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8-Night Northern Welcome Tour

Price: From $2,099 Per Person
8 Nights

Explore stunning Northern Ireland in depth on this 8 night tour from Authentic Ireland partner, CIE Tours. Begin with a stay at wonderful Cabra Castle in Southern Ireland, before crossing the border to overnights in vibrant Belfast and historic Derry City. Cross the border once again to complete your tour in Southern Ireland, with stays in charming Westport and bustling Dublin City. Tours and visits include Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Westport House and Kilbeggan Distillery Experience and much, much more!

If you need some guidance while planning your vacation or have some questions related to any of our tours of Ireland, consult our team of dedicated travel specialists who are also Ireland experts.  Simply click Get Quote Now to connect. 

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 1-night in an Authentic Irish Castle
  • 5-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 2-nights of 3-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Cabra Castle
  • Tea & Scones at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Lunch at a Buncrana, County Donegal Pub
  • Lunch in Keel on Achill Island
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • 4 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Overnight Stay at Delightful Cabra Castle
  • Scenic Tours of The Glens of Antrim, Inishowen Peninsula & Achill Island
  • Belleek Pottery Factory Visit
  • Turf-Cutting Demonstration at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Tour & Tasting at The Kilbeggan Whiskey Experience
  • Panoramic Driving Tours of Belfast & Dublin Cities
  • Walking Tours of Derry, Westport & Galway with Local Guides
  • Independent Open-Top Double-Decker Bus Tour of Dublin

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Down Cathedral
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Westport House
  • Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (GPO)

Kingscourt (NW), County Cavan

Arrive at

Dublin Arrival (CIE), County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Cabra Castle - Kingscourt (NW), County Cavan

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kingscourt (NW18), County Cavan

Day 1: DUBLIN ARRIVAL & CABRA CASTLE HOTEL
Your tour begins at Cabra Castle Hotel, 50 miles from Dublin Airport, so ensure you have made appropriate transfer arrangements. Cabra Castle Hotel is set on spacious grounds with a 9-hole golf course. Your tour starts at 2:00 pm in the hotel when you join your tour guide and fellow travellers for afternoon tea. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and dine in the hotel restaurant.


Belfast (NW), County Antrim

Accommodation

Europa Hotel - Belfast (NW), County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (NW), County Antrim

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. 


Derry (NW), County Derry

Accommodation

Maldron Hotel Derry - Derry (NW), County Derry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Derry (NW), County Derry

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. 


Derry (NW), County Derry

Accommodation

Maldron Hotel Derry - Derry (NW), County Derry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Derry (NW18), County Derry

Day 4: INISHOWEN PENINSULA & DERRY'S WALLS
Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, to Banba's Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Enjoy tea and scones with your fellow travellers at the Seaview Tavern before continuing towards Buncrana. Upon returning to Derry, 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. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant for dinner.


Westport (NW), County Mayo

Accommodation

Clew Bay Hotel - Westport (NW), County Mayo

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (NW), County Mayo

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.


Westport (NW), County Mayo

Accommodation

Clew Bay Hotel - Westport (NW), County Mayo

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport 2 (NW), County Mayo

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.


Dublin (NW), County Dublin

Accommodation

Talbot Hotel - Dublin (NW), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (NW), County Dublin

Galway & Clonmacnoise:
Enjoy 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, once home to Galway’s most powerful family. Then browse on your own through narrow streets that are closed to traffic. Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of the River Shannon. Head to Dublin, where you'll visit the Merry Ploughboy for dinner and traditional entertainment followed by an Irish coffee. 


Dublin (NW), County Dublin

Accommodation

Talbot Hotel - Dublin (NW), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (NW2), County Dublin

Glasnevin Cemetery 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 Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, a who’s who of modern Irish history. Spend afternoon on an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.


Depart From

Dublin Departure (CIE), County Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport.  After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


LOW SEASON
Jan-Mar | Nov-Dec '19
From $2,099
MID SEASON
Apr-May | Sep-Oct '19
From $2,279
HIGH SEASON
June - Aug '19
From $2,399

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 1-night in an Authentic Irish Castle
  • 5-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 2-nights of 3-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Cabra Castle
  • Tea & Scones at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Lunch at a Buncrana, County Donegal Pub
  • Lunch in Keel on Achill Island
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • 4 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Overnight Stay at Delightful Cabra Castle
  • Scenic Tours of The Glens of Antrim, Inishowen Peninsula & Achill Island
  • Belleek Pottery Factory Visit
  • Turf-Cutting Demonstration at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Tour & Tasting at The Kilbeggan Whiskey Experience
  • Panoramic Driving Tours of Belfast & Dublin Cities
  • Walking Tours of Derry, Westport & Galway with Local Guides
  • Independent Open-Top Double-Decker Bus Tour of Dublin

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Down Cathedral
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Westport House
  • Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (GPO)

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Amazing!!"

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

Ireland

Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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