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7-Night Secrets of the North

Price: From $898 per person, a 30% savings! Must travel by December 19.
7 Nights

Expand your horizons, venture off-the-beaten path, and explore the many hidden wonders of Ireland’s historic northern shores, with this most unique of Ireland vacations, the seven-night Secrets of the North tour from Authentic Vacations.

Your journey begins in County Leitrim, where you will relax and unwind in luxurious surrounds at the three-hundred acre Victorian-era Lough Rynn Castle Estate. A great base from which to explore the myriad attractions of nearby counties Meath, Roscommon and Fermanagh, from Lough Rynn you will journey to the Norman-era castles of Roscommon and Trim, while also enjoying a sightseeing trip to the impressive megalithic monuments of the Boyne Valley. Included in your itinerary is a visit to famous Belleek Pottery, along with an otherworldly subterranean tour of the spectacular Marble Arch Caves at Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

From the lush landscapes of Leitrim to the historic walled city of Derry, where you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, before learning of Derry’s troubled history at the Museum of Free Derry. Finish your day in style with a slap-up meal and interactive Beer Masterclass at the award-winning Walled City Brewery.

On to County Antrim and its famous Causeway Coast, highlights of which include the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle, a medieval castle that is as famous for its starring role in HBO’s Game of Thrones, as it is for its precarious clifftop location. En route to Belfast, make a pit-stop at the village of Bushmills for an Old Bushmills Distillery Tour and whiskey-tasting, or venture to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, for a truly hair-raising experience.

Your final port of call is the city of Belfast, where you will take in the sights, including the Belfast Peace Walls, before finishing with a trip to Titanic Belfast, named ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the 2016 World Travel Awards.

Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 Nights at an Authentic Castle
  • 3 Nights on a Charming Country Estate
  • 1 Night in a Luxurious Manor

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning

INCLUDED AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

  • Discover an underworld of rivers and waterfalls at the Marble Arch Caves  (seasonal Mar - Oct)
  • Meet the Craftspeople with a visit to Belleek Pottery
  • Join a locally led walking tour of Derry City - discover its role in history
  • Drive the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route
  • Visit the Giants Causeway - an icon of the North
  • Explore the world’s largest Titanic Experience in Belfast

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Boyne Valley
  • Marble Arch Caves
  • Ireland’s Lake District
  • Strokestown Famine Museum
  • Roscommon Castle
  • Boyle Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery Center
  • Walled City of Derry
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Giants Causeway
  • Belfast City
  • Titanic Experience Belfast

Mohill, County Leitrim

Arrive at

Arrive at Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight if you are coming from the U.S. or Canada.

Dublin is Ireland's main airport - located just north of Dublin City.
If you are heading downtown, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
There are 2 terminals at Dublin Airport, the second of which opened to air traffic in November 2010.
Most flights from the U.S. (on Aer Lingus, Delta, United, US Airways & American Airlines) arrive into Terminal 2.


Accommodation

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - Mohill, County Leitrim

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Trim Castle, County Meath

On the map: Located in Trim, County Meath, Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & easily one of the most impressive Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland.

Trim get its name from the Irish áth Truim, meaning ‘The Ford of the Elder Trees', indicating that this was once an important fording point on the River Boyne. In 1172, shortly after the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland, King Henry II granted Hugh de Lacy the Kingdom of Meath, along with custody of Dublin. For strategic reasons, de Lacy decided to make Trim, rather than Drogheda, the centre of his newly acquired lordship. The castle was converted from a ringfort into a wooden castle. The castle was seen as a threat by the Gaelic Irish and in 1174 it was destroyed by Rory O'Connor, King of Connacht. The following year work began on a more permanent stone replacement and over the following decades, Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter constructed the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe. Most of the castle visible today was completed by 1220.


Enroute Sightseeing

Boyne Valley, County Meath

On the Map: The Boyne Valley is a fairly large region located in the east of Ireland in County Meath. Only 30 minutes/ 20km north of Dublin City, the Boyne Valley is accessed via the N2 or N3 roads heading northwest from the city.

