All hotels used on the grand tour are of our extremely high standards we come to expect in Ireland.
Day 1:- Travel to North Wales for overnight stay. OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIRED
Day 2:- Travel to Holyhead for the sailing to Ireland and head north via Drogheda to join the coast road at Newry. Follow the shoreline as it meanders beneath the Mountains of Mourne, which sweep down to the sea to Newcastle, a seaside resort in the shadow of Slieve Donard. Complete your journey to Belfast for a 2 night stay.
Day 3:- A day to explore Belfast, a vibrant, modern city with a fascinating past. Get your bearings with a guided tour through its four 'Quarters' taking in historic landmarks such as City Hall and Queens University. Incuded is a visit to Titanic Belfast, the new museum dedicated to this maritime legend.
Day 4:- Visit the Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage site steeped in myth and legend. To reach it, we take the fabulous ocean drive alond the Antrim Coast which hugs the very edge of the Irish Sea. Continue along the coast via Derry to Donegal for a 2-night stay.
Day 5:- A fine day exploring Co. Donegal, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides with some spectacular sea views to enjoy. The drive continues through the Glenveagh National Park with a visit to its elegant lakeside castle surrounded by mountain scenery.
Day 6:- From Donegal we travel through Co. Sligo, whose beautiful scenery captured the heart of the Irish poet WB Yeats, before continuing to Galway. The 'City of Tribes' was a busy trading and fishing port established by merchants in the 16th Century and now a thriving centre with a full calendar of festivals. Complete the journey to Killarney for a 3 night stay.
Day 7:- The journey south takes in Bunratty, whose castle is probably the country's best preserved medieval fortress, and limerick, spiritual home of Terry Wogan and Richard Harris. Complete the journey to Killarney for a 3 night stay.
Day 8:- A free day to discover the many highlights of Killarney. Why not take a Jaunty Cart and Lake Cruise excursion through the National Park and off on a trip around Lough Leane. Afterwards why not visit Muckross House, a handsome hunting lodge with a royal history, or stroll around the shops and cafes in town.
Day 9:- Full day tour around the Ring of Kerry, one of a series of peninsulas stretching out into the Atlantic, carved 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. The coastal road threads its way through traditional towns and villages, flagged by a rugged seascape and glorious countryside.
Day 10:- From Killarney travel down to County Cork, with the chance to visit the legendary Blarney Castle before travelling to Wexford for your final overnight stay.
Day 11:- Catch the ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard and complete the journey home.