History, Politics & Culture

Irish History, Politics & Culture Tour

2 weeks | € 2,699

 

Our Irish History, Politics and Culture tour brings you on an immersive guided tour of Ireland. You will travel across the length and breath of Ireland, North & South, on a luxury private coach with your tour director and fellow travelers. You will be brought on an experiential journey through Irish history, politics and culture, both modern and old, visiting key historic location and witnessing amazing scenery along the way.

 

ITINERARY
Day 1: Dublin

Fly to Ireland, arriving in Dublin. Meet up with your tour director at Dublin Airport and transfer to hotel located at the heart of Dublin city centre. To beat the jet lag, we will have a little welcome reception after check in and short localisation walking tour, followed by a light early dinner. We’ll hit they hay early to re charge the batteries!

 

Day 2: Dublin

You will be taken on a walking tour of Dublin city with a local guide and visit some of the historic buildings and museums. Our guide will bring you on a journey through Dublin’s long history.

This tour will include:
  • Dublinia historical recreation museum focusing on the Viking and Medieval history of the city
  • Christ Church Cathedral founded sometime after 1028 by King Sitric Silkenbeard
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral founded in 1191
  • Dublin Castle dating to the 13th century
  • Trinity College, the prestigious university founded in 1592 & home of 1,200-year-old Book of Kells
  • National Museum of Ireland which explores Irish heritage and culture

 

Day 3: Dublin

You will be taken on a guided bus tour of Dublin, focusing on the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s volatile relationship with the British Empire. You will be taken on a journey through the key pinch points in the running street battle that took place for the capital city in 1916. You will learn about previous peaceful political efforts for Irish freedom and civil rights. You will also learn about British Empire rule in Ireland, visiting the seat of the crown in Ireland for nearly 800 years.

This tour will include:
  • Government Buildings
  • Mount Street
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
  • St. Stephens Green
  • GPO
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Malahide Castle

 

Day 4: Belfast

You will journey up to Northern Ireland along the East coast to the ancient city of Belfast. Along the way you will stop off at Newgrange Neolithic Tomb where you will learn about Ireland’s ancient Celtic history and also stop at Boyne Valley a key battle ground significant in British Empire rule of Ireland. Check in to a chic Victorian town-house hotel, only minutes from Belfast city centre and enjoy a welcome dinner.

 

Day 5: Belfast

You will be taken on a tour of Belfast city and Antrim’s country side, visiting some of the historic buildings and museums along the way. Our guide will bring you on a journey through Belfast’s long history.

This tour will include:
  • Stormont Northern Assembly Buildings
  • Titanic Museum
  • St Annes Cathedral
  • Belfast Castle
  • Queens University
  • The Giant’s Ring, a 5,000-year-old henge
  • Giants Causeway

 

Day 6: Galway

In the morning you will be taken on the famous Black Cab Tour of Belfast with a local tour guide. This tour focuses on the Troubles in Belfast and will take you to key flash points during the Troubles and to see the famous mural paintings. In the afternoon you will journey back South to the Republic of Ireland to the history city of Galway. Along the way you will stop off at the monastery of Clonmacnoise founded in 544 is situated on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Enjoy a welcome dinner in Galway along with Irish fairy tales reading and some live trad music in Salthill.

 

Day 7: Galway

Guided tour of Connemara west of Galway to see some of the most beautiful rugged terrain Ireland has to offer. Along the journey we will learn about the regions history and culture, stopping off at a traditional thatch cottage museum to learn about the people’s lives, Pirates, the Famine and British rule.

This tour will include:
  • Kylemore Abby
  • Ballynahinch Castle
  • Connemara Museum
  • Quiet Man Bridge
  • Moycullen
  • Roundstone
Day 8:

Travel back to Connemara to catch a ferry to Inis Mór, one of the 3 Aran Islands west of Galway Bay in the Atlantic Ocean.  The island of Inis Mór, meaning the big island, has over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.  You will learn about the Islands unique culture and life while taking in its unique landscape with much to see and explore. We will return to Galway for an evening tour of the city and a farewell dinner and Irish dancing and live Irish music.

 

Day 9: Clare & Kerry

We will head south from Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way to Clare. We will be stopping off in the Burren, Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher to take in the wonderful scenery and having lunch in the famous surf town Lahinch. Next travel on to the beautiful town of Killarney in Co. Kerry.

 

Day 10: Kerry

Guided tour of the Dingle Peninsula to visit Dingle town via Connor Pass and to the Blasket Island Centre, to learn about the unique World Heritage site of Skellig Michael who’s unique natural appearance with manmade monastery appear in the new Star Wars Films.

 

Day 11: Kerry

Guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, an essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore of Dingle Bay, Kenmare Bay, Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem. Returning to Killarney via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

 

Day 12: Kilkenny

We will travel across the country to Kilkenny, stopping off at Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and the Rock of Cashel before visiting Kilkenny Castle and enjoying a welcome dinner in Kilkenny Town.

 

Day 13: Wicklow & Dublin

Leave Kilkenny early morning headed for Dublin. On route we will stop off at Glendalough Valley, located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. We will visit world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower dating to 600 AD and learn about the ancestors who opposed Vikings, Normans and the British Empire for 100’s of years. There are many charming walk along the scenic lakes and valley which we will have plenty of time to explore. In the afternoon we will travel back to Dublin for our final farewell dinner.

 

Day 14: Home

After our last Irish Breakfast together, you will head for Dublin Airport to travel home or on to your next destination!