The Boyne Valley contains the largest and most decorated megalithic sites in all of Ireland and has been described as "the largest and most important expression of prehistoric megalithic art in Europe". The large Megalithic sites were built over 5000 years ago between 3800 and 3200 BC, built before both Stonehenge in England and the great pyramids in Egypt. Within a three square mile radius in the Boyne Valley are grouped more than 30 prehistoric monuments including the great passage tombs and their satellite structures, standing stones, barrows and other enclosures. The great sites of the Boyne Valley include Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Loughcrew, Fourknocks and the Hill of Tara. Neolithic communities built these sites over earlier sacred spots and it is suspected that they were used for a combination of different purposes, including use as burial tombs, sacred temples and astronomical observatories. The nearby towns of Trim, Slane and Navan make ideal bases from which to explore the area.


Overnight Location

Mohill, County Leitrim

On the Map: Mohill is located in County Leitrim in the northwest of Ireland. From the main N4/M4 road connecting Sligo town (to the northwest) & Dublin City (to the southeast), Mohill is accessed via the R202, which intersects with the N4 just south of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Leitrim's name derives from the Irish Liath Druim, meaning "grey ridge."  In ancient times Leitrim formed the western half of the Kingdom of Breifne. The Kingdom of Bréifne (also Breffny, Brefnie, Brenny) was the traditional territory for an early Irish tribal group known as the Uí Briúin Bréifne. The Bréifne territory included the modern Irish counties of Leitrim and Cavan, along with parts of County Sligo.  Breifne means hilly in Irish, a description which describes the topography of this part of Ireland. It is also believed to mean a place of great beauty. Leitrim has a dramatic hilly and mountainous landscape in its northwest and is relatively flat in the southeast, each separated from the other by Lough Allen in the middle of the county. It is an unspoiled, peaceful land of great natural beauty, consisting of lofty mountains, deep valleys, pastures, lakes, rolling hills and rivers. Leitrim is not a landlocked county as it has a short length of Atlantic coastline (5km) between Sligo and Donegal in the northwest.


Mohill, County Leitrim

Accommodation

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - Mohill, County Leitrim

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Marble Arch Caves Tour

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Visitors to the Marble Arch Caves can experience a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers, while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. Tour groups depart the visitor centre throughout the day, in the care of one of an enthusiastic and interesting tour guide. The tour consists of a short walk down through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve, a relaxing 10 minute underground boat journey and a pleasant stroll of approximately 1 mile through the showcave. There are a few sets of steps to negotiate within the showcave system and 150 steps to exit the cave. Your tour guide will pause along the way to give a fun, interesting and educational commentary suitable for all age groups to engage with and enjoy. The guided tour lasts 75 minutes, however please note that in the event of heavy or persistent rain the length of tour may be changed and the boat ride unavailable due to water levels in the cave.


Must-See Sites

Florence Court House & Gardens, County Fermanagh

Florence Court House & Gardens, County Fermanagh is one of Ulster's most important 18th Century houses. It was home to the Cole family who were Earls of Enniskillen, and features exquisite rococo plasterwork and a fine Irish furniture collection.This is one of the most important houses in the northwest. The original house was built by Sir John Cole for his wife Florence in the early 18th Century. The present Palladian style house was probably built by his son with the arcades and pavilions added in the late 18th Century. The upper floors of the house were destroyed by fire in the 1950's. Many original items of furniture, previously sold, have been re-acquired and returned. The grounds offer plenty to explore, including a working waterpowered sawmill, ice house, walled garden and the thatched Heather House. There are many glorious walks to enjoy, as well as fine vistas and play areas in the outstanding grounds. There is even a charming walled garden. Have a look at the famous Florence Court Yew reputedly the "parent" of all Irish yew trees. You can enjoy home cooked food in the Tearooms or browse for gifts in the Gift Shop.


Crom Estate, County Fermanagh

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas. Wild deer, pine marten (who are a member of the weasel family) and many rare species including butterflies can all be found on the estate. Also inhabiting the surrounding area are all eight species of native bats and an outstanding array of rare lichens. The 2,000 acre demesne contains ancient woodland, tranquil islands, estate cottages and Old Crom Castle, all linked by the breathtakingly beautiful landscape designed by W.S.Gilpin in the 19th century. Enjoy an inspirational walk through the woodland and along the nature trails, where you can also enjoy spectacular views along the Kingfisher Cycle Trail. If you are enjoying a boating holiday along the Shannon-Erne Waterway there is even a jetty for boats to stop at. For the fishing enthusiasts there is an opportunity to partake in coarse angling and pike fishing.


