This wonderful journey encompasses the highlights of both Éire and Northern Ireland, presenting a magnificent and comprehensive introduction to the ‘emerald isle’, taking in both the wonderful cities of Belfast and Dublin. There are sites of unique beauty to appreciate, from the unspoilt Ring of Kerry to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway.
7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Belfast City Airport. On arrival, we transfer to Hollywood, Belfast and Culloden Estate & Spa (5T), standing on wooded slopes overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline, where you will have time to unwind before dinner is served.
Day 2 Carrickfergus - Causeway Coastal Route
This morning, we depart on Northern Ireland’s most essential journey - the Causeway Coastal Route - alongside the glens of Antrim. The first stop is Carrickfergus Castle, one of Northern Ireland’s most striking medieval monuments. We continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Giant’s Causeway. This geological feat is an unforgettable force of nature; or maybe you will choose to believe the myth that this was the handiwork of a local ogre! We return to our hotel later this afternoon.
This morning we depart for our excursion to the Titanic Belfast Exhibition, where you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from its construction to the famous maiden voyage. We then bid farewell to Belfast and journey south, making a short stop in the county town of Sligo, before our visit to the Knock Shrine, a major pilgrimage site, attracting 500,000 catholic pilgrims each year. We later arrive at Hodson Bay Hotel (4T), situated on the shore of Lough Ree in Athlone, or Athlone Springs Hotel (4T), just outside the town.
Day 4 Cliffs of Moher - Cork
Today we depart for Cork. En route we will travel around Liscannor Bay where we encounter the rugged Cliffs of Moher rising some 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. This afternoon we arrive at the Rochestown Park Hotel (4T), a short drive from the centre of Cork and where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 5 Muckross House - Ring of Kerry
Today we make an early start for our excursion into Killarney National Park, where Ireland’s highest mountains sweep down to meet lake shores, and where we will visit the delightful Victorian Muckross House for a guided tour. Our journey continues on the Ring of Kerry. The 179-km route displays the raw natural beauty and spectacular scenery of Southern Ireland, a section of which we will experience on our travels today. We will return to our hotel late afternoon.
Day 6 Cork - Waterford - Dublin
This morning we depart Cork for Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, home to the famous crystal glass and Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Here we have free time to roam the riverside town, before travelling through the Wicklow Mountains to Dublin and the Trinity City Hotel (4T), where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 7 Dublin
Today we introduce you to the Republic of Ireland’s capital city. Our first stop is St Patrick’s Cathedral to wonder at the majestic presence of this famous landmark. We then stop at Trinity College and proceed through the grounds of this hallowed educational site to its famous library to view the lavishly decorated Book of Kells. Later we visit the Guinness Storehouse, located in St James’ Gate. This evening you are free to choose where to dine, so why not enjoy one of the many restaurants in Temple Bar and take in the atmosphere of this lively city.
Day 8 Dublin - London
We transfer to Dublin Airport for our direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.