tourist centre and accommodation base in Kerry. It is the centre for the Ring of Kerry tour, the focal point for the Killarney National Park and the Kerry Way Walking Trail.
Kilkenny is a medieval city of 22,000 acclaimed internationally as a centre for craft and design. Technology, Tourism, Craft & Design and food processing are the main industries. Each year the city hosts for a number of international festivals and cultural events.
The city s characterised by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways - it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants.
The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th century monk St Canice.His memory lives on in the beautifully restored St Canices Cathedral built overlooking the city in the thirtheenth century. The Normans arrived in the 12th century and their legacy remains in the beautifully restored Kilkenny Castle
Standing on an island between the Upper and Lower Lough Erne, Enniskillen is one of Northern Ireland's most tranquil towns. However it is famous for all the wrong reasons. The town was the scene of a tragedy in 1987 when 11 people died in an IRA bomb attack. As a result of this tragedy, the town has grown closer and both Republican and Loyalist communities work together for the benefit of the town.
This is demonstrated by the fact that Enniskillen is the 2000 winner of Ireland's Best Kept Town, an achievement not possible without the co-operation of the whole community. Enniskillen's dominating feature is Enniskillen Castle which dates back to the 15th century. Home to the Inniskilling Regimental Museum, the castle's most striking feature is the Watergate, a twin turreted tower, best viewed from the far side of the river.
One of the major attractions of Enniskillen lies in the surrounding countryside. The lakes to the north and south provide the perfect setting for watersports. The Marble Arch Caves can be found within the limestone hills, equalled only in Ireland by the Burren in County Clare. A tour is available through the caves but tours can be vulnerable to the weather so it is advisable to phone before-hand.
Castle Coole House is a National Trust property and the neo-classical home of the Earls of Belmore. This is an attractive venue for parkland walks and a summer picnic, should the weather stay fine. If not, the house can be viewed and guided tours are available.
For a sweeping view of the town of Enniskillen, it is well worth climbing Coles Monument which is dedicated to Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole. 108 steps lead to the peak from which the scene is impressive.
For visitors to the area who are interested in exploring the historical Devenish Island within Lower Lough Erne, there is a ferry which leaves Trory. The island was an ancient monastic settlement and 12th century historic remains in the form of a round tower, graveyard, church and Celtic Cross can still be seen there. Alternatively, it is possible to stop off at the island while cruising the beautiful expanse of Lough Erne on the MV Kestral Waterbus which departs from Enniskillen three times a day during the summer.
Derry has the reputation for being one of the most culturally rich cities in the United Kingdom. Derry is home to a variety of museums, art galleries, theatres, and a thriving musical scene. Shopoholics may indulge in the Foyleside Shopping Centre - named the Best and Biggest Shopping Centre in Northern Ireland. There are also unique items to be found at the Londonberry Craft Village. Derry also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities along the River Foyle, including fishing, cycling, and water sports.
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