Mohill, County Leitrim

Accommodation

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - Mohill, County Leitrim

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Must-See Sites

Boyle Abbey, County Roscommon

On the Map: Boyle is located in County Roscommon in the northwest of Ireland. The N61 road passes through town, just south of where it intersects with the major N4/M4 road that connects the cities of Dublin (to the east) and Sligo (to the north).

The famous Abbey at Boyle was the first successful foundation in Connacht of the Cistercian order of monks, which had opened its first Irish house at Mellifont, County Louth, in 1142. Though mutilated during the 16th & 17th centuries, when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey is nevertheless a very well preserved monastery. Dominated by a squat square tower dating from the 13th century, the Abbey has certainly retained its ability to impress visitors. The Abbey design was influenced by styles from Burgundy, from where Cistercians came to Ireland. The decorated corbels and capitals were likely carved by local masons, some of them members of the so called ‘School of the West’. This same School is responsible for creating some of the most inventive architectural sculpture of the 13th century in Ireland's west. A restored gatehouse dating from the 16th & 17th centuries houses an exhibition.


Roscommon Castle, County Roscommon

On The Map: Roscommon Castle is located just north of Roscommon Town, in the midlands of Ireland.

Roscommon Castle is a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle. It was constructed in 1269 by Robert de Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland, on lands he had seized from the Augustinian Priory. And so began a centuries-long tumultuous & war-torn existence. It  was besieged by the Connacht King Aodh O'Connor in 1272, but eight years later it was once again in the hands of the English garrison, and fully restored. By 1340 the O'Connors had finally gained possession of the castle - a tenure they would hold for more than two centuries until 1569, when it fell into the hands of Sir Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy. In 1641 the Parliamentarian faction gained it until Confederate Catholics under Preston captured it in 1645. It only remained in Irish hands until 1652 however, when it was partially blown up by Cromwellian "Ironsides" who then had all the fortifications dismantled. It was finally burned down in 1690 and thereafter gradually fell into decay. 


Strokestown Park Famine Museum, County Roscommon

Strokestown Park is a unique visitor attraction in Strokestown. Co Roscommon in The West of Ireland comprising of Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, which can be seen daily by guided tour. The House was the family home of the Packenham Mahon family and is built on the site of the 16th century castle, home of The O Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftains.  The Landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated in November 1847 at the height of The Great Famine of Ireland and it is fitting that The Irish National Famine Museum was established at Strokestown Park in 1994 using the unique original documents which came to light during the restoration of The House .The six acre walled pleasure gardens have been restored to their original splendour and give an insight into horticultural design and architecture from the 1740’s to the present day. Henry Packenham was an avid gardener and travelled extensively, gathering plants and seeds from around the world. Many of these exotic plant specimens can be seen growing in the walled gardens today. The walled gardens include features such as the herbaceous border, the fernery, the lilly pond, the Victorian rose garden, pergola, peach house, vinery, fruit and vegetable garden and herb garden to name but a few.


Derry, County Derry

Accommodation

Beech Hill Country House Hotel - Derry, County Derry

Manor
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Belleek Pottery Tour

Belleek, County Fermanagh

When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Nestling on the banks of the River Erne this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china and also to one of Irelands top visitor attractions. The building which, up until 1988, was used to produce Belleek has since been refurbished internally and features a museum, tearoom, video theatre and showroom. On your tour, you'll experience the life and times of Ireland's oldest pottery.  Watch closely and see how the techniques developed over 158 years are still being used today, producing some of the most sought after gift and tableware in the world.


Enroute Sightseeing

Donegal Castle, County Donegal

Built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. Limited access for people with disabilities to the ground floor.


Enroute Sightseeing

Donegal, County Donegal

On the Map: Donegal town is located in County Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. The N15 road connecting the cities of Sligo (to the southwest) and Derry (to the northwest) passes-by just east of the town.

Donegal Town is famous for being the former home to the O'Donnell Clan, who played a pivotal role in Irish history. From the 15th to the 17th century, they provided the main opposition to the colonisation of Ireland by England. The town itself contains Donegal castle, on the banks of the River Eske and the remains of a Franciscan abbey which dates back to the 15th century on the Southern shore of the Bay. The Annals of the Four Masters are traditionally thought to have been started in the abbey in the early 17th century. The story of Red Hugh O'Donnell, Lord of Tyrconnell, was the inspiration behind many books and films, not least, Disney's The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966).


Overnight Location

Derry, County Derry

On the Map: Derry City is located close to the northern coast in Northern Ireland. Derry is accessed via the N15/N13 from Donegal (to the southwest) and the A6 from Belfast (to the southeast).

