Ok, we're still crossing the T's and dotting the I's, but this is the itinerary as it stands right now (8/2016). We want to build the best itinerary for our guests so changes may be made.
Note: Some hotel accommodations have chanced from our original post. We begin the tour at the Davenport Hotel in the heart of Dublin.
Day 1 Sunday 16 July 2017
- Morning arrival in Dublin Airport
- Transfer by taxi to Davenport Hotel
- 2:30pm Check in at Davenport Hotel
- Afternoon free in Dublin
- Welcome Dinner in Rustic Stone
- Overnight in Davenport Hotel
Day 2 Monday 17 July 2017
- Depart for Belfast City via Meath, Drogheda & Dundalk before crossing into Northern Ireland outside Newry
- Visit Titanic Belfast
- Afternoon guided tour of Belfast with specialized local step on Belfast City Guide to hear all about the history of this once troubled city and see the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. Belfast was the only city in Ireland to experience the full force of the Industrial revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
- Overnight in Europa Hotel.
Day 3 Tuesday 18 July 2017
- This morning we will depart for the historic fortified walled city of Derry. The city fortifications are among the best preserved in Europe and were completed in 1618 to defend the city from Gaelic chieftains in Donegal.
- Our route today will take you via the spectacular Antrim Coastal Route via the villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle and on to Bushmills.
- Visit Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in the world for a whiskey tasting. Its Grant to Distil was given in 1608 but it is believed that spirit was probably made here 200 years before that !!!
- Continue west to Derry / Londonderry
- Overnight in Redcastle Hotel Derry
Day 4 Wednesday 19 July 2017
- Free day to do whatever group decide and the coach and driver-guide will be fully available for this.
- Suggestions: / Inishowen Peninsula / Walking Tour of Derry City Walls / Giant's Causeway / Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge / Dunluce Castle / Glenveagh National Park and Castle /
- Overnight in Redcastle Hotel Derry (4 star city centre hotel)
Day 5 Thursday 20 July 2017
- All Group Depart for Enniskillen via Donegal
- Meet our local guide for a tour high light - the Slieve League are the highest marine cliffs in Europe. In order to see this spectacular peak to its fullest extent, transport is arranged to the eastern end of the hills, where you can see the whole of Slieve League, its sheer cliffs rising dramatically out of the ocean. This walk must rate as the most dramatic and beautiful walk in the whole of Ireland and people return again and again to Glencolmcille to enjoy it once more.
- Grade: Moderate. Time: 3 Hours. Distance: 10 Kms (**Can be shortened or lengthened **)
- (Please note that this is a cliff walk and not advisable for those who suffer from Vertigo. It requires sturdy footwear & a rain jacket)
- Continue east via Donegal town and along the shores of Lough Erne to Enniskillen
- Overnight in Westville Hotel
Day 6 Friday 21 July 2017
- Free day to do whatever group decide and the coach and driver-guide will be fully
- available for this.
- Suggestions: / Cruise on Lough Erne including Devenish Island / Enniskillen Castle / Marble Arch Caves / Florence Court /
- Overnight in Westville Hotel
Day 7 Saturday 22 July 2017
- Travel to Armagh City where St Patrick founded his first See in AD 443.
- Morning visit to a Brambly Apple Farm
- Note: PGI stands for Protected Geographical Indication and is awarded by the EU Protected Food Name Scheme. This designation is given to foods that are recognized as being original and unique to a specific geographical region. This is a very important distinction as it protects the name, production and marketing of the product. The Armagh Bramley apple joins the ranks of the Comber Potato, Waterford Blaah, Connemara Lamb and Clare Island Salmon to achieve PGI status is Ireland.
- Co Armagh is fondly known as the Orchard of Ireland. And rightly so, as it produces 35 million apples annually! The region has a very long relationship with this ancient fruit. St. Patrick is said to have planted the first apple tree at the ancient settlement of Ceangoba in Armagh. And archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved apple tree over 3,000 years old at a site close to Armagh City. According to official records, the first Bramley apple seedlings were introduced to Co Armagh in 1884 after Mr CJ Nicholson purchased them from a grower in Nottingham.
- The Bramley apple is known as a cooking apple as opposed to an eating apple. If you've made an apple pie or apple sauce to go with pork, you have probably used Bramley apples for the recipe. What makes the Armagh Bramley apple distinct from other Bramley apples is that due to the temperate climate, the apples have a consistently firm, crisp texture and tart flavor. So when you cook with the apples, they retain their 'appley' flavor and don't become bland and lacklustre. Brambley has a long storage life
- Afternoon walking tour of Armagh City with local specialized guide including visits to St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral & St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral with it’s 11th century High Cross and the bones of Brian Boru, the High King of Munster who defeated the Viking armies in AD 1014.
- Return south to Dublin
- Overnight in Wynn's Hotel (3 star city centre hotel)
Day 8 Sunday 23 July 2017
- Transfer to Dublin Airport
- Check in (*** 3 Hours Advised ***)
- Depart on return flight home
Tour itinerary is subject to change.