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CIE Tours 2017 - 9 Day Northern Welcome

3 & 4 Star Vacation - 8 Nights - 15 Meals
Overnights: 1 Kingscourt, 1 Belfast, 2 Derry, 2 Westport, 2 Dublin
From Dublin to Dublin
Tour Code #: IE-NWA-17-9D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $1,548

CIE Tour Highlights:

  • Cabra Castle Hotel Stay: Cabra Castle Hotel Stay Dating from 1760, this castle hotel is set in 88 acres of parkland with a 9-hole golf course. Well-appointed guest rooms, gourmet dining and gracious public rooms combine for a great stay.
  • Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner/Show: Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner/Show Enjoy the very best of fresh Irish food followed by entertainment with one of Ireland’s leading traditional Irish music groups, The Merry Ploughboys, and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
  • Titanic Belfast: Titanic Belfast Opened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconic ship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conception and construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.
  • Giant's Causeway: Giant's Causeway The Giant's Causeway, renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns, was created from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions. It is steeped in myth and legend, especially about the mighty giant, Finn McCool.Turf-Cutting Demonstration
  • Achill Island Tour: Achill Island Tour Achill is one of Ireland's most spectacular and beautiful places with dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. The imprint of past generations is everywhere on Achill, from megalithic tombs to ancient forts, historic churches to deserted villages

Hotels:

Superior & First Class

Cabra Castle Hotel: Kingscourt (1 night)
Europa Hotel: Belfast (1 night)
Maldron Hotel Derry: Derry (2 nights)
Clew Bay Hotel: Westport (2 nights)
Talbot Hotel Stillorgan: Dublin (2 nights)

CIE Tour Includes

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 8 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
    • Welcome dinner in Cabra Castle
    • Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    • 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Belfast with a local guide
  • The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre turf-cutting, tea and scones
  • Walking tours of Derry, Westport and Galway
  • Day tours to Inishowen Peninsula and Achill Island
  • Tour and tasting at Kilbeggan Distillery Experience
  • Tour of Dublin with visit to Glasnevin Museum
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office Museum
  • Visits and admissions to Down Cathedral, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory and Westport House
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Cabra Castle Hotel
Your first hotel on this tour is 50 miles from Dublin Airport so ensure that you have made appropriate transfer arrangements. Your delightful castle hotel is set in spacious grounds with a 9-hole golf course so that you may relax for the balance of the day. Play a round of golf, explore the castle and grounds or soak up the historic atmosphere. Your tour program starts at 6:00 pm in your hotel when you join your tour guide and fellow travelers for a welcome drink and dine in the hotel restaurant. (D)

Day 2: St. Patrick’s Country & Titanic Belfast
Admire the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains and peaceful coastline as you travel north to Down Cathedral. Tour the ancient cathedral and view the historical burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, marked by a huge boulder. Drive to Belfast to join a local guide for a tour of central Belfast to see prominent buildings, political murals and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction which will fill you in on information about this iconic liner. (B, D)

Day 3: Turf Cutting & Giant’s Causeway
Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This area is where many scenes from the “Game of Thrones” series were filmed. Visit The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The different rock formations have spawned a number of legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Continue to your hotel in Derry and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Derry's Walls & Inishowen Peninsula
Join a local guide for a short walk around Derry’s medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city center. Learn about the development of the settlement throughout the centuries and right up to today. Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, head to Banba's Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Savor a casual lunch in a cozy pub and learn about the connection between Buncrana and John Newton’s hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Return to Derry in time for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Donegal Castle & Belleek China
Travel through rugged countryside with magnificent scenery to Donegal town to tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain. Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory, founded in the 19th century to bring employment to the area. Belleek is renowned for its use of fine clay and you will see how the craftspeople shape and decorate the raw material to create the world-famous fine china. Drive through County Sligo and into County Mayo to your hotel in Westport. A local guide will escort you on a gentle walk through this historic and planned town center. (B, D)

Day 6: Achill Island Tour & Westport House
Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore see the Deserted Village and stop in Keel for a casual lunch. Return to Westport for a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. The evening is free so that you may take a stroll around the attractive town and choose one of the many fine restaurants to dine independently. (B, L)

Day 7: Galway, Tullamore Dew & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Drive south for a gentle walking tour around central Galway to see Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch. On Shop Street view the medieval Lynch’s Castle that gave the English language a new word. Then browse around on your own through narrow streets that are closed to traffic. Travel through the center of Ireland to visit Tullamore Dew, to see whiskey production and savor a tasting at the end of the tour. Drive to your hotel in Dublin and head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a lively traditional Irish show. (B, D)

Day 8: Dublin Sightseeing & Glasnevin Museum
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly-painted doors and the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Spend afternoon on an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one attraction. (B)

Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your program ends after breakfast. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner  >

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