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Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Explorer tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. On an Ireland tour, you expect to see amazing scenery, and this tour does not disappoint. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. On the amazingly green Dingle Peninsula—perched on Ireland’s westernmost tip and dominated by the range of mountains—enjoy one of Europe’s most dramatic drives passing seaside villages, ancient monuments, and views of the Blasket Islands. On this Ireland tour, you’ll also visit some of its vibrant cities—including Dublin, Belfast, and Galway—and charming towns, including Killarney. Stop in Adare, founded in medieval times and known today as one of Ireland’s friendliest and prettiest villages. Visit Knock, a major pilgrimage site since 1879 when 15 townspeople saw apparitions, and Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site set in a glaciated valley founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. In Waterford, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll also see artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca. In Northern Ireland, visit Derry, one of Ireland’s best-preserved fortified cities, and Downpatrick, burial place of Ireland’s Paton Saint. This value-minded tour through Ireland is a dream vacation!
Sightseeing:Visits to Downpatrick, Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, W.B. Yeats’ burial place, Knock, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Adare, Killarney, Blarney, Tramore, Enniscorthy, handweaving mill at Avoca, Glendalough; orientation drive in Dublin. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
Local Guide for visit to House of Waterford Crystal; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Boyne Valley, Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast, Donegal Bay, The Burren, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Wicklow Mountains
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach