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Bulben, near Yeat's grave on the West Coast
Your Irish itinerary

Dates for Ireland:  September 25 - October 8, 2019
12 nights, 13 days all with full breakfasts and visits listed. Eight Dinners included.
12 - 14 guests maximum


Sept. 25 - Arrival Dublin Airport.  Shuttle to Hotel  (details coming). Pre Dinner get together followed by Dinner.

Sept 26 - After breakfast, we load the coach then up the road towards Belfast with a visit to the 5,000 year old passage tomb at Newgrange in the Boyne Valley followed by a stop at Monasterboice an early Celtic Church and round tower dating back to the 8th century. Lunch then into Belfast for three nights at the Hilton, Belfast. Dinner, Bed, Breakfast. (DBB)

Sept 27- 28 - During our time a visit to the brilliant Titanic exhibition built on the site of where the ill-fated ship was built and within sight of our hotel. A tour of this Capital of Northern Ireland as well as two day tickets on the Hop On - Hop off bus which tours all the highlights and allows you to stop off at any of the various sites and then get back on.  Much more on our full itinerary which will be on our web site in a day or so.

Sept 29 - After breakfast we head up the gorgeous Antrim Coast. On a clear day we'll see Scotland and discover the historic links between these two nations. Little fishing villages and magnificent scenery. And to add to this special day, a visit to the strange Giant's Causeway, a basalt rock formation that stretches into the sea. We finish our day at a marvellous small country hotel we discovered a few years ago,  The Brown Trout Inn for two nights. Dinner included.

Sept 30 - We explore this corner of the North checking out small towns, golf courses and our highlight of the day - a visit to Londonderry according to the British, or Derry according to the Irish. Back to the hotel for another great evening and Dinner.

October 1 - A day of adventure as we leave the North to drop in on the legendary town of Donegal with time to explore and have lunch before heading south down the West Coast of Ireland. Brilliant scenery, great history and a visit to the ruins of the Royal Tomb at Creevykeel. It is in the harbour of the nearby town of Mullaghmore that Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in his fishing boat by the IRA in 1979. Our day ends at the spectacular Glass House hotel
in Sligo. The hotel, shaped like a ship in harbour, sits on the Garavogue River in the heart of the city with marvellous city views. The hotel is right by the museum - and intriguing statue - of W.B. Yeats the famous Irish poet who was deeply involved in the early days of the IRA. We're here for two nights including Dinner tonight.

October 2 - Back up the road just a bit to the Slieve Mountains and Yeats gravesite which has become a bit of a pilgrimage for many. And then we explore by heading around the Lake Isle of Innisfree (remember Yeats poem, "I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree...". And then we visit a Plantation at Parke's Castle. Plantations was the name given to grants of land claimed from the native Irish, by either Elizabeth I or James VI.  This was the beginning of a very long and horrible part of Irish history. The plantation owners  were the English and Scots protestants who were given, with no legal authority, the land and the Irish catholics were driven off.  After our visit to the lakeside fortified home, it's back to Sligo and time to explore and perhaps a lovely walk alongside the Garavogue River.

October 3 - 4 - Down the road to the gorgeous county Clare and our 18th century manor house - the Old Ground Hotel - near the heart of the lovely town of Ennis for two nights. We will head over to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, one of Irelands great sites overlooking the Wild Atlantic as well as exploring the shocking Burren, mile after mile of barren hills. These were areas where people lived, scraped soil to plant potatoes and eke out a living of sorts. The Burren will leave a lasting impression.

October 5-6-7  - It's farewell to the West Coast as we head inland across the peat bogs which make up the centre of the nation towards our three night stay in Dublin. But on the way we'll be discovering the almost mystical love the Irish have for horses - especially race horses. Our highlight on the drive to Dublin is the Irish National Stud farm where some of the top race horses of the world are bred. A brillliant visit which also includes the Japanese Gardens on the site of the Stud. In Dublin we'll have a city tour as well as visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Book of Kells, a 4th century illustrated Gospel at Trinity College. While in the College we can also visit the Old Library - a wonderful example of what we all believe libraries should look like. Time also to see the Post Office where the 1916 uprising of the IRA took place and which is considered to place where the independent Ireland was formed. It's a fun city with tons of pedestrian areas, book stores, shops, bars and the National Museum which houses one of the best collections of Celtic Gold Jewellery in the world. We also have a arranged a totally free day for you to 'do' Dublin as you wish.

On October 8 we will arrange transportation to Dublin airport for those going home and we will also have arranged transport for those heading for Wales with us to head down to Dun Laoghaire for the ferry crossing to Holyhead in Wales.

Ireland Dates:  September 25 - October 8.
Price per person:  $4,995 Cdn; $3,900 U.S.
Single: - $795 Cdn; $625 U.S. 

A $500 deposit is due at time of booking. All our booking is done through Debora Green, Manager of Maritime Travel in Abbotsford, BC.Maritime is registered with the Registrar of Travel which means your money is protected. It's a system we have used for the past three or four years and it frees us to work on the tours without all the bookkeepping and accounting for the various bodies. If you are wanting air, travel insurance or any other advice, or to book call Debora toll free at 1-877-313-7344.