The story of Derry is a long and tumultuous one. Set on a hill on the banks of the Foyle estuary, strategically close to the open sea, it came under siege and attack for over a thousand years. You can walk along the great 17th-century walls, about a mile round and 18 feet thick, which withstood several sieges and even today are unbroken and complete, with old cannon still pointing their black noses over the ramparts. The great siege lasted for 105 days. Today, there’s an atmosphere of optimism in Derry and the city buzzes with life. It’s an artistic city, with theatres, galleries and other cultural centres and a number of annual festivals. Its people, with their gentle accent, are very welcoming.


Derry, County Derry

Accommodation

Beech Hill Country House Hotel - Derry, County Derry

Manor
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Walking Tour of Derry City

Derry, County Derry

The City of Derry is Ireland's only remaining walled city, and offers 1500 years of social, cultural and religious history. Derry was initially a monastic settlement, which became a plantation town and in later years it was a center port for emigration to America, Australia, England and Scotland. Derry is still making history as the opposing communities continue to work together towards a lasting settlement of disagreements. Your expert guide will recount stories of Irish emigration to America and local Irish history.  Your Guide boasts a wealth of knowledge on these subjects and much more - a walking tour that is certainly not to be missed!


Must-See Sites

The Museum of Free Derry, County Derry

The Museum of Free Derry is a museum located in Derry, Northern Ireland that focuses on the 1960s civil rights era known as The Troubles and the Free Derry Irish nationalist movement in the early 1970s. Located in the Bogside district, the museum's exhibits include photographs, posters, film footage, letters and personal artifacts.


Walled City Brewery , County Derry

The Walled City Brewery is a multi-award winning restaurant and brewhouse based in Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry.

By having a fully operating brewery and accompanying restaurant in the same building, It is the first of it’s kind in the country.

The ethos behind the business is to provide both locals and tourists a “Taste of the North West” through crafting local, authentic, premium quality, flavoursome beer and food


Derry, County Derry

Accommodation

Beech Hill Country House Hotel - Derry, County Derry

Manor
Room Type: Double/Twin (3 night)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Giant's Causeway

Bushmills, County Antrim

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Why not experience the Giant's Causeway for yourself? Visit the world-famous basalt columns with one of our knowledgeable tour guides (for a small additional fee paid on-site), or pick up an audio guide and go at your own pace. Climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the cliff-top trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of our award-winning visitor centre, which also boasts a café serving a seasonal menu, and retail zone where you can pick up locally sourced souvenirs and handicrafts.


Must-See Sites

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

On The Map: Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is located near the small town of Ballintoy, in County Antrim Northern Ireland. The rope bridge connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick in the northeast corner of Northern Ireland.

Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep is the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, it's construction once consisted of a single rope hand rail and widely spaced slats which the fishermen would traverse across with salmon caught off the island to which it leads. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand railed bridge, and the current, caged bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter of 2000 as a further safety measure. Although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old or new bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat, so not an activity for the faint-hearted!


Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

On The Map: Dunluce Castle is located on the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The town is accessed via the A2 road that connects the towns of Portrush to the west & Bushmills to the east.

Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. One could spend hours marvelling at such a wondrous feat of construction 500 years ago! Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built, and its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. The Castle has a rich and varied history, connected with such famous names as Richard de Burgh, Sorley Boy MacDonnell, and Sir John Perrott. Dunluce Village which once surrounded the castle was destroyed by fire during the siege of 1641, but some archaelogical remnants of walls remain. Also nearby are the ancient church ruins of St. Cuthbert's, and the site was witness to the sinking of the colony ship the Exmouth, bound for Quebec, which broke up on rocks off Islay with 240 deaths in 1847. The site features a visitor centre, shop and guided tours of the ruins, gardens and remnants of the town. As if all that were not enough, Dunluce has become even more alluring to visitors in recent years, since starring in HBO's Game of Thrones. The castle was the perfect location for bleak Pyke of House Greyjoy on the Iron Islands.


Leixlip, County Kildare

Accommodation

Leixlip Manor - Leixlip, County Kildare

Manor
Room Type: Courtyard Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 2 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM 


Included Experiences

Titanic Experience Belfast

Belfast, County Antrim

Visit the birthplace of the Titanic and experience the story. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher anytime today!


Enroute Sightseeing

Belfast City Hall, County Antrim

On The Map: City Hall is located on Donegall Square, in the very heart of Belfast.

Featuring towers at each of the four corners, with a lantern-crowned 173 ft copper dome in the centre, City Hall dominates Belfast's skyline. Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast's rapid expansion and thriving linen, rope-making, shipbuilding and engineering industries. Construction began in 1898, and was completed in 1906 at a cost of £369,000. The exterior is built mainly from Portland stone and is in the Baroque Revival style. The interior has a number of notable features including The Porte-Cochère and Grand Entrance, The Grand Staircase, The Reception Room and The Great Hall. The gardens surrounding the City Hall are a popular summer lunch spot, and various statues adorn the grounds. These include a granite column dedicated to the American Expeditionary Force, many of whom were based in Belfast prior to D-Day in 1944. Interesting and informattive public tours of City Hall are available Monday thru Saturday. Led by experienced guides, tours last one hour and are free!


Enroute Sightseeing

Belfast Peace Walls, County Antrim

The peace lines or peace walls are a series of separation barriers in Northern Ireland that separate predominantly Republican and Nationalist Catholic neighbourhoods from predominantly Loyalist and Unionist Protestant neighbourhoods.  These relics of "The Troubles" are being demolished. The process started in 2016 and is expected to be complete by 2023. Most of the Peace Walls are in Belfast.


Enroute Sightseeing

Belfast, County Antrim

On The Map: Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is located in the northeastern corner of the country in County Antrim. Belfast is well served by a network of good roads, including the M1 motorway from Dublin City.

Approximately one third of the population of Northern Ireland - about half a million people - live in Belfast. It's setting is very attractive, nestling in a semicircle of hills, where the River Langan enters Belfast Lough. The city got it's name from Beile Feirst  "the mouth of the sandy ford" - and was founded in 1177 when the Anglo-Normans built a castle here. It began to really expand in the 17th century with the development of the local linen and shipbuilding industries (the Titanic was built here).  Sights to see in Belfast City, the Belfast City Hall, built of Portland stone in Classical Renaissance style, dominates the city center.  The Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788 is an absolute delight, a cultural centre with exhibitions, a Theater & Performing Arts Archive and a Genealogy and Heraldry collection. Away from the city center you have the Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens, near Queens University which has miles of galleries and exhibitions. This lively and friendly city, with historic buildings standing side-by-side with modern creations is a delight not to be missed.


Overnight Location

Leixlip, County Kildare

On the map: The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid-1940s.

After the Vikings, the Normans arrived and built a Castle overlooking the two rivers in 1132 known as Leixlip Castle. In 1732, the nephew of Speaker Connolly, William Connolly, bought the castle, and in the same year, Arthur Guinness began a small brewery on the banks of the Liffey beside the Main Street. The brewery moved to St. James’s Gate, Dublin in 1759 and has become one of the best- known global brands.

Thomas Connolly’s wife, Lady Louise, was responsible for the building of The Obelisk between Leixlip & Celbridge known as Connolly’s Folly, in 1740 and the Wonderful Barn, built in 1743.


Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!


LOW SEASON
Oct - Dec
From $898 per person
MID SEASON
Apr - May | September
From $1,198 per person
HIGH SEASON
June - August
From $1,298 per person

 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 Nights at an Authentic Castle
  • 3 Nights on a Charming Country Estate
  • 1 Night in a Luxurious Manor

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning

INCLUDED AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

  • Discover an underworld of rivers and waterfalls at the Marble Arch Caves  (seasonal Mar - Oct)
  • Meet the Craftspeople with a visit to Belleek Pottery
  • Join a locally led walking tour of Derry City - discover its role in history
  • Drive the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route
  • Visit the Giants Causeway - an icon of the North
  • Explore the world’s largest Titanic Experience in Belfast

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Boyne Valley
  • Marble Arch Caves
  • Ireland’s Lake District
  • Strokestown Famine Museum
  • Roscommon Castle
  • Boyle Abbey
  • Belleek Pottery Center
  • Walled City of Derry
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Giants Causeway
  • Belfast City
  • Titanic Experience Belfast
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • 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.

“Last Minute Trip”

Jul 17, 2019 by Dylan. Your Hometown: Nashville

I had a last-minute work trip that I added a vacation too. Authentic Vacations were quick and found me exactly what I needed. They worked within my budget and it was seamless when I got to Ireland!

“Summer vacation with wife and 14 yr old daughter”

Jul 17, 2019 by C.J. Driggers. Your Hometown: GILBERT, SC

We had an awesome trip to the wonderful island of Ireland. Everything went smooth for us and our agent Lonna set us up with great accommodations. It seemed each hotel/b&b got better as the trip went along! We went for 8 days with 2 in Dublin, 1 in Kinittey, 2 in Killarney, 1 in Dingle, 1 in Doolin, and 1 in Trim before departing for home. My wife and daughter liked Dingle the best, while I thought Killarney offered the best of all worlds. I will say as an American, driving over there is an adventure. Major roadways are not a problem, but I've been on golf cart paths wider than some of the rural 2-lane roads found in the countryside. The only piece of advice I could offer is that when in Dublin, take the hop-on/off tour bus 1st thing around the entire city. Then get off the bus and explore the parts of the city that seem interesting to you. If you stay at the Ashling Hotel, walk across the bridge in front of the hotel and go around the corner of the train station to your right to get on the convertible bus. Knowing this would have saved us several hours as we wasted half a day trying to figure this out on our own.

Jul 17, 2019 by Nancy Foldesi. Your Hometown: Simi Valley

This was our second trip with Authentic Ireland and we loved it even more than our first trip. Aran Islands was a great spot. Rugged and beautiful! Our driver for the 3-day portion was great. Very helpful with great ideas. Our stay in Sheen Falls was magical. The cottage and villa were stocked with everything we needed to make a fantastic breakfast!! Also wine and candy 😎 Michelle was so helpful and gave me wonderful advice. She booked our perfect meal at The Lime Tree!! Perfect family vacation!!

“Ireland Trip 2019”

Jul 17, 2019 by Meghan Fahey. Your Hometown: Vermont

We booked a 10 day stay in Ireland. My boyfriend and I made our first international trip together. We had a great time! I had been to Ireland before, but the itinerary AV made was outstanding. The pace was great for a cross-country road trip and Michael was excellent at listening to our expectations and our wishlist. The Mystical Rose and Mena House were our very favorite B&Bs! Ring of Kerry was spectacular! We never had a bad meal! IT was outstanding to have all the planning stream-lined in one document. We just got back July 1st, and are already talking about Scotland! I had never been to Galway-what an addition to the trip. We saw everything we planned and had enough time to try other experiences. Ireland is getting more touristy by the second, so I would highly recommend planning and booking in advance for as much as possible. There were 2 B&Bs that we were not overwhelmingly enthused by, but they got the job done. We could not have had better weather-only one day of rain! The Blarney Castle was fantastic and driving ourselves was not even that bad. All in all, a great experience!

“40th Anniversary Trip”

Jul 10, 2019 by Kenneth Elder. Your Hometown: Katy, TX

My wife and I spent 16 days traveling all over Scotland. We had an amazing trip! We had read many of Con's blogs and planned many of our activities based on his blog.

Con and his team set up the hotel/B&B stops for us along the way and my wife and I drove the rental car over 1500 miles touring the countryside, castles, distilleries, and sites around Scotland, as we pleased.

Most of the accommodations were very nice, but, like most anywhere you travel in Europe, many of the showers in the bathrooms are more like a phone booth. Very cramped.

Except for being a little warmer than we anticipated, the weather was perfect. Out of 16 days, we had two days of rain.

Driving on the wrong side of the road, from the wrong side of the car, on some of the narrow, single lanes, winding coastal roads, with your wife navigating and yelling at you to slow down, was an adventure all by itself. I wish we had taken a "GoPro" camera to put on the dash to record some of the roads we drove on! Make sure you have an international phone plan or a GPS! Google Maps worked great for us.

As someone else mentioned in their review, the "Spirit of Scotland" dinner show was underwhelming, as was the food, but it was already included in our package. Probably could have spent those 2-3 hours doing something more interesting.

Con was very helpful in helping arrange our trip and gave some very useful tips and insight.

One suggestion I would make to Authentic Vacations for those who are renting a vehicle and driving in Scotland is that they provide some explanation of road signs and some details about highway speed limits. Such as, unless posted differently, the speed limit on Scotland highways is 60 MPH.

AND, in Scotland, the speed limit is in MPH, not Kilometers. Speed cameras are used extensively in Scotland, so mind your speed.

Thanks, Con and Authentic Vacations. We had a wonderful vacation!

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