The Emerald Isle
Uncover Ireland's many charms on this intimate exploration of a country steeped in history and rich in culture.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
What a great overview of Ireland's political and religious history, its music, literature and arts. With the small group size, everyone is included in the lectures, activities and experiences. Wonderful adventure!”
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Hard to imagine a more rewarding experience.”
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4 Days/3 Nights
Spend four days and three nights exploring the beauty of the Antrim Coast, one of the most scenic in all of Ireland. Guided visits include the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage site, Bushmill’s Distillery, Titanic Belfast Museum, and an orientation tour of the lively capital city of Belfast.
Your tour price includes:
- Round-trip private motorcoach or van transportation Dublin/Belfast
- 3 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Belfast at Fitzwilliam Hotel (Deluxe); 1 night in Dublin at Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport (Superior First Class)
- 7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Sightseeing of Belfast, Antrim Coast (Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage site; Bushmill's Distillery; Carrick-a-rede Bridge), and Ard's Peninsula (Ulster Folk Museum)
- Services of a professional tour representative
- Gratuities for tour representatives, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters
The Fitzwilliam Hotel
Well-located in the heart of Belfast on Great Victoria Street, the 131-room Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast offers easy access to many cultural attractions including the Grand Opera House, the Ulster Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. This classic-style hotel, opened in 2009, boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as a bar, fitness center, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and elevators. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport
Adjacent to the Dublin airport with complimentary 24-hour shuttle service, the contemporary Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport offers a variety of amenities including a rooftop restaurant, bistro, bar, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and fitness center. The 100 air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.