Best Of Ireland 9 Day Tour

These tours are not set in stone and can be adjusted to your individual requirements. The aim of Exclusive Tours Ireland is provide you with the best possible experience on your visit to our country. Touring should be relaxed and unhurried at a pace that you wish to go, and not be stressful and boring. At the end of your holiday you want to have had an enjoyable experiance. Let Exclusive Tours Ireland look after your irish vacation and you will not be disappointed.

Day One:
Dublin to Belfast

Leaving Dublin after breakfast your tour takes you to Belfast, the Capital City of Northern Ireland. On route we visit the Boyne Valley region of County Meath. We visit Bru na Boinner ( Palace of the Boyne) the ancient megalithic passage tomb of Newgrange. This is one of the oldest known burial sites in Ireland and is older than Stonhenge and the pyramids in Egypt. We then visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne where a very important battle took place in 1690 bewtween Catholic King James II and his son in law King William III. This battle changed the course of Irish, English and European history and it is a good introduction to Irish political history.

After leaving the Boyne Valley we journey North to Belfast where you will visit the fantastic Titanic Experience, This is a newly opened museum dedicated to the great ship, built here in Belfast. You will then have your evening free after checking into your overnight accommodation.

Day Two:
Belfast to Derry

After checking out of hotel you will sample some of Belfasts political history, on a short guided tour of the city. We then drive along the Antrim coast before arriving at the Giants Causeway. The Causeway is mafe up of 40000 basalt columns formed after an ancient volcanic eruption. The columns look like stepping stones from land to sea. The area is a Unesco world Heritage site and is one of the greatest attractions in Ireland. After your visit to the causeway you will get to sample some of Irelands famous whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery before having lunch at the Bushmills Inn. We then travel on to Derry City for your overnight stay. While in Derry you can take a tour of the city walls and Tower Museum. Derry is the last remaining completely walled city in Ireland.

Day Three:
Derry to Mayo

After Breakfast we leave Derry and travel through the county of Donegal. Donegal is one the most rugged and unspoilt areas in Ireland. The coastline is weather beaten from the Atlantic Ocean and the scenery consists of dramatic cliffs and headlands. You will have time to walk around take photos along the route. As we drive further South we travel through Conty Sligo. SLigo is knows as Yeats Country because one of our best known poets WB Yeats spent a lot of time n this area. SLigo is dominated by limestone rock formations such as Benbulben and headland called Rosses Point. Rosses Point is flanked by wonderful golden beaches that seem to go on for miles. You will leave Sligo behind remembering its lakes, rivers, foreds and mountains. Your tour ends in Westpoint Co. Mayo where you will have the evening to relax.

Day Four:
This is a day that you can relax and enjot whatever you wish to do on your own. It is a free day and you can play golf, or enjoy the town of Westpoint with its wonderful attractions.

Day Five:
After breakfast we leave wonderful Westpoint and travel to Doolin in County Clare. This journey takes us touring through the counties of Galway and Clare. We will visit Kylemore Abbey, in Connemarra which is a lovely 19th Century neo Gothic mansion set in beautiful landscape.

We will continue through Connemarra and Galway, driving through wonderful villages and scenery before arriving at the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. These are amoung the highest sea cliffs in Europe and have spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean to the Aran Islands, situated a few miles off the coast. You will stay in the village of Doolin tongiht where you can enjoy traditional Irish music in one of the welcoming pubs.

Day Six:
Doolin to Killarney

Leaving Doolin we head through the seaside village of Lahinch before taking the short ferry ride to County Jerry. We then drive to Killarney situated on the famous Ring of Kerry. We visit the Gap of Dunloe where you can take a trip in a tradtional Jaunting car. You will spend two nights in Killarney.

Day Seven:
Today you will have a morning tour of the Ring of Kerry taking in some spectacular scenery and charming villages. You will have time to have lunch in one of the fine irish restuarants in the town of Kenmore (the gormet capital of Ireland) before returning to your accomodation. You will be free to relax for the evening.

Day Eight:
Killarney to Cork:

Leaving Killarney we travel through Kenmore and take the route to Cork around the Beora Penninsula. We pass through plenty of small villages and towns and areas of outstanding beauty. Our destination is Cork City where you will spend the evening. Cork is a wonderful city and is often reffered to as ” The real Capital of Ireland ” .

Day Nine:
Cork to Dublin:

The last day of your tour takes you back to Dublin. You will visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperrary. The “Rock” is very important in Irish history as it was the centre of religious and tribal power for more than one thousand years. It was the seat of power for the high kings of Munster in the 5th century and was an early Christian community 12th century. The well preserved ruins of the site are a must see attraction.

Leaving Cashel we will then make a stop at the city of Killkenny. You can take a walk through the marrow streets of this wonderful medieval city. Killkenny Castle stands proudly overlooking the city and a tour of the castle is highly reccomended. After leaving Killkenny you can sit back and relax on the journey to Dublin